Easter is a time to reinstate faith, a time when the families get together and express their deep gratitude to the son of the God, Christ. The Easter vacation is also the time to bond with the family and spending quality time with the loved ones. It is also a great idea to gift a dream vacation to India where Easter is also celebrated with great fervor. India with its cultural richness is home to beautiful churches constructed by the British and the Portuguese community that once upon a time set foot on the Indian subcontinent. Easter generally commences during the month of April and India positions itself as a great vacation destinations.
The cultural and the religious diversity of India stems out of its colonial history. Beautiful churches and synagogues are a testimony to the religious richness of the Indian subcontinent. It is this religious richness that makes people, across the globe, seek to explore this country. Easter can be a good opportunity to experience this spirit. The Christian community is spread across the different states and one can easily partake in the ceremonies.
Amongst a plethora of places to visit during the Indian summers, one can enjoy the festival and the weather in Shillong, Shimla, Goa and Kerala.
With mild summers during the month of April, Shillong can prove to be one of the most awesome vacation destinations for the coming Easter. Shillong has some beautiful churches that really reverberate with the scenic beauty of the place. One can easily visit the Shillong Baptist Church for Easter mass and then probably venture out to explore Shillong. For those looking out to capture nature at its best, David Scott Trail is the apt choice for trekking amongst the lush green surroundings. Furthermore, one can enjoy the scenic beauty of the Wards Lake, Mawjymbuin Cave, Laitlum Canyons, and Elephant Falls.
April and May is one of the best months to visit Shimla. Not only can one enjoy the beautiful weather but also soak into to the Easter festivities. Ringing in Easter amidst the colonial setting and the beautiful Himalayas is indeed one of the most amazing experiences. One can also visit the Christ Church and St. Michael’s Cathedral to offer prayer and be a part of the Easter mass.
This is also a right time to explore what is known as the ‘Queen of Hills stations” as the nature is at its best. One can visit Jakhoo Hill which is considered to be the highest peak. Indian Institute of Advanced Study nestled in the famous Viceregal lodge offers a spectacular glimpse of the British architecture. Some of the other important places that one must never miss out are Annandale, Chadwick falls and The Ridge.
Deemed as the God’s own country, the beautiful terrain of Kerala looks promising as a vacation destination for the Good Friday and Easter weekend. This place has some of the most beautiful churches of the country and one can enjoy the spirit of the Easter without missing the festival. One can also as a part of the festival explore the beautiful churches such as the Malayattoor, Vallarpadam Church, and Santa Cruz Basilica.
Nature is in its bounty in Kerala, so one must not miss to experience its sylvan surrounding with a special mention to Munnar hills station, Wayanad, Periyar Wildlife sanctuary, Vagamon hills station and Nelliampathy. These are very different from the conventional tourist destinations in kerala and can really offer the mind the much required solace.
Goa is synonymous with vacation and holidays so much so that any traveler’s itinerary is incomplete without its mention. Nothing can be more relaxing and rejuvenating than celebrating the Easter with friends and family in Goa. The Basilica of Bom Jesus is one of the most popular destinations during the Easter as it hosts the remains of St. Francis Xavier and has also been recognized as the world heritage site by the UNESCO. Moving away from the traditional tourist destinations in Goa, one can choose to visit the Dudhsagar plantation in Goa Karnataka border. The splendour of the gushing milky rivulets among the lush green surroundings is a delight to the eyes. One can explore the Dudhsagar spice plantation for an invigorating experience.
Summer months can offer an opportunity to move away from the most popular tourist destinations in India and explore the unseen. So, beating the myth that summer months cannot offer an invigorating vacation experience, one can really explore some unconventional places to enjoy a splendid Easter with loved ones.