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35 Best Places to Visit in October in India

“India: A land of legends, traditions and myths all surrounded by the best gifts of nature!”

As India bids adieu to monsoon, it prepares for the winters. The month of October is often mentioned as the mother of all seasons for a vacation in India. With the end of the rainy season, you will greet a greener India in October. 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 fairs and festivals. Along with this, October also makes a perfect time to begin your exploration of the otherwise sultry state of Rajasthan and the magnificent southern parts of India. So, yes October is the month of celebrations and a time for reconnecting with culture, nature and heritage 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.

Best Hill Stations to Visit in the month of October

  • Shillong, Meghalaya
  • Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir
  • Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
  • Auli, Uttarakhand
  • Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu

Must See Festivals in October in India

  • Navratri in Vadodara Gujarat
  • Kullu Dussehra in Kullu
  • Dussehra in Mysore
  • Marwar Festival Jodhpur
  • Oachira or Ochira Festival Kerala

Top Beach Holiday Destinations to Visit in October in India

  • Goa Beaches
  • Kerala Beaches
  • Daman & Diu Beaches
  • Pondicherry Beaches
  • Lakshadweep Islands

Best Heritage Places to Explore in October

  • Hampi Karnataka
  • Rajgir Bihar
  • Agra Uttar Pradesh
  • Delhi
  • Jaipur Rajasthan

Best Wildlife National Parks & Tiger Reserve to Visit in October

  • Sunderban National Park
  • Bandhavgarh National Park
  • Keibul Lamjao National Park
  • Ranthambore National Park
  • Jim Corbett National Park

Top Adventure Activities to Do in October in India

  • Har Ki Dun Trek
  • Scuba Diving in Andaman
  • Skydiving in Mysore
  • Bungee Jumping Rishikesh
  • Paragliding Bir-Billing

Best Religious Places to Visit in October

  • Varanasi Uttar Pradesh
  • Chhota Chardham Uttarakhand
  • Rameshwaram Tamilnadu
  • Tawang Arunchal Pradesh
  • Ajmer Sharif Rajasthan

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“In the arms of Mother Nature will I find pure bliss and solace!”

Shillong, Meghalaya

Shillong, Meghalaya

Not only a majestic hill station, Shillong is the capital city of Meghalaya. A visit in October will help you witness the place engulfed in lush-greenery and untouched nature. Shillong is one of the best holiday destinations in India to escape to a land filled with misty hills, towering woods, forgotten paths and white cascading waterfalls.

Things to Do in Shillong
  • Waterfall hopping at some of the most revered waterfalls of the city such as Elephant Falls, Spread Eagle Falls and Sweet Falls among others.
  • Enjoy a boat ride at Umiam Lake
  • Enjoy horse riding to the Shillong Peak to witness a bird’s eye view of the town
  • Camp under a starry night at Khasi Hills
  • While in Shillong, you can visit Asia’s cleanest village, Mawlynnong at a distance of 78 km
  • Find traces of the primitive men while caving in Shillong. Some of the best caves of Shillong are Krem Mawsmai, Krem Mamluh, and Krem Umshyrpi
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Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir

Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir

Kashmir, as described by the Mughal Emperor Jahangir, is a ‘Paradise on Earth’. The amazingly gorgeous valley, the summer capital of Srinagar is an added boon. Srinagar experiences pleasant weather all year-round, but from October, it starts experiencing winters, during which the city becomes surreal. This season is an ideal time for a honeymoon vacation when the valley turns romantic under the thin sheet of snow. The beauty of this place lies in the snow-covered Himalayan range, mesmerizing valley, delectable local cuisine and the traditional attires of warm-hearted people.

Things to Do in Srinagar
  • Enjoy a shikara ride on the Dal and Nigeen Lake.
  • Take up a heritage walk through the old historic lanes of Srinagar
  • Stay in a luxurious houseboat at Nigeen Lake
  • Visit the largest Mughal Garden in Kashmir Valley, Shalimar Garden
  • Spot the rare wildlife at Dachigam National Park.
  • Shop for authentic Kashmiri Handicraft items at the local market
  • Savour the delectable Kashmiri cuisine
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Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

Shimla Himachal

Built over seven hills of the mighty Himalayas sits the magnificent hill town of Shimla. The town teleports you to an era of boundless beauty filled with cascading waterfalls, glistening creeks, rounding hills and hidden forests. Shimla is also the capital city of Himachal Pradesh, naturally making it one of the most visited tourist destinations in India during October. Due to its pleasant weather and endless natural beauty, Shimla was declared as the summer capital of British Raj.

