Now, what is so special about October? Is it respite from the long water-soaked monsoon-pours; the beginning of autumn; the sight of clear, blue skies or an amazing festive feel in the air. No matter what the reason is, October’s ‘neither too hot nor too cold weather’ is just apt to relish the beauty and charm of few of India’s besties, if not all. Let us take a look at some of the beautiful places that could be a part of your travel plan this October.
Rishikesh can be credited for satiating both your spiritual and adventurous aspects. The holy waters of the Ganges with the encompassing forests at the backdrop creates a conducive ambience for an inward transcendental journey. The ‘Yoga Capital of the World’ is not all religious and is one of the most adventurous hubs in the country as well. Be it bungee jumping or river rafting, the city is sure to keep your adrenaline rushing.
Highlights: Lakshman Jhula, Ram Jhula, Swarg Ashram, High Bank
A tryst with nature, a drive through exuberant forests, picturesque hill stations with stretches of spice plantations filling the air with their strong aroma alongside catching glimpses of few indigenous and endemic fauna, is best enjoyed in this marvellous emerald, studded in Kerala’s crown.
Highlights: Chembra Peak, Wayanad National Park, Meenmutty Waterfalls, Hiking and Camping
Distinctive mud architecture, white salt desert, lovely beaches, oasis, sumptuous cuisine, heritage buildings, palaces, museums, religious sites, lakes, wildlife sanctuaries amid unique traditions and a rich culture sketches Kutch diverse and appealing on India’s landscape. The beauty of the desert is appreciated best on full moon nights.
Highlights: Kutch Great Indian Bustard Sanctuary, Pingleshwar Beach, Aina Mahal
If you happen to be in or somewhere near the ‘City of Joy’ this October, then one event you must not miss for sure is the Durga Pujas, a festival that binds the whole city in one true colour, fragrance, melody and fervour. The city is seen at its festive best with people dressed in their loveliest while the air reverberates with the sounds of mantras, conch and dhaks (traditional drums). Beautifully adorned pandals, light decorations all along, munching of sweetmeats and roadside delicacies, children playing, men chatting and women taking part in all festive rituals are a sight to behold.
Highlights: Victoria Memorial, Nicco Park, Dakshineshwar Temple, Howrah Bridge
As Madhya Pradesh’s most vibrant and exuberant gem shimmers the beautiful hill station of Pachmarhi. The unruffled forest thickets of bamboo, jamun and sal coupled with man-made marvels render the town as an amazing tourist destination. From cave shelters, rock paintings to heritage cottages and old gardens, Pachmarhi is exactly what one expects from a tranquil, placid and calm hill station.
Highlights: Satpura National Park, Cave Shelters, Priyadarshini
With such an enchanting list of destinations ready to delight you, do not miss out on a lovely October vacation this year.