A Roundup Of The Best Places To Visit In March In India

As March ushers in the gentle warmth of spring, India transforms into a kaleidoscope of colours and experiences. From the vibrant festival of Holi to blooming coffee landscapes, this is the perfect time to explore the diverse facets of the country. Here's a roundup of the best places to visit in March in India, and what you can hope to explore during your time in these destinations.

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Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh: Hues Of Holi

Vrindavan Uttar Pradesh Hues Of Holi

While Vrindavan reverberates with the name of Lord Krishna, this holy town is also synonymous with hundreds of Hindu widows, many of whom had to seek refuge here having been shunned by society. For decades, widows, draped in white, were forbidden from playing Holi. But since 2013, every year on the festival of colours, they shun customs and traditions to engage in revelry. After concentrated efforts by various NGOs, the widows of Vrindavan started partaking in the festival, which is marked by traditional Brij Bhasha music, gulaal and flowers.

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Similipal Tiger Reserve, Odisha: A Wildlife Encounter

Similipal Tiger Reserve Odisha A Wildlife Encounter

Similipal, named after the 'Simul' (Silk Cotton) tree, is a national park and Tiger Reserve in the northern part of Odisha's Mayurbhanj district. Covering 2750 sq km, it features picturesque waterfalls like Joranda and Barehipani. It is the only national park in India that lets you view pseudo-melanistic tigers, often called black tigers, which have broad and dense black stripes running across their bodies. In fact, Odisha recently reported an increase in the number of tigers in its national parks, with the number now reaching 30, with 27 in Similipal itself.

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Rishikesh, Uttarakhand: Yoga by the Ganges

Rishikesh Uttarakhand Yoga by the Ganges

For those seeking a spiritual and serene retreat, Rishikesh is an ideal destination. Nestled in the Himalayan foothills, this yoga capital offers a tranquil escape. March brings pleasant weather, making it perfect for river rafting and trekking in the nearby mountains. What’s more, the annual International Yoga Festival is also scheduled to be held at Parmarth Niketan from March 8th to 14th this year. You can also make way for the calming Ganga Aarti or explore the Beatles’ Ashram nearby.

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Goa: Beach Bliss and Shigmo Festival

Goa Beach Bliss and Shigmo Festival

While December is a crowded time in Goa, March marks the end of the winter season and offers pleasant weather for beach lovers. What’s more, you can immerse yourself in the cultural festival of Shigmo, Goa's very own version of Holi. This festival is marked by float parades, song and dance and cultural performances. There is always the option of just soaking in some sun, sand and sea at one of Goa’s many beaches, or partying the night away at Assagao’s vibrant restaurants.

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Jaipur, Rajasthan: Elephant Festival

Jaipur Rajasthan Elephant Festival

The Elephant Festival, an annual event in the Pink City, takes place on the full moon day of Phalgun Purnima, usually in February/March, just before Holi. The event is marked by processions, elephant dances and exhilarating polo matches. This year, the event will take place on March 25. However, there have been concerns by animal activists about the well being of these gentle giants. Beyond the festival, you can explore the vibrant markets of Jaipur, head to the majestic Amer Fort and get clicked outside the stunning Hawa Mahal.

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Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh: The Shores Of Spirituality

Varanasi Uttar Pradesh The Shores Of Spirituality

March is a quiet yet incredible time to visit Varanasi, one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. Witness the mesmerising Ganga Aarti at the Dashashwamedh Ghat, explore narrow alleys filled with spirituality, and experience the rich culture of this ancient city. Beyond the ghats, you can head to Banaras Hindu University, the biggest residential university in Asia, for a morning stroll or a visit to the beautiful Vishwanath temple.

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Coorg, Karnataka: Blossoms and Coffee Plantations

Coorg Karnataka Blossoms and Coffee Plantations

Known as the "Scotland of India," Coorg is a hill station draped in lush greenery. March brings the blooming of coffee blossoms, filling the air with a sweet fragrance. The best experience in March would be to book a stay at a coffee estate and soak in the tranquillity of this time. March is also a great time for treks, since the weather is cool and the skies are clear. You can trek to the Tadiandamol Peak, and experience the beauty of Abbey Falls.

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Leh, Ladakh: Hilly Wonders

Leh Ladakh Hilly Wonders

As the snow starts to melt, March is the beginning of the tourist season in Leh-Ladakh. The surreal landscapes of snow-capped mountains and frozen lakes begin to transform into a stunning panorama. Adventure enthusiasts can visit Pangong and Tso Moriri lakes, ride double humped camels in Nubra Valley, or experience spirituality in Shey Monastery or take a trip back in time to the Royal Leh Palace.

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