India, the land of different seasons, is going to experience Autumn. Autumn is the season when our surroundings undergo a subtle change and the weather becomes more pleasant. As the monsoon get over, with clearer skies, the holiday season also kicks off in the month of October. October is the perfect time to visit most of the parts of the country as country experiences neither too hot, nor too cold and foggy and the rains are rarely observed. If you are looking for the destinations in India to be visited in the month of October, then you are at the right place.
So, pack your bags and encash your wanderlust by visiting these top places in India in the month of October.
1. Agra- Experiencing Taj Mahal during the foggy October morning
Agra, is a place of lot of architectural wonders. Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Shikari and many other attractions are found in Agra. Since you need to spend lot of time outdoors, October would give foggy effects to the attractions and you will not get tired as summers are extremely hot here. Think about witnessing the beauty of The Taj on October morning when the place is filled with mild fog and silver of rain drops on you. No enough words can explain the beauty of such experience unless and until it is felt once. Shopping is another activity which you can enjoy in Agra.
2. Rishikesh, Uttarakhand: A place of adventures and devotion
Situated in the northern frontier of the Himalayas, Rishikesh is a holy city that thrives by the bank of river Ganges. Rishikesh has enormous religious places and plenty of adventurous activities that makes Rishikesh an ideal holiday destination in October.
Laxman Jhula, Ram Jhula, The Beatles Ashram, Triveni Ghat, Kunjapuri Temple, Vashishth Gufa are some of the must visit places in Rishikesh. The view of Ganga Aarti during morning and evening are mesmerizing. Witnessing the sunrise and sunset behind Ganga Maiya is also alluring. Take a dip at the Triveni Ghat - the confluence of Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati, and wash all your sins.
3. Jodhpur, Rajasthan: City of tradition and folk festivals
Jodhpur is the most colorful places in India. It is a city of museums, vibrant colors, traditions, weapons, paintings and history of Rajputs.
When in Jodhpur, don't forget to take the desert safari and play by the sand dunes ad you ride your favorite SUVs. The finely scattered sun rays playing along the contours of sand make a pleasant sight. Dining at Indique Restaurant and Pal Haveli (breathtaking sunset view is complimentary), visiting Mehrangarh Fort, Jaswant Thada, Umaid Bhawan Palace, Mandore Gardens are some of the must to do things.
4. Hampi, Karnataka: A run to the ruins
Hampi is located amid the remains of the ancient city of Vijaynagar. Hampi is a backpackers paradise and a pilgrim's delight.
Clustered with temples and exceptional pieces of architecture, Hampi encompasses royal and sacred centers and plenty of other attractions that continue to enthrall its visitors.
Travelers can enjoy the awe-inspiring view of Tungabhadra river. The Islamic Quarter, The Sacred Centre, The Royal Centre, Legion of temples, tour of elephant stables are must visit places in Hampi. One can go around and relish the marvel of this UNESCO World Heritage Site makes Hampi undoubtedly one of the best places to visit in South India in October.
Besides these, tourist can explore the Stepped Tank and Hampi bazaar.
5. Kolkata: Enrich in Dussehra
October is the best month to visit Kolkata. October is the month of Durga Puju and Dussehra and these two festivals makes Kolkata more beautiful. Watching the idols being made is life time experience. If you are present during the last day of celebration, visit the river to watch the ritual of immersion of the idols into the river. Sundarbans is also one of the prime beautiful place to visit in October. Spotting animals and birds is easier during this season in the national park.
6. Nainital: City of lakes
Nainital is one of the beautiful and charming destination in India for the month of October. Weather is not too cold in October and the sunsets on the lakes are to die for. It is a photographer's delight with beautiful lakes surrounded by mountains and temples. Boating, sightseeing, cable car ride and photography are top activities in this region. Named after Naina Lake, this hillstation is ideal for couples, family and friends.
7. Varanasi: City of River Ganga and temples
Varanasi is one of the oldest inhabited city of the world. Visiting numerous temples present in the city and watching iconic Ganga Aarti ceremony are important tourist activities.
During October, you can find a lot of Hindu festivals and unique rituals in the city. Boat Cruise, visit to Saranath, shopping at Godowlia Market are other very common activities in this city. October also provides a pleasant climate for sightseeing and walking along the Riverside.
8. Shillong: A Gem in East
During October, Shillong looks fresh and awe-inspiring. With the end of monsoon season, the waterfalls are rich with water, natural attractions will be live and the climate is unbeatable. While you are traveling here in October, you will get the chance to witness the post-monsoon lush greenery which make you fall in love with it. For the need of serendipity, tourists can visit Elephant Falls which falls on the way to Sohra (Cherrapunji) and also climb to Shillong Peaks which gives a good and proper view of the place.
