September! The month to refocusing energies is really a mix of too many emotions. On one side where rain gods bid adieu to this land, the winter goddess puffs her breath to get ready to chill. The interim between these two is September, the month of clearer skies and mellowed winds. While the northern and Himalayan states experience a cooler September, down south, this month is still characterized by a warm but pleasant weather. Because this is still counted as rainy season, most tourist destinations in India are scarcely crowded and rates are pretty discounted. Some of the best places to visit in India in September include Srinagar, Leh, Ziro (Arunachal Pradesh), Kochi, Rishikesh and Jaipur. Some major festivals like Onam (South India), Navratri (North India) and the Ziro Festival of Music (Arunachal Pradesh) fall in this month.
1. Head To Ladakh For A Surreal Majestic Landscapes
A land like no other with a superabundance of attractions to visit and phantasmagoric and fabulous landscapes, amazing people and culture, Ladakh is truly a heaven on Earth. The winter starts setting in during the months of September and October. The weather becomes pleasant with cold winds blowing during the evenings which makes it a perfect place to visit in September for trekking and adventure activities. Don't forget to carry your favorite cozy woolens to make you feel at home while you sip your coffee.
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Ideal For: Seasoned bikers and travelers looking for the ultimate road trip experience
Things To Do: Indulge in water sports at Pangong Lake, learn about Buddhist culture at Thiksey Monastery and invoke a sense of patriotism at Drass War Memorial.
Getting There: Kushok Bakula Rimpochee is the only airport in Leh Ladakh with daily flights from all major cities in India.
Tip: While traveling in Ladakh, carry adequate Indian currency as credit cards are not accepted at the shops and eateries.
2. Head To The Breathtaking Lachen For A Few Days Of Solace
Sitting in northern Sikkim, this town has still not become over-populated with tourists. Offering spectacular views of the Himalayas, Lachen is the perfect destination for a holiday in September, to get away from the bustling city life. Just sit back and take in the mesmerizing beauty. You can also engage in activities such as hiking, camping, nature walks and the cornucopia of trekking trails the Sikkimese town provides.
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Ideal For: Travellers looking for a remote and offbeat holiday destination
Things To Do: Seek solace at Lachen Monastery, visit the remote Gurudongmar Lake and marvel at beautiful flora in Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary. For more interesting things to do in Lachen, click here and contact your personal Lachen travel guide.
Getting There: The closest airport from Lachen is the Bagdogra Airport, located at a distance of 200km.
Tip: Markets throughout Sikkim shut down by 8 PM. Very few restaurants or food outlets stay open beyond that time. In case you’re planning to visit one of these places, call up in advance and check with them.
3. Head To Himachal Pradesh For A Tranquil Mountain Getaway
The hill-stations of Himachal Pradesh are perfect to escape the heat and humidity of the northern plains in September. Replete with dense green foliage with the arrival of autumn in September, the Himachali towns are the perfect place to be for a vacation. The sunny weather and the slightly chilly breeze is perfect to simply sit back and unwind. You can also go on a shopping spree for beautiful woolen shawls and while you're at it, explore the lively local markets and gorge on the pahadi cuisine. The lovely weather makes Himachal Pradesh one of the best places to visit in September.
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Ideal For: Travellers looking for a family getaway destination in North India
Things To Do: Experience the warm Himachali culture by spending a night in a homestay, explore the rugged hills by taking a road trip through Himachal Pradesh and unearth your adventurous side by indulging in adventure activities.
Getting There: There are three major airports in the state, located in Shimla, Kullu and Kangra.
Tip: Book your stays and flights well in advance. Himachal Pradesh has several popular tourist destinations and making last-minute arrangements will always prove to be more expensive.
4. Witness The Evergreen Rolling Hills At The Scotland Of India
Flaunting the tropical wonders of the Western Ghat of Karnataka, Coorg - The Scotland of India is a regnant refuge with ligneous slopes, rich biodiversity, mesmerizing cascades, as well as it's a treasure of inimitable heritage. Coorg posses a heart-warming expansion of spice and coffee plantations that remains lush green through the year. One of the best places to visit in South India for a wildlife enthusiast. Verdant landscapes, nature's most beautiful wildlife reserves, waterfalls, and sprawling coffee plantations to explore - Coorg is a surprising treat for the mind, soul and the camera lens.
