With bustling streets and tall skyscrapers, New York is a glamorous dream. It is a city unlike any other in this world in any month of the year. If a sightseeing list consisting of Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, Central Park, Times Square, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 9/11 Memorial and the Grand Central Terminal doesn’t inspire you to visit the Big Apple, we wonder what will? For great views, ride a bike along the Hudson River Park or take in the quintessential Manhattan view from the Brooklyn Bridge park. When it comes to shopping, it’s New York’s high-end fashion streets that are probably best known throughout the world. Who hasn’t heard of Broadway or 5th Avenue? NYC in April also has the adorable Macy’s flower show, a floral delight where awe-inspiring flower arrangement in bright hues are on display for two weeks.
Seeped in history and picturesque natural beauty, Andalusia is Spain’s most guarded secret. The mystical Alhambra palace, the ancient fortress of Alcazar, the stunning archaeological site of Madinat al-Zahra and the great mosque of Mezquita will make you time travel. The old-world charm of the whitewashed villages of Almeria is breathtaking with its wooden doors, quaint homes, cobbled streets and the glistening views of the Mediterranean. Stay with the locals, gorging on their homemade wine and dishes prepared with the home pressed olive oil. Andalusia’s capital Seville is a blend of traditional and contemporary settings. Expect flamenco playing out in Moorish town squares and bullfighting roars in the Maestranza along with cutting-edge boutiques and trail blazing tapas and centuries old palaces converted into stunning hotels. Not only that, a long golden coastline promises plenty of sandy, sun-drenched beaches in Andalusia.
From towering Dzongs with intricate woodwork to the tranquility of the Tiger’s nest monastery trek, Bhutan is at its best in April. With the purple jacaranda flowers in full bloom, the fortresses behind it look like a dream. Visit Chelela pass, a nature lover’s delight with views of the Haa and Paro Valley, adorn a traditional ‘Kira’ and participate in the excitement of the Paro Tschechu. The colours, smiles and traditional backdrop is bound to turn anyone into a storyteller! Bhutan lets you get closer to the mountains, the easiest hike being the Tiger’s nest, the more adventurous can take up the Jomolhari trek and bird lovers would love the Bumthang Owl trek. Wander in the weekend markets, gorge on the Bhutanese Datshi and do not forget to enjoy archery at a local stadium.
Art lovers, take a deep breath. Florence is all set to blow your mind. A walk through this city reveals how every building is a piece of art and every nook is crafted to perfection. With artsy alleys and chic boutiques, shopping is inevitable and so are food experiments. Feast on the gelatos and pizzas dished at the local Pizzerias. Learn to cook Tuscan cuisine at a cookery class or take a walking tour across the city’s many museums. Florence is in the heart of the Chianti region, so you can drink delicious varieties of wine all over the city, or take a day trip for wine tastings to local vineyards. Do not forget to buy jewelry at the local shops and climb the 476 steps of the Duomo and the Bell tower while admiring the artworks and frescos. Live the Tuscan dream, Florence is lovely!
Picture this. More than 500,000 tulips in over 60 locations, are on display at the Tulip Festival held annually. Join this colour riot where hundreds of varieties of tulips will bloom on the streets. You can take a day trip to the famous Keukenhof Gardens from Amsterdam. Rent a bike in Amsterdam to explore the city on your own, take a boat ride on the canals, visit Anne Frank’s house and the city’s classic museums. Shoppers can collect vintage stuff at the umpteen flea markets like the Albert Cuypmarkt, Dappermarkt in Oost and the Lindenmarkt in Jordaan. There is a festival happening every weekend in this city. From huge dance music events to foodie and cultural carnivals, Amsterdam’s festival agenda spans all tastes and genres. And when tired, just have a drink or a coffee at a restaurant with an outdoor terrace.