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4 October 2019 | 5 min read

Where To Go In October – Carnivals, Tribal Festivals, Safaris & More

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October is a fantastic month to pack your bags and hit the road. National parks have re-opened, there are music festivals to attend, and the mountains of Himachal Pradesh and beaches of Goa finally have blue skies again. So if you like us have always been on a look out for your next holiday, now is the time to go ahead and make it a reality. We have picked trips that you should take this month.

Lyon, France

What’s happening there – The Vogue des Marrons celebrates 150 years

When – October 5 – November 11

A funfair festival complete with fine dining, historical sites, trendy storefronts, and pulsating nightlife, The Vogue des Marrons truly makes Lyon come alive during this month. The city of Lyon was founded more than 2,000 years old and is the third-largest city in France, making it a real adventure for any travel enthusiasts.

This fall, the Lyonnais celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Vogue des Marrons, a month-long festival that celebrates the first white wine and hot chestnuts of the season. A perfect opportunity to embrace your inner child, run around haunted houses, snap photos with the festival mascot, and much on roasted chestnuts. It’s time to say goodbye to the world and escape to France.

Tip – Travel tickets to France in mid-October starts at INR 19,000 – book via IndiGo and you can get cash backs on the same as well.

Albuquerque, New Mexico

What’s happening here – The world’s largest hot-air balloon festival

When – Oct 5–13

There is no doubt that October is the best month to explore Albuquerque’s rich Native American and Spanish heritage. With the relatively cooler temperature at this time of the year, this is a good time for travelers to go and explore the art and food scenes of this city. This is also the time to see the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, the world’s largest annual gathering of hot-air balloons.

Almost 500 balloons sail through the sky, and in the evening, eight teams from around the globe compete in America’s Challenge Gas Balloon Race. The race is to see who has travelled across the longest distance in a helium-filled balloon. Add to that, some spectacular cuisine and musical performances, make this a holiday to truly remember.

Tip – Tickets to New Mexico are relatively expensive and cost around INR 1,00,000 {one person}. However fret not, because with easy travel loans from digibank, making this trip a reality is only a matter of a few minutes. More here.

Jodhpur, Rajasthan

What’s happening here – The Rajasthan International Folk Festival

When – Oct 10-14

The spectacular Mehrangarh Fort will play host to the invitees of the Rajasthan International Folk Festival. A musical extravaganza, enjoy some amazing artists perform a rich itinerary of Rajasthani folk dances and a Rajasthani acrobatic circus along with a range of musicians from across the globe including Armenia, Reunion Island, Mali, Hungary, and Ireland.

Attracting tourists from around the world, the festival an opportunity to witness such amazing talents under a full moon night at the spectacular Mehrangarh Fort {the Time Magazine touted it as Asia’s best Fortress}. Plus, with Sir Mick Jagger acting as an official patron and the festival being endorsed by UNESCO, you have very little excuse to miss this one.

Tip – If you have more time on your hand, may we suggest you take a train to Jodhpur. Not only will it only you to experience the local culture of different states, it will also turn out to be quite affordable as well.

Mumbai, Maharashtra

What’s happening here – The Jio MAMI Film Festival

When – Oct 17-24

Yes, watching Netflix at home might be the easier option, but the Jio Mami Mumbai Festival is a rare chance for you to watch some cutting edge movies that may never otherwise get a release in the country. This year, they have a host of films from around the globe, including the USA, Canada, Portugal, and Germany. With its history of star-studded guests that have included the likes of Brad Pitt and Darrin Aronofsky—the week-long film festival always has a pleasant surprise up its sleeve.

Tip – You can register on BookMyShow for watching the movies as well as post-movie sessions, where you can interact with the cast and crew of a film.

Namibia, Africa

What’s happening here – The Orionids meteor shower

When – Oct 21-22

There is a reason why NASA described the Orionids as one of the most beautiful meteor showers of the year. To put it in the best way possible – around 20 meteors streaking through the skies each hour, zooming at the speed of 148,000 miles per hour!

The Orionid meteor shower usually starts each year in the first week of October and goes on till the first week of November. This year, the Orionids are going to be visibly active between October 2, and November 7, and the Namib deserts offer you the ideal place to experience them. Don’t forget to take a safari into the Namib desert where you can spot animals like the oryx, bat-eared foxes, and Burchell’s zebra.

Arunachal Pradesh

What’s happening here – Tawang Festival

When – Oct 29-31

If you are lucky, a visit to the local festival of Tawang can yield a lot of experiences – from a chance to see 100 locals performing ‘Keng Chham’—a pagan dance to ward off evil to young athletes competing in Shot-Put or Pong-Gor as it is locally called. In other words, this festival is a unique chance for travelers to experience first-hand some of the unique cultures, customs, and traditions of the many tribes that reside in this state.

Tip – Book your tickets now and they will cost you anywhere between INR 7,000 – 10,000. Make sure you use your digibank card to avail discounts and cash backs.

Anything Else?

Navratri is celebrated all over India, but nothing matches its fervor in Gujarat, which is at its athletic and colourful best during this season. Make sure to dress up for the celebrations, but don’t forget to pack a pair of loose pants: Gujarati thalis are large, sumptuous, and packed with deep-fried goodness.

If festive celebrations are not your cup to tea, head to some national parks like Ranthambore, Corbett, Tadoba, and Pench, all of which open their doors to welcome wildlife enthusiasts. While spotting big cats is slightly harder at this time of year, but the forests are at their liveliest and greenest just after the rains. Watch noisy langur colonies, grazing sambar, and birds dart in and out of lakes on jeep safaris. If luck is in your favor, you might even see a tiger or a herd of elephants.

by Mary Martina
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