November is the month when winter marks its arrival with the autumn season after a long
summer and heavy monsoon, making it the best time to visit. India is a land of diverse scenery of desert,
mountains, historic ruins, ancient architecture, verdant meadows, and lots of delicious local cuisines and
foods. Whether you are an adventure seeker, a beach person, a history enthusiast, or a religious soul, India
offers endless perfect places to explore.
From Rann Kutch Festival to Kullu Dussehra and Diwali, this month offers an inner sight of Indian culture and
beliefs with limitless fun and frolic. While the North region is enchanted by snowy spells, the South region
receives a magical aura of autumn and chill breezes. So, here are the best destinations in India to visit in
November with your loved ones.
Varanasi is the spiritual heart of India, which is believed to be founded by Lord Shiva about 3000 years
ago. It is the most visited and revered Hindu pilgrimage destination in India. Also known as Banaras, the
city celebrates Ganga Mahotsav in November which lasts for 5 days on the banks of the Ganges followed by
cultural performances. Behold the imperial sight of Ganga Arti at Assi Ghats and Dashashwamedh Ghats,
visit pure gold plated Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple dedicated to Mahadev Shiva, Manikarnika Ghat for
depart the restless souls, 19th-century Nepalese king built Shivala Ghat, and
Bodh Gaya, Bihar
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Bodh Gaya is one of the four major Buddhism pilgrimage sites in India to visit whose history is dating
back to 500 BC, where Buddha sat under a Bodhi Tree to meditate and found enlightenment. The town
celebrates major festivals in November Dzongsar Monlam festival and the Siddhartha Festival which attracts
thousands of believers from everywhere, celebrating the Buddha's life and teachings under the Tree for two
days that involve folk dance, chants, Vimalakirti Sutra teachings, and talks. Find peaceful surroundings
at Muchalinda Lake, Thai Monastery, Mahabodhi Temple, and go on a drive to Dungeshwari Hills.
Shantiniketan, West Bengal
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Shantiniketan is the place where Literature Nobel Prize winner, Rabindranath Tagore lived, expanded the
town, and established a world-renowned education institution, Vishwa Bharti. Located about 157km from
north of Kolkata in a Bolpur town, the place is culturally rich offering the study and research on every
distinct religion, literature, science, art, and civilization. It is a heritage site with several popular
temples and places to visit in November such as Amar Kutir, clock-tower building Singha Sadan, Nandan
Museum, and shop at Shonibarer Haat for local artisan's handicrafts, and explore the diverse wildlife at
Khoai Sonajhuri Forest.
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The capital city of Nagaland, Kohima is the second-largest city in the state, originally called
derived from the name of Kewhi flowers that are vastly grown in the region. This is a leisure place to
visit in India with diverse tribal cultures and offers endless exploration spots in pleasant weather for
trekking, camping, rock climbing, and many thrilling activities at the famous Dzukou Valley, Japfu Peak,
and witness the archaeological excellence and handicrafts ruins at Tseminyu. Witness the major
festivities, including Ngada Festival and Tokhu Emong, celebrated by the different tribes. It also
the Commonwealth War Cemetery, the final resting place of World War II martyrs.
Famous for its paddy-cum-pisciculture cultivation, Ziro is the most popular valley in India, nestled
amid the mountains of Arunachal Pradesh. The place is located at an elevation of about 5,500 feet and
serves nature lovers and adventure seekers to make the most out of their trip in November when the
weather is pleasant marking the arrival of the winter season. Talley Valley Sanctuary, Kile Pakho,
Sidheshwar Nath Temple, Orchid Research Center, Meghna Cave Temple, Dolo Mando, Ziro Puto, and Bamboo
Groove are few of many places to enjoy trekking, camping, rock climbing, jungle safari, paragliding,
river rafting, and more.