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Ideal For: Travellers looking for a serene one on one with nature
Things To Do: Go for a casual trek in Brahmagiri Ranges, give an elephant a bath at Dubare Forest and spend time with coffee pickers at a plantation in Coorg.
Getting There: Mangalore Airport is the nearest airport to Coorg, located at a distance of 145km.
Tip: Do not throw any waste/garbage anywhere in Coorg. Usage of plastic bags or bringing them to Coorg is strictly prohibited.
5. Head To The Colorful Rajasthan To Experience The Grandeur Heritage Getaway
It is one of those few places to visit in September, that is a favorite among tourists from across the globe, throughout the year. In September, there is the added bonus of the sporadic monsoon showers making every city of the vibrant state, a tad more lovely. This is also the month when an abundance of peacocks come out to play. If you are a wildlife enthusiast, don't leave without a jungle safari through Rajasthan's sanctuaries. Also jot down Mount Abu, Pushkar, Jaipur and Udaipur in your itinerary, which are some of the most sought-after places to visit in India during September.
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Ideal For: Travellers looking to get a taste of the royal lifestyle of a bygone era
Things To Do: Make a visit to Rajasthan's massive forts, experience Rajasthan's hospitality by visiting a remote village, spend a night in a desert camp and explore the state's exciting food palate.
Getting There: All major tourist destinations such as Jaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Udaipur and Bikaner have their own airports connecting them to the other parts of the country.
Tip: Food in this part of the country can be really hot so make sure you know what you're eating and always carry adequate medicines for a worst-case scenario.
6. Head To Pahalgam For A Picturesque View Of Lush Green Fields
This quaint little town is located in the Jammu and Kashmir. Lying on the way to the great pilgrimage site of Amarnath, Pahalgam will greet you with postcard-perfect landscapes of sweeping green fields and clear blue skies. Also on offer are a myriad of outdoor activities such as hiking, golfing, horse riding and trekking trails. So if you are on the hunt for adventure and want to be right in the lap of nature while you're at it, this is the best place to visit in September in India.
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Ideal For: Travellers looking for a quiet mountain getaway destination
Things To Do: Enjoy the scenic beauty of Betaab Valley, explore the ancient Awantipora ruins, visit the holy Sheshnag Lake and play a game of golf at Pahalgam Golf Course.
Getting There: The nearest airport is at Srinagar that is located at a distance of around 95 km from Pahalgam.
Tip: Since Jammu and Kashmir is a politically sensitive area, a lot of places have restricted entries—always be alert for signboards before venturing into a new place.
7. Head To Goa For Legendary Parties And Gorgeous Coral Beaches
Monsoons in Goa brings about a landscape that is almost completely devoid of tourists. September gives you the perfect opportunity to put your feet up along with the locals. Dance in the rain or walk on the beach while it's pouring. You can visit the wildlife sanctuaries, spice plantations, beautiful churches and explore the verdant landscapes. But what is Goa without its nightlife and the delicious Goan cuisine? So jive in and dance the night away without having to wait in lines or unwind by the empty beaches.
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Ideal for: Traveller's looking for solace and a chance to explore a completely different side to Goa
Things To Do: Go shopping at one of Goa's flea markets, relax with a beachside massage and explore Goa's delectable food by trying out food at its innumerable beach shacks.
Getting There: Goa has its own airport, the Dabolim Airport which well connected to other parts of the country.
Tip: Visiting Goa in monsoons is all about putting your bargaining skills to test. Since September is off-season in the state, don't shy away from a little bargaining because you might just get steal deals everywhere!
8. Head To Spiti To Witness The Panoramic Vistas Of Stunning Landscape
Replete with panoramic vistas of the stunning landscape and snow-clad peaks, Spiti is a ‘Big Pass’ in the small state of Sikkim. One of the best places to visit in September, Spiti is a backdrop where you can soak in the hill station’s natural beauty as you relax in the serene and quiet environment of this destination.
