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Best Places to Visit in India in November

With temperature cooling down and monsoon over, November heralds the peak season of tourism in India. It is the time of year when all wildlife sanctuaries are open, the scorching desert of Rajasthan cools down, Andaman and Goa beaches are accessible with sporadic rains  and the snow carpets the great Himalayan landscape. In all this is the time of the year when you could enjoy the true geographical diversity of India. If you are itching to go footloose than our compilation of the best places to visit in India in November is just the thing for you.

The days get shorter, calmer and the nights considerably cooler. November is also the month when a number of festivals are being celebrated all around the country including the world famous Pushar Fair. In a nutshell, this is the best time of the year to explore some of India’s most interesting places. So, here are the list of top places to visit in India in November:

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India’s vey own vision of heaven, Gulmarg lies in Jammu and Kashmir. The snow carpeted hill station is one of the favorites of travelers. The beautiful landscapes of snow everywhere you see is of exceptional delight. November witnesses a good enough amount of snow which lets you indulge in adventures and enjoy a great time. Vacations in Gulmarg comprise of exhilarating skiing, snowboarding, and snowball fight, building a snow man, checking out the 2 phase gondola ride and enjoying a comfortable stay with family or your loved one.

The “Meadow of Flowers’ is splendid every season but the powdery snow created a magical land where travelers will feel themselves lost. It’s very easy to reach Gulmarg as it is quite close to the capital city Srinagar and very comfortably connected. During you stay in the ski resort destination, check out the quaint Anglican Church of St Mary’s, the classic Hotel Highlands Park, Mt Afarwat and the view of Nanga Parbat.


Hawa Mahal is one of the prominent tourist attractions in Jaipur
Hawa Mahal in Jaipur
The Royal Rajputs of India have their fables still being repeated. The capital city of the desert state of Rajasthan, Jaipur is a living heritage of the grandeur of the warrior rulers. The city of magnificent forts, palaces, wonderful markets and pampering hospitality is on the top of the list of favorite holiday destinations in India in November. 

The month of pleasant weather makes it possible for travelers to enjoy sightseeing, shopping, dining and regal stay. Start your holiday with sightseeing of City Palace, Hawa Mahal, Amber Fort, Jaigarh Fort, Nahargarh Fort, Jantar Mantar and Albert Museum Hall. Indulge in amazing shopping as the markets are wonderfully packed with attires of vibrant shades, attractive jewelry, poetries, artifacts and various treasures. The lip smacking food deserves a special mention as you indulge is some exotic and truly wonderful flavors. The stay in the city accommodations are regal and replete of every luxury. Try out the opportunity to stay in palaces converted into heritage resorts.


Auli is an important ski destination in the Himalayan mountains of Uttarakhand, India.
View of Auli Hill station
The breathtakingly beautiful Auli in Uttarakhand is a winter wonderland. International standards of skiing and snow adventures at most pocket friendly rates have drawn travelers form domestic as well as international boundaries. November beautifies the hill station with a powdery white layer of snow. The alpine hill station is a sight straight out of pages of fairytales of faraway snow lands. Located at an elevation of 2500 to 3050 meters above sea level enjoy the pure air of mountains, views of Nanda Devi, Naga Parbat and other towering peaks with presence almost to the skyline. 

The thrill of gliding down the peaks aided with snow gear calls for the adventure seekers. There are numerous treks for all enthusiasts that challenge you and take you on a scenic experience. Honeymoon couples and families travel to Auli for its blessed environs. Uttarakhand boasts of various hill beauties but Auli shines like a beacon as its charm remains unrivalled.


Spectacular view of the sunrise at Puri Beach
Spectacular view of the sunrise at Puri Beach
Puri remains an important travel destination all over the year but for the maximum fun, November is the time to plan your trip. Devotees, beach lovers, explorers and every traveler makes way to the city approx. 60 km from Bhubaneshwar the capital of the state along the Bay of Bengal coast. Known for its famous Jagannath temple and the magnificent Rath Yatra, Puri is one of the original sites of Chardham Yatra for attainment of Moksha. 

Apart from its spiritual significance the city is a beautiful beach destination and the getaway to other pleasant attractions. Check out the religious attractions at Jagannath Temple, Gundicha Temple, Tota Gopinatt, Sunaragauranga, Lokanath and Daria Mahabir. For getaways there are choices of Konark Temple, Balighai, Brahmagiri, Satyabadi, Baliharachandi, Raghurajpur and Satapara. During your stay do not miss out the fresh delicacies of the sea or the exquisite shopping delights of sea-shell, palm leaf paintings, wooden carvings and Solapith work.


Humayun’s tomb - one of the best preserved Mughal monuments
Humayun’s tomb - one of the best preserved Mughal monuments
The capital city of India is an evergreen holiday destination. The pleasant weather of November makes it ideal for sightseeing, indulging in the city experiences and to be lost in the charm of the city of cities. The modern and the old world merge and co-exist here. Form the by lanes of Old Delhi of Red Fort, Jama Masjid to the planned road towards Rashtrapati Bhavan to India Gate create a wonderful time. 

Indulge in sightseeing of icons like Red Fort, India Gate, Lotus Temple, Humayun’s Tomb, Qutub complex, the Swami Narayan, Akshardham Temple, Jantar Mantar, Purana Qila, Connaught Place and numerous others. The markets of the city are thriving with attractive bargains of latest clothes, jewelry, artifacts and other treasures. The foodie tails of the city takes you to a plethora of sights, smells and flavors such as Mughal, North Indian, Afghani and other variants. The nightlife and the entertainment section too remains unrivalled.  The city is not just a destination but the mix of various experiences.


