19 Best Places to Visit in India in October 2021

As the monsoon recedes and hot humid days give in to bearable weather across the Northern and Southern Plains, the tourist season in India is and friends. It is also a perfect time to explore numerous destinations of the country for couples heralded with the advent of October.

There are so many places to visit in India in October 2021 with family and honeymooners. The weather remains salubrious and favorable for a sightseeing tour as well as outdoor activities, which makes the vacations memorable.

From the sun-kissed beaches of Goa, Kerala, and Andaman & Nicobar Island to the vast stretch of sand dunes in Jaisalmer and Jodhpur in Rajasthan, India boasts about a plethora of places to visit in October in India for kids and families.

And from the holy shores of Somnath and Dwarka in Gujarat to the towering Himalayas in North that stretches along the border of India till it reaches North East; this time of the year is as good as it gets to travel to any part of this huge and geographically diverse country.

Mentioned below are the top places to visit in India in September & October to help discerning travelers to pick the best of India.

19 best places to visit in India in October 2021.

1. Shillong

Known as the ‘Scotland of the East’ by the British, Shillong looks mesmerizing with its pineapple shrubs and lush conifer hills. Placed at an altitude of 1491 m above sea level, Shillong was made popular by the British during their reign. Blessed with the scenic vistas and paradisiacal beauty, Shillong is among the best places to visit in October in Northeast India due to its soothing climatic conditions which make the trip comfortable.

This place has been formed on a 1000-year old Khasi settlement. The capital of Meghalaya state is juxtaposed of modern culture and the old colonial charm. This is the place to be if you love greenery and peace. It is the only hill station in the country that is reachable from all sides.

Sightseeing & Things to do

Where to stay

Shillong has several hotels to suit every pocket size and offers comfortable stay along with world-class hospitality. Some of the best accommodation options in Shillong are:

  • Hotel Polo Towers
  • Pinewood Hotel
  • Café Shillong Bed and Breakfast
  • Hotel Alpine Continental
  • Hotel Peagus Crown
  • Hotel Zara Residency

How to reach Shillong

By Rail: Shillong does not have a railway station of its own and the closest railway station is Guwahati Junction in Assam, around 104 km away from Shillong.

It is well- connected with all major cities of India. From the station, you can opt for a taxi ride or a bus ride to reach Shillong from Guwahati.

By Road: National Highway 40 connects Shillong to Guwahati. There are state-run buses that offer regular bus services from neighboring states like Meghalaya, Guwahati, etc.

By Air: The closest airport to Shillong is in Umroi, located at a distance of around 35 km.

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2. Rajasthan

Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur, Rajasthan

If you are traveling in the latter part of October, Rajasthan should feature high on your list of places to visit in India in October. At this time of the year, the climate of this desert kingdom becomes bearable making it comfortable to embark on sightseeing tours of the mighty forts and palaces that are sprinkled throughout the state as well as to venture into the vast sand desert of Thar.

It is one of the reasons due to which Rajasthan is featured right at the top of our list of top places to visit in India in October. Rajasthan boasts of some of the most luxurious hotels in India. Many of these hotels are the erstwhile palaces of the Rajput maharajas which are now converted into heritage hotels. These are the perfect place to get glimpses of the rich cultural heritage and royal lifestyle of the bygone era.

Sightseeing & Things to do

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Where to Stay in Rajasthan

Rajasthan is home to several heritage style hotels, hostels and luxury camps across the state that offer a range of accommodation options to suit the desire and pocket of diverse travelers. Some of the best places to stay in Rajasthan during the trip are:

  • Samode Palace
  • Neemrana Fort Palace
  • WelcomHeritage Traditional Haveli
  • Jaipur Marriott Hotel
  • Trident Hotel Jaipur
  • Umaid Bhawan
  • Taj Lake Palace

How to Reach Rajasthan

Rajasthan is situated in central India and is easily accessible from all over the country by all the modes of transport. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations to visit in October in India. Here is the information about how to reach Rajasthan:

By Air:  The international airport in Rajasthan is located in Sanganer which is located 13 kilometers from the capital city Jaipur. The other major nearest international airport near Rajasthan is located in New Delhi.

By Road:  Rajasthan is well connected to major Indian cities by national and state highways.

By Rail: Major cities of Rajasthan are connected via rail to important cities like New Delhi, Mumbai, Agra, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Bengaluru, and Chennai.

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3. Shimla

Still carrying the charm of its colonial days when it was the Summer Capital of British India, Shimla is one of the most-visited hill stations in Himachal Pradesh. Buzzing with tourist activity all around the year, Shimla does not disappoint you in any way. It is blessed with pleasant weather, abundant scenic beauty and a serene surrounding. There is a lot for tourists of all ages.

Dotted with some of the magnificent architectural marvels and tourists spots due to which it is among the best places to visit in October in North India with your loved ones. This stunning hill town has something for different kinds of travelers including kids, families, solo travelers, friends, and honeymooners. From adventure activities to sightseeing tours of the natural wonders, you can indulge in numerous activities during the Shimla trip, which can make the tour unforgettable.

