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Places to Visit in India in October

Wondering about the places to visit in India in October? We know it’s the high time for tourism in India and the wanderer in you is itching to hit the road and it is not at all surprising.

Coming of October heralds the arrival of winters in India. The days get shorter and cooler making it one of the best times for holidays in India. With monsoon gone and the nippy winter still in the offing, the month of October is the month when you can travel to almost any destination across the length and breadth of this vast country.

From trekking to snow-capped Himalayan peak in Sikkim in North East India to the pristine islands and adventure of surfing & snorkeling in Andaman and from the salubrious hills of Munnar in Kerala and Pachmarhi in Madhya Pradesh to the eclectic mélange and vibrant cultural celebration of Dussehra in Mysore and Durga Puja in West Bengal, we have brought you the list of things to do and top places to visit in India in October.

We are sure that this article will help you go footloose in the month of October.

Kanyakumari: An Ode to the Virgin Goddess

Places to Visit in Kanyakumari

Named after the Temple of Virgin Sea Godess, Kanyakumari marks the land’s end at the tip of India geographical ‘V’.  This tiny town in southernmost tip (almost) is where the Bay of Bengal, Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean join each other.

Sunset at certain times of year are sublime to behold with chariots of sun riding down the celestial firmament with waves tinted vermillion and the cerulean moon filling the void and shining down on wispy waves that now exude with cobalt grace.

With home to several shrines and temples, mythical symbolism and association with saints and philosophers including the great Swami Vivekanand, Kanyakumari holds considerable spiritual significance that see devotees and tourists throng to this southern tip of India.

Lamplit Vivekanand Rock Memorial in Kanyakumari
Vivekanand Rock Memorial during night
Fondly known as Cape Comorin, Kanyakumari was ruled by Cholas, Cheras and the Pandyas. The architectural beauty of the temples is attributed to these rulers. Some famous tourist spots in Kanyakumari include the Vivekananda Memorial and the Tiruvalluvar Statue.

The best time to visit Kanyakumari starts from October as the monsoon recedes and the weather gets milder. This town is connected by road from almost all major cities of South India. The nearest airport is Trivandrum located 67 kilometers away whereas the nearest railhead is in the town itself.

Mysore: Might of a Goddess

Places to Visit in Mysore

Come October and Mysore would be at its vibrant best. If you need a reason to travel to Mysore in October we only have one word: Dussehra.

Every year, the entire city comes alive during Dussehra or Mysore Dasara - as it is locally referred to as - festival which is celebrated to pay obeisance to Godess Chamundeshwri who killed the great demon Mahisashur.

The festivities are spread across nine nights or the navratras and this year it will be celebrated from 25th September 2014 till 4th October 2014. The celebrations are held across the city which includes Chamundi Hill, exhibition ground opposite Mysore Palace, auditoriums and Maharaja’s College Ground.

The highlight of this Mysore Dasara festival is Jumboo Savari (the elephant ride) which starts from Mysore Palace and concludes in Bannimantap. This traditional procession also marks the culmination of the festivities. During the procession, the idol of goddess Chamundeshwari is carried atop a lavishly adorned elephant. Dazzling display of fireworks, stunts performed by daredevils on motorcycles and the laser show marks the crescendo of this event.

If you are spending a few days in Mysore then there are several excursions to keep you occupied and adds to fun and adventure of holiday in Mysore. Located nearby are a couple of national parks if you are interested in wildlife safari in India. For tiger spotting Bandipur National Park (80 km) is the ideal escape from Mysore whereas for bird watching tour, Ranganathittoo Bird Sanctuary (19 km) is the place to be.

Chamundi Hills (13 km) - as we talked about earlier - is one of the most significant religious places near Mysore whereas Srirangapatna located 16 kilometer away is renowned tourist destination in Karnataka renowned for Ranganathaswamy temple, the most important Vaishnavite centers of pilgrimage in South India.

For cultural interactions, Somnathpur (35 km) is yet another place located close to Mysore.  This place is famous for the Chennakeshava Temple which is considered a perfect example of medieval Hoysala architecture. The complex remains open from 0930 to 1730 hrs and the entrance fee is Rs.10 for Indians & Rs.100 or USD 2 for foreigners.

Illumination during night
Son et lumiere at Vrindavan Gardens near Mysore: Photo courtesy Sukanta Maikap
Not far from Mysore is Brindavan Gardens & Krishnarajasagar Dam (19 km). Highlights of this garden are the musical fountain and illumination which are held between 0630 to 1930 hrs on weekdays and 1830 to 2030 hrs. on Saturdays and Sundays. The park’s opening hours is from 8 AM to 7 PM and the entrance fee charged is Rs. 15 (Adult) and Rs. 5 (child below 8 years). Additional camera fee of Rs. 50 is also charged at the time of entrance. Read More

Darjeeling: Of Toys and Teas

A magical view of the town with mighty Himalayas in the background
A magical view of the town with mighty Himalayas in the background
The rainy days are over and the tea plantations are at their verdant best in the month of October. The days are cooler and the chilly winter is far yet. No wonder Darjeeling is one of the top places to visit in India in October. There’s so much to do and then even if you do nothing, you will find Darjeeling spiritually and mentally uplifting at this time of the season.