Things to Do in Shimla
  • Visit Kufri, the ‘Winter Sports Capital of India’
  • Stroll around the Ridge and spot some cute and trendy cafes to socialise
  • Trek to the Jakhoo Temple nestled among the forests of pine and deodar
  • Pay a visit to the colonial-era Christ Church
  • Visit the gorgeous Chadwick Falls
  • Shop at the local market on the Mall Road
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Auli, Uttarakhand

Auli, Uttarakhand

A skiers’ paradise, Auli is located in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand. It is a perfect getaway to untouched nature blessed with rolling hills, glistening lakes and mystical forests. As October marks the advent of autumn, the hill town turns magical with its glorifying beauty. Without any doubt, Auli makes it to the list of the best places to visit in India in October. A 500-metre-long ski lift is a runway to heaven for all the snowboarders and skiers.

Things to Do in Auli
  • Onboard the ropeway from Joshimath to Auli to enjoy a bird-eye view of the town.
  • Boating at one of the highest man-made lakes in the world, Lake Auli
  • Trek to Gorson Bugyal amid coniferous forests and old oak trees
  • Camp under the moonlit sky in Kwani Bugyal
  • Enjoy an offbeat trekking route to Kwari Pass
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Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu

Kodaikanal Hill Station

Nestled amongst the Palani hills of Western Ghats, this hill town is a ‘gift of the forest’. Situated around the artificial Lake Kodaikanal, this dainty town has endless charms of nature that engulfs you in a peaceful sanity. The hill town is bestowed with sparkling lakes, mysterious caves, rolling hills and white cascading beauty. It offers pleasant cool weather in October, making it one of the best hill stations in South India. Absorb the beauty of nature with misty mornings, dense woods and echoing hills that fills your heart with sheer happiness.

Things to Do in Kodaikanal
  • Boat ride on Lake Kodaikanal
  • Take a stroll on the Coaker’s Walk and enjoy the misty mornings of the hilltown
  • Hike to the Dolphin’s nose, a shutterbug’s paradise
  • Go waterfall hopping to the eight unique waterfalls of Kodaikanal
  • Visit the Kurinji Andavar Temple to seek blessings from Lord Murugan
  • Explore the ancient Kukkal Caves which has traces of Paliyan tribe
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“The greatness of a culture can be found in its festivals.”

Experience a grand celebration of Navratri in Vadodara

Navratri in Vadodara Gujarat

Vadodara, a city in Gujarat known for its extravagant celebration of the Hindu festival of Navratri. The groovy numbers of Falguni Pathak with the lively Garbha steal the show every year. When we think of this revered festival, our mind pictures colourful traditional costumes, tons of music and the traditional Garba and Dandiya. In October, Vadodara or Baroda has pleasant weather and is perfect for exploring the city. When you visit Vadodara in October, you will surely witness the grand celebration of Navratri at every corner of the city.

Top Things to Do
  • Be a part of the grand celebration of Navratri at United Way of Baroda and Vadodara Navratri Festival.
  • Visit and explore monuments 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 are 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.
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Become a part of the unique festivity of Kullu Dussehra in Kullu

Kullu Dussehra in Kullu

Everybody has heard of 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 people dance in their local costumes around the procession. 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 the rainy season and the commencement of winters. The hill town turns greener and gives away a feeling of freshness.

Top Things to Do
  • Enjoy the greener hill town and be a part of the grand celebration of Kullu Dussehra.
  • Kullu surely offers a lot of tourist attractions. Visit the famous Basheshwar Mahadev temple which has been attracting a lot of tourists over a long period of time.
  • Have a spiritual experience at Gurudwara Manikaran Sahib and Shiv Temple in Manikaran. Natural hot water springs are another attraction here.

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Be a part of the exuberant celebrations of Dussehra in Mysore

Dussehra in Mysore

October denotes a festive season in Mysore and acts as a major 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.

Top Things to Do
  • 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 involving folk songs and dances.
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Delve into the rich folk culture in Jodhpur

Marwar Festival Jodhpur

Jodhpur often called ‘Blue City’ gets its name from the Old City which is completely painted in blue colour. It attracts a lot of explorers and photography enthusiasts. 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. Tourists can become a part of the 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.

There is another festival which is celebrated with the same zeal and enthusiasm. It is the International Folk Festival which includes folk performances by singers and dancers, fusion performances by local as well as established singers. This grand celebration takes place in Mehrangarh Fort and it adds an extra joyful experience to your travel in India during October.

