India is at its best between the months of October to December. This is the start of the peak tourism season that witnesses pleasant climate down south and chilly winters in the north. This is also the most exciting period of the year with several major festivals, events and celebrations lined up throughout the length and breadth of the country. The weather is perfect at this time of the year and is ideal for travelling in the country.
Check out a few reasons why India should be on your travel bucket list in the last quarter of 2016!
> October is the month of celebrations in India. It starts from Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal. The annual Durga Puja celebrations bring the best out of the city which is known for its food, culture and celebrations of life.
> In the northeast, the beautiful state of Sikkim gets bathed in autumn colours. The time is perfect for the exploring the eco-friendly villages, National Parks and high-altitude lakes of Sikkim.
> The Indian State of Himachal Pradesh is cold, but not uncomfortable, at this time of the year. Travel to Keylong, Chamba, Dharamsala, Dalhousie, Manali, Lahaul-Spiti and witness the sheer beauty of the majestic Himalayas.
> The month of October is also the time of the annual celebration of Diwali, the “Festival of Lights”. Diwali celebrations are held all over the country with much fanfare. Experience the best of Diwali celebrations with a visit to cities like Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata, see the entire country come alive with lanterns, festival lights, sweets, fire crackers, and endless celebrations.
> November sees the start of the winter season in India. The temperature starts to dip in the northern parts of the country. This is the best time to travel and experience the cultural delights of the Western parts of the country.
> The rich and the colourful state of Rajasthan seems wonderful at this time of the year. It is mild and comfortable for exploring the vast state comprising the Great Indian Thar Desert, Aravalli Mountains and plenty of interesting cities like Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, etc.
> The Indian state of Punjab is also at its best during this time of the year. The “Land of Five Rivers”, Punjab seems magical with green, verdant fields of mustard. Visit the cities of Amritsar, Ludhiana and Chandigarh to enjoy the best of Punjab including its delicious cuisine and culture.
> December sees the winter season in full force in north India, while the weather gets mild and pleasant in the southern and western parts of the country.
> This is the perfect time to visit the Indian state of Goa, the most happening destination of India. Goa is also the scene for Christmas celebrations and the hottest New Year parties in the country.
> Kerala is yet another state that is blessed with tranquil backwater channels, green rolling hills, picturesque beaches and the Western Ghats and is perfect to explore in the month of December.
> Another interesting destination is the state of Gujarat that lies in western part of India. Culturally rich and colourful, Gujarat is also home to the salt flats and marshlands of the Rann of Kutch. The region is also blessed with a rich ecosystem and is home to the population of Asiatic Lions. Don’t forget to feast on the insanely delicious Gujarati cuisine!
The rich variety of destinations, coupled with wonderful weather, make India one of the top destinations to visit during the last quarter of the year. India receives the maximum number of tourist arrivals during this time and it is certainly the best time to visit the country, which is steadily increasing in stature as a successful tourism destination.