The month of October in India marks the beginning of winters, but it is not too cold and makes for the right time to travel. Whether you are planning to head to the mountains or hit the beaches or have a solitary escape into regions unexplored, you need not worry. This list of the 30 best places to visit in October in India will help you to select the destination for your next vacation.

 

1.Jodhpur, Rajasthan

 

Jodhpur, the ‘Blue City’ will drive away your blues. The city is a maze full of vibrant colors, Rajput history, art, and culture. October is a pleasant time as the desert air will be much cooler and easier to bear.

 

How To Reach:

Air: Jodhpur Airport

Train: Jodhpur Railway station

Road: Jodhpur is well connected by road to nearby cities and states.

 

Places to Visit:

 

Mehrangarh Fort

Jaswant Thada

Toorji Ka Jhalra

Umaid Bhawan Palace

Clock Tower

Kailana Lake

Umaid Heritage Art School

Mandore Gardens

Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park

 

Things to Do:

Experience adventure at Jodhpur Flying Fox, Desert Safari, explore heritage, Sightseeing.

 

Local Food:

Gulab Jamun ki Sabzi, Mave ki Kachori, Besan ki Chakki, Makhania Lassi.

Places to Eat:

Gypsy, Indique, Jhankar Choti Haveli, Darikhana at RAAS Jodhpur, Jharokha 360°, Risala, Janta Sweets, Hanwant Mahal.

 

Places to Stay:

Umaid Bhawan Palace, Hotel Rajputana Palace, Rani Mahal, The Kutumb Villa.

 

2.Alleppey, Kerala

 

Alleppey in Kerala will literally help you sail through your vacation smoothly. Boating through the backwaters of Alleppey, as the coconut trees surround you is one experience you do not want to miss.

 

How to Reach:

Air: The Cochin International Airport is the nearest airport.

Train: Alleppey or Alappuzha Railway Station is connected to other major cities.

Road: Alleppey is connected through road to other major cities of Kerala.

 

Places to Visit:

  Alleppey Lighthouse

 

  Krishnapuram Palace

 

  Pozhiyoram Beach

 

  Ambalapuzha Temple

 

  Marari beach

 

  Karumadikuttan Statue

  Revi Karunakaran museum

Things to Do:

Houseboat ride, Sightseeing, Ayurvedic massage.

 

Local Food:

Malabar Biryani, Fried shrimp, Idiyappam, Puttu and Kadala Curry, Semiya Payasam, Pulissery, Pala Appam.

 

Places to Eat:

Harbour Restaurant, Thaff Delicacy, Cafe Catamaran, Halais Restaurant, Cassia Restaurant.

 

Places to Stay:

Treebo Tryst Palmyra, Lake Palace Resort, Deshadan Backwater Resort, Lemon Tree Vembanad Lake Resort, Kalappura Homestay, Emerald Isle, Pamba Heritage Villa, Marari Beach Resort.

3.Shillong, Meghalaya

Shillong,  the ‘Abode of Clouds’ houses the wettest place on earth- Mawsynram. The weather in October is pleasant and it makes for a perfect retreat from the hustle and bustle of life.

How to Reach:

Air: The major airport is Guwahati Airport having regular flights from several cities in India.

Train: Guwahati Railway Station is the nearest station.

Road: Buses and cabs operate at regular interval from Guwahati to Shillong.

Places to Visit:

 

Lady Hydari Park

Elephant Falls

Shillong Peak

Nohkalikai falls

Umiam Lake

Don Bosco Museum

Golf Course

 

Things to do: Sightseeing, Photography, Adventure sports, etc.

 

Local Food: Momos, Thukpa, Tungrymbai, Jadoh, Pukhlein, Dohneiiong, Chowmein, Aloo Muri, etc.

  Places to Eat: Cafe Shillong, Dejavu, Dylan’s Cafe, Lamee Restaurant, Qzine, Trattoria.

  Places To Stay: Ri Kyanjai Serenity, The Habitat, Shillong, Hotel     Woodland Hill Stay, Umiam Lake Boathouse, Riverside Resort.

 

4.Puri, Odisha

Puri is the spiritual escape you are looking for with temples. The city is popular for the Jagannath Temple but it is also lined with beaches to give you a refreshing break.

 

How to Reach:

Air: Bhubaneswar the airport is the closest

Train: Puri has its own railway station.

Road: There is excellent road connectivity between Puri, Bhubaneswar, and Cuttack


Places to Visit:

Sri Jagannath Puri Temple

Puri Beach

Chilika Lake

Golden Beach

Gundicha temple

Sudarshan Crafts Museum

 

Things to Do: River Rafting, Hiking, Camping.