Be it the awe inspiring vista of the highest mountain peak in the world Mount Everest, a stroll down the tea estates, a joy ride in the famous “toy train” offering mesmerizing panorama or visits to one of excursions to nearby hill stations or adventure of white water rafting, there are plenty of things to do in Darjeeling to keep you enthralled.

Some of the top activities in Darjeeling include visit to Tiger Hill to watch dawn, rides on Darjeeling Himalayan Railway and visits to Japanese Peace Pagoda, Observatory Hill and Himalayan Zoological Park.

Do you find spooky exciting? Love to chase the haunted trails?

Did you know that excursions from Darjeeling could take you to one of the most haunted and mysterious places in India?

This woods are where a headless apparition of a boy is occasionally spotted by the local woodcutters
Yes! Kurseong, located 30 kilometers away is considered to be one of the most haunted places in India. A number of gruesome and mysterious murders in the Dow Hill forest are considered by locals as the reasons behind this place being haunted by implacable souls. On the stretch that links the Kurseong Dow hill and Forest office, woodcutters and labourers have reported the sighting of a headless boy walking and disappearing in the forest.

But never mind the folklores and urban legends, Kurseong is a picturesque hill town connected to Darjeeling via the Toy Train. Literally meaning “the place of white orchids”, the pastoral setup, scenic beauty and mild weather have attracted artist and poets to this small settlement since bygone era.

Kuresong is said to have inspired the likes of great Rabindranath Tagore and composer Atul Prasad Sen. Sister Nivedita, the famed disciple of Swami Vivekanand made this tranquil place her home and even Mark Twain has paid a visit to this place.

Now something for adventure and thrill seekers! Do you love to be footloose in Himalayas? If yes, we bet Darjeeling is your calling this October.

Yet another of the top things to do when you are on your holiday in Darjeeling in October is to attempt the magical trek to Sandakphu. From Sandakphu, the sight of the cotton wool peaks of Himalayan ranges of Bhutan, Sikkim and Nepal including Mt. Khangchendzonga and Mt. Everest will leave you speechless and humbled.


Trekking to Sandakphu from Darjeeling
A beautiful Trail by Pallabh Seth
However if you are looking for a magical sight as in the picture above when magnolias, primulas, silver fir forest  and above all rhododendron cast enchantment to the surrounding hills, April and May is the time to do the Sandakphu trek.

Need more adventure? Are on an oar-wilder?

How about taking up the rapids and let the adrenaline rush take over with white water rafting in Teesta. Take a shared cab or hire one for Gangtok. The starting point for rafting is near Wayside Inn, 1.5 kilometers from Teesta Bazaar. You could have oar-whelming fun in rapids ranging from Grade II to Grade IV.

Tamil Nadu

Many would find it unbelievable that Tamil Nadu receives the highest number of foreign tourist footfall in India. Frankly I was surprised while I was doing research for this post. Well but then again how many of us know that some of the must visit and awe inspiring tourist places in India are in Tamil Nadu. Tranquil hill stations, sandy beaches, spectacular temples, verdant tea plantations, churches, museums, “toy train” and what not. You name it and we bet you’ll find it in Tamil Nadu.

Without much argument or fuss, we state top 3 reasond to visit Tamil Nadu: temples, temples and temples.

Surprised…are you?

Now consider this…this state in South India has over 33,000 temples most of whom are over 800-1200 years old. It won’t be an overstatement to state at this point that Tamil Nadu happens to be the cradle of Dravidian Culture.

Meenakshi Amman temple is to South India what Taj Mahal is to North India. 12 gopurams or the sculpture studded chambers filled with statues of gods and demons are a sight to behold. Located in Madurai and built to honor goddess Meenakshi (a form of Parvati), the temple offers a rich insight into the Dravidian Culture.

Then there are UNESCO inscribed World Heritage Sites which includes 3 of the Great Living Chola Temples (Thanjavur, Gangaikonda Cholapuram and Darasuram) and The Group of Monuments in Mahabalipuram (now Mamallapuram) which again are repository of the ancient Dravidian culture.

Classical music, dance forms and other cultural activities in Tamil Nadu form major appeal for tourism in the state.

Then there are some picturesque and serene hill stations which are at their verdant best without much traffic making it perfect for you to enjoy the pastoral beauty of the places. And that also happens to be the reason why we have included Tamil Nadu in our list of top places to visit in India in October.

