Places to Visit in India in September & October

As the monsoon recedes and hot humid days gives in to bearable weather across the Northern plain and South, the tourist season in India is heralded with the advent of September. There is so many things to do in India during September and October. From the sun kissed beaches of Goa, Kerala and Andaman & Nicobar Island to the vast stretched of sand dunes in Jaisalmer and Jodhpur in Rajasthan. 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 the discerning travelers to pick the best of India.

Shillong

a panoramic view of the beauty of Shillong

A panoramic view of the beauty of 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 the sea level, Shillong was made popular by the British during their reign. This place has been formed on 1000-year old Khasi settlement. The capital of Meghalaya state is juxtapose 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 the sides.

Things to do

You are going to love Shillong if you love music. Shillong Blues and Jazz Festival is organized in the month of September every year. A totally different kind of an experience, this festival is the highlight along with an amazing weather to enjoy. This festival hosts amazing performances by artists from all around India and promotes peace and hope.

Sightseeing is a must thing to do at this time. Lady Hydari Park, Cathedral Catholic Church, Spread Eagle Falls, Shillong Peak, Elephant Falls, Ward’s Lake, Air Force Museum and Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures are some of the popular tourist attractions in Shillong.

The food is one thing that should not be missed. Non- vegetarian food is the specialty here. However, there is no dearth of options for vegetarians.

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Where to stay

Shillong has several hotels to suit every pocket size. Hotel Polo Towers, Pinewood Hotel, The Eee Cee Hotel, Café Shillong Bed and Breakfast, Hotel Alpine Continental, Hotel Peagus Crown, Hotel Zara Residency are some of the hotels in Shillong, offering a comfortable stay.

How to reach

The mesmerizing Shillong city is a popular tourist destination that is easily accessible through all the modes of transport. Here is how you can 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 Meghayala, Guwahati etc. you can also opt for Tata Sumo taxis and other tourist taxis to reach Shillong.

By Air

The closest airport to Shillong is in Umroi, located at a distance of around 35 km. Only Air India offers services on this route. From Umroi airports, buses and taxis are available to go to Shillong. The Gopinath Borduloi Airport in Guwahati is another feasible option. Placed at a distance of around 128 km from Shillong, it is well-connected with the prime destinations of the country through regular flights.

Rajasthan

Mehrangarh fort towers over Jodhpur's blue city in Rajasthan

Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur, Rajasthan

If you are traveling in the later part of the 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 fortsd 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 reason Rajasthan is featured right at the top of our list of top places to visit in India in September and October.

Things to Do

Rajasthan is among one of those tourist destinations in India that records the highest number of foreign tourist arrivals. This fabled land of Rajput warrior princes is as much renowned for its mighty forts and spectacular palaces as it is for its deep rooted culture, traditions and art. Mighty citadels like Amber in Jaipur, Mehrangarh in Jodhpur and Chittorgarh in Chittor are some of the famous hill forts of Rajasthan. Then there are palaces such as Lake Palace in Udaipur, Umaid Bhavan Palace in Jodhpur and City Palace in Jaipur that are feat of great art and architecture. Besides the usual forts, palaces and heritage stuff, Rajasthan is also renowned for the off the beaten path experiences it offers to any discerning traveler. Visits to stately hillside fortresses located off the beaten path, glamping in the desert and wildlife sanctuaries, visit to villages and high teas with maharajas are all part of tailor made Rajasthan holidays.

Then there are extravagant cultural festivals which are celebrated with great gusto every year. From literary festivals like Jaipur Lit Fest too the celebration of music and traditions at Jodhpur RIFF and not to mention one of the most renowned cultural fests Pushkar Fair, there is no dearth of experiences when it comes to tour of Rajasthan.

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Where to Stay

Rajasthan boasts of some of the most luxurious hotels in India. Many of this hotels are the erstwhile palaces of the Rajput maharajas which are now converted into heritage hotels. Then there are several havelis and smaller forts and palaces which have now been converted into heritage hotels in Rajasthan. These are the ideal places to get a peek into the royal past of Rajputana and experience the indulgence, elegance and traditions of a bygone era. Several heritage style hotels, hostels and luxury camps across the state offer a range of accommodation options to suite the desire and pocket of diverse travelers.

