Best Places to Visit in India During November

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When November arrives, the monsoon starts bidding India goodbye. This is the best India weather, when neither summer heat nor winter snow are on the horizon – a perfect time to visit.

To help you plan your trip to this incredible country, we have collected some of these best places to visit in November in India. You’ll find them grouped them by region, along with suggested activities. You’re guaranteed to have a memorable time!

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Where to visit in North India during November

If you’re heading to northern India, you’re in luck. We have found a few places that are perfect for a November visit!

Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

Year-round, Varanasi is well known for the religious ceremonies that are held on the ghats along the banks of the Ganges River.

Dev Deepawali is one of India’s biggest holidays, when glittering lamps and grand worship takes place on the banks of the Ganges River, which is known as Ganga.

TIP: Hiring a private guide will help you understand the rituals and give you deeper insights into the culture.

Watch a festival in Varanasi India

Over five days toward the end of November, a well-known festival of Indian classical music and dance takes place \. Ganga Mahotsav takes place on the banks of the Ganges, honoring the river’s importance to Indian culture and religion. Many celebrated artists like Kailash Kher and Pandit Birju Maharaj perform during this holy occasion.

Amritsar

Amritsar is the spiritual and cultural center of the Sikh religion. It’s also the home of the Golden Temple, the holiest place of worship for Sikhs and a highlight of any Amritsar city tour.

Golden Temple of Amritsar and its reflection in the water

Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism, was born in November, so Amritsar celebrates its biggest event during this time. Gurpurab is considered the epitome of celebration and devotion, with sparkling lights and a grand festive atmosphere throughout the city.

While in Amritsar, many visitors take an excursion to watch the Indo-Pak Beating Retreat ceremony at the Wagah Border. The daily ceremonial closing of gates and lowering of flags of India and Pakistan is a spectacle you won’t forget.

Sikkim

Sikkim is a northern state with Nepal to the west, Bhutan to the northeast and Tibet to the north. Most know Mt. Everest as the highest in the world, but Sikkim hosts the third highest peak, Kanchenjunga at 28,169 feet. Sikkim also is the least populated state in India and well known for its biodiversity.

Located in the beautiful Himalayan mountains, there are fascinating natural settings the bring outdoor lovers around the world to experience Sikkim Tourism firsthand. A must, is a visit to Tsomgo Lake or Yumthang Valley to take in stunning landscapes.

Yumthang valley in India during November located in the state of sikkim india

Bodh Gaya, Bihar

Among all Buddhist pilgrimage centers around the world, Bodh Gaya in Bihar is believed to be the most sacred one. All the trees in this particular town are believed to be descendants of Mahabodhi tree, under which Buddha achieved his enlightenment.

If you visit Bodh Gaya during November, you will experience pleasant weather and an especially warm welcome for all pilgrims. You’ll also have the chance to see monks from Dharamsala celebrating their many rituals here.

Seated praying buddha in Bihar India

Sanasar, Jammu, and Kashmir

If you get the chance to visit Sanasar Lake and Dal Lake during November, you will find rolling hills and luminous skies.

Situated in the middle of Kashmir, the Sanasar valley offers paragliding, trekking, rock climbing, golf playing and many more activities. You can enjoy a peaceful environment as well as adventure according to your own preference.

Snow capped mountains behind Dal Lake in November

Places to visit in South India during November

November is a fantastic time to be in the south of India. Visitors can enjoy amazing views and great weather conditions to accompany their stay.

Kerala

The best time to visit Kerala is between November and March, when the state offers the greenest scenery. The weather is perfect for boat rides in backwaters, tea plantation trips and festivals. Multi-day holiday packages are also available.

Every November, the people of Kerala participate in Sabarimala pilgrimage, when they visit the famous Ayyappa temple through forests of Pathanamthitta district. During this time, almost every temple in the village gets into a festive mood.

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Field of tea shrubs with people picking tea. Mountains and forest in background

Sundarbans, West Bengal

As winter creeps in during November, the forest gates open. You can enjoy pleasant weather and excellent natural beauty within the woods. Enjoy lush green nature where you will feel brave throughout your boat ride in the midst of mangroves.

Four men row a long wooden boat in the sundarbans

Places to visit in Rajasthan in November

During much of the year, the summer heat makes Rajasthan a very unfavorable destination for spending your vacation. But during November, Rajasthan possesses a pleasant weather, which can be good for enjoying your holidays.