Local Food: Khicede, Dalma, Malpua, Ukhuda, Chenna Poda, Pitha.

Places to Eat: Rasoi Restaurant, Bhojohari Manna, Wildgrass Restaurant, Radhika Restaurant.

Places to Stay:  Hotel Holiday Resort, Hotel Seascape, Hotel Gandhara.

 

5.Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh

Spiti Valley in Himachal Pradesh gets decked up in October to welcome the winters. This is the best time to soothe your eyes with the views of the majestic Himalayas. The valley is also home to some of the oldest monasteries.

How To Reach:

Air: Kullu or the Bhuntar airport is the nearest airport from Spiti.

Train: Shimla railway station is the nearest.

Road: Direct buses are available from Chandigarh, Shimla, Kullu, Manali, and some other parts of North India.

Places to Visit:

Chandratal Lake

Kye Monastery

Dhankar Monastery

Dhankar Lake

Kunzum Pass

Tabo Monastery

Baralacha La

Pin Valley National Park
 

Things to Do: Sightseeing, bike ride, and camp at Chandratal, trekking, river rafting.

Local Food: Momos, Thukpa, Butter tea, Chang, Arkah.

Places to Eat: The Himalayan Cafe, Dragon Restaurant, Cafe Kunzum Top, Hotel Mehfil, Yak Cafe, Hotel Dupchen, Sol Cafe.

Places to Stay: Spiti Sojourn, Moustache Kaza, Wanderer’s Nest, Hotel Spiti Heritage, Grand Dewachen, Spiti Valley Hotel, Hotel Sakya Abode.

6.Digha, West Bengal

Digha, the lesser-known beach resort, in West Bengal is a getaway spot for people in Kolkata. Known as the ‘Brighton of the East’, Digha with its shallow sand beaches and mesmerizing views of sunrise and sunset will make for a relaxing trip.

How To Reach:

Air: Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Airport is the nearest airport.

Train: Digha Station.

Road: Regular buses are available to Digha from nearby cities

 

Places to Visit:

Digha Beach

Shankarpur Beach

Chandaneswar Shiv Temple

Udaipur Beach

Talsari Beach

MARC - Marine aquarium cum regional center

Amarabati Park

Things to Do: Visit The Marine Aquarium, Sightseeing.

Places to Eat: Aahar Restaurant, The Bite, Restaurant Bhorpet, Mahabhoj Restaurant.

Places to Stay: Le Roi Digha, Hotel Seagull, Cygnett Inn Sea View, Hotel Beach View.

 

7.Rishikesh, Uttarakhand

Rishikesh, the ‘Yoga Capital of the World’ is one of the holiest places to visit. Located at the confluence of the three Rivers- Ganga, Yamuna, and Saraswati, Rishikesh is a pilgrimage site. The Ganga Aarti that takes place at Triveni Ghat is something you need to experience. Besides its spirituality, Rishikesh is also known for its adventure sports. A trip to Rishikesh will definitely refresh your body and mind.


How to reach:

Air: Jolly Grant airport in Dehradun is the nearest.

Train: Haridwar railway station.

Road: Rishikesh is well-connected to nearby cities and has regular bus services from Delhi, Haridwar and Dehradun.

Places to Visit:

Lakshman Jhula

Ram Jhula

Triveni Ghat

The Beatles Ashram

Rishikund

Vashishta Gufa

Kunjapuri Temple

Things to do: River rafting, Bungee Jumping, experience the Ganga Aarti at Triveni Ghat.

Places to Eat: Devraj Coffee Corner, Oasis Cafe, Little Buddha Cafe, Flavors Restaurant, The Ganga View Cafe, Ramana’s Organic Cafe.

Places to Stay: The Roseate Ganges, Neemrana’s Glasshouse on the Ganges, Ganga Kinaare, Aloha on the Ganges, Swiss Cottage and Spa, Soul Haven.

 

Jaisalmer, Rajasthan:

The ‘Golden City’ of Jaisalmer is bound to give you a royal treatment with its golden-hued palaces and havelis. Jaisalmer Fort was a major plot point for Satyajit Ray’s Feluda series called ‘Sonar Killa’ which literally means the Golden Fort. Jaisalmer is usually a hot region as it is located in the Thar Desert, but October makes for a right time to visit as the cool winter breeze keeps you company.   

How to reach:

Air: The nearest airport is Jodhpur Airport.

Road: Jaisalmer is well-connected to other parts of India by roadways. Bus services are provided both by Rajasthan State Transport Corporation as well as private bus services.

Train: Jaisalmer station has rail connectivity with several cities of India. There is direct railway connectivity between Jaisalmer and Delhi.

