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iXiGOers Nov 12 2013

Which are the best places to visit in March in India?

Anupriya Bedi Nov 19 2013
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Check out the best places to visit in March in India. March is considered an ideal month for a nice holiday all through India. By this month, Winters has already bid goodbye to most of the parts in the country adding to the beauty of many scenic places in India. This month offers the pleasant and tranquil environment for the enthusiastic travelers and is also a time for many festivals and fairs in the country. March is also the month for all kinds of tourist activities, especially for bird watching and enjoying the nature's gift of panoramic views.



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Agra - Home to Taj Mahal


Formerly the capital of Hindustan, Agra was home to the fascinating dynasty, the Mughals. It plays host to the World famous Taj Mahal. Never mind how many cliches you have heard, when you see Taj Mahal, it still blows your breath away, floating like a poet’s fantasy for centuries. The white-splendored tomb was built by Emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his favourite wife, Arjumand Banu Begum, better known as Mumtaz Mahal ("Chosen of the Palace").


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, and don shoe covers before climbing up the marble steps. Early march is the perfect time to visit the Taj Mahal making it one of the best places to visit in March in India. Described by Rabindranath Tagore as "a tear on the face of eternity", it is in popular imagination a veritable "wonder of the world". Other major tourist attractions are Fatehpur Sikri and Agra Fort.


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Jaipur- The Pink City


Come March, and the ‘Pink City’ Jaipur breaks into an exultant celebration of life, colour and tradition. Rajasthan’s capital is a well planned city with its enchanting bazaars bear their heritage with pride and the uniform pink hue adds romance. It combines the modern with the ancient, software tycoons with kings, and gleaming malls with resplendent palaces. Take an empty suitcase as its a shopping paradise: gems, jewellery, block-printed clothes, jootis, blue pottery- you won’t be able to escape.


A pre-holi bash which centres around the Elephant takes place in March. A day long celebrations will take place on 16th March and is held at its official venue, Rambagh Polo Ground in Jaipur. Elephants have always been a carrier of royalty in Indian culture and so the Elephant Festival was initiated keeping in mind the tourists coming to the city.Elephant Polo is the most noticeable feature of this festival where, the players wear saffron and red turbans, sit on the elephants, and try to score goals with long sticks and a plastic football. The festivities end with performances of folk dances; with a liberal splashing of Holi colours on all and sundry, and a spectacular display of fireworks. Come to the festival and watch Jaipur come alive!


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Shillong


Situated among hills, Shillong the capital of Meghalaya, throbs with life from dawn to dusk. Narrow hill roads bordered by tall pine trees and cottages made of wood. The city, which is referred to as the “Scotland of the East” due to its striking similarity with the Scottish highlands derives its name from ‘Leishyllong’-the supreme power or God who is believed to reside on Shillong peak. March is the best time to witness the clear blue skies in the backdrop of the mountains.


Shillong is abound in waterfalls, from the Crinoline Falls, the two Gunner’s Falls, Spread Eagle, Elephant Gait and Elephant Falls, Beadon and Sweet Falls. Your most memorable shopping experience would be 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.


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Varanasi- The City Of Shiva


Varanasi, the holy city, where Shiva is believed to have made his permanent home on Earth. The evening aarti at Ganga ghats is an unforgettable experience and something which will surely stays with you for a lifetime. The ghats of Varanasi of Varanasi , literally flights of steps but are more like theatres of life, stretch continually along the riverfront.


The cool atmosphere and clear sky provide the tourists all supports to carry out the out door activities and Varanasi Varanasi temples visits during this season, thus making it one of the best places to visit in March.Take a holy dip in Ganges and get yourself sanctified. Varanasi, where life is celebrated and death is not denied welcome tourists from all over the corners of the World.


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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 others hand gazing at starlit sky. An amazing concoction of colors, royalty, tradition and romance, Jaisalmer is a favorite haunt of overseas tourists in India. The desert town boasts of the Jaisalmer Fort (that houses the Raj Mahal), a number of havelis, the most impressive being the Amar Sagar, Patwon-ki-Haveli and Nathmalji-ki-Haveli, and ornate Jain temples.


Tourists can explore the Thar desert perched atop camels, visit the Desert National Park for a gander at the fauna, or the Akal Wood Fossil Park. Of course, there's plenty of shopping to be done for traditional Rajasthani art, clothes and jewellery. Come here to explore the cinematic scenic views of uninterrupted sand dunes. Camp here, take camel rides, sit by bonfires and enjoy local music and dance.


