November is perhaps one of the best times of the year to travel to any destination in India as the weather is calm and pleasant during this period and nature’s beauty is at its best. If you are planning a leisure trip in this month, get ready to be spoilt for choices as picking from so many fantastic destinations can be a tough call. To help you make the decision, we have prepared a list of 10 scenic places to visit in India in November. You can make the call depending on whether you want to relax, unwind and spend some quality time with family or indulge in some exciting adventure activities. Here are the best places in India to visit in November:
One of the most popular pilgrimage sites in the country, Pushkar in Rajasthan is home to the famous Pushkar Lake, where hundreds of devotees take a holy dip every year. Its 52 ghats, surrounded by the blue-colored temples and devotees in their high spirits, is a sight to behold. In November, the city holds the world-famous Camel Fair, an event that you should definitely be a part of!
Places to visit in Pushkar: Pushkar Lake, Varah Temple, Rangji Temple, Savitri Temple, Brahma Temple, Man Mahal, Mahadeva Temple, Kishangarh, Rose Garden, and Naga Pahar
Things to do in Pushkar: Go on a camel safari, get a bird’s eye view of the town on a hot air balloon ride, be a part of the evening aarti at Varah Ghat, hike to Ratnagiri Hill, shop at Pushkar Market, enjoy Kalbelia dance performance and get mesmerized at Pushkar Fair
Delhi, the National Capital Territory (NCT), is by far the most important region in India, with it being home to the rustic Old Delhi and the urban New Delhi. Located on the banks of River Yamuna, this metropolitan has a rich culture and a glorious past. It is also among the most traveled destinations in India. There are a number of important monuments, temples, forts, markets, etc. in Delhi that are definitely worth a visit. November is the best time to come to this part of the country as it experiences a pleasant climate then.
Things to do in Delhi: Explore the historical attractions, get a glimpse of different cultures at Dilli Haat, shop at local markets like Janpath, spend an evening at the Garden of Five Senses, relish the street food delicacies at Chandni Chowk, and party the night away at some of the most eclectic bars and nightclubs
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Located in Madhya Pradesh, Sanchi is one of the most revered sites for the followers of Buddhism. This small town is home to the famous Sanchi Stupa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site believed to be among the oldest stone structures in the world. Besides this, there are many other stupas and monasteries in this town, which were built by the great Emperor Ashoka and subsequent rulers of the region. Not just Buddhist followers but also tourists in large numbers throng here every year to explore this quaint village.
Places to visit in Sanchi: Sanchi Stupa, Udaigiri Caves, Chetiyagiri Buddhist Temple, Sanchi Archaeological Museum, and Gupta Temple
Things to do in Sanchi: Go on an exploration tour to Udaigiri Caves, get an insight into the town’s history and culture at Sanchi Archaeological Museum and visit the many Buddhist stupas and temples
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Haridwar in Uttarakhand is one of the most prominent religious sites for the Hindus in India, and hence it is flocked by devotees in large numbers round-the-year. This ancient city located on the banks of River Ganges serves as the starting point for several religious and adventure hotspots in Uttarakhand, especially Rishikesh and Devprayag. Haridwar is also one of the four cities in the country where the holy Kumbh Mela is hosted. If you are planning for a trip with family or friends in November, Haridwar should be among your top choices.
Places to visit in Haridwar: Bharat Mata Temple, Chandi Devi Temple, Bhimgoda Kund, Har Ki Pauri, Daksha Mahadev Temple, Mansa Devi Temple, and Maya Devi Temple
Things to do in Haridwar: Witness the grand Ganga aarti in the evening, shop at Bara Bazaar, relax at the Har Ki Pauri ghat early in the morning and enjoy a ropeway ride to Mansa Devi Temple and
Another important pilgrimage center for the Hindus, Varanasi – also known as Benaras – is among the oldest cities in the world. Home to many revered temples and more than 100 ghats, this holy city receives hundreds of devotees and tourists from across the country on a daily basis. Some come here to take a holy dip in the Ganga river and others to witness the grandeur of Hinduism and learn about its mythological roots. A trip to Varanasi in November can be a good experience as the city enjoys cool and pleasant weather.
