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The 23 Best Places to Go in India in 2023

By Condé Nast Traveller

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This is part of our global guide to the Best Places to Go in 2023 —find more ideas on where to travel in the year ahead in the U.S. , Spain , the U.K. , and beyond.

If 2022 was the year of get-it-all-in travel, let 2023 encourage you to slow down and soak it all in. From immersive art exhibitions to quaint homestays and stylish boutique hotels that offer truly localized experiences, our list of where to go in India in 2023 will inspire you to engage with resident communities, and travel slower but deeper, and in more meaningful, magical ways.

Here, are the 23 destinations—as vetted by  Condé Nast Traveller India editors.

All listings featured in this story are independently selected by our editors. However, when you book something through our retail links, we may earn an affiliate commission.

Guests at Tilar Siro can take scuba diving courses or go on sea safaris.

Guests at Tilar Siro can take scuba diving courses or go on sea safaris.

Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Go for : A new island hotel and outdoor adventures

For the longest time, a trip to the Andamans meant picking between homestays or the only premium boutique hotel on the island. That’s changed in the past few years, with resorts like Taj Exotica Resort & Spa and Jalakara . The most recent entrant to the mix is Tilar Siro , a CGH Earth outpost on Havelock Island (now, Swaraj Dweep). The 25-key property is breezy, green, and immersive. You can learn about the island’s history and food, take scuba diving courses, and enjoy guided walks through the dense rainforests. There’s a lot to do beyond Havelock, including sea safaris at Cinque Island and kayaking expeditions with stargazing thrown in. Take a day trip to Barren Island to visit India’s only active volcano or take a ferry to Little Andaman Island for pristine beaches and lagoons. — Arundhati Ail

The new Biodiversity Heritage Site at Arittapatti village has over 75 species of birds.

The new Biodiversity Heritage Site at Arittapatti village has over 75 species of birds.

Arittapatti, Tamil Nadu

Go for : Tamil Nadu’s first Biodiversity Heritage Site

A first for the state, Arittapatti village—roughly 143 miles from Coimbatore—has been declared Tamil Nadu’s first and India’s 35th Biodiversity Heritage Site. As green spaces across the globe shrink, this move by the state government is a step towards a greener future, and an attempt to preserve the unique landscape of rocky hills that supports 72 lakes, 200 natural spring ponds, and three reservoirs, apart from the 75 species of birds, raptor species, megalithic structures and rock-cut temples that date back 2,000 years. While the state government prepares to build the area’s tourism potential, go before the crowds surge—birdsong, gushing streams and a biodiverse ecosystem await. — Smitha Menon

Cruises on the Brahmaputra River incorporate art and cultural experiences.

Cruises on the Brahmaputra River incorporate art and cultural experiences.

Go for : Cruises on the Brahmaputra River

Cruises across the mighty Brahmaputra River, and an exploration of its riverine culture, have thrown a new spotlight on Assam’s culture, history, and biodiversity. These river cruises are offered both by Assam Tourism and by private operators like the Assam Bengal Navigation Company, which have upped the ante on luxury travel with vessels that encapsulate the heritage and culture of the region and tours that provide a window into the history, culture, and crafts of the state. The latest of these is the soon-to-be-launched Ganga Vilas Cruise, the world’s longest cruise from Varanasi to Assam via Bangladesh that will embark on its maiden voyage in January 2023. These cruises offer a unique perspective of the land from the water and provide access to islands and national parks and include craft tours, local food experiences, tea garden trails, village walks, visits to age-old temples and a chance to see the greater one-horned rhino in the wild. — Diya Kohli

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Travelers can trek through untouched fields near Tawang Monastery the largest in India.

Travelers can trek through untouched fields near Tawang Monastery, the largest in India.

Arunachal Pradesh

Go for : The newfound accessibility, Ziro Festival, untouched nature

Arunachal Pradesh is the ideal destination for a retreat into silence. Jaw-dropping sunsets take over the valleys here, more than 500 species of birds call the wooded landscape of this state their home, and the gush of a hidden waterfall will be the only sound to break your chain of thought. Until now, the state’s natural beauty remained unexplored for the lack of accessibility. But in November 2022, the inauguration of the Donyi Polo airport opened gateways to the possibility of a novel getaway. With this airport located in Hollongi, some nine miles from Itanagar, travelers finally have direct access to the capital city and a new entry point into the state. Visit Tawang Monastery—the largest monastery in India—while you’re here, trek through the untouched fields of Bomdila, or make plans to drop by for the Ziro Festival for a weekend of music and eco-conscious living against the stunning Himalayan backdrop. — Ria Gupta

Restaurants offering a variety of dosas new museums and hip bookshops will draw travelers to Namma Bengaluru.

Restaurants offering a variety of dosas, new museums, and hip bookshops will draw travelers to Namma Bengaluru.

Bengaluru, Karnataka  

Go for : The Museum of Art & Photography, benne dosa, Cubbon Park promenade

Namma Bengaluru has something new to offer you every time you visit it. If you are an art lover, the city’s latest offering, the Museum of Art & Photography —which will go public in early 2023—will open up a whole new world encompassing photographs, ancient and modern art, sculptures, textiles and more. Let the colors of contemporary artist Jangarh Singh Shyam’s  Portrait of a Barasingha  wash over you or marvel at the intricacies of the bronze sculptures from decades ago at the cultural space that is located in the heart of the city on Kasturba Road. Once you have had your fill of art, head to the Airlines Hotel less than 500 yards away and enjoy a plate of crispy masala dosa with piping hot sambar, coconut chutney, and a freshly brewed tumbler of filter coffee—all under a lush green tree canopy. Then take a leisurely walk at Cubbon Park just a few yards away and head to the good old Blossom Book House or its newer, hipper contender, Champaca to pick up your next read. — Sneha Kanchan

The region's sacred temples have been nominated as a new UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The region's sacred temples have been nominated as a new UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Belur and Halebid, Karnataka

Go for : The sacred temples of the Hoysala Empire—India’s official nomination for the UNESCO World Heritage Site tag in 2023

Why should you visit 12th-century temples in 2023? For starters, these magnificent structures, about 124 miles from Bengaluru, are intricately carved and shockingly well-preserved reminders of the Hoysala dynasty, a secular family that ruled across the Deccan region from 1006 to about 1346 CE. The Hoysaleswara temple in Halebid, which loosely translates to old capital or ruined city, demonstrates how the rulers of yore encouraged the intermingling of religions and ideologies: the structure follows the Shaivism Hindu tradition but includes themes and motifs from Vaishnavism and Shaktism, along with images from Jainism. Inside, painstakingly hand-carved sculptures depict scenes from ancient epics like the Ramayana, the Mahabharata, and the Bhagavata Purana. Along with this temple, the nearby Kesava temple in Belur has also been proposed to be listed under the UNESCO World Heritage Sites . The ensembles blend Dravidian-style design with Bhumija and Nagara traditions of temple architecture from central and northern India, respectively. — SM

During Goa Carnival the city's streets come alive with performers of all kinds.

During Goa Carnival, the city's streets come alive with performers of all kinds.

Go for : New hotels and restaurants, the Goa Carnival

Spanish tapas at Mystras in Assagao, a taste of spiced Indian fare at Juju in Colva, and cocktails and mushroom cakes at Fig & Maple —these are only some of the new delights on Goa’s burgeoning food and drink scene . Helming the revolution of South Indian cuisine in Goa is the newly opened Hosa, a Portuguese-styled outpost set up by Rohit Khattar of Indian Accent, Comorin, and Koloman. With JW Marriott’s new property slated to pop up in Vagator next year, there’s enough to keep you hooked to the sunny state. For a taste of the spirit of Goa, make sure you witness the processions of the Goa Carnival 2023. Come February, the streets of Panjim, Mapusa, Margao, and Vasco will come alive with dancers, acrobats, musicians, and the escorts that tail the carnival’s King Momo. It’s the time of year when pranksters come knocking on doors, street plays celebrate the art of mockery, and everyone unites for the love of food, drink, and merriment. Don’t leave without taking back a souvenir in the form of one of the many homegrown alcoholic spirits the state is known for. — RG

Hanle is set to be named India's first Dark Sky Reserve in 2023.

Hanle is set to be named India's first Dark Sky Reserve in 2023.

Hanle, Ladakh

Go for : India’s first Dark Sky Reserve, Hanle Monastery

Experience a starry night like never before at Hanle, a picturesque hamlet in Ladakh. Hanle is set to be the main character in India’s astronomical tourism story as the site of the country’s first Dark Sky Reserve , which will be operational by early 2023. Situated 4,500 metres above sea level as part of the Changthang Wildlife Sanctuary, the reserve aims to lower light pollution for better observation of the inky night sky dotted with stars and planets. Once there, do not forget to visit the 17th-century Hanle Monastery located on a hilltop for some inner peace and a panoramic view of the village and its unique landscape. — SK

Jaipur's Literature Festival draws travelers from all around the globe.

Jaipur's Literature Festival draws travelers from all around the globe.

Jaipur, Rajasthan

Go for : Safaris, the Jaipur Literature Festival, new hotel and bar openings

Safari enthusiasts can now go on a leopard game drive just 30 minutes away from Jaipur city. In May 2022, the Rajasthan state government opened up the Amagarh Leopard Reserve , which sprawls across 3,765 acres and is home to 16 cats and 250 species of birds. Besides the leopard, keep your eyes peeled for hyenas, jackals, wild cats, foxes, civets, nilgai, sambar, and birds including peacocks, parakeets, and woodpeckers. Amagarh is also home to an 18th-century fort built by Maharaja Jawai Singh II, which is worth a visit. Time your trip to one of India’s most exciting literature festivals: The Jaipur Literature Fest is slated to take place from January 19 to 23 and will feature speakers like Anthony Sattin and Sudha Murty. Stay at the newly opened Villa Palladio , a nine-room boutique hotel that looks straight out of a jewel box, from the duo behind the famous Bar Palladio. For a drink, check out Johri & Sons, a slick new bar concocting smashing cocktails with a twist, and a side of ker sangri samosas and roomali khakra. It’s a fitting end to a day spent in the wilderness. — Shradha Shahani

Srinagar will see some vibrant new hotel openings in 2023—and a boost in accessibility to the best slopes in the region.

Srinagar will see some vibrant new hotel openings in 2023—and a boost in accessibility to the best slopes in the region.

Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir

Go for :   New infrastructure for easier road tripping, elevated nature retreats

In the heart of the Kashmir Valley, the gem of Srinagar—with its winding waterways and colorful houseboats—is equally alluring and challenging to plan a visit to. Yet the destination seems to be shifting gears, with the government greenlighting development projects that will benefit travelers.

Srinagar has some vibrant new openings:  Karan Mahal , a swanky, intimate stay in the historic residence of Kashmir’s former rulers and amid nearly 60 acres of orchards and woods, launched last year, while  Qayaam Gah , a stylish, Sufi-inspired nature retreat in the Zabarwan Hills, with unfettered bird’s-eye views of Dal Lake, opened this summer. Additionally, Indian Hotels Company Limited (also behind the Taj Hotels) will bring its affordable brand, Ginger Hotels , to Srinagar in the first half of 2023.

The capital is also about to get a boost in accessibility, with a spate of highways and tunnels planned to open in 2023 that will, among other connections, make it easier to drive from Kashmir—across breathtaking landscapes—to neighboring Ladakh, even in winter. Other side trips that will be easier to reach, thanks to the new infrastructure: Sonamarg (which translates to “golden meadow”), a stunning hill station that is poised for substantial tourism development in the years to come, and Pahalgam, an idyllic getaway that has long drawn travelers to its pastoral charms. The latter will see, in early 2023, the opening of  Shepherd’s Barn , a cottage stay by Ramneek Kaur (whose family owns the Bollywood-favorite  Pahalgam Hotel ), which will add rooms to an existing program of craft tours and local activities under the auspices of the Shepherd Crafts Cultural Centre. With so much change underfoot, there is no better time to experience the area— and before everyone else starts to do the same. —Saumya Ancheri

Jeypore is an ideal retreat for nature lovers.

Jeypore is an ideal retreat for nature lovers.

Jeypore, Odisha

Go for : New trekking trails

Amid the heritage structures and urban strongholds of Odisha, Jeypore poses as a fine repository of all things natural. From caves hidden in the depths of forests to bold waterfalls , there’s plenty to see and discover here. Thanks to the local administration’s efforts, one of its key areas—the Nakti Dangar hill of Jeypore’s Pangi forest reserve—will soon have a designated trail route for travelers. This means that you will now be able to navigate through the wild at a height of 4,600 feet. On the way, you can spot various endangered species such as the Jeypore Hill Gecko. The project is expected to be completed towards the end of 2023 and will present a resting stop at the top of the hill to complement the trail. The city also packs within it a host of cultural outposts; think: temples, palaces, and the forts that let you in on the city’s past as a trading hotspot—all surrounded by the Eastern Ghats and blanketed in a cool breezy climate. — RG

The city's Biennale will stretch until April 2023.

The city's Biennale will stretch until April 2023.

Kochi, Kerala

Go for : Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Chinese fishing nets, history lessons

Come December this year, the bright bylanes of fort Kochi will don different expressions of art as Kochi-Muziris Biennale returns physically after a brief pandemic-induced hiatus. The Biennale, an international contemporary art exhibition, will spill into the next year and end in April 2023 with installations and events set up in and around several locations of the scenic Fort Kochi. Be sure to set aside a couple of days to cover as many locations and artworks as you can while taking in the beauty of the place and its architecture on foot. For history buffs, there is both the 16th-century Mattancherry Palace built by the Portuguese and the Paradesi Synagogue in Jew Town that will transport you back to that era. As the sun sets, Kochi's famous Chinese fishing nets beckon with a lively and fun fish auction experience. — SK

Devgad is known for slow and leisurely surfing.

Devgad is known for slow and leisurely surfing.

Go for : The coast’s newest surf school and beach zipline in Devgad

In 2021, the Chipi Parule Airport in Sindhudurg was finally inaugurated after a wait of more than 20 years. This year brought another reason to visit the Konkan coast. Adventure company Flying Konkan has just launched the Flying Konkan Surfing School, the very first board surfing school on the coastline, at the Devgad and Taramburi beaches, where beginners and experienced surfers are invited to catch some waves. The coast at Devgad (about 100km from Ratnagiri, towards Goa) is less crowded and less explored than most shores, creating an ideal atmosphere for slow, leisurely surfing . Waves are typically three to five feet in April and can reach up to 10 feet in May. If you’re not interested in surfing, you can always enjoy the school’s very own coastal zipline over the beach. — AA

Cheetahs have returned to Kuno 70 years after being declared extinct.

