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Best places to visit in India in November

Discussion in 'Travel advice' started by Denisha, Oct 21, 2016.

  1. Denisha

    Denisha New Member

    After Diwali my husband and I want to go on a holiday some place, to get some rest and relax as we have been having a hectic few months. After Diwali, we will be free and would want to spend at least ten days at some place.

    We need some suggestions from you all to the best places to visit in India in November, so we can start making any bookings which are required.
    We have no objection to going to a destination by flight so that you can be open to your suggestions. The only thing we want is the places should be scenic and somewhere where we can relax in peace.

  2. Venisha

    Venisha New Member


    you can Visit Kerala. It is the best place with the combination of scenic natural beauty & Beach's

  3. briannagodess

    briannagodess Well-Known Member

    Hello, @Denisha! Welcome to the forum!

    There's this time after the monsoon season and just before the winter season that India experiences mild changes in temperature. This the between the months of October and November. Usually though, November is cooler and depending on which destination you choose, perhaps if it's a green one, you'd find that landscapes are teeming with more beauty than usual. But still, unlike the extreme winter month of December, temperatures are usually bearable during this time, just appropriate for some sightseeing and relaxing. Wondering which destinations are best visited during this time? This list would give you just that, highlighting which places around India are worth visiting in November.

    Places to Visit in November in India

    Getting back to your roots...

    1. Hampi - At the middle of Hampi is the Tungabhadra River, which separates the region into two parts. On one side, you have the ruins of the once glorious royal era, with scattered temples, boulders, monuments and palaces. Crossing the river would lead you to the other side, where you can enjoy a completely different landscape of plantations and paddy fields. This is the unique feature of Hampi, you get to enjoy the rich historical past of the city and yet you also get to enjoy the views from its other sides. Towering over the city is the Virupaksha Temple, built around the 7th century and yet still stands strong today. With its exquisitely carved exteriors and pillars, you might lose track of time when in here just because there are plenty of nooks to explore. There's also the Vittala Temple, quite imposing with its chariot statue pulled by two elephants, but it was built much later during the 15th century. Another must visit attraction here is the Krishna Temple Complex, believed to have the most exquisite sculptures out of all the religious sites in Hampi. The walls, pillars and even the entrances are all lined with carvings of Hindu deities. Other beautiful structures around the city are the Zenana Enclosure and the Lotus Mahal. Now we go to the other side of Hampi, across the river, which is the Hippie Island. Here you can indulge in a relaxing stay, surrounded by lush greenery, specially just after the monsoon season in November. You can also try trekking on the Anjaneya Hill, where you can enjoy the best sunset views from its peak. During the month of November, the climate around Hampi is pleasant, with temperatures ranging around 20°C to 28°C. It is one of the best months for sightseeing and exploring the ruins of this old city.
    • Must visit places - Tungabhadra River, Virupaksha Temple, Vittala Temple, Krishna Temple Complex, Zenana Enclosure, Lotus Mahal and Hippie Island (Anjaneya Hill).
    2. Varanasi - Just before the sacred city experiences extreme fog conditions, November is a good time to visit Varanasi. Temperatures are not as extreme as in summer nor winter, ranging just between 23°C to 32°C. Varanasi is known as a Hindu pilgrimage site and is revered by many devotees. The sacred Ganges River flows through the city and it has also many ghats that devotees bathe in, with the belief that this can cleanse their sins. Of these numerous ghats, the most popular ones are the Banaras Ghats, Dasaswamedh Ghats and Assi Ghats. With its high shikhara, the Vishwanath Temple is a sight to behold in the city. It houses a black idol of Lord Shiva and devotees pour concoctions around the image. There's also the Durga Temple, standing brightly in the city, with its red facade. The idol of Goddess Durga here is believed to be a swayambhu. But aside from these Hindu sites, did you know that Varanasi is also home to a few Buddhist structures? There's Sarnath, where supposed to be, is the place where Buddha delivered his first sermon after being enlightened in Bodh Gaya. It is about 10 kilometres away from the city centre of Varanasi though. You can also visit the Dhamek Stupa, while in the city, which is a sacred stupa for Buddhists and it is not rare to find devotees meditating around