Top Things to Do
  • Opt for a village safari in Bishnoi where the tribals live
  • Visit the mighty Mehrangarh Fort
  • Take up a heritage walking tour of the Old City
  • Visit the architectural marvel, Jaswant Thada
  • Visit the local market around the Ghanta Ghar

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Celebrate a festival of good harvest in Ochira

Ochira Festival Kerala

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.

Top Things to Do
  • Observe the beautifully decorated giant bulls which are brought out during the procession.
  • Wander in the small yet beautiful temple town.
  • Visit the Oachira Parabrahma Temple
  • Visit the nearby city of Kollam
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Goa – A land of beaches, sunny days and lively vibe!

Goa Beach

A land of hippie vibe, generous strangers and exotic beaches, Goa is a must-visit for every traveler. The state offers explicit nightlife with lavish clubs and casinos. Not to forget, the rich heritage of the colonial-era along with the remnants of Portuguese invaders. Goa is a paradise for water sports enthusiasts and beach babies and also for wellness tourists with numerous ayurvedic settlements. During October, the state is blessed with pleasant weather accurately suitable for travel.

Things to Do
  • Visit the exotic beaches of the state including Anjuna, Baga, Calangute Beach among others
  • Visit some of the best churches of colonial India built by the Portuguese invaders
  • Cruise in the Arabian Sea while watching the sunset
  • Indulge in adventurous water sports such as scuba diving, snorkeling and parasailing among others
  • Attend the very famous music and dance carnivals hosted by the state
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Kerala – God’s Own Country

Kerala Beach

Kerala, better known as ‘God’s own country’ is one of the finest destinations of the country. The gifts of nature in the form of backwaters, hills, rivers, waterfalls and dense woods adorn the state and makes it alluring for the tourists. Owing to the splendid weather, the state is one of the best places to visit in October in India. The state is famous for its extensive ayurveda practices, tourists often sign up for yoga and ayurvedic spas and treatment resulting in the boost of medical and spiritual tourism in the state.

Top Things to Do
  • Visit the pristine beaches in Kerala
  • Plan a vacation to the hill stations of Munnar, Wayanad, Vagamon among many others
  • Enroll yourself for rejuvenating ayurveda treatment for a better body and mind
  • Stay in luxurious houseboats in the backwaters of Kerala
  • Savour the delicious Kerala cuisine
  • Sign up for nature tours that take you around the natural beauty of Kerala such as waterfalls, rivers, mountains and wildlife
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Daman & Diu – Of heritage, blue skies and sandy beaches!

Daman & Diu Beach

Ex- Portuguese enclave, the union territory of Daman and Diu is known for its pristine natural beauty and laid-back lifestyle. The sandy beaches and sunny mornings welcome you with a pinch of history through its churches and forts. Visit the exotic beaches of the territory for a sunbathing session or explore the hidden Portuguese colonies that tell stories of the past. The cool weather during autumn makes the union territory of Daman & Diu, a must-visit during October.

Top Things to Do
  • Visit the perfect example of Portuguese architecture, Diu Fort
  • Visit the exotic Gomtimata Beach and watch the sunset
  • Pay a visit to St. Paul’s Church
  • Visit the mysterious man-made Naida Caves
  • Set up a family picnic at Kadaiya Lake Garden
  • Visit the exotic Jampore and Devka Beach to listen to the sound of waves crashing on the shore
  • Visit another remain of Portuguese architecture, Moti Daman Fort
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Pondicherry – Do it like the French!

Pondicherry Beach

Pondicherry is a union territory located in the southern part of India. Adorned with colorful houses and shops with reference to French colonies, the territory is a perfect escape for travelers. If sunbathing on the beach while sipping a cool martini is your idea of vacation, then head down to Pondicherry in the month of October when splendid weather welcomes you along with the nature bounty of the territory. Magnificent churches, cafes, palaces and museums attract explorers without missing the spiritual experience in Auroville.

Top Things to Do
  • Explore the Paradise Beach which stands up to his name because of its pristine beauty filled with sandy beach, palm-fringed beach and clear skies
  • Visit the French architectural marvel, Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
  • Visit Auroville where you are known for being a person without any regard to nationality, religion, caste, creed or colour
  • Try hands at surfing on Serenity Beach
  • Indulge in the adventurous water sports activities such as scuba diving, snorkeling and jet skiing
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Lakshadweep Islands – An escape to bliss among the islands!

Lakshadweep Islands

Located away from the mainland of India, Lakshadweep Islands is an archipelago which accounts to a tropical paradise. A quiet and serene escape to a far-away land with islands scattered all around it. Surrounded by the Laccadive Sea, the islands offer a perfect escape to sandy beaches, pristine islands and exotic vibes. If you’re planning a vacation in the month of October, this island beauty should top your recommendations as it is one of the best destinations to visit in October in India.