Kutch is home to one of the five largest Harappan archaeological sites, Dholaveera, attracting
thousands of visitors to witness the marvelous structures from all over India. If you're planning to
visit the best desert escape in India in winter, Rann Kutch Festival is a sight to behold that commences
in November and lasts 2 to 3 months. Witness the cultural and creative essence of Gujarat in the
much-awaited festival assorted with an array of folk performances. Indulge in the captivating activities
in Rann Utsav such as paramotoring, star-gazing, bird watching, and camelback ride. Experience the
camping under the full moonlight and capture the desert sand turning silvery white in the moonlight.
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Situated on the Konkan Coast in Maharashtra, Ganpatipule turns into a paradisiacal haven when the
winter season starts to embrace the town in its coolness, making it an ideal destination to visit in
India in November. According to the Hindu folklore, Lord Ganesha moved to the fine white sand called
‘pule' here, hence deriving its name ‘Ganpatipule.' The temples of Lord Ganpati, a hill shaped like
Ganesha overlooking the confluence of beach and river, and the famous 400-year-old self-created monolith
of Lord Ganesha attract people from everywhere to pray and seek blessings from the Mangal Murti. Stroll
along the long stretches of pristine beaches trailed by mangroves and bamboo trees.
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Long stretches of pristine white sand beaches, clear waters, and captivating landscape scenery are a
crown jewel of Tarkarli, offering exciting water sports and outdoor adventures that make it the perfect
destination to visit in India in November. Situated on the coast of the Arabian Sea in Maharashtra, the
place houses the 17th-century Sindhudurg Fort built by the Maratha rulers and the Karli River for
boating and sunset views. Pack your bags and tick off the water sports from your list in Tarkarli like
Scuba diving, parasailing, snorkeling, jet-skiing, and kayaking at Tsunami Island. Take your mind off
the worries and capture the spellbinding views at Rock Garden Sunset Point.
Whether you are a devotee, an adventure seeker, or a seafood lover, Gokarna is a must-visit place in
India in winter. Literally means 'cow's ears, this quaint village is settled on the Arabian Sea in
Karnataka and is one of the seventh most popular pilgrimage destinations in India, housing the famous
Mahabaleshwar Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. November brings a major festival, Karikeya which is
celebrated to honor Lord Kartikeya, son of Lord Shiva. Experience surfing at Gokarna and Kudle Beach,
explore exotic flora and fauna at Dev Bagh and Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary, trek to India's
second-highest waterfall Jog Falls, and much more.
Located about 10 km northwest of Ajmer city in Rajasthan, Pushkar is the only city that houses the only
temple of Lord Brahma in India, which makes it the most visited place in India in winter. It is during
November when the city celebrates one of the infamous festivals of Rajasthan, Pushkar Camel Fair,
attracting travelers from all around. Indulge in a 9-day long annual fair that takes place at Pushkar
Lake and watches the embellished in colorful clothes and accessories and enters in the contests, races,
dance, and being traded. Catch the bird's eye view of the fair in a hot balloon ride, match your steps
with folk dance on folk music, satiate your buds with delicious Rajasthani cuisine, and enjoy camping
under the starry sky.
Surrounded by the Aravalli Hills, Udaipur is popular by the name City of Lakes is an ideal place to
visit in India in November as one of the popular Shilpgram Art Fairs is grandly celebrated promoting art
and culture of the region and encouraging locals to present their many talents to the world. The weather
during November remains pleasant with cool wind and less humidity, making it the best time to explore
local streets, eat local food, collect handcrafted souvenirs at the stalls, learn about the rich history
behind this magnificent city, and enjoy boating at Fateh Sagar Lake.
Known as the ‘Golden City’ for its yellow sandstone structures, Jaisalmer is a former medieval trading
center, situated in the heart of the Thar Desert in Rajasthan. Nothing beats the winter season to
explore dunes and ancient forts and palaces turned into heritage resorts and hotels that make Jaisalmer
the best place to visit in India in November. Spend a day like a king in the heritage Havelis, explore
the sand dunes on a camel safari in Sam Sand Dunes, witness the wondrous flora and fauna at Desert
National Park, enjoy a romantic boat ride at Gadisar Lake, shop for Rajasthani jewelry at Sonaron ka
Baas street market, and capture the golden hues of Jaisalmer Fort.