How to Reach

By Air

The international airport in Rajasthan is located in Sanganer which is located 13 kilometers from the capital city Jaipur. The second nearest international airport near Rajasthan is located in New Delhi 260 kilometers away. Regular domestic flights are available connecting Delhi to Jaipur, Jodhpur and Udaipur in Rajasthan. Another gateway in India to Rajasthan is comparatively distant Mumbai which is also well connected by air with regular domestic flights.

By Road

Rajasthan is well connected by over 5000 buses to major Indian cities that include Delhi, Haryana, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Punjab

By Rail

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

Shimla

Shimla - One of the most famous tourist destinations in himachal PradeshStill 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 disappoints you in any way. It is blessed with a pleasant weather, abundant scenic beauty and a serene surrounding. There is a lot for tourists of all ages.

Things to do

Monsoon rains make Shimla even prettier in the September month and the weather turns slightly chilly. During your trip to Shimla, do not forget to pack your woolens. Treat your eyes to the lush green beauty. There are several things to do in Shimla in this month. The Mall and The Ridge road are the two places where you will see all touristy hustle-bustle. Embark on a leisure walk here and get your hands on some amazing stuff.

Jhakhoo temple, Kufri, Chadwick falls, Christ Church, Gaiety Theatre, Summer Hill, Viceregal Lodge, Kalka- Shimla toy train, Shimla State Museum, Annadale and Naldehra are some of the places that you must-visit in Shimla.

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Where to stay

Hotel Landmark, Radisson Hotel, Hotel Combermere, Hotel Willow Banks, Oberoi Wildflower hotel, Hotel Prestige are some of the hotels in Shimla. Pick any as per your budget.

How to reach

By air

Shimla has Jubbarhatti airport, which is around 22 km from the main city. This airport is well-connected with the other cities of the country. Other convenient airports would be Chandigarh airport and Delhi airport.

By rail

Kalka is the nearest railway station to Shimla that is well-connected with important Indian destinations like Calcutta and Delhi. Once you get down at the Kalka railway station, 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 such as Delhi, Kalka, Chandigarh and Dehradun. Private taxis as well as state-run buses are available from Delhi, Ambala, Manali etc.

Kerala

Backwaters of Alappuzha in KeralaSandwiched between the Arabian Sea and the Western Ghats, the lovely Kerala state allures travelers from all around in huge number 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.

Things to do

If you visit Kerala in the month of September, you might be able to be a part of the very popular Onam festival that is celebrated all through the state according to Malyali month of Chingam calendar (August-September). This harvest festival includes of dances, music, procession, snake boat races, games, men dressed as tigers and more. Manarcad Perunnal in Kottayam and Neelamperoor Padayani in Alleppey are two other religious festival organized at this time.

There is something for all kinds of tourists in Kerala that can be done in the month of September. For the love of backwaters, cruise on the placid waterways of Alappuzha, Kasargod, Kollam, Kumarakom and Valiyaparamba. In case you wish to laze around the beaches of Kerala, head to Bekal, Varkala, Kovalam, Kannur and Thangasseri. While you can have a rendezvous with the wildlife at Thekkady (Periyar), Thattekkad, and Parambikulam, the rolling lush welcome you in Munnar, Wayanad, Idukki and Ponmudi. After a hectic trip, relax your senses with rejuvenating therapies and massages in Kumarakom, Kochi, Kottayam and Kovalam.

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Where to stay

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.

How to reach

One of the prime destinations of India, Kerala is easily accessible from all modes:

By Air

The three international airports of Kerala, Thiruvananthpuram International Airport, Kochi International Airport and Calicut International Airport 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. Directly connected by road with Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, the state of Kerala has a network between its important cities by a number of state highways and other metallic roads.

By Rail

There are around 200 railway stations in Kerala that connects the cities of the towns with each other and with the cities of the country. Through trains, Kerala is connected with Chennai, Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata and Bangalore.

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.

Dharamsala

Gorgeous sunset View of Dharamsala

With the snow-covered Dhauladhar ranges in its background, Dharamsala is lovely hill town that is also home to his holiness Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government in exile. Blessed with a pleasant weather, lush greenery, calm surroundings and serene ambiance, Dharamshala is the base for a number of popular Himalayan treks. Full of life and peaceful at the same time, the hill town is segregated into two parts- upper Dharamsala and lower Dharamsala. Upper Dharamsala, that also houses the very popular McLeodganj, is evident of the Tibetan influence on the place’s monasteries, nunneries, temples, schools etc.