A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Khajuraho Temples in Madhya Pradesh are amongst the most beautiful medieval monuments in India.
Khajuraho Temple - one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India

The glorious Indian heritage can be witnessed at the UNESCO heritage site of Khajuraho at Madhya Pradesh. The city comprises of elegant monuments of Hindu and Jain Temples, erotic carvings in the temples and architecture that surely mind boggles you. November creates the perfect season to be an explorer and wanderer. Get ready to witness the proud heritage of Indian civilization with roots almost 200 years old. The ruins of temples are ideal to get lost in the old world charm. Easily connected to Jhansi the ancient site is easy to access. 

The history, heritage and mysticism are not the only pleasures to be indulge in. Learn the ways of manifestation of tantric philosophies which were a core part of the old culture. Almost every temple has detailed carvings of every aspect of life form rituals, courtship, lovemaking, dance forms, gods and goddesses and every aspect of human life. The nippy climate is perfect for you to plan your expedition.

Aurangabad (Ajanta & Ellora)

Ajanta and Ellora close to Aurangabad in Maharashtra is one of the interesting places to visit this November.

India has a rare treasure of cave temples. Of the many Ajanta & Ellora are wonderful. The intricate detailed carved temples of Ajanta and Ellora close to Aurangabad in Maharashtra is one of the interesting places to visit this November. The pleasant weather conditions creates a suitable condition for you to gawk at the intricate art for hours without worrying about heat or weather conditions. Get lost in art so beautifully created and preserved. It’s not hours you need but few hours to quench thirst of inquisitiveness. 

The style, the created paints with dyes and the details of carvings needs special attention. Various murals depicting aspects of Buddhist faiths there is a lot to explore. After your thorough study the city grants other interesting pleasures as you explore the city of Aurangabad famous for its other attractions like Panchakki, Bibi Ka Maqbara and others, gastronomical delights and getaway to other beauties.


Tourist play with snow at a park during heavy snowfall in Srinagar
Tourist play with snow at a park during heavy snowfall in Srinagar
 The Heaven on Earth is a charming pleasure all season of the year but November enhances the beauty. For an early winter holiday, Srinagar remains an unrivalled choice. The first snowfall in the mountains is a bliss. The serene glassy waters of Dal Lake, Jhelum River and Nagin Lake can be enjoyed with vibrant colored Shikaras and houseboats. 

The fluttering prayer flags on Shankaracharya temple and Hazrat Bal; the beauty of the Mughal gardens of Shalimar Bagh and Nishat Bagh; the chaos of markets packed with kesar, handicrafts and other beauties is truly splendid. Srinagar is endowed with a charm which invites honeymoon couples, families and adventure lovers from all over the world. The experience of the earthy paradise remains in the heart of all travelers who have laid their eyes here. Enjoy the unique flavor of kawaah and other gastronomical delights, the warmth of locals and the experience of closest to heaven you can ever be.


Best Places to Visit in India in November in Ooty

Just like any other town in TamilNadu, Ooty is a bustling town where life goes on in a hectic schedule. But if you are looking for some of the best places to visit in India, then you need to head to the greener areas, which are still in the charm of the vintage British era.

A hill station that was only a summer destination of the English in the early 19th century, is now a reason to look beyond the quintessential of Tamil Nadu (cultural heritage).

Located on the Nilgiri hills in the southern part of India, Ooty is a paradise that is dotted with plantations of tea, artificial lakes, waterfalls, lovely parks, gardens, and primitive Bungalows which beautifully showcases British legacy.

Other pleasantries involve the mild weather which is highly rejuvenating and enticing, and to enjoy the best of it, travel in winters. Winters bring the best out of Ooty. A cool temperature with a misty environ, lush green covers with a blue backdrop of Nilgiris, winters do know how to define its real beauty.

And while you are travelling to Ooty, do not forget to make use of the Nilgiri mountain railway. It is highly vintage, a century old, and it crawls through some of the best nature spots in Ooty that include rocky landscapes and tea estates, you might miss them if traveling otherwise.

Bundi, Rajasthan

Taragarh Fort, Bundi - The undiscovered splendour
Taragarh Fort, Bundi - The undiscovered splendour
A tiny less-explored town, Bundi boasts of rich historical assets. Once the ruling tribe of the region, the Meena tribe hds given a name to this place. Bundi has been named after the tribe’s chieftain Bunda Meena. Placed at a distance of around 200 km from the state’s capital Jaipur, this quaint yet enchanting town is encircled by the Aravalis from three sides. 

This calm town has narrow alleys, hills, blue-colored houses, temples, havelis and the most popular Taragarh Fort. It is one of those places in Rajasthan that still carries its old magical regal charm. The place is also popular for the Bundi School of painting, known for its Rajasthan-inspired miniature paintings.

[Also check out Shekhawati Festival in Rajasthan]

Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

The Holy City Varanasi

Also known as Kashi and Benaras, the busy city of Varanasi is popular for being one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. Brace yourself and set your foot in one of the 7 holy cities of the Hindu religion. The western banks of the river Ganga extend themselves to a web of narrow Galis, another charm of the city. 

Enjoy a boat ride on the placid waters of Ganga and observe the morning rituals taking place on the ghats. Known as the abode of Lord Shiva, this city is also famed for its special ‘paan’ and ancient Benares Hindu University. Kashi Vishwanath Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva when he visited this holy city with his wife Sati is considered one of the top 10 temples in India.

Do not miss the evening Ganga aarti, a major tourist attraction. Along with the temples of Varanasi, do explore the Buddhist sites of Sanchi.
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Tamil Nadu: Cradle of Dravidian Culture

Vivekanad Rock Memorial, Tamil Nadu
The lamp lit Vivekanand Rock Memorial is one of the prime attraction in Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu
The most beautiful state of south India, Tamil Nadu is a major tourist destination owing to some of the most astounding temples in India including the Shore Temples at Mahabalipuram and Brihadeeshwara Temple - both of them inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The holy site of Rameshwaram and the southern tip Kanyakumari with its Vivekanand Rock Memorial are two of the major tourist destinations beside Tanjore, Chennai and Madurai. Tamil Nadi is also home to 3 of the most popular honeymoon destinations in South India namely Ooty, Coonoor and Kodaikanal. Of these 3 popular hill stations in India, Ooty is by far the most popular hill station in South India attracting both families and honeymooners round the year.