Top Things to Do
  • Visit the gateway to other islands of Lakshadweep, Agatti Island
  • Explore Bangaram Island, the only island that allows alcohol consumption and is an ideal honeymoon paradise
  • Visit the capital of Lakshadweep Islands, Kavaratti Island, a land of heritage and nature
  • Indulge in watersport activities like wind surfing, parasailing, snorkeling and many other at Kadmat Island
  • Visit the Kalpeni Island for its pristine blue lagoons and exotic beaches
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Hampi, Karnataka

Hampi Karnataka

Hampi, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is often referred to as ‘World’s largest Open-air Museum’. Located on the banks of the holy Tungabhadra River, the city of ruins teleports you to a glorious bygone era when the city was a symbol of victory and valour. Now in ruins, this erstwhile capital of the Vijayanagar empire is an important historic destination of the nation.

The group of ruins hold two important areas – the Royal Centre and the Sacred Centre. The ruins of the Royal Centre are believed to be housing palaces, royal stables, baths and temples. Whereas, the Sacred Centre consists of the areas around the Virupaksha Temple along the banks of Tungabhadra River. These ruins mark the grand existence of a flourishing settlement at one time, making it one of the best places to visit in India in October.

Top Things to Do
  • In the ruins of this city, there are various temples which attract tourists. One of the must-visit temples is Vittala Temple.
  • Indulge in activities like coracle ride, boat ride, and rock climbing
  • 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.
  • Devour some lip-smacking food at Mango Tree, a restaurant being run by three generations of the same family.
  • Other than this, Hampi has been distributed into two parts, one depicts the hippie culture and other the ruins of the kingdom
  • Visit and shop at the ancient Hampi bazaar
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Rajgir, Bihar

Hampi Karnataka

Located in the northern state of Bihar, Rajgir is a town that houses a famous Buddhist shrine. Home to Shanti Stupa, the land is also famous for rock-cut caves, forts and Buddhist ruins present in India. Situated at a distance of 15 kms from Nalanda, Rajgir was the former capital of Magadh Empire before Patliputra. The town literally means ‘Home of the Royalty’. Rajgir is the place where Lord Buddha was treated after getting attacked by his cousin, Devdatta. The town is an important Buddhist centre as it stores the sermons and teachings of Lord Buddha, making it an iconic heritage destination to visit in India during October.

Top Things to Do
  • Visit the famous Vishwa Shanti Stupa built by the Japanese
  • Take the ropeway to reach the top of Ratnagiri Hill
  • Delve into the rich culture of the place
  • Visit the Karanda Tank, a bath used by Lord Budhha
  • Visit the Pippala Cave, an important site for Buddhism
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Agra, Uttar Pradesh

Taj Mahal Agra Uttar Pradesh

A treasure of Indian heritage, Agra is one of the most important destinations of India. The historic city was first mentioned in the great epic, Mahabharata but gained its popularity during the Mughal rule. Home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Taj Mahal, Agra is always on the list of avid travellers. During the Mughal rule, Agra was known as Akbarabad. Seat of the Mughal Empire, the city was established by Sikandar Lodi in the sixteenth century where he built royal palaces, harems, baths, mosques and stepwells. It is an important centre of Persian and Islamic architecture that stores the glorifying past of Indian history.

Top Things to Do
  • Visit Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World
  • Explore the ancient city of Fatehpur Sikri
  • Take up a heritage walk through the old alleys of the city
  • Visit the architectural marvel, Agra Fort
  • Devour the finger-licking street food of Agra
  • Visit the resting place of Akbar, the Great Mughal Ruler at Akbar’s Tomb
  • Visit the revered Mankameshwar Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva
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Delhi

Delhi

The national capital of the country, Delhi is a metropolitan city with great historical heritage. An important centre of the Mughal Empire, the capital is home to some of the most important structures of Islamic architecture. The ancient alleys of Old Delhi houses many ancient havelis that are remnants of a bygone era. Apart from the heritage, Delhi is famous for its colorful bazaars and exciting nightlife. October denotes a perfect time to visit the nation’s capital due to its cool and breezy weather. One important tourist attraction of the city is the delicious street food of the capital which should not be missed!

