India has always been a favorite tourist destination. With its beautiful natural landscapes, diverse cultures and epic history, it is making waves as the up and coming international hotspot. Whether you are interested in ancient Buddhist temples or monasteries perched on cliff faces overlooking the Ganges River, enjoy your time discovering what this amazing country has to offer.
Here are some of the best places to visit in September in India:
Lachen – Sikkim
Lachen is the capital of Sikkim. This little hillside town is surrounded by snow-capped peaks. You can walk around the streets that are paved with stones, visit a monastery or go for a hike and climb to Bell Hill, which was once a fortress for the Tibetan king.
Dooars – West Bengal
The Dooars are a beautiful area surrounded by the Himalayas. This area is filled with dense jungles and tea plantations. Spend your time relaxing in the small villages or go trekking up one of the nearby mountains.
Manali – Himachal Pradesh
Manali is surrounded by lush green forests and snow-capped peaks. This town has incredible views of the mountains, which you can see from pretty much every angle. While you are there, you can hop on a bike and explore some of the nearby hills or go hiking to Kunal Path.
Ranakpur – Rajasthan
Ranakpur is home to one of the most beautiful Jain Temples in the country. This temple was built over 500 years ago. It has intricate carvings and will take your breath away with its beauty.
Chidambaram – Tamil Nadu
Chidambaram is a temple town in the state of Tamil Nadu. The city is famous for its Shiva Temple, which was built over 1000 years ago. The architecture of the temple is quite fascinating and you will find many intricate carvings on the walls.
Mandawa – Rajasthan
Mandawa is a small village that was once a princely state of Rajasthan. Today, you can walk around the streets that are decorated with balconies and arched windows. Overlooking the town is a fort you can climb to get a better look at the amazing views.
Kedarnath – Uttarakhand
Kedarnath is one of the holiest shrines in India and is situated in the Himalayas in Uttarakhand. This shrine is built into a mountain and has some incredible carved images on its walls. The mountain is so steep and carved out from the side of the mountain that it appears like a shrine in the clouds. The shrine hosts a large number of Hindu pilgrims every year and you will find lots of images of various gods and goddesses throughout the temple.
Ziro – Arunachal Pradesh
Ziro is a small town in the state of Arunachal Pradesh. The town is surrounded by lush green pine and fir forests. The best way to explore Ziro is by going on a trek. One of the best treks in the area is to Sonai Rupai, which is a gorgeous waterfall surrounded by dense forests.
Lonavala – Maharashtra
Lonavalais a small city set deep in the Sahyadri mountains. It is a favorite tourist destination for those who love to hike and explore the mountain ranges, or just hang out in the town. You can go on short hikes or go on multi-day treks from this base town.
Varkala – Kerala
Varkala is a quiet coastal town located to the south of Kerala. The area is filled with small fishing villages and windswept beaches that line the coastline. One of the more popular sights to see is the Vivekananda Rock Memorial, which was built in honor of Swami Vivekananda. This memorial takes the form of a huge granite boulder and was carved into a pillar that you can climb to get a better look at the area surrounding it.
Shillong – Meghalaya
Shillong is another hill station town in Meghalaya. This area is surrounded by dense rain forests and steep green hills. The best time to explore Shillong is in the spring, when the hills are filled with blooming flowers. You can go on treks to surrounding areas, visit tribal villages and drink some local brews.
Daman And Diu
Daman and Diu are two small islands in the Arabian Sea. These islands have a strong Portuguese influence and offer some great restaurants, sandy beaches and amazing views of the ocean.
Goa is a popular tourist destination with its gorgeous beaches, friendly locals and incredible festivals. The best time to visit Goa is October because it is cooler than May or June, which makes it a good time to enjoy the beach while still being able to stay out of the sun.
14. Srinagar – Jammu And Kashmir
Jammu and Kashmir are a popular honeymoon destination with their stunning lakes, dense green forests and rivers. Srinagar is home to a number of beautiful mosques, including the Hazratbal Mosque that stands on the banks of Dal Lake. You can also take a boat out on the lake and explore different villages set up along its shores.
Auli – Uttarakhand
Auli is a ski resort located in Northern India with some amazing snow-covered mountains. The best way to explore the area is by skiing through the trees and snow-covered fields hidden within the forest.
Agra – Uttar Pradesh
Agra is one of India’s most visited cities filled with amazing monuments. The best way to visit Agra is by taking a tour that includes some of the best sights and stops at a number of local places, like the Taj Mahal. This incredible monument was built by Shah Jahan over 100 years ago.
Coorg – Karnataka
Coorg is a small hill station in the state of Karnataka. The area is filled with lush green forests and some of the most incredible tea plantations, where you can get an opportunity to taste some really unique flavors. The best time to visit Coorg is during the dry months of October through April as it remains cool year round.
Amritsar – Punjab
Amritsar is a city filled with magnificent Hindu temples. One of the most popular sites to visit is the Golden Temple, which is home to a number of different Hindu gods and goddesses. The city also has some beautiful Haveli-style mansions, which were built over 100 years ago using bricks made from the locally mined rocks.
These are just some of the reasons why you should visit India. This great country offers up so many different options it is hard to choose which sites you should go to first. Hopefully, this post helped narrow down your choices and gave you some more ideas of what to do while in India.
If you would like to learn even more about the Indians please visit my post titled Indian Culture Reflected Through Their Customs & Traditions.