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Where to stay in Shimla

Shimla is a popular tourist destination and to cater to the demand of travelers, this city houses different types of accommodation options. From leisure resorts to a budget hotel, Shimla offers a unique experience to everyone. Some of the best places to stay in Shimla, which you can pick as per your budget are:

  • Hotel Landmark
  • Radisson Hotel
  • Hotel Combermere
  • Hotel Willow Banks
  • Oberoi Wildflower Hotel
  • Hotel Prestige

How to reach Shimla

Nestled in the lap of the mighty mountains and situated in the proximity of numerous big towns as well as cities of North India, Shimla is easily accessible from all over the country. Here is the detailed information about how to reach Shimla:

By Air: Jubbarhatti Airport is the primary airport, which is around 22 km from the main city. This airport is well-connected with the other cities of the country.

By Train: Kalka is the nearest railway station to Shimla that is well-connected with important Indian destinations. You can either hire a taxi or can opt for a toy train ride.

By road: Well-constructed roads connect Shimla to important destinations of India. Private taxis and state-run buses are easily available from Delhi, Kalka, Chandigarh, and Dehradun. To know more click here!

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4. Kerala

Sandwiched between the Arabian Sea and the Western Ghats, the lovely Kerala state allures travelers from all around in huge numbers with its rich culture, striking beaches, palm-fringed backwaters, and world-renowned age-old Ayurveda.

This state with 600 km of coastline, boasts of not only waterways and beaches but also lip-smacking food, colorful snake boat races, sumptuous local cuisine, verdant fields, charming hill stations, ancient classical dance and music forms, temples, their festivals, and other architectural wonders, varied wildlife and more.

Sightseeing & Things to do

  • Onam festival
  • Explore Kerala backwaters on a houseboat in Alleppey and Kumarakom
  • Discover the serene beauty of beaches like Kovalam beach, Hawa Beach, Marari beach & more
  • Enjoy wildlife at Periyar National Park
  • Tea gardens of Munnar
  • Treehouse stay at Wayanad & Munnar
  • Rejuvenating Ayurveda therapies and massages

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Where to stay in Kerala

All the cities, towns, and villages of Kerala are dotted with innumerable hotels. As the state is visited by all kinds of tourists with all pocket sizes, hotels in Kerala are segregated into categories such as star-categories (5*, 4* and 3*), economy hotels, budget hotels, and homestays. Some of the popular accommodation options in Kerala are:

  • Kochi Marriott Hotel
  • Eco Garden Resort, Thrissur
  • Crowne Plaza, Kochi
  • Le Celestium, Munnar
  • Amritara A Beach Symphony, Mararikulam
  • Times Square Boutique Resort, Alleppey

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How to reach Kerala

One of the prime destinations of India, Kerala is easily accessible from all modes of transport. Here is the detailed information about the different modes to reach Kerala:

By Air: The three international airports of Kerala situated in Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi and Calicut connect Kerala with important destinations of the world and the country.

By Road: Kerala is easily accessible by road from any part of the country through National Highways 17, 47, and 49.

By Rail: Kerala is well-connected with the major cities of the country including Chennai, Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata and Bangalore by a vast train network.

By Sea: Regular ships connect Lakshadweep with Kochi. The very well-known Kerala Backwaters are not only popular attractions but also a popular means of transportation of goods. There are speed boats, ferries, and houseboats or ketuvallams.

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5. Dharamsala

With the snow-covered Dhauladhar ranges in its background, Dharamshala is a lovely hill town that is also home to his holiness Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government in exile. Blessed with pleasant weather, lush greenery, calm surroundings and serene ambiance.

Dharamshala is among the top places to visit in India in October with family and kids. This is also a paradise for honeymooners where couples can spend quality time amidst serene environs and indulge in romantic experiences. This enthralling hill town is also a base for a number of popular Himalayan treks.

Full of life and peace at the same time, the hill town is segregated into two parts- upper Dharamsala and lower Dharamsala. Upper Dharamsala, which also houses the very popular McLeodganj, is evident of the Tibetan influence on the place’s monasteries, nunneries, temples, schools etc.

Sightseeing & Things to do in Dharmsala

Indulge in shopping in the popular local markets in Dharamsala. Get your hands on handicraft items, carpets, prayer flags and wheels, and Tibetan items such as trinkets, traditional jewellery, bags and hats. Exquisite Thangka paintings are a must-buy.

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Where to stay in Dharamsala

As Dharamshala receives visitors from all around the world, it has all kinds of hotels. From budget hotels and hostels to the leisure and luxury resorts, Dharamshala houses all kinds of accommodations. Here are some of the best places to stay in Dharamshala during your visit in October month:

  • Hotel Center Point
  • WelcomHeritage Grace Cottage
  • Asia Health Resort & Spa
  • Best Western Indraprastha Resort and Spa
  • Villa Paradiso
  • Royal Palace Resort

How to reach Dharmsala

This picturesque hill station of Himachal Pradesh is well-linked with the rest of the country by the nearest airport, railhead, and road network. Every year, a large number of tourists visit this beautiful station to spend their vacations in October by different modes of transports. Here is more information about how to reach Dharamshala:

By Air: The nearest airport is in Gaggal (Kangra Airport), located at a distance of around 15 km. Hire a taxi to go to the main town from the airport.