Top Things to Do
  • Visit the Mughal monuments such as Qutub Minar, Humayun’s Tomb, Jama Masjid, etc.
  • Take a heritage walk through the old alleys of ‘Purani Dilli’
  • Enjoy a family picnic at Lodhi Garden
  • Visit India Gate in the evening
  • Shop at some of the biggest markets in Delhi namely Janpat, Karol Bagh, Connaught Place among others
  • Savour the scrumptious street food of Delhi
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Jaipur, Rajasthan

Jaipur Rajasthan

First planned city of the nation, Jaipur is an important tourist destination of India. Located in the desert state of Rajasthan, October marks the best time to visit the city. The capital is full of colourful bazaars, historic monuments, greeting strangers and majestic forts and palaces. Each alley of the city tells stories of Rajput valour and legacy. Home to some of the iconic hotels and palaces in the country, Jaipur is an escape to royalty. Experience a vacation filled with grandeur, history and serenity.

Top Things to Do
  • Visit the majestic Amer Fort and enjoy a hot air-balloon ride
  • Pay a visit to the scenic Galtaji Temple
  • Visit the residence of the Royal Family of Jaipur, City Palace
  • Visit the Hawa Mahal and Jantar Mantar
  • Opt for a heritage walk through the ancient alleys of the Old City
  • Visit the Nahargarh and Jaigarh Fort
  • Sign up for a leopard safari at Jhalana Leopard Park
  • Attend a Blue Pottery Workshop in Sanganer
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“We don’t own the planet earth; we belong to it.  And we must share it with the wildlife.” – Steve Irwin

The Sundarbans, West Bengal

Sunderban National Park

The Largest Mangrove Ecosystem of the world, the Sundarbans is shared by two countries, India and Bangladesh. An unexplored paradise, the National Park is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The Sundarbans is home to many majestic creatures of Indian wildlife including the iconic Royal Bengal Tiger and Ganges River Dolphin. To promote eco-tourism, the islands of Sunderbans offer various forest lodges and eco-resorts for the tourists. One can explore the mangrove forests via boat safari or rafts. Although it is not an easy task to spot the wildlife through boat safaris, the Government has built various watchtowers to enable the tourists to spot the creatures of the jungle through a safe distance. The eagerness to spot one of these creatures has been bringing tourists to this hidden world, making it one of the best places to visit in October.

Top Things to Do
  • Try your luck in spotting the Royal Bengal Tiger
  • With the end of monsoon, you can spot various aquatic wildlife including the Ganges River Dolphin in the delta
  • Head to the Sajnekhali Bird Sanctuary for an amazing bird-watching experience
  • Visit the hatchery ground for saltwater crocodiles, Bhagabatpur Crocodile Project
  • Spot the wildlife from various watchtowers of the Sundarbans
  • Enjoy the beach and spot the endangered Olive Ridley Turtles at Kanak Island
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Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh

Bandhavgarh National Park

The first white tiger in India was spotted in the Bandhavgarh Forest of Madhya Pradesh and thus, Bandhavgarh National Park is popularly known as the ‘Land of White Tigers’. Though, they do not exist in the National Park now. Bandhavgarh National Park has the highest density of tiger population in India. However, the migratory season starts from October during which you can spot various rare migratory birds. Home to about 22 species of mammals and 250 species of birds, Bandhavgarh National Park is one of the finest National Parks of the country. Other than tigers, species of Asiatic Jackal, Bengal Fox, Leopard, Spotted Deer and Sambar among others also call Bandhavgarh their home.

Top Things to Do

  • Spot the wildlife at Bandhavgarh National Park on a jeep safari
  • Spot the tigers at Chakradhar
  • Stay at the luxurious jungle lodges of Bandhavgarh
  • Trek to the Bandhavgarh Fort
  • Shop at the local Bandhavgarh Market
  • Pay a visit to the Jwalamukhi Temple, located at a distance of 10 kms
  • Opt for a village walk through the Tala Village where locals live in mud houses
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Keibul Lamjao National Park, Manipur

Keibul Lamjao National Park

World’s only floating wildlife sanctuary, Keibul Lamjao National Park is formed because of floating, dead and decaying plants, locally known as Phumdis. The only habitat for sangai or brow antlered deer, the National Park is also home to local tribes who live on the banks of Loktak Lake. The park becomes quite pleasant and beautiful after the showers. This atmosphere makes the tourists comfortable and even the creatures 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.

Top Things to Do
  • Spot the sangai deer from the top
  • Take up a boat ride to explore the phumdis
  • Stay at a floating homestay on the phumdis called Loktak Aquamarine Homestay
  • Visit the only floating elementary school for the tribals on the bank of Loktak Lake
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Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan

Ranthambore National Park

Located in the Sawai Madhopur district of Rajasthan, Ranthambore National Park is one of the finest and most-visited tiger reserves of the country. Ranthambore Park is known for the best tiger sightings in the world. There are many water bodies scattered all over the National Park to offer sufficient water to the flora and fauna. The Ranthambore Fort atop a hill in the park relates to the human settlements during earlier times. Ranthambore National Park was the former hunting ground for the Maharajas of Jaipur and was declared a tiger reserve in 1973. October is the best-time to visit Ranthambore as it offers cooler and pleasant weather rather than the scorching heat of the summers.

