It is October 2017, and we are just past our first long weekend for the month. But October promises some big holidays too, along with interesting festivals, including the biggest in India. Weather-wise, we are going through that transition period between the monsoon and winter, when the temperature rises and so does humidity. It feels like a mini-summer, which is good weather to go out and explore before winter kicks in. Here, then, are a few of the best places to visit in India in October 2017. ALSO READ: Best Places to Visit near Delhi on the Long Diwali 2017 Weekend

Corbett National Park

Tiger at Jim Corbett National Park

Tiger at Jim Corbett National Park

Jim Corbett National Park in Uttarakhand is probably the most well-known destination of its kind in India. One of the best places to spot the Bengal tiger and other rare and majestic endemic animals and birds in India, the national park is a good spot to visit this October. The Sonanadi Zone and Jhirna Zone is open throughout the year, and the Bijrani Zone would have opened up after the long monsoon season. While November is when all of the zones open up, you can still catch the post-monsoon glory of the park at this time.

Hampi

Hampi

Hampi

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the ruins of Hampi are a visual treat for history lovers. Located in the midst of dusty boulders and rocky hills, the ruins are reminders of the mighty Vijayanagar Empire that once flourished throughout South India. You can spend a couple of days here exploring the ruins of the ancient city and the Virupaksha Temple and stay back at the Viruparur Gaddi or Hampi Bazaar.

Kaziranga National Park

Kaziranga National Park in Assam

Kaziranga National Park in Assam

Home of the elusive Indian one-horned rhinoceros, a trip to Kaziranga National Park is like a journey into another planet. Within its 430 square kilometers lies a protected remnant of a world very different from the modern one in which we live. This where most of the world’s surviving rhinos live, and it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its incredible importance. Located at the edges of the Golaghat and Nagaon regions, the park was formed by British Viceroy Lord Curzon upon the request of his wife. CHECK OUT: Festivals and Events in India in October 2017 That Promise an Unforgettable Experience

Shillong

Shillong

Shillong

Meghalaya’s capital city of Shillong is beautiful in the months after the monsoon, with waterfalls running along the faces of the mountains around it, tall mountain peaks to scale or just gaze at, clear lakes to boat across and museums to explore the region’s history and culture. Come to Shillong for its natural beauty or its cultural magnificence, or to listen to its incredible music.

Srinagar

Srinagar's Dal Lake

Srinagar’s Dal Lake

The capital city of Srinagar, with its Himalayan valleys and evergreen beauty, is a great place for a serene, romantic getaway. Spend some days in the city exploring its wonders, like the expansive Shalimar gaden or the Chashm-e-Shahi, or get out and venture into the snow-capped mountains and valleys near the city, where you can see crystal clear lakes, endless meadows and incredible natural beauty all around you. Or stay back in the city and stay at a houseboat along the Dal Lake, or visit its shopping markets. NOW READ: Public Holidays in October 2017 in India to Plan Out Your Next Vacation

Jodhpur

Jodhpur

Jodhpur

The Blue City of Jodhpur, Rajasthan’s second-largest, is often called the gateway to the Thar Desert. Brimming with temples, forts, palaces and ancient houses and havelis, the city is full of history waiting to be explored. The Mehrangarh Fort is one of its biggest draws, from which you can see the blue houses that dot the old city. Jodhpur is also famous for its Malani or Marwari horses, found only here, and its historical significance.