15 Best Places To Visit In India In November
By Niyati Shinde on Aug 30, 2016
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A beautiful time of the year, the month of November is the perfect time to travel because the weather is delightful. The monsoons no longer drench travel plans and an onslaught of winter ensures that you are not dripping sweat! It is also that time of the year when many regions celebrate vibrant and lavish as well as homely festivals and organize bustling events. If you have got travel on your mind, be ready to go on a memorable trip, because we have listed down the top places to visit in November in India. They will leave you enthralled and happy.
A mesmerising UNESCO World Heritage Site, Hampi is home to ruins of the majestic Vijayanagra Empire. Even in its ruined state, the village manages to rivet visitors with its opulence and grandiose. Besides, because of its rugged terrain, Hampi is also slowly turning into a backpackers’ and adventure lovers’ delight. If you are looking for best tourist destinations in November, it does not get better than this!
Things to see: Jain Temples, Malyavanta Raghunathaswamy temple, Achyutaraya Temple, Chandramauleshwara Temple, Krishna Temple Complex.
Things to experience: Witness a stunning sunset.
Ideal for: Architecture, archaeology and history buffs.
How to reach: Nearest train station is at Hospet. Nearest airports are at Hubli and Belgaum.
A spiritually vivacious place to visit, Varanasi is replete with quaint ashrams, serene temples, crowded ghats and ofcourse, the holy River Ganges. Approximately around November, Varanasi hosts Diwali celebrations in the form of Dev Deepawali. This is one festive occasion you should not avoid witnessing. The ghats are lined with oil lamps during the evening and the city basks in their glow. The local government also organizes cultural events and performances and they add to the joy of the festivities.
Things to see: Dasaswamedh Ghat, Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Manikarnika Ghat, Ram Nagar Fort, Sarnath.
Things to experience: The Ganga Aarti.
Ideal for: A spiritual and cultural vacation.
How to reach: Land at the Lal Bahadur Shastri Airport if you are travelling by air. There is a railway junction in the city.
3. Gir Wildlife Sanctuary
One of the best places to visit in November in India, the Gir Wildlife Sanctuary is the only natural habitat of the regal looking Asiatic Lions. Spread across 1412 square kilometres and open for tourism from 16th October to 15th June every year, this is your window of opportunity to explore the diverse flora and fauna of the region.
Things to see: Over 400 species and varieties of plants and trees, animals such as lions, leopards and four horned antelope.
Things to experience: A jeep safari
Ideal for: Nature lovers
How to reach: Railway station in Junagadh.
Made famous by Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore, Shantiniketan is a visionary university town with the Visva Bharati University forming its crux. Earlier called Bhubandanga, it was Rabindranath Tagore’s father who built a house over here and named it ‘Shantiniketan’ which translates to ‘the abode of peace’. The name has stuck since then. If you are in search of someplace offbeat to visit in November, you should plan a trip to the quaint Shantiniketan.
Things to see: The Uttarayana complex, Visva Bharati’s school and college.
Things to experience: The aura of the entire region.
Ideal for: People who want to live a piece of history.
How to reach: Train from Howrah to Bolpur.
One of the best honeymoon places in India in winter, Coorg is a breathtaking region located at the heart of the southern Indian peninsula. With a nickname of ‘country of million hills’, Coorg in Karnataka will make you fall in love with its natural beauty, friendly hospitality, delicious food and heavenly coffee.
Things to see: Raja’s Seat, the Rajiv Gandhi National Park, Talcauvery.
Things to experience: Trek to Tadiyandamol, breathe in the beauty of the coffee and tea plantations.
Ideal for: Honeymooners, trekkers and family vacations.
How to reach: Nearest airport is at Mangalore and nearest railway station is at Mysore.
Fondly called the ‘Golden City’, Jaisalmer is one of the best places to vacation in November in India. Boasting of a rich history, captivating culture and mesmerizing architecture, the city, which is located in the Thar Desert, cools down significantly during November thus making it a delight to be visited. Take a walk along its cobbled streets, shop at the many local markets and indulge in some Rajasthani food on your vacation to Jaisalmer.
Things to see: Jaisalmer Fort, Sam Sand Dunes, Patwon Ki Haveli, Bada Bagh, Salim Singh ki Haveli.
Things to experience: The city’s history and imperial architecture.
Ideal for: Architecture and photography buffs as well as Honeymoons and Family vacations.
How to reach: Direct train from Old Delhi to Jaisalmer station.
An offbeat destination, Puri nonetheless will prove to be the right place to visit in November. One of the important pilgrimage places in India, Puri has some or the other festival or event lined up all year round and November is no exception. But, did you know that Puri is also a fabulous beach destination? With a long coastline, the city welcomes one and all with open arms and warm hospitality.
Things to see: Jagannatha Temple, Gundicha Temple, the Pancha Tirtha of Puri, the Ballighai beach.
Things to experience: The spirituality and peace that the city offers.
Ideal for: A spiritual vacation.
How to reach: Puri has train links with New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Tirupati and other major cities.
Located in the state of Tamil Nadu, Kodaikanal is a lovely hill station and a place that changes hues as the winter approaches. Surrounded by natural beauty on all sides, no wonder it ranks on the list of best honeymoon places in India in winter! The misty and chilly climate, the enchanting forests, the cascading waterfalls, plenty of tourist attractions and the lush green rolling hills; the city leaves its visitors spellbound.
Things to see: Kodaikanal Lake, Pillar Rocks, Bryant Park, Bear Shola Falls, Chettiar Park.
Things to experience: Boating over the Kodaikanal Lake. Go for a walk on the Coakers Walk Trail.
Ideal for: Honeymooners and for a family vacation.
How to reach: Nearest airport and railway station at Madurai.
