March is considered an ideal month for a nice holiday all through India. And the best part is that we have a long weekend coming up in this month and its time to take that much needed break, away from the routine city life. Check out the best places to visit in March in India.
Agra – Home to Taj Mahal
Home to the fascinating dynasty, the Mughals, Agra is a host to the World famous Taj Mahal. No matter how many cliches you have heard, when you see the Taj Mahal, it still blows your breath away. Join the crowd, admire the fountains, the water canals and the perfect symmetry of Charbagh gardens, click the mandatory pictures in front of one of the Seven Wonders of World. The long weekend of Holi could be an ideal time to explore the majestic beauty of Agra.
March is the best time to witness the clear blue skies in the backdrop of the mountains in Shillong. The city, is also referred to as the “Scotland of the East” due to its striking similarity with the Scottish highlands. Experience the most memorable shopping experience at Bara Bazaar and Police Bazaar, where the local weekly market known as ‘Lewduh’ is held. Shop here for exquisite silk garments, bamboo handicrafts, traditional fish baskets or fresh produced honey.
Jaisalmer- The Golden City
Jaisalmer is one of the most romantic places in India, exotic for both foreign as well as Indian tourists. Imagine the romance in the ambiance as you sit by the campfire holding each other’s hand gazing at the starlit sky. An amazing concoction of colors, royalty, tradition and romance, Jaisalmer is a favorite haunt of overseas tourists in India. Camp here, take camel rides, sit by bonfires and enjoy local music and dance.
Goa- Life is a Party
Goa, the only place you’ll find Shiva’s picture with a beard and chillam in his hand which implies that even God is in a mood to party in one of the most popular party destinations in the World. Plan a trip to Goa during the long weekend in March and be a part of numerous festivals such as ‘Shigmohotsav’ which is Goa’s version of Holi; ‘Sabado Gordo’ in Panaji that is held on the Saturday before Lent and is celebrated by a procession of floats and raucous street partying; ‘Good Friday’ or ‘Easter’ ; and ‘Procession of the Saints’ which is the only procession of its sort outside Rome.
Jodhpur- The Blue City
There is no better time to visit Jodhpur than March. The weather is pleasant as opposed to the oppressive heat rest of the year. The Mehrangarh Fort is the central tourist attraction in Jodhpur. If you are a shopaholic, the area surrounding the fort is full of small shops which sell the local handicrafts. The Leather goods and bright bandhini chunnis from Jodhpur are must buy items. Jodhpur sweets and ‘pyaaz’ and ‘mirch ka pakodas’ are to die for!
Vrindavan and Mathura- The Land of Krishna
It is one of the best places to visit in March to witness the grand way the Hindu festival, Holi is being celebrated here. Holi festival celebrations last for 40 days in the temple towns of Mathura and Vrindavan. The Sri Krishna Janmasthan in Mathura holds a renowned show in the week before Holi. The 3 day long holi weekend is the ideal time to experience the festival of colours.
I hope the above places will be the perfect hosts for the coming long weekend in March. Enjoy and keep travelling!