October holidays: Ideal offbeat locations to escape the Diwali noise & pollution

October holidays: Offbeat locations ideal to escape the Diwali noise & pollution
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October is the month that brings with it a joyous feeling of festivity. It also brings with it a sense of relaxation, family time and social bonding. Because of major festivals like Dussehra and Diwali, there are many holidays that get thrown in too.

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This Diwali, are you planning a break with your family and friends? A trip to get away from the pollution, crowds and noise? Head out to these beautiful destinations in India and enjoy the autumn bloom of October.

Kutch, Gujarat
Resplendent with clear star lit skies, Kutch lies in Gujarat. The white salt desert is enthralling in October. Head to the deserts, beaches, heritage palaces and temples that lie in close proximity. The Guajarati food is delectable and needs to be tried.

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.

Varkala, Kerala
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.
Stop by at the beautiful monasteries and soak in the peace.

Bandhavgarh National Park
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.

Digha, West Bengal –
Digha is the perfect weekend getaway option from Kolkata. It is considered to be the most beautiful beach in West Bengal. Digha offers lazy afternoons and pleasant evenings, so it is the ideal location for relaxation post Pujo celebrations.

Wayanad, Kerala –
A quick escape from the city life of Bengaluru at a distance of 250 kms, Wayanad is great for a peaceful weekend getaway, especially during October. Wayanad is located in Northern Kerala and it borders Karnataka to its west. A trip to Wayanad is incomplete without a trek to the Chembra peak and Wayanad National park.

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