April is a great time to go somewhere and enjoy the early summer sunshine. No matter whether you’re on the threshold of spring, heading into autumn, or escaping the turn of the seasons altogether in the tropics, April is a great time for a getaway.
Whatever your taste in travel, I got you covered.
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The Bhimakali Temple, one of 51 shaktipeethas (the consecrated sites of worship of the chief female deity, Sati) is located in Sarahan and attracts pilgrims around the year.
Sarahan is seated deep into the lap of lush mountain scenery and is the perfect summer retreat. With the Bird Park that is the only breeding ground for pheasants in the state and home to the state bird, the monal.
The Pandava Cave, where the mythological five brothers of the Hindu epic Mahabharata are said to have trekked also finds home in Sarahan.
Raja Ampat, Indonesia
Starting of summer, April heralds gloriously comfortable temperatures for holidaying in Indonesia. With winter swells yet to pick up for surfers, conditions are ideal for diving and snorkelling.
One of the six countries in the ‘Coral Triangle’, Indonesia is surrounded by one of the most bio-diverse oceans on earth. West Papua’s fabled diving destination Raja Ampat is one of its most unspoiled corners, boasting more than 10 times the number of hard coral species found in the Caribbean.
Indonesia’s entire aquatic territory acts as a sanctuary for manta rays, so it’s the perfect time to come and get acquainted with these gentle giants of the sea.
There’s also great diving and snorkelling off easily accessible Bali and neighbouring Nusa Lembongan.
Mid-April marks the traditional new year for the Dai minority in China’s Yunnan province. The Water Splashing Festival is riotously celebrated in the Xishuangbanna region in the far south of the province, where a three-day festival includes a parade, open-air market and sand sculpting on the banks of the Lacang River.
Festivities culminate in a day of water splashing, where the entire community comes out to spray and douse each other with water. The ritual signifies a cleansing process for the new year. Water splashing festivals are celebrated in many parts of Southeast Asia, including Thailand, where Songkran is one of the most important dates on the national calendar.
Hundreds of people will head to Indio, CA, for the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on April 10-12 and April 17-19.
It’s one of the largest music festivals in the US. Featured artists this year include OutKast, Muse and Arcade Fire. If you have time you could also visit the Palm Springs.
In Louisiana, everyone seems ready to get up and dance. With jazz and Afro-Caribbean sounds mixing with squeaking accordions and the rasp of a washboard zydeco, it’s hard to resist the urge to take to the floor.
The French Quarter Festival (10-15 April) in New Orleans is one of southern America’s largest free events, and hundreds of local jazz, blues, Cajun and funky brass musicians play at outdoor stages. Grab a po’boy sandwich and wander the colonial-style streets where blooming bougainvillea drapes over the curly wrought iron balconies. Two weeks later, the world-renowned Jazz Fest comes to town. This extravaganza celebrates its 45th year in 2014 with an epic line-up including the likes of Santana and Bruce Springsteen.
Springtime is warm and lush this far south, but the humidity is yet to rise. Outside of New Orleans, don’t miss a visit to the cotton plantations of 12 Years a Slave-fame, or the swamplands of Cajun Country, home to the largest French-speaking minority in the US.
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