Cheetahs have returned to Kuno, 70 years after being declared extinct.

Kuno, Madhya Pradesh 

Go for : The comeback of cheetahs

When you draw up your travel calendar for 2023, do not forget to squeeze in a quick trip to the center of India for a very special reason. Madhya Pradesh’s Kuno National Park recently became home to cheetahs that have made a comeback in India seven decades after being declared extinct. By 2023, you should get a chance to spot the Namibian cheetahs (all eight of them if you’re lucky!) roaming in their spotted glory in the lap of the Vindhyas mountain range. If the cheetahs are elusive, you can always hop onto a safari jeep and let the park’s flora and fauna—close to 30 mammals, 200 birds and 14 species of fish—whisk you away from the fast pace of city life. — SK

Inside Van Gogh 360

Inside Van Gogh 360

Mumbai, Maharashtra

Go for : Lollapalooza, Van Gogh 360, an exciting sports scene

There are ample reasons to visit the city of dreams on any given day. It could be for the serendipity of catching your favorite movie stars shooting in the middle of Kala Ghoda, or for the miraculous urban forest where leopards roam in midst of all things manmade. But in the coming year, some never-before moments will accentuate the bustling world that is Mumbai. Chicago’s international music festival Lollapalooza (January 28-29, 2023) is making its Asian debut in the city in 2023. Indigenous artists such as AP Dhillon, Prateek Kuhad, Bombay Brass, and others will share the space with international hit bands Imagine Dragons, Cigarettes After Sex, Zhu, and Diplo. While here, pop in to experience Van Gogh 360 (January 20 to February 17, 2023), an immersive art show that’ll display 300 artworks by the Dutch painter in a never-before setting. The floors and ceilings of Mumbai’s World Trade Centre will be drenched in color, complemented by audio-visual elements for a dreamy experience. 2023 is also a big year for sports in the country. With India hosting the 2023 Cricket World Cup, Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium is expected to run at least a few of the matches on the roster. — RG

The Hornbill festival displays the traditions of the tribes of Nagaland.

The Hornbill festival displays the traditions of the tribes of Nagaland.

Go for : Off-roading, the Hornbill Festival

In an effort to promote off-roading tourism in Nagaland, the state’s government has been urging travelers to head off the beaten track. Nagaland Offroad, an initiative by the Government of Nagaland with Wander Beyond Boundaries , encourages travel beyond conventional destinations like Kohima and Dimapur. This is a land where between the slush and ridges, local communities welcome you with open arms and a jungle of wilderness awaits exploration. As part of the initiative, you can stay in local homestays, eat at regional restaurants, and discover craft shops on your way. You can choose a track across 13 districts, each presenting unique topographies, flora and fauna, and local culture to interact with. After a brief hiatus, the famous Hornbill Festival , held near Kohima, also sprung back in 2021. If you haven’t yet, watch the tribes of Nagaland display the best of their traditions in wrestling matches, bamboo festivals, walkathons, heritage walks, loin loom events, and more. — RG

Pune's food scene is well worth traveling for.

Pune's food scene is well worth traveling for.

Pune, Maharashtra 

Go for : The indie food scene

Butchers, brewers, bakers, and even candlemakers: this hip city is home to all of them. Pune has a combination of things going for it like its proximity to Mumbai and a laidback but driven attitude. Its chill vibe has long attracted young working professionals and entrepreneurs looking to start up in a city that has access to green spaces, and want the cool of Mumbai minus its hustle. And now, there's an exciting food scene that speak to that community. There’s Dohiti, which churns out not just warm, flaky croissants but also cinnamon rolls with local ingredients like jaggery and finger millet, and swaps blueberry for local kokum fruit in its cheesecakes; Niket Drego of The Daily Cut, which focuses on small-batch experimental cold cuts such as vindaloo chorizo; and WeIdliwale, a restaurant and delivery kitchen that zooms into regional cuisine from Karnataka. There are a range of happy-hour (and beyond) options to choose from as well: craft brewery Great State Aleworks collaborates with farmers for new brews while others like Yavasura, Kimaya Brewing Co., Doolally and Moonshine Meadery, believed to be Asia’s first meadery, are all based out of the city. Experimental food pop-ups with brewers, chefs, bakers, and mixologists add to the inventive dine-out scene. — SM

The river Ganga outside Rishikesh is the perfect backdrop to a slew of immersive wellness experiences.

The river Ganga outside Rishikesh is the perfect backdrop to a slew of immersive wellness experiences.

Rishikesh, Uttarakhand

Go for : A truly luxurious wellness circuit

Rishikesh, often referred to as the birthplace of yoga, became a port of call this year for travelers looking to meld wellness with classic luxury. Vana, a wellness retreat near Dehradun, Uttarakhand, announced a rebrand as Six Senses Vana that offers everything from a four-day fast fix-up to complete detoxification of body and mind during a month-long Ayurvedic Panchakarma retreat. At Ananda in the Himalayas , situated around a restored Maharaja's palace in the hills above Rishikesh, guests can pick from Eastern healing philosophies—Ayurveda, Vedanta, yoga—blended with Western techniques. And Taj Rishikesh , which sprawls over 12.5 acres of lush gardens on the slopes of the Garhwali Himalayas along the banks of river Ganga, offers spa treatments influenced by the characteristics of the mighty river. Think sensitivity, calm, energy, generosity, and strength. — SM

Viswa Bharati University

Viswa Bharati University

Santiniketan, West Bengal

Go for : The Baul Festival, art and culture

Santiniketan, home to the acclaimed Viswa Bharati University and Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore, is a hub of literature, art, and culture in West Bengal. This prestigious university, set up by Tagore in 1921, was an extension of the ashram and school started by his father Maharishi Debendranath Tagore. Envisioned as a space of learning, scholarship, and propagation of the arts, the university is the green heart of the town of Bolpur and it is surrounded by the idyllic surrounds of the Birbhum countryside, complete with picturesque rivers, red earth, and forests of mango, sal, and golden acacia trees. Its history and heritage structures are likely to be inscribed into the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2023: These include the stunning Kanch Mandir, a prayer hall made of Belgian glass and the Kala Bhavana or fine arts faculty with sculptures, frescos and murals by its illustrious faculty including modern Indian art and sculpture pioneers Nandalal Bose and Ramkinkar Baij. Unhurried tours on foot or cycle rickshaw allow visitors to take it all in and stop for an occasional tea break at any of the charming cafes in the area. Apart from Tagore’s own legacy of poetry and music, Santiniketan also straddles the region’s folk culture, food, and craft—from baul musicians to local food and cotton weaving—all of which are showcased in community-run spaces and weekly fairs or haats under the trees. Visit between winter and spring to participate in the Poush mela (December), the Baul mela (January) and the Basanta Utsav (March)—festivals during which songs reverberate through the land and men and women dance in joyous celebration. — DK

Cherry blossoms in Shillong

Cherry blossoms in Shillong

Go for : New hotels, cherry blossoms, music and food festivals

If you consider nature a luxury, there was never a dearth of luxury in Shillong. The Meghalayan capital, with its pink winter and green trekking trails, holds an abundance of wild escapades. But to add to that, the state-owned Crowborough Hotel also opened its doors as Vivanta Meghalaya in September 2022. Being Meghalaya’s first five-star property, this hotel is the state’s first take on a luxury getaway. The next big thing on the cards is the opening of Courtyard by Marriott next year. Travelers will now have a host of stay options for when they visit to explore the city’s indie rock scene or wild forests. While you’re here, catch the Shillong Autumn Festival as the banks of Umiam Lake turn into a hub of local food, crafts, and music, and watch the landscape bloom with flowers at the Shillong Cherry Blossom Festival. 12 miles away in Umbir, every November, the eco-friendly Hills Festival presents an opportunity to camp under the stars, learn about local foraging, and feast on local cuisine. — RG

A view of the Tons Valley

A view of the Tons Valley

Tons Valley, Uttarakhand

Go for : Idyllic mountain views and a truly local experience

After setting up an online shop in 2020 to enable city dwellers to buy produce like fresh apples and kidney beans from farmers in the Tons Valley in rural Uttarakhand, the Tons Shop is under threat, due to a steep rise in shipping prices. One way to help bring capital back to the locals in the idyllic rolling hills and lush green valleys of Uttarakhand is to sign up for a trail organized by Tons Trails , a social enterprise promoting sustainable tourism in the region. In the spring, instead of crowding Dehradun, tourists should head to its mystical grasslands, drink from its glacial streams, and learn about seasonal flowers and medicinal plants from locals that double up as guides. — SM

Karnataka's Maravanthe Mattu and Malpe beaches are crowdfree and pristine.

Karnataka's Maravanthe, Mattu, and Malpe beaches are crowd-free and pristine.

Udupi, Karnataka

Go for : A new pet-friendly homestay, birdwatching, untouched beaches

Most people would associate the word "Udupi" with India's many Udupi restaurants—a genre of restaurants across Indian cities serving South Indian classics like idlis, vadas, dosas, and more. But there's a lot more to the region in Karnataka. About an hour's drive from Mangaluru, Udupi is home to several vibrant temples, the most popular of which is the Udupi Sri Krishna Temple. In 2022, traveling pet parents Priyanka Jena and Tanveer Taj set up Praana Experience , their three-bedroom homestay, on a parcel of land right by the sea. The homestay also has a studio home that recently opened for long-term rentals. You're welcome to bring your pets, of course, and there are chirping birds and sounds of waves to keep you company. An observatory within, and a forest nearby, allow for some quiet birdwatching that includes spotting hornbills and peacocks. There are more than a few beaches to explore—Maravanthe, Mattu, and Malpe are the closest—and most are crowd-free and pristine. — AA

Decadent trains like the Rajasthans Palace on Wheels and the Deccan Odyssey are returning to India.

Decadent trains like the Rajasthan’s Palace on Wheels and the Deccan Odyssey are returning to India.

India’s luxury trains

Go for : A timeless travel experience

After a temporary halt due to COVID, two of India’s most luxurious trains are set to return to action. The carriages of Rajasthan’s Palace on Wheels, launched in 1982, once belonged to maharajas and nizams. The eight-day journey starts in Delhi and takes you to all the best sights of Rajasthan, from the palaces of Udaipur and Jaipur to the nature and wildlife of Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, before heading to Agra for a glimpse of the iconic Taj Mahal. The Deccan Odyssey, which is likely to restart operations in 2023, is counted among the world’s most opulent trains. Pick from six-week-long journeys that go through Maharashtra, Ranthambore National Park, Goa, Hyderabad, Gujarat, or Agra. You will, of course, be well taken care of onboard both trains—at their massage centers, bars, and restaurants . — AA

This article originally appeared on Condé Nast Traveller India.


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Travel trends and predictions expected in 2023.

Akash Dahiya

Akash Dahiya

Co-Founder, SanKash

According to research by World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), the travel & tourism sector’s contribution to the Indian economy would surpass the pre-pandemic levels in 2024 with an year-on-year growth of 20.7%

 With normalcy returning and tourism rebounding here are some of the trends that the travel industry should gear up for in the year 2023

Indians will prioritise travel: Indians tourists are going to be amongst the top spenders in 2023 for travel. as the flights are still going full and there are plenty of other visitors at popular travel spots. Amongst the travel choice weekend getaways will be more popular this year. Between the age of 23-40 years, more travellers are willing to upgrade their experience and splurge on holidays.

Fluctuation in currency : Ongoing Wars; war hysteria; pandemics; will impact economies and as a result currencies are & will fluctuate rapidly. Given that Indian currency is not so strong the cost of travel could change every month, even if bookings are done in advance, the cost of spend while on travel could throw a person off budget. Given the circumstances, travellers will prefer group tour with ZERO bill at check out and Travel Now Pay Later will become a preferred choice of customer to pay. 

The group tours will stay and rise in demand as people would want to pay for their travel in local currency before they can travel, while TNPL will gain popularity as customer would like to conserve cash and carry extra cash to the destination or park in their saving.

Payment deals & offer will drive traffic : Penetration of fintech’s in country has given power and options to Indian consumers, today FinTech mobile apps (Including banking apps) occupy more space & attention in consumer’s phone as compared to social media. Customers look for deals and offer before making payments to any service provider for primary service. Thus, financial tools are no more tool to pay they are tool to sell, it is important now for travel service provider to feature on financial service provider platform to be part of consideration set. 

Choice of destination is going to change : Some countries are yet to catch up normalcy post Covid, countries like China are not yet opened and destinations like Hong Kong, Sri Lanka are no more part of consideration set due to changes in geo-political situation. While counties like the USA and the UK are so short staffed that issuing tourist visa is a 365-day process now. This gave rise to opportunity for countries like Maldives as they simply presented themselves as an option and as 1 Indian goes 10K follows. Given the situation Tourism departments of countries wanting to get piece of Indian tourism are best suited to launch their product now. Someone like Saudi who want to be a preferred destination for Indians will make a dent now. 

Travelling on a ‘save while spending’ mode will continue to be a popular choice:  in the past two years, travellers have adapted to the idea of ‘travel-now-pay-later’. Though they do want to travel, most of them do not want to use their savings for the same as the fear of another pandemic-like situation still lurks on. Hence, paying for a travel experience in a pocket friendly monthly manner still makes sense. This way their savings remain intact and they pay in a convenient fashion even after consuming the travel services.

  Offline Travel agents will gain popularity:  Though with booming demand all segments within travel will continue to gain however offline segment (bookings done via offline travel agents) will get bigger share of total market. Reason being, just before & during Covid travellers suffered from hands of OTA & aggregators on issues of refunds and cancellation resulting them to fall back to agent who serviced them better on these fronts. Also with changing environment travellers always look for a fall back if all hell break loose while travelling which an offline agent handles better instead of an IVR. However, with given increase in demand technology and collaboration will be the new drivers of the travel industry in the coming year. To stay relevant, travel merchants will have to invest more in online technologies to make bookings seamless for the travellers. POS solutions and technology will contribute majorly to this, while airlines would be focusing more of capabilities such as self-service, touchless travel, biometrics and AI.    

Hence, primarily, despite the operational challenges in 2022 and inflation, travel is rebounding back to pre-pandemic levels. Travellers would be expected to head to all corners of the globe, even if that means splurging at times and planning ahead would seem to be a common theme. Plus, we’ll see even more emphasis on technology at the Point of sale enabling such experiences for travellers.