On top of our hill stations in Tamil Nadu to visit in October list is Ooty. One of the oomph factors that make traveling to Ooty so special is the Nilgiri Mountain Railways or the “toy train.” Some of the must visit hill stations in Tamil Nadu along with Ooty are Kodaikanal, and Yercaud.

Sikkim: In the Lap of Unspoiled Himalayas

Lake Tsogmo, Sikkim
The emerald water of Tsogmo Lake get all snow covered after the arrival of autumn season
It doesn’t matters whether you are a bantam backpacker, someone looking for family holidays or for a perfect honeymoon in India especially amidst the embalming hills of Himalayas, there is something for everyone when it comes to holidays in Sikkim.

One of the best kept secrets on the Indian side of Himalayas and considered India’s Shangri La, Sikkim with its unspoiled alpine forests, quaint hill towns and Tibetan Buddhist culture is a nature-blessed paradise in North East India.

Good news if you are reading this list of top places to visit in India in October is that Sikkim is one of those places.

So first we have something for adventure seekers!

Sikkim, with it’s yet to be explored and pristine trails, is one of the best places for trekking in Indian Himalayas. Whereas the trek from Yuksom to Dzongri Trail is moderate, take up the Goecha La challenge if you consider yourself a hardened trekker.

Semeti Lake, Goecha La
Semeti Lake, Goecha La
The rewards of undertaking this challenging trekking in Sikkim are numerous. The awesome vistas and later panoramas of rhododendron laden forests, mighty rivers and towering snowcapped mountain peaks of Himalayas conjure a magical sight. Goecha Peak is considered to be the best place - if you are not on top of the actual one - for sighting the third highest mountain peak in the world Mt Khangchendzonga.

The day hikes and short walks truly bring out the natural splendor and rustic charm of this unspoiled Himalayan region to its fore. Take a hike from Rabangla to Mainom which is a one day easy to moderate climb or opt for the Damthang (1650 m) to Tendong (2600 m) hike in South Sikkim.

In the West Sikkim try the easy half day nature walk Hillay (2750 m) to Barsey 3000 m) or embark on the monastic trail from Pemayangtse to Sangacholling Monastery. Day walk from Yuksom to Khecheopalri Lake and Tashiding are particularly picturesque and romantic as well if you are traveling in Western Sikkim.


Rhododendren Trek, Barsey in Sikkim
Rhododendren Trek, Barsey in Sikkim
Yet another adventurous activity to indulge while you are in Sikkim is to do the white water rafting in Teesta River. Rapids range from Grade II to Grade IV. For advanced oar-wielders, Rangeet River with its more tumultuous rapids is the place to test their skills.

Looking for cultural interactions?

Sikkim is ideally suited to travelers looking for insights into Tibetan Buddhism. A visit to Namgyal Institute for Tibetology in Gangtok will open up the cultural forms and rituals of Vajrayana Buddhism and give you a peek into the Tibetan Buddism and its practices.

A trip to Namgyal Institute of Tibetology is all the more vital and should be on your list of things to do in Sikkim as it also houses museums. Relics and objet d’art belonging to Tibetan iconography and religious arts are definitely worth a peek. Packed with thangkas, statues, ancient manuscripts dating back to 11th Century and ritualistic objects, this is a cultural treasure trove of Tibetan lifestyle.

With more than 200 monasteries sprinkled across this tiny Himalayan kingdom, you will have your fill of religion and Buddhism. Some of the most stupendous and important monasteries in Sikkim are the Rumtek and Enchey Monastery in Gangtok, Pemayangtse Monastery near Pelling in West Sikkim and the Karma Kagyu Monastery in Phodong in North Sikkim.

Last but not the least, if you are planning your holiday in Sikkim, we’d definitely recommend that you don’t miss out on a day excursion from Gangtok to Tsogmo Lake, a high altitude lake located at an altitude of 3780 meters.

Tsongmo Lake or Changu Lake is a glacial lake in the East Sikkim
The awe inspiring Tsogmo Lake in Autumn
The emerald water of the lakes with surrounding hills is an awesome sight to behold during spring season. In autumn i.e. after October part of lake freezes and the Yak ride on frozen lake and hot cuppa tea and delicious momos is what keeps the tourist warm and thrilled.

Andaman: Legends of the Blue Waters

Radha Nagar Beach, Andaman

During the days of India’s Independence struggle this archipelago was infamous as the dreaded kaalapaani (black waters) but of late becoming India’s major tourist draw, Andaman and Nicobar is one of the best places to visit in India in October. Tropical climate with mild mercury level and scant rains makes it ideal time to indulge in water adventure activities such as surfing, snorkeling and diving.

