October is one of the best months to travel to India. With a pleasant breeze, the onset of winter chill and plenty of festivities, October is a month filled with excitement and plenty of travel opportunities. Moreover, the fact that the month has enough long weekends and holidays only adds to the opportunities to travel. So, if you are looking for the perfect autumn trip, these are the best places to visit in October in India. By Anouchka Goel
The best places to visit in October in India
Kashmir is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places in India, which is why it is often referred to as ‘heaven on earth’. October in Kashmir comes with a delicious coolness, which makes it even tastier to sip kehwa and midi chai, and indulge in yakhni and rogan josh. Moreover, popular tourist destinations in Kashmir will have pleasant weather with blooming flowers, providing a spectacular sight.
Bir Billing over the years has become one of the best paragliding destinations in India. The place, nestled in the middle of the Himalayas, is a traveler’s paradise – with snow-capped peaks, lush green valleys, delicious Pahadi cuisine and plenty of adventures. All of this and more makes it one of the best places to visit in October in India, and should surely be on your bucket list!
The long weekends in October are the perfect time to escape the pollution of Delhi and go on a vacation in the mountains. Book a bus, car or rent a bike for the road trip of your life. Visit Kaza, Key Monastery, Gue, Nako Lake and more, and bask in the warm sunshine that follows chilly nights. Oh and get ready for many adventures!
Agra is one of the best places to visit in October as the clear, cloudless skies and warm sunshine make visiting its magnificent sights of Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and more a must visit. You can also spend birdwatching at Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, before returning home the next day, and make the most of your weekend!
India’s yoga capital is a great place to visit in October. With plenty of camping, wellness, and adventure activities on site, you’ll have plenty of incentive to stay here. Go white-water rafting, walk through the hills, or relax by the river with hot chai and maggi – whatever you do, you’re sure to have a great time.
The somewhat unusual place is a great place of pilgrimage, especially in October. The pleasant weather, warm sky and cool breeze are inviting, and the spiritual destination of Jagannath Puri temple seems even more ethereal under the October sun, making it the best time to visit the place.
There’s no better time to visit Kolkata than during Durga Puja, and October is when you can make the most of the festivities! Go pandal, eat at your leisure, dress in your traditional attire and explore the city, which is completely decorated these days.
Away from the bustling towns is Hampi, the UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its many Sun Temples. Discover the heritage structures here and gain insight into Indian history, while enjoying perfect weather and delicious cuisine.
Pachmarhi in Madhya Pradesh is among India’s many scenic hill stations and one of the best places to visit in October. The destination is said to have been the home of the Pandavas during their exile, and today it is one of many popular tourist destinations. Apart from local temples and stunning views, visitors can join wildlife safaris in Satpura Tiger Reserve for a much sought-after adventure.
The twin hill stations of Lonavala and Khandala make a great place to visit near Pune or for a road trip from Mumbai. The hill stations offer breathtaking views of the Western Ghats, a cool breeze, nature hikes and forts to visit, or if you want to relax, the place is ideal to enjoy a spa or just sit with a cup of tea and read.
Another popular place to visit near Pune, Panchgani is a haven for those looking for some quiet time. What makes it one of the best places to visit in October in India is its proximity to cities, roads with beautiful views, beautiful surroundings and abundant nature.
Bhimtal is undoubtedly one of the best destinations you can visit when it comes to the Himalayas. Slightly higher than its popular cousins, Nainital and Sattal, the destination is a haven for birdwatchers and nature lovers. Stay at one of the many beautiful guesthouses and hotels, dine lakeside, and indulge in activities such as walks and sound healing sessions. Want to know how? Discover our experience here!
A few hours from Kolkata is the beautiful Darjeeling. The destination, known for its many tea gardens, is a great weekend destination for those looking for some quiet time. The air of the place is also scented with tea, and you will enjoy several cups during your stay!
The City of Palaces is a popular destination in South India and attracts several tourists in October. Rightly so, as the city celebrates Dussehra in the most stunning form, and the weather and the cool breeze make strolling around its several palaces the most perfect experience! Also, while in town, be sure to buy silk sarees and bring back sandalwood products as souvenirs.
Accessible to the Indian mainland by air or sea, Andaman is a destination to be visited preferably in slightly cold weather. Go coral watching or snorkeling, eat some of the best seafood available and spend your days by the beach.
October is the perfect time to visit Jim Corbett’s Jungles. Go tiger watching on wildlife safaris, enjoy the luxury of the many beach resorts and relax with your loved ones while spending time away from city life.
Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh is popular for its many ghats and the Ganga Arti. The best time to witness the grandeur of both is definitely in October when the weather will be nice in the air and the street food will be even better as the spices will warm you from the inside!
One of India’s favorite party destinations, Diu is ideal for those looking for some time away from the main cities. Relax and unwind at your resort or sip refreshing drinks on the beach – whatever you do, you’ll come back rejuvenated, relaxed and pampered!
Ajanta and Ellora Caves
If you’re looking for a history lesson, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ellora Caves is definitely a must visit. The Ajanta and Ellora caves consist of stone-cut temples and are a scenic place to visit, especially in the month of October.
Alleppey is stunning in October, with its lush greenery, ambient climate and ethereal beauty. Spend days on a houseboat, relaxing by the water, while eating delicious seafood and other local delicacies.
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