Since the tropical climate of Tamil Nadu sees very less variation between summer and winter, the temperature varies very little. However as the North East Monsoon recedes and winter approaches in November, the tourist places in Tamil Nadu are best to visit as the mercury level come down to an average of 25-30 degree Celsius. The weather remains pleasant and cool during between November till March making it the best time for sightseeing and enjoying adventure activities in Tamil Nadu.

Bhuj, Gujarat

Bhuj, Gujarat

The former capital of the Kutch, the quaint town of Bhuj has an amazing feel about it that somewhere connects you to its old rulers and their charm still hanging in the air. Though after the massive earthquake of 2001 Bhuj was almost destroyed but it has been resurrected again and looks great. After the Jadeja Rajputs made Bhuj their capital in 1510, it became one of the most important towns in the region. 

During your visit, you can visit Prag mahal, Rama Kund, Hamirsar lake, Kutch Museum and Aina Mahal and get your hands on some amazing handicraft items and local textiles, famous all around the world. Do not miss a walk around the royal Cenotaphs in the evening.

Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Jaisalmer for camel safari in the Thar

Lovingly called the Golden City, Jaisalmer is quite close to the border of Pakistan, the westernmost boundary of Rajasthan. Jaisalmer is also quite popular for a camel safari in vast sand dunes of the Thar Desert. One of the most striking monuments here is the Jaisalmer Fort or the Sonar Quila, a must-visit. Explore the old havelis (mansions), shop at the local markets and binge on the lip-smacking food. 

This city is also popular for being one of the main ancient trading centres. Another attraction which should not be missed is the beautifully-carved Jain temples. In November, the weather especially during the evening becomes amazing.

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Adventure Sports in Goa

The tiny state of Goa is probably one of the most visited destinations in India, which is famed for its beaches, churches, nightlife, shopping and more. It is visited by local and foreign tourists every, alike, in crazy numbers. Blessed with a coastline that is over 101 km, Goa is one of India’s smallest countries that is located on the western coast in the Konkan region. 

Goa does not only has beautiful churches and beaches, but it also attracts visitors through its water sports activities, night parties, flea markets, wildlife, casinos, lush spice plantations and seafood and drinks, mainly a special Cashew nut drink made here, Fenni.

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Hampi,  Karnataka

Hampi Group of Monuments

Hampi is one of the best places to visit for its major tourist attractions, its superb weather and an exotic charm. The last capital of one of the greatest Hindu dynasties in the history of the country, Vijayanagar Empire, Hampi is laidback town, attracting visitors who have an interest in history. This place is quite popular for its temple ruins, which were built way back during the 14th century. 

The temple ruins of Hampi have divided into two main areas: the Royal Centre, towards Kamalapuram and the Sacred Centre, around the Bazaar. A group of around 500 monuments in this World Heritage Site, it stretches itself in around 25 km. Out of these, Vittala Temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu, is very popular. The huge hall of the temple has beautifully carved pillars, 56 in number, whichwhen struck make interesting musical sounds.

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Sasan Gir,  Gujarat

A pair of Asiatic lions at Sasan Gir National Park
A pair of Asiatic lions at Sasan Gir National Park
Spread in an area of 1414 sq km, Sasan Gir Sancturay is as the only home of the Asiatic lion. Lying amidst Junagarh and Veraval, this wildlife sanctuary was established in the year 1965 and became a national park in 1975. Gir National Park is home to around 300 bird species and 37 mammal species. Some of the animals that can be spotted during the wildlife safari include Sambar deer, spotted deer, chinkara, Nilgai, four-horned antelope, crocodiles and so on. Gir is placed 43 km towards the north-east of Somnath.

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Orchha,  Madhya Pradesh

Chhatris at Orchha

Established by Rudra Pratap, the Bundela Rajput chieftain way back during the 16th century Orchha stands on the banks of River Betwa. This quaint town is home to some very beautiful architectural marvels including the Jehangir Mahal, Raj Mahal and the Laxminarayan temple. 

The royal cenotaphs or the Chatrris, on the banks of the river, are the major crowd pullers. This historic small town in the state of Madhya Pradesh is a nice place to visit during November if you have an interest in medieval history.

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Bharatpur,  Rajasthan

Sarus Crane, Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary

The ‘Eastern Gateway to Rajasthan’, Bharatpur was established in 1733 by Maharaja Suraj Mal. This place has been named after Bharat, one of the brothers of Lord Ramayana. Laxmana, the other brother of Lord Rama is worshipped here as the main deity. One of the major attractions here is the forest and its wildlife. 

The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Keoladeo Ghana National Park, formerly known as Bharatpur National Bark and Bird Sanctuary, is primarily a wetland.  Over 300 bird species is the major highlight of this park. This national park is placed 3 km southwards of the center of Bharatpur. Along with the national park, there are other historical sites as well including Lohagarh Fort and Deeg Palace, close by, which are worth visiting.

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Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu

Tiruchirapalli ancient temples
Tiruchirapalli Temples
Tiruchirappalli, also known as Trichy, is quite popular for its temples as well as busy streets and bazaars as well. This place boasts of a long history. It had been under the rule of several dynasties including the early and medieval Cholas, Pallavas, Delhi Sultanante, Pandyas and Vijayanagar. 

