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The colourful foliage and the mild rustle of leaves underfoot announce the arrival of autumn in India. Occurring mainly during the months of September and October, the autumn season in the country brings vibrant and warm shades of orange and yellow to nature. As the weather takes on a pleasant feel and the festivals and celebrations continue in full swing, the autumn season beckons visitors to travel and explore places.
Since there is no reason not to love this season, here is our top list of destinations in India where you can go to witness the vibrant and warm colours of the fall and make the best memories.
Best destinations to visit in India during the autumn season
Many visitors consider the surreal state of Kashmir as ‘Heaven on Earth’ since it is an enchanting place to visit during autumn and having the perfect golden hues for every nature lover. Whether it is the pristine waters of the Dal Lake, mesmerizing tulip gardens or the stunning mountains, visiting Kashmir during the autumn season should definitely be on your travel itinerary.
Unlike most states in India, the northern region of Sikkim has a distinct autumn season (September to October), and it is the best time to explore the outdoors since the weather is pleasant. The mystical land in northeast India also provides visitors with many hiking and trekking opportunities. The Yuksom-Dzongri trek is one of the most popular and challenging ones, which trails through lush green forests, creeks and landscaped valleys. During these months, visitors will also get a chance to experience the Lhabab Duchen festival, which celebrates Buddha’s descent from Heaven to Earth.
Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Even though the temperature in Andaman and Nicobar Islands remains the same throughout the year, the humidity begins to decrease in Andaman in October. With the monsoon showers gradually decreasing by the end of September, this union territory in India offers its natural island splendor to visitors. Swimming, surfing, island hopping and enjoying glamourous 5-star accommodations are something that most people look forward to on their trip to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
After the hot and muggy summers, Jodhpur in Rajasthan experiences a cheerful and vibrant season with ideal weather that urges visitors to explore the city’s famous landmarks. Take a tour in the Blue City to check out the majestic Mehrangarh Fort, the marble crematorium of Jaswant Thada, and the Umaid Bhawan Palace while you experience the fantastic Rajput festivals. Don’t miss out on the leisurely strolls along the streets of the Blue City or going on the Jodhpur Heritage Walk for a guided tour of the city.
Kerala’s vast green landscapes, lush paddy fields and fresh countryside breeze enchant every traveller during the autumn season. The quaint hill station of Wayanad in Kerala’s western ghats has beautiful coffee plantations, wildlife sanctuaries, scenic hills, and lakes that are best for nature walks and hiking during the fall. Wayanad is also home to ancient temples dating back to the 12th and 16th centuries. Guided tours are offered to many tourist locations in Wayanad, where visitors can try out different nature and adventure activities upon request.
Located in Karnataka, Mysore is the state’s cultural center with brilliant architecture, ethereal temples, and colourful parks and gardens. You can visit Mysore at any time of the year; however when the autumn season arrives, the city springs to life with temperatures ranging between 20 – 25 ºC. In Mysore, you can trace the history of the Wadiyar dynasty, witness the intricate art and architecture and enjoy your day outings among beautiful places of nature. The city sights are something you certainly wouldn’t want to miss!