By April, the snow has melted in Tirthan Valley to give way to lush green pastures and blossoming flowers. Spring is a great time to visit, as the Great Himalayan National Park—a popular tourist spot in the valley—is dotted with flowers and the weather is perfect for trekking. Do the overnight two-day trek within the park, or opt for shorter day hikes to Serolsar lake and Dingcha. You can also go trout fishing, rappelling or rock climbing, or simply find a quiet green spot to enjoy the sights and sounds of nature.
Catch the Biennale before it’s gone in Fort Kochi
Though the mercury begins to rise in Fort Kochi in April, it is also your last chance to catch the ongoing Kochi-Muziris Biennale which will be on until 10 April. The theme this year is “In Our Veins Flow Ink and Fire” and aims to reflect the power of storytelling, optimism and action. Curator and Mumbai-born Singaporean contemporary artist and writer Shubhigi Rao has brought together artworks from India, Australia and Kenya, talks, Artists’ Cinema screenings and workshops, all scattered around the Mattancherry Palace. While you’re there, don’t miss out on the delicious seafood at restaurants like Seagull and Fort House Restaurant by the sea and the quaint cafes, like Kashi Art Café and Loafers Corner Café, across town. Book here
Spot rhinos in the wild at Kaziranga National Park, Assam
Kaziranga National Park in Assam is home to Greater one-horned rhinos, Royal Bengal tigers, Gangetic river dolphins and hoolock gibbons (the only ape found in India) across beautiful landscapes that span wetlands and savannahs. The park is open from October to April and although temperatures typically rise this time of year, the weather is perfect for some wildlife photography. The heat brings thirsty animals to watering holes, increasing the chances of sightings. If you have the eye for it, you can spot and photograph everything from rhinos and gibbons to migratory birds—here’s a handy guide if you plan to visit.