If you are like us, we are sure that you are always counting down the days to escape to your next big holiday. And with spring season just setting in, now would be a good time to escape for a quick getaway, just before the harsh summer season throws all your travel plans into disarray. So whether you are dreaming of a tiger safari in Ranthambore or just want to sit by a pool (or better yet, the ocean) with a cocktail in hand, we are giving you a golden opportunity to escape the urban chaos, at least for a weekend.
PS: Wherever you go, dont forget to take lots of pictures and maybe send us a postcard even?
Safari, Ranthambore National Park
March signals an increase in the number of safari holidays and booking a spot in places like Ranthambore can prove to be difficult. This is why V suggest you book ahead and spend some time, spotting leopards, striped hyenas and tigers – all of whom are well camouflaged by the thick forests and golden grasslands of the park.
And while we agree, that spotting a tiger is truly thrilling, witnessing the synchronisation between different other species like monkeys, deers and birds, is no less enjoyable.
Safari Prices: INR 2,000 per person (approx prices)
Where to stay: V Resorts Ranthambore Vinayak
Room rates start at INR 1,607
Trek in Sikkims Barsey Sanctuary
Spring casts a magical spell on Barsey Sanctuary in Sikkim. This is because the rhododendron trees come into bloom, during this time in shades of pink, white, and red. If you are an active traveller, we recommend you sign up for a trek, that will take you through grassy trails, rocky mountains and forests. With its paths carpeted with flowers from the overhanging rhododendron trees, and stunning vistas of snow clad Himalayan peaks,Sikkim is sure to enchant you in more ways than one.
Further, Sikkim also became the first state in India to become fully organic, which means all the produce here is grown without chemical pesticides. On your visit here, make sure you try the local cuisine, which is a mix of interesting items- think fermented soups of soy and spinach, wild ferns and mushrooms, and pancakes stuffed with homemade cheese and leafy greens.
Getting There: The Barsey Sanctuary is located in Okhrey, a village in the trekking district of West Sikkim, lies just 51 km from the capital city of Gangtok. Jorethang is easily accessible via several main cities including Siliguri. If you are planning a trip to Sikkim, head to V Resorts Bliss Village, which is a great place to explore the state and its attractions.
Stay: V Resorts Bliss Village, is a lovely place to stay, with well-furnished rooms, some of which have private verandas. Perfect for all types of travellers, this resort promises to make your stay truly memorable.
Starting Price: INR 3,000 for deluxe rooms
Unwind in Arpora Goa
Eternal sunshine, colorful landscapes, friendly locals there are many reasons to love Goa. And at V Resorts Arpora Goa, you get to experience all the wonders of this coastal town, while unwinding in some truly scenic and luxurious setting. The villas themselves are intimate, gorgeous and also boast of a bar, a modular kitchen, a large balcony. If youre there on a weekend, hit up the Saturday Night Bazaar at nearby Arpora for great grub and bohemian buys. Best of all, end your day at Sunset Point, as hippies and locals gather to drum, dance, perform tai chi, capoeira and fire poi, and generally go out in a blaze. If this is not on your top of things to do in March, what is right?
Stay: A luxury lakeside Villa in the heart of north Goa, V Resorts Arpora Goa is plush 2 BHK Villa overlooking the Arpora Lake. With one room on the ground floor and another on the first floor, each with its own private balcony and sit-out, the villa offers guests the unique opportunity of a plush and peaceful experience, while being a stones throw away from the electric vibes of North Goa.
Getting there: V Resorts Arpora is 650 meters from the Arpora Junction and opposite Lagoa Azul. Both Baga Beach (3 kms away) and Calangute beach (4 kms) are both easily approachable from the villa, which means you will always be close to the beach.
Price: INR 10,000 per night/villa. Book your stay at V Resorts Arpora here
Attend a yoga class in Bhimtal
The city of Bhimtal has something for every type of traveller, from an adventure fan to a yoga enthusiast. And while there are a few yoga institutes scattered around the place, V Resorts Satvik Bhimtal provides you the ideal ambience for a relaxing and rejuvenating session of yoga, both alone or with your peers. It goes without saying, that here the welfare your body and mind comes first. Also, no trip to Bhimtal is complete without a trip to the lake, which brims with a lot aquatic life, including a wide variety of fishes. Here you can spend some time on a paddle boat or just shop for some quaint souvenirs at the local market.
Whether you are looking for an adventurous getaway (with activities like trekking and paragliding) or a quiet holiday, Bhimtal has you sorted you on every front.
Stay: V Resorts Satvik commands a stunning vista of Bhimtal and offers a great base for you to explore the region. The resort is an ideal place for city weary people to unwind and escape the chaos of daily life, while also giving you a chance to soak in the culture and attractions of Bhimtal.
Getting there: Bhimtal is 50km/1hr30min from Pantnagar, which has the nearest airport, and 22km/45min from Kathgodam, which has the nearest railway station.
Go for a wine tour in Nashik
Nashiks love affair with winemaking began 16 years ago, when Rajeev Samant, a Stanford-educated engineer, decided to plant a few wine varietals in the rick, black soil of the region, a place where production of table grapes thrived. In 1999, he set up Sula Vineyards and this in turn led to the establishment of the wine industry in the country. Over the next two decades, wineries took over Nashik in a big way and today there are a number of key players involved in the game from Sula to Chandon.
That being said, March is a great time to head to Nashik as temperatures are relatively low and also the process of wine-making/harvesting of grapes will be in full flow during this period. During your stay here, stomp on grapes, sip some incredible wines and enjoy delicious cuisine, while you watch your days turn into weeks. Packing your bags for the journey back home, will be the most difficult part of your trip.
Stay: V Resorts Soma Vine Village offers stunning views of lakes, hills and the winery, while being the perfect place for wine-lovers to enjoy a few drinks and even meet like-minded people. Plus with a host of amenities like spa and adventure park, this resort promises to tick all the right boxes for a memorable holiday. Book your stay here.
Getting there: Nashik is 170km/3hr by road from Mumbai; trains from Mumbai to Nashik take approx 3.5hr.