9. Vadodara: To experience the grand celebration of Navaratri
In October, Vadodara has a pleasant weather which makes perfect time to explore the city. Vadodara is third largest city in the western Indian States after Ahmedabad and Surat. During your visit to Vadodara in October, you will witness the grand celebration of Navratri all over the city. So, be a part of the grand Navratri celebrations at United Way of Baroda and Vadodara Navratri Festival.
Tourist can also visit and explore Laxmi Vilas Palace, Sayaji Baug, EME Temple, Aurobindo Ashram, Vadodara Museum and Picture gallery, Kirti Mandir. You can also go shopping at Khanderao Market which offers a variety of different things to buy. While in Gujarat, don't forget to taste the street food. Binge on delicious Sev Usal, taste Farsan, eat Khaman dhokla, Khandvi and other delicacies.
10. Wayanand: A trip close to nature
Wayanand, the green paradise is nestled among the mountains of the Western Ghats, forming the border world of the greener part of Kerala. Clean and pristine, enchanting and hypnotizing, this land is filled with history and culture. Located at a distance of 76 kilometers from the sea shore of Kozhikode, this verdant hill station is full of several tea estates, forests and wildlife.
Tourist can visit Chembra Peak, Kuruva Island, Pookode Lake, Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary, Edakkal Cave, Thirunelli Temple and others. You can also enjoy mountain trekking, backpacking, wildlife refuge, nature walk or can just stroll in tea estates.
The hushing aur of nature, surreal experience of fluffy clouds makes it the best place to visit in India for the month of October.
11. Pachmarhi: For beautiful sunrise
Situated at 1100 m, Pachmarhi is popularly called at 'Satpura ki Rani'. Pachmarhi is the only hillstation situated in the state of Madhya Pradesh and is embellished by nature and history.
This most popular hill station of Madhya Pradesh is a treasure with ancient caves of the Buddhist era residing in harmony with serene waterfalls. It is believed that Pandavas visited this place during the period of exile.
Bee falls, Pandava Caves, Dhoopgarh, Jata Shankar Caves, Duchess falls, Priyadarshini point, Handi Khoh, Satpura National Park are some of the places which can be visited.
Pachmarhi is sure to make you feel calm, the way you felt when you put your bare geet on the garden grass for the first time, as a child.
12. Digha: A balmy weather
Digha is a small town situated in the district of East Midnapore, West Bengal. Digha is a popular weekend getaway from Kolkata. With the end of monsoon season, region experiences a balmy and cool weather with pleasant evenings in October. Post Durgo Pujo festivities in October, spending the weekend in Digha is a great option to relax.
It is a popular beach town and there are different activities that you can engage in the area. The entire stretch of the Digha Beach is lined with casuarina trees and the whole area is extremely scenic. There are few beaches that are located nearby as well and these are relatively untouched and clean. The Udaipur Beach and the Shankarpur Beach are located in close proximity and these are worth visiting as they have not yet been affected by tourism.
13. Munnar: An alluring picture of nature
Munnar is one of the most popular hill stations and attracts lakhs of tourists every year. Munnar is a heaven of peace and tranquility, the idyllic tourist destination in God's own country.
Tea plantations in Munnar are renowned all across the globe. Weather in October is pleasant and you can have an amazing time in walking at tea gardens.
Besides taking a walk at tea gardens, tourists can also visit Eravikulam National Park which is famous for its endangered inhabitants- The Nilagiri Tahr, Anamudi Peak which is located inside Eravikulam National Park and is the highest peak in South India, Mattupetty which is at a distance of 13 kilometers from Munnar and is known for its storage masonry dam and the beautiful lake, Chinnakanal and Anayirangal which is known as the Power house Waterfalls, Top Station which is at a distance of about 32 kilometers from Munnar and is the highest point on the Munnar-Kodaikanal road and enjoy the panoramic view of the neighbouring state of Tamil Nadu.
14. Ziro: Place for amazing weather and landscape!
Ziro is an offbeat holiday destination situated in Eastern part of Arunachal Pradesh. Ziro is surrounded by hills on the sides with lush green paddy fields. It is mostly inhabited by the Apa Tani Tribes.
Ziro attracts everyone with its hypnotic natural charm peppered with sprawling rice fields, quaint villages and rolling green hills veiled under thick layers of vibrant flora.
Place is also great for adventure seekers and provides a soul-captivating trekking experience, jungle camping fun, wildlife exploration. Due to epitomic scenic beauty, place also entries innumerable nature lovers and photographers who specially travel here from far and wide to soak their souls in the place's ethereal natural splendour. In short, Ziro is not going to leave anyone disappointed.
So, guys pack your bags and encash your wanderlust by embracing these top places to visit across the length of India in October and don't worry these places will not disappoint anyone.