April is a incredible month for travel if you are planning a holidays with family or friends or being a love birds. Spring in the northern hemisphere brings warmer weather, making it an brilliant time to soak up the early sun in Marrakesh or take in the rhododendron displays in Sikkim. Over in Australia you can visit Uluru without the crowds, while California’s Coachella festival and Austria’s Snow-bombing provide partying abundantly. Here are some of the best places you must visit in April.
Rhino Spotting in Nepal
Most people associate Nepal with mountains, but a thin southern stretch of the country is determinedly flat. These plains, which are known as the Terai, have two astonishing national parks, Chitwan and Bardia, both of them are home to rare one-horned rhinos. The easiest time to spot these magnificent creatures – and the parks’ other wildlife, which includes tigers and elephants – is definitely the spring (February–mid-April), when the long grasses (which can reach well above head-height) have been cut down to size.
Wander Sikkim’s Rhododendron Forests
Between mid-April and mid-May the rhododendron forests of mountainous Sikkim burst marvelously into full bloom. They will be best experienced on a walk or trek in the Singalila region in the west of the tiny state, which is sandwiched between China, Bhutan, Nepal and Tibet in the northeast of India. Here you’ll find the 104-square-kilometre Varsey Rhododendron Sanctuary, a botanical haven with black bears and red pandas, as well as sublime vistas across a carpet of pink, red and violet rhododendrons to the Himalayas beyond.
Splendid Weekends in California
After a quiet few months, there are numerous great music festivals held in April. Out of all the music Festivals the big one is Coachella in Indio, California, which takes place over two weekends and features a huge range of music and art. It’s an expensive for sure, but you’re guaranteed a great mix of big names and cult favorites, alongside the kind of little-known (for now) performers you’ll love discovering. Elsewhere, the Austrian ski resort of Mayrhofen hosts music and winter sport fiesta Snowbombing, while Down Under you’ll find the blues and roots festival Byron Bay Bluesfest.
Exploring Marrakesh in Spring
With the temperatures floating around 22ºC, late April will be a amazing time to visit Marrakesh and the Jemaa el Fna. As dusk falls, the city’s main square goes alive with an eclectic cast of musicians, storytellers, fortune-tellers, henna-painters, acrobats, medicine men, and snake charmers, as well as a fair few pickpockets and scam artists. The inestimable food stalls here are an attraction in their own right, serving everything from spicy harira soup and tasty merguez sausages to rather more exotic stewed snails and sheep’s heads.