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India Tourism Statistics 2023: The Ultimate Guide

By gowithguide travel specialist: ajitsa a..

How many times a day do you use the words mango, pajamas, jungle, or shampoo? If the answer is more than once, you're already experiencing the cultural, historical, and social impact of India . Home to 1.4 billion people , and the birthplace of worldwide gems like chess and wireless communication, what you know about India is just the tip of the iceberg. The only thing that'll slow your journey is some good old information overload. No worries, you’ve come to the right place. 

Our ultimate guide to India will start your trip on the right foot, giving you the highs, lows, facts, and figures. Let's dive into what makes India so incredible, what to do once you get there, and how to create unforgettable memories in the land of mystery and diversity. 

India Tourism Statistics - Annual Weather and Tourist Arrivals

Why We Love India  

India never lacks a mesmerizing scene, from the awe-inspiring Himalayas of the north to the enchanting classical dances of the south. The peninsula drew in 8.6 million foreign tourists in February 2023 alone. With 10.9 million international arrivals in 2019 and 6.98 million non-resident Indian arrivals, India beat out major tourist destinations like South Korea, Egypt, and Australia to be the 22nd most visited country in the world. 

So is tourism booming in India? Yes! 2020’s slump saw only 3 million visitors, but they bounced back in 2022 with 6.19 million visitors. So why do tourists love India? The culture, cuisine, and landscapes are a great place to start!

Why we love India - Culture, Cuisine, Landscapes

The Culture

Indian culture is celebrated globally, and these elements are but a glimpse of the melting pot of dialects, dressing, delicacies, and dances that await. 

  • ​ Classical Indian Dances - Enchanting, vibrant, and full of life, India's folk dances are a passionate display of artistry. The energetic Bollywood moves that take the world by storm have deep roots in traditional dances such as Bharatanatyam and Kathak.
  • Vibrant Festivals - If you're lucky enough to be in the country in March, carry a white shirt and a lot of energy for the world-famous Holi festival held across India. Everyone, whether you’re a believer or not, is invited and each region has a special celebration method.
  • Spiritual Sites - Beautiful structures like the Vaishno Devi and the Shirdi Temple are just a drop in the ocean of India’s long romance with spirituality. 
  • Buzzing Bazaars - Looking for one-of-a-kind souvenirs? Head to Delhi's Chandni Chowk, or Hyaderbad's Laad Bazaar. Markets are the backbone of India’s cities, with everything from food and spices to fabric and jewelry. Be sure to go with a local guide for safety and great deals. 
  • Traveling By Train - India is known for its classic, charming trains, but if you're looking for luxury, check out the Palace on Wheels or the Maharaja Express . 

The Cuisine 

Sweet, spicy, and savory, India is often considered a mecca for culinary travelers. Each region has its gems, so the best way to discover them is with one of our all-out India food tours!

  • ​ North Indian - The birthplace of butter chicken, aloo samosas, fluffy parathas, and dal makhani is an ideal place to kick off your foodie festival. A Delhi food walk would highlight the north's coveted cuisine.
  • West Indian - Sweet and savory pork vindaloo, Laal maas, Ghewar, and fish curry are some of the delicious dishes you can expect from West India. 
  • South Indian - Spices from the south are on another level, so dishes like the Hyderabadi biryani, masala dosa, and chicken Chettinad have transcended local tastes to become international favorites. 
  • East & North East Indian - Welcome to the often underlooked east & northeast region. Khaja Pitha, mutton & pumpkin Lonvas, Sandesh and gobi manchurian are local must-haves. 
  • Central Indian - There’s nothing like a fresh cup of Thandai, some Boti kebab, and some murgh musallam after a festival.

The Landscapes

When it comes to nature, India is a sanctuary blessed with scenery and terrain that makes it the only country to have tigers and lions. These landscapes will leave you breathless.

  • Lohagad Fort Hiking Trail - Deep in Maharashtra lies an architectural marvel mixed with the lush greenery and steep hills that make this region a peaceful escape from the city.
  • ​ Nubra Valley - Ladakh is a bucket list location for many reasons, but this cold desert valley mixed with blossoming foliage blends Tibet and Kashmir’s beauty seamlessly. 
  • Alappuzha - There's a lot of praise for Kerala and with good reason. By far, the best way to enjoy this beach city is with a houseboat cruise through its backwaters. 
  • Chandra Tal Lake - The thrilling nature of the Indian Himalayan Region can hardly be explained. You'll be at a loss for words when you encounter the crystal waters of ChandraTal. Simply stunning. 
  • The Munnar Tea Hills - We're back in Kerala, but this time, it's to appreciate the rolling tea hills of Munnar, a spectacular example of man-made effort and nature's enduring allure. 

Who Else Loves India 

If you’re already falling in love with India, you’re in good company. The travel and tourism industry pulled in 194 billion USD , contributing to 6.8% of the country’s GDP. 

So where does India rank in tourism? According to the World Economic Forum, it ranked 34th out of 140 counties in its Travel and Tourism Competitive Index for 2019. Want to know which country sends the most tourists to India? The winner is…

  • Bangladesh - With 2.5 million visitors touching down in 2019, India’s neighbor to the east has been the country’s largest tourism pool for years.
  • The United States - How many US citizens visited India? In 2019,  1.5 million travelers from the United States arrived, with most touching down in India for spiritually-related travel. In fact, US citizens can stay in India for up to 180 days with a digitized e-tourist visa .
  • The United Kingdom - The UK’s obsession with all things India explains the 1 million visitors that spent time in the nation greatly contributed to the Brit's passion for tea and curry.
  • Australia - Over 370,000 visitors from the land down under flocked to this beloved peninsula in 2019. In fact, Australia took over Sri Lanka’s 2018 position as number 4.
  • Canada - Capping off the top five is Canada with 351,859 visitors.

So we know why, and we know who, but where would you go if you touched down in India today? Decisions decisions. To ask which part of India is the most beautiful begs for a complicated answer, but we’ll do our best!

India Top Tourist Destination

India At A Glance: Planning The Perfect Trip (Where, When & How)  

Alright, so you're ready to jet-set your way to the land of colors, but you're stumped about the rest. Here's our take on the best way to enjoy India's treasures. 

Where To Go: India’s Top Destinations

  • ​ Kerala - Ask anybody which part of India is the most beautiful, and chances are they'll answer Kerala. Time Magazine agrees, dubbing Kerala the 9th greatest place in the world! Touring Kerala can take some time, so we recommend a detailed Backwater Kerala Tour that immerses you in the god's favorite land.
  • New Delhi - From the India Gate to the Lotus temple and Humayun's tomb, India's capital city is the nation's heartbeat, combining stories and monuments from the nation’s grandest eras. To get a taste of the city, try a Private Delhi tour .
  • Agra - One of the seven wonders of the world awaits, rested in Uttar Pradesh. This is the home of the Taj Mahal. Need we say more? Take on the Taj Mahal and Agra's history with a Hidden Gems tour .  
  • Jaipur - Rajasthan’s capital city is a place for palace lovers. Known for the stunningly designed Amber Palace, Hawa Mahal, Samode Palace, and the City Palace, Jaipur's charm is glaring. The pink city is particularly magnificent at sunset, so set out early with a  Jaipur tour that features a stunning sunset dinner.
  • Mumbai - With over 20 million residents, Mumbai is often considered India's New York. Swanky apartments, busy highways, and bustling markets make it the best place for a full-day Mumbai adventure.
  • Varanasi - As the birthplace of Buddhism, and the home of the oldest religion in the world (Hinduism), India, and especially Varanasi, is a key spot for spiritual travelers. From the sacred temples and satisfying tea to the holy waters of the Ganges river, our Varanasi walking tours paint a vivid image of the nation’s deeply rooted spiritual history.

Travel Tip: What to know which city is the most touristy in India? It's a close tie between Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Jodhpur, and Udaipur. Looking to escape touristy crowds? Private tours in places like Ladakh and Varanasi can be organized with a GWG private guide.

India Tours - Annual Weather and Tourist Arrivals

When To Go: India’s Spectacular Weather

Given its sheer size, India has a complex seasonal schedule featuring monsoons, light rains, intense heat and cold winds depending on the region. So when should you go? Let's weigh the options.

  • ​ Winter: The Big Chill (January - February) Generally speaking, India’s coldest months run from December to February, with temperatures in the south and southeast ranging from 20-25°C and those in colder northwest regions dropping to 10-15°C. 
  • Summer: Sweltering Heat (March - June) Summer in India is no joke. Hot and humid temperatures across the country average 30-35°C, but can go up to 40°C in parts of Central and Southern India.
  • Monsoon Season: Heavy Rains (July-September) July to September bring India's legendary and terrifying monsoon season, with rains lasting from 75 to 120 days, depending on the region. Areas in the southwest and western regions are heavily affected.
  • Autumn: Monsoon Recovery (October-December) By September, the rains have eased up, and temperatures generally drop from 38°C to 28°C between October and November.

​ Overall, Winter and Autumn are considered ideal travel times due to the cool weather and calm rains. India’s status as a peninsula invites diverse winds and terrain, creating specific weather conditions for each region. Notable regions include;

  • Northern & Northeast India Destinations: Delhi, Jaipur, Agra, Rajasthan, Himalayas, Varanasi Hottest Months - March to June (highs of 42°C) Average Daily Temperature - Erratic (from 20-40°C) Ideal Travel Time - October to February (average 17-26°C) Stay Inside - July to August, May.
  • ​ Southern & Southeast India Destinations: Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh Hottest Months - March to May (highs of 40°C) Average Daily Temperature - 32°C Ideal Travel Time - November to March (average 20-30°C) Stay Inside - June to September monsoons
  • ​ Western India Destinations: Mumbai, Udaipur, Goa Hottest Months - May (highs of 33°C) Average Daily Temperature - 26.4°C Ideal Travel Time - November to April  Stay Inside - July Rainy Season

India Tourist Information - When to go and transportation

​ How To Get There: Navigating India’s Transport Systems

Traveling through India can be hectic, as the country's transportation networks can be tricky for newcomers. These transit tidbits are a great starting point, but we recommend discussing travel options with a knowledgeable local guide .

  • Travel By Rail - Catering to 8 billion travelers per year with over 20,000 daily trips, India’s rail system is a national symbol of ingenuity and coordination. Highly affordable and highly convenient.
  • Rickshaw Rides - Need to get to a nearby landmark or monument? Hop in one of these three-wheeled wonders and watch your driver navigate traffic with ease. Rickshaws are fast, super cheap, and convenient.
  • Taxi, Please - Taxis are a dime a dozen in India, but picking the right one can be a hassle. It’s best to stick to services like Ola Cabs or Uber when hailing a cab. Alternatively, GoWithGuide tours can be customized with a private car to ensure you spend your time touring and not in transit.

​ Travel Truth: Tourism’s Highs and Lows

​ So what is a major problem in India's travel and tourism industry? One of the biggest hindrances is the outside world's perception of India as a nation. That takes a lot of time and money to change. This is followed by the lack of infrastructure management and expansion to meet the growing tourism sector.

What To Expect: Life In The Land Of Colors

With so much culture to absorb, some shock is bound to set in. Is India a friendly country to foreigners? Yes, but there are a few things you should know before you go. Here’s the scoop on living your best stress-free life in India.

Do’s & Don’ts 

Every country has its quirks. When in India, it’s good to keep these tips in mind.

India Travel - Do's and Don'ts - 1

Staying Safe: Red Flags For Travelers 

Alright, let's get to the tough stuff. India's magic can sometimes be dulled by valid safety concerns. In 2021, the National Crime Records Bureau recorded 446 crime incidents for every 100,000 people, so can you stay safe while touring the country? Yes, if you start by looking out for these red flags;

  • Tampered Taxi Meter -  the phrase “Sorry sir/madam, my meter is broken” followed by a hiked taxi price is common. To avoid this, agree on a price beforehand, travel with a guide, or use set prices from apps like Uber.  If your taxi doesn’t have a meter, don’t even bother getting in.
  • Pickpockets and Public Transport - It's unavoidable. So stay as vigilant as possible and keep your things close when on public buses and trains. The stations are where pickpocketing antics run wild.
  • Train Ticket Valet - After you purchase a train ticket, anyone asking you to pay for "stamped validation is a scammer". There's no such thing. Keep your ticket to yourself and only show it to the train's conductor after paying. 
  • Bags, Please - Anyone asking to assist you with your luggage will want a tip afterward, even if it was for two seconds. To avoid this, keep your luggage in your hands.

India Tourist Scams and Traps

​ That last part can put a dark cloud over your dreams of touring India, but it shouldn't. You can dismiss those travel woes with a private tour guide, so you get to;

  • Stay away from sketchy venues and vendors.
  • Avoid strange people looking to take advantage of you.
  • Stick to a schedule designed by Y-O-U, so every activity is what you want to do.
  • Discover India’s hidden gems, known only by locals.

Sounds like a sweet deal right? Let’s take your trip to the next level with a customizable private guided tour , and make those memories we’ve been talking so much about. 

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If 2022 was the year of revenge travel, let 2023 be the one where you slow down and soak it all in. Here are the 23 destinations to go to—as picked by Condé Nast Traveller editors.


Andaman and nicobar islands.

Go for: A new island hotel and amazing outdoor adventures

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Arittapatti, tamil nadu.

Go for: Tamil Nadu’s first Biodiversity Heritage Site

Thanit Weerawan

Go for: Cruises on the Brahmaputra River

Subhendu Sarkar

Arunachal pradesh.

Go for: Ziro Festival, pristine natural heritage

Bengaluru, Karnataka 

Go for: The Museum of Art & Photography, benne dosa, Cubbon Park promenade

Belur and Halebid, Karnataka

Go for: The sacred temples of the Hoysala Empire—India’s official nomination for the  UNESCO World Heritage Site tag in 2022-23

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Go for: New hotels and restaurants and the Goa Carnival


Hanle, ladakh.

Go for: India’s soon-to-be declared dark sky reserve, Hanle Monastery 

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Jaipur, rajasthan.

Go for: Safaris, the Jaipur Literature Festival and new hotel and bar openings 

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Srinagar, j&k.

Go for: New infrastructure for easier road tripping, elevated nature retreats


Jeypore, odisha.

Go for: New trekking trails 

Kochi, Kerala 

Go for: Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Chinese fishing nets, history lessons

Go for: The coast’s newest surf school and beach zipline in Devgad


Kuno, madhya pradesh .