Places to visit:

Jaisalmer Fort

Hawelis - Patwon Ki Haweli, Salim Singh Ki Haweli and Nathmal ji ki Haweli

Mandir Palace

Gadisar Lake

Tanot Mata Temple

Bada Bagh

Jaisalmer Government Museum

Desert National Park

Kuldhara

Jaisalmer War Museum

Sam Sand Dunes

Things to do: Desert safari, cultural performances, folk music, shop for local handicraft.

Local Food: Rajasthani Laal Maas, Gatte ki Sabzi, Pyaaz ki Kachori, Dal Baati Choorma, Ghotua Laddoos, Ker and sangri curry, Mirchi bhajiya, Chana Jaisalmer Ke.

Places to Eat: Dhanraj Ranmal Bhatia Sweets, Trio, Desert Boy Dhani, Golden Roof, Chandan Shree Restaurant, Cafe the Kaku.

Places To Stay: Hotel Jaisalmer Palace, Mandir Palace, Mud Mirror Guest house, Hotel Swan Haveli, Hotel Shahi Palace, Hotel Rang Mahal, Gorbandh Palace, Hotel Jaisalkot, The Gulaal, Sonaar Haveli.

 

Andaman And Nicobar:

Andaman and Nicobar Islands with its turquoise blue beaches and a slice of history will tempt you to pack your bags and head there. Besides that, you can also satisfy your adventurous side by engaging in water sports like scuba diving, snorkelling, deep sea diving, surfing, etc. You should visit Havelock Island which is one of the largest and most popular islands in Andaman and Nicobar.

How to Reach:

Air: The Port Blair Veer Savarkar Airport receives flights from cities like Kolkata, Bangalore and Chennai.

Train: There is no rail connectivity in the region.

Road: There are no bus services to Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Waterways: There are ships and cruise services from Chennai, Vishakapatnam and Kolkata.  It might take minimum 3 days to reach Port Blair.

Places to Visit:

Radhanagar Beach

Vijaynagar Beach

Havelock Island

Kalapathar Beach

Port Blair

Cellular Jail

Limestone Caves

Long Island

Wandoor Beach

Elephant Beach

Chidiya Tapu

Things to Do: Enjoy the beaches, Water sports, light and sound show at the Cellular Jail.

Local Food: Variety of Sea food.

Places to Eat: Full Moon Cafe, Bayview, Mandalay Restaurant, Anju Coco, Chand Restaurant, New Lighthouse Restaurant, Fat Martin’s, Ha-O Restaurant, Excel Restaurant.

Places To Stay: Sinclairs Bayview, Sun Ray Homes, Taj Exotica Resort and Spa, Symphony Samudra, Eco Villa Palm Beach Resort, Havelock Beach Resort, Sandyy Wavess Beach Resort.

Pachmarhi, Madhya Pradesh:

Pachmarhi, the ‘Queen of Satpura ranges’ will offer you the serenity you are looking for. Pachmarhi has something for all with its nature scenes, waterfalls and historic caves.

How To Reach:

Air: The closest airport is Bhopal airport.

Train: The closest railway station is Piparia Railway Station.

Road: Regular bus services are available to Pachmarhi.

Places to Visit:

Bee Falls

Jata Shankar Caves

Handi Khoh

Pandava Caves

Dhoopgarh

Mahadeo Hills

Satpura National Park

Apsara Vihar

Chauragarh Temple

Reechgarh

Gupt Mahadev

Bison Lodge

Things to do: Sightseeing, Trekking, Horse riding, Ziplining, hiking, cycling, etc.

Local Food: Dal Bafla, Kebabs, Bhutte ki Kees, Korma, Poha, Jalebi, Ladoos.

Places to Eat: Nandanvan Restaurant, China Bowl, Rasoi Dhawa, Pachmarhi Restaurant, Maheshwari Restaurant.

Places to Stay: MPT Karnikar Bungalow, MPT Club View, Woodland Adventure Resorts, Hotel Amaltas, Champak Bungalow, Satpura Retreat Resort, Ark Resorts.

Kutch, Gujarat:

The Rann of Kutch in Gujarat is a vibrant place with rich cultural traditions. The climate in October makes it favourable to visit Kutch and experience the riot of colours. The desert becomes all the more beautiful on a full moon night when the white sand seems to glow with its reflection.

How to reach:

Air: The nearest airport is the Bhuj Airport.

Train: Kutch Railway Station is the nearest station.

Road: Bus services are available from major cities of Gujarat.

Places to visit:

Rann of Kutch

Kutch Museum

Kutch Desert Wildlife Sanctuary

Vijaya Vilas Palace

Mandvi Beach

Aaina Mahal

Prag Mahal

Hamirsar Lake

Things to do: Camel safari, explore the palaces, shop for local handicrafts.