By Rail: Pathankot railway station is the nearest rail station, around 150 km away. From the railway station, hire a taxi or go on-board a bus.

By Road: Dharamshala has good road connectivity with important cities of the country including Delhi (516 km), Amritsar (195 km), Chandigarh (268 km), and Shimla (282 km). You can hire a private taxi or board a state-run bus from these cities.

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6. Ladakh

View of Thikse Monastery in Ladakh (Image Credits: www.en.wikipedia.org)

Ladakh or the ‘land of high passes’ as it is fondly referred to as, is one of the most spectacular landscapes in India, painting a lovely picture for the onlooker. Experiencing the comfortable and pleasant climatic conditions in October.

Ladakh is among the most popular places to visit for family trips and honeymoons. These picture-perfect places enchant you with their arid lands, jagged mountains, fluttering prayer flags, splendid Gompas, spinning prayer wheels, colorful festivals, and more. Still preserving its old culture, it has also been given other names like Little Tibet or the ‘last Shangri-La’. Ladakh is perfect for peace-seekers as well as adventure enthusiasts.

Sightseeing & Things to do

  • Blue Pangong Lake
  • Nubra Valley
  • Zanskar Valley
  • Leh Palace
  • Buddhist monasteries such as Alchi, Hemis, Diskit, Lamayuru, Lekir etc.
  • Magnetic Hill
  • Kargil
  • Khardung La
  • Shanti Stupa
  • Tso Moriri Lake
  • Camping, Mountain biking, Trekking, Jeep Safaris

Where to stay Ladakh

Ladakh is an exotic destination of India that houses a number of hotels, suitable for all pocket sizes. Some of the best accommodation options in Ladakh, which you can book during your visit in October are:

  • Hotel Shambhala
  • Hotel Grand Dragon
  •  The Pangong hotel
  • Hotel Rafica
  •  Nobel House Hotel
  • Hotel Snow View
  • Hotel Tso Kar
  • Hotel Kaal
  • Hotel Chopsa

How to reach Ladakh

Leh Ladakh, famed as the Land of High Passes and housing some of the highest motorable passes in the world, is easily accessible from major cities of India via air, road and rail.

By air: Kushok Bakula Rimpoche Airport is the only airport in Leh Ladakh. There are regular flights from Delhi, Srinagar, Jammu, and Chandigarh.

By Road: There are two routes (highways) to reach Ladakh by road. The first one is the Manali – Leh highway and the second is Srinagar – Leh Highway. You can hire a taxi from Manali and Srinagar for Ladakh or drive on your own till Leh.

By Rail: The nearest railway station to Ladakh is Jammu Tawi, around 708 km from Leh. From the railway station, you can hire a taxi or go on-board a bus. To know more details about how to go Ladakh click here!

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7. Mahabalipuram

An important seaport during the reign of ancient Pallava rulers, Mahabalipuram or Mamallapuram in the present times is extremely popular for being home to a group of monuments that are listed by UNESCO in list of World Heritage Sites. This small seaside town is located around 58 km southwards of Chennai on the Coromandel Coast beside the Bay of Bengal.

Every year, this place is visited by tourists are interested in having a sneak-peek into the ancient architectural marvels of southern India, including man-made caves, bas-reliefs, temples and rathas. Take a break and travel to one of the best places to visit in South India in October to get glimpses of the rich cultural heritage of the country.

Sightseeing & Things to do

  • Temples like Panch Rathas temples, Mandapa Temples, Cave temples
  • Mahabalipuram beach
  • Govardhanadhari cave
  • Ahishasuramardini cave
  • Explore the architecture of Arjuna’s Penance, Shore temple, Arjuna Ratha, Varaha Mandapa and Dharmraja Ratha

Where to stay Mahabalipuram

Because of being the site of a group of monuments that is a world heritage site, Mahabalipuram is flocked by visitors every year in huge numbers. Thus, it has hotels that are fit for all sorts of tourists. Some of the popular hotels in Mamallapuram are:

  • Chariot Beach Resort
  • Radisson Blue Resort Temple Bay
  • Blue Bay Beach Resort
  • Dwarka Residency
  • Hotel Mamalla Inn
  • Hotel Sea Breeze
  • Silversands Beach Resort

How to reach Mahabalipuram

By Air: The nearest airport to Mahabalipuram is Chennai Airport. It is around 45 km away.

By Rail: The nearest railway station is Chennai Railway Station placed at a distance of around 45 km. Trains from all the important cities travel to and from this railway station. Another nearest airport is in Chengalpattu, around 29 km and it is perfectly linked to the cities of Tamil Nadu.

By Road: Mahabalipuram is well-connected by a network of interconnecting roads with Pondicherry, Chennai, Kanchipuram and Chengalpattu.

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8. Dwarka

Flocked by the followers of Lord Krishna, Dwarka in Gujarat is one of the Char Dham destinations of the Hindus. Located on the western point, at the edge of the Peninsula, Dwarka is known for its under-sea archaeological excavations that pointed towards a city, placed just off the coast.

It is said that after leaving Vrindavan and Mathura, Lord Krishna had founded his capital here. The place is dotted by a number of temples and sites related to the Lord. A visit to Dwarka offers complete peace.