Go for: The comeback of cheetahs, vibe with the wild 

Martin Harvey

Mumbai, maharashtra.

Go for: Lollapalooza, Van Gogh 360 experience and the exciting sports scene

Charles McQuillan

Go for: Offroading and the Hornbill Festival

Pune, Maharashtra 

Go for: The indie food scene

Rishikesh, uttarakhand.

Go for: A truly luxurious wellness circuit 

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Santiniketan, west bengal .

Go for: The Baul Festival, art, culture and Rabindranath Tagore

Go for: New hotels, cherry blossoms, music and food festivals

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Tons valley, uttarakhand.

Go for: Idyllic mountain views and a truly local experience 

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Udupi, karnataka .

Go for: a new pet-friendly homestay, birdwatching and beaches

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Go for: a timeless travel experience

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Tourism sector in India is a significant economic multiplier and is becoming increasingly important as the country strives for rapid economic growth and employment creation. Despite the tourism sector being severely affected by COVID, India witnessed a jump in Foreign Tourist Arrivals in 2022. The Draft National Tourism Policy formulated by the Ministry of Tourism is a holistic framework for sustainable and responsible growth of the tourism sector in the country. The Policy aims at improving framework conditions for tourism development in the country and supporting tourism industries. India is observing ‘Visit India Year 2023’ on in order to develop tourism in mission mode and to accelerate India’s rise towards world leadership in tourism sector. The Ministry of Tourism is also organizing 1st Global Tourism Investors’ Summit in May this year to showcase investible projects and opportunities in tourism and hospitality sector in India to domestic and international investors.

Measures needed: Tourist Police Scheme

  • As many as 29 foreigners were murdered in the last three years. While 14 foreigners fell victim to rape last year, 16 were raped in 2020 and 12 in 2019.
  • As many as 15 cases of assault to outraging modesty of foreign women were registered last year across the country, apart from 14 complaints of cheating.
  • Booklet on the tourist police scheme and tourist police stations: The Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPRD) has brought out a booklet on the tourist police scheme detailing the mode of setting up of tourist police stations and control rooms, outposts, uniforms, recruitment, qualifications, training and logistics requirements for tourist police stations.
  • Identified tourist spots : As many as 25 popular tourist spots have been identified in the country where the tourist police necessarily need to be deployed to help foreigners. As an incentive, 30% deputation allowance has been recommended for the police personnel who joins the tourist police on deputation.
  • Identified Criminals in and around tourists’ spots need to be kept on constant surveillance
  • Fast track courts should be set immediately to try cases of crimes against tourists
  • States that have tourist police: Though the concept of ‘tourist police’ has been in vogue for the past few years, it has not been given the kind of attention it deserves. The States that have tourist police are Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, Goa, Rajasthan and Kerala.
  • Delhi a neglected state is gearing up for tourist police wing: In view of the forthcoming G20 Summit, the Delhi police is gearing up its tourist police wing, which was hitherto in a neglected state and so are other States which will see a huge influx of foreigners.

Potential and prospects :-

  • Tourism in India has emerged as an instrument of income and employment generation, poverty alleviation and sustainable human development. It contributes 6.23% to the national GDP and 8.78% of the total employment in India. Almost 20 million people are now working in the India’s tourism industry.
  • Tourism is an important source of foreign exchange earnings in India. This has favourable impact on the balance of payment of the country. The tourism industry in India generated about US$100 billion in 2008 and that is expected to increase to US$275.5 billion by 2018 at a 9.4% annual growth rate.
  • The sector also has the potential to create micro-entrepreneurs who in turn can employ more people. The multiplier effect it delivers is high.
  • In fact, tourism helped Spain which receives over 68 million international tourists annually fight its recent economic downturn.
  • According to the World Tourism Organisation, the sector provides for 10 per cent of the world’s GDP, 7 per cent of the global trade and creates one in every 11 jobs worldwide.
  • Travel and tourism sector in India has the potential to grow much faster and support 46 million jobs by 2025, provided the right investments and policies continue to be implemented
  • Tourism in a place will put the local culture, handicraft sector in the limelight and increase the standard of living of these people.
  • It can  help develop rural areas which are tourist spots providing better facilities  there itself and can lead to less migration which will further reduce pressure on cities.
  • Indian Tourism offers a potpourri of different cultures, traditions, festivals, and places of interest. There are a lot of options for the tourists. India is a country with rich cultural and traditional diversity. This aspect is even reflected in its tourism. The different parts of the country offer wide variety of interesting places to visit.
  • With optimistic predictions of about 13.34 million foreign tourists arriving by 2024, there is a pressing need to upgrade our security systems specially to provide a flawless security blanket cover to foreign tourists.
  • Safety assumes utmost importance to draw tourists in hordes.
  • If the goal of positioning of India as one of the  world’s best tourism destinations by 2047 , there is need to integrate various schemes of different ministries.

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  • Budget 2023: Tourism industry hopes for structural transformation, govt handholding

As the Indian states prepare for the inbound tourism rebound in 2023 on the sidelines of the G20 presidency and Tourism Ministry all set to roll out the National Tourism Policy, the Union Budget is expected to benefit several tracts of the tourism industry. A few pre-budget suggestions from the key industry players to understand how the respective industry can thrive in a sustainable manner.

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What the travel & tourism industry expects from Union Budget 2023?

With the Union Budget 2022-23 just two weeks away, industry stakeholders share their expectations from the government, especially from the revival point of view. While the tourism and hospitality sectors in India are witnessing a boom, the industry still requires government’s support to fully recover. Find out what industry leaders have to say…

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Southeast Asia Looks to India for Tourism Reboot

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Leaders throughout Southeast Asia have made it a priority to attract more Indian and Chinese travellers as a quick fix to boost their tourism and aviation recovery. What’s clear though, is that whilst air capacity between India and Southeast Asia is reaching towards pre-pandemic levels and beyond, China-Southeast Asia’s capacity is slow to gain momentum.   When we look at air capacity from the two countries into Southeast Asia as of Q3 2023, China-Southeast Asia operated almost double the number of seats at 8 million vs India-Southeast Asia’s 3.8 million, whilst the recovery vs 2019 levels couldn’t be more different. China was -53% of 2019 levels, whilst India, by contrast, was just 7% down.  

Closer analysis of India and Southeast Asia capacity for Q3 2023 vs Q3 2019, pre-pandemic, reveals:

  • Singapore reached +13% recovery with- 1.5 million scheduled seats.
  • Indonesia recorded an enormous +1,465% growth, albeit with a much more modest 31k seats.
  • Vietnam, has been aggressively opening new routes and bolstering capacity, particularly between to India , creating an additional 345k seats which simply didn’t exist in 2019.
  • Malaysia and Thailand meanwhile, lag behind at -32% and -29% respectively.

Analysis of China and Southeast Asia capacity shows that there are pockets of recovery in the region:

  • Singapore, once more, is tracking best for recovery at just -23% of 2019 levels and 2.3 million seats.
  • Thailand, formerly one of the top international destinations by capacity for China, languishes at -60%.

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Key Leisure Destinations Still Lag Behind 

There is a noticeable lag in demand from China to purely leisure destinations, whilst demand for key capital cities, such as Jakarta and Hanoi, isa getting closer to pre-pandemic levels, 

  •  Jakarta was just -2% down on 2019 levels, Bali was still at -71%. 
  •  Hanoi was -7%, whilst Nha Trang was -86%.
  •  Phnom Penh was at -48%, Sihanoukville was at a staggering -100%, with no carriers restarting flights to the city.   

However, analysis does highlight a key difference between Chinese and Indian air capacity to Southeast Asia: the connectivity to secondary and tertiary cities.  China, despite the slower recovery to these destinations, has far more connections to leisure destinations in Southeast Asia, like Bali, Phuket, Phu Quoc, Kalibo (Boracay), Penang and Pattaya, whilst India has connections to Phuket and plans for Bali - but that’s it.

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Given the importance of Chinese tourism to Southeast Asia it makes sense that the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and their respective governments are focusing their attention on China as the immediate ‘shot in the arm’ their tourism industry needs. India, on the other hand, will form part of their medium-term plan as connectivity grows. We have already seen action from some governments:

  • Thailand: 13 September 2023 Thailand’s new Prime Minister Thavisin waived visas for Chinese nationals until 29 February 2024 with the hope of adding 700k international arrivals during Thailand’s year-end peak season.
  • The Philippines: launched a pilot e-visa scheme for Chinese nationals on 24 August.

Will the same scheme be extended to Indian nationals? The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) noted that it would monitor the results of the Chinese national visa waiver for two months before making a decision. However, local tourism association - the Association of Thai Travel Agents (Atta) - believes that the most critical obstacle to driving Indian arrivals is not the visa, but rather the bilateral air service agreement in place with India, which limits the number of seats.

Myanmar, keen to revive tourism and shake off perceptions about internal conflict, has opened up visas on arrival for both Chinese and Indian nationals, whilst Malaysia in its Budget 2024 strategy has set out vague plans to offer multiple entry visas for tourists from India and China.

To attract secondary and tertiary tier cities in both India and China, ASEAN tourism authorities like Tourism Malaysia have undertaken a charm offensive, with trade roadshows in destinations such as Changsha, Lanzhou and Xi’an in China, Amritsar, Lucknow, Nagpur, Pune, Goa and Cochin in India. Offbeat promotional strategies around Indian weddings, long seen as lucrative, have been devised, too - the TAT proposed a tax exemption on wedding jewellery being imported into the country.

Connectivity is Critical to Growth

For air capacity to continue growing to both India and China, increasing connectivity points across the region is a must. The Indian ambassador to Cambodia has promised that direct flights will soon start, Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific are said to be looking into the feasibility of opening up new routes to India, Bali is hoping for direct Indian flights, and the TAT are touting charter flights from China in Q1 2024 as a way to boost additional capacity in the market. For those markets that have seen an increase in Indian capacity, namely Indonesia and Vietnam, the push has been via the low-cost carriers, rather than mainline carriers - Vietjet for Vietnam, and IndiGo for Indonesia.

As for whether India and China need Southeast Asian tourists to the extent to which Southeast Asia needs them for tourism, the short answer is no. Whilst some ASEAN countries like Malaysia were in the top 10 arrivals in 2019 for India, and ASEAN countries into China in 2019 accounted for 25.9 million international arrivals, or around 18%, there is not the same urgency to see flights - and tourists - from the ASEAN region return.

The importance of India and China to ASEAN’s tourism industry will likely not diminish any time soon. Whilst China has the leading edge for arrivals currently and is therefore the golden source market all countries are aiming for, the more visionary tourism boards across the region are continuing to lay down solid promotional groundwork in tertiary cities within India, going beyond the major metropolises.

The fact that international arrivals into the region from India are nearing pre-pandemic levels is a clear indicator of its medium-term potential - and once flight capacity starts to ramp up beyond 2019 levels, as airlines plan, we could well see India joining China at the top of the table for tourism arrivals - an altogether much more robust future for the region than its previous over-reliance on the Chinese market.


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166% Rise In Foreign Tourist Arrivals In India In 2023 For Jan-Apr Period

"India is hosting over 200 G20 meetings at 55 locations across the country. It is happening with 'janbhagidari' (people's cooperation). And, tourism sector is benefitting the most from these meetings," he said.

166% Rise In Foreign Tourist Arrivals In India In 2023 For Jan-Apr Period

India saw a 166% rise in foreign tourist arrivals In India in 2023 from January to Aprril

The number of foreign tourists who arrived in India this year during January-April is 166 per cent more than the figures for the corresponding period in 2022, Union Tourism Minister G Kishan Reddy said today.

He said this in his address at the inaugural session of the fourth G20 Tourism Working Group (TWG) meeting in Panaji.

Mr Reddy also said that after the COVID-19 pandemic, foreign tourist arrivals in India have increased.

"The number of foreign tourists who arrived in India this year during January-April is 166 per cent higher than the figures for the corresponding period in 2022," Mr Reddy said. "India's inbound travel is expected to reach to pre-pandemic level in 2023," he asserted.

Later at a press conference, Mr Reddy said it was a "matter of happiness" that the concluding meeting of the TWG is taking place in Goa.

In keeping with the philosophy of 'Atithi Devo Bhav', India is hosting G20 delegates with great warmth.

"Each of these delegates... we want them to go back as ambassadors of India," the minister said.

Earlier interacting with members of a Yuva Tourism Club after the opening session here, Mr Reddy said the G20 meetings are taking place across the country "akin to a festival".

During the TWG meeting on Tuesday, sustainable tourism, climate change, among other subjects were discussed.

The fourth and the final meeting is discussing various challenges that tourism sector is facing globally.

Hailing India as the "mother of democracy" and ancient land of spirituality, Union minister Reddy urged the global community to work together to build a more sustainable, inclusive and resilient tourism sector.

India is currently chairing the G20, and "mother of democracy" and "Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam", are also one of the key taglines used by the central government in its posters and other visuals means of comunication on it.

The Union minister also said that currently the Indian government has two priorities: sustainable infrastructure creation, to cater to the growing needs of  the  tourists,  and raising awareness among the tourists,  for responsible consumption and adoption of an environmentally conscious lifestyle and through the launch of the "G20 Tourism and SDG Dashboard, a legacy has been created".

The dashboard being developed, shall promote policies and initiatives by the G20 countries, and guest countries in building a more sustainable, inclusive, and resilient sector, he said.

A thematic discussion on 'Making India a Hub for Cruise Tourism' was also organised in partnership with Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) was also held on Tuesday during the event.

At the end of the fourth Tourism Working Group Meeting and the G20 Tourism Ministerial Meeting, a Goa Roadmap and Action Plan and a ministerial communique endorsing the roadmap will be issued.

From the last three Tourism Working Group meetings, "insightful discussions, thought-provoking and positive decisions" have emerged which will be deliberated upon in the fourth and the final meeting in Goa, the minister said.

Mr Reddy said the outcomes of the two meetings, aim to lend support towards building a more sustainable, inclusive and resilient tourism sector.

The Roadmap and the communique are in line with achieving the Sustainable Development Goals of 2030.

"Friends, let us work together in bridging the gap between public and private leaders and building a more sustainable, inclusive and resilient tourism sector in future," he said.

Tourism Ministry officials reiterated that these two documents will be key deliverables after the Goa meet.