Local Food: Kadhi Khichdi, Dabeli, Odho, Pakwan, Mesukh, Gulab Pak, Adadiya,etc.

Places to Eat: Oshiyo Dining Lodge, Jesal Bhuj, Zorba the Budha, Noorani Mahal, Umiyaji Dining hall.

Places To Stay: Radisson Hotel, Kutir Village Resort, Hotel Mandvi Beach Resort, Hotel Centre Point , The Fern Residency Mundra, Royal Guest House.

 

Pahalgam, Jammu and Kashmir:

Pahalgam, located on the banks of Lidder River is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Kashmir. The onset of winters in October works its charm on the mighty Himalayas. Pahalgam is also known for its adventure sports that draws a lot of tourists.

How to reach:

Air: Srinagar Airport is the nearest airport.

Train: The nearest railway station is at Udhampur. However, there are limited trains to Udhampur. The major railway station is Jammu Tawi, which is connected to prominent cities of India.

Road: Pahalgam has a well- connected road network. Regular bus services are available from Srinagar, Jammu and Anantnag. You can also hire taxis or cabs from these places.

Places to Visit:

Aru Valley

Mamleshwar Temple

Betaab Valley

Sheshnag Lake

Lidder River

Chandanwari

Tulian Lake

Kolahoi Glacier

Baisaran Hills

Lolab Valley

Things to Do: Trekking, white water rafting, camping, horse riding, fishing in Lidder River and shop for Kashmiri handicrafts and woollen items.

Local Food: Rogan Josh, Goshtaba, Rista, Dum Aloo, Kabab, Matschgand, Kaanti, Modur Pulao, Muj Gaad, Nadir Yakhni, Marchawangan korma.

Places to Eat: Troutbeat, Volga Restaurant, Cafe Log Inn, Nathu’s Rasoi, Dana Paani.

Places to Stay: WelcomHotel Pine n Peak, The Pahalgam Pines, Kolahoi Green Resorts, Hotel Royal Hillton, Pahalgam Hotel, Fresh water Resort, Magic Himalayan Cottage.

 

Bir, Himachal Pradesh:

Bir located in Himachal Pradesh is the perfect place for adventure enthusiasts. It has a lot to offer with adventurous activities like Paragliding, Hiking and Trekking.

How to Reach:

Air: There is no direct flight or rail connected to the Bir. Pathankot is the nearest airport.

Train: Pathankot is the nearest railway station

Road: Regular bus services are available to reach Bir.

Places to Visit:

Sherabling Monastery

Bir Tea Factory

Gunehar Waterfalls

Chokling Monastery

Tibetan Colony

Things to do: Paragliding, Hiking, Camping, Hand Gliding, Sightseeing.

Local Food: Auraiya Kadoo, Patande, Sidu.

Places to Stay: Bir Nest, Parvatah,The Bunker Bir, Pink Park Hotel Namlang-Himal Resort.

Hampi, Karnataka:

Hampi in Karnataka is a witness to the legacy of the Vijayanagar empire. Lined with historic structures all around, this UNESCO World Heritage Site needs to be on your travel list in October.  

How To Reach:

Air: Hubli is the closest airport to Hampi. However, the closest international airport is the Bangalore Airport.

Train: Hospet Junction is the nearest railway station.

Road: Regular bus services are available to Hampi from major cities in Karnataka.

Places to Visit:

Virupaksha Temple

Vijaya Vittala Temple

Hanuman Temple

Hemakuta Hill Temple Complex

Sasivekalu Ganesha Temple

Achyutraya Temple

Archaeological Museum

Tungabhadra Dam

Lakshmi Narasimha Temple

Queen’s Bath

Daroji Bear Sanctuary

Hampi Bazaar

Matanga Hill

Things to do: Watch the sunset at Matanga Hill; take a coracle ride; shop for carved artefacts, textiles, jewellery, antique coins and other such things at Hampi Bazaar.

Local Food:  Roti/Bhakri, Badane Kaayi, Shenga/ Ellu chutney, Bele Kaalu, Saaru, Mosarubajji, Happala, Benne Tuppa.

Places to Eat: Sri Venkateshwara Restaurant, Laughing Buddha Cafe, Ravi’s Rose, Nargila Restaurant, Mango Tree Restaurant.

Places To Stay: Evolve Back, Murali’s Home Stay, Gopi Plantation Home Stay, Heritage Resort Hampi.

 

Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh:

Ziro is a picturesque town in Arunachal Pradesh with lush green fields and pine trees. It is known for its paddy cum pisciculture cultivation. You can also get a peek into the culture of the Apatani tribe that resides here. October is the right time to visit Ziro for a serene vacation amidst nature.