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The cultural capital of the Kumaon region, Almora is a paradise for backpackers situated at an
elevation of about 1,638 meters atop Kashyap Hills in Uttarakhand. The dense pine and oak trees forest
trails with an enchanting backdrop of snow-capped Himalayan ranges makes for the perfect hill station
getaway in India in November. Set your eyes upon several highest peaks such as Nanda Devi and Trishul,
adapt the spiritual vibes from chants and hymns from the temples dedicated to Hindu Goddesses, learn
about the Stone Era at Lakhudiyar Cave, and behold the town serenity in Jageshwar Yoga Festival that is
held in Jageshwar Temple. Besides affluent culture and spirituality, the place is home to many exotic
species of flora and fauna at Almora Zoo and offers amazing picnic spots at Eco Park.
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Amritsar is the most auspicious pilgrimage place of Sikhs in India as it houses the holiest gurdwara,
the Golden Temple, surrounded by the sacred Amrit Sarovar Lake. There are several preeminent festivals
are held in winter in Amritsar, giving travelers and believers more reasons to visit this place in India
in November. One of the most auspicious Guru Purab festivals celebrated the birth anniversary of Guru
Govind Singh Ji followed by chanting the Holy Guru Granth Sahib in Gurdwaras lit up with fairy lights
and another religious fair, Ram Tirath Fair after Diwali that is celebrated for five days, remembering
the tales and teachings of Lord Ram and Mata Sita.
One of the most visited hill stations in India is Manali, attracting hundreds of thousands of travelers
every year with its lush greenery, snow-capped mountain ranges, untrodden hiking trails through deodar
forests, and cascading waterfalls. Known for its revered Hadimba Temple, Bijli Mahadev Temple, and
ancient Buddhist monasteries, the town celebrates the famous Kullu Dussehra in November like in no other
region in the country followed by the grand procession of Lord Raghunath. Trek to magnificent Chandra
Tal Lake, experience adventure thrills at Solang Valley including skiing, paragliding, and zorbing, wash
bathe in the relaxing Vashishtha Hot Springs and taste the global cuisine at restaurants with
breath-taking views at Manali Mall Road
Dotted with numerous ruined temples, forts, and other monuments from Vijayanagara Empire, Hampi is the
oldest village in Karnakata state in India. Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the place houses
the oldest 7th-century Sri Virupaksha Temple, dedicated to the Hindu deity- Lord Shiva which has become
a popular religious site in India. Apart from ancient temples, archaeological museums, and historic
ruins, Hampi celebrates the famous recreational Hampi Festival, illustrating the prestigious history of
Hampi through musical dance performances, grand elephant procession, fireworks, and puppet shows,
alluring travelers to indulge in the grand festivity in November. Explore the city on a bike, take a
rejuvenating bath at Lotus Hall Complex, experience the thrill of cliff jumping, and watch the sunset
from Hemakuta Hills.
Situated at an elevation of around 2100 meters above sea level, Wayanad makes a perfect getaway in
India in November when the heavy monsoon finally takes its leave and cool temperature embraces the hills
in its colorfully dramatic autumn hues. Embark on a joyful Elephant ride in Edakkal Caves, and buy local
handicrafts and homemade savory spices. Witness the scenic views of green hills, rich tea and coffee
plantation, visit Soochipara Waterfalls, scenic Chembra Peak, peculiar wildlife at Wayanad Wildlife
Sanctuary, a spiritual visit to Thirunelli Temple, and much more.
Owing to its lush greenery, cloud-blanketed mountains, and hidden waterfalls, Coorg is the perfect
holiday hill station in India situated in the Kodagu district of Karnataka along the western ghats.