"At the end of our working group meeting and the ministerial meeting, we are going to declare a Goa Roadmap and Action Plan for tourism as a vehicle for achieving sustainable development goals (SDGs)," a senior official said.  Under India's G20 Tourism Track, the TWG is working on five inter-connected priority areas - green tourism, digitisation, skills, tourism MSMEs and destination. These priorities are key building blocks for accelerating the transition of the tourism sector and achieve the targets for 2030 SDGs.

Also, there will be a "ministerial communique" that will be released at the end of the tourism working group and other deliberations which will endorse the Goa roadmap.

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The first Tourism Working Group Meeting of the G20 was held at Runn of Kutch in Gujarat followed by the second one at Siliguri and Darjeeling in West Bengal, and the third one was hosted in Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir.  

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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In recent years, among the various facets of travel, such as leisure and business, one niche segment has garnered exceptional attention and evolved into a global travel phenomenon: Sports tourism. This rapidly growing segment gives sports enthusiasts a unique opportunity to delve into diverse destinations and experience their cultures while participating in live action.

While sports tourism is not a novel concept, its popularity has recently surged. Sports fans are no longer content being passive spectators and want to be a part of the action. As per data, the sports tourism market in India currently boasts an estimated valuation of nearly $37,646.36 million and is poised to grow with a projected compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 14.8 percent from 2022 through 2032.

Furthermore, considering the case of India, the past decade has witnessed the inception of league competitions such as the Indian Premier League, Pro Kabaddi League, Indian Super League, and more. By introducing international players into domestic teams, these leagues have significantly expanded the fan base of these sports.

In addition, the global appeal of events like the ICC Men's ODI World Cup 2023, being hosted in the country after 12 years, has generated immense excitement. Cricket has over one billion fans globally, with the Indian subcontinent constituting more than 90 percent, according to the largest-ever market research into the sport conducted by the ICC.

As those Indian fans, as well as those from abroad, converge in India to watch the matches live, this, in turn, boosts the country's travel and hospitality sectors. As the official accommodation partner for the ongoing World Cup, it also presents a unique opportunity for us at to facilitate cricket-inspired travel experiences for sports tourists. Travellers today seek experiences that emphasise unparalleled efficiency, convenience, and immersion. With the connected trip experience, they can blend various travel components like taxis, rental cars, flights, attractions and unique places to stay to create a comprehensive, integrated itinerary.

Hence, sports events serve as a magnet for aficionados, wielding significant economic influence on local economies. For instance, post ICC's announcement of the ODI World Cup to be held in India, there has been a 1,550 percent increase in searches for accommodation in Ahmedabad for the match date—October 14, when India and Pakistan played at the venue—as compared to the same time last year, data from reveals.

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Seven out of the   topmost searched domestic destinations by Indian travellers from October 1 to November 20 include host cities: New Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, and Ahmedabad.

Events like the World Cup present an unparalleled opportunity to promote the host country's hospitality and culture while boosting tourism. They become catalysts for forging meaningful connections with individuals from diverse backgrounds, uniting them through their shared passion for the game. Hence, sports events attract tourists, stimulate the local economy, create employment opportunities, and drive investment in infrastructure.

In conclusion, sports tourism has emerged as a dominant and dynamic trend in travel. The emotional rollercoaster of sports offers a unique and immersive experience. It's no wonder some travel enthusiasts transform into super fans, journeying across India and the world to witness their teams or players in action.

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Travel guide for best places to visit and things to do in march 2023.

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Marking the end of winter season, March is the perfect month to enjoy the spring where you get to witness the blooming flowers, lush green tea estates or simply relax at the sandy beaches. No matter what reason you choose for travelling in India during the spring season, you can enjoy the pleasant weather or be a part of some local festivals or indulge in some adventure activities. Believe us when we say you are going to get an amazing experience amid warm sun and cool winds when you plan a holiday in March in India.

So, if you have been looking for the best places for vacation, here I am helping you with 27 top places to visit and things to do in March in India.

  • Jaipur, Rajasthan
  • Rishikesh, Uttarakhand
  • Chennai, Tamil Nadu
  • Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra
  • Pune, Maharashtra
  • Udaipur, Rajasthan
  • Wayanad, Kerala
  • Ziro Valley, Arunachal Pradesh
  • Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh
  • Coorg, Karnataka
  • Kaziranga National Park, Assam
  • Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu
  • Ooty, Tamil Nadu
  • Gokarna, Karnataka
  • Chikmagalur, Karnataka
  • Havelock Island, Andaman
  • Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu
  • Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
  • Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan
  • Shillong, Meghalaya
  • Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh
  • West Bengal

Top Things to Do in March in India

  • River Rafting in Rishikesh
  • Trekking in Himachal Pradesh
  • Wildlife Safari at Bandhavgarh National Park
  • Skydiving in Mysore
  • Scuba Diving in Neil Islands

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Jaipur, Rajasthan: A Visit to the Land of Maharajas for Witnessing the Much-Celebrated Festivals


A captivating city that has always impressed the tourists with its iconic forts and palaces, Jaipur will let you make the most of the month of March by letting you attend celebrations like Gangaur Festival which will begin from March. The colorful festival is celebrated by the women by worshipping Lord Shiva and Goddess Gauri and praying for the long life of their husbands. You can attend the Elephant Festival which is on March where you will get to see caparisoned elephants with amazing patterns, dressed in ribbons and jewellery. There is also an India Bikers Festival which will be celebrated in the month of   March where bike riders celebrate their passion with beer, music, food and a few amazing activities.

Top Tourist Attractions in Jaipur

  • Witness the royal lifestyle at the City Palace.
  • Explore the marvelous architecture at Hawa Mahal.
  • Witness the evolving art and culture at Albert Hall.
  • A visit to Amer Fort to witness the high formidable walls.
  • Witness the clear water of Lake Man Sagar at Jal Mahal.
  • A visit to Johari Bazar which is the oldest and largest shopping place of the city.
  • A visit to Bapu Bazaar which boasts of a variety of camel leather products.
  • Get the traditional Rajasthani feel by visiting the Chokhi Dhani which is a village resort.
  • Feel the warmth of sunrise and sunset at Nahargarh Fort.

How to Reach?

  • By Air : Jaipur has its own airport which is well-connected to the other major cities of the country. Get down at the airport, board a cab to reach your final destination in Jaipur.
  • By Rail: Travelling to the Pink City by train is convenient with Shatabdi Express which connects Jaipur to the major cities of India. Also, there are other popular trains including Ajmer Shatabdi, Pune Jaipur Express, Jaipur Express and Adi SJ Rajdhani. Once you get down at the railway station, board a cab to reach your destination in Jaipur.
  • By Road : Having a good network of roads connecting with other major Indian cities, Jaipur is easily accessible by road. You can avail the regular bus services which are run by both private and state government to and from New Delhi and Agra.

Where to Stay in Jaipur?

For a luxury stay, you can book your stay at Oberoi Rajvilas, Lebua Resort, The Tree of Life Resort & Spa, ITC Rajputana, Trident, Jaipur Marriott Hotel.

Or if you are not looking to spend much on the accommodation then you can book your stay at Sunrise Health Resort, Pride Amber Vilas, Shahpura House, Fortune Select Metropolitan, Woodsvilla Resort, Nahargarh Haveli.

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Rishikesh, Uttarakhand: Witness the Popular Festival Where People from West Meet East

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A hub of many ancient temples, popular cafes, yoga ashrams and adventure sports, Rishikesh will give you the best travel experience with a perfect blend of spirituality and adrenaline rush. It is one of the best places to visit in March. A visit to Rishikesh in March will let you be a part of the International Tantra Festival 2023.

You can be a part of the International Yoga Festival which is held at the Parmarth Niketan Ashram. Participants from around 30 countries of the world travel to Rishikesh to attend the sessions from some of the spiritual leaders.

Top Tourist Attractions in Rishikesh

  • Take a walk on the swinging Lakshman Jhula and Ram Jhula.
  • A visit to Triveni Ghat to witness the evening Aarti.
  • Head to Rishi Kund to enjoy the hot water spring.
  • A visit to Beatles Ashram which is named after the iconic band ‘Beatles’ from Liverpool.
  • Visit Geeta Bhawan which is popular for providing free shelter.
  • Visit the largest ashram in Rishikesh, Parmarth Niketan which has over 1000 rooms.
  • The other tourist attractions include Lakshman Temple, Trayambakeshwar Temple, Neelkanth Mahadev Temple, Raghunath Temple, Shatrughan Temple, Shri Bharat Mandir and more.
  • By Air: The nearest airport is Jolly Grant Airport which is located at a distance of approx. 20 km from Rishikesh. Get down at the airport and board a cab to reach Rishikesh.
  • By Rail: Rishikesh has its own railway station making it convenient to reach here by train. The other nearest railhead is in Haridwar which is at a distance of approx. 20 km from Rishikesh. Reaching Haridwar, you can either avail a bus or hire a taxi to Rishikesh.
  • By Road: Travelling to Rishikesh via road is convenient and easy as it is connected to other cities via the NH 58. Regular bus services from Delhi are also available that will let you reach Rishikesh comfortably.

Where to Stay in Rishikesh?

Ananda Inn, Hotel Ganga Kinare, Inderlok Hotel, Basera The Hotel, Hotel Ganga View, Hotel Shivanta, Hotel Amaris are some of the best accommodations to book your stay in Rishikesh.

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Chennai, Tamil Nadu: Travel to the Land of Temples and Beaches and Be a Part of One of the Biggest Electronic Music Fest

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Balancing between rich heritage and thriving modern lifestyle, Chennai will give you a plethora of dimensions to explore in the city. Along with old temples, churches and beaches, Chennai in March will also give you an opportunity to witness the Go Madras Festival, one of the biggest electronic music festivals that is sure to let you have an incredible time! Attending the Go Madras Festival, you will find yourself surrounded by music lovers that you would love to chill with. It is indeed one of the most popular destinations to visit in March.

Top Tourist Attractions in Chennai

  • Sit and Relax at the Marina Beach, Covelong Beach, Elliot’s Beach.
  • Visit Sri Parthasarathy Temple which is the oldest in Chennai.
  • Travel back to the colonial era by visiting San Thome Church.
  • Visit Thousand Lights Mosque for its architectural magnificence.
  • History buffs can take delight in visiting Fort St. George.
  • By Air : The Chennai International Airport has regular flight connectivity from different cities of the country. Get down at the airport and board a cab service to reach the final destination in Chennai.
  • By Rail: Chennai has two railway stations, the Central and Chennai Egmore which are well-connected with the major cities of the country. Getting down at the railway station, you can board a cab service to reach the desired location in Chennai.
  • By Road: Travelling to Chennai by road is easy and fun. You can either opt for rental services or state transport buses to reach Chennai from nearby cities and towns.

Where to Stay in Chennai?

For a luxury stay you can book your stay at ITC Grand Chola, Taj Club House, The Raintree Hotel.

The mid-range hotels include Savera Hotel and La Woods Hotel, Avenue 11 Boutique Residences and Taz Kamar Inn.

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Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra: Savour a Variety of Delectable Cuisines in the Food Truck Festival

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If you have an undefinable love for food, heading to Navi Mumbai is a plan you should stick to in March. Make the most of it by attending the Food Truck Festival where The Bhukkad Flea along with Earth Angels Welfare Foundation will bring 20+ Food Trucks and serve 100+ dishes to all food lovers. Do not worry about the entry fee as it is absolutely free.

Top Tourist Attractions

  • Witness the cascading waterfalls at the Pandavkada Falls.
  • Make a visit to the Belapur Mango Garden to witness the growing and nurturing mango trees.
  • A visit to Belapur Fort which is a popular trekking destination.
  • Utsav Chowk to witness the Greek and Roman style of architecture.
  • For religious tours, you can visit ISKCON Temple, Nerul Balaji Temple, and Bawkhaleshwar Temple.
  • By Air: Chhatrapati Shivaji Airport is the nearest which is located at a distance of approx 28 km from Navi Mumbai and is well-connected with the major cities of the country. Getting down at the airport, you can board a cab service to reach Navi Mumbai.
  • By Rail: The Kalamboli Railway Station in Navi Mumbai is well connected with major cities of the country. From here you can board a cab service to reach the final destination in Navi Mumbai.
  • By Road: Travelling to Navi Mumbai by road is easily accessible as the city is well connected with regular bus services from the nearby cities.

Where to Stay?

Venkat Presidency, Pallavi Avida, Hotel Devanshi Inn are some of the mid-range hotels. For a luxury stay you can book your stay at Ibis Navi Mumbai.

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Pune, Maharashtra- Celebrate a Unique Festival Where Entertainment and Lifestyle Go Hand in Hand

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A food festival which will be held in the month of March in Pune where you can enjoy over 100 foods, beverages, live entertainment, and games. The Great Indian Hunger Festival in Pune will not only be about food but you can even indulge in shopping and try out a few dances moves by attending the dance and Zumba Workshop.

  • Climb hundred steps to reach the Chaturshringi Temple
  • By Air : Lohegaon Airport which is connected to the other major cities of the country. Get down at the airport and board a cab to reach the final destination in Pune.
  • By Rail : The city has important railway junctions including Pune Junction, Khadki Shivajinagar, Ghorpuri, Dapodi, Hadapsar which are well connected with the major cities of the country. Get down at the railway station and you can avail the cab service to reach the main destination in Pune.
  • By Road : Travelling to Pune by road is easy as the city is well linked with major parts of the country. Also, several bus services are offered by state owned bus services which are quite economical and budget-friendly.

Royal Orchid Golden Suites, The O Hotel are the options where you can book your luxury stay in Pune.

The budget-friendly hotels of Pune include Zip by Spree Hinjewadi, and Mindspace Hotel Pimpri.

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Udaipur, Rajasthan: A Place Where You Can Celebrate Holi Like Never Before

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Yet another best travel destination in March, Udaipur will let you celebrate Holika Dahan with a touch of royalty at the City Palace. Here you will witness the royal ways and rituals on the occasion of lightening of traditional sacred fire and burning of an effigy of Holika, followed by a traditional dance form called ‘Gair’, which is performed especially on this occasion. The date for Holika Dahan for the year 2023 is March 7th.