The salubrious weather and climatic conditions of Dwarka make it among the top tourist destinations to visit in October in India with your family and friends. Seek blessings at the pious sites of Dwarka and rejuvenate at the coasts of serene beaches.

Sightseeing & Things to do

  • Marvel the views of the Arabian Sea from the Dwarka Lighthouse
  • Come across migratory birds at unique species of animals at Gaga Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Admire the decorate carvings of Rukmani Devi Mandir
  • Take a romantic evening stroll at Dwarka Beach

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Where to stay Dwarka 

Dwarkadhish is a popular religious site among Hindus and thus it houses some modest hotels that offer a comfortable stay and all basic facilities. Hotel Shree Darshan, Hotel Nand Nadan, Lords Eco Inn Hotel, Hotel Bansi, Hotel Shreenidhi are some of the hotels in Dwarkadhish.

  • Hotel Shree Darshan
  • Hotel Nand Nadan
  • Lords Eco Inn Hotel
  • Hawthorn Suites by Wyandham
  • Dwarkadhish Lords Eco Inn
  • Lemon Tree Premier

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How to reach Dwarka 

Dwarka is a well-known tourist destination and is thrived by travelers all year round. It is well-connected with all parts of the country by different modes of transports. Take a look at how to reach Dwarka:

By Air: The closest airport to Dwarka is Jamnagar airport. Located at a distance of around 172 km from here and from the airport, you can hire a taxi cab.

By railways: Dwarka railway station is connected with important cities of India including Jamnagar (132 km), Mumbai (945 km), Ahmedabad (441 km), and Rajkot (207 km). To reach your destination, hire a cab.

By road: A good network of state highway connects Dwarka with the other important states and cities of the country. State-run buses connect Dwarka to all the prime places of Gujarat and other states.

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9. Darjeeling

Located at an elevation of 2000 m above sea level, Darjeeling is one of the most sought-after hill stations to visit in October in East India. A web of lush green tea estates, the UNESCO World Heritage of the toy train (Darjeeling Himalayan Railways), pleasant weather, relaxed atmosphere, various Buddhist monasteries, colonial architecture allure tourists from all around in huge numbers each year.

The peace, seclusion and romance that this place offers, it is frequented by honeymooners as well as family vacationers. Shopping and sumptuous local delicacies must not to be missed.

Sightseeing & Things to do

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Where to stay Darjeeling

The beautiful hill town of Darjeeling receives heavy footfall all around the year. It has enough hotels to suit all pocket sizes. Some of the hotels of Darjeeling are

  • Hotel Mayfair
  • Windamere Hotel
  • Central Gleneagles Heritage Resort
  • Hotel Elgin
  • Hotel Broadway Annexe
  • Summit Yashshree Suites & Spa
  • Hotel Dip Palace
  • Hotel Greece Inn.

How to reach Darjeeling

One of the most-visited destinations in north-eastern region of the country, Darjeeling is a lovely town that is well-connected with important cities by all the modes of transportation.

By Air: Bagdogra Airport, Siliguri is the nearest airport to Darjeeling which is located at a distance of around 95 km. You can hire a taxi to reach Darjeeling.

By railways: New Jalpaiguri Railway Station is the nearest railway station to Darjeeling.

By road: A good network of roads connects Darjeeling to important nearby cities such as Gangtok (100 km), Kalimpong (51 km), Kolkata (651 km), Kathmandu (310 km), etc. There are state-run buses and private cabs for traveling by road. To know more details about how to go Darjeeling click here!

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10. Aurangabad

Named after the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, Aurangabad is a city that is popular for its architectural heritage. The city takes pride in housing the World Heritage Sites of Ajanta and Ellora Caves along with a number of other attractions.

This city is among the popular tourist places to visit in October in India due to pleasant climatic conditions, which makes the sightseeing tour comfortable. Aurangabad is also named the ‘City of Gates’ as it is encircled by 52 gates, each telling a different tale. A visit to Aurangabad is an architectural and cultural delight. It is a perfect spot for history buffs and architectural lovers to get glimpses of rich heritage of Maharashtra.

Sightseeing & Things to do

  • Ajanta and Ellora Caves rock-cut caves
  • Grishneshwar Temple– One of the 12 shiva Jyotirlingas
  • Bibi Ka Maqbara, Devagiri Fort, Panchakki
  • Tomb of Aurangzeb and Valley of Saints in Khuldabad

Where to stay Aurangabad

A popular city of India like Aurangabad has all kinds of guests with all kinds of budgets. Some of the hotels in Aurangabad are

  • Lemon Tree Hotel
  • Vivanta by Taj
  • Hotel Admiral Suites
  • Hotel Rama International
  • Hotel Windsor Castle
  • Ellora Heritage Resort
  • Hotel Bagga International.

How to reach Aurangabad

Among the popular attractions of Maharashtra and most sought-after tourist places, Aurangabad is well-linked with the major cities and towns of the country. Here is how to reach Aurangabad:

By Air: Aurangabad airport is placed just 10 km eastwards of the main city. This airport is well-linked to major Indian cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, Udaipur and Jaipur.

By Train: Aurangabad Junction is very well-connected to the important cities of India.

By Road: Aurangabad is well-linked to important neighboring cities of India through good road and highway connectivity. State-run also private buses both are available.