Things to do

September is one of the best months to visit Dharamsala when the weather is an ideal mix of the hot and the cold. Monsoon showers hit the town till mid of the month and the place looks even prettier. It is also an excellent time for sightseeing and adventure activities. Do pack light woolens. Trekking, rock climbing, hiking, paragliding, camping, zip lining and fishing are some of the activities that you can partake in.

As far as sightseeing is concerned, some of the attractions worth-visiting are McLeodganj, Triund Hills, Kangra Valley, Church of St.John, Bhagsunag waterfalls and temple, Namgyal Monastery, Tsuglag Khang, Jwalamukhi Devi temple, Dal Lake, Gyotu Monastery among others.

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

As Dharamshala receives visitors from all around the world, it has all kinds of hotels. Hotel Center Point, WelcomHeritage Grace Cottage, Asia Health Resort & Spa, Best Western Indraprastha Resort And Spa, Villa Paradiso and Royal Palace Resort are some hotels in Dharamshala.

How to reach

By Air

Dharamshala does not have its own airport and the nearest airport is in Gaggal (Kangra Airport), located at a distance of around 15 km. Kingfisher Red Airlines connect Dharamshala to Delhi with daily flights. 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. A narrow rail line connects Pathankot and Kangra that is 18 km away. From the railway station, hire a taxi or go on-board a bus.

By Road

Dharashala has good road connectivity with important cities of the country including Delhi (516 km- NH1 and NH2), Amritsar (195 km), Chandigarh (268 km- NH 21) and Shimla (282 km- NH 20). Hiring a private taxi or boarding a state run bus are the two option for you.

Ladakh

View of Thikse Monastery in 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. This picture-perfect places enchant you with its 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.

Things to do

The mystical landlocked region of Ladakh has much to offer in the month of September. The place bustles with activity during this time as it hosts Ladakh festival from 20th to 26th September, each year in Leh and its neighboring villages. Performers in traditional Ladakhi dresses, music, singing and dancing are a part of the festival procession passes through the Leh market. This 6-day festival also hosts competitions like polo, musical concerts, archery and performances by masked dancers.

Sightseeing opportunities are also endless here. Some of the must-visit places in Ladakh include Pangong Lake, Nubra Valley, Zanskar valley, Leh Palace, several monasteries (Alchi, Hemis, Diskit, Lamayuru, Lekir etc), Magnetic Hill, Khardung La, Shanti Stupa, Kargil, Tso Moriri Lake and more. Some of the best experiences that you can get here include Yak rides, Camel rides, Shopping of Tibetan handicrafts and woolen, Kayaking, Camping, Snow Leopard sighting, rafting, Jeep Safaris, Mountain biking, Cycling, Trekking, Para gliding, Ice-hockey, Skiing, Heli skiing, horse polo etc.

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Where to stay

Ladakh is an exotic destination of India that houses a number of hotels, suitable for all pocket-sizes. Hotel Shambhala, Hotel Grand Dragon, The Pangong hotel, Hotel Rafica, Nobel House Hotel, Hotel Snow View, Hotel Tsokar, Hotel Kaal, Hotel Chopsa are some of the hotels in Ladakh, scattered at several destinations.

How to reach

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 Rimpochee of Leh is the only airport in Ladakh, lying at elevation 3256 m, above the sea level. Regular flights for the Leh airport connect Ladakh with important cities of India such as Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Jammu and Srinagar. International tourists can get to Ladakh by taking a flight from Delhi, Mumbai or Kolkata to Leh.

By Road

There are two roads (highways) to reach Ladakh by road. The first one is the Manali – Leh highway and the second is Srinagar – Leh Highway. While Srinagar – Leh Highway (434 km) is mainly open from July and November, Manali – Leh Highway (473 km) is mainly open between mid-June and early-October.

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. The journey is of around 15 hours.

Mahabalipuram

The Shore Temple in Mahabalipuram

Shore Temple in Mahabalipuram ( (Image Credits: Viknesh Vijayakumar)

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.

Things to do

In September month, Mamallapuram is showered by rains that bring down the levels of heat, making it an ideal time for sightseeing. You can explore the marvelous world heritage site of Mahabalipuram that includes Panch Rathas temples, Mandapa Temples, Cave temples, Rock beliefs and temples made from cut stone, such as the Temple of Rivag. Some of the most popular ones include Arjuna’s Penance, Shore temple, Arjuna Ratha, Varaha Mandapa, Dharamraja Ratha, Govardhanadhari cave, Ahishasuramardini cave, Draupadi Rathi, one of world’s largest open-air bas-reliefs- the Descent of the Ganges and more. Erected between the 7th and the 8th centuries, these grand monuments are known for their wonderful sculptures, inscriptions and delicate carvings. Apart from this, you can also visit the Mahabalipuram beach to indulge in fun activities.

