October is the beginning of the festive season when most places in India have some or the other celebration or event lined up. It is also a good month to travel to places just before the peak tourist season begins and things start getting overly expensive. October is the right season before extreme winter sets in and the monsoon is also over. So pack your bags, book your tickets and leave for a memorable trip right away.
Also called Alleppey, Alappuzha is one of the most beautiful vacation destinations in India. It is in the state of Kerala and is known for its backwaters and called the ‘Venice of the East’. October is a decent time to visit Kerala as November onwards the peak season begins and can get extremely crowded.
One of the lesser-explored and underrated tourist destinations of the country, Shillong in the northeast should be on your list this October. It is the capital of Meghalaya and home to some of the most beautiful sites in the world. Surrounded by hills with waterfalls breaking out, it makes for a lovely escape. Find your peace and quiet this time at India’s hidden gem which is also called the ‘Scotland of the East’.
Fondly called the ‘Lake District of India’ Nainital is a beautiful hill station that revolves around Lake Naini and offers majestic vistas of the hills surrounding it. The hill station is quite popular among honeymooners as well as families who come here during their vacations to enjoy its natural beauty. October is the last of the touristy months before heavy winter begins. It is the perfect to enjoy the pleasant weather before it gets too cold.
The lesser-explored island of Lakshadweep is one of the best places to visit in India. The season starts from October and ends in April. The climate during this time is favourable and makes it comfortable for tourists to explore the beauty of this place. In total, there are about 36 islands in Lakshadweep of which 10 are inhibited. These islands are perfect for scuba-diving as you can see its colorful coral reefs or just relaxing on the beach. Many water sport activities are also offered in Lakshadweep. Note that you require a permit to visit Lakshadweep and you can download and fill the application available online. Once permission has been granted, you can visit a few of the islands here.
5. Parvati Valley
The Parvati River enters the Beas just above Bhuntar and its ethereally beautiful valley stretches back up to the hot springs at Manikaran and beyond. The valley has a well-deserved reputation for its wild and cultivated crops of charas, and a couple of villages along the river have been transformed into hippie/backpacker hangouts. They offer cheap accommodation, international food and nonstop music to crowds of dreadlocked and pierced travellers. There are some excellent treks in the area, including over the Chandrakani Pass to/from Naggar, or the Pin-Parvati Pass to/from Spiti. For safety reasons, solo trekking is not recommended.
Having said all that, it’s time i go and pack my bags. Time to get lost in the jungle. Peace!