Top Things to Do
  • Spot the erotic cat of the wildlife, Tigers on a jeep safari.
  • Visit the Ranthambore Fort for a connection to the heritage of the destination.
  • Witness the Raj Bagh ruins from a distance as the area is dominated by dense jungles and tigers.
  • Visit the Kachida Valley which is inhabited by panthers and sloths.
  • Visit the oldest and largest Ganesha Temple of Rajasthan, Trinetra Ganesh Temple.
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Jim Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand

Jim Corbett National Park

Located in the scenic hill town district of Nainital, Jim Corbett National Park is the first National Park of India. Named after the renowned hunter turned naturalist, James Edward Corbett, it is one of the finest National Parks of India. Due to its perfect location in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand, it receives a great influx of tourists all-year round. The national park is home to some of the exotic creatures of the animal kingdom such as Asiatic Elephant, Royal Bengal Tiger, Chital, Sambar Deer and Jackal among others. The cool and breezy weather of October which marks the onset of winters in Uttarakhand is the best-time to visit the National Park.

Top Things to Do
  • Explore the flora and fauna of the Corbett National Park through wildlife safari
  • Indulge in river rafting offered in the Corbett Tiger Reserve
  • Enjoy activities like fishing and angling in the national park
  • Stay at a cozy eco-resort in the jungles of Jim Corbett National Park
  • Indulge in adventure activities like rock climbing, mountain biking, river crossing and rappelling among others
  • Spot various rare and endangered species of birds such as White Stork, Black-Crowned Night Heron, Cinnamon Bittern and Great White Pelican among others
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Har Ki Doon Trek, Uttarakhand

Har Ki Dun Trek

One of the oldest trekking trails in the Himalayas, Har Ki Doon Trek is a dream for trekkers and adventurers. The journey includes mesmerizing alpine valleys and dense pine woods with Swargarohini peak in the backdrop. It has a deep connection with Indian mythology as it is believed to be the same path taken by the Pandavas for their ascend to heaven. Located in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand, this trekking trail is one of the most adventurous destinations of India. Trek through some of the oldest villages of the valley and have a sneak peek into the lives of the locals. The difficulty level of this trek is easy to moderate, which can also be done by novice trekkers with decent fitness.

Top Things to Do
  • Get the view of the snow-covered peaks of Himalayan range like Swargarohini (staircase to heaven)
  • Visit the Duryodhana Temple
  • Stop and admire the scenic hamlet of Osla on your way to Har ki Doon Valley
  • Stop at the Marinda Tal, a high-altitude lake
  • Witness the Jaundhar Glacier, one of the largest sources of water
  • Witness the serene beauty of the valley
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Scuba Diving, Andaman & Nicobar Islands

Scuba Diving in Andaman

Ever dreamt of swimming with the sharks? Well, Andaman and Nicobar Islands is one of the best water sport destinations in India. With a large ecosystem of coral reefs and marine life, the destination is a paradise for water babies. The rich marine life and abundant coral reefs provide a rich diving experience to the adventurers where they are surrounded by many exotic sea-dwellers. Havelock Island, Neil Island, North Bay Island are some of the best places for scuba diving in Andaman & Nicobar Islands. Thrillers who wish to have a greater adrenaline rush can dive near the Barren Island which is home to the only active volcano in South Asia.

Top Things to Do
  • Soak in the sun at some of the finest beaches of the islands
  • Take a cruise to witness the only active volcano in South Asia
  • Indulge in scuba diving at Havelock Island
  • Walk underwater at North Bay Island
  • Visit the historic Cellular Jail, better known as Kala Pani
  • Explore the colonial ruins at Ross Island
  • Indulge in a fun activity of snorkeling at Elephant Beach
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Skydiving, Mysore

Skydiving in Mysore

Have you ever dreamt of falling from the sky like a literal angel? If not, now is the time! Mysore offers the most exhilarating opportunity of skydiving. The thrill of flying in the sky among white clouds attracts thrill seekers from all over. Mysore is one of the best places to visit in India in October as it offers pleasant weather with clear skies and cool breezy climate. The city is popularly known for its rich cultural heritage thus, it not only offers adrenaline rush but great insight into the cultural heritage of India.