Yet another reason why Andaman should feature high on your list of best places to go for honeymoon in India is that no other beach destination in India offer as vast and nearly marooned stretches of white sandy beaches as does this archipelago in the Bay of Bengal.

For a romantic escape, do consider visiting Radha Nagar beach which has been voted Asia’s Best Beach by TIME Magazine. No wonder Andaman Islands are fast becoming one of the most popular honeymoon destinations in India.

Diving with Elephants in Andaman
Diving with Rajan - the swimmer Elephant - in Andaman
The hub of tourism activities and some of the best beaches in Andaman are located on Havelock Island. If it is scuba diving you are after to sight the corals and marine life of Andaman then Havelock is where you should be.

Cellular Jail, Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Island
The torture house now turned into memorial: Cellular Jail
The virgin islands of Ross and Smith are the best preserved as they are designated marine sanctuary. You will require a permit to visit but it is definitely worth the bucks and effort.

For a walk down the history lane Port Blair has much to offer. The notorious Cellular Jail which has now been converted into National Memorial is a must have in your itinerary if you consider yourself a history buff. Anthropological Museum is yet another not to be missed things to do in Port Blair.

For best experience of the corals and reefs, head to Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park located 30 kilometers off the Port Blair. The popular snorkeling sites inside the park are Jolly Buoy and Red Skin islands. Day trips from day trips from Wandoor Jetty starts from INR 300.

Kolkata

Places to Visit in Kolkata

One of the most important cities in the east of India, Kolkata is nestled on the East Bank of Hooghly River. It is the third largest metropolitan city in India. The strong British influence is apparent in the monuments sprinkled all across Kolkata. Tourists from far-off places love to visit this city in order to get acquainted with rich culture since the times of the yore. Some popular attractions in Kolkata include the National Library, Millennium Park, Birla Planetarium, Howrah Bridge and Shaheed Minar etc.

Srinagar: Paradise on Earth

Places to Visit in Srinagar

The ‘Summer Capital of Kashmir’, Srinagar is one such place where god has shown his benevolence. Srinagar finds a special mention in the books of mythology. As per legend, Srinagar was under a possession of a huge demon that inhabited a lake. Sage Kashyap used his powers to consume the water of the lake.

Thereafter Goddess Parvati conjured up to crush the demon. Stroll along the banks of the River Jhelum leaves the visitor totally overwhelmed with the beauty of the lake. With Srinagar holiday packages, tourists can float in the lakes, kiss the Himalayas and feel the meaning of warmth.

Kullu: Where the Gods Walk

Places to Visit in Kullu
A view of Beas River flowing through the Kullu Valley

One of the most beautiful hill stations in India, Kullu is located on the banks of  River Beas on the western Himalayan region. The remarkable feature of Kullu town is the lush meadows of wild flowers and breathtakingly beautiful views. The town is also known for its religious importance.

Tourists here can visit some magnificent temples such as Raghunathji Temple, Bijli Mahadev Temple and Manikaran. The region of Kullu & Manali is quite popular amongst trekkers and adventure enthusiasts.

[Check out some best hill stations in India to plan your summer holidays] 

Amritsar

Places to Visit in Amritsar

Located in the northwestern part of Punjab, Amritsar is the home of the famous ‘Harmandir Sahib’, famously known as the Golden Temple. It is the spiritual and cultural center of the Sikh religion. It is the spiritual and cultural center of the Sikh religion. City derives its name from Amrit Sarovar, the holy tank that surrounds the fabulous Golden Temple. It has a rich and vibrant culture and is famous for its delicious Punjabi cuisine.

Varanasi

Places to Visit in Varanasi

Every year in Varanasi, more than 3 million people, gather on the shores of the holy river Ganga to seek blessings. It is believed that the city was founded by the Hindu deity Lord Shiva himself. Once known as Kashi or Benares, Varanasi is the holiest place in the world.

Often dubbed as the ‘Cultural Capital of India’, Varanasi is the hometown of Indian writers, philosophers and musicians. The city is home to the Kashi Vishwanath Temple of Lord Shiva with a 16 meter long gold spire. Varanasi is also known as “the city of learning”.

[Here's our post on top 10 temples in India]

Kanha National Park

Places to Visit in Kanha National Park

Located in the Banjar and Hallon Valleys in the Mandla/ Balaghat districts of Madhya Pradesh, Kanha National Park is one of the greatest wildlife reserves in India. Spread over 1,940 square kilometers, Savannah grasslands and meandering rivers, Kanha National Park is home to more than 300 species of birds, 200 tigers and leopards and 350 Barasinghas among others. The forest is spread over huge plateaus and plains. The biodiversity in the Kanha National Park will leave one fascinated to the hilt.

[Looking for more? Check out the best national parks and wildlife reserves in India.]