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Where to stay

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 etc.

How to reach

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.

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.

Things to do

The city gets light and heavy showers during the month of September and weather becomes extremely pleasant, making it a great time to partake in sightseeing. Visiting the place at this time will be great as Janmashtami (August-September), the birthday of Lord Krishna is celebrated with great fervor every year. The town comes alive and all the temples are decorated for the same. A major part of your visit to Dwarka would be comprised of visits to temples such ad Dwarkadhish temple, Nageshwar Shiva Temple (Jyotirlinga), Bhyt Drwaka, Rukmini Mandir, Shri Swami Narayan Mandir and more. The most popular temple out of this is Dwarkadhish temple, which is located right beside the Arabian Sea.

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Where to stay

Dwarkadhish is a popular religious site amidst 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.

How to reach

By Air

The closest airport to Dwarka is Jamnagar airport. Located at a distance of around 172 km from here, it connects Dwarka to all the prime cities of India. If you are an international traveler, boarding a flight from Mumbai International Airport would be feasible. From the airport, hire a taxi cab.

By railways

Dwarka railway station is placed on the Western Railway network and 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.

Darjeeling

Located at an elevation of 2000 m above the sea level, Darjeeling is one of the most sought-after hill stations in eastern 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.

Things to do

September month is autumn season, which means the place becomes even more beautiful, pleasant and greener too. From September till March is ideal to visit Darjeeling but the reason we have included Darjeeling in our list of best places to visit in India in September & October is that this scenic hill station is at its luscious best at this time of the year.

Bright days and clear sky make your sightseeing a pleasure. Do not miss out on visiting The Tiger Hill to treat your eyes to the mesmerizing sunrise view coming out from behind the Kanchenjunga. Another thing to do in Darjeeling is a leisure walk in the verdant tea gardens of Darjeeling, soaking in the fresh aroma. You can also visit the processing section and taste the exotic Darjeeling tea.

Capture the mighty snow-covered peaks and the striking locales in your cameras. Your visit to Darjeeling is incomplete if you do not enjoy a ride on-board the toy train. The train with original steam engine and loops operates on a narrow gauge network. This joyride starts from Darjeeling and then Ghoom. Admire the lovely panorama that passes by.

During the sightseeing tour, you can explore some of the best tourist attractions in Darjeeling such as the Japanese Peace Pagoda, Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, Batasia Loop, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Observatory Hill, and the monasteries that are sprinkled here and there. Pay a visit to Chowrasta or the Mall road of Darjeeling to get your hands on some woolens and interesting handicrafts to carry as souvenirs.

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Where to stay

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 and Hotel Greece Inn.

How to reach

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 that is located at a distance of around 95 km. flights to and from important Indian cities like Delhi, Guwahati and Kolkata etc land here. Once at the airport, you can hire a taxi to reach Darjeeling.

By railways

New Jalpaiguri Railway Station, Siliguri is the nearest railway station to Darjeeling, well-connected to all the major cities of the country such as Delhi, Chennai, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Guwahati, Bhubaneshwar and Bengaluru. Hire a taxi cab to go to Darjeeling.

By road

A good network of roads connect Darjeeling to important nearby cities such as Gangtok (100 km), Kalimpong (51 km), Kolkata (651 km), Kathmandu (310 km) etc. There are state-run bused and private cabs for travelling by road.

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. A popular tourist destination of Maharashtra state, Aurangabad is also named as the ‘City of Gates’ as it is encircled by 52 gates, each telling a different tale. A visit to Aurangabad is an architectural and a cultural delight.

Things to do

September is the month when the city receives rains and gets respite from strong summer heat. It is the perfect time to partake in sightseeing, exploring the man-made wonders. Located at a small distance from the city, Ajanta (100 km) and Ellora (30 km) Caves are rock-cut caves, dedicated to Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism. A proof of India’s rock-cut architecture with sculptures, murals and paintings, they are listed as World Heritage Sites. For people with a religious bend of mind, there is Grishneshwar Temple, just outside the city. It is one of India’s 12 popular Jyotirlinga, dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Some of the other popular Aurangabad attractions are Aurangabad Caves, Bibi Ka Maqbara, Devagiri Fort, Panchakki, Tomb of Aurangzeb and Valley of Saints in Khuldabad. When in Aurangabad, do not forget to get your hands on special Himroo shawls, jewellery with semi-precious stones, Paithani saris, metal objects, and Mashru and Kimkhab weaves.