Top Things to Do
  • Visit the great treasure of heritage and architecture, Mysore Palace
  • Ascend a flight of 1000 stairs to reach Chamundi Hills
  • Spot the exotic wildlife of India at the Mysore Zoo
  • Visit the 200-years old St. Philomena Church
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Bungee Jumping, Rishikesh

Bungee Jumping Rishikesh

“Yoga Capital of the World”, Rishikesh is a serene hill town located in Tehri Garhwal region of Uttarakhand. The town radiates immaculate spiritual vibes as it is an important centre for yoga and meditation. Also, a pilgrimage town situated on the bank of River Ganges, Rishikesh is an escape to spirituality, adventure and nature. Nestled amidst the foothills of Himalayan Range, the hill town has the highest bungee jumping podium in India. Not only this, Rishikesh is an adventure hub with various activities such as river rafting, cliff jumping and many more. The favourable weather during the month of October attracts a large number of tourists to this peaceful and tranquil hill town.

Top Things to Do
  • Visit the iconic Neelkanth Temple, built where Lord Shiva drank poison during Samundra manthan
  • Indulge in various adventure activities such as bungee jumping, cliff diving and river rafting
  • Join yoga classes at Himalayan Yoga Gurukul
  • Witness the morning and evening prayer ceremony at Triveni Ghat
  • Walk down the iconic bridges of Rishikesh, Ram Jhula and Lakshman Jhula
  • Visit Trimbakeshwar Temple, the 13-storey temple believed to house all Hindu deities
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Paragliding, Bir Billing

Paragliding Bir-Billing

Bir is a quaint rural village near Baijnath in the state of Himachal Pradesh. The town offers scenic views of the Himalayan range with majestic meadows and beautiful settlement. Popularly known as the ‘Paragliding Capital of India’, Bir Billing is the second highest paragliding site in the world. Apart from the scenic beauty of the hill town, it is an iconic adventure destination of India, With the onset of winters in October, the hill town offers favourable climate to explore the town of Tibetan colony with beautifully constructed monasteries and Tibetan temples.

Top Things to Do
  • Paragliding is a must experience on your trip to Bir
  • Explore the Tibetan colony
  • Experience pure bliss and positive aura while visiting the Chokling Monastery and Sherab Ling Monastery
  • Take a leisurely walk by the Bir River
  • Stroll through the lush-green tea gardens of Bir
  • Go on a shopping spree at Bir Road
  • Indulge in other adventure activities such as trekking, camping, hang gliding and mountain biking among others.
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“Every step I take is dedicated to the path led by God.”

Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

Varanasi, a city older than time itself, is nestled on the banks of River Ganges. A city that has seen it all is one of the most visited destinations of India. The essence of Hinduism which relates directly to dharma is the key attraction of the city. Travelers and nirvana-seekers visit this oldest settlement to study and attain the true meaning of life. Varanasi is a land of temples; the sound of prayers and bells wake you up to a myriad of spiritual aura. The ghats of Varanasi hold myths, legends and stories of the Gods. The land of Lord Shiva, Varanasi or Kashi is an important religious destination where those who are cremated are believed to attain moksha. With the end of monsoons in October, the city rises from a mist in the morning with thousands of earthen lamps flowing in the Ganges.

Top Things to Do
  • Visit one of the most important ghats of Varanasi, Assi Ghat
  • Witness the evening aarti at Dashashwamedh Ghat
  • Seek blessings at the revered Kashi Vishwanath Temple, one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva
  • Visit Banaras Hindu University, one of the finest institutions in India
  • Visit the majestic Ramnagar Fort on the eastern bank of River Ganges
  • Shop at the local markets of Banaras for the famous Banarasi saree
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Chota Char Dham, Uttarakhand

Chhota Chardham Uttarakhand

One of the most important Hindu Pilgrimages in India, Chota Char Dham comprises four holy sites in Uttarakhand. The journey consists of Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. Each site has its own unique legend attached to it. Badrinath is one of the 108 Divya Desams and is part of both main Char Dham and Chota Char Dham. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Kedarnath is the most isolated holy site of the yatra and is believed to be built by the Pandavas in honour of Lord Shiva. Gangotri is the origin of the Holy River Ganges to the earth. The river originates from Gangotri glacier at Gaumukh. While Yamunotri is the origin of the second most holy river, Yamuna. The journey can only be undertaken on foot and is also a great trekking experience.

