Catch the spectrum of the season!

Plan your spring vacay at these five incredibly colourful locations across India. 

Say ‘India’ and bright colours come flashing to the mind. Say ‘spring’ and it just adds more vivid filters to that mental feed. What if you planned your upcoming spring vacation chasing the hues of Indian spring? Run after a riot of yellow or soak in the emerald richness of Nature? We show how, why, and when it’s doable, right within the eye-catching CMYK of our country.

Spring is in the air and bright colours are everywhere.
Spring is in the air and bright colours are everywhere. Image: Shutterstock/CRS Photo.

Of yellow yields: Rural Punjab

Fields of gold, indeed. Travelling to one of India’s most scenic and most fertile lands translates into revelling in Punjab’s rural locales. Ready for harvest by springtime, the sun-kissed yellow mustard fields here look like a divine work in Pointillism. No trip to Punjab can be tied up without this sighting. Heartland districts like Gurdaspur and Rupnagar offer the weary urban traveller a heart-full of this resplendent welcome — shiny enough to keep you glowing for many days more.

Ready for harvest by springtime, the sun-kissed yellow mustard fields here look like a divine work in pointillism.
Ready for harvest by springtime, the sun-kissed yellow mustard fields here look like a divine work in Pointillism. Image: Shutterstock/NS Riar.

Want more? Beyond visually stunning, Punjab rural travel implies serious gastronomic goodness. This spring, bookmark this chance to unwind amidst the local bonhomie of India’s land of sarson, song and celebration.

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Blues deeper than indigo: Jaipur and Gujarat

Traditional motifs inspired by flora and fauna adorn a variety of jaipur’s blue pottery. Handmade floral motif jar by folkstorys.
Traditional motifs inspired by flora and fauna adorn a variety of Jaipur’s blue pottery. Handmade floral motif jar by Folkstorys. Image: Courtesy Jaypore.

The un-missable sight of Jaipur’s handicrafts haul is the beautiful blue pottery work. Originally a Central Asian colour technique, this glazed and low-fired pottery ware has wowed tourists for ages. The azure attraction is enough to draw you to Jaipur (and neighbouring Rajasthani cities while you’re at it). Springtime is perfectly placed between those Celsius-defying winters and summers. Traditional motifs inspired by flora and fauna adorn a variety of Jaipur’s blue pottery, as the craft has patronage from visitors, locals, and royal families alike. While the sights of Jaipur’s blue pottery create sheer joy for shoppers, they create significant livelihood for artisans and craftsmen.

Want more? Add more hues to your holiday by dipping it in a vat of indigo. That ‘golden blue’ that India gave unto the world. The process of indigo dyeing is a fascinating one. It leaves you musing on how repeated bathing in a mother colour leaves the end result far deeper than the original dye itself. Much like life’s journey.

If you’re a connoisseur of textile crafts, a trip to Sanganer in Jaipur or Khavda in Gujarat will leave you spellbound. Local textile dyers are happy to show you around their workshops, where reams of fabric air dry till they reveal their deepest hues to the human eye. Gujarat’s traditional block printing trade with natural dyes like indigo have been irresistible to anyone with an aesthetic bent. So, while you’re ardently chasing spring, do it with the bliss of blue!

If you’re a connoisseur of textile crafts, a trip to sanganer in jaipur or khavda in gujarat will leave you spellbound. Hand tied bandhani fabrics dyed in a deep-blue indigo.
If you’re a connoisseur of textile crafts, a trip to Sanganer in Jaipur or Khavda in Gujarat will leave you spellbound. Hand tied bandhani fabrics dyed in a deep-blue indigo. Image: Courtesy Pallu Design (https://www.palludesign.com/).

Feast your eyes on holiday greens: Allepey and Kumarakom

Kerala’s spring season lends itself to languorous options of green. We’re gently thumb-stopping you on to the verdant backwaters of Allepey — those lines of coconut palms and paddy fields that defy Pantone shade charts, one stalk at a time. Head to the ‘Backwater Capital of India’ and soak in enough visual chlorophyll — a la William Wordsworth. Indulge in unforgettable sights of Vembanad Lake from a houseboat or a walk along the Pathiramanal and Kuttanad backwaters. We won’t blame you for sighing and saying ‘Spring is here’!

Head to the ‘backwater capital of india’ and soak in enough visual chlorophyll — a la william wordsworth.
Head to the ‘Backwater Capital of India’ and soak in enough visual chlorophyll — a la William Wordsworth. Image: Shutterstock/Pikoso.kz.

Want more? Kumarakom and Allepey do push many Kerala tourists to flip coins. Let us reveal the tie-breaker — Allepey for the town-ish feel and Kumarakom for the rural touch. And there’s the splendid Kumarakom beach. There’s no better or worse here in God’s Own Country. The choice is very personal. And travelling to this region is a deep experience of personal gratification for sure.

Offbeat and orange: Aalo in Arunachal Pradesh

Here’s another bright spring vacation, this time in the northeast locales — Aalo town in Arunachal Pradesh. It owes much of its fame to orange orchards, magical spots of colour amidst the green environs of the town. A town that doesn’t need to point visitors in the direction of its orchards — they just have to sniff and follow the scent of a thousand sweet oranges! Growing ripe by spring, they are nothing short of Nature’s bounty. Best bought and consumed at the local markets run by native Adi women.

Just sniff and follow the scent of a thousand sweet oranges!
Just sniff and follow the scent of a thousand sweet oranges! Image: Shutterstock/Inacio Pires.

Want more? A place of peace and natural splendour, Aalo offers a memorable trip for those who seek the offbeat. This could be trekking around the confluence of Sipu and Siyom rivers or rafting with them. Patum cable bridge offers panoramic Aalo views – snow-clad mountains cradling a land of idyllic beauty.

Red richness: Nandurbar, Maharashtra

What’s life in India sans the spicy red chillies? If you really want to see red this spring, we suggest a trip to Maharashtra’s Nandurbar district. Hit the places just outside the city anytime from January to April and all that you’ll see are carpets of locally grown red chillies left to sun dry themselves. The varieties in this region are Bedgi, Reshimpatta and Phafda. Each varies in colour, spice and aroma. They work their hot charms not only in cooking but also for medicinal purposes. But first, let yourself be stunned by these vistas of chilly paradise. Gastro-tourism of the most mouthwatering kind!

All you’ll see are carpets of locally grown red chillies left to sun dry themselves.
All you’ll see are carpets of locally grown red chillies left to sun dry themselves. Image: Shutterstock/CRS Photo.

Want more? Nandurbar is part of Satpuda Pradesh, or the Seven Hills region. It boasts of mythological references to the Ramayana. The protaganist Ram’s chariot is said to have passed the hilly regions on the way to Lanka. Nandurbar also has a beautiful hill station called Toranmal approximately 80 kilometres away. It’s famed to be one of Maharashtra’s coolest hill stations. Lesser visited by tourists, this could be the perfect spot to cool your heels after the sights of feisty Nandurbar chillies.

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Let the Indian spring stun you, that’s what we say! These technicoloured travel plans are beyond Instagram-worthy. They make you feel blessed as you witness these sights and soak them into a lifelong memory. Make the most of Indian spring, before summer melts those wishful thoughts away!

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