Places to visit in Varanasi: Assi Ghat, Dashashwamedh Ghat, Panchganga Ghat, Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Sarnath, Man Mandir Observatory, and Bharat Kala Bhavan Museum
Things to do in Varanasi: Witness the evening aarti at Dasawamedh Ghat, take a holy dip in the Ganga, take a boat ride on the river, visit the Ramnagar Fort and Museum and shop at the local markets to purchase local handicrafts and Benarasi sarees
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One of the largest forest areas across the world, Sunderbans is located on the delta of Brahmaputra, Ganga and Meghna rivers. The area has a complex network of mangrove forests, mudflats and tidal waterways and is known for its rich fauna, including the Royal Bengal Tiger, freshwater crocodiles, Indian python and over 260 species of birds. Exploring the Sunderbans National Park and Sajnekhali Bird Sanctuary should be on top of your list of things to do in Sunderbans. Besides, you can take local village tours and enjoy fascinating views of the area from the watchtowers.
Places to visit in Sunderbans: Sunderbans National Park, Kanak, Sudhanyakhali Watch Tower, Sajnekhali Bird Sanctuary, Halliday Island, and Netidhopani
Things to do in Sunderbans: Spot the mighty Royal Bengal Tiger at the national park, indulge in birdwatching at Sajnekhali Bird Sanctuary, take a tour of the local villages and witness crocodiles at Bhagabatpur
Jammu, the winter capital of the northern state of Jammu and Kashmir, lies on the banks of the Tawi River. Home to many grand palaces, forts, and temples, the city is encompassed by lush green forests and majestic mountains and makes for a pretty sight. Often referred to as the ‘City of Temples’, Jammu is home to some revered Hindu shrines including Raghunath Temple, Ranbireshwar Temple, Peer Kho Cave Temple, and Bave Wali Mata Temple. It also serves as the starting point for the pilgrimage to Mata Vaishno Devi Temple.
Places to visit in Jammu: Raghunath Temple, Dogra Art Museum, Surinsar Lake, Bahu Fort, Mansar Lake, Mubarak Mandi Palace, Shivkhori, Amar Mahal Museum, and Peer Baba Dargah
Things to do in Jammu: Go on a pilgrimage to Mata Vaishno Devi Temple, Ski at Patnitop, savor lip-smacking Jammu dishes, go for a boat ride at Mansar Lake and explore Bhimgarh Fort
8. Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Andaman and Nicobar Islands are one of the most visited tourist destinations in India, with travelers flocking here from far and wide. What draws people to this serene archipelago is its undulated natural beauty. With 572 small and big isles, Andaman and Nicobar Islands are an ideal place for sightseeing as well as adventure sports. It is also home to one of the important historical sites of India’s struggle for independence – Cellular Jail. A short vacation in the amazing environs of these islands will definitely get you relaxed and happy!
Places to visit in Andaman and Nicobar Islands: Radhanagar Beach, Havelock Island, Cellular Jail, Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, Ross Island, Neil Island, Baratang Island, and Elephant Beach
Things to do in Andaman and Nicobar Islands: Witness the wonderful light and sound show at Cellular Jail, indulge in exciting water sports like snorkeling and scuba diving, enjoy a glass bottom boat tour and go for a birdwatching experience at Chidiya Tapu
Chennai, one of the most important metropolitans of the country, comes with a rich past and is known for its rich and diverse culture. Home to people of different faiths, this city was once a stronghold of the British, the reminiscent of which can be witnessed in the forts and old buildings here. November is a good time to come and explore Chennai as the temperature here remains on the lower side during this period. There is much to see and experience in this amazing city, and if you plan out well in advance, your trip should be fantastic!
Places to visit in Chennai: Arignar Anna Zoological Park, Marina Beach, Elliot’s Beach, San Thome Basilica, Government Museum, Kapaleeswarar Temple, Mahabalipuram Temples, Fort St. George, and MGR Film City
Things to do in Chennai: Relax at the Marina Beach, enjoy water sports at Muttukadu, relish mouth-watering South Indian food, have fun at MGM World and go on a shopping spree at T Nagar
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The picturesque hill station of Shillong in Meghalaya is known for its abundant natural beauty and beautiful landscape featuring scenic waterfalls, azure lakes, and verdant rolling hills. A vacation in this city, renowned as the ‘Scotland of the East’, in the month of November will certainly become one of your most memorable outings with friends or family. When you come here, do catch the mesmerizing view of the city’s landscape from the top of Shillong Peak and when you visit Umiam Lake, a boat ride is a must!
Places to visit in Shillong: Shillong Peak, Umiam Lake, Lady Hydari Park, Air Force Museum, Laitlum Canyons, Ward’s Lake, Sohpetbneng Peak, Don Bosco Museum, and Phan Nonglait Park
Things to do in Shillong: Enjoy a boat ride at Umiam Lake, sample local delicacies, camp at Khasi Hills, go on David Scott trail to explore the beauty of the city, witness the view of the enchanting Elephant Falls and shop at Bara Bazaar