Aaaah October! The month when winter takes its first baby steps in India. The month that brings a pleasant nip in the air. Guys, October is a month that just compels us to leave the daily hustle and bustle of life and wander into the welcoming arms of nature.
We bring you some of the best places to visit in India this October.
Bir Billing, Himachal Pradesh
Renowned for its ecotourism, this beautiful valley in the Kangra district is perfect for adventure sports. The paragliding hub of India, Bir Billing is also known for its mountain biking trails. If an adrenaline rush is not your thing, you can choose to trek here while enjoying panoramic views of the hills. If that is also too much activity for you, just meditate in one of the serene Tibetan monasteries dotted around the landscape.
The desert heartland of India, Jaisalmer offers you a unique experience that can rarely be replicated anywhere else in our country. Jaisalmer enjoys particularly pleasant weather in October. Soak in the rich culture at the famous Jaisalmer Fort, take a camel or jeep safari through the desert, enjoy a night camp with mesmerizing music and dance performances, go dune bashing on a quad-bike – your options are unlimited.
October is arguably the best time to visit Hampi. Temperatures begin to drop with the days becoming sunny and the nights becoming chilly. The famous ruins here are a world heritage site and truly worth seeing. History lovers and architecture connoisseurs can go gaga over its beautiful temples and ancient monuments. There is a bit of adventure to be had too with treks and mountain climbing in the Anjayena hill.
In October, this scenic hill station sees the rainfall stop as the weather starts to get chilly. Perfect for winter lovers, Shillong is steeped in natural beauty and rich tribal culture. Once here, you can choose to explore the longest cave system in India in the Jaintia hills. Or how about visiting the cleanest village in Asia at Mawlynnong? Better still, take in the raw beauty of the Elephant Falls. Trust us, you will be spoilt for choice here.
The Andaman Islands, Andaman and Nicobar
Though a good option to visit any time of the year, what makes these islands better in October is the end of the rainy season. The lagoons are brimming with water and the weather is perfect for all kinds of water sports. You can go scuba diving and snorkeling to explore the underwater ecosystem, or just ride a boat or jet ski instead. Follow it up with a relaxing stretch at one of the pristine beaches while gorging on some sumptuous seafood.
Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh
There is a certain magic to the alluring view of wild animals in their natural habitats. The Bandhavgarh National Park houses some amazing flora and fauna in all its biodiverse glory. Take a safari through the forested valleys and if you’re lucky, you’ll spot the elusive white tiger. Even if you don’t, you won’t be disheartened because of other animals you are bound to come across including deer, wild boars, hyenas and honey badgers.
Rishikesh rounds our list of places to visit in October for various reasons. First, it is an absolute paradise for adventure junkies with the best white water rapids for river-rafting, the highest bungee jumping in India and tons of other adventure sports. Second, you can connect your mind, body and soul in one of the numerous yoga camps here. Finally, if you want to delve into your religious side, attend the Ganga Aarti after taking a dip in the holy river to wash away your sins.
So, what are you waiting for, guys? Pack your bags, take your pick and create some magical moments this October!