Dandeli National Park: Rendezvous with Tigers

Black Panther at Anshi Dandeli National Park
Black Panther is one of the rare species that could be spotted inside Dandeli National Park
Dandeli National Park iin Karnataka is best visited in the month of October. Dandely is a sleepy little town in the Western Ghats famous for its Wildlife Sanctuary, which also is a Tiger Reserve.  There is a lot much that Dandeli offers like, Ulavi Temple for the pilgrims, Sykes Point for a breathtaking view, Kavla caves which has naturally formed Shiva Lingam, Supa Dam, river rafting in the Kali River and the list actually ends upon the fortnight. 

The town has good weather all year round, but as soon as October knocks in, the aura reaches a new height of charm. During this time, it would be easy for you to explore all its attractions and have a comfortable wildlife safari in favorable climatic condition.

[Read more about Dandeli National Park]

Tirupati

tirumala-venkateswara-temple-tirupati
Visit Tirupati in October to attend the Srivari Bramhotsav
Tirupati is a prominent pilgrimage city of India, located on the foothill of the Eastern Ghats, in Andhra Pradesh. The city is famed for Venkateswara Swamy Temple, having detailed carving, and a perfect combination of golden and white. The temple is dedicated to Lord Venkateswara. This green city, Tirupati is dotted with many such sacred temples known all over the country. 

With the commencement of October, the city gets caressed by enchanting weather. In fact the most awaited festival Srivari Brahmotsavam takes place during this time of the year which is one of the reason we have included Tirupati in our list of top places to visit in India in October. This nine-day annual lunar festival is a holy cleansing ceremony, honoring Lord Brahma. Pilgrims from across the world attend this festival and see their life taking a turn towards positivity and nirvana.

[Read more about Tirupati]

Ranthambore

Enjoy Tiger Safari in The Ranthambore National Park.
Ranthambore - The Land of Royal Bengal Tigers
Spread over an area of 1334 sq km, Ranthambore National Park is a place to admire nature, tranquility and wildlife. It is famed as one of the finest Tiger reserves in India and along with housing the big cats in huge numbers, it also has a vast variety of other fauna, avifauna and flora species. Ranthambore is called home by animals like Chital, Sambhar, Wild boar, Nilgai, antelope, chinkara gazelles, sloth bear, few leopards and crocodiles. You can also spot around 272 beautiful feathered birds like jungle fowl, partridges, quails, ducks, woodpeckers, flycatchers and storks. The floral diversity of Ranthambore is also high.

Things to do

Jungle Safari is offered twice a day in Ranthambore, in morning (6.30 AM-10.00 AM) and afternoon (2.30 PM -6.00 PM) in the month of October, one of the best months to enjoy wildlife spotting in Ranthambore. A nature lover can enjoy the attractive surrounding and an adventure enthusiast can try out some thrilling adventures. Jeep safari is one of the best options to travel in and around the national park. Canter safari is also an option to explore the park.

The park also consists of Ranthambhore Fort, erected way back in the 10th century. This fort is placed on a hilltop and is spread in an area of 4.5 sq km. get on the top of the fort to enjoy a nice views of the surroundings.

Where to stay

There are a number of accommodation options that you may settle for such as Hotel Green View Ranthambore, Hotel Tiger Haveli, Jungle View Resort, Hammir Wildlife Resort, Ranthambore National Regency, Ranthambore Forest Resort, Sher Bagh and Tree House Anuraga Resort.

How to reach

Ranthambore National Park is easily reachable by all major modes of transportation. Delhi International Airport is the most convenient airport (357 km away) connecting Ranthambore with important cities. Jaipur airport another suitable airport (183 km away) from Ranthambore. Sawai Madhopur is the nearest railway station (13 km away). There are several buses available to Ranthambore from Jaipur (151km), Delhi (369km), Ajmer (267km), Ahmadabad (650km) and Kota (145km).

Yercaud

Yercaud Lake This quiet little hill station on the Shevaroy hills of the Eastern ghats is the only one of its kind in northern Tamil Nadu.
This picture perfect lake is surrounded by gardens and ancient forests
Placed at an altitude of 1515 m above the sea level, Yercaud is one of the most popular places of interest in Tamil Nadu. If you love connecting with nature while enjoying in seclusion and tranquility, Yercaud is the ideal destination for. The prime attraction of this enchanting hill station is the holy Servarayan temple that is settled at an elevation of 5326 ft. Once you offer sincere prayers, treat your eyes to the vast expanse of the place from the top. Another major attraction here is Yercaud Lake. Take a boat ride on the placid waters of this lake and enjoy the panoramic view of hills and lush greenery all around.

Followed by monsoons, October is the perfect month to plan a trip to Yercaud. Perfect for nature lovers, it boasts of rich flora, fauna and avifauna. You may spot some rarely seen species of mongoose, snakes, deer, bison, kites, bulbuls and swallows.

