With monsoon coming to an end and various festivals such as Dussehra and Diwali approaching, October is the most ideal time to visit India. The weather is neither too hot nor too cold, and with rains becoming rare it’s not foggy either, providing the perfect opportunity to explore this beautiful country. India is too vast to be completely seen in just one trip on cheap last minute flights. Even when you make several trips to the country you will still not have seen it all. However, to help you with your itinerary, the following is a list of some incredible places you can visit in India in October.
- Hampi, Karnataka
While most of the brilliant architectural monuments and temples are in ruins now, Hampi is still recognized as one of the many UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India. Hampi was once the glorious capital of Vijayanagar Empire in the 13th century and is a popular weekend getaway for most Bangalore residents. The pleasant weather and serene ambiance make exploring Hampi a worthwhile adventure.
- Pachmarhi, Madhya Pradesh
Often referred to as ‘Queen of the Satpura ranges,’ Pachmarhi is the only hill station in the state of Madhya Pradesh. Offering the most scenic views of natural landscape, this is one of the best places to visit in India in the month of October. Tourists will immensely enjoy trekking on lush green hills, rummaging through thick forests and taking in the gorgeous views of the region. Nature lovers arriving on business class flights will especially love exploring Pachmarhi.
- Rishikesh, Uttarakhand
Clubbed with its twin city Haridwar, Rishikesh is an important religious and pilgrimage site in India. But the region is also famous for the scores of adventure sports it offers. October is the ideal time to head to Rishikesh and indulge in adrenaline pumping adventure sports such as bungee jumping, river rafting or trekking among others. Before the chill sets in, try these thrilling sports and also make time to visit some famous temples the region is home to.
- Digha, West Bengal
Spend lazy October afternoons and pleasant evenings at Digha Beach, one of West Bengal’s most popular hangout spots. Post-Dussehra and Durga Puja festivities, people head to this incredible beach to relax, unwind, and shake off the fatigue that comes with festival preparations. With monsoon over, expect nothing more than a few pleasant showers now and then which adds to the calm ambiance. Surf, swim or stroll at this scenic beach with a bunch of friends and have one of the best vacations.
- Wayanad, Kerala
One of the most scenic places to visit in northern Kerala is the picturesque Wayanad hill station. Bordering Karnataka to the west, Wayanad is one of the most peaceful weekend getaways. Popular among families, friends and honeymooners as well, Wayanad offers scores of amazing things to do and see no matter what type of a traveler you are. A trip to this awesome place is incomplete without embarking on a trek to the popular Chembra Peak and Wayanad National Park.
- Ziro Valley, Arunachal Pradesh
Surrounded on all sides by lush green hills and paddy fields, Ziro Valley in Arunachal Pradesh is an offbeat yet fantastic place to visit in October. The famous Ziro Valley festival is held in September so you can attend that as well and stay on to explore the valley in October. Home to the Apa Tani tribes, Ziro Valley is a small but incredibly scenic place in northeast India. With the monsoon ending and winter just about starting to set in, October is the most ideal time to explore this heavenly place. This is one among the many hidden gems in the northern part of the country which rightfully deserve more travelers.