How to reach:

Air: The nearest airport from Ziro is in Jorhat, Assam. The nearest international airport is at Guwahati.

Train: The railway stations close to  Ziro are at Naharalagun and North Lakhimpur. Regular Intercity train from Guwahati and once a week one train from New Delhi ply to Naharalagun.

Road: State buses are available to Ziro from Itanagar, Guwahati and Lakhimpur. There is a daily night bus from Guwahati to Ziro.  One can also hire a cab to Ziro from Lakhimpur or Itanagar.

Places to Visit :

Kile Pakho

Meghna Cave Temple

Talley Valley Wildlife Sanctuary

Shiv Linga

Tarin Fish Farm

Pine Grove

Midey

Dolo Mando

 

Local Food: Bamboo-chicken, the local preparations of silkworms , Pika pila, Apong (fermented rice beer).

Places to Eat: A&C’s Kitchen, Highland Restaurant, Pine Ridge Restaurant, Moti Mahal Deluxe, DJ Restaurant.

Places to Stay: Ziro Palace Inn, Suchusi Homestay, Hotel Blue Pine, Siiro Resort, Abasa Homestay.

 

Nainital, Uttarakhand:

Nainital in Uttarakhand is a hill station that finds a place in almost everybody’s travel list. The hills provide an escape that everybody seeks, while the mesmerizing views and serene waters of the Naini Lake are like a cherry on top of it.

How to reach:

Air: The nearest airport is Pantnagar Airport.

Train: The nearest station  is Kathgodam Railway Station

Road: It is connected by road and the most preferred route is from Delhi.

Places to Visit:

Naini Lake

Naina Peak

Naina Devi Temple

Eco Cave Gardens

Governor's house

Mall road

Things to Do: Boating, Cable Car Ride, Temple visit, Sightseeing.

Local Food: Ras, Baadi, Bhatt ki Churkani, Gulgula, Bal Mithai and other dishes like Momos, Thukpa,etc.

Places to Eat: Sakley’s Restaurant, Machan, Giannis, Boat House Club, Sonam’s Momos, Capri Restaurant, Nanak’s Restaurant, Kumaon Restaurant, Sher-E-Punjab, Mouchak, Dhaba By Royal Kitchen.

Places To Stay: The Manu Maharani, Shervani Hilltop Resort, Ayar Jungle Lodges, The Lake Resort.

Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh:

Bandhavgarh National Park in Madhya Pradesh is a renowned Tiger Reserve  known for its Bengal Tigers. It is home to several rare species of flora and fauna. It was also used as a hunting ground by the Maharajas of Rewa. If you are a wildlife enthusiast, then you must visit this place in October. Also, do not miss visiting the Bandhavgarh Fort.


How to reach:

Air: Nearest airports are Khajuraho and Jabalpur.

Train: The nearest railway station is Umaria.

Road: It is easily accessible by road from nearby cities.

Places to Visit:

Bandhavgarh Hill

Bandhavgarh Fort

Shesh-Shaya

Baghel Museum

Climbers Point

Bari Gufa

Jwalamukhi Temple


Things to Do: Jeep Safari, Elephant Safari, Visit the Bandhavgarh Fort.

Places to Eat: Citrus Cafe, Malaya Cafe, Orchid Restaurant.

Places to Stay: Taj Mahua Kothi, Syna Tiger Resort, Bandhav Vilas, Tree House Hideaway, Kings Lodge, Nature Heritage, Tiger Trails, Mogli Jungle Resort.

 

Mysore, Karnataka:

A trip to Mysore in Karnataka, is like stepping back in time to experience history. It is a reminder of the rule of Wodeyars and later on that of Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan. The Mysore Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site is a fine example of intricate architecture and royal legacy. October is the best time to visit as the city is decked up to celebrate Dussehra. This is one experience that needs to be a part of your bucket list.

How to reach:

Air: Bangalore International Airport is the nearest airport to Mysore.

Train: Mysore Railway Station.

Road: Mysore is accessible by road via KSRTC buses or private taxi, within 3 hours from Bangalore.

Places to visit: 

Mysore Palace

Mysore Railway Museum

Jagmohan Palace

St. Philomena’s Church

Mysore Zoo

Chamundeshwari Temple

Srirangapatna

Brindavan Gardens

Things to Do: Explore the Mysore Palace, shop for  the sandalwood and Mysore silk.

Local Food:  Mysore Pak, Idli, Dosa, Kesari Bath, Bisi Bele Bath, Payasam, Poori Saagu, Shavige Bath.