  • Enjoy a boat ride through Pichola Lake by witnessing the Lake Palace.
  • Witness the splendid architecture of the City Palace which depicts royalty.
  • A visit to Jag Mandir to explore the intricate sculptures that are there on the marbles.
  • Spend your evening by getting the mesmerising view at the Fateh Sagar Lake.
  • A visit to Saheliyon-ki-bari to explore the pleasant lotus pool, marble elephants, fountains and more.
  • Visit Bagore ki Haveli which is one of the oldest havelis exhibiting Rajputana heritage and history.
  • By Air: Udaipur has its own airport named Maharana Pratap Airport which is well-connected to the major cities of the country including Mumbai, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Delhi and Hyderabad. Get down at the airport, hire a cab to reach the final destination in Udaipur.
  • By Rail: The city has its own railway station which is almost connected to all cities of Rajasthan and important cities of the country. Get down at Udaipur railway station and you can avail cab or other local transportation facility to reach your destination.
  • By Road : Travelling to Udaipur by road is feasible as you can find regular buses both private and public run to and from many cities inside Rajasthan and other cities around the country.

For luxury stay, book your stay at Trident-Udaipur, Hotel Karohi Haveli and The Kehloor.

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Wayanad, Kerala: A Perfect Place for Nature Lovers and Adventure Enthusiasts

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If you are a nature lover and looking for tranquility and scenic beauty, then head to Wayanad. The reason why I have listed Wayanad to be visited in the month of March is because during this season the weather is cool and pleasant. Also, if you have been bitten by the adventure bug, then Wayanad is one of the best trekking destinations in South India where you can enjoy hiking amid the lush coconut palms, the lofty verdant peaks, and the dense forests in the month of March.

  • Chembra Peak for admiring the soothing natural beauty.
  • Banasura Sagar Dam which is the largest earth dam in India and second largest in Asia.
  • Edakkal Cave which is known for stone age carvings.
  • Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary to spot a rich variety of flora and fauna.
  • By Air: The nearest airport is Calicut International Airport which is located at a distance of approx 65 km from Wayanad. Upon arriving at the airport, local taxis can be availed to reach Wayanad.
  • By Rail : As Wayanad doesn’t have its own railway station, Kozhikode Railway Station is the nearest railhead which is located at a distance of approx. 87 km from Wayanad. Get down at the station and hire a taxi to reach Wayanad.
  • By Road: Travelling to Wayanad is easy as a wide network of roads provide access to Wayanad from different cities of Kerala and Karnataka. You can board KSRTC buses that run up to Kozhikode at frequent intervals from nearby cities till Wayanad.

Resort Stay in the Valley of Wayanad, Hilltop Resort Stay at Wayanad, Wayanad Silver Woods Resort, Edakkal Hermitage Resort are the resorts where you can book your stay in Wayanad.

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Ziro Valley, Arunachal Pradesh: Travel to an Offbeat Destination to Celebrate the Festival of Apatani Tribe

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If you have been planning a holiday in Northeast India in March, then heading to Ziro Valley of Arunachal Pradesh would be an ideal choice. It is this time of the year when you will get to witness some of the best tribal festivals in India. One such must see festival is Myoko which is celebrated by the Apatani Tribe. The celebration includes rituals of purification, sacrifice, prosperity and a lot more which are performed by the village priest. Also, several folk performances and processions take place during the Myoko Festival. So, make the most of your spring breaks in India by visiting Ziro Valley. The year 2023 will celebrate the Myoko Festival from 22nd-30th March.

  • A visit to Talley Valley Wildlife Sanctuary where you can spot Silver fir trees, orchids, stunning ranges of bamboo and ferns.
  • Meghna Cave Temple which dates back to 5000 years.
  • Kile Pakho which is a delight to nature lovers.
  • Pine Grove which is located at a distance of 3 km from Ziro.
  • By Air : Jorhat Airport in Assam is the nearest airport which is located at a distance of approx. 98 km from Ziro Valley. From Jorhat, you can board a taxi to reach Ziro Valley.
  • By Rail : The nearest railheads to Ziro Valley are at Naharlagun (approx. 100 kms) and North Lakhimpur (approx. 117 kms). Getting down at the railway station, you can hire a taxi to reach Ziro Valley.
  • By Road : There are limited buses plying to and from Ziro Valley. There is a night bus from Guwahati to Ziro which is operated by the Arunachal Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation. Other than this, you can even travel to North Lakhimpur or Itanagar and hire a taxi to reach Ziro Valley.

The Siiro Resort is where you can book your stay in Ziro Valley. The Resort is a perfect place that will provide you a comfortable and cozy stay in the valley.

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Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh: A Paradise for Solace Seekers and Adventure Lovers


Being one of the blessed destinations of India, Tawang is the best place to enjoy holidays in March. On visiting the beautiful town of Tawang, you will be flattered with natural beauty that will surely make your trip to Northeast a picturesque one. Also, the place will give you an opportunity to witness the monasteries out of which the popular and sacred among the Buddhist is the Tawang Monastery. A visit to this beautiful offbeat destination will let you take a rejuvenating break away from all worries and tensions. Other than being a paradise for solace seekers, Tawang is an amazing place for the adventure enthusiasts offering them places for trekking, hiking, mountain biking and wildlife spotting.

  • A visit to Tawang Monastery which is the second largest monastery in Asia.
  • Urgelling Monastery which is located at a distance of approx. 3 km from Tawang.
  • Witness nature at its best by visiting the Nuranang waterfalls.
  • Pankang Teng Tso Lake to experience the calm water bodies.
  • A visit to Tawang War Memorial which is dedicated to all the martyrs of the Sino-India War of 1962.
  • By Air : The nearest airport is at Tezpur in Assam which is located at a distance of approx. 317 km from Tawang. Also, Guwahati airport which is located at a distance of approx. 480 km from Tawang is a well-connected airport and thus is much preferred. Get down at either of the airports and you can avail bus or taxi service to reach Tawang.
  • By Rail: The nearest railhead to Tawang is Rangapara Railway Station which is located at a distance of 383 km from Tawang. The station is well-connected to the major cities and towns of Northeast India. Get down at the railway station and hire a taxi to reach Tawang.
  • By Road: Tawang is accessible by cab or bus services. You can take a bus either from Arunachal Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation or another private bus facility which connects Tawang to the nearby cities and states.

Dolma Group of Hotels, Hotel Tawang Holiday, Gyaki Khang Zhang are some of the hotels where you can book your stay in Tawang.

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Coorg, Karnataka: A Picturesque Hill Station Bestowed with Natural Beauty

Coorg Hill Station

Nestled in the arms of magnificent mountains fringing a gorgeous valley, Coorg is yet another best place to travel in India in March for travelers of all kinds. Whether you are seeking peace and solitude or looking for adventure activities, Coorg will give you the opportunity to spend a perfect vacation in South India. The stunning landscape that is covered with widely spread coffee plantations and misty lush green forest make this beautiful hill station of Karnataka one of the best spring getaways to plan a perfect trip with friends and family.

  • A visit to Abbey Falls to witness the gushing beauty of nature.
  • Witness more than 150 elephants at Dubare Elephant Camp.
  • For trekking experience, head to Brahmagiri Peak.
  • Make a visit to the Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary.
  • Explore the unsurpassable scenic beauty by visiting the Raja’s Seat.
  • By Air: Mangalore International Airport is the nearest which is located at a distance of approx. 160 km from Coorg. Get down at the airport and board a cab or bus to reach Coorg.
  • By Rail: The nearest railhead to Coorg is the Mysore Junction which is located at a distance of approx. 95 km from Coorg. Get down at the railway station and board a cab to reach Coorg.
  • By Road: You can take the KSRTC deluxe bus to travel to Coorg on a regular basis which is operated to and from from cities like Bangalore, Mysore and Mangalore.

Orange County Resort, Porcupine Castle, the Windflower Resort and Spa are some best accommodation options in Coorg.

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Kaziranga National Park, Assam: Home to One-Horned Rhino and Heaven for Wildlife Buffs

Kaziranga Jeep Safari

If you are a wildlife buff and looking for best places to go in India during spring break, then heading to Kaziranga National Park will let you make the most of your holidays in March. Declared as the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kaziranga National Park is home to two-thirds of the world’s one-horned rhinoceros’ population. Other than spotting the one-horned Rhino, the park will also offer you pleasant surprises when you can witness swamp deer, elephants, Indian tigers, wild buffalos, Chinese pangolins, Bengal foxes, gibbons, civets, sloth bears, and more. You can even opt for safari rides in the park in jeeps that would give you an unforgettable experience in Kaziranga National Park.

  • Head to enchanting Majuli Island which is at a distance of approx. 154 km from the Kaziranga National Park.
  • Visit the Kakochang Waterfall (55 km) to experience some natural therapy.
  • Take the tea estate tour by visiting Tocklai Tea Research Institute which is at a distance of approx. 116 km from the national park.
  • By Air: The nearest airport is at Jorhat in Assam which is located at a distance of approx. 74 km from Kaziranga National Park. The second nearest airport is the Dimapur Airport which is at a distance of approx. 83 km from the National Park. Get down at the airport and board a cab to reach Kaziranga National Park.
  • By Rail: The nearest railhead is the Guwahati Railway Station which is located at a distance of approx. 193 km from the Kaziranga National Park. Get down at the airport and board a cab to reach the national park.
  • By Road: Kaziranga National Park is easily accessible by road with Kohara being the nearest bus stop to reach Kaziranga National Park. Regular state transport buses, privately run and mini buses ply to and from the major cities of Assam including Guwahati, Tezpur, Jorhat, Golaghat, Dimapur, Tinsukia etc. You can even reach any of these cities and board a cab to reach the park conveniently.

Iora Resort, Bonhabi Resort, Wild Grass Resort, Landmark Woods, Infinity Kaziranga Wilderness are some of the best options to stay when visiting Kaziranga National Park.

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Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu: A Place Filled with Tranquility and Spirituality

Rameshwaram Jyotirlinga Temple

If you are up for a pilgrimage tour in March, then Rameshwaram is the answer. On visiting Rameshwaram, you will come across a number of temples that will take you to the days of Ramayana. Out of many the popular one is the great Ramanathaswamy Temple which comprises the longest corridor in the world. Known for its picture-perfect landscape and religious significance, Rameshwaram is a perfect destination offering a number of best sightseeing places to make your trip a memorable one.

  • A visit to Jada Tirtham where there is a sacred pond.
  • Witness the magnificent statue of Lord Hanuman at the five-faced Hanuman temple.
  • A visit to Water Bird Sanctuary for spotting migratory water birds.
  • Spend a relaxing evening at the Ariyaman Beach.
  • Travel through Annai Indra Gandhi Road Bridge which is the first sea bridge in India
  • You can also make a visit to other attractions including Gandhamadhana Parvatham, Dhanushkodi Temple and Nambu Nayaki Amman Temple.
  • By Air : Madurai Airport is the nearest airport which is at a distance of approx. 149 km from Rameshwaram. Get down at the airport, you can avail bus or cab facility to reach Rameshwaram.
  • By Rail: Rameshwaram railway station which is connected to the major cities of the country makes it easier for you to travel to Rameshwaram by train.
  • By Road: Rameshwaram is easily accessible by road as regular bus services are regulated by the local transport association which connects Rameshwaram with various cities of the country. Cabs are also easily available from Madurai and other major cities of Tamil Nadu to reach Rameshwaram.

Hotel SS Grand, Hotel Pearl Residency, Hotel MCM Towers are some of the options where you can book your stay in Rameshwaram.

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Ooty, Tamil Nadu: A Destination to Relax and Unwind amid Beautiful Hues of Green and Cascading Waterfalls


If you are looking for a picturesque location to relax and unwind, you can choose to plan a trip to Ooty in the month of March. Nestled amidst the Nilgiri hills, the beautiful hill station of Tamil Nadu enjoys a favorable climate all throughout the year. Dotted with magnificent sights of the tea gardens, and serene waterfalls, Ooty will let you take a break from the humdrums of everyday life. Rejuvenate yourself in the pleasant weather of Ooty while indulging in the sightseeing tour around the beautiful hill station.

  • Indulge in paddle boating at Ooty Lake.
  • Explore more than 650 species of flowers and trees at the Botanical Garden.
  • A visit to Rose Garden to witness the largest collection of roses in the country.
  • To take delight in the scenic view head to the Pine Forest.
  • To witness the magnificent temple architecture, make a visit to Elk Hill Murugan Temple.
  • By Air: Coimbatore International Airport is the nearest airport which is located at a distance of approx. 97 km from Ooty. Upon arrival at Coimbatore airport, you can board a cab to reach Ooty.
  • By Rail: Travelling to Ooty by train is easy. Ooty railway station is well connected with the major cities of Tamil Nadu as well as other major cities of the country. Also, tourists can enjoy the Toy Train Ride which is available from Coonoor and Coimbatore.
  • By Road: You can either take the Tamil Nadu State Road Transport Corporation buses or private bus facility which connects Ooty to the neighbouring cities including Bangalore, Chennai and Mysore.

Club Mahindra Derby Green, Gem Park Resort, Safari Land Resort, Fortune Resort Sullivan Court are some of the best resorts where you can book your stay in Ooty.

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Gokarna, Karnataka: A Perfect Beach Destination for Nature Lovers and Hippies


Being a land of palm trees, blue seas and golden sand, Gokarna is an offbeat beach destination which is perfect to plan a vacation during March. On visiting Gokarna you will get the opportunity to soothe your eyes with the pristine beaches and breathtaking landscape. The scenic and serene beaches here will let you spend a relaxed holiday. In addition to this, the destination is even popular for temples and is visited by tourists in search of sanctity and salvation.

  • A visit to Om Beach which is popular for its serene landscape.
  • Witness the classical Dravidian architecture at Mahabaleshwar Temple.
  • Head to Kudle Beach if you are seeking peace and solitude.
  • A visit to Half Moon Beach where you can relax and unwind.
  • Bow your head at the Maha Ganapati Temple.
  • Other than this, you can visit Nirvana Beach, Paradise Beach, Gokarna Beach, Bhadrakali Temple and more.
  • By Air: The nearest airport is Dabolim Airport in Goa which is at a distance of 46 km from Gokarna. Getting down at the airport, you can board a cab to reach Gokarna.
  • By Rail: Gokarna has its own railway station which is located at a distance of 8 km from the main city and is connected to the major cities of the country.
  • By Road: Regular bus services are available from the Gokarna Cross bus stand, making it easier to reach Gokarna by road from major destinations in South India, Goa, and Maharashtra.

SwaSwara Resort, Gokarna Forest Resort, Om Beach Ayurvedic Resort, Gokarna International Beach Resort are some of the best options where you can book your stay in Gokarna.

