As the monsoon starts retreating, the climate across the country becomes quite pleasant and makes for a great opportunity to put on the travel shoes! From North to South and East to West, choices for vacationing in September in India are plenty and it all depends upon your taste. Hill stations to beaches, temples to museums and wildlife sanctuaries to forts; there is so much to explore in September. And if you love indulging in adrenaline-pumping activities, then you can go for trekking, paragliding, rafting, scuba diving, etc. So we bring for you a list of 10 places to visit in September that will undeniably give you an opportunity to make an unforgettable vacation.
Kalimpong, a quaint hill station on the foothills of the Himalayas in West Bengal, is a popular tourist destination in Eastern India. Its green landscape, featuring sprawling tea plantations make for a pretty sight and the weather it enjoys in September makes it a must-visit destination for vacationers. There are a number of monasteries, temples and colonial-era churches in the area for you to visit and if you seek adventure here, then you will not be disappointed either.
Places to visit in Kalimpong: Lepcha Museum, Mac Farlen Church, Dr. Graham’s Home, Deolo Hill, Moran House, Durpin Monastery and Tsonga Gumba
Things to do in Kalimpong: Shop for Tibetan handicrafts, jewelry and artifacts; visit the Cactus Nursery to witness exotic flowers and go on a trekking trip to the nearby hills
Amritsar is one of the top places to visit in the northern part of India, especially post monsoon. Home to the glorious Golden Temple, the city is flocked by devotees and tourists alike and starting September, the footfall increases with the weather having cooled down after the rains. There are some spectacular places of worship in the city, besides museums and forts. Whether you are coming here for a spiritual trip or simply sightseeing, your experience in Amritsar will be a wonderful one for sure!
Places to visit in Amritsar: Golden Temple, Durgiana Temple, Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum, Jallianwala Bagh, Guru Ke Mahal, Partition Museum, Akal Takht and Gobindgarh Fort
Things to do in Amritsar: Feel patriotic at the Wagah Border, go on a shopping spree at Hall Bazaar, visit the Punjab State War Heroes Memorial and Museum and enjoy water sports at Sun City
The balmy weather, the cool breeze and the enchanting backdrop of the scenic mountains, the quaint town of Ziro in Arunachal Pradesh offer all these in the month of September, and thus becomes a great choice for a short vacation. The sight of the picture-perfect paddy fields, rolling green hills and lush bamboo forests is enough to make you feel at ease. Towards, the end of September, the town comes to life with it hosting the popular ‘Ziro Festival of Music’ and being an audience to it can be certainly an amazing affair.
Places to visit in Ziro: Talley Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Kile Pakho, Meghna Cave Temple, Siddheshwar Nath Temple, Hapoli, Pine Grove and Tipi Orchid Research Farm
Things to do in Ziro: Attend the famous Ziro Festival, trek to Midey and other hillocks like Dolo Mando and Ziro Puto, and visit the Tarin Fish Farm
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mahabalipuram in Tamil Nadu is known for its rock-cut cave temples, which showcase the architectural expertise of the people of this region, had in the past. Each structure has several intricate designs, depicting the brilliance with which it was sculpted. Besides its temples, the place has slowly emerged as a popular beach destination over the years. Coming here in September can be a good option as the weather remains pleasant during this time and is excellent for sightseeing.
Places to visit in Mahabalipuram: Shore Temple, Tiger Caves, Covelong Beach, Krishna Cave Temple, Varaha Temple, Pancha Rathas and Mahishasura Mardini Cave Temple
Things to do in Mahabalipuram: Explore the Heritage Museum and Sculpture Museum, discover history of the cave temples of Mahabalipuram and relax at the serene Mahabalipuram Beach
With the monsoon retreating by September and the skies becoming clearer, stargazing takes centre stage at Tarkarli village in Maharashtra. Besides this fun activity, Tarkarli is an ideal place for adventure seekers as there are plenty of fun activities on offer here. Sightseeing too can be enjoyable at Tarkarli as it is home to some glorious forts, beaches and temples.