Geographically located in the center of the Tamil Nadu state, Tiruchirapalli, became prominent during the 17th century when it was under the rule of the Nayaks. The most important attraction here, Rock Fort Temple, was erected during this time only.

[Also check out our post on South India Temple Tours or ideas for holiday in South India]


A city breathing into the beliefs of the great saint, ‘Khwaja Muin-ud-Din Chishti’, Ajmer is no ordinary region in Rajasthan. Some say, seven visits to the tomb of the saint, ‘Dargah Khwaja Sahib’, equal to one of Mecca.

Despite being a very important Muslim pilgrimage center in India, Ajmer encompasses within itself shades of other religions as well. In one picture frame, Ajmer bustles with diverse cultures, communities and linguistics, that is not only contrasting to the silence of its natural wonders, but is interesting to the eyes of  urban meanders. And hence, making Ajmer, one of the best places to visit in India

In a picturesque valley of Rajasthan, it lives in its predefined medieval character, shined by the vibrant markets around the Dargah, Mughal gateways, mosque minarets and domes. Ajmer’s strong Islamic influence can be easily sensed as you walk through the narrows surrounding the famous Dargah. 

Little ahead from the main Dargah Khwaja Sahib, is the Sandali Masjid, a creation of Mughal emperor Aurangzeb. Nestled coyly in the corners is a lineup of remarkable structures that include the tomb of  Khwaja’s daughter, Bibi Hafiza Jamat, Buland Darwaza and Akbari Masjid. 

Although Ajmer is in its transforming phase and is getting shadowed by the developments of infrastructure and industry, it still has its splendors intact. To justify this, the city has its share of monuments and structures.

Ramshackle yet impressive, the Taragarh fort is reminiscent of the seat of the mighty Chauhans. Perched on the Taragarh hill, it gives a view of the horizon, ruled by the mountains, and is preceded by white and blue settlements of concrete.

Truly an enchanting spot to savor a moment of silence.

And if you admire much of the nature, artificial lakes like Foy Sagar and Ana Sagar can be your best deal.

Proximity to Pushkar also brings a lot of tourists to Ajmer, and especially in November, when the major portion of tourism is directed towards the Pushkar fair.  


Travel only a few kilometers from Varanasi, and you would enter the Buddhist zone of India, Sarnath. It was the year of 534 BC, Lord Buddha in his human form set foot on this soil of India and enlightened the region with his first sermon.

Centuries later, King Ashoka solidified the foundations of Buddhism by erecting huge Stupas and Pillars, which still stand mighty amidst the modern transformations of today.

Sarnath in its present form, includes Buddhist relics that are actually ancient remains; result of continuous foreign invasions. One structure that strongly braved the destructions of the Turks, is the Dharmekh Stupa. The Stupa is huge, and with dimensions like 128 feet height and 93 feet in diameter, it gives one of the most eye catching sights in Sarnath.

It is believed that the Stupa is the actual spot where the cross-legged Buddha delivered his divine preachings. Other structures that highly contributes in the credentials of  Sarnath are the rare pre-Ashokan Stupa, Dharmajika Stupa and Ashoka pillar.

Although torn apart, Buddhists and historians value them  for their carvings. Moreover, carvings and life-size statue of Lord Buddha in the ruins of Mulagandhakuti Vihara, temporary abode of the Lord for meditative purpose, leave Sarnath with enough reasons to be amongst the most visited places in India. The Vihara is now a renowned Buddhist temple in this enlightened place. 

To get a more vivid picture of the spiritual past, Sarnath has a museum which comprises an exotic collection of sculptures of the bygone era. One can find specimens of Buddhist art, India’s National Emblem and Lord Buddha’s statue of turning the wheel of law, at the Sarnath museum, which are among its renowned collections as well.

And at the last, do not forget to visit the Bodhi tree as it has the essence of the original Bodhi tree of Anuradhapura in Sri Lanka, under which Lord Buddha attained enlightenment.  

From October to March, weather here remains pleasant. Hence a very favorable time to visit. Moreover, in the month of November, the region of Sarnath celebrates Chhath Puja in its full festive mood. 


Some tag it with man-eating tigers, rest consider it just a national park. These assumptions are baseless if you dare not go out in the wild and see for yourself. For a wildlife lover, especially a big jungle cat admirer, the place is no less fascinating than the stories of Rudyard Kipling. Located in the Kumaon hills of Uttarakhand, Jim Corbett National Park, is as mysterious as a Tiger’s behavior.

The national park is the first of its kind in India and is named after a legendary hunter of the British era, Jim Corbett. He was no usual hunter, but a savior from the man-eating wildlife of Kumaon.

That was a thing in the past, in the current scenario, Corbett is a great show of wildlife, put on display at the national park’s sprawling area of grasslands, forests and river habitats. The casting speaks of the Royal Bengal Tiger as the center of attraction, the protagonist of the show.

Ironically, the star attraction is a rare sight in the Corbett.  The  element of surprise lies here too. Imagine you are riding on an elephant back and suddenly few spotted deers cross your way, moments later a ferocious yellow striped animal in its full rush paces to them and snaps one of them by the neck.

Indeed a highly desirable sight for wildlife enthusiasts.

Besides such a heart grappling action, wildlife safaris at Corbett National Park include face to face with the very famous Sambar deer, Chital and Barking deer, the barks of which fill the ambiance of Corbett at all times.

To have access to all the ecological zones of Corbett National Park, plan your visits in the winters, starting from November.


“One of the best beaches in the world”, as stated by a London based weekly, Tarkarli is true to this statement in every sense of the word. Situated hundreds of kms away from the noise of Mumbai, it is as serene as it can be. Its serenity is such, commercialization will take quite many years to make it here.

White sandy beach, with a shoreline that gets continuously washed waves of crystal blue water. The water is so crystal clear, you can even see the emerald sea green bed, quite like the islands of the Andaman group. The beach is a must visit in Maharashtra if you enjoy underwater adventure sports.