Places to Eat: Vinayak Mylari, Hotel RRR, Tiger Trail, Mahesh Prasad, Café Aramane, Gufha Restaurant.

Places to Stay: Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Mysore, The Quorum, Lalitha Mahal Palace Hotel, Laika Heritage Stay, The Windflower Resorts and Spa.

 

Kolkata, West Bengal:

Kolkata in October means Durga Pooja and there can be no better time to visit than this. The city comes alive with vibrant colours, rituals and traditions as it welcomes Maa Durga. Kolkata is also full of history, art, culture which is visible through its museums  and historical buildings.

How to reach:

Air: Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport.

Train: Howrah Junction Railway Station.

Road: Kolkata is well connected by road to nearby cities.

Places to visit:

Victoria Memorial

Howrah Bridge

Fort William

Jorasanko Thakur Bari

Indian Museum

Dakshineshwar Kali Temple

Shantiniketan

St. Paul’s Cathedral

Eden Gardens

Mother Teresa House

Things to Do: Take a Tram Ride, visit College Street, try the local cuisine and Bengali sweets.

Local Food: Macher Jhol, Puchka, Kosha Mangsho, Aloo Posto, Bengali sweets like Rasgulla, Chamcham, Rasmalai, Sondesh, Payesh, Mishti Doi.

Places to Eat: Bhojohari Manna, 6 Ballygunge Place, Oh! Calcutta, Kewpies, KC Das, Arsalan Restaurant, Flurys.

Places to Stay: The Oberoi Grand, Anupama Hospitality, Calcutta Bungalow, The Westin Kolkata, Lemon Tree Premier.

 

Agra, Uttar Pradesh:

A trip to India is incomplete without visiting Agra that houses the Taj Mahal. Taj Mahal being one of the Seven Wonders of the World is a major attraction, but Agra also has other remnants of Mughal history. Agra draws a large number of tourists throughout the year but October is a right time to visit due to the favourable climate.

How To Reach:

Air: Kheria Airport connects Agra with other cities.

Train: Agra has a good rail connectivity.

Road: Agra is well-connected by road to nearby cities.

Places to Visit:

Taj Mahal

Agra Fort

Itimad- ud- daula’s Tomb

Fatehpur Sikri

Akbar’s Tomb

Jama Masjid

Chini ka Rauza

Taj Museum

Wildlife SOS

Things to do: Visit the historical monuments, Bird watching, take a trip to Fatehpur Sikri, shop for local marble and leather products at Sadar Bazar or Kinaari Bazaar.

Local Food: Bedai, Petha, Jalebi, Dalmoth, Bhalla.

Places to Eat: Espahan, Shankara Vegis Restaurant, Dasaprakash, Agra Chaat House, Peshawri, Jhankar.

Places to Stay: The Oberoi Amarvilas Agra, The Coral Tree, Ramada Plaza, Parador.

 

Ranthambore, Rajasthan:

Ranthambore is known for being one of the largest  Tiger Reserve in India. It is a part of Project Tiger reserves set up by the Government of India. A Jeep safari will allow you to spot a tiger along with several other wildlife species. Ranthambore also houses other historic structures like the Ranthambore Fort, Padam Talao,etc.

How to Reach:

Air: Jaipur International Airport

Train: Sawai Madhopur is the nearest railway station.

Road: Ranthambore is well connected to nearby places via road.


Places to Visit:

Ranthambore National Park

Ranthambore Fort

Ranthambore Tiger Reserve

Padam Talab

Jogi Mahal

Raj Bagh Ruins

Ranthambore School of Art

Things to do: Jungle Safari, Hiking, Birdwatching, shop at Village Women Craft.

Places to Eat: Kanha’s Restaurant, The Food Court Restaurant, Shree Ram Hotel, Manisha Restaurant.

Places to Stay: The Oberoi Vanyavilas Resort, Sawai Madhopur, Nahargarh Ranthambhore, Ranthambore Heritage Haveli, Fateh’s Retreat.

 

Shimla, Himachal Pradesh:  

Shimla with its scenic backdrop of the hills is an escape into bliss. Although it was the summer capital of the British , it makes for a good place to visit in October. The winters would be kicking in at this time and you can enjoy the weather as you walk along the colonial buildings.

How To Reach:

Air: Jubbarhatti Airport in Shimla.

Train: The nearest major station is in Kalka, from where there is a toy train to Shimla which is a narrow gauge railway station.

Road: Shimla has great accessibility via road with nearby cities.

Places to Visit:

The Ridge

Jakhoo temple

Visceral Lodge

Christ Church

State Museum

The Scandal Point

Kalibari Temple

Himalayan Bird Park

Kufri

Naldehra

Things to Do: Visit the iconic Mall road, Toy train ride, visit to Christ Church, indulge in delicious snacks and shop for items like shawls, woollen clothes, etc.

