The monsoons have been late this year in India making September an ideal month to experience the lovely weather at many scenic locations in the country. Post-monsoon is a great time to soak-in the glory of lush greenery, brimming lakes and thundering waterfalls in the many nooks of the land. North India boasts of several popular travel destinations; many hill stations, valleys and lakes make this an ideal place for travel in September.
While many of these destinations attract travellers around the year, here is our pick of top places to visit in North India in September. Enjoy the scenic vistas of the surrounding mountains, streams, lakes and forests that provide an unforgettable journey.
A city known for its culture, arts and literature; Lucknow the capital of Uttar Pradesh is one of the places to visit in North India in September. Situated along the banks of river Gomti, the romantic city is best experienced in the post-monsoon season. The ancient city offers a walk down memory at its various monuments of historical importance, such as Rumi Darwaza, Asafi Imambara, Chhota Imambara, Shahnajaf Imambara, Lucknow Residency and intricately built tombs. The city also offers lip-smacking delicacies for the complete Lucknowi experience.
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Among the most well-planned cities of India, Chandigarh is blessed with abundant greenery, gardens and lakes, making it an ideal place to visit in North India in September. It also provides to be a gateway to other popular travel destinations such as Kullu, Manali, etc. The city offers many attractions from the unique display at the Rock Garden to the man-made Sukhna Lake. Enjoy the pleasant weather at this beautiful city. Don't miss out on checking the wide range of restaurants in the city that offer a variety of cuisine that compete for your appreciation!
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The city popular as 'Paradise on Earth', Srinagar justifies its title. Situated in the picturesque valleys of Kashmir and along the banks of river Jhelum, Srinagar translates to mean the 'city of wealth'. It indeed is rich with the wealth of nature. There are many places of scenic interest that travellers can enjoy ranging from the beautiful Dal Lake to gardens such as the Indira Gandhi Tulip Garden. The city is also a gateway to many other travel destinations nearby, such as Gulmarg, Phalgam, Sonmarg, etc.
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Known as the 'Jewel of Punjab' the city of Amritsar is an ideal confluence of culture and modernity. It offers some landmark travel destinations in India, making it an ideal place to visit in North India during September. The most popular spot in the city is the Golden Temple. People from across the world throng the temple to witness its grandeur and experience the spiritual calm it exudes. While there are many other attractions the place offers ranging from temples and forts, among the most unique is the Wagah Border. It is the only road border crossing between India and Pakistan and witnesses ceremonial Beating Retreat and Change of Guard that providing a great experience of nationalistic fervour and harmony.
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Also called Kasi or Benares, Varanasi on the banks of river Ganga is considered to be a very ancient and holy city for the Hindus. A spiritual destination, the city is among the top picks of places to visit in North India in September. Popular as the 'City of Life' it comes as no surprise that Varanasi is a riot of colours, of people from various parts of the world, of intermingling traditions and rituals. A holy place where people hope to rest at the end of their lives, it provides an exciting visit for the avid traveller. Rejoice in the prayer rituals on the Ghats of Ganga and the many temples that dot the city.
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The former summer retreat of the British, Shimla in Himachal Pradesh is indeed the best place to getaway to in North India in September. Abound with nature ranging from the stunning backdrop of the hills to the striking greenery of tall trees, Shimla is a dream come true. The charm of the city lies in the age-old colonial architecture that stands strong among nature and has survived commercialisation. Enjoy the view of the snow-clad peaks as you sip on hot cuppas and explore the many ways of having a well-rested and peaceful vacation at this popular hill station. Also remember that Shimla is one of those places that unravels rare hidden gems to those who choose to explore the surroundings on foot.
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Another place to visit in North India in September is the popular hill station Nainital named after the Naini Lake. The present day tourist hub has many ancient legends associated with it including the story that the Hindu God Shiva performed his dance of 'tandav' holding his wife's body here. There are many places of interest in the area including; the Nainital Zoo, the Raj Bhavan, Eco Cave Gardens, etc. Nainital also has many famous boarding schools. But the deal clincher is the pleasant climatic conditions that charm people from the warmer regions to make a beeline for a holiday in Nainital.
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Another scenic hill station in North India is Mussoorie in Uttarakhand. It presents a magical place where the best of nature come together to present a fascinating spot where travel enthusiasts; both those looking for adventure and looking to relax can find their needs met. The hill station offers many activities such as the nature walk along the 'Camel's Back' road, Gun Hill, Kempty Falls, Lake Mist, etc. The picturesque beauty of the hill station also makes it an ideal romantic getaway for couples.
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Offering stunning views of the Chamba valley and the Dhauladhar Range, Dalhousie is a quaint hill station in Himachal Pradesh. The charming travel destination has some well-preserved structures from the British days including popular churches. The varying altitudes provide an interesting mix of vegetation and offers many places of interest. Travellers can explore spots such as Subash Baoli, Panjpulla, Bakrota Hills, Kalatope, Bara Pathar, Dainkund, etc.
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The uncharted terrains of Spiti makes for an interesting visit in North India during the month of September. The name literally means 'the middle' land between India and Tibet. A barren mountain area with the contrasting blue skies and white clouds, Spiti is a must-visit for adventure enthusiasts. The place is surrounded by towering mountains and many adventurous trails such as the Rohtang Pass connect Spiti Valley to other travel destinations in the region such as Kullu Valley. The roads however are blocked during the winters. Spiti has strong Buddhist influences, and you can visit many monasteries here.
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