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Plan a Trip to the Best 20 Destinations of India During October

Plan a Trip to the Best 20 Destinations of India During October
Updated: August 21, 2018 /

With the end of the rainy season, you will greet with a greener India in October. And it wouldn’t be an exaggeration if I call it the mother of all months for a vacation in India. With the weather on your side in this beautiful month that welcomes the commencement of autumn in the country, you have the chance to be part of several grand festivals and fairs. Along with this, October also makes a perfect time to begin your exploration of the otherwise sultry Rajasthan and South India. Also, it is the perfect time to bid adieus to some of the destinations in North India, which in a short while will go on a winter break, and to say hello to the expansive and pristine North-East India that bounce back from the lashing rains of the monsoon. So, yes October is the month of celebrations and a time for reconnecting with culture, nature and heritage in India and this is why you must plan a holiday during this month. With this ultimate travel guide, I can help you choose the perfect destination for your October vacation in India, so spare some of your time and give this blog a read.

Experience a grand celebration of Navaratri in Vadodara

Navaratri in Vadodara

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Vadodara is a city in the Indian state of Gujarat. This city is the third largest in the western Indian state, right after the capital- Ahmedabad and another city Surat. In October, Vadodara or Baroda has a pleasant weather and is perfect for exploring the city. Be it a first time-visitor or not, when you are in Vadodara in October, you will witness the grand celebration of Navratri.

What to Do?

  • Be a part of the grand celebration of Navratri at United Way of Baroda and Vadodara Navratri Festival.
  • Visit and explore places like Laxmi Vilas Palace and Kirti Mandir, Shop at Khanderao market which offers a variety of different things.
  • While in Gujarat, the best things to eat is available in the form of street food. Binge on delicious Sev Usal at Jay Mahakali Sev Usal, have a taste of Farsan which includes various kinds of namkeens and khaman or dhokla, khandvi, and other delicacies.

How to Reach?

Baroda or Vadodara has a great connectivity and it can be reached through railways, roadways and as well as the airway. The city has a railway station, a bus station and the nearest airport is Vadodara Airport.

Happening on: 10th – 18th October 2018

Be a part of a unique celebration of Kullu Dussehra in Kullu

Kullu Dussehra

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Everybody has heard about the celebration of Dussehra in India. Kullu Dussehra is celebrated in the month of October but after the whole country has celebrated this festival. During this festival, a palaquine carries the idol of Lord Raghunath and folks dance in their local dresses and celebrate. This city lies in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh and hosts the international mega Dussehra festival. The scenic beauty of the place is enough to entice you to visit this place. Since October is one of the best times to visit, it also marks the end of rainy season and at this time the city showcases a much greener side and gives away a feeling of freshness.

What to Do?

  • While enjoying the fresh looking Kullu, be a part of the grand celebration of Kullu Dussehra.
  • Kullu surely offers a lot and around 15 km away is the famous Basheshwar Mahadev temple which has been attracting a lot of tourists over a long time period.
  • Have a spiritual experience at Gurudwara Manikaran Sahib and Shiv Temple in Manikaran. Hot water natural springs are the other attractions here.

How to Reach?

  • The nearest railway station is Joginder Nagar railway station.
  • The nearest airport is Bhuntar airport.
  • State buses travel from Delhi, Shimla, Pathankot, Ambala, etc.

Happening on: 19th October 2018

Be a part of the exuberant celebrations of Dussehra in Mysore

Mysore Dussehra

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October denotes a festive season in Mysore and acts as a tourist attraction. During the month of October, Mysore turns into such a divine spectacle with all the grand celebrations of Dussehra going around. Mysore Palace is the major tourist attraction during this festive season. The city is flooded with tourists who just want to indulge in the classic Mysore Dasara. This 10-day long celebration includes parades of decorated elephants, one of them carrying the idol of Goddess Chamundeshwari.

What to Do in Mysuru?

  • The grandiose celebration of Dussehra or Mysore Dasara should be on your to-do list.
  • Apart from Mysore Palace, Jaganmohan Palace, Karanji Lake and Mysore zoo attract a lot of tourists.
  • During the festive month, Mysore palace’s ground is the hub for the celebration of folk songs and dances.

How to Reach?

  • The city has connectivity with almost every Indian state and can be reached by road, air, and rail.
  • The nearest railway station is Mysore railway station and the nearest airport is in Banglore which connects to every state of India. Roadways are the best way to reach the given destination.