Snorkeling and scuba diving are amongst the prime activities that one can actively indulge in. The beach is serene, you either spend your time lazing on a hammock, get a good sunbath or go explore the atolls, every affair here just feels so private. As you are done with the activities on the beach, ferry to the very popular sea fort, Singhudurg. It is a 17th century structure, that was built by the great Maratha ruler, Shivaji.

There are various other attractions in the vicinity of Tarkarli, that not only add to the perks of this beach destination, but are hostspots to explore the culture of this Konkan region.  


As seen from Nag Pahar (snake mountain) in Rajasthan, Pushkar is a patch of milky blue structures, built around a beautiful and placid lake. Almost centrally located in Rajasthan, Pushkar must not be judged like the other cities.

It has its magnetism and aura that defines its stature. The stature of Pushkar is governed by sacred Hindu beliefs and is in existence since the mythological times. The holy stature can be very well sensed as you enter this city, hidden behind a mountain range and a desert in its periphery.

With a collection of more than 50 bathing ghats, the very few Brahma temples of the world, and hundreds of temples, Pushkar is one of the holiest in India. And to completely delve into the spirituality of Pushkar, visit the place during the month of November, when the city celebrates the springing up of Lord Brahma from the Pushkar lake. The festivities of it continue for five days, till the full moon day of Kartik Purnima.

They call it the Pushkar fair, which apart from the religious rituals also has a camel fair as its background.

Various cultural programs, traditional rural sports like tug of war, turban tying and moustache nurturing competitions make the face of this colorful desert festival. This makes Pushkar one of the best places to visit in India in November.                   


You may travel to Mysore for its architectural splendors that reminisices the heritage and tales of its bygone era, but the drawcard gives you other reasons as well.The city flaunts its old world charm with structures like the Mysore Palace and Amba Vilas Palace.

Some of them are World Heritage spots, while others are simply day sightseeing attractions. Nevertheless, as soon as you set foot on this southern city, the sight looks no different from the other urbanes of India. Honking of cars, buses and traffic of the modern Mysore!

Amidst this cacophony, the sweet scent of jasmine and sandalwood, bring alive the real traditions of Mysore in your mind. To understand it better, visit the vibrant streets which sell authentic handicrafts; Cauvery Arts and Crafts Emporium can be an ideal place for the same.

Besides, one thing that has been completely untouched about Mysore, is Ashtanga Yoga, which is gaining tremendous reputation since the past years.   


Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur
It’s the mighty Mehrangarh fort, which the ‘blue city’ Jodhpur speaks in its full grandeur. Well, it’s the first thing that would be catching your fancy as you would be entering this human habitat in the desert.

The fort is colossal and narrates the tales of the bygone era of Jodhpur. Move over the fort and find yourself lost in the medieval streets of Jodhpur. Wonder why the houses across the streets are painted blue. Nevertheless, amidst this blue hue the civilization of Jodhpur is all colored with the true shades of Rajasthan.

Actually, chaos is the word that describes it the best, but this chaos of modernity jumbled up among its traditional elements feels highly welcoming. For the wanderlusts, Jodhpur has a lot to offer. It has historical structures that will leave you centuries behind, when this ex state was battling with pervasive foreign invasions.

And some are luxury palaces, that will make you feel lazy to explore the lavishes of the other royal zones in Rajasthan. In the nooks and corners are the bazaars which are studded with traditional Rajasthani antiques. In a cahoot with the Rajasthani traditions, shops in Jodhpur are high on ethnic handicrafts that range from exquisite mirrors, paintings to embroidered footwear (Mojris and Jootis).

Lucky are the ones who plan to visit this Rajasthani city around November. During this time, Jodhpur celebrates the Marwar festival, which is a timeline of music, dance and theatre. Plus the cool and pleasant weather is an added perk.


When it was founded in the 16th century, on religious grounds, no one would have thought that it will grow so vibrant as a modern city, yet so humble. Amritsar, in the north of India, is one of the most important cities in India, which has its medieval charm sharing the same platform, in a cahoot with the urban hyperactives of today’s times.

And what defines the city’s greatness, is it the spectacular Golden temple? the historic Jalianwala Bagh, which is reminiscent of the atrocities that came on Indians by the British, or patriotic processions at the Wagah Border?.

Well, these are some facets, which not only defines its greatness, but also its flavors. Not so far from Delhi, Amritsar is a perfect weekend getaway, and especially in November.     


Unarguably, one of the most romantic spots in India, Udaipur is as young as the Independent India. Splendid structures that are reminiscent of city’s cultural heritage and history, whitewashed havelis and intricate palaces, bathing ghats and temples. 

Well, this is one side of  Udaipur, that is successful in keeping its charm intact. Other side maybe the bustle that goes in the city. Fancy are the ancient bazaars, which has tempting shops selling ethnic art work of Rajasthan. Despite being contemplated by modern tourism, the nooks and corners of Udaipur still breathe in the old age charm, making it more enticing to the urban eyes.

In order to explore the best known handicrafts and art work of Udaipur, plan a holiday in the city during November as it puts an enormous display of the same at the Shilpgram Crafts fair, just on the outskirts.  


Sunset View at Varkala Beach
Sunset View at Varkala Beach
One of the best places to visit in India in November, Varkala offers an amazing backpacking holiday experience. The town of Varkala has numerous sight of attractions that include exotic beaches and monuments.

For sunbathing and water adventure sports, the city has Varkala and Papanasam beach, which are close to sacred sites also (Sree Janardhana Swami Temple). Stretches of the beach also have Ayurveda and Yoga resorts.   