A small city that packs in a lot of charisma- this describes Bhuj perfectly. Located in the Kutch district, the city’s proximity to the Rann of Kutch has made it a popular stop over for people visiting the spirited Rann Utsav, which is generally celebrated from November to February every year. If you want to explore the cultural diversity of the state, a visit to the Rann Utsav is a must. Here’s an account of what unfolded when TripHobo’s gang of girls visited the grand celebration. Now if the Rann Utsav does not make Bhuj a must place to visit in November in India then we don’t know what does!
Things to see: Aina Mahal, Kutch Museum, Prag Mahal, Lakhpat.
Things to experience: Catch a sunset over the White Rann of Kutch.
Ideal for: Family vacations and solo female travellers.
How to reach: Bhuj railway station is well connected to the major metro cities. The city also has a domestic airport.
The sleepy and pleasing town of Sonpur comes to life during the month of November. It is in this month that the town hosts its annual Sonepur Cattle Fair and it is a spectacle to behold and experience atleast once in your lifetime! Held on a full moon day, the fair is also known as Harihar Kshetra Mela. At the fair, farm animals and cattle can be sold and bought. Animals that are traded at the fair include elephants, dogs, ponies, rabbits, buffaloes, goats, poultry and even horses and camels. Sonpur is certainly a wacky place to vacation in November.
Things to see: Harihar Nath Temple, Sangam of Rivers Ganga and Gandak, Kali Temple.
Things to experience: The Sonepur Cattle Fair.
Ideal for: People who love to witness quirky events.
How to reach: The Sonpur Junction railway station is well connected to major cities in the state. You can also hop on a BSTDC ferry.
A breathtakingly ravishing city in the state of Himachal Pradesh, Dharamshala will leave you awestruck. Home to monasteries and meditation and yoga centres, visitors generally head over to the city when they are in search of some inner peace. Having said that, the city also acts as a gateway to a few thrilling Himalayan treks, thus making it a perfect place to visit for trekking and camping enthusiasts.
Things to see: Kangra Fort, HPCA Stadium, Gyuto Monastery, Dharamshala War Memorial.
Things to experience: A meditation session followed by a soothing massage at a spa.
Ideal for: Honeymooners, trekkers and spiritually inclined souls.
How to reach: A popular way to reach Dharamshala is via bus. The city also has an airport. Nearest railway station is at Pathankot.
The dreamlike town of Pelling in Sikkim is a must visit for everybody with a wanderlust. And November is the perfect month to visit as the climate is just right to enjoy all the outdoor activities that the place has to offer. The harsh cold days haven’t set in yet and the monsoons have long said goodbye to the region, thus making it a heaven for nature lovers, honeymooners and outdoorsy people.
Things to see: Khecheopalri Lake, Rimbi waterfalls, Kanchenjunga waterfalls, Rabdentse Ruins, Pemayangtse monastery.
Things to experience: Feed biscuits to fishes at the Khecheopalri Lake. Cross the suspension bridge of Singshore on foot.
Ideal for: Honeymooners, trekkers and the spiritually inclined.
How to reach: The nearest airport is the Bagdogra airport whereas the nearest railway station is the Jalpaiguri Railway Station.
Puducherry or Pondicherry is an ethereal Union Territory town in India. Boasting of a pristine coastline and old-fashioned architecture, this ex French colonial settlement still has that aura of the bygone era. It offers a unique blend of an intriguing heritage and a spiritual culture. If you want to visit France but haven’t managed to save enough for the trip, you should definitely head over to Pondicherry and enjoy a budget friendly French holiday!
Things to see: Paradise Beach, Pondicherry Promenade (beach road), Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, Bharathi Park, Pondicherry Museum.
Things to experience: Attend a session or sign up for a course at Auroville. Indulge in some delicious French cuisine at one of the many cafes in the city.
Ideal for: Family vacations, honeymooners and solo female travellers.
How to reach: Best to drive down/ hop on a bus from Chennai.
A haven of tranquillity, Kovalam is a peaceful beach town in God’s Own Country- Kerala. Essentially a beach bum’s paradise, head over to Kovalam in November to have lazy mornings, serene evenings and breezy nights. Swimming, sunbathing, water sports and shopping, your days will predominantly consist of these activities.
Things to see: Kovalam Beach, Vizhinjam lighthouse and beach, Kovalam Art Gallery, Eve’s beach, Vizhinjam Marine Aquarium.
Things to experience: Catch a mesmerising sunset at the beach while you sip on fresh coconut water.
Ideal for: Beach bums, families and honeymooners.
How to reach: Airport and railway station at Thiruvananthapuram. Hop on a bus/ taxi or rent a car from there.
15. Port Blair
The capital of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, the historically significant city of Port Blair proves to be a winsome place to be visited during the winters. On your escapade, apart from sightseeing, you can undertake activities such as snorkelling, scuba diving and even hop on a sea cruise. And remember, one does not simply visit Port Blair! The city has many enchanting islands surrounding it which can be visited on one day tours and you should definitely explore these little lands of bliss.
Things to see: Cellular Jail, Ross Island, Corbyn’s Cove, Chidiya Tapu, Samudrika Marine Museum, Anthropological Museum.
Things to experience: Experience India’s freedom struggle at the Cellular Jail. You have to go island hopping and snorkelling as well.
Ideal for: Beach bums, families, photography enthusiasts, history buffs and honeymooners.
How to reach: Port Blair has an airport that is well connected with the southern part of India. Cruises and ferries leave for the city from Chennai, Vizag and Kolkata.
Hope the list helps you in shortlisting a destination for your November vacation in India. With the help of this itinerary planner, you will be able to cover all the famous attractions as well as all the memorable experiences that your choice of place has to offer. Happy journey to you. Here’s wishing you a lifetime of beautiful memories.