October marks the start of the diving season in the Andamans. Head to Havelock Island or Swaraj Dweep for snorkeling expeditions from Radhanagar Beach or Turtle Beach. Visibility is usually excellent at this time of year and you can spot beautiful coral reefs and fascinating marine life. Aquatic babies will also enjoy the intertidal walks on Radhanagar Beach, areas of water so clear you can spot otherwise hidden marine life. If you want to go beyond the well-explored Havelock, there is plenty to see and do on Little Andaman Island, Cinque Island and Barren Island.
Panna National Park, Madhya Pradesh
Panna National Park is known for its tiger reserve, but birds are also popular here. The park is a birdwatcher’s paradise, with over 200 species of birdlife. Visit early in the morning to hear nothing but birdsong and spot Asian paradise flycatcher, painted sandgrouse, honey buzzard, flower-headed parakeet and more. When the sun goes down at the end of the day, you may even spot vultures – the park is known to be a breeding ground for endangered birds of prey. Winter also brings a host of migrating birds to the park, and as temperatures drop in October, you might spot a few.
The Rajasthan International Folklore Festival is back in Jodhpur after a two-year break. Between October 6 and 10, the city will come alive with world travelers and spellbinding musical performances. Start your day at dawn with khasi music and folk songs, and at midnight enjoy the exquisite sounds of sarangi sindhi and alghoza at Rao Jodha Park. Explore the majestic Mehrangarh Fort and the markets of the old city and wander the narrow streets of the city, lined with blue-walled houses.