September in India is a transitional month that brings the end of the monsoon season and the promise of cooler, more pleasant weather. As the rains bid adieu to most parts of the country, it's the perfect time to embark on a journey and explore the breathtaking beauty that emerges after the monsoon. September offers a unique opportunity to witness India's diverse charm, from the mist-kissed mountains to rejuvenated landscapes. Here are five places to visit in India during September and why they should be on your travel radar.
Located in the Lower Subansiri district of Arunachal Pradesh, Ziro is undoubtedly one of the most famous names for travel and music. Additionally, September is a great month with some light rain and warm sunshine, making it the perfect time just before winter begins.
The annual eco-friendly Ziro Festival of Music attracts music lovers from all over the country and overseas. This year the festival will be from September 28 to October 1. One of the best things about the festival is camping under the brilliant night sky.
If not for the music, visit Ziro for its green vistas created by continuous green paddy fields, rolling hillocks and the vibrant Apatani culture.
Crazy about Krishna or dahi haandi? You guessed it right—it's Janmashtami time. You need to witness the human pyramid that the festival goers form to get to the dahi haandi (curd in an earthen pot) and break it open—an event based on young Krishna stealing butter, for which he is also called "Makhan Chor." The participants in this festival, also known as Govinda Pathaks, form a sizeable human pyramid and display excellent coordination. Janmashtami, this year, falls on September 7, so hurry if you are not already in Mumbai.
September (1-15) is the time for the colourful Ladakh Festival. If you are in Leh, then don't miss the festival inauguration ceremony (Leh Market is the best place to witness the colourful festival). It's a big riot of colours as everywhere in Ladakh you will witness people dressed in their traditional best, witnessing or participating in the traditional music and dance, polo, archery and the very popular cham dance by monks in colourful masks. After you've had your fill of culture, you can always explore Ladakh's beautiful and unique landscape.
You don't really need a reason to visit Shillong since the city is at its best throughout the year. But Shillong in September is a great place where one can explore a lovely locale on a cool, breezy and sunny day. With residual monsoon and a hint of cool winter just around the corner, Shillong in September wakes up to misty mornings, pleasant afternoons and breezy evenings.
If you want to visit Lachen, located in the northeastern state of Sikkim, it's best to go before it gets too cold. Summer ends in June, and September may still have some rain, but the days are mostly pleasant with chilly nights. You can enjoy picturesque views of the snow-capped Kanchenjunga and the majestic Gurudongmar Lake, which make for perfect photo opportunities. Take a trip to Lachen to admire the beautiful scenery and breathe in the fresh mountain air surrounded by fluttering prayer flags and yaks.