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11. Bandipur

Tigress Gowri with her four cubs, Cross tail is going to be a legend in Bandipur

Once the private wildlife reserve of the Maharajas of Mysore, Bandipur National Park today is home to around 100 species of mammals and over 350 avifauna species. Covering an area of around 880 square km,

Bandipur national park is one of the most popular tourist places to visit in October in South India with kids. This tiger reserve is connected with Wayanad Sanctuary in the West, Nagarhole National Park in the North, and Mudumalai National Park in the South.

Home to innumerable species of flora and fauna, Bandipur is a perfect getaway from the hustle-bustle of city life. During the jungle safari, you can also spot some of the exotic species of wildlife in their natural habitat.

Sightseeing & Things to do

  • Bandipur National Park to explore the exotic wildlife
  • Hiking & Trekking upto Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta hilltop

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Where to stay Bandipur

Bandipur National Park is visited by wildlife and nature enthusiasts every year. There are a number of hotels near Bandipur and so you can take a pick as per your budget and preference. Some of the accommodation options are.

  • Windflower Spa and Resorts-Tuskar Trails
  • Country Club Wildlife Resort
  • Dholes Den
  • M C Resort
  • The Serai
  • Hotel Van Vihar
  • Bandipur Safari Lodge
  • Frolic Boonies Camp

How to reach Bandipur

To reach Bandipur you can board a flight, hop on a train, or drive. You can also board a bus or hire a private taxi from the nearby towns and cities. You can reach Bandipur by different modes of transports.

By Air: Around 215 km away, Bangalore International Airport is the nearest airport to Bandipur.

By Rail: Mysore railway station is the nearest to Bandipur, around 80 km away. This railway station is well-connected to the major nearby cities. Go for a state-run bus or hire a taxi from here.

By Road: State-run buses ply between Bandipur from the nearby cities. They mainly take SH 17 route to Bandipur, en-route Maddur, Mysore, Nanjangud, Begur, and Gundlupet.

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12 .Valley of Flowers

Sunrise View at Valley of Flowers

A visual treat for a tourist, a popular trek route for an adventure enthusiast and varied wildlife for the wildlife enthusiasts, the Valley of Flowers has it all. When well-known British Mountaineer, Frank Smythe visited the Valley by chance, he was in complete awe of it. He christened the place, the Valley of Flowers and also penned a book with the same name.

The valley is a real treat for the eyes with its colorful flowers, glacial mountains and high-altitude meadows. A trek of around 16 km from Govind Ghat till here is worthwhile as the beauty like this is matchless. Just 2 or 3 km before the Valley is a small village Ghangaria. That is not all!

Valley of Flowers National Park in the Western Himalayas is famed for its rich flora and fauna and is a must-visit place to visit in October in Uttarakhand. Snowfall starts in the month of October and this heaven becomes inaccessible after this month. Please note that trekking is allowed only during the daytime and it is necessary to have a permit to visit the national park (available in Ghangaria village). This pass is valid for 3 days.

Sightseeing & Things to do

  • Charming beauty of Valley of Flower trek
  • Small scenic Ghangaria village
  • Camping
  • Hemkund Sahib Gurudwara

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Where to stay

Valley of Flowers is a popular trek where trekkers usually pick modest accommodation options such as camping and homestays. Some of the hotels in and around Govindghat are

  • Ghangharia Camp
  • Sri Nanda Lokpal Palace
  • Hotel Bhagat

How to reach Valley of Flower

Valley of Flower remains accessible for only six months from June to October and you can reach there without any hassle. You are required to trek from the base camp, which is easily accessible from other regions.

By Air: The nearest airport to Valley of Flowers is Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun. From the airport, you travel by Road till Govindghat and from here the 16 km trek to the Valley starts.

By Rail: The nearest railway station to the Valley of flowers is in Rishikesh. From here, you can easily arrive at Govindghat from where a 16-km trek to the Valley of Flower begins.

By Road: Motorable roads connect Valley of Flowers to Govind Ghat. From this place, you embark on a trek. A well-maintained network of roads links Govindghat with important Uttarakhand destinations.

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13. Gokarna

If you are looking for a destination with lovely beaches but less touristy than Goa, Gokarna is just the perfect place for you. Sandwiched between the lush bottom of the Western Ghats and clean white sand beach.

Gokarna has two faces. On one side, the town is a popular Hindu pilgrim that has old temples dedicated to Lord Ganesha and Lord Shiva and the other side of Gokarna introduces it as a place with amazing pristine beaches and a bustling bazaar.

Visit Gokarna to seek the blessings of the Lord and have a laid-back vacation. Just 60 km from Goa, the place is still untouched with a lot of tourist activity but has been a Shaivite center for a long. According to legends, the place is named Gokarna as Lord Shiva had come out from the ear of a cow here. Another folklore connects the place with warrior and sage Parshurama.