Happening on: 10th – 19th October 2018

Add an exotic touch to your trip with Dhanushkodi

Dhanushkodi

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This hauntingly gorgeous place is one of the best offbeat places to visit in India. Once this place was blessed with the existence of people but after 1964 when a cyclone hit it, everything was destroyed and washed away. After that unfortunate night, the government declared the region unfit to live. Now just being a tourist attraction the place welcomes explorers on 4 wheelers and 2 wheelers who can linger in the daytime here. Dhankushkodi is the end point of India which is close to Sri Lanka. This place is also near to Rameshwaram. And since Rameshwaram holds a spiritual status, thus a trip to Dhanushkodi will be considered spiritual as well as adventurous.

What to Do?

  • When on this secluded yet beautiful beach, you can witness the Ram- Setu bridge but unfortunately not experience it.
  • Since Dhanushkodi is near Rameshwaram and the best way to reach Rameshwaram is through the Pamban Bridge.
  • Visit to Gulf of Mannar Marine National Park is a must.
  • Since Rameshwaram is a spiritual land visit to various temples like Ramanathaswamy temple is a must.
  • Other than that, visit House of Kalam is a must.

How to Reach?

  • Since there is no direct connectivity to Dhanushkodi, the nearest place is Rameshwaram.
  • Rameshwaram has rail connectivity with every corner of Tamil Nadu as well as major cities. Dhanushkodi is around 19 km. Trains take an hour to reach here. The nearest railway station is Rameshwaram railway station.
  • The nearest airport is in Madurai and it is convenient for travelers coming from far off regions. A drive from the airport to Rameshwaram or directly to Dhanushkodi.

Delve into the rich folk culture in Jodhpur

Jodhpur

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The Blue city, Jodhpur in Rajasthan, attracts a lot of explorers and photography enthusiasts. With old painted in color blue, the city has earned this name. This city hosts a number of festivals in October and one of them is Marwar Festival. Marwar festival celebrates the contribution of the unsung heroes of Rajasthan and tourists can be a part of this festival that takes place in the month of October. The celebration includes folk dances and songs which describe the activities and contribution of the heroes, horse polo, horse riding and camel tattooing.

The other thing which I suggest you should be a part of your October visit in Jodhpur is the International Folk Festival which includes folk performances by singers and dancers, fusion performances by local as well as established singers, etc. This grand celebration takes place in Mehrangarh Fort and it will just add an extra joyful experience to your travel in India during October.

How to Reach?

  • Jodhpur has a domestic airport and is connected to every major city of India.
  • Jodhpur has a good connectivity by railroads also. Trains ply from major cities to Jodhpur.
  • By road, various buses are available from Delhi which ply on a daily basis. Other states also have buses towards this city.

Happening On

  • Marwar Festival: 23rd – 24th October 2018
  • International Folk Festival: Not Yet Declared

Go cloister to cloister in majestic Hampi

Virupaksha temple in Hampi

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Hampi is a UNESCO World Heritage and is a group of ruins in Karnataka. This was the capital of the Vijayanagar empire and a visit to the ruins of this majestic marvel will take you back in time. These ruins mark the grand existence of a flourishing settlement at one time. This place showcases the excellence of architecture and gives a hint of the presence of spirituality. Surely, Hampi is one of the best offbeat places in India.

What to Do in Hampi?

  • In the ruins of this city, there are various temples which attract tourists. One of the must-visit temples is Vittala Temple.
  • While here, an experience of Coracle ride, boat ride, and rock climbing is a must.
  • Virupaksha temple is also a temple which has been grabbing the attention of various pilgrims over the years. Here you will have the privilege of getting blessed by the temple elephant.
  • To have good and tasty food, Mango Tree is such a restaurant that has been run by three generations of the same family.
  • Other than this, Hampi has been distributed into two parts in which one depicts the hippie culture and other the ruins of the kingdom.
  • Hampi bazaar should be visited and Hampi’s hippie culture has cafes and restaurants.

How to Reach?

  • Since there is no direct connectivity to Hampi, the best way is to reach Bangalore through railways, roadways or even airways.
  • From Bangalore, you can rent a taxi that will take you to Hampi.

Explore the impeccable mountain beauty on Har ki Doon trek

Har ki Doon Trek

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One of the top choices of tourists can be Har ki Doon in Garhwal region of Uttarakhand. Most adventurers visit this place to enjoy a trek in a dale comprising the nature’s best with rolling hills, gurgling streams and lush meadows and forests. Har ki doon trek is one of the famous and yet beautiful treks in Uttarakhand. The difficulty level of this trek is easy to moderate, which can also be done by novice trekkers with decent fitness.