Things to Do

Yercaud has a whole lot to keep a traveler engaged. It is majorly flocked by honeymooners and other travelers who love alone-time. Apart from enjoying the scenic beauty of the place, people can also visit prime tourist sites of the place including Arthur Seat, Killiyur Falls, Pagoda Point, Emerald Lake and Servarayan Temple.

Where to Stay

Accommodation options at Yercaud are Happy Nest Resort, Brindhavan Dream House, Happy Nest Resort, Hilton Hill Resort and Akarsh Villa Resorts.

How to Reach

Travelling to Yercaud is not a tough task. Salem Airport is the nearest airport (46 km away) and Salem Junction is the nearest railway station (31 km away). Yercaud is well-connected to the nearby destinations by road. You can get scheduled buses from Salem (29 km), Chennai (367 km), Coimbatore (194 km) and Pondicherry (238 km).

Thanjavur

Brihadeeswarar Temple - One of the most ancient temple prescribed by UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Brihadeeswarar Temple - One of the most ancient temple prescribed by UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Formerly known as Tanjore, Thanjavur is known as a prime center of religion, art, and architecture in Southern India. The place is holds great spiritual and historical importance. It traces its name from Tanjan, an Asura (demon) in Hindu Mythology. One of the most popular commercial cities of the region, the place is famous for its Tanjore paintings and bronze that you can get your hands on. One of the prominent tourist attractions in Thanjavur is Brihadeshwar Temple, a UNSECO World Heritage site. The temple has a Dravidian construction and is devoted to Lord Shiva. Music lovers can visit Sangeetha Mahal (Hall of Music), located on the first floor of Tanjore Palace, another attraction here. You may also see some of the artifacts that date back to ancient Tanjore.

Things to Do

During your visit to Thanjavur in the month of October every year, Brihadishwara Temple becomes the venue of a lavish celebration. At this time, the birthday of a popular king of the area, King Rajaraja is celebrated. Some of the major tourist sites to visit in Thanjavur are Thanjavur Royal Palace, Grand Anicut, Thanjavur Art Gallery, Siva Ganga Garden, Airavateswara Temple, Vellai Puliar Temple and Swami Malai Temple.

Where to Stay

If you are searching for some hotels in Thanjavur, here is the list- Sangam Hotel, Star Residency, Rudra Resorts, Ideal River View Resort, Hotel Balaji Inn and Lakshmi Hotel.

How to Reach

Just an hour’s drive away, Tiruchirappalli International Airport is the nearest airport and Tiruchirapalli Junction is the nearest railway station. You can get various buses to Thanjavur from Mannarguddi (39 km), Tiruchirappalli (just an hour drive), Dindigul (156 km) and Salem (194 km). 

Binsar

Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary
Slaty-backed forktail - one of the birds found in Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary
Placed amidst Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary, Binsar is a serene place in the Uttarakhand state. It is located at an elevation of 2412 m above the sea level offering breathtaking views of Chaukhamba, Panchachuli, Nanda Devi, Nanda Kot and Kedarnath. Binsar deserves a worthwhile mention in our list. The place is best for nature lovers where they can spend hours relaxing and adoring the impeccable landscape formed by greenery and snowy peaks. This off-beat destination is quite close to a number popular excursions.

Things to Do

Binsar has a lot of for every traveler. The  month of October is the starting of winter season here and so the weather is extremely pleasant. Indulge in activities of your interest like village walk, forest walk, bird watching and photography here.

The major attraction of Binsar is Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary. The sanctuary is home to countless variety of flora, fauna and avifauna. Visitors here can take jeep safari and spot some fauna such as barking deer, mountain goats, porcupines, macaques, leopards and wild boars. Trekkers can discover new trekking routes in dense jungles. Another important attraction is Binsar Zero Point, from where you get to enjoy the panoramic views of Himalayan range. One can also enjoy snowy peaks of Kedarnath, Trishul, Nanda Devi and Shivling from this point. Other places to visit in Binsar are Kasar Devi Temple, Khali Estate, Bineshwar Temple and Binsar Sanctuary Museum. 

Where to Stay

Accommodation options in Binsar are Hotel Clarks INN Binsar, Binsar Eco Camp, Binsar Retreat, Club Mahindra Binsar Valley and The Grand Oak Manor.

How to Reach


Being one of the important tourist destinations, Binsar is easily reachable. Pantnagar Airport is the nearest airport (152 km) and Kathgodam Railway Station is the nearest railway station (118 km). Buses are available from Haldwani (125 km), Almora (32 km) and Nainital (93 km).

Kodaikanal



One of the most sought after destinations in the south of India, Kodaikanal is as desirable as the fresh young romance. Close to Madurai in Tamil Nadu, the hill station resides with its enchanting surroundings on the upper Palani hills of Western Ghats.