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Where to stay

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 Green Olive, Welcome Gotel Rama International, Hotel Windsor Castle, Ellora Heritage Resort and Hotel Bagga International.

How to reach

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 a good road and highway connectivity. State-run as well as private buses both are available.

Bandipur

Gowri - the most popular tigres in Bandipur National Park

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, this national park is one of the most popular one in the southern region of the country. This tiger reserve is connected with Wayanad Sanctuary in the West, Nagarahole National Park in the North and Mudumalai National Park in the South

Things to do

Bandipur National park receives rain in the month of September and is one of the best months to pay a visit to the national park for wildlife viewing. Embark on a jeep safari or a bird watching tour. You can spot animals like Spotted deer, Tiger, Sambhar, Elephant, Dhole, Gaur, Langur, Mongoose, Indian Wild Boar and so on. Whitebellied minivet, Whiteheaded babblers, Malabar grey hornbill, Yellowbrowed bulbul, Bluewing parakeet etc are the colorful bird species that can be found here.

For adventure enthusiasts, there is provision for hiking and trekking. Partake in trekking up to the Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta hilltop. There is a temple also, dedicated to Lord Krishna. Chamarajanagar, Ooty, Kotagiri, Mysore, Sultan Battery in Wayanad,B R Hills, Coonoor and Nagarhole are some of the places near Bandipur, ideal for excursions.

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Where to stay

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. Windflower Spa and Resorts-Tuskar Trails, Country Club Wildlife Resort, Dholes Den, M C resort, The Serai, Hotel Van Vihar, Bandipur Safari Lodge and Frolic Boonies Camp are some of the accommodation options here.

How to reach

By Air

Around 215 km away, Bangalore International Airport is the nearest airport to Bandipur. This airport is connected with all the important destinations of India and abroad. To reach Bandipur from here, you can hire a private cab or go aborad a state-run bus.

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. In case, you are driving your own car, you can take the other route through Kanakapura, Shivanasamudram, Kollegal, Chamarajnagar and Gundlupet.

Valley of Flowers

Valley of Flowers  - A vibrant and splendid national park

Sunrise View at Valley of Flowers

A visual treat for a tourist, a popular trek route for an adventure enthusiast and varied wildlife for wildlife enthusiast, 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. Snowfall starts in the month of October and this heaven becomes inaccessible. Please note that trekking is allowed only during day time and it is necessary to have a permit to visit the national park (available in Ghangaria village). This pass is valid for 3 days.

Things to do

This park remain open only from July till September every year. We have included this in our list of top places to visit in India in September and October as the valley is in full bloom post the monsoon. Till Govindghat the roads are motorable. The memorable and extremely famous Valley of Flower trek starts from here. The trek from Govindghat to Valley of Flowers (in Bhyundar Valley) is of around 16 km (narrow and steep but well-defined) and is an enchanting one. The last human settlement before the valley is the small scenic Ghangaria village, where there are some homestays and camping options. When you reach the Valley, it looks like it is God’s own garden with such lovely views.

Valley of Flower National Park, a UNESCO World heritage Site, boasts of housing more than 500 species of wild flowers that are unique in the colors and designs. It is the second core zone of Nanda Devi national park. Endangered and rare animal species such as Blue Sheep, Asiatic black bear, brown bear, red fox, musk deer and snow leopard call this place their home. Himalayan monal pheasant along with a few other high-altitude birds can be spotted here. The park also has an assortment of medicinal plants.

Located around 4 km from here Hemkund Sahib Gurudwara, a Sikh place of worship is also a must-visit. Dedicated to Guru Gobind Singh Ji, this Gurudwara is the place where he had meditated in his previous birth. This site has a mesmerizing setting with a glacial lake in front of it and encircled by seven peaks.

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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 and Hotel Bhagat.

How to reach

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. The airport is located at a distance of around 292 km from Govind Ghat. Dehradun airport is well-connected to Delhi and some of the other important cities of India. Hire a taxi from airport to Govindghat.

By Rail

The nearest railway station to Valley of flowers is in Rishikesh. From here, you cover a distance of 273 km to arrive at Govindghat from where a 16-km trek to the Valley of Flower begins. Rishikesh railway station is connected to important cities of India. From the railway station, you can either hire a private taxi or opt for state-run buses.