Badami – A Great Place for People Interested In Arts and Architecture

The historic city of Badami is known for its rock cut cave temples that are globally renowned. One who always has an eye for old architecture, cultural diversity and traditional arts, then Badami is the place to be.

It has monuments, temples and forts that are as old as the 5th century, when the Chalukya clan ruled this land.

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Top 20 Trekking Destinations in Uttarakhand


The feeling of being footloose in Himalayas is seldom matched by any other activity when it comes to adventure, rejuvenation and communion with nature. With 73% of the mightiest mountain in the world Himalayas in India, adventure lovers have a reason to visit India to seek the communion with nature and thrill of mountain climbing in India. Some of the best trekking trails of Himalayas fall in the territory of Uttarakhand.It is a trekker's paradise with an array of short and long trails ranging from moderate to really arduous hikes.

In this addition, we will talk about some of the best and most exciting trekking destinations in Uttarakhand that are not just adventurous but with the benefit of hindsight these hikes are spiritual and liberating as well.

But first a brief introduction to the state also referred to as the "Devbhoomi (Abode of the Gods)."

For beautiful landscapes, a variety of flora and fauna, clean air, crystal clear lake water, mesmerizing views – altogether a soul-rejuvenating trip, you don’t need to head out of India. It’s all here in Uttarakhand.

Situated in the northern part of India and also known as the “Land of Gods”, Uttarakhand is not only known for its sheer beauty and the wide range of flora and fauna but also for the never forgetting experiences it offers to its travelers . The state is of great cultural, historical and mythological significance, notwithstanding the outstanding trekking opportunities it provides.

Uttarakhand offers you a variety of trekking destinations, with each and every destination offering its own unique and different meaning. The fresh air, clear water, lakes,snow capped Himalayan range and the wide variety of flora and fauna make it a perfect trekking destination.

So here we go with the list of top 20 trekking destinations in Uttarakhand in no particular order:

Har Ki Dun

Har Ki Dun
Har Ki Dun, situated at an elevation of 3,655 mts above sea level in Ghariwal Himalayas

It is also referred as Har ki Doon. This is a perfect trek for beginners and those who would want to enjoy the sheer beauty of the Himalayas. A beautiful v- shaped valley situated at an elevation of 3,655 mts above sea level in Ghariwal Himalayas, Har ki Doun ss a great destination for photography lovers as it includes a wide range of flora and fauna and sweeping view of mighty Himalayan peaks.

Believed to be a holy place you can find a temple in the name of Duryodhan, who faught against the Pandavas in an epic tale of Mahabharat.Interaction with local villagers make this trek a worthwhile experience. Maninda tal is a must visit destination which gives a breathtaking view overlooking the majestic valley.

Altitude: 3566 meters
Grade: Easy
Duration (from Delhi): 7-8 Days
When to go: May to November
Nearest City: Mussoorie
Distance from New Delhi: 482

Valley of Flowers

Valley of Flowers
A mesmerizing view of Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand
It gives you a majestic view you would be glad you witnessed. Frank S. Smythe, Eric Shipton and R.L. Holdsworth, British mountaineers in 1931 discovered a valley while returning from a successful expedition. A stunning view of snow capped mountains and the bright sunshine falling on the fields can be witnessed by every nature loving person. Being situated at a high altitude, it opens only from May - October. Valley of Flowers happens to be one of the best monsoon destinations in India.

The park covers an area of about 87.50km and is about 8km long and 2km wide . A wide range of flora such as orchids, poppies, marigold, daisies, saxifrages, sediams etc. and fauna including grey langur, flying squirrel, black bear, different species of butterflies etc can be spotted during the trek. But remember a permit is required to visit valley of flowers. Night stay inside the valley is not permitted so prepare for accommodation in advance.

Altitude: 3858
Grade: Moderate
Duration (from Delhi): 6-8 days
When to go: July till September
Nearest City: Joshimath
Distance from New Delhi: 486 kms

Lakhamandal Trek

Lakhamandal Trek
Lakhamandal Trek, situated on the banks of river Yamuna in Garhwal Himalayas
It is situated on the banks of river Yamuna in Garhwal Himalayas.An easy trek which can be done at any time of the year. It is associated with the cultural and historic significance, the story goes a long way back to the Pandavas and Kauravas.

It is believed that Duryodhan, a Kaurav prince built a Lac palace and tried to burn the Pandavas alive. However, locals believe the secret passage that Pandavas used to escape the fire still exists. A temple also exists at the center of the village in the name of Bhagwati and Shiva.

You can also enjoy the vast green landscapes throughout the trek to Biratkhoi where you'd find the ruins of an ancient fort and meet the local friendly villagers who love to share a lot of historical and mythological tales.

Altitude: 1700
Grade: Moderate
Duration (from Delhi): 7-8 Days
When to go: Round the year
Nearest City: Rishikesh
Distance from New Delhi: 230 kms

Pindari Glacier

Pindari Glacier
Pindari Glacier in Bhageshwer district of Uttrakhand.Pindari
At an altitude of 3353 mts above sea level in the Bhageshwer district of Uttrakhand.Pindari glacier offers the true sense of beauty for man to enjoy. A six day long trek, which comprise of total 90 km.the trail to the glacier crosses through the Saung, Loharkhet, Dhakuri pass, Khati village, Dwali, Phurkia and finally to zero point- Pindar.

One of the easiest Himalayan treks, which culminates into an unforgettable experience. Best time to visit is from April to November except monsoons in July.

Altitude: 3353 meters
Grade: Moderate
Duration (from Delhi): 7-9 days
When to go: April to November
Nearest City: Bageshwar (Take a train to Kathgodam from Delhi)
Distance from New Delhi: 417 kms

Hemkund Sahib

Hemkund Sahib
Hemkund Sahib, situated at 4329 mts above sea level in Chamoli
A holy place situated at 4329 mts above sea level in Chamoli district over Hemkund lake which is also known as the lake of snow. A sacred place for the Sikh devotees. Every year a huge number of people make this trek to visit and offer their prayers . Hemkund is a 15km trek from Govindghat and the route provides a variety of flora for you to enjoy.