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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. The smallest state of India is known for its exotic beaches with amazing sunset view, golden sand and coconut palms playing with the wind.


During March, Goa is home to numerous festivals such as ‘Shigmohotsav’ which is Goa’s version of Holi; ‘Sabado Gordo’ in Panaji thats 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. Thirty statues of saints are brought out from storage and paraded around Old Goa's neighbouring villages. Tasty seafood, parasailing, wind surfing and water-skiing facilities make the beaches of Goa a core fun place.



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New Delhi- A Tale Of 2 Cities


Delhi is one of the best places to visit in March in India as the weather is perfect for exploring the architectural and cultural heritage of the city. Holi has always had another significance besides its religious significance – heralding summer.Colours of all hues, the smell of 'gulal' and joyous spirit pervades the streets as Delhiites come out to celebrate Holi in the capital.Undoubtedly, Delhi has the biggest and best Holi parties in India.


For the history buffs, there is no dearth of historical monuments to explore. The Red Fort , Qutub Minar, Safdarjung’s Tomb, Nizamuddin Dargah and Humayun Tomb are at their best in the benign November sun. The variety of street food on offer in Delhi is enough to whet the appetites of the die-hard foodies.Places like Connaught Place, Delhi Haat etc are ideal to find handicrafts from all over India in one place. You can also find the trendiest clothes at the cheapest prices in markets like Lajpat Nagar, Janpath and Sarojini Nagar.


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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. The Umaid Bhawan Palace and their museum make an informative visit.


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. For those who have a sweet tooth, Jodhpur sweets is a must visit and their pyaaz and mirch ka pakodas are to die for!


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Vrindavan and Mathura- The Land of Krishna

Its 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. Mathura is where Lord Krishna was born, while Vrindavan was where he spent his childhood. During the 40 days prior to the main day, dancers from various parts of India gather to put on shows depicting Krishna's flirtations with the village maidens. Singing troupes perform Holi folk songs as well.



The Sri Krishna Janmasthan in Mathura holds a renowned show in the week before Holi. The five day celebrations at Shri Banke Bihari Mandir in Vrindavan are also legendary. The underlying feeling of this fun-frolic is love and devotion. Even today, romance can be experienced in the very atmosphere in the Krishna-nagari. One just needs to breathe in this air and drench oneself in the feeling of love and romance. Myriad colours of Holi are simply a facade on this.



Photo of Rishikesh ( by Wikipedia)


Rishikesh- The Journey Within

At Rishikesh, the verdant foothills of the Himalayas welcomes the holy river Ganga as she goes forth on her journey towards the sea. Rishikesh has a threefold importance attached to itself. First, Since the Satyug, it has been the abode of sages. Secondly, its considered the gateway to the Char Dham and Thirdly, it has become the Yoga Capital of the World. In March, Rishikesh famously offers white water rafting for the adventure junkies. It attracts a number of adventure seeking travelers every year and the excitement and thrill offered is beyond comparison. Its a feeling like no other adventure sports in the natural settings of beautiful landscapes.


Relax your body, rest your mind and caress your soul, take a break from your daily routine and be a part of the annual International Yoga Festival, which is organized jointly by Uttarakhand Tourism and Parmarth Niketan Ashram in Rishikesh, India. This one-week festival that commences from 1st and ends at 7th March gives you an opportunity to participate in over 60 hours of yoga classes from world-class Yoga teachers such as Swami Ramdev, Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa, Shiva Rea, Dr. David Frawley, Daphne Tse, Gabriela Bozic, Marla Apt, Sadhvi Abha Saraswati, Sadhvi Bhagwati Saraswati and others well known in their countries.




The diversity of India still manages to astonish us. The landscapes, the weather patterns, the histories and stories, the festivals, different cuisines to taste and the several ways of finding spiritual sustenance. These all above stated destinations are some of the best places to visit in March in India. I can't think of one common theme to bind all of these places, except perhaps the diversity itself.

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Purnendu Singh Nov 13 2013
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In March, be in Vrindavan for the Holi. The surrounding Mathura, Barsana etc reverberate with the songs of Kanha and colors galore. It is an experience you will never forget.

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