Places to visit in Tarkarli: Tarkarli Beach, Padma Garh Fort, Dhamapur Lake, Deobagh, Sindhudurg Fort, Shree Shivchhatrapati Temple and Vijaygarh Fort
Things to do in Tarkarli: Enjoy your stay at a houseboat; scuba dive, parasail and snorkel at Tarkarli Beach, spot dolphins at Achara and Nivati beaches and stargaze at the camps
Located in North Sikkim, Lachen is a quaint village amidst the mighty Himalayan Mountains and serves as the gateway to several popular tourist locales of the state. Offering panoramic vistas of the snow-clad Himalayas and the valleys below, Lachen is a paradise for nature lovers, adventure freaks and solitude seekers. Coming here in September can be a good choice as you can try your hands at trekking in the valleys of Lachen. Besides, this is also a good time to truly discover the flora and fauna of the village.
Places to visit in Lachen: Gurudongmar Lake, Lachen Monastery, Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary, Chopta Valley, Kanchenjunga National Park and Thangu Valley
Things to do in Lachen: Taste the mouth-watering Sikkimese delicacies, shop for local handicrafts, enjoy a trekking trip to Chopta Valley and spot exotic birds and animals at Kanchenjunga National Park
Dooars, an ideal destination to explore in September, is the gateway to the North-East India and Bhutan and it offers some scintillating views of the Eastern Himalayas. Famous for its rich flora and fauna, tea gardens and several water bodies, Dooars in West Bengal is popular among nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers.
Places to visit in Dooars: Teesta Barrage, Buxa Tiger Reserve & Fort, Bhutan Ghat and Phuntsholing
Things to do in Dooars: Take jeep and elephant safaris at Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary, indulge in exciting river rafting at Teesta River and witness rich wildlife at Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary and Gorumara National Park
8. Daman and Diu
The twin islands of Daman and Diu in Gujarat, which were once the colonies of the Portuguese, are a perfect destination to escape the stressful city life. The peaceful atmosphere on its beautiful beaches – Nagoa, Simbor and Chakratirth is simply outstanding; the sound of crashing waves, the blue skyline and the cool breeze make for an ideal setting to unwind and September is the best time to do it.
Places to visit in Daman and Diu: Naida Caves, Diu Museum, INS Khukri Memorial, Zampa Gateway, Panikota Fort, Diu Fort, Gangeshwar Temple and Church of St. Francis of Assisi
Things to do in Daman and Diu: Indulge in adventure activities like water skiing and parasailing at the beaches of Daman and Diu, enjoying boating, pony riding and camel riding at the beaches, relish local cuisine and enjoy water sports at Mirasol Water Park
The picturesque hill station of Nainital in Uttarakhand is a popular weekend getaway for people in Northern India, and with September being an offseason, a trip to this place at this time of the year has two straight benefits – fewer tourists and cheap hotel rates. A trip to the calm and pleasant environs of Nainital is the best way to de-stress!
Places to visit in Nainital: Naina Devi Temple, Hanuman Garhi, Nainital Zoo, Eco Cave Gardens, Governor’s House, Tiffin Top, Snow View Point, Bhimtal, Sattal and Naukuchiatal
Things to do in Nainital: Enjoy a boat ride on Naini Lake followed by a relaxing walk on the Mall Road, shop at the busy Tibetan market, get a panoramic view of Nainital atop the cable car
If trekking is on your mind, then planning a short trip to Coonoor in September can be a wonderful idea. Situated in the scenic Nilgiris, this picturesque hill station offers several trekking trails through the Nilgiri mountain range, and going on one such trek will give you a great opportunity to explore its serene beauty.
Places to visit in Coonoor: Lamb’s Rock, Sim’s Park, St. George’s Church, Dolphin’s Nose and Lady Canning’s Seat
Things to do in Coonoor: Go on a trek through Hidden Valley, indulge in a hike to Law’s Falls, Katary Falls or Droog Fort, enjoy breathtaking view of Catherine Falls, relish local delicacies and explore the local tea plantations