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Ideal for: Ideal for travelers looking for a remote and offbeat gateway
Things To Do: A good spot for an adventure junkie. One can spend a night camping, can go freely on trekking and do river rafting. For Sight-Seeing one can go to Thangu Valley, Chopta Valley, Spiti Monastery, Gurudongmar Lake and Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary
Getting There: One can choose air or road. Bagdogra Airport, located 200 km from Spiti, is the nearest airport or Darjeeling Railway Station, located at a distance of 174 km from Spiti, is the nearest railway head.
Tip: Mountains and high valleys might cause you sickness so better to be prepared beforehand.
9. Walk Through The Princess of Hill Stations At Kodaikanal
Kodaikanal is to Bangaloreans what Darjeeling is to Kolkatans or what Nainital is to Delhiites. Waterfalls, valleys, meadows, grasslands, forests, and lakes of the quaint hill station of Tamil Nadu make it one of the most desired destinations from the peninsula to visit in the month of September in India. From cycle rides to yoga, boat rides to treks Kodaikanal has a lot of adventures activity within its heart to offer to its tourists.
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Ideal for: Ideal for travelers looking for a true nature gateway
Things To Do: Ride the Nilgiri Toy Train, horse riding, boating in Ooty Lake, mountain biking in the Blue Mountains, and hang gliding at Kalahatti (20 km from Ooty)
Getting There: One can choose to go via air or rail. The nearest airport is located 120 km away at Madurai and the nearest railway head is located at a distance of 66 km at Palani.
Tip: Hotels in Kodaikanal are always brimming with tourists so it's always better to plan your accommodation there beforehand.
10. Pay A Visit To Pondicherry For A Perfect Laidback Holiday
A French colonial and Union Territory town Pondicherry is an absolute beach destination enclosed by the southeastern Tamil Nadu state where its rich heritage and quaint French bakeries are the star attraction. It has preserved its French legacy in its French Quarter, with tree-lined streets, chic boutiques, and mustard-colored colonial villas.
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Ideal for: Ideal for travelers looking for a jolly good time amidst the remnants of French heritage with Indian culture
Things To Do: Enjoy a beautiful Sunrise, Take a boat ride to the Paradise Beach Island, Experience the divine dawn and go birdwatching, Go Scuba Diving for an underwater date with colorful corals, Sunbathe on a sun-kissed day
Getting There: If you're coming through the air then Chennai is the airport you should be getting down now catch a bus from there which should now be taking you to Pondicherry covering the approximate distance of 135 kilometers.
Tip: The climate in Puducherry is generally humid as it is located in the coastal areas of South India. The climate is mostly warm and plain cotton or cotton/synthetic blends are the most practical and the coolest wear in summer. It's best to avoid thick clothes that don't 'breathe'. When traveling during monsoons, a collapsible umbrella comes in handy.
With the plethora of top places to visit in India during September, you will be spoilt for choices. But we suggest you to pick your destination and start planning your holiday in India right away. For a clearer vision for your trip, here are some commonly asked questions answered for you:
Q. Which are the best places to visit in September near Delhi?
A. Udaipur, Mount Abu, Pushkar, Jaisalmer, Dalhousie, Shimla, and Dharamshala are some of the best weekend getaways from Delhi in September. Rajasthan (Mount Abu, Pushkar, Udaipur, and Jaisalmer) takes a sigh of relief from scorching heat in this month, and you will come across lesser tourist crowd as well in September. Hilly areas like Shimla, Dharamshala, and Dalhousie, however, get a little cooler, but occasional rain make the panorama greener, and more beautiful.
Q. What countries are hot in September?
A. Egypt, Thailand, Greece, France, and Singapore are some countries that are usually hot in September.
Q. Which are the best places to visit in September outside India?
A. France, Bali, Canada, Mexico, and Hong Kong are some of the best places to visit in September in the world. During this month, these places experience pleasant weather conditions, further allowing comfortable sightseeing and activities indulgence.
Q. Suggest the best places to visit in September in Asia
A. Singapore, Bali, Borneo (Malaysia), and Hong Kong are best visited in September.