If you've been planning to take a trip with your family for a long time, this is your sign to plan it around the Diwali holidays, falling in October. Consider this your guide to figure out where you can go this time as we curate a list of the best places to check out. With insider tips and hotel recommendations, we hope this motivates you to book that trip you've been awaiting!
A Guide For Places To Visit In October:
If history fascinates you, Delhi should definitely be on your list of places to consider travelling to in October. The majority of the corners in Delhi offer some History to the tourists, and its gorgeous monuments with magnificent architecture are unmissable! From Humayun's Tomb to Purana Qila, you must spend a day wandering around these historical places. You might have heard the talks of Delhi's delicious chaats and momos, which are a must-try if you love street food. If you wish to bask in the winter sun of Delhi and sit in silence with the birds chirping and some beautiful views, Sunder Nursery is where you should go to experience this bliss. Take a day to travel to Agra and visit the well-known Taj Mahal, a beauty you won't regret checking out!
Tip: In October, you can experience the Ananya Dance Festival, which uses the Purana Qila as its backdrop.
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Known as the City of Joy, Kolkata is another city consisting of historical gems from the British Raj-era, filled with gardens and heritage establishments like colleges, universities, theatre halls, and more. Considered as the cultural capital of India, it is also one of the cities with racing tracks for people to experience, apart from Mumbai and Bangalore, with Central Kolkata's Royal Calcutta Turf Club. Transcend yourself into the olden streets with a drive around Colonial Kolkata, starting from Babu's Ghat all the way to Victoria Memorial Hall. The other sights to check out are the flower market early morning under Howrah bridge, the museums and Kolkata Zoo.
Tip: Don't miss out on South Park Street Cemetry, St. Paul's Cathedral, Victoria Memorial Hall, and Indian Museum- one of the oldest and largest ones in Asia.
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An emerging cosmopolitan city consisting of buzzing streets, malls, and skyscrapers, Kochi, aka Cochin, also has deep roots in history, the region oozing old-world charm. The main centre is Fort Cochin and Mattancherry, with its twin city— Ernakulam, where luxury boutiques thrive, lies across the water to the east. To properly explore Kochi, it's better to take a walk around the main spots, the best days being Sunday through Thursday, with the option of hiring a rickshaw or renting a cycle available if it gets too tiring. The walk started from Mattancherry Jetty, continued to Dutch Palace, Paradesi Synagogue, Kerela Kathakali Centre, St. Francis Church, exploring the Chinese fishing nets, and ending the day with a sunset boat ride at Fort Cochin Jetty. When in Kerela, you must experience boating through their backwaters, watching other boats deliver goods and youngsters splashing in the water.
Tip: Along Kerela's Coast, don't miss out on indulging in seafood if you're non-vegetarian, with karimeen and their traditional fish curry being a must-try.
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Located in isolation to the east of India, in the Bay of Bengal, Andaman islands feature dense, damp, and rain-fed evergreen forests with ample sorts of exotic flora and fauna. Best to travel from Kolkata, the islands are a great escape, with gorgeous beaches, must-try water adventures, and underwater sightseeing of the coral reefs. On the island, the capital— Port Blair, has many places to visit, like the Cellular Jail National Memorial, Samudrika Marine Museum, and Mount Harriet National Park, to name a few. There are several beaches close to Port Blair, Corbyn's Cove being the nearest besides Jolly Buoy and Red Skin islands, where you can explore the reefs, which you can reach by taking a boat from Wandoor village or by car. The other stunning islands are Havelock Island, Long Island, Neil Island, besides North and South Cinque Islands.
Tip: Only if you have time and willing to spend three nights aboard, travel by ship; otherwise, the best way to travel here is from Chennai or Kolkata.
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Known as the Queen of the Hills, Mussorie is a great place to get away from the hustle of a city, surrounding yourself with serenity and beauty. Featuring lush green hills, flora and fauna, one can catch hold of the rare natural phenomenon— Winterline, a false horizon formed at dusk and visible only from certain mountainous parts of the world, occurring between October and February here. If you even have a single adventurous bone, you must experience the Har Ki Dun trek, requiring four days, starting from Mussoorie. For the first day, drive or take a bus via Netwar to Purola, continuing the next day by road to Sankri and trek to Taluka. On day three, hike beside the Tons River to Osla, going to Har Ki Dun on the last day, an excellent base for trekking. Other unmissable sights are the Childer's Lodge above Landour, with a walkout to the Tchenchen Choling monastery and its gardens.
Tip: If you plan to trek, arrive earlier to adapt to the altitude at the trek's starting point.
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