Udaipur

Udaipur is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. Prepare yourself to be enchanted by its outstanding architecture, monuments, royal palaces, and lakes.

Jaisalmer

In the heart of the Thar Desert, Jaisalmer was once a medieval trading center. These days, it is known as the “Golden City,” thanks to its yellow sandstone buildings.

Be sure to see Jaisalmer Fort, with intricately-carved Jain temples and an ornate maharaja’s palace.

Pushkar

Take a short drive to Pushkar and enjoy well-known Pushkar fair. This annual multi-day livestock fair and cultural festival is not to be missed.

Khuri

Famous for its sand dunes, Khuri is worth an overnight stay. It is situated in middle of desert, just 50 kms away from Jaisalmer.

People leading camels across Thar Desert in India

Best place in India for a November honeymoon

Newlyweds can visit either of these destinations and enjoy a memorable honeymoon.

Goa

If you want to avoid crowds, we believe Goa is one of the best tourist destinations for November in India. Goa’s tourist season begins slowly in November, and events start warming up after monsoons due to all the festivities.

oman standing under an arbor in Goa India

If you can stretch your vacation a little longer, you can experience the December Goa Magic festival during Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

Honeymooners can take a full day private tour to see the city’s highlights, then relax and explore this authentic Indian coastal area on a scooter, stopping at any stretch of white sand that grabs their attention.

You can enjoy nightlife and parties, or combine various adventure water sports activities on a party boat trip in Goa.

Andaman Islands

November is one of the best times to visit India’s Andaman Islands. This archipelago, over 1000 km off the coast of India, is the perfect tropical beach destination. The warm, clear Indian ocean water is perfect for honeymooners looking to escape the crowds and relax in a pristine natural paradise.

Most impressive is the islands’ pallet of colors. The lush green mangroves, snow white sand and turquoise water reflect the sun’s warm glow beautifully. Although it is made up of over 500 islands, just 12 are open to visitors. This reflects the remoteness of the area, which helps the area maintain its natural condition.

Spend your time lying together on the beach, lapping up the sun beside the warm Indian ocean. You could also head out to explore life underwater, as the area is well-known for fantastic scuba diving.

 

Places to visit for Diwali vacation

If you’re visiting during Diwali, there are two definite places you want to add to your itinerary. Yes, we mentioned them before, but these locations will give you the best feel for this wonderful celebratory time.

Varanasi

On Dev Deepavali, Varanasi’s devotees dressed in their festive best crowd Varanasi’s ghats. They come here for a divine meeting, believing that the gods arrive on this day for a dip in the Ganga.

This city celebrates Diwali for a whole fortnight. Priests perform sacred rituals in the river to welcome the gods who descend each year to bath in these holy waters. The usual fireworks and myriad of lights reflect beautifully off the river water all

Amritsar

Amritsar is a Sikh area in the state of Punjab. This means that Diwali is also celebrated as the day Guru Hargobind Sahib returned from the Mughals. The day is celebrated much the same, just with a little extra pep.

The fireworks and fantastically beautiful array of lights that are commonly seen throughout the country during Diwali are always special. However, visitors can look forward to an even greater sight here. A highlight of the festivities is the way the Golden Temple is illuminated by what seems like thousands of lamps.

If you are planning to visit India during November, these are some of the best places you can count on. Can you suggest any others?

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Written by Linda

Linda is multilingual and has been to around 60 countries. Her insatiable love of travel, cuisine, and foreign languages has inspired her to create As We Saw It with her husband Dan, a professional photographer. Her goal is to make travel easier for others and to offer a brief escape to another land.

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7 thoughts on “Best Places to Visit in India During November”

  1. Hi, It was a great piece of Information. I would add on by saying Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand are other states to visit in India. They are also Known as Himalayan States and they have lots and lots of treks to offer, Snow covered peaks and lots of adventures. If you visit India try not to miss these states.

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  2. Hi thanks for the information .Very nice information. Tamil Nadu state is another one place to visit in India in November. Places like OOTY, KODAIKANAL and other nature scene places is their to visit. Don’t miss it if you visit in india..

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    • Thank you for the additional ideas of places to visit. I have heard that Tamil Nadu is a worthy tour destination and it’s nice to know of good destinations to focus on.

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