Here's Where You Should Be Headed This Festive Season In October

Here's Where You Should Be Headed This Festive Season In October
Pujo celebrations in Kolkata are a sight to behold , Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Gujarat, Bengal, Manipur or Rajasthan?

Simrran Gill
September 26 , 2019
12 Min Read

October is almost here. Along with festivities this month come a lot of long weekends, meticulous planning and multiple suggestions for where to travel. If you wish to make the best of these festive holidays, we’ve got some ideas for you. Here’s what all places you can visit if you do not wish to sit at home this festive season:


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If you are a lover of the music and appreciate the tunes of nature, the Jodhpur RIFF is a perfect getaway for you. With a lineup of artists from across the world, the festival has a female curator for of the Rustle for the very first time. Along with fresh and compelling music, Jodhpur RIFF always has a line-up of a diverse range of performances, spanning across multiple genres and styles. Not only does it give you an opportunity to discover great music but also a chance to look beyond the quintessential musicians. The festival is hosted at Mehrangarh Fort adding another reason to visit the fort. The fort is in its full magnificence at night and is a sight to behold.
Where : Jodhpur
Dates : October 10-14


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The country runs high on festivities and doesn’t ever disappoint when it comes to celebrations. And if you are one of those who like the soak in the festive fervour, October is the month for you. Constant chatter, the air heavy with the aroma of delicacies and dhaak beats is what pujo looks like in Kolkata. The pandals here, each and every one intrinsically decked up, are never ending. The city is decked up so much so that sometimes one can never make out whether they are in or out of one. If the idea of delectable maach, luchi, sondesh, sabudana papad, phuchkas excite you then you should head to Kolkata to let the city make you feel its love.
Where : Kolkata
Date : October 4-8


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In case you wish to move away from the energetic festivities and spend your holiday in the lap of nature, the shirui lily festival has its third edition in line. The higher ranges of the Shirui Hill in Ukhrul district in Manipur houses the endemic plant species here. One can expect age old cultures and traditions on display here. The festival is aimed at creating awareness about the endangered flower species and also to boost tourism in Manipur. While here one can also explore the Ukhrul district that is inhabited by the Tangkhul Nagas- the colorful warrior tribe, the Kukis and the Angamis. The Tangkhul Nagas are considered one of the oldest major tribes of Manipur. You can also choose an accommodation in the available home stays and indulge in the local culture.
Where : Manipur
Date : October 16-19


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While there is Durga Puja in the east, Dusshera in the north, the west gets all set for Navaratri. The melody of Gujarati music and the perfectly tuned dandiya beats to it make for a perfect evening. Vadodara, especially is a delight during Navaratri celebrations. The vibrance and culture of Gujarat are truly a sight. Apart from this the local cuisine and the specifically designed Navaratri menu at various places will definitely add to the spirit. If you plan on dancing your way through the festive season, you have a clear choice. Our pick is United Way in Vadodara to enjoy the celebrations. Since the lawn here is tends to get filled fast we suggest you book your passes early on. 

Where : Vadodara
Date : September 29- October 7 


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If solace in the hills is your idea of a festive feel, going for a trek should be on top of the list. Not enough snow and absolutely perfect weather makes it the best time for a trek. The weather this time round the year opens up the hills to a surreal atmosphere and comfortable trekking path. If lucky, one might also spot some animals in the wilderness. Different treks depending upon their difficulty level, climbing conditions and duration open up around this time, leaving you open to choices. We suggest the Har ki Dun trek as well as the Hampta Pass trek.

While the idea of celebrations differs for all, the month of October is surely an adventurous one for all!

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