October is already here and it brings with it merriment, festivities and a whole lot of holiday breaks.
Monsoons have bid goodbye, the skies are fresh and festivals like Dusshera, Durga Pujo and Diwali are almost around the corner.
Ideal time to take a break. Head out to these beautiful destinations in India and enjoy the October bloom. October is also the month of balance. Not too hot or cold – just perfect!
The white salt desert is enthralling in October. Resplendent with clear star lit skies, Kutch lies in Gujarat and very close to the Pakistan border.
Head to the deserts, beaches, heritage palaces and temples that lie in close proximity. The Guajarati food is delectable and needs to be tried.
It ranks high on October destinations.
Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh
This is a small town in the eastern part of Arunachal Pradesh. Abundant natural beauty, paddy fields, mountains and the local flavours, Ziro is perfect for an offbeat holiday.
The weather in October is amazing with a slight chill building up towards the evenings.
A small town on the southernmost coastline of the country; Varkala is the newest hippy destination. The old-world charm of lighthouses, village huts, ancient temples and green hills, this is ideal for an October gateway.
Darjeeling, West Bengal
The ‘queen of the hill’, is a delightful October destination. As the monsoon recedes, the vast stretches of land are left with blooming flowers, lush green hills and natural beauty at its best.
With monasteries, national parks, valleys, soaring mountains, rock garden, toy train and warm locals, this place has it all and it looks especially lovely in the fall.
Famous for its magnificent palaces, grandeur, traditional culture and food, Jodhpur is also known as ‘Gateway to Thar’. Popular for its blue houses, Jodhpur plays host to the mesmerising Rajasthan International Folk Festival in October. The festival has UNESCO’s endorsement and support as a ‘Peoples’ Platform for Creativity and Sustainable Development. It brings together artists and cultural performers from across the globe and is a must visit in October.
Bandhavgarh National Park
Monsoons are the time when all the animals hide in the vast greenery that comes up due to rains. But come October and all animals, including the majestic tigers start to come and dance in the beauty of nature.
Perfect time to visit sanctuaries is October. This park has the highest density of Royal Bengal Tigers in the world which greatly increases the chances of spotting one while on a safari. Apart from the rich flora and fauna, this sanctuary also has an old fort which is a great trekking option.
So, this October, head out to these amazing places in India and enjoy the charm of October.