1. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh – A festival by the river
Sometime during the last week of November, the banks of Ganges host one of the most significant festivals of Indian Classical Music and Dance. Other than pilgrims, one finds some of the most celebrated artists like Pandit Birju Maharaj, Kailash Kher performing in Varanasi. Also taking place about during the same time is Dev Deepawali, which is marked by grand aartis and leaves the stairs to the river lit with countless diyas, and the river itself glittering under the reflection of the city. All these aspects make it one of the places to visit in November in India. You can know more about it from our special blog on Dev Deepawali.
2. Jaisalmer , Rajasthan – November in the Golden City
What is avoided and unkempt in summers is festive, colorful and welcoming by the winters. With its sands a bit cooler, November in Jaisalmer looks forward to its desert safari, walking through its forts, palaces, and havelis and enjoying evenings by its lakes. It easily makes it to the best places to visit in November in India. Situated close to the Pakistan border, Jaisalmer’s Sonar Quilla is a living fort replete with hotels, shops and old and majestic havelis.
3. Sanasar , Jammu and Kashmir – Quieter hills with livelier skies
If this November, you want to stretch your arms, paragliding over Kashmir’s valleys, trek, rock climb and play golf, mark Sanasar on your maps already. Head over to this little known town during November, to have just the right mix of a calm and peaceful holiday with a dash of adventure.
4. Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh- The city around a Shiva Temple
Landmarked by the Mahakaleshwar temple by a lake, and all the spirituality and festivity that it gathers around itself, visit Ujjain during November when the weather is pleasant. It is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas, marked by a self born lingam and the sprawling structure built around it. A great option for places to visit during November in India.
5. Amritsar, Punjab – The biggest celebration of Punjab
Any word used to describe the celebrations, devotion and festivity at the Golden temple on Guru Nanak Jayanti in November, tends to be an understatement. Guru Nanak Guru-Purab falls in the month of November but the exact date varies from year to year. While this landmark of the state is always a unique experience, visit Amritsar is one of the places to visit in November in India to find the structure sparkling with lights and witness religion and spirituality as never before.
6. Manali, Himachal Pradesh
This beautiful hill station in Himachal Pradesh is one of the most sought after tourist destinations in North India. Surrounded by the towering, snow capped Himalayan peaks and thick pine forests, one can just not get over the sheer raw beauty of this place. The winter months begin from November onwards, and that is when the true scenic beauty of Manali is revealed to the world. It’s also the perfect time to go skiing for all the winter sports enthusiasts. Add Manali to your places to visit in November in India and you’re bound to have an enchanting experience.
7. Gir , Gujarat
The sole home of the endangered Asiatic Lion, the Gir Wildlife Sanctuary was established in the year 1975, as a need to safeguard the lion population which had fallen steeply due to illegal hunting and poaching. Since the sanctuary has been set up, though government conservation attempts, there has been an increase in the lion population. Though the place is shut during the monsoon season, the winter months are the best time to visit it, as there is an increased possibility of sighting wildlife.