Sightseeing & Things to do

  • Discover the beauty of gorgeous beaches like Om Beach, Gokarna Beach, Kudle beach, Paradise Beach and Half Moon beach
  • Enjoy water sports like water sports such as Jet Skiing, Bumper rides, Speed Boating, Banana rides and more
  • Lord Mahabaleshwara Temple & Ganapathi Temple

Where to stay Gokarna

The tiny little sacred site, Gokarna, is visited by all kinds of tourists and thus it has an ample number of hotels to accommodate its guests. Some of the hotels in Gokarna are

  • Hotel Gokarna International
  • Kudle Beach View Resort and Spa
  • Sanskruti Resort
  • Jungle Lodges & Resorts
  • Honey Beach Cottages
  • Green Land Homestay
  • SwaSwara, Om Beach Resort
  • Sea Bird Holiday Resort

How to Reach Gokarna

Gokarna is an offbeat tourist destination and a perfect place to visit with family and kids. This is situated in Karnataka and in the proximity of numerous other major destinations. You can easily reach there by different modes of transportations, which are:

By Air: The nearest airport to Gokarna is Dabolim International Airport in Goa that is located at a distance of around 140 km

By Train: The nearest railway station to Gokarna is in Ankola, around 20 km away. Taxis are available outside the railway station for Gokarna.

By Road: Well-maintained roads connect Gokarna to important cities of Karnataka such as Mangalore, Bengaluru, and Hubli. State-run buses are available for the same.

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14. Panchgani

View from Panchgani in Maharashtra

Deriving its name from the five hills encircling it, Panchgani is a tiny and serene hill town that has a colonial charm. If you are one of those who are looking for some seclusion, away from the hustle-bustle of city life, this is just the perfect destination for you. This close neighbor of Mahabaleshwar was also founded by the British and today is known for housing a number of boarding schools.

Blessed with the jaw-dropping locales, lush vegetation, dense forest, and scenic viewpoints, Panchgani is an amazing place to visit in India in October for couples. Fondly referred as ‘Strawberry Capital of India’, Panchgani is offered spectacular views of the Sahyadri mountain ranges with the backdrop of coastal plains.

Sightseeing & Things to do

  • Trekking, Paragliding, Toy train ride
  • Historical Wai town
  • Rajpuri Caves, Parsi Point
  • Harrison’s Valley, Tableland, The Lingmala falls
  • Devil’s Kitchen, Satara

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Where to stay Panchgani

Panchgani is a famous green hill town in Maharashtra that is visited by tourists from all around the state and the country. It has hotels, cottages, and homestays, which you can choose as per your budget and preference such as

  • Hotel Gitanjali, Summer Plaza Resort
  • Exotic Home Stay
  • Blue Country Resort
  • Leisure Vacations Terra Camp Resort
  • Wonder Woods Gulmohar Cottage
  • Baba Agro Holiday Home
  • Sai Palace Cottage

How to reach Panchgani

Panchgani does not has its own airport or railway station. However, the nearest railhead and airport of Panchgani are well-connected with the rest of the country and make the visit for you hassle-free.

By Air: Pune Airport is the nearest airport to Panchgani. It is around two and a half hour’s drive away (around 98 km) from here.

By Rail: The closest railhead to Panchgani is in Wathar, which is located at a distance of around 105 km. The other nearest railway station is Pune Railway Station, around 105 km from Panchgani.

By road: Panchgani is well-connected to all the cities of Maharashtra state including Mumbai, Mahad, Satara, and Mahabaleshwar. State-run buses by private operators ply between these cities on a regular basis.

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15. Ziro

Ziro is a popular place to visit in Arunachal Pradesh, famous for its picturesque rice terraces and pine-clad gentle hills. A visit to this town of Arunachal Pradesh will make you feel like you are in the lush green pastures of Scotland. The town of Ziro is the cradle of the unique Apatani Tribe, which makes it a unique place in the eyes of travelers, and so does UNESCO because Ziro is crowned as a heritage site.

The unprecedented green meadows and stretches of lush green dotted around the hills are a retreat for photographers. Did we mention that the Ziro Festival held annually in September is the key reason why you should visit Ziro? Plus, the advent of September marks the cold climate in Ziro, and therefore, Ziro successfully lists itself in the list of best places to visit in India in September and October 2021.

Sightseeing and Things to do in Ziro

  • Learn about the cultivation of rice grown at Tarin’s Fish Farm
  • Witness the snow plateau and the snow-laden Himalayas at Kile Pakho
  • Seek blessings from 500 years old Meghna Cave Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva
  • Hike upto Dolo Mondo to view the stunning scenery of the Old Ziro town

Where to Stay in Ziro

For a wonderful trip, Ziro houses numerous places to stay to cater to the different type of travelers. The hotels, resorts, guesthouses, and lodges are known for their warm hospitality and comfortable stay. Some of the best places to stay in Ziro are:

  • Kasa Resort
  • Hotel Zimin
  • Vamoose Kamala Villa
  • Vamoose Trail

How to reach Ziro

Every year a large number of people visit here to get a sneak peek into the rich traditions and lifestyle of Apatani Tribe and to explore other places.  Ziro is well connected with the rest of the country by all the modes.

By Air: Tezpur Airport is the nearest airport, which is situated at 280 km. There are numerous connecting flights for Tejpur. You can travel to Ziro by bus or taxi from the airport.

By Rail: Tezpur railway station is the nearest railhead, which is well-linked with other major railway stations of the country. Hire a private taxi or board a state-run bus to reach Ziro.