Scenic attractions at Kodaikanal like Coaker’s Walk, Bryant’s Park, Guna Caves, Dolphin’s Nose, and Pillar rocks not only attract honeymooners from all over the country, but are also popular among the adventure lovers.

Besides, the hill station is also known for its abundant fruit plantations that are scattered all over. Plus, chocolates of Kodaikanal are also a huge hit.   

Things to do

The enchanting hill station of Kodaikanal is blessed by lush green forest cover, breathtaking lakes and waterfalls that will make you fall in love again and again. To start with the Kodaikanal tour, visit the very beautiful Kodai Lake, which is just so perfect for boating.
Horse riding and cycling can also be done in the vicinity of the lake, on the meandering path along the course. Similarly, boating and fishing at Berijam lake are also the prime things to do at Kodaikanal. For trekkers, Coaker’s Walk and Bear Shola Falls suit the purpose.  

Where to stay

Some of the hotels that you may opt for, when in Kodaikanal are Kodai Resort Hotel, Holiday Home Resort, Hotel Spring Valley, Ricwin Hotel and Hotel Apple Valley.

How to reach

Madurai Airport is the nearest airport (137 km away) and Kodai Railway Station is the nearest railway station (79 km away). Kodaikanal is well-connected by roads to destinations like Madurai (118 km), Dindigul (96 km), Coimbatore (172 km) and Karur (169 km).

Delhi


A buzzing metropolis in the heart of India, Delhi juxtaposes with its traditional and modern charm. Being the capital of India, the city is a hub of National politics. But above this, the prime essence of Delhi resides in its archaeological treasures that are precious markings of the bygone Sultanate era in the capital.

These treasures are in the form of structures or monuments or one can simply call them masterpieces. To name a few, Qutb Minar, Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Humayun’s Tomb, India Gate, Jantar Mantar and Purana Qila. Not just historical structures, Delhi also makes the headlines for its religious sites like Akshardham and Laxmi Narayan temple.

Colonial era town planning, vibrant street markets, medieval fortifications, mausoleums, Delhi has many shades to explore.        

Things to do

Despite being developed into one of the most developed regions in India, (Courtesy: Gurgaon and Noida in the NCR), Delhi is renowned for its old world patches which are not at all hard to find. Start with a tour of the magnificent attractions like Lotus Temple, India Gate, Raj Ghat, Mughal monuments like Red Fort and Purana Qila.

Delhi also has a lot of historical Bawris (water reservoir complex), which serve as excellent spots to spend the evening. Besides, certain historic ruins in the capital turn out to be the venue of various cultural programs. In order to have a face-off with the vibrancy of the city, visit Old Delhi, which is as quintessential as the ‘Incredible India’. The streets of which will give you a chance to sneak into the underbelly of the city.

You can also spend your time enjoying the soul stirring live Qawwalis (Sufi devotional songs) at the Hazrat Nizammudin Dargah, close to Humayun’s Tomb. Besides, the urban locales of South and Central Delhi are always open to give you an amazing nightlife experience.  

Where to stay

Delhi offers a wide range of accommodation options to its travelers-lavish as well as budgetary. Spendthrift breeds can choose to make their stay at the highly luxurious Manor, The Imperial, The Claridges and The Leela Palace. While the backpackers are most welcomed at the budgetary hotels of Paharganj in Delhi.

How to reach

Delhi has its share of domestic and international flights from all over the world, trafficked regularly to the Indira Gandhi International Airport (14.4 km away from Central Delhi). As far as the train travel is concerned, Delhi has three important railway stations-New Delhi Railway Station (1.2 Km), Old Delhi Railway Station (6.7 Km) and Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station (9.1 Km) fully functional.

Besides, the capital city can also be reached from its neighboring cities by the means of road transport. Inter State Bus Terminus (ISBT) at Kashmere Gate, Sarai-Kale Khan Bus Terminus and Anand Vihar Bus Terminus.   

Gopalpur on Sea



A sea side town that was once left alone to wander in the pages of history, has found its way to the veracity of modern times. Today, Gopalpur is a quaint beach destination in Orissa that has a magic of its own.

Unlike the other popular beaches of the state, it stays modest with its handful of attractions; majorly counting the ruined buildings of the bygone era, which are decaying gracefully with the time. Relatively clean and sandy, Gopalpur is best suited for a leisure outing.   

Things to do

Sleepy lagoons, tiny creeks and gentle waves washing the shore define the beauty of Gopalpur beach in Orissa. You can laze around, go on a stroll, or simple gorge over the ethnic sea cuisines. Water sports like swimming and sailing are best suited for the calm waters of the beach.

Take a sneak peek into the history of this serene location as you move in the narrows of the ruined sea town, just near to the beach. The vicinity of Gopalpur also speaks about Taptapani and Chandragiri, the former, being famous for hot water springs and other for intricately designed woolen carpets.

