As the weather turns mild and pleasant nationwide in October and stays that way through the end of March, it marks the beginning of India’s official tourist season. Beginning this month, vacationers flock with their families and friends to the nation’s top tourist attractions. If you have similar intentions, we advise you to review our list of the top destinations to go in October and adjust your travel schedule accordingly:
One of the Seven Wonders of the International, the Taj Mahal, is located in Agra, which lies on the Yamuna River’s banks. This has made Agra a popular destination for world travellers. It is impossible to fully capture the magnificence of this monument in words; one can only see it firsthand. The month of October offers the perfect weather for exploring this beautiful piece of architecture and other amazing Mughal buildings scattered across the city.
Places to visit in Agra: Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Mehtab Bagh, Jama Masjid, Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah, Chini-ka-Rauza and Akbar’s Tomb.
For Kolkata residents, October is perhaps the month they look forward to the most since it is when “Durga Pujo” celebrations take centre stage. Everyone is joyful and has a glitter in their eyes as they prepare to receive their beloved deity, Goddess Durga. The celebrations last for almost a week, and during that time, the entire city comes to life as families visit Maa Durga in her lavishly decked Puja pandals to seek her blessings. To experience this magnificent festival, visit Kolkata in October. You will not be disappointed!
Places to visit in Kolkata: Victoria Memorial, Kalighat, Nicco Park, Alipore Zoo, Dakshineswar Temple, Kalighat Kali Temple, Indian Museum, Eco Park Princep Ghat and Belur Math.
The ideal time to visit Rishikesh is in October if you want to go sightseeing and go on an adventure. Laxman Jhula and Ram Jhula are two well-known temples and ghats in the holy city of Rishikesh. White river rafting, bungee jumping, zip lining, and camping along the banks of the raging River Ganga are all available at Rishikesh, which is known as the Yoga Capital of India. Places to visit in Rishikesh: Laxman Jhula, Ram Jhula, Neelkanth Mahadev Temple, Neer Garh Waterfall, Triveni Ghat, Rishi Kund, Beatles Ashram and Swarg Ashram.
Hampi in Karnataka, which was originally the capital of the former Vijaynagar Kingdom, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is renowned for its massive building ruins, temples, and monuments. These ancient buildings’ Hindu architectural design is interesting to see, especially at the Virupaksha Temple, which honours the kingdom’s patron god. If you enjoy seeing old structures and would like some peace and quiet, consider taking a trip to this city. Places to visit in Hampi: Vijaya Vittala Temple, Sri Virupaksha Temple, Hemakuta Hill Temple Complex, Hanuman Temple, Lakshmi Narasimha Temple, Riverside Ruins and Queen’s Bath.
One of India’s picturesque hill towns is Pachmarhi, also known as the “Satpura ki Rani” and located in the state of Madhya Pradesh. The Pandavas supposedly resided in the Pachmarhi hills during their exile. This picturesque area was first found in 1857 by a British commander by the name of Captain James Forsyth, and ever since, it has captured the attention of every ardent visitor to Madhya Pradesh. The Pachmarhi Hills provide the opportunity to explore the legendary Pandava caves, pay a visit to several highly regarded local temples, and engage in adventure activities, for which the region has become known in recent years. Places to visit in Pachmarhi: Jata Shankar Caves, Pandava Caves, Rajat Prapat Waterfall, Handi Khoh, Dhoopgarh, Mahadeo Hills, Chhota Mahadeo, Chauragarh Temple.
The most popular locations for adventure sports in the nation are undoubtedly Bir Billing. As the host of the World Paragliding Championship, which is typically held in the month of October, this little town in Himachal Pradesh has cemented its reputation on the global stage. People swarm to this little town during this month since this is the time of year when the weather is ideal for paragliding and other adventure sports. Bir is well known for being a significant centre for meditation and spiritual studies in addition this, with a sizable Tibetan population. Places to visit in Bir Billing: Bir Tea Factory, Sherab Ling Monastery, Deer Park Institute, Chokling Monastery, Drukpa Kagyu Monastery and Bajinath Temple.
Mysore – the City of Palaces – is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Southern India. There are some amazing attractions to visit in the city, but the most prominent among them is Mysore Palace – a must-visit, especially during October when the Dusshera Festival is celebrated here in the grandest manner and is attended by thousands of devotees. While you are in Mysore, make sure to shop for sandalwood products and silk sarees; two things that have made Mysore even more famous. Places to visit in Mysore: Mysore Palace, Chamundi Hills, Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens, Sri Chamundeshwari Temple, Karanji Lake, St. Philomena’s Cathedral, Jaganmohan Palace and Lalitha Mahal