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10 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Be Spending Your Weekends at Home in April

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It’s April and summer is here! (Can you believe it?) Open up to a world of music, people, celebration and discovery. And if you are willing to venture out with the spirit of discovery, here are 10 compelling reasons. Head on.

10 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Be Spending Your Weekends at Home in April:

  1. Khonoma Homestay, Kohima (Nagaland)
  2. Hill Top Hotel, Yingkiong (Arunachal Pradesh)
  3. Lake Victoria Houseboat, Srinagar (Jammu & Kashmir)
  4. Arco Iris, Margao (Goa)
  5. Vembanad Lake Villas, Kottayam (Kerala)
  6. Zostel Udaipur at Shaharkot, Udaipur (Rajasthan)
  7. Prabhakar Homestay, Guwahati (Assam)
  8. Hotel Imperial (Indian Garden, Ujjain (Madhya Pradesh)
  9. Prakriti Farm, Punjab
  10. Nandanam Homestay, Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala)

1. Aoling Festival, Nagaland

Aoling Festival, Nagalandsource: holidayscout.com

Do this now or never! What you can witness now may not be around after a few years as traditions might give way to modernity. So why wait? Head to Mon. Far away from the hustle and bustle, the Konyak tribes of Nagaland celebrate the Aoling festival in the 1st week of April. It is a seed-sowing festival that marks the advent of Spring.

HolidayIQ traveller Dipesh says, “Mon in Nagaland is a home of the Konyaks tribes.”

HolidayIQ Traveller Sarat Chandran recommends Honoma Homestay in Kohima: "We could not get any accommodation at budget rates during the festival. So we decided on Home stay at Mr. Tsile at Khonoma. The ladies of the house gave us excellent food (local cuisine at our request)."

When: April 1 to 6, 2016

Where: Mon, Nagalanda

2. Mopin Festival, Arunachal Pradesh

Mopin Festival, Arunachal Pradeshsource: mynortheastindia.com

Get ready to experience pomp and traditional fervor! The Galo Adi tribe of Arunachal Pradesh celebrates Mopin in the month of lumi (April) every year. With gaiety for wealth, good health and universal happiness, the festival is celebrated to thank Gods for their providence. And do not forget to get your face painted with smearing rice powder(yes, it’s a part of their ceremony).

HolidayIQ traveller Nikhil Kashyap says, “The tribes showcase their art forms, be it song and dance, weaving, or food and apong.”

Traveller Kapil Tiwari shares: "Hill Top Hotel is really wonderful hotel which provides all basic facilities. When we reached there, they provide delicious authentic food."

When: April 5, 2016.

Where: Siang, Arunachal Pradesh.

3. Tulip Festival, Srinagar

Tulip Festival, Srinagarsource: lehladakhtoursindia.com

Straight out of the Bollywood movies! Take a romantic walk and admire the thousands of blooms spread over an astounding five hectares of land- creating a riot of reds, yellows, pinks, whites and the most spectacular of blues and purples. If this is not reason enough,  visit the festival for their Kashmiri folk songs, local handicrafts, and authentic Kashmiri cuisine.

HolidayIQ traveller Manoj says, “Srinagar is a good destination to visit in March. If you visit during March end to April 2nd week, you can see the dazzling rainbow colours of the Tulip Festival.”

Traveller Nafisa suggests stay at Lake Victoria Houseboat: "One of the best houseboat in Dal lake! Everything is perfect during check in to check out. Houseboat interior is well designed, we like it and rooms are very well maintained and neat and tidy washrooms. Fresh food is a highlight."

When: First two weeks of April

Where: Srinagar

4. Goa Food and Culture Festival, Goa

Goa Food and Culture Festival, Goasource: globalvisiontours.com

Experience Goa more than palm fringed beaches and sea! Goa Food and culture festival is a celebration of authentic Goan cuisine with a blend of the state's vibrant folklore and heritage. A gastronomical adventure indeed! Five long days with authentic Goan cuisine, 50 stalls run by the best in Goa, delicious home-cooked food prepared by locals. If these are not compelling enough, we don’t know what is.

HolidayIQ traveller Savio says, “I love Goan food! Some of my favourite dishes would be pork vindaloo, sorpotel, prawn balchao, prawn pie, fejoada, chicken xacuti, galmbo balchao and bebinca.”

HolidayIQ traveller Trupti Vartak from Mumbai shares, “We stayed as a group of two families at Arco Iris Margao Goa. The location is a little interior but the approach road to the home stay is very beautiful. Fully surrounded by dense trees and a lake full of bloomed lotus flowers are there to welcome you at the home stay. The hosts are very welcoming and they make you comfortable as soon as you enter. Very friendly family and cosy rooms."

When: April 6-10, 2016.

Where: NIWS Grounds, Caranzalem, Panaji.

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5. Attuvela Mahotsavam, Kottayam, Kerala.

Attuvela Mahotsavam, Kottayam, Kerala.source: keralaevents.com

The Attuvela Mahotsavam at Kottayam is a water carnival. The festival is held at Elankavu Sree Bhagavathy Temple. It is believed that this is a welcome ceremony for the Goddess of Kodungalloor who comes to visit her sister, the Goddess of Elamkavu.