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Chikmagalur, Karnataka: A Place to Gawk at the Scenic Beauty and Stroll Around Coffee Plantation

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If you love the aroma of freshly brewed coffee, then I am sure you are going to fall in love with Chikmagalur . Being one of the beautiful destinations, you can make the most of your spring season in India amid magnificent hills, lush green forests and tranquil environment. So, if you’re a coffee enthusiast as well as a nature lover then stroll around the numerous coffee plantations which is one of the best things that you can do in March. Other than this, Chikmagalur is a perfect hill station for those looking for honeymoon destinations in India.

  • Kudremukh National Park where you can spot a variety of wild animals.
  • Trek to Mullayanagiri which is the highest mountain between the Himalayas and the Nilgiris.
  • A visit to Hebbe Falls which is yet another amazing spot to visit in the spring season.
  • Kallathigiri Falls where you will get wrapped by nature’s charm.
  • A visit to Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary where you can witness around 250 species of birds.
  • By Air: The nearest airport is Mangalore Airport, which is at a distance of approx. 157 km from Chikmagalur and is well-connected with the major Indian cities of the country. Get down at the airport and board a cab to reach Chikmagalur.
  • By Rail: As Chikmagalur doesn’t have its own railway station, the nearest railhead is Kadur which is at a distance of approx. 40 km away. Get down at the railway station, and avail the taxi service to reach Chikmagalur.
  • By Road : Travelling to Chikmagalur is not difficult as the place is well-connected to cities like Bangalore, Mangalore, Hubli and Hassan via state-run and private buses.

For a luxury retreat, book your stay at The Serai Resort, Trivik Resort, Taj Gateway Resort. If you are looking for mid-range and budget stay in Chikmagalur, then the options include Kalgreen Valley Resort. Also, you can go for homestays in Chikmagalur for a different experience.

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Havelock Island, Andaman: Heaven for Those Seeking Peace and Solitude

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Being one of the largest and popular islands in Andaman, Havelock Island is a paradise for those seeking peace and solitude. On visiting the Island, you will get to enjoy the light and calm ocean breezes and a smooth sea. Also, the place is not just perfect for the nature lovers who can sit and relax in the pleasant atmosphere but also an ideal destination for those up for adventure holidays as one can indulge in scuba diving under the warm waters of the Arabian Sea. Isn’t it thrilling?

  • A visit to Radhanagar Beach which is ranked 8th among the top ten beautiful beaches in the world.
  • Head to Elephant Beach where you can indulge in some water-based activities.
  • Visit to Vijay Nagar Beach if you want to spend time in utmost calmness.
  • Enjoy sunbathing at the Kalapathar Beach.
  • By Air: The nearest airport is Port Blair which has easy availability of direct flights to different destinations. On reaching Port Blair, you can further get a ferry or seaplane to reach Havelock.
  • By Water : Travelling to Havelock Island by waterways is more convenient. Air-conditioned ferry is available from Port Blair and you can reach Havelock Island in around 90 minutes.

The luxury beach resorts include Barefoot Havelock, Silver Sand, Havelock Island Beach Resort, Symphony Palm Beach Resort, and Dolphin Resort.

The mid-budget resorts include The Wild Orchid, Island Vinnies Tropical Beach Cabana, Munjoh Ocean Resort, and The Blue Bird.

The budget friendly resorts include Ocean Pearl Beach Resort, Eco Villa Palm Beach Resort and Radhakrishna Resort.

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Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu: A Destination to Admire the Scenic Panoramas and Indulge in Some Adventure

Perumal Peak Kodaikanal

Yet another gorgeous hill town in Tamil Nadu, Kodaikanal is one of the best budget travel destinations in India where you can plan your holidays. With a wonderful climate, cloud-capped mountains, cliffs covered in mist, and a beautiful lake and valley, Kodaikanal will bring you closer to nature. As you stroll around in town you will witness the perfectly manicured slopes, scenic waterfalls making Kodaikanal a perfect mountain getaway in the month of March. It is during this time when you can indulge in boating or enjoy hiking and cycling amid nature.

  • A visit to Kodaikanal Lake to witness the beautiful species of flora lining this pleasant river.
  • A visit to Coaker’s Walk where you can indulge in cycling and a relaxing stroll
  • Head to Silver Cascade Falls to hear the sound water gushing over the rocks
  • A visit to Bryant Park which is one of the biggest parks of Kodaikanal.
  • By Air: The nearest airport is Madurai Airport which is at a distance of approx. 134 km. You can even board a flight to Coimbatore which is at a distance of approx. 175 km from Kodaikanal. Get down at any of these airports and board a bus or cab to reach Kodaikanal.
  • By Rail: The nearest railhead is at Kodai Road which is at a distance of approx. 79 km from Kodaikanal and is well-connected to the cities like Madurai and Trichy. Get down at the railway station and avail the taxi to reach the final destination in Kodaikanal.
  • By Road: Travelling to Kodaikanal by road is easy as the destination is linked by road with several prominent cities, including Bengaluru, Trichy, Chennai, Ooty, Coimbatore and more. You can choose to travel by government buses or private luxury buses that are available from these cities.

Hill Country Resort, United 21 Resort, The Carnival, Woodlands Resort are the best options to stay in Kodaikanal.

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Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh: Pilgrimage Destination That with Fill Your Heart with Peace

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If you are planning for a pilgrimage tour in March, you can head to Varanasi which will let you explore the mystical side of India and give you an opportunity to spiritually enlighten yourself. On visiting Varanasi, you will get to witness the marvelous architectural heritage in a number of temples. Also, when in Varanasi a not to miss thing is the Ganga Aarti which takes place in the evening.

  • Head to Assi Ghat to pay homage to Lord Shiva.
  • Bow your head at the Kashi Vishwanath Temple
  • Tulsi Manas Temple to witness verses and scenes from Ramcharitmanas are engraved on the temple walls.
  • Explore the vintage museum by visiting Ramnagar Fort and Museum.
  • Other tourist attractions in Varanasi include, Manikarnika Ghat, Durga Temple, Gyan Vapi Well, Chunar Fort and more.
  • By Air: Varanasi has its own airport which is well-connected to some of the major cities in India including Delhi and Mumbai. Get down at the airport and board a taxi to reach your final destination in Varanasi.
  • By Rail: Varanasi Railway Station has good connectivity with the major cities of India. Get down at the railway station and hire a taxi to reach the desired location in Varanasi.
  • By Road: Having a wide network of road connectivity, Varanasi is easily accessible. You can either choose to travel by private taxi/cab or board a bus from the neighboring cities to reach Varanasi.

The luxury hotels include Hotel Clarks, Radisson Hotel, and Ramada Plaza JHV. The budget hotels where you can book your stay in Varanasi include Hotel Park Inn, Hotel Alka, and Hotel City Inn. Other than this, you can even choose to stay at the guesthouses and ashrams.

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Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan: A Gateway to Wilderness to Spot a Variety of Flora and Fauna

Ranthambore Jeep Safari

Being one of the best tiger reserves in the country, Ranthambore National Park is known for having a rich tiger population and a variety of flora and fauna. Planning a trip to Ranthambore National Park in the month of March will let you explore the beauty of the place as it is this time of the year when it becomes easier to spot large mammals. The evenings of March makes the park even more beautiful with colourful birds and other animals who are seen with their little ones. Also, Ranthambore National Park is a boon to the photographers which lets them capture amazing pictures of the flora, fauna and other sightseeing places in and around the park.

  • A visit to Ranthambore Fort where you can bow your head at the majestic temple of Lord Ganesha and Trinetra Ganesh Temple.
  • Head to Surwal Lake if you are seeking some solace and peace.
  • A visit to Kachida Valley where you can spot animals like Wild Boars and Sloth Bears.
  • Jogi Mahal which was once a guest house for the visitors and has now become a popular place in Ranthambore Tiger Reserve.
  • Other than this, you can visit Raj Bagh Ruins and Ranthambore School of Arts.
  • By Air : The nearest airport is Jaipur International Airport which is located at a distance of approx. 147 km from Ranthambore National Park. From the airport you can hire a cab to reach the national park.
  • By Rail : The nearest railhead is at Sawai Madhopur which is well connected with the major cities of the country. From the railway station you can board a cab or avail the frequent private/public bus services to reach Ranthambore National Park.
  • By Road : Travelling to Ranthambore National Park by road is feasible as the park is located only 17 km away from Sawai Madhopur. Several buses ply between Sawai Madhopur and Ranthambore National Park. You can even board a cab to reach to reach the national park.

For luxury stay you can book your stay in Dev Villas, The Tigress Resort Ranthambore, Nahargarh Resort and Juna Mahal Ranthambore.

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Shillong, Meghalaya: A Places with Awe-Inspiring Natural Beauty and Scenic Exquisiteness

Meghalaya Shillong

Encircled by pine trees, Shillong is yet another popular hill station of India which is known for its picturesque sights and traditions. Being home to numerous waterfalls, Shillong will let you come across the mountain peaks, cascading waterfalls, breathtakingly beautiful golf course, crystal clear lakes, museums and more. Apart from natural beauty, you are going to be warmly greeted by the people of Shillong and learn about their culture and traditions. A visit to Shillong will let you witness the perfect blend of old charm and fresh essence which is no less than a bliss.

  • A visit to Umiam Lake which is surrounded by thick coniferous forests and East Khasi hills.
  • Head to Shillong Peak to witness the stunning view of the surrounding hills and valleys.
  • A visit to Elephant Falls where you can witness the three-tier cascading beauty of the waterfall.
  • A visit to the famous Mary Help for Christian Cathedral which is built of white marble and looks stunning.
  • Don Bosco Museum which features art galleries, wide collections of handicrafts, artefacts, attires, ornaments, and weapons.
  • A visit to Lady Hydari Park which comprises a sprawling and manicured garden.
  • Other than these tourist spots you can even head to visit, All Saints Cathedral, Air Force Museum and Ward’s Lake.
  • By Air: The nearest airport to Shillong is in Guwahati, Assam which is located at a distance of 120 km from Shillong. From Guwahati you can board a cab to reach Shillong.
  • By Rail: The nearest railhead is in Guwahati, Assam which is located at a distance of 96 km from Shillong. Upon reaching Guwahati you can hire a cab to reach Shillong.
  • By Road: Shillong is easily accessible by road as NH 40 connects Shillong to rest of the cities in India. Also, you can avail both private and government buses that run from Guwahati and other nearby cities to Shillong.

Pinewood Hotel, Queen’s Resort, Hotel Polo Towers, Orchid Lake Resort, Tripura Castle, Hotel Poinisuk are some of the best accommodation options in Shillong where you can book your stay.

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Vrindavan – You Will Witness the Best of Holi Festival Here

Vrindavan Holi

Vrindavan is the perfect destination to visit in March in India. Located near Mathura which is a very important pilgrimage destination for the Hindu Devotees, this place attracts around 5,00,000 pilgrims every year. This place’s history is quite interesting one. It is said that here Lord Krishna spent his childhood. The vibe of Vrindavan is ethereal. You will witness devotees smearing dust on their forehead because it is auspicious. Beautiful temples of lord Krishna will blow your heart away. The reason why you should visit Vrindavan in March is because of the holy festival which is celebrated every year in March celebrated with great pomp and show.  You will enjoy different types of Holi celebrations in Vrindavan which is quite a sight to behold and the best thing to experience once in a lifetime.

  • Bhuteshwar Mahadev Temple is a very important pilgrimage site in Mathura. It is said that Devi Sati’s hair fell in this place. It is one of the Shakti Peethas of Devi Sati.
  • Banke Bihari, ISKCON, Gopeshwar Mahadev, Shahji, and Govindrao are some of the most popular temples to visit in Vrindavan.
  • Famous Lathmar holi festival in Barsana is a must not miss sight.
  • Phoolon Wali Holi in Banke Bihari Temple is one of the best things to see in Vrindavan.
  • Krishna Leela at Braj is an interesting affair to remember for a lifetime.
  • Nidhi Van is one of the most popular attractions in Vrindavan. It is said that Lord Krishna visits Nidhi Van every night to perform Ras Leela.

How to Reach Vrindavan?

  • By Air – Kheria Airport in Agra is the nearest airport to Vrindavan and the International Airport to Vrindavan is Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi.
  • By Road- Vrindavan is easily accessible by road from NH2 and you will also get many private buses to reach Vrindavan from all the major cities.
  • By Train- Mathura Railway Station is connected to all the major cities and you will get taxis and cab easily from the railway station.

Kishan Homestay, Nidhivan Sarovar Portico, Hotel Ganapati Palace and Shri Radha Nikunj are some of the best places to book your accommodation in Vrindavan.

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West Bengal – Let’s celebrate the Spring Season

West Bengal-Cultural fest Vishwa Bharati Santiniketan

West Bengal is the best destination to explore in March. This eastern part of India on Bay of Bengal is a city of Joy and culture. Decked with lofty Himalayan Mountain ranges in the north and Gangetic plains in the south, West Bengal is an extremely stunning destination to explore.

During March the climate will be pleasant for sightseeing. rich heritage and culture in the form of various heritage attractions, folk-festivals, music, theatre, drama, delicious cuisines and varieties of arts and crafts makes West Bengal the must visit tourist destination to visit in India. The reason why you should visit here in March is because of the Vasant Utsav. Vasant means- celebration of spring. This festival was started by Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore, at Vishwa Bharati Santiniketan, the cultural fest organized here is one of the best things to enjoy here. Cultural programs, music, colors make this festival one of a kind.

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  • Digha should be on your list for an amazing beach vacation.
  • Get ready for an Island adventure at Ganga Sagar.
  • Kalimpong’s breathtaking beauty and rich culture and heritage will give the best experience of West Bengal Tourism.

How to Reach West Bengal?

  • By Air – The Netaji Subhash Chandra International Airport and Bagdogra Airport are connected to all the major cities in India and abroad.
  • By Road – You can easily get government and private owned buses that connect West Bengal to the other cities in India.
  • By Train – Howrah, Sealdah and Kolkata railway stations connected to all the major cities in India.

Palm Village Resort, British Heritage Villa, Fairlawn Hotel and Taj Bengal are some of the best places to stay for accommodation.

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Experience the Best Ever River Rafting in Rishikesh

Rishikesh Rafting

Offering an adrenaline rush in the midst of gushing rapids, river rafting in Rishikesh is sure to offer you the best ever adventure experience. As you get yourself indulged in the rafting activity, you would come across the breathtaking beautiful surroundings which will be a unique experience in the middle of the thrills. Also, based on your skills you can even choose the type of grade that would make it convenient for you to enjoy and make the most of your river rafting in Rishikesh .