In the evening, admire the sunset, and for that, trek to the ancient lighthouse, which gives a full view of the bay.

Where to stay

The exotic beach offers numerous accommodations to its travelers. The place is dotted with several hotels, which are fit as per your budget. Mayfair Palm Beach Resort, Panthnivas Gopalpur, Song of the sea, Motel Mermaid, Hotel Sea Pearl, Hotel Sea Side Breeze and Hotel Green Park are some options you can look for. These hotels are in the vicinity of the tranquil Gopalpur beach.

How to reach

The beach town of Gopalapur in Orissa, lies close to the capital city, Bhubaneshwar (180 Km away). And if you are travelling via air, book your tickets for Biju Patnaik Airport in Bhubaneshwar. The airport is very well connected to the major cities of India like New Delhi, Bangalore, Kolkata and Chennai. Nearest railway station in the vicinity of Gopalpur is Berhampur Railway Station, around 16 Km away from Bhubaneshwar.

Mount Abu



The lone hill station of the deserted Rajasthan must be your next place to visit in October. This lush green paradise resides on the mighty Aravalis, close to the state of Gujarat. Highly unlike the reputation of Rajasthan, Mount Abu is not majorly about magnificent forts and palaces, rather the hill station encapsulates within itself a whole bunch of exquisite flora that is captivating in every sense of the word.

The other half of Mount Abu speaks about religious sites which are magnets of Hindu and Jain pilgrims. Traveling to Mount Abu in October can be really delightful as the month invites a lot of festivities; Diwali being the most important one.      

Things to do

Enjoying the usual perks of a hill station, Mount Abu offers a lot of scenic attractions that are hard to imagine in Rajasthan. Thus, embark on a sightseeing trip, which will lead you through numerous tourist points that narrate an altogether different story of the hill station.
First in the list is the scenic Nakki Lake, a popular spot for boating and nature photography. Just near to the lake is the Raghunath temple and Maharaja Jaipur Palace. Among the gamut of religious and archaeological sites in Mount Abu, make it a point to visit Dilwara Jain temples, Vimala Vashi temple, Gaumukh temple, Luna Vashi temple and Achalgarh fort.

Trekking or hiking is the prime medium of travel to reach these destinations. Plus, the hill station also offers a tour of its Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary, highlighting Chittals, Chinkaras and exquisite bird species.

Where to stay

The hill station is dotted with numerous hotels and accommodation options. Popular ones are Hotel Silver Oak, Ratan Villas, The Colonial-Manek Manor, Hotel Hilltone and Cama Rajputana Club Resort.

How to reach

Mount Abu is nearest to Maharana Pratap Udaipur Airport (207 Km away). Besides, the closest one can get to Mount Abu through Rail is till Abu Road railway station (29 km away). Mount Abu can also be reached via road from parts of Rajasthan like Jodhpur, Udaipur and Jaipur.   

Dudhwa National Park


Home to a wide range of fascinating wildlife, Dudhwa National Park resides, undisturbed by the hands of commercialization, in the Terai region of Uttar Pradesh. Mosaic grasslands, dense Sal forests and swamps, all these defines its sprawling lush green habitat.

Amidst this, herds of Barasingha/spotted deer (prime species at Dudhwa) make their rounds in full glory. Besides, the national park is also the face of many tiger projects, running in the country. Owing to this, the park has a good figure of tigers, maintaining their statuses since decades.  

Things to do

Jungle safaris at Dudhwa are primarily arranged in customized jeeps. But you can also ask for an elephant safari. Prime species at Dudhwa National Park include one-horned rhinos, sloth bear, jungle cat, Jackal, elephants, tigers and swamp deers.

The place is also a sojourn for thousands of migratory birds, which can be best viewed in the jungle safaris. Topping the list of birds at Dudhwa is black and white necked storks, Saras cranes, minivans, kingfishers, barbets and kingfishers.   

Where to stay

The national park provides various accommodation options for the tourists. To make the best of the trip, the accommodations are within the jungle territories. Tiger Havana Resort, Palia Hotel and Jambolana Safari camp are the ones to choose from.

How to reach

Dudhwa National Park in the state of Uttar Pradesh is close to the capital city of Lucknow (238 Km away). Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport in Lucknow very well connects the major cities of India (Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Allahabad, Bhopal, Varanasi, Dehradun). From Lucknow, you can travel via road to Dudhwa, the route goes like this:Lucknow-Sitapur-Lakhimpur-Gola-Khutar-Mailani-Palia-Dudhwa.

The nearest railheads to the national park are Palia (10 Km), Dudhwa (4 Km), and Mailani (37 Km). However, one can also travel to the Charbagh railway station in Lucknow to reach Dudhwa  National Park.


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