What to Do?

  • Get the view of the snow-covered peaks of Himalayan range like Swargarohini (staircase to heaven) and visit the Duryodhana Temple.
  • Witness the serene beauty of the valley.
  • Visit the unexplored places of Garhwal Himalayan range during your trek.

How to Reach?

  • Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun is the nearest airport.
  • Trains ply from major Indian cities to Dehradun.
  • Vehicles visit Dehradun from where one can hop on a bus if he/she is coming by any other means to explore Har ki Doon.

Fall in love with the freshness and admirable beauty of Shillong

Shillong

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Shillong is a therapy for your eyes and this hill station is the capital of Meghalaya. A visit in October will help you witness the place thriving with greenery and giving away a divine feeling. Shillong is one of the best holiday places and while you are traveling here in October, you will have the chance to witness the post-monsoon lush greenery which indeed can make you fall in love with it.

What to Do?

  • For the need for serendipity, visit elephant falls.
  • Shillong peak gives a good and proper view of the place.

How to Reach?

  • The nearest airports to Shillong is in Barapani and Guwahati (100 km away).
  • The nearest railway station is in Guwahati.
  • After reaching Guwahati one can take bus or self-drive to the destination.

Go Wild in the deep and dark Sundarbans

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Sundarbans are partially the part of India and Bangladesh and is home to a large percentage of Bengal Tigers. The main attraction of this place has always been this majestic creature and the fine beauty of this place. The eagerness to spot one of these creatures has been bringing tourists to this place. Apart from this, one has to plan a three or four days wildlife holiday trip to experience the aura of the place. This wildlife trip will also offer you an encounter with world’s largest coastal mangrove forest.

What to Do?

Since it is the end of the rainy season, the sea is alive and you can spot various kinds of fishes and aquatic animals. Other than this, spotting of a royal Bengal Tiger can be done if you chose to go on a ride in the Sundarban National Park.

How to Reach?

  • To reach Sundarban by air is to reach the nearest airport which Dum Dum Airport in Kolkata at 166 km.
  • Since Kolkata has a good connectivity, Sundarban National Park can be reached through various buses or taxis from here.

Visit the world’s largest river island at Majuli Island

Majuli

One of the first islands to be declared a district, Majuli Islands are located on Brahmaputra, Assam. Even though this is a small group of islands, the place has good tourism. Filled with paddy areas, 22 satras (Vishnu monastery where prayers, schooling, and plays are conducted) and some lovely people, this destination offers a lot for the tourists to explore. This offbeat place is a must-visit in October as the monsoon has just ended and you will find the island in its best form.

What to Do?

  • Rent a bike and wander off in the lanes of this island and be a spectator of the culture of this place.
  • Tribal lifestyle, farming, Satras are a must visit.
  • Famous satras will help you look at the mask making process. These masks are used in plays which sometimes depict scenes from Hindu mythology.
  • Enjoy the various kinds of birds which migrate during this season.
  • Be a part of Ras Mahotsav where the performers mask dance and chant in their native language.
  • Visit the museum at Auniati Satra where they have a collection of Ahom royal artifacts.

How to Reach?

  • The best way to reach this island is through flights to Jorhat. After that, a ferry would take around an hour and then a 10 min bus to reach Major Sapori.
  • After reaching Major Sapori, one has to take another ferry and then a bus ride to Majuli.
  • If you are not in a mood to take a ferry, Jorhat also has road connectivity to Majuli. ASTC buses ply on a daily basis to the desired destination.

Witness the rich fauna at Bandhavgarh National Park

Bandhavgarh National Park

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Once the home of the first white tiger, and now one of the places with high tiger density in India, Bandhavgarh National Park is located in Madhya Pradesh. The major attraction of this park, as you would have guessed, is the tigers. However, Since the migratory season starts from October, you have a great chance of spotting some unusual birds. This is one of the famous parks of the region and is home to around 50 tigers. Since the area is small, there is a high rate of spotting of a tiger. Other than tigers, other animals which reside here are wild boars, antelopes, barking deer, etc.

What to Do?>

  • A must do thing should be a jeep safari. During this, there is a high chance of a possibility of spotting various beautiful creatures.
  • Hire an automobile to have a trip to Bandhavgarh fort and enjoy the serene view.

How to Reach?

  • Jabalpur airport and Khajuraho airport are the closest to the park. From Jabalpur, it is 4 hours drive whereas from Khajuraho it is 7-8 hours drive.
  • The nearest railway station is Umaria and Katni from which it is 40 min drive to the natural heritage.