The breathtaking view, waterfalls, dense forest and the crystal clear lake, makes it a trek you wish you could it again and again. If you are starting your trek from Ghangaria the distance is about 6 kms. While Hemkund Sahib is famous for its star shaped structure and its stone and concrete masonry. Hemkund lake is famous for its crystal clear water which mirror images of Saptashringa peaks.

Altitude: 4329 meters
Grade: Moderate
Duration (from Delhi): 7-10 days
When to go:  June to October
Nearest City: Joshimath
Distance from New Delhi: 514 km

Gangotri Tapovan Nandanvan Trek

Gangotari Tapovan Nandavan trek
Gangotari Tapovan Nandavan trek
A 5-6 day trek at an altitude of 4463 mts making it a moderate trek which leads to an unforgettable experience. Surrounded by the group of Gangotri mountains the beautiful Gangotari glacier rests in between.Gomukh at the Gangotari glacier is the source of ganges, the holy river worshiped by Hindus.

[Gangotri is part of the chota Chardham Yatra in Uttarakhand]

The high altitude and isolated area of Tapovan and Nandvan, makes it an amazing experience for trek loving people.Other then trekking Gangotari Tapovan Nandan also offers rock climbing, bolder hopping and glacier traversing which makes it an attraction for all adventure enthusiasts.

Altitude: 4463 meters
Grade: Moderate to Tough
Duration (from Delhi): 5-6 days
When to go: May to June & August to October
Nearest City: Rishikesh
Distance from New Delhi: 230 km

Milam Glacier

Milam Glacier
Milam Glacier in the Nanda Devi area of Uttarakhand
One of the most awe inspiring treks in Kumaon Himalayas, Milam Glacier is a moderate gradient challenging trek through forested and stark landscape in the Nanda Devi area of Uttarakhand. One of the most popular trekking destinations among experienced trekkers, Milam glacier is located at the tehsil of Munsiyari, in the Pithoragarh district.

One of the major glaciers in Kamoyan Himalayas, it covers around 37 sqt area. The highest point of this trek is 3800 meters. The trek includes walking through amazing landscapes, waterfalls ,wooden bridges, flora and fauna and picturesque streams.

Altitude: 4100 meters
Grade: Moderate to Tough
Duration (from Delhi): 8-10 days
When to go: May - June and September
Nearest City: Munshiyari
Distance from New Delhi: 543 kms

Kedarnath Trek

Kedarnath Trek
Kedarnath Trek
It is one of the Char Dhams located at the height of 3584m above sea leave near the head of Mandakani river.Kedarnath temple is a holy pilgrimage worshiped by Hindus and it attracts a large number of pilgrims every year.

As you travel a lot of myths and historical stories can be heard from the locals, which makes the journey more interesting. A great view of Chaukhamba peak and Mandakini valley is seen from here. Due to the weather conditions it only opens from April to November.

Altitude: 3583 meters
Grade: Moderate to tough
Duration (from Delhi): 3-5 days
When to go: May till October
Nearest City: Sonprayag
Distance from New Delhi: 442 kms

Nanda Devi

Nanda Devi
Nanda Devi, the second highest mountain in India
India’s second highest peak at an altitude of 5025 mts above sea level makes it a moderate trek. Some of the important peaks encircling the park are Dunagiri,Changband, Kalnka,Mangraon,Rishi Prahar,Mrigthuni,Nandakhat,Trishul-I,Trishul-II, Maiktoli,Bethartoli Himal and Nanda Devi East. Also, the abundant presence of flora and fauna makes it a must visit trek for photographers, poets and every nature loving person.

Altitude: 4700 meters
Grade: Tough
Duration (from Delhi): 15-18 days
When to go: First week of June and August to September
Nearest City: Munshiyari
Distance from New Delhi: 543 kms

Jwala Devi Trek

Jwala Devi Trek
Jwala Devi Trek, located in Mussorie
At the height of 2100 mts Jawala Devi trek is an easy and one of the most popular trek,located in bingo hill in Mussorie Jawal Devi temple it attracts a lot of pilgrims and devotees towards it. Also known as “Jwala Ji” the temple is built in the name of goddess Durga. A place for all nature lovers as it gives a fine-looking scenery to its visitors and a view of the Yamuna river and Shivalik range from the temple.

Altitude: 2100 meters
Grade: Easy
Duration (from Delhi): 2-3 days
When to go: Throughout the year
Nearest City: Mussoorie
Distance from New Delhi: 271 kms


Dodital is a freshwater lake in Uttarakhand
Situated at an altitude of 3024 mts above sea level amidst a dense forest. It is one of the most beautiful lakes in India . Dodital is said to be the birthplace of Hindu deity lord Ganesha, also a temple in the name of Ganesha is situated over there. The lake famous for Himalayan trout, impeccable scenic beauty,greenery crystal clear water, diverse culture and heritage makes it a must visit trek for travelers and camping lovers.

Altitude: 3024 meters
Grade: Easy
Duration (from Delhi): 3-4 days
When to go: March - June, September - November and December - February (Snow trek)
Nearest City: Uttarkashi
Distance from New Delhi: 402 kms


From Binsar in Almora one can see the 300 km panoramic view of the Himalayan peaks

Located in the Kumaon Himalayas and surrounded by the Himalayan range it gives a spectacular view of Nanada Devi, Nanda Kot, Panchucholi, Kedarnath, Trishuli and Chukhambha. Binsar trek is one of the popular trek among travels for hiking , camping and sightseeing. An ideal trek for winter, it provides a picturesque beauty of snow capped Himalayan range.

