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 trekking, paragliding, rafting, scuba diving, etc.
So we bring for you a list of 10 places to visit in September that will undeniably allow you to make an unforgettable vacation.
1. Kalimpong, West Bengal
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 makes for a pretty sight and the weather it enjoys in September makes it a must-visit destination for vacationers. There are several 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
The weather of Kalimpong: In September, the average maximum temperature is 27 degrees Celsius and the average minimum temperature is 18 degrees Celsius
How to Reach
Nearest Airport: Bagdogra Airport (75 km)
Nearest Train Station: New Jalpaiguri Junction (70 km)
2. Amritsar, Punjab
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 has 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 weather of Amritsar: The average temperature in September ranges from 22 to 34 degrees Celsius
Nearest Airport: Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport, Amritsar
Nearest Train Station: Amritsar Junction
3. Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh
With the balmy weather, the cool breeze, and the enchanting backdrop of the scenic mountains, the quaint town of Ziro in Arunachal Pradesh offers all these in 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
The weather of Ziro: The temperature rises to 31 degrees Celsius during the day and falls to 18 degrees Celsius at night
How to Reach
Nearest Airport: Lilabari Airport (137 km)
Nearest Train Station: Naharlagun (95 km) and North Lakhimpur (120 km)
4. Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu
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 the history of the cave temples of Mahabalipuram and relax at the serene Mahabalipuram Beach
The weather of Mahabalipuram: The average temperature lies between 26 and 34 degrees Celsius in September
How to Reach
Nearest Airport: Chennai International Airport (54 km)
Nearest Train Station: Chengalpattu Junction (30 km)
5. Tarkarli, Maharashtra
With the monsoon retreating by September and the skies becoming clearer, stargazing takes center 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
The weather of Tarkarli: The average temperature ranges from 28 to 32 degrees Celsius in September
How to Reach
Nearest Airport: Goa International Airport (133 km)
Nearest Train Station: Kudal (31 km)
6. Lachen, Sikkim
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
The weather of Lachen: During this time of the year, the average temperature ranges between 15 and 22 degrees Celsius
How to Reach
Nearest Airport: Bagdogra Airport (200 km)
Nearest Train Station: Darjeeling (174 km)
7. Dooars, Northeast India
Dooars, an ideal destination to explore in September, is the gateway to 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
The weather of Dooars: In September, the maximum temperature is recorded as 28 degrees Celsius while the minimum temperature reaches as low as 16 degrees Celsius
How to Reach
Nearest Airport: Bagdogra Airport (70 km)
Nearest Train Station: New Jalpaiguri Junction (64 km)