Explore the unique floating sanctuary, Keibul Lamjao

The Loktak Lake

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A home to the beautiful Sangai Deer, Keibul Lamjao National Park, Manipur, is also known as the first and probably the only floating sanctuary of the world. The park becomes quite pleasant and beautiful after the showers. This atmosphere makes the tourists comfortable and even the animals can easily be spotted. The park has a variety of aquatic flora and fauna along with the unique Loktak Lake, which eventually adds the feel of floating to the national park.

What to Do?

  • A visit to Loktak lake will add much fun to your trip.

How to Reach?

  • Park can be visited through air, road, and rail from Imphal.
  • By road, it is 53 km from Imphal.
  • The nearest railway station is at Dimapur.
  • Flight facility is available from Imphal as it has connectivity to major cities.

Give an edge to romance amidst the exquisite beauty of Srinagar

Srinagar

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Kashmir is known as one of the most beautiful places in India. And in this amazingly gorgeous valley, the summer capital Srinagar is an added boon. Srinagar experiences a pleasant weather all year, but from October, you start experiencing winters, during which the city becomes surreal. This season is also apt for people going on their honeymoon. The beauty of this place is the snow-covered Himalayan range, the flourishing valley, delectable food and the traditional attires.

What to Do?

  • Shikara ride on Dal and Nigeen lakes.
  • Talking a heritage walk in the old lanes of Srinagar is one of the preferred activities of the explorers.
  • Stay in the houseboat.
  • Trying Wazwan and Kahwa.

How to Reach?

  • Srinagar airport has connectivity to major cities of India as well as International.
  • Srinagar does not have its own railway station. So to reach there one has to drive from Jammu Tawi or Udhampur rail station.
  • Other than that, driving to Srinagar is also possible as it has connectivity with major cities of India like Delhi and Chandigarh.

Say hello to a wide variety of flora in Kaas Plateau of Flowers

Kaas Plateau of Flowers

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Listed in UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kaas Plateau of Flowers showcase a large biodiversity of wild flowers. Located near Satara, Pune, this plateau also is a home to a large variety of butterflies which can be seen in the early October. For the flowers to bloom the only water supply to this region is Kaas lake. To have a peaceful and relaxing vacation for any nature lover, this is the place my friend.

What to Do?

  • This UNESCO World Heritage Site will help you witness a large variety of wild and beautiful flowers.
  • This place is a treat for the photo enthusiasts as this place is also gathering place for butterflies during early October.

How to Reach?

  • Kaas plateau can be reached by all 3 ways, i.e., roadways, railways, and airways.
  • A drive from Mumbai will take around 5 hours to reach here and a drive from Pune will take around 2.5-3.5 hours depending on the traffic on NH-4. buses also ply from Mumbai and Pune to Satara on a daily basis.
  • If you are coming from anywhere in India, you need to take a train to Mumbai and then a Koyna Express from CST in Mumbai to reach Satara railway station. From there, buses ply from Satara bus stand to Kaas Plateau.
  • If you choose to fly, then that might just cut down your time as you reach Pune airport and then drive or book a cab on NH-4 to reach Kaas Plateau.

Get spiritual relief in the Buddhist town of Tawang

Tawang Gate

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One of the most important monasteries in India, Tawang monastery is located in the Tawang town of Arunachal Pradesh. It is a 17-century monastery which was founded by the contemporary of the fifth Dalai Lama. This monastery is also the birthplace of the sixth Dalai Lama. The interior of this monastery has a library which holds important and rare Buddhist manuscripts and traditional paintings called Thangka paintings. While in the Tawang region, a visit to the beautiful town of Bomdila is surely a good idea.

What to Do?

  • Explore a nearby town- Bomdila.
  • Pay a religious visit to the Tawang Monastery and gaze upon an 18-ft statue of Lord Buddha.
  • Trek in nearby areas of the town.
  • Explore the town and enjoy the tranquility.

How to Reach?

  • There is no direct connectivity through flights to Arunachal Pradesh, the nearest airports are in Tezpur, and Guwahati in Assam.
  • Traveling by bus is also possible. Buses from Guwahati and Bomdila ply and are budget-friendly.
  • Naharlagun is the nearest railway station to Tawang, which is some 450 km away.
  • Pawan Hans/Chopper service is available from Guwahati.