By Road: Guwahati and Jorhat are the nearest major towns from where you can hire a private taxi, board a bus, or rent a vehicle to reach Ziro while enjoying the road trip.

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16. Cherrapunji

Explore one of the wettest places in India which receives rainfall throughout the year. Cherrapunji is a charming town in the northeast state of India in Meghalaya. A visit to Cherrapunji rewards you with jaw-dropping living root bridges, which depict the flawless engineering by the locals there.

If you have an affinity to touch the clouds on your holidays, bookmark Cherrapunji, where cobalt blue clouds on a hiking adventure look like they are kissing or brushing your face. With the jaw-droppingly beautiful waterfalls, misty green valleys, and hairpin bends for an amazing road trip, Cherrapunji is a dream destination for tourists from North India.

If you live in metro towns like Delhi and Mumbai, a visit to Cherrapunji will rejuvenate your mind, body, and soul. However, if you want to visit Cherrapunji from September to October, chances are very less that your outdoor adventure plans will get hampered. Ain’t this fact make Cheraapunji one of the top places to visit in India between September to October?

Sightseeing and Things to Do in Cherrapunji

  • Nosh on Assamese cuisine and various north Indian cuisine
  • Indulge in rock climbing and camping
  • Walk on double-decker living root bridge at Nongriat village
  • Behold the sight of beautiful waterfalls that are destinations in themselves

Where to Stay in Cherrapunji

For a wonderful trip, Ziro houses numerous places to stay to cater to the different type of travelers. The hotels, resorts, guesthouses, and lodges are known for their warm hospitality and comfortable stay. Some of the best places to stay in Ziro are:

  • Kasa Resort
  • Hotel Zimin
  • Vamoose Kamala Villa
  • Vamoose Trail

How to reach Cherrapunji

Guwahati and Shillong are the two major nearest cities of Ziro from where you can easily arrive here. Apart from flight, rail, and road, you can reach Ziro by helicopter also. You can reach Shillong from Guwahati by helicopter and then from there you can hire a taxi or board a bus till Cherrapunji.

By Air: Umroi Airport in Shillong is the nearest airport, which is situated at 91 km. There are numerous connecting flights for Umroi and the only direct flight is from Kolkata. You can travel to Cherrapunji by bus or taxi from the airport.

By Rail: Guwahati railway station is the nearest railhead, which is well-connected with major cities of the country. Hire a private taxi or board a state-run bus to reach Cherrapunji.

By Road: There are regular buses ply from Guwahati to Cherrapunji regularly. You can also hire a private taxi as well as drive on your own. To know details visit here!

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17. Lonavala

Ask Mumbaikars what Lonavala is to them, and they will tell you it’s a complete package of romance, adventure, and leisure. The Bhaja Caves and Karla Caves in Lonavala are considered next to the Ajanta and Ellora Caves in terms of architectural brilliance. The vantage points provide jaw-dropping views of the sunrise and sunset, especially when you are a couple. Lonavala has historic forts to explore, pristine lakes for romantic strolls and boat rides, and temples to attain spiritual enlightenment.

Plus, if you are a couple, waterfall trekking and embarking on easy forest hiking is one of the best romantic experiences to indulge at Lonavala in 2021. Lonavala, although a great destination year-round, but after the culmination of August, cold mist starts making its presence.

Sightseeing and Things To Do in Lonavala

  • Hike to Tiger’s Leap with your favorite person to admire views of Western Ghats
  • Strike a pose with celebrities at Wax Museum
  • Indulge in paragliding fun
  • Observe the inscriptions and intricate carvings inside the Bhaja Caves
  • Find solace at Narayan Dham Temple

Where to Stay in Lonavala

There are a plethora of resorts and hotels in Lonavala that offers world-class hospitality and services to guests. They are well-equipped with state-of-art amenities and make the stay memorable. Here are some of the best places to stay in Lonavala:

  • Radisson Resort and Spa
  • Fariyas Resort
  • The Fern An Ecotel Hotel
  • Viola Beacon Resort
  • Hill Exotica
  • Treasure Island Resort

How to reach Lonavala

Pune and Mumbai are two major cities located in the proximity of this quaint hill town, which are well-connected with the major cities and towns of the rest of the country. Lonavala does not have its own airport but it has its own railhead. This is easily accessible from Pune and Mumbai by road.

By Air: Pune Airport is the nearest airport, which is situated at 70 km. The nearest airport is Mumbai Airport, which is 90 km away. You can hire a taxi from these respective airports for Lonavala.

By Rail: Lonavala railway station is the primary railhead, which serves to this hill station and receives numerous trains from Pune and Mumbai.

By Road: There are regular buses ply from Mumbai and Pune regularly. You can also hire a private taxi as well as drive on your own to enjoy the breathtaking views of encompassed beauty.

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18. Rishikesh

Synonymous with the Yoga capital of India or the rafting capital of India, Rishikesh is fondly visited by international and local tourists. Many international tourists come to Rishikesh in groups to walk on the path of spiritual enlightenment. Here is where you can sit, or relax, or calm your mind at the Ganges ghats.

