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Travel plans can be tough to make. To make things simple, we share a list of where to travel in India this September.

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  • The Kaas Plateau, Maharashtra –

  • In September, Maharashtra’s ‘valley of flowers’ bursts into a riot of colours, with millions of wildflowers sprouting up as far as the eyes can see.

  • You can see more than 850 species of wildflowers, including orchids as well as carnivorous species like the DroseraIndica.

  • This biodiversity hotspot is only 6 hours from Mumbai, and just 3 hours away from Pune, so you can definitely include this into your plan, if you are heading this way in September.

Lonavala, Maharashtra – the well-known hill station, apart from giving you a number of fantastic visual reasons for coming to visit, is also hosting its very own film festival.

With over 45 entries to watch, the Lonavala International Film Festival of India (LIFFI) has fraternity vertrans like ShyamBenegal, GovindNihalani and Naseeruddin Shah in attendance.

  • Kerala

  • One of the highlights of September is undoubtedly the harvest festival of Onam. A 10-day long festival, you can be sure of a variety of experiences that differ each day. The first day, for example, kicks off with a street parade, replete with decorated elephants, floats, kathakali dancers and musicians.

  • The entire town, in fact, comes out in full strength to enjoy the festival, and you will find street stalls and traditional floral arrangements at every turn. One of the highlights of Onam, that you should not miss out on, is the Puli Kali, or the Tiger dance, which is performed to the beat of the drums.

Pune, Maharashtra

Apart from being one of the best weekend getaways spots from Mumbai, Pune comes alive during September, courtesy Ganeshotsav celebrations. Well-known as the homeland for this festival, you can enjoy a 10-day extravaganza that will leave you speechless.

From culture and tradition, to food and music, you can enjoy it all. The spectacular floats and idols that throng the city landscape are also a sight to behold.

You can also head to some of the traditional mandals, which host open-air theatre and music sessions as well. The immersion of these idols is also an experience that shouldn't’t be missed.

  • Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh -

  • One of the best times to visit this holy city is during the RamnagarRamlila Festival.

  • This version of the Ramlila is performed with the Ganga as the backdrop, and is considered one of the largest (in scale) depictions of the epic.

  • A complete riot of colour and tradition, you will find a number of multi-stage theatres spread out across this region, with lakhs of spectators thronging these stages every year.

  • Each episode of the epic is concluded with a magnificent aarti, a definite highlight that you can look forward to.

  • Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh – a beautiful mountain town that is situated around 160 km from Itanagar, in September, plays host to the Ziro Festival of Music.

  • Hailed as one of India’s largest outdoor music festivals, the line-up every year is truly amazing, with artists like Chennai-based alternative-rock-band Skrat, Mumbai-based electronic music producer and multi-instrumentalist Madboy and many more.

  • The highlight of the show, though, is the folk music, which is truly the best to come out of the North East.

Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir

September is definitely a good time to plan a trip to this mountain kingdom. The highlight of the month is the NaropaFestival which is known as the KumbhMela of the Himalayas. Held once in 12 years, this festival kicks off on the 15th of September, and extends till the 22nd of the month. An elaborate celebration, this festival is marked by prayers and mask dances or chams.

You can even look forward to Bollywood performances by the likes of Vishal–Shekhar, KK, Shankar Ehsaan Loy and others. If that is not reason enough, there is also the Ladakh Festival, which is held from the 20–26 September, which brings out the best of local culture, with music, dance, archery contests, polo matches and a magnificent Ladakhi parade.