Celebrate a festival of good harvest in Ochira

Ochira-Harvest-festival

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One of the famous pilgrim towns of Kerala, Oachira or Ochira is known for the grandiose celebration of Ochira Kalakettu in the month of October. The celebration is all about a good year for harvest. This festival takes place on the 28th day of Onam. The locals make models of bulls, believed to be as Nandhikesha- the ride of Parabrahmam (Lord Shiva). Making these bulls is a part of their tradition and various competitions are held where the winner gets a cash prize of Rs. 50 lakhs. These beautiful bulls are prepared out of straws and clothes. Since they are giant in size, they are brought to the temple on wheels.

What to Do?

  • Observe the beautifully decorated giant bulls which are brought out during the procession.
  • Wander in the small yet beautiful temple town.

How to Reach?

  • Ochira has a good railway connectivity and can be accessed easily. Trains ply on a regular basis.
  • Unfortunately, Ochira does not have its own airport. The nearest airport is Thiruvananthapuram International airport.

Get the spectacular views of the high Himalayan peaks in Lachen

Lachen

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The month of October in Lachen in Sikkim marks the start of winters and is hence the best time to travel to this beautiful destination. During this season, the place experiences light snowfall and this makes the appearance of the place even more surreal. By traveling to this place, you will get an amazing view of the peak of Kanchenjunga covered in snow along with other Himalayan peaks and that of the pine forest.

What to Do?

  • Pay a religious visit to Nyingma Monastery.
  • A friendly visit to Red panda, snow leopard, Himalayan Tahr, etc and other various kinds of exotic birds at Kanchenjunga or Khangchendzonga National Park.
  • Perform activities like mountaineering, trekking and mountain biking at various Himalayan peaks.

How to Reach?

  • Availability of flights directly to Lachen is not there. The only and best way to reach Lachen through airways is getting off at Bagdogra domestic airport. From there a drive of 4.5 hours will help you reach your desired destination.
  • Hiring a taxi from Gangtok is the best alternative to reach Lachen through roadways.
  • Lachen does not have a direct connectivity of railways, therefore, to reach here one has to New Jalpaiguri Station in Siliguri and then board a bus to Lachen.

Traverse the hidden gems of history in Rajgir

Rajgir Bihar

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Located in the state of Bihar, Rajgir is a place which holds a famous Buddhist shrine. Home to Shanti Stupa, this place is also famous for rock-cut caves, forts and Buddhist ruins present in India. The place neighbors Nalanda which was famous for the Nalanda University. The place is perfect to witness this grand festival in Bihar and to have a glance at the glorious history of the state.

What to Do?

  • Visit the famous Shanti stupa and enjoy the calmness in the breeze.
  • Delve into the rich culture of the place.

How to Reach?

  • Regular buses ply from major cities to Rajgir on a daily basis.
  • The nearest airports are Gaya and Patna airport which have a good connectivity with the cities of India.
  • There are trains from major cities of India that have a direct connectivity to Rajgir.

Lose yourself in the natural beauty of Pachmarhi

Pachmarhi

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The central India experience light showers during early October, which means a perfect weather for sightseeing. The fresh drizzle and start of winter enhance the greenery of this place where waterfalls like Apsara waterfall, Rajat Pratap fall, bee falls, add more to Pachmarhi. Rich in history, this place offers you caves which have also been mentioned in Mahabharata as a place which Pandavas stayed at once.

What to Do?

  • Visit alluring waterfalls like Apsara waterfall, Big falls, bee falls, etc.
  • Indulge in the mythological history at Pandav caves and worship at Jatashankar and Mahadev temples.
  • Visit those locations where Bollywood has been for films like Asoka and Chakravyuh.
  • Explore one of its kind museum- The Bison Lodge and Museum which is dedicated to Capt. Forsyth.

How to Reach?

  • The absence of an airport in Pachmarhi makes airports at Jabalpur and Bhopal the nearest ones.
  • The nearest railway station is in Pipariya which has a good connectivity with few of the Indian cities.
  • To travel to Pachmarhi, one has to travel by road at the end. State buses ply from nearby areas like Bhopal, Nagpur, Indore, etc.

India is a country full of traditions, religions and, glorious history. What makes this country awesome is that whatever season you visit in, there will always be a place that will astonish you and make you wonder. Be it extreme summers or extreme winters, this country never fails to amaze you. October being the top choice for visiting will offer a plethora of experiences. I hope with this blog, I could help you in at least framing an idea for your trip.

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Shefali Sinha

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Shefali Sinha is someone who has always been in love with new places and has always tried to explore the unexplored.Traveling for her has always been an escape from the city life. Trying different cuisines, having exotic beverages and capturing every moment in the camera lens are her ways of enjoying life.

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