Top Things to Do
  • Undertake the pilgrimage by visiting the first temple, Yamunotri
  • Move onto the next stop, Gangotri
  • Seek blessings from Lord Shiva at the Kedarnath Temple
  • Coming to the end of the journey, visit Badrinath Temple to seek blessings from Lord Vishnu
  • You can also undertake the journey via helicopter for easier accessibility
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Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu

Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu

One of the four holy sites of Char Dham, Rameswaram is located in the Ramanathpuram district of Tamil Nadu. It is a land connected to Ramayana, the main temple of Ramanathaswamy was built by Lord Rama himself. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva. According to the legend, in order to repent for the Brahmahatya (killing of a Brahman, Ravana), Lord Rama asked Lord Hanuman to bring a shiva lingam from the Himalayas. As it took a long time, Goddess Sita made a lingam from the sand to worship it. Now, the famous temple houses the longest temple corridor in the world. The town is bestowed with various sacred temples, legends and spiritual bliss.

Top Things to Do
  • Visit the famous Ramanathaswamy Temple, one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva
  • Visit the small town of Dhanushkodi, once a thriving port is now in ruins after getting hit by a cyclone
  • Visit the sacred Panchamukha Anjaneya Temple, dedicated to Lord Hanuman in his five-face avatar
  • Visit the historic Adam’s Bridge, more popularly known as the Rama Setu from where Lord Rama crossed the river to reach Sri Lanks on a floating bridge
  • Relax at the Ariyaman Beach
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Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh

Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh

Home to one of the most important monasteries in India, Tawang monastery, Tawang is a town located in 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. The town offers serene vibes of nature along with the spiritual importance. Nestled amidst the rolling hills, snow-covered pine woods and glistening frozen rivers, Tawang is a spiritual bliss surrounded by the best gifts of nature.

Top Things to Do
  • Visit and pay your respect at Tawang War Memorial
  • Visit the pristine Panga Teng Tso Lake
  • Witness the spectacular Nuranang Falls
  • Pay a religious visit to Tawang Monastery to witness the 18-feet long statue of Lord Buddha
  • Explore the nearby scenic village of Bomdila
  • Visit the Bumla Pass, Indo-China border guarded by Indian Army
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Ajmer, Rajasthan

Ajmer Sharif Rajasthan

One of the most respected sites of Islam in India, Ajmer houses the popular Dargah of Khwaja Moin-ud-din Chisti. It shelters the mortal remains of the great Muslim saint, Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti. Also known as Ajmer Sharif, the mosque is a living example of Mughal and Islamic architecture. This holy site welcomes people irrespective of their religion, caste and creed. It belongs to the brotherhood of mankind. Many Mughal rulers contributed in the construction of the tomb and added many buildings to the complex to offer their respect to the revered sufi saint. The town is nestled amidst the Aravalli Hills of Rajasthan which turns cool and pleasant during the month of October.

Top Things to Do
  • Pay a visit to the pious Ajmer Sharif Dargah
  • Visit Adhai-din-ka- Jhopra, an architectural marvel constructed within two and a half days
  • Visit the man-made Ana Sagar Lake
  • Visit one of the oldest hill forts of India, Taragarh Fort
  • One must visit Pushkar, an adjacent town to Ajmer. It houses the only Brahma Temple of the world
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Frequently Asked Questions

Q.Which festivals can I witness during my trip to India in October?

You can witness the colorful celebrations of Navratri, Dussehra, Onam and various regional festivals in India during October.

Q.What are the best destinations to visit in India in October?

You can visit the Himalayan states of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand. Rajasthan is also a favorable destination as one can get relief from the scorching heat of summers. Shillong, Kerala, Rameswaram and Goa are some other destinations to visit in India.

Q. What adventure activities can I enjoy while visiting India in October?

You can indulge in adventure activities like trekking, camping, mountain biking, scuba diving, river rafting, snorkeling, parasailing, etc.

Q.Which are the best travel destinations in South India to visit in October?

You can enjoy your vacation in the month of October in Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Goa, and Andaman and Nicobar Islands among others.

Q.Is October a good time to visit Varanasi?

Yes, October is a good time to visit Varanasi as it marks the end of monsoon season. The weather remains cool and pleasant to explore the city of Varanasi.

Q.Which are the best places to explore in West India and Central India in October?

Vadodara in Gujarat, Pachmarhi and Bandhavgarh National Park in Madhya Pradesh, Kaas Plateau in Maharashtra are the best places to visit in the month of October.

Published: 29 Apr, 2021 | Last Updated: 03 May, 2021

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Sheetal Vaid

Sheetal is a passionate traveler of paths less travelled. If curiosity to see places was a person, it would have been her for sure. Impromptu plans run her life. She only has one motive in life, i.e., happily roaming the world. Get on board with her journey to a life filled with places, people and magic!