Places to Eat: Ashiana and Goofa, Cafe Sol, Cecil Restaurant, Wake & Bake, Indian Coffee House, Himachali Rasoi, Cafe Simla Times.

Places to Stay: The Oberoi Cecil, Radisson Jass Hotel, Snow Valley Resorts,  Woodville Palace Hotel.

 

Varkala, Kerala:

Varkala in Kerala is an offbeat destination you are looking for with pristine beaches, serene coastline, lighthouses, forts and lakes. It is known for its hippie culture and is a favourite amongst tourists seeking a retreat. If you want to skip the popular option- Goa and have a rejuvenating vacation, then this is the place to head to.

How To Reach:

Air: The nearest airport to Varkala is in Thiruvananthapuram

Train: Varkala Railway Station.

Road: Regular bus services are available to Varkala from Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi and other nearby places.

Places to Visit:

Varkala Beach

Varkala Lighthouse

Sivagiri Mutt

Edava Beach

Anjengo Fort

Thiruvambadi Beach

Ponnumthuruthu

Janardhanaswamy Temple 

Varkala Cliff

Kilimanoor Palace

Kappil Lake

Varkala Aquarium


Things to Do: Water Sports, Sightseeing, visit the Varkala Culture Centre, shopping.

Places to Eat: Cafe Del Mar, God’s Own Country Kitchen, Coffee Temple, Bait & Hook, Darjeeling Cafe.

Places to Stay: InDa Hotel, Maadathil Cottages, Hindustan Beach Retreat, Miracle by the Bay.

 

Ganpatipule, Maharashtra:

Ganpatipule is a small town in the Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra. It is not very popular and hence makes for a great escape. It is blessed by beaches with white sand, lighthouse, temples and makes for a peaceful vacation.  The village is famous for its 400-year-old Ganesha temple. The climate in October is apt for you to enjoy the beauty of this hidden treasure.


How To Reach:

Air: Mumbai and Pune Airports are the closest.

Train: Ratnagiri is the nearest railway station.

Road: There are a number of public and private buses that operate between Ganapatipule and other nearby cities.

Places to Visit:

Ganpatipule Beach

Prachin Konkan Museum

Malgund Beach

Swayambhu Ganpati Temple

Kavi Keshavsoot Smarak

 

Things to Do: Visit the Beaches, Water sports, Sightseeing.

Local Food: Must try the Konkani Cuisine. Some popular dishes are Fish curry, Kokam curry, Ambapoli, Phanaspoli, etc.

Places to Eat: Mehendales Swaad Dining, Bhau Joshi Bhojnalay, Aditya Khanawal, MK’s Khau Katta, Konkan Spice.

Places to Stay: Madachya Banat, MTDC Resort, Blue Ocean Resort and Spa, Beach Front Villas.

 

Nalanda, Bihar:

Nalanda is a remnant of our glorious past as it houses the ruins of one of the oldest residential universities- Nalanda University. It is an important seat of academic knowledge, history, Buddhism and culture.  If you are a history enthusiast, then this place cannot be skipped.


How To Reach:

Air: Patna Airport is the nearest.

Train: Gaya is the major railway station close to Nalanda.

Road: Nalanda is well connected to nearby places like Patna, Rajgir, Gaya, etc.

Places to Visit:

Nalanda University

Hiuen Tsang Memorial Hall 

Surya Mandir

Nalanda Archaeological Museum

The Great Stupa

Nav Nalanda Mahavihara

Venu Van

Saptaparni Cave


Things to Do: Visit Nalanda Ruins, Archaeological Museum, Sightseeing.

Local Food: Litti Chokha, Kachori, Aalu Kachaalu, Bhooja, Ghughni Choora, Khaja.

Places to Eat: Suraj Restaurant, Bhaji Restaurant, Elite Family Restaurant.

Places to Stay: Nalanda Guest House, Indo Hokke Hotel, Hotel Nalanda Regency.

 

Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir:

Srinagar, the capital of Jammu and Kashmir is the best place to visit in October. It lies on the banks of Jhelum River and is a picturesque location. The perfect location, serene waters of Dal Lake and a stroll through Mughal gardens will make for a memorable trip. A shikara ride on the Dal Lake is an experience not to be missed. 

How to reach:

Air: Srinagar Airport.

Train: Jammu Tawi is the nearest railway station.

Road: Srinagar is connected by road to cities like Chandigarh, Gulmarg, Delhi and Pahalgam.