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Treat Your Eyes with the Most Beautiful Views While Trekking to Hampta Pass


Hampta Pass trek is considered to be one of the best treks in Himachal Pradesh which you can do in the March. As you begin your trekking journey, you will be awe-inspired by the beautiful views of the surrounding areas. The landscape variation in the trails is enormous, offering you the opportunity to witness open green pastures, glacial valleys, lofty mountains, and forests, making the trekking expedition to Hampta Pass an exciting one. Your trekking will start from Manali to Chika via Jobra and from Jobra the trek will be undertaken by walking and hiking till Chandratal.

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Indulge in Wildlife Safari at Bandhavgarh National Park

Bandhavgarh- Tiger-Sighting-at-Bandhavgarh-National-Park

If getting a spectacular vista of Royal Bengal Tiger is what you wish for then heading to Bandhavgarh National Park in Madhya Pradesh would be an ideal choice. Counted among the best places for wildlife safaris in India, the park gives amazing opportunities to both wildlife buffs and photographers to spot the striped cats and other exotic fauna species. Bandhavgarh National Park is a perfect habitat for a variety of animals and birds as it consists of mixed vegetation ranging from tall grasslands to thick Sal Forest. In addition to this, as limited Jeep Safaris are permitted inside the national park, it is advisable to book safari rides in advance to avoid the chances of unavailability.

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Fly High and Experience the Best Skydiving in Mysore


If flying like a bird is what you have ever dreamt of then head to Mysore for the best ever skydiving experience. Mysore is one of the best tourist destinations in India where you can experience the best skydiving. For this you need to reach Chamundi Hills from where your adventure will begin. Depending on your skills you can choose the type of skydiving you want to experience which includes Tandem, Static and Accelerated Freefall jumps. The delightful sights on your skydiving journey from above will give you goosebumps and an unforgettable experience to cherish for the lifetime.

Explore the Best of Underwater by Scuba Diving in Neil Islands


Yet another exhilarating activity which you can experience in the month of March is Scuba Diving in Neil Island of Andaman. Scuba Diving in the water of this tiny island will let you explore the beautiful underwater marine life. As you dive deep down in the water you would find yourself surrounded by schools of fish and admire the beautiful corals while relishing the serenity of underwater life. Other than these, you can even head to Cinque Island, Rutland Island, and Snake Island which are yet another important places where you can experience the rich marine life.

Also, India celebrates a number of festivals in the month of March out of which some are popular and some are less heard.

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With this, I come to an end of the best places to visit and things to do in March. I hope this has got you covered for holidaying in March.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where to go for vacations in north india in march.

Some of the best places to visit in North India in March:

  • Jaipur (Rajasthan)
  • Udaipur (Rajasthan)
  • Ranthambore National Park (Rajasthan)
  • Rishikesh (Uttarakhand)
  • Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh)

What are the must-visit places in Northeast India in March?

Some of the best places to visit in Northeast India in March are:

  • Kaziranga National Park

Where can I plan a trip in South India in March?

The best places to visit in South India in March are:

  • Rameshwaram
  • Chikmagalur

What are the top best hill stations to visit in India in March?

Some of the best hill stations to plan a trip in March in India are:

  • Coorg (Karnataka)
  • Ooty (Tamil Nadu)
  • Tawang (Arunachal Pradesh)
  • Shillong (Meghalaya)

What are the must-see festivals, fairs, and events in India held in March?

Some of the must-see fairs and festivals to witness in India in March are:

  • Gangaur Festival (Rajsthan)
  • International Yoga Festival (Rishikesh)
  • Go Madras Festival (Chennai)
  • Food Truck Festival (Navi Mumbai)
  • The Great Hunger Festival (Pune)
  • Holika Dahan (Udaipur)
  • Myoko Festival (Ziro Valley)

What are the best places in India for a family vacation in March?

Some of the best places to plan a family vacation in India in March are:

  • Ranthambore National Park
  • Bandhavgarh National Park

Published: 18 Jan, 2022 | Last Updated:  27 Jan, 2023

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10 Best Places to Visit India in March [ 2024 Updates ]


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India is one of the popular countries that have grabbed attention because of incredible historical places and tourist spots that you may not find elsewhere. Also, keep a note that it is not just the tourist areas but also people in this country who are known to stay together in the diversity in terms of culture and religion .

With a stable economy, great scenic beauty, and amazing food to hog on, a tourist probably can be one heaven place that they surely want to visit once in their lifetime.

Some so many foreigners prefer visiting India to spend an unforgettable holiday journey to this country. Of course, it gives altogether a vivid experience but some of the tourist destinations are still untouched which you need to explore. Now as first-time visitors, you may wonder which exactly the right place to visit India is.

The pleasant season is in the winter that starts in December and lasts until March. March is the time when the winter is on the verge of ending and the summer season’s hot waves would soon be emerging.

With great spiritual, tranquil places to explore and history to reveal India has got so many places that you can plan to visit in the March season about which we shall be learning ahead.

Primarily, people visit India for tourism, but this place is also known for wild desert safaris, nature-seeking places, honeymoon spots , and even the historical places and adventurous activities to do which surely would give you altogether a new experience.

There are so many royal places wherein tourists can stay and experience how the kings had once stayed in royalty. The architectural skills of the people show the Indian king’s best times. There are also many major attraction with different constructions that makes India a unique identity which is why you must visit the place.

Whether you are a nature seeker, photographer, or bird lover, this place has got enough things left of you. Moving further the place is all packed with streets of amazing food and restaurants that will give your tongue a tasty treat and that too of cheap pricing.

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Okay, so if you have a good budget and you have finally made up your mind that the next place you want to explore is India then probably, march can be the right season for you. This is the month when you can have a great time enjoying spring and summer at once.

It is that month of the year when the climate is pleasant in all parts of the country and most people plan to visit some of the incredible destinations which they probably cannot make because of heavy rainfall or snow.

March is the end of the tourism season and that is why you can expect quite a rush in many of the areas too. The temperature during the March season will start increasing and by mid-April, it will be quite a hot climate.

This surely is the right time for you to explore so many places in India besides it also adds up the brightness of the New Year to start your presentation with some colorful festivals too.

Moving further about the weather will allow you to get involved and explore so many tourist activities. People who have a love for adventure and water activities can surely find ample spots

The 2021 year has surely been splendid for most people, but it seems that In India, the summer had already arrived in the March season. There was a high rise in the temperature by different constructions which hardly fell to the normal.

Then there were also low temperatures noted from 57°F to 67°F which again did not show much of the fall or further changes. Talking about the hottest day, it is said to be in may beginning that ranged from 81°F to 103°F while in January it was the coldest time.

March is a month in India that gives you the experience of having fun in the best colorful festivals. But there had been mild yet instant clouding with more than the time percentage and which is why most of this month had remained cloth say around 24% of the month.

It has been estimated that March 22, was the cloudiest time. Post that the days got a lot clearer and it seems March 31 was the clearest day of the month which showed some part cloudy conditions too.

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As said earlier, India is a place known for some of the incredible tourist spots and historical places that you can enjoy. But, sure, there are so many areas that you may not be even aware of.

This country has got a lot of things stored for you and the best part is you get at that all at a cheap price. It is one such tourist destination that has spots in almost every city which has created a trademark and which makes it obligatory for the tourist to visit and have a look at.

Be it the heavenly valley of Kashmir or the temples of Kanyakumari, there are some of the top-notch places you can explore from the North to the south and you might have to plan for the trip for a month and not a week. Listed are some of the popular places that you can plan to visit in India

This is another amazing place that you can visit to explore Dal Lake , Kashmir Street, and even some of the impeccable hill views. The weather in Kashmir will be chilly in March.

Srinagar’s temperature ranges between 12-13°C and 2-3°C. Pahalgam and Gulmarg would most likely be covered in snow, making them more chilled. Make sure you have enough warm clothes.

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This is another lovely place, you can consider visiting March since the climate is extremely pleasant and there are ample festivals as well for you to enjoy.

This golden and blue city will give you the most experience and that is why before the hot summers of April begin, you are advised to explore this area and don’t forget to enjoy the food and shop the traditional culture-based art prices that are worth it.

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Spiti - Valley

If you have some better days in your hand, then you might want to explore the Spiti Valley where the temperature is less than 0 degrees and has snowbound landscapes which can make the experience worth visiting. Make sure when you are here you don’t forget to take pictures of the place.

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Wayanad, Kerala

This surely is a quaint region of Kerala and is said to be a less-known place. But the best part is the lush green mountains and the mesmerizing experience that you can enjoy here. Other than Munnar and Alleppey , if you are in Kerala make sure you explore the beauty of Wayanad .

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This is the place where you can see Indian culture and tradition closely. The temples and the celebration of almost every festival especially Holi are done on a large scale. These festivals surely give you the best experience that you don’t want to miss out on at all.

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Located on the Arabian Sea coast, Goa is a paradise for many cultural seekers and adventure lovers . Surely the seafood here is also impeccable for the taste and it is a much better place that can let you enjoy a bottle of beer while watching the sunset which is the most experienced phenomenon.

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Here you will come across different amazing architecture-based temples that have some erotic arts that will surely give you a jaw-opening experience. This place surely is the toughest place to visit but if you plan in March the climate can be quite pleasant and you can travel and even enjoy the long walks between the temples.

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Gokarna Beach

This is another amazing beach destination that can let you fulfill the dream of trekking in the jungle. You can also enjoy the mouth-relishing seafood and have some great activities to do with your loved ones.

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If you have always liked the trekking experience then surely it is the snowbound trek of Brahmatal that you should explore. Among the locations of Uttarakhand , this place allows you to explore the Himalayan Mountains that have some lovely lakes covered in snow.

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The name of this place has been derived from the words Nullah and Solang . It is a beautiful side valley which is located at the top of the Kullu Valley of Himachal Pradesh and is said to be at a stretch of 14 km northwest of Manali town .

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March is a pleasant time when you can have so many things to make a list of what you must do when you are in India. India surely is a huge country and to cover all the places in just a few weeks is not acceptable.

To meet the warm people, enjoy the splashing festive colors, and have some weight gain with the sweets and cannabis to get drunk, there are so many charms that you will not be able to finish up on one day.

Talking about some of the things you can plan to do in India, you may have a paragliding and snorkeling experience in Goa , visit Haridwar and Rishikesh for river rafting and bungee jumping, in Gujarat have some authentic traditional street shopping and in Mumbai , don’t forget to dance till you get stored at some happening party places. You can also consider the food areas in Pune , Gujarat , Madhya Pradesh , and Calcutta where the taste and cuisines are quite different than the rest.

Other than this, you must also experience Jaipur’s Elephant Festival, the International Yoga Festival of Rishikesh, and the Velas Turtle Festival in Ratnagiri which may add some fun to your trip for sure.

Here is the list of the popular festivals that going to be celebrated in India in March.

  • International Yoga Festival
  • Parippally Gajamela
  • Holika Dahan
  • Lathmar Holi
  • Basanta Utsav
  • Jaipur Elephant Festival
  • Deccan Festival
  • Velas Turtle Festival
  • Arattu Festival

To read the details guide about each festival in March click here.

Frequently Asked Questions about India in March

India has got chill breeze and winter season from October till March. If you want to plan to exploring different places then probably, you can think of visiting in this time since summer and rainy seasons are quite extreme and you can even say it to be unbearable at times.

In March since the climate is pretty pleasant you can carry sunscreen lotion along with cotton-based clothes, a pair of shorts and slippers or shoes that will be comfortable for you during long-distance traveling

The price for the India trip shall vary depending on the destinations that you are intending to cover. Considering some of the crucial cities, the place can be quite expensive and may reach to Rs 1, 00,000 to Rs 2, 00000 otherwise a single or two cities can get covered within Rs 50000 to Rs 60000.

Surely the security in India is pretty safe and there is no restriction on girls as well towards the particular type of clothes and so on. But to be on a safer side, you must plan your entire day with a maximum of 9 pm to stay out. Rather most of the shops and restaurants get closed at 10 pm itself.

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At HTLS 2023, PM Modi on what has changed in J-K: ‘After Article 370 abrogation…’

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Narendra Modi delivered the closing address at 21st edition of HT Leadership Summit 2023.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday hailed his government's move to abrogate Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir and since then, terrorism is ending, while tourism is rising in the Union territory. “After Article 370's nullification, terrorism is ending and tourism is rising in Jammu and Kashmir,” Modi said in the closing address of the 21st edition of Hindustan Times Leadership Summit 2023 .

Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the 21st edition of Hindustan Times Leadership Summit on Saturday.

“A lot of fear-mongering used to be done about the impact of Article 370 removal but his government opened the doors to development and peace in Jammu and Kashmir by removing it. Terrorism is ending there and tourism rising,” Modi said, underlining that his government has committed to the region reaching new heights of development.

Modi also spoke on the evolution of the HT Leadership Summit's themes from "Reshaping India" in 2014 to 'Conversation for a Better Tomorrow' in 2019, and now ‘Beyond Barriers’ in 2023.

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Modi interpreted this as a message that the public will support political representatives after breaking all barriers. He sees it as the foundation for a brighter India. “The summit's theme in 2014 was reshaping India, it means HT Group knew India would be reshaped. In 2019, HT Summit's theme was Conversation for a Better Tomorrow,” he said.

“Now in 2023, when the country is discussing the next year's Lok Sabha elections, your theme is Beyond Barriers. As I am a political representative, I see a message in it. You have clearly indicated that the public will support us after breaking all barriers,” the PM said.

“For a long time, we had to face several barriers. Attacks and colonialism tied us in barriers. The independence movement had broken several barriers. After the Independence, it was hoped the momentum would be carried on, but this didn't happen. We couldn't grow to our potential,” Modi said at the summit.

Modi also said India is breaking barriers to reach new heights – be it in start-up, mobile manufacturing and digital transactions.

The prime minister also touched upon a host of development measures taken by his government to highlight the changes, asserting that India's growing middle class and reducing poverty will become the foundation for a massive economic cycle.

The country has risen to become fifth largest economy in the world and will occupy the third position in our third term, he asserted. Citing data, Modi said the number of those filing income tax returns has almost doubled in 2023 to 7.5 crore in 10 years while the mean income has risen by up to ₹ 13 lakh.

The length of highways being built daily has risen to 30 km from 12 km while the number of operational airports has more than doubled to almost 150 from 70. Over 40,000 km rail track has been doubled by his government against only 20,000 km done till 2014, he said. Such a sea change has taken place, Modi said.

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