Traveller Harikrishnanks MR shares: “Wide range of fish dishes, Kappa and special non vegetarian dishes can be enjoyed here. Boating and food are the real attraction of Kottayam.”

Traveller Sudip Mazumdar says: "Vembanad Lake Villas is one of best homestays in South India. Gentle hosts (Mr Thomas and Ms Rashmi), excellent food and beautiful surroundings."

When: April 8, 2016.

Where: Elankavu Sree Bhagavathy Temple, Kottayam, Kerala.

6. Mewar Festival, Udaipur

Mewar Festival, Udaipursource: e-rajasthan.com

Mewar festival is celebrated every year with lots of fun filled activities showing tradition, culture and arts renewal of the Mewar region. A colorful event of the rang is organized every year to celebrate the living heritages of the Mewar. Enjoy this fun-filled opportunity, participate in the festival and learn local arts directly from the professional artists.

HolidayIQ traveller Arvind Arya from Banswara shares: “In Udaipur, City Palace is the best place because of its history of Mewar ruler, other is pichola and Fateh Sagar Lake best place during sunset and night time because of its view.”

And if you are a backpacker, stay at Udaipur Zostel. HolidayIQ Traveller Khubchand Dhruva shares, “The hotel is located very near to city palace. A good view of lake Pichola. Although you have to walk a short distance to get the auto. The staffs were really helpful. The food quality was good. I would like to recommend this hotel if you are with your friends or group.”

When: April 9-11, 2016.

Where: Udaipur, Rajasthan.

7. Rongali Bihu, Assam

Rongali Bihu, Assamsource: onlineprasad.com

The trill of the cuckoo, the lilting Bihu songs to the beating of drums and cymbals accompanied by the mellifluous notes of bamboo flutes and buffalo horns. Yes, it’s the Ronagli bihu announcing  the spring festival.

HolidayIQ traveller Abhiraj recommends visiting Assam during Bihu festival. "Bohag Bihu or Rongali Bihu happens in April and is celebrated for three days and marks the start of the New Year there. The first day is dedicated to the cows, which are vital to agriculture. The second day is spent visiting friends and relatives, along with plenty of singing and dancing."

While you're at it, stay at Prabhakar Homestay. Enjoy the garden or sit out on the balcony and just chill. 

When: April 16, 2016

Where: Assam

8. Ujjain Kumbh Mela, Ujjain

Ujjain Kumbh Mela, Ujjainsource: hellotravel.com

The Kumbh mela at Ujjain is held at the banks of the river Shipra.The legend behind the fair being hosted here is that Vishu is said to have dropped small amounts of amrut (nectar) while transferring it in a pot (kumbha). The festival gets it suffix, Simhastha from the fact that the Ujjain Kumbh Mela is organized when Jupiter is considered to be positioned in Leo, referred to as Simha in Hindu astrology.

Traveller Chirag Joshi shares: "In every 12 Year Kumbh Mela is organized here and in the upcoming year 2016 Kumbh Mela is organizing. Ujjain is a peaceful place and at evening Kshipra Aarti at Ramghat is a thing which you should not miss."

Traveller Prabhat Gaur recommends stay at Hotel Imperial

When: 22nd of April to 21st of May

Where: Ujjain.

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9. Baisakhi, Punjab

Baisakhi, Punjabsource: festivalscelebration.com

This is the most vibrant festival celebrated in Punjab to mark the harvest of Rabi crops. Baisakhi also commemorates the day when Khalsa was founded. Khalso is known as Sikh  brotherhood which was laid down by Guru Gobind Singh. And if you are in Punjab, you just cannot afford to miss the  bhangra and gidda. Also, relish the lip-smacking feasts cooked in most households. To witness the biggest celebration head to Golden Temple.

HolidayIQ traveller Varun Rawat from Mumbai shares, “The stay at Prakriti Eco-Farm was really stunning. The welcome and neighbourliness was past desires. The host Kaushal makes stunning sustenance and is a magnificent host. I felt instantly agreeable in his quality. It is an eco ranch where characteristic assets are reused to fabricate the environment.

When: 13th April 2016
Where: Punjab

10. Kadammanitta Padayani, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala

Kadammanitta Padayani, Thiruvananthapuram, Keralasource: whistle.com

Padayani is a performing art form of southern Kerala, particularly central Travancore. It is carried out by villagers accompanied by traditional music and drumming. The performers dress up in costumes consisting of huge masks. The main ones embody Bhairavi (Kali), Kalan (god of death), Yakshi (fairy) and Pakshi (bird).

While here, stay at Nandanam Homestay. HolidayIQ Traveller Sriman shares, "The food, especially savouries like Pazham Pori ( Banana Fritters ), Chakka Varuthathu ( Jackfruit Chips ), Neimeen Porichathu ( Seer Fish Fry ) were awesome to taste."

When: 14 to 21 April, 2016.

Where: Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.

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