Altitude: 2400 meters
Grade: Easy
Duration (from Delhi): 2-3 days
When to go: August till March
Nearest City: Almora
Distance from New Delhi: 347 kms

Kuari Pass Trek

Kuari Pass Trek
Kuari Pass Trek gives an amazing view of Nanda-Devi, Hamet and to Hathi-Ghodi Parvat.
Also known as the Curzon trail,as the famous viceroy of India also travelled the route. After Lord Kurzon made the trek it became a quite popular destination among Americans and Europeans. At an altitude of 4268 mts it gives an amazing view to Nanda-Devi, Hamet and to Hathi-Ghodi Parvat.

On route travelers also enjoy the beauty of Himalayan Range including Kedarnath,Chukhamba,Gauri Parbat, Nanada Devi, etc. If you are lucky you might also encounter leopard or Himalayan black bear on this trail.Best time to make this trip is around September -October.

Altitude: 4268 meters
Grade: Moderate
Duration (from Delhi): 5-7 days
When to go: March - June and September - October
Nearest City: Joshimath
Distance from New Delhi: 486 kms

Panch Kedar Trek

Kuari Pass Trek
The trek of Paanch Kedar refers to a trip to the holy places dedicated to a Hindu deity, Lord Shiva. Kedarnath is situated at the head of Mandakani river which is known for the Linga, a natural rock which resembles the hump of a bull, Tugnath is the place where the arm of Shiva appeared.

In Madmaheshwar the Linga worshipped is in the form of navel, whereas ,Rudranath is the place where the face of Shiva appeared and Kalpeshwar is where the matted tress of lord Shiva is worshiped.They all together comprise forming a Panch Kedar trek. The total trek length to cover all five temples is about 170 km.

Altitude: 2200 - 3680 meters
Grade: Easy to moderate
Duration (from Delhi): 3-7 days
When to go: February till October

Roopkund Trek

Roopkund Trek
Also known as the “mystery lake”is  situated at an elevation of 5029 mts above sea level
Also known as the “mystery lake” since skeletons of humans and horses have been found here from the Paliolithic age. Situated at an elevation of 5029 mts above sea level in the base of Trishul peak and Nand ghunti.

Although the lake is almost frozen all round the year, but it’s a popular place among the trek lovers for its greenery ,meadows and scenic landscapes .Rookkund trek is considered one of the best trek in Himalayas for the beginners as the trek is clear and well defined and one doesn't need guide or porter and even the climb is on an easy gradient.

Altitude: 4800 meters
Grade: Moderate
Duration (from Delhi): 7-8 days
When to go: Late May to June and Late September  to October
Nearest City: Kathgodam
Distance from New Delhi: 276 kms

[Roopkund Lake is featured on our list of 10 Most Mysterious Places in India]


Munsiyari Trek

The name Munsiyari refers to the“place of snow”. Munsiyari offers you the picturesque view of the snow capped Himalayan range. One the most popular trekking destinations among trekkers and adventure enthusiasts as it is the base for Ralam, Milama and Namik glacier. It lies between the border of India,Tibet and Nepal and is emerging as one of the major trekking destinations.

It is also known for its diverse flora and fauna which includes leopard. Himalayan bear, Musk deer, fox, etc. Also, it is a great place for bird lovers as you can find falcon, wagtail, raven, monal, serpent eagle and other fine birds.

Altitude: 2200 meters
Grade: Easy
Duration (from Delhi): 3 days
When to go: Throughout the year
Distance from New Delhi: 543 kms

Chandrashila Trek

Chandrashila Trek
Chandrashila Trek is situated an alititude of 4000 mts above sea level
It is 4.5 km mild trek ,which begins from Chopata through Tugnath. A trek you can enjoy at any time round the year, situated at an altitude of 4000mts above sea level. It offers you a mesmerizing view which is hard to forget. Chandrashila summit in Gharwal Himalayas offers you a breathtaking view of Nanda Devi, Kedar peak, Trishul and Chukhambha peak.

Altitude: 3925 meters
Grade: Easy
Duration (from Delhi): 3 days
When to go: April till October
Nearest City: Ukimath
Distance from New Delhi: 416 kms



It is located form 49kms from the Yamunotri river at an elevation of 1220mts above sea level. The ravishing landscapes it offers makes it an amazing place to holiday with your friends and family.The best time to visit Barkot is from April to November.The ravishing beauty it offers makes it quite a popular destination among tourists.

Altitude: 1220 meters
Grade: Easy
Duration (from Delhi): 3-4 days
When to go: May - October
Nearest City: Uttarkashi
Distance from New Delhi: 402 kms



The fourth temple of Panch Kedar. At an elevation of 3600 mts above sea level in Chamoli district.It is graded as a moderate trek. Rudranath is famous for its temple and the incredible beauty it offers to the travelers. The trek offers the beauty of alpine pastures, dense forest, and the awe aspiring beauty of meadows.

Altitude: 3600 meters
Grade: Moderate
Duration (from Delhi): 3-4 Days
When to go: 7-8 days
Nearest City: Rishikesh
Distance from New Delhi: 231 kms



An interesting trekking option as it can be done at any time of the year.Gradded as an easy trek makes it a must for beginners, at a level of 3048 mts it offers an enticing view of Himalayan range. 

Naggatibba is 13 kms from Deviasari,which is the starting point of the trek. Naggatibba also provides you a clear view of Gangotari group of peaks, Bandarpoonch peak, Kedarnath peak, Doon valley and the snow peaks of Chanabang. It’s a must visit for all adventure and camping enthusiasts.

Altitude: 3048 meters
Grade: Easy
Duration (from Delhi): 3-4 days
When to go: April till October
Nearest City: Dehradun
Distance from New Delhi:354 KM
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