Popularly known as Scotland of India, the place becomes a fairy winterland, which becomes more charming
with the vibrant celebration of the Puthari Harvest Festival that is held in November. Additionally, the
low temperature, less humidity, and cool breeze make it a perfect spot for trekking, camping, rafting,
mountain climbing, fishing, and much more. Visit the Omkareshwar Temple-a unique sublime of Gothic and
Islamic architecture, the oldest St. Anne’s Church, trek to and capture the panoramic view of Chamomile
Hill, and so on.
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Varkala is a picturesque town situated on the Arabian Sea in Kerala. The place is famous for its palm
trees covered red cliffs, and natural springs which are believed to have medicinal virtue. It is home to
a 2000-years-old Janardhanaswamy Temple, dedicated to Janardhana Swami, a form of Lord Vishnu. the
architectural style of houses and temples depicts the principles of Thachu Shastra- the science of
carpentry and Vastu Shastra- the science of architecture and spatial engineering. Enjoy the tranquil
surroundings at Varkala & Kappil Beach, watch the sunset at Edava Vettakkada Beach, go for cliff jumping
at Varkala Cliff, visit Varkala Aquarium if you are a marine fan, and enjoy delicious food at trance
cafe and restaurants.
Famous for its rich flora of eucalyptus, cypress, numerous varieties of trees, and the popular
man-made Kodai Lake, Kodaikanal is a charming hill station in the Tamil Nadu state of India, situated at
an elevation of about 7,000ft. The place is situated in the Dindigul district. With pleasant temperature
ranges not above 10 C, the place receives a peak tourist season in November. The winters paint the
fantastic hues all around with fog and chilly breezes, giving travelers the best weather conditions to
explore Pillar Rocks, Coakers Walk, Devil’s Kitchen, Dolphin Nose, and Kodai Palani trek. Stroll through
the tea plantations and enjoy a peaceful bird-watching session.
Q.What are the best places in India to visit in November?
For nature lovers and adventure freaks, plan your visit to Nainital, Kodaikanal, Manali, Gokarna, Udaipur, and
Kutch. Other places you can visit in India to find solace from hectic life include Varanasi, Bodh Gaya,
Tarkarli, Coorg, Wayanad, Pushkar, Almora, Amritsar, and more.
Q.What are the affordable places in India to visit in November?
Tight on your budget? Don't worry we've got several beautiful places you can travel to when you're running low
on budget- Kodaikanal, Gokarna, Udaipur, Nainital, Manali, Pushkar, and Coorg.
Q.Is November a good time to travel to India?
During this time of the year, the north shelves the clear blue skies and the weather becomes pleasant as the
chill winds mark the arrival of the winter season in November. It is during this month that the country has many
auspicious and significant festivals making India an ideal holiday destination among tourists.
Q.What kind of clothes do I need to carry while traveling to India?
You should carry an extra pair of woolen clothing with track pants, a t-shirt, hiking/trekking shoes, sunscreen,
a hat/scarf, extra pair of clean socks. Mark an impact on conservation and lessen the use of plastic bags and
other stuff. Bring your water bottle and washable cutlery.
Q.Is India a safe place to travel with kids?
Taking care of a kid simply depends on you. People from around the world come with their families and kids and
enjoy the mild wintry weather. For more information on kids' travel, get in contact with Safar Mentor for
Q.What are the things to keep in mind while traveling to India in November?
Almost all Indians solely keep their taste buds in check with the street food, so don't hesitate to eat the
local food stalls, avoid bottled water, save big by commuting with public transport (much safer for solo
travelers), and the key tip- keep your exquisite belongings like phone, laptop, chargers, passport, tickets,
wallets, etc., at the safest spot or with you and don't ask for directions from just anyone, instead use Google
Maps, or call our travel experts in case of any inquiries and get a planned trip customized for you.