October is one of the best seasons to visit Delhi. The monsoon season has just ended. The skies are clear. There is a buzz in the air because of the upcoming string of festivals. Contrasted only by the lazy autumn vibes.
Temperature In Delhi in October
The Temperature of Delhi in October ranges from 35C/95F to 20C/32F. This is the short-lived autumn season in India. The skies are mostly open. The sun has lost intensity except for the peak afternoon.
It might get a little humid because of October heat but the early mornings and evenings are amazing in this month. The weather is near perfect for walking around, visiting landmarks or best of all taking a day off to just shop.
You can take our guided tour.
You can take our shopping tour.
OR you can check out our Free resources for Delhi.
Here is the list of tourist attractions most tourists don’t know about.
Holidays and Festivals in October 2019
October is packed with major festivals.
October 2nd-Gandhi Jayanti
The birth anniversary of the father of the nation is a national holiday. Gandhi Jayanti is marked by prayer services and tributes all over India, including at Gandhi’s memorial in New Delhi where he was cremated. Raj Ghat is a memorial dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi in Delhi, India. This is where the country pays tribute to the great saint.
October 6th- End of Navratri
A Garba/dandiya night marks the end of this 9-day long tribute to different incarnations of the chief Indian goddesses. Do not miss this spectacular night. All you need is some ethnic lenghas and Dandiya Sticks ( all of which you can rent!)
October 7th- Dussehra
Dussehra is commemorated as the victory of good over evil. It’s a grand celebration held during the night. Tall effigies of the evil king Ravana and his brothers are burnt using fire tipped arrows. You definitely do not want to miss this spectacular shows. Also, make sure to catch Ramleela- theatrical adaptation of Lord Ram’s life.
Here are some of the best grounds to visit.
October 17th- Karva Chauth
It’s the single largest celebration of love between spouses. The wife fasts for her husband’s good health until the moon rises. Then the couples get all dressed up and observe each other under the beautiful moonlight. The husband feeds his wife by hand to break her fast.
October 27th- Diwali
Diwali is the biggest festival in India, spanning over a week. It is the festival of lights. The culmination of all the events is the big night of Diwali. The goddess of wealth and the god of removing obstacles are worshipped in every house for good luck. Post this, the people take to the streets to enjoy fireworks.
You can celebrate Diwali in your local community with some firecrackers. Make sure to take sweets if you’re visiting any Indian family. Also, make sure to maintain a safe distance while setting off fireworks. Do not wear easily inflammable clothes.
October 28th- Govardhan Puja
This is celebrated as a mark of gratitude to Lord Krishna. When he lifted the Govardhan Hill to provide the villagers of Vrindavan shelter from torrential rains. This is symbolic of people’s faith in god to always rescue his devotees. You can spot figurines made from cow dung at the entrance of houses.
October 29th- Bhai Duj
On Bhai Dooj, women pray to the Gods for long and prosperous lives for their brother. They invite their brothers home and apply ’tilak’ on their foreheads and offer prayers to the Gods. In return, the brothers give presents to their sisters.
- Words Literature festival– 2nd October
- Bridal Asia– 5th Oct
- Diwali Mela– 5th-6th Oct
- Garba Night– 6th Oct
- ISCON Udgaar -6th Oct
- Ram Leela- 7th Oct (We recommend Ram Lila Maidan, Asaf Ali Road)
- Diwali Mela – 12th Oct
- Diwali Half Marathon– 27th Oct
What To Pack
- You can dress for the weather in light clothes.
- If you are visiting mosques, then avoid short clothes.
- The Sikh gurudwaras require you to cover your head, so it is advisable to take a large handkerchief along.
- Jain temples do not allow any leather (belts, wallets etc).
- All religious places require you to take off footwear, but socks are ok.
- Definitely bring sunscreen and a mosquito repellent.
Things To Keep In Mind
- Avoid eating street food from open vendors. Small establishments also carry authentic foods but have better sanitation.
- Avoid drinking unsterilized water or from open sources.
- Since it is the holiday season, call ahead to check if visitation is allowed or if they are open.
- A lot of important places are put on red alert due to the possibility of terrorist activities. Make sure to check ahead and avoid these places.
- Be street smart and stay vigilant.