By Road

Motorable roads connect Valley of Flowers to Govind Ghat. From this place, you embark on a trek of 16 km to arrive at the Valley of Flowers. A well-maintained network of roads link Govindghat with important Uttarakhand destinations. Govind Ghat is placed on NH 58. State- run buses are available from Delhi, Rishikesh, Haridwar and Srinagar. The other option is to hire a private taxi.

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

Things to do

The beaches of Gokarna are just the right replacement for the beaches of Goa. You can partake in the activities of your interest. Om Beach, Gokarna Beach, Kudle beach, Paradise beach and Half Moon beach are some of the popular beaches of Gokarna. Indulge in water sports such as Jet Skiing, Bumper rides, Speed Boating, Banana rides, Parasailing, Dolphin spotting, Fishing, Beach Treks and Canoeing.

The presiding deity of the town is Lord Mahabaleshwar, an incarnation of Lord Shiva. You can visit a number of ancient temples here that are popular attractions of Gokarna. Lord Mahabaleshwara Temple, Bhadrakali temple and Maha Ganapathi Temple are the important temples here.

Another interesting thing to do in Gokarna in September is to go for a relaxing and rejuvenating Ayurveda therapy and massage. The rainy season of September is an ideal time to get results for all your senses.

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Where to stay

The tiny little sacred site, Gokarna, is visited by all kinds of tourists and thus it has 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 and Sea Bird Holiday resort.

How to reach

By Air

The nearest airport to Gokarna is Dabolim International Airport in Goa that is located at a distance of around 140 km. Once you are at the airport, you can hire a taxi to reach Gokarna. This airport is well-connected with all the important destinations of India and a number of them in world.

By Train

The nearest railway station to Gokarna is in Ankola, around 20 km away. Trains travel to and fro from a number of important cities like Mumbai, Veraval, Mangalore and Thiruvananthapuram. 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. Bus services are also available from cities of Goa such as Madgaon. This peaceful town is located just 10 km off from the NH 17 that connects Mumbai to Kochi. Buses and taxis both are available for road journey.

Panchgani

View from Panchgani in Maharashtra

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 the 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.

Things to do

September month means lovely weather in Panchgani. It might rain and the place would become even more enchanting and green. Embark on long walks and treat your eyes to the lovely views here. There is so much to explore and experience for tourists of all ages. For adventure enthusiasts, there are trekking and paragliding opportunities. For children there are a lot of things such as a ride on a Ferris wheel, a toy train ride, horse and pony rides, along with a number of games stalls.

Some of the attractions and nearby places that you can visit during your visit to Panchgani are the historical Wai town, Sherbaug, Rajpuri Caves, Parsi Point, Harrison’s Valley, Tableland, The Lingmala falls, Devil’s Kitchen and Satara.

When in Panchgani, do not forget shopping. Leather items, handicrafts, bags, fruit related items like hams and bakery products are the best buys here.

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Where to stay

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 as well as home stays such as Hotel Gitanjabli, Summer Plaza Resort, Exotic Home Stay, Blue Country Resort, Leisure Vacations Terra Camp Resort, Wonder Woods Gulmohar Cottage, Baba Agro Holiday Home and Sai Palace Cottage. Take a pick as per your preference.

How to reach

By Air

Pune Airport is the nearest airport to Panchgani. It is around two and a half hour’s drive away (around 98km) from here. This is a domestic airport which is connected to most of the important cities of India including Chennai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Indore, Kochi, Mumbai and Hyderabad. From the airport, just hire a cab to reach your destination. The next closest airport is Mumbai’s Chatrapati Shivaji International Airport.

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. This railway station is connected to important destinations of India including Mysore, New Delhi, Jaipur, Puri, Chennai and Lucknow. You can rent a cab to go to Panchgani from here.

By road

Panchgani is well- connected to all the cities of Maharashtra state including Mumbai, Mahad, Satara, Mahabaleshwar, Nashik, Dhule, Bordi, Phaltan, Ghrishneshwar and Pune and all other cities in Maharashtra. State-run buses as well as buses by private operators ply between these cities on a regular basis. The other option is to simply rent a cab.

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4 Responses

  1. Neha jain says:

    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 says:

      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

  2. Sangeetha says:

    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 says:

      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.

      Keep Reading

      Best
      Geetika Handa

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