By OneCard | August 22, 2023
As the end of year approaches, many people look forward to utilising their pending leaves which may get lapsed in December. If you too haven’t fully utilised your leaves yet, October can be a great time to do so! And with Dussehra falling on a Tuesday, you can get yourself a 9 day vacation by applying for just 4 days of leaves.
So here are some ideas to get you started with the vacation you deserve 😉
Start your week-long adventure by visiting the queen of hill stations, Shimla. Visit the famous Mall Road, Christ Church, and the Ridge to get an immersive experience of the colonial architecture and stunning panoramic views. You can also visit nearby places such as Kufri, Solan, Chail, and Kausauli. After enjoying the scenic beauty of Shimla, head to Manali for a blend of adventure and panoramic views of the Himalayas. Rohtang Pass, Solang Valley, and Old Manali’s alleys provide a diverse range of experiences amidst the Himalayan landscapes.
Right from palaces and forts to museums and lakes, all the attractive spots in Rajasthan are best experienced in cooler weather, which begins to set in, in the month of October. You can kick off your Rajasthan expedition in Jaipur, the Pink City. Explore the Amer Fort, City Palace, and Hawa Mahal. Stroll through Johari Bazaar to explore traditional Rajasthani handicrafts. For a more relaxed atmosphere, head to Udaipur. Discover the majestic City Palace and take a boat ride on Lake Pichola.
Experience the blend of nature and spirituality in Rishikesh. Attend the Ganga Aarti, indulge in some yoga classes, take a white-water rafting trip, or simply enjoy the view of the majestic Ganges from the banks. If you’ve always dreamed of holidaying in a cosy town nestled in the Himalayan foothills, then you will also love Mussoorie. Experience breathtaking views from Gun Hill, drive to Lal Tibba, and enjoy the history and heritage of Landour Bazar and Library Bazar.
The post-monsoon weather is perfect in Goa, with slightly warmer but comfortable temperatures. The abundant rains make everything around lush and green, adding to the allure of Goa. Since the peak season starts close to November, you would also be able to skip the jammed roads and beaches. If you are both a party animal and a nature lover, visit the famous beaches of North Goa, such as Baga, Calangute, and Anjuna. If you want a serene and more laid-back atmosphere, head to South Goa. You can visit beaches like Palolem, Colva, Benaulim, and more, or simply relax in your hotel.
Like in the case of Goa, as the monsoon season comes to an end, Kerala’s weather becomes pleasant, making October an ideal time to visit. You can start your trip in Kochi, where you can spend a day or two immersing yourself in the fusion of cultures. Explore the warmth of Fort Kochi, visit the heritage sites of St. Francis Church, Paradesi Synagogue, Chinese fishing nets, and more! You can also buy handicrafts, spices, and souvenirs to take back home. After Kochi, head on to relax amidst the beautiful tea estates in Munnar and stay there for a day or two. If you have a little more time for your vacation, you can also go to Alleppey to enjoy the serenity of Kerala’s backwaters.
The list of places mentioned above is not exhaustive. After all, from the rugged Himalayas to the sunny beaches, from spiritual awakenings to cultural delights, India has something for all kinds of travellers.
Since October is one of the most popular travel seasons in India, it is wiser to make your travel bookings in advance. After all, you don’t want to be paying a higher price and dealing with last minute surprises.
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