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There are one too many places you could visit in India and deciding where you must take your much-needed break can be quite a task! After all, India is a country that celebrates the smallest of occasions with just as must zest as the biggest of festivals. Weather in March is quite pleasant and is the last month before the infamous Indian summer sets in It also helps that India also celebrates several festivals. Feasts, music, traditions and unique cultures… there is so much to pick from that we drew up our guide to festivals and events in India in March 2016And to make planning your travels in March easier, we present to you a list of 10 best destinations to visit in March this year. Also Read - 'Extend Lockdown Period Till April 30 to Contain COVID-19,' CAIT Writes to Centre



1. Mumbai

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By the time March comes to an end, Mumbai becomes a hot plate of steaming momos with heat and humidity becoming all the more intolerable. So if you’ve always been in awe of the city and wish to see it put on it’s fun outfit on, visit Mumbai and be a part of the grand Holi celebrations with music, bonfires, thandaai and a lot of colors  that make the city all the more vibrant. Another reason to be in Mumbai, is Easter! The elaborate Easter Sunday feasts are to kill for and definitely the one of the last such fancy meals until Thanksgiving or Christmas. Also Read - Dream11 Team Prediction Managua vs Deportivo Ocotal Nicaragua League 2020: Captain, Vice-Captain And Football Tips For MNG vs OCO Today's Match at Estadio Nacional de Futbol 4AM IST



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2. Goa

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The peak season for visiting Goa officially comes to an end in March. The hottest party destination in the country sure knows how to throw a fantastic party, whether it is the cultural carnivals like Shigmo or a jazzy celebration for Easter, Goa always makes sure that you don’t go home disappointed!

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3. Mizoram

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This is the time of the year, when people in Mizoram bring the harvesting season to an end and welcome the new year and spring. A lot of authentic delicacies to gorge on, pumped up music that’ll elevate your mood instantly and warm people of the north east who’ll eagerly invite you to join in, what else do you need for a getaway from the mundane routine?

4. Thrissur

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Honestly, you can go wherever you want to in Kerala. It is one of the most inviting tourist destinations in India. Why we insist you visit Thrissur on this trip, it’s the mesmerizing temples and temple festivals in the town that send you in a state of spiritual trance. The grandeur of the Uthralikavu Pooram festival at the Sree Ruthira Mahakalikavu Temple will leave you speechless. From Thrissur, you can travel to various other beach towns, tea plantations and temple destinations in one of the southernmost Indian states.

5. Varanasi

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Varanasi is a melting pot of cultures in ways that no other place in India is. The city of Benaras, as it was formerly called by the British is home to around 87 magnificent  ghats located on the banks of the holy Ganga. Everybody knows the sheer ambiance created during the Ganga aarti  is something worth traveling to the Varanasi. But if you ask, why March? Our answer to that is Holi. Along Dev-Deepavali, Holi is to Varanasi what Baisakhi is to Punjab, Durga Puja to Kolkata and Dassara to Mysore. There is a unique personality to how Holi is played in Varanasi, making its way to a check list!

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6. Kasauli

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Located in Solan Valley, Kasauli is a beautiful hill station that has been picking up as a tourist destination in recent years. The almost-perfect weather and adventure sports opportunities  are not the only reasons why you must visit the town this March. Kasauli Rhythm and Blues Festival, one of the coolest music festivals organized in the north is scheduled from March 25-27. Apart from that, old churches, temples and adventurous treks can also be a part of your itinerary. Do consider visiting the Kasauli Brewery.

7. Ziro

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Ziro has off late become famous because of the utterly happening Ziro Valley Music Festival. However, the valley offers lovely vistas perfect for pitching your tents and camping under the starry skies. The village is also home to the Apatani tribe who welcome spring with a festival named Myoko. It honours everything nature provides to mankind. Their belief system involves theories that relate rituals and sacrifice of pigs to attaining fertility for fields and people. You don’t want to miss this opportunity of learning about  cultures!

8. Rishikesh

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It’s soon going to be the time of the year when you’ll get to witness and even be a part of the world’s largest gathering of people performing Yoga. Rishikesh, world’s yoga capital will play host to the International Yoga Festival when people from various countries will flood the town to practise one of the best forms of exercise and holistic living. Rishikesh offers a combination of spirituality and religion with adventure, it is indeed the best destination in India for white water rafting.

9. Udaipur

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The City of Lakes, Udaipur oozes of class and royalty. Whether it’s the City Palace or the Monsoon Palace, anyone who visits Udaipur takes back at least a little Rajasthani culture along with tales of how awe-inspiring the place is. And if you happen to be somebody who is absolutely encapsulated by the aura of the royal family of Mewar, then don’t, (please don’t) miss out on the opportunity to be a part of the Holi celebrations hosted at the City Palace.

10. Kolkata

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Celebrating Basanta Utsav (Bengali version of Holi), in Kolkata is an experience in itself. There is a certain romance in the way the festival is celebrated, food, music, dance and colours, Kolkata is not called the City of Joy for nothing. The mere experience of being in Kolkata will be a happy one, and if smearing color is not your thing, we really hope rosogullas and some macher jhol are some of your favorites.

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