 

Places to Visit: 

Dal Lake

Shalimar Bagh

Pari Mahal

Hazratbal Shrine

Nishat Bagh

Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden

Shankaracharya Temple 

Jamia Masjid

Chinar Park

Hari Parbat

 

Things to Do: Take a shikara ride, Sightseeing, shop for local handicrafts and woollen  items.

Local Food: Tabak maz, Gushtaba, Rista, Yakhni, Roganjosh, Dum Aloo, Kashmiri Kahwa.

Places to Eat: Mughal Darbar, Stream Restaurant, Lhasa Restaurant, Shamyana Restaurant, Ahdoos Restaurant.

Places to Stay: Vivanta Dal View, Walisons Hotel, Hotel Kashmir Inn, Taj Palace Houseboat, Island Hotel, Jannat Guest House.

 

Lakshadweep:

Lakshadweep Islands is home to some of the most exotic beaches and islands. It will provide you the solace that you are looking for. You can also let out your adventurous side by taking part in water sports like sailing, kayaking, snorkelling, scuba diving, etc.

How To Reach:

The best way to reach Lakshadweep is through air travel. The nearest airport is in Agatti which has regular flights operating from Cochin, Bangalore.

Places to Visit:

Kadmat Island

Minicoy Island

Andrott Island

Marine Museum

Agatti Island

Bangaram Island

Kavaratti

 

Things to do: Snorkelling, scuba diving, deep sea fishing, and kayaking.

Places to Stay: Bangaram Island Resort, Kasim’s Beach Villa, Agatti Beach Resort, Kadmat Island Beach Resort.

 

Lachen, Sikkim:

Lachen, a quaint village in Sikkim is home to the Sikkimese-Bhutia community. It is known for its splendid views of snow-capped hills, lush vegetation and mesmerizing valleys that will make you fall in love with nature. Lachen is also popular for the Lachen Monastery. The cool weather of October will make it a fulfilling trip.  

How To Reach:

Air: The nearest airport is Bagdogra Airport.

Train: The nearest railway station to Lachen is New Jalpaiguri.

Road: Lachen is connected to all the major cities of Sikkim. Regular bus services are available to Lachen.

 

Places to Visit:

Lachen Monastery

Gurudongmar Lake

Thangu Valley

Tso Lhamo Lake

Chungthang

Chopta Valley


Things to Do: Visit The Tso Lhamo Lake , explore the valleys, shop for local handicrafts.

Local Food: Thukpa, Momos, Phagshapa, Sha Phaley.

Places to Eat: Ingredient Restaurant &  Bar.

Places to Stay: Apple Orchard Resort, Rufina Blue Pine Hotel, Summit Alpine Resort, Delight Royal Lachen.

Majuli Island, Assam:

Majuli Island in the Brahmaputra river is the world’s largest river island. It is a remote place and not so popular which makes for a perfect solitary retreat. The island is inhabited by the tribals and you can witness a unique culture.

 

How To Reach:

Air: Jorhat is the nearest airport.

Ferry: As Majuli is an island, this is the only mode of transport. Ferries ply regularly from Jorhat to  Majuli.

Places to Visit:

Dakhinpat Satra

Garmur

Kamalabari Satra

Auniati Satra

Tengapania


Things to Do: Sightseeing, Nature Photography, Bird watching.

Local Food: Assamese cuisine.

Places to Eat:  La Maison de Ananda, Pulu Restaurant, Ural Restaurant.

Places to Stay: Dekasang Majuli, La Lolat Eco Camp, Majuli Pushpa Bilash, Risong Guest House,Enchanting Majuli, Siang the Island Resort.

 

Rajgir, Bihar:

Rajgir literally means ‘the House of the Kings’ and has been witness to a rich period of history. It was the first capital of the great Mauryan empire and has seen the rule of several kings. Rajgir has links to both Buddhism and Jainism as it is said that Lord Buddha and Lord Mahavir spent their time here meditating. You can experience spirituality through ancient ruins and temples.

How To Reach:

Air: Patna is the nearest airport.

Train: Rajgir has its own railway station.

Road: Regular buses operate from Gaya, Patna, Nalanda, and other nearby cities to Rajgir.

 

Places to Visit:

Vishwa Shanti Stupa

Ajatshatru Fort

Venu Vana

Swarn Bhandar

Gridhakuta

Makhdum Kund

Hot Springs

 

Things To Do: Visit the Stupa, Sightseeing.

Places to Eat: Gurunanak Cafeteria, Boon Lite Hotel, Lotus Restaurant, Green Hotel.

Places to Stay: The Rajgir Residency Hotel, Gargee Gautam Vihar Resort, Indo Hokke Hotel.

 

 

 

 

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