Although Rishikesh is notoriously famous amongst spiritual travelers and adventure seekers, that doesn’t mean that there is a shortage of things to do! From river rafting to photography and camping, you just name it what sort of adventure you are after, and Rishikesh got you covered with.

The location of Rishikesh is in the lower foothills of the Himalayas, and therefore, flying like a bird on paragliding activity is one of the cherishable experiences to indulge in Rishikesh. Furthermore, the lower foothill setting of Rishikesh makes it extra cooler with the advent of September, which makes Rishikesh one of the must-visit places to visit in October near Delhi.

Sightseeing and Things to Do in Rishikesh

  • Ride the rapids of the Ganges with easy grade to test your adrenaline
  • Pamper yourself on a bonfire and campaign adventure on the banks of the Ganges
  • Camp under the star-studded sky and ditch the mainstream hotel experience
  • Plunge into the holy Ganges at the protected area to wash your sins and break from the circle of the worldly worries

Also Read: 25 Best Things to do in Rishikesh for Memorable Holidays

Where to Stay in Rishikesh

Popular for its Yoga retreats and adventure activities, Rishikesh is thrived by tourists from all over the world. To make their vacations memorable, Rishikesh houses different types of accommodation options that can suit every budget. Some of the best places to stay in Rishikesh are:

  • GoStops

  •  Zostel
  • Aloha in the Ganges
  • The Neeraj River Forest Resort
  • Bliss Ganga
  •  The Punyah Residency

How to reach Rishikesh

Rishikesh is situated in two major cities of North India including Delhi and Dehradun, which are well connected with the rest of the country will all modes of transports. Here is the detailed information about how to reach Rishikesh:

By Air: Dehradun Airport is the nearest airport, which is situated at 21 km. There are numerous direct and connecting flights from all over the country for Dehradun. You can travel to Rishikesh by bus or taxi from the airport.

By Rail: Rishikesh is home to two railway stations, which are well-connected with major cities of the country.

By Road: There are regular buses ply from Delhi, Dehradun, Roorkee, Jammu, Chandigarh, and Amritsar regularly. You can also hire a private taxi as well as drive on your own. 

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19. Spiti Valley

This exquisite cold mountain desert sits in the lap of the great Himalayan ranges in the Himachal state. Spiti Valley is a cold desert between India and Tibet and is one of the adventure-loving tourist attractions in North India. Mountain biking enthusiasts can plan to ride motorbikes amidst the cury hairpin bends while surrounded by the snow-capped Himalayas.

However, Spiti is often replicated with Little Lhasa because of the strong influence of the Buddhist culture, which prevails there and could be observed in monasteries in Spiti. If you like to experience the pure nomad life in the Himalayas, a trip to Spiti Valley in October shouldn’t be missed in 2021.

Sightseeing and Things to Do in Spiti Valley

  • Capture the snow-coated mastiffs in your frame
  • Satiate your penchant for mountain photography over a cup of tea and Maggie
  • Stay in a homestay with locals to understand how they survive in such a cold climate
  • Sit on the banks of tranquil Chandratal Lake

Where to Stay in Spiti Valley

Homestays are a good option to stay in Spiti Valley. Also, there are several hotels and guesthouses where you can stay during the Spiti trip. They are equipped with basic amenities. Some of the best places to stay in Spiti Valley are:

  • Spiti Village Resort
  • Moustache Hostel
  • Zostel
  • Hotel Zangchuk
  • Kunzum Homestay
  • Tenzin Homestay
  • Dhankar Homestay

How to reach Spiti Valley

Spiti Valley is accessible from Manali and Shimla routes by road. The valley does not comprise its own airport and railway station. However, it is connected by a well-constructed highway from both sides. You can reach there from all over the country.

By Air: Bhuntar Airport in Kullu is the nearest airport, which is situated at 245 km. Another nearest major airport is Chandigarh Airport, which is 522 km away. You can hire a taxi from Kullu and Chandigarh to reach Spiti.

By Rail: Chandigarh railway station is the nearest railhead, which is well-connected with major cities of the country. Hire a private taxi or board a state-run bus to reach Kaza.

By Road: There are regular buses ply from Manali and Shimla in the summer season for Spiti Valley. You can also hire a private taxi as well as drive on your own.

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Tusharika

A travel enthusiast and emerging from an engineering background Tusharika is a travel writer by profession. Go through her penned down travel experiences on indianholiday.com

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  • Pallavi Pathak

    Hi Geetika,

    The places mentioned in your blog post are mesmerizing. No one can ever forget the experience of visiting these places. Nice write up.

  • Neha jain

    The information that you have provided is great and the best place i like is Kerala and Shimla this all city have superber climate and nice place to say all i can say is they have nice place to satay.

    • Geetika Handa

      Hi Neha

      Thanks for your appreciation and comment…

      India is an amazing placed filled with numerous gems.

      Hope to entertain you in the same manner

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      Geetika Handa

  • Sangeetha

    Showed places are perfect gateway to rejuvenate your mind from fast-paced work life. All the places have many options to explore nature its beauty.

    • Geetika Handa

      Hey Sangeetha

      Thanks for the comment and appreciation

      As you said, all the places mentioned in the comments are worth visiting during September and October for their weather and amazing attractions, away from tiring city life.

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      Geetika Handa