Are you someone who is in constant need to explore new places?
If yes, then you would have travelled to almost every prominent place in India by now. However, October could be one season, which is prime for tourism in the country. The landscapes of Indian regions change along with a nip in the air, turning the weather pleasant and enjoyable. Further, it is also considered to be an off-season as most families prefer to travel with children during their summer vacays.
The state of Arunachal Pradesh enjoys music festival in September and then the entire place goes back to its calm and serenity. Ziro is one of the famous tourist spots in Arunachal Pradesh. The month of October provides a pleasing climate, which turns the place into nothing less than a paradise. Paddy fields are ready for a harvest, birds hovering above you inviting photographers and travellers to de-stress with nature.
Mawlynnong in Meghalaya is one of the must visit offbeat places in India. This place has been awarded as the ‘cleanest village’ in Asia in 2003. Blessed with its charm, the eco-friendly village community will teach you some exciting lessons of life. The place refreshes your senses with the scenic beauty it has to offer. Waterfalls, caves and Living Roots Bridge are some of the must visit places while you travel around Mawlynnong. The bridges here are truly a wonder, created out of the roots of the trees.
3. Talasari Beach
Odisha is one state, which is most under promoted for its beauty. Almost a secret, as it is very less frequented, the Talasari beach is one of those offbeat places vacations are unforgettable memories. While calm and peaceful shores, Talasari fascinates tourists with its backwaters, which one needs to cross to reach the sea. Though the destination enjoys a tropical weather all year round, October, just after the monsoons, makes it a popular destination for those looking for solitude. The attractive magnetism is something you cherish during your stay. The estuary of the Subarnarekha River is seen at a distance which further enhances its beauty. Although there are very few tourist facilities around this place, it is surely worth an explore.
A historic spot in Karnataka, which is famous for ruins of ancient temples, statues and others. The whole place can be scaled within a day, something similar to Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh. The month of October is the end of rainy season and the receding rains make the place look livelier. The sculptures look clean as if they have just had a bath in the rains for several days. The rich color of the ruins will take you down a vintage memory, making the place more photogenic without filters during the month of October. When in Hampi, just explore the place walking around.
2. Chembra Peak
An exciting trekking trip, the Chembra Peak in Kerala is one of the best offbeat destinations in India. Located in the Wayanad district, at 6,900 ft in the lush lap of misty Western Ghats, the peak is popular for adventure enthusiast trekkers and nature lovers. However, it is mandatory to get permission passes from the Forest Department to get to the peak. Safety of trekkers and preservation of wildlife is prime in the region. You will pass a heart shaped lake locally named Hridaya Saras en-route to the peak that will enchant beyond words. From the peak you can enjoy wide-ranging panoramic views do the surroundings.
Gokarna is one of the many beautiful beach towns and surely a secret unexplored offbeat gem of South India. Famous for its pristine, virgin beaches, Gokarna is a temple town primarily, with a slow and relaxed atmosphere, which makes for a very pleasurable offbeat holiday. Away from social gatherings of a city life, the shores of the Karnataka town is drenched is beach bliss. You can hire a motorbike, explore the town or just pay a visit to the ancient temples. Don’t miss watching the golden rays of the sunrise and sunset. Enjoy some great food, great music and interesting people around.
Varanasi, is not an offbeat location but surely one of the oldest inhabited city that is still in use in the world. The city, also referred to as the city of temples is famous for its iconic Ganga Aarti ceremony that takes place during each evening.
October marks the beginning of several Hindu festivals and you can explore numerous unique rituals in the city during this time. Boat cruise, a nearby visit to Sarnath and other activities are very common in this city. You must visit the Ghats when in Varanasi. The backdrop of the ancient town is simply mesmerizing. A walk along the riverside will acquaint you with people and practices of various kinds.
2. Bir Billing
Heard this name before? Bir Billing of Himachal Pradesh is the best spot for activities to enjoy in October. You can engage in paragliding, trekking, camping, hand gliding, nature walk and others. Other favourite spots for visit during this time are Bir Tea Factory, Sherabling monastery, Tibetan colony and others. Since the winter has not kicked in, most of the adventure activities are open and all trails will be unguarded for trekkers. If you love photography, professional or amateur, do visit the seminomadic village for capturing some of the best activities during this month.
One of the newest addition to India’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Patan in Gujarat, make for a lovely offbeat holiday place to travel to. The city of Patan dates back to 745 AD and was the former capital of the Chandva Rulers. The entire place is dotted with lovely temples, lakes, and beautiful step walls, Ran Ki Vav being the most prominent one. The stunning city was built in the 11th century and its grand step-well of Maru-Gurjara architectural style is designed as an inverted temple as obeisance to life-giving water. Patan is also famous for its Patola sarees, one of the finest hand-made textiles in the world.
3. Kalavantin Durg
This tourist spot in situated between the plateaus of Panvel and dense forests of Matheran in Maharashtra. It is a fort that is rumoured to be one of the most dangerous to get across and conquer. Built during the Bahmnai Sultanate, the fortress was guarded by nature itself. The rock cut stairs lead up to the top, allowing trekkers with a memory of a lifetime. Given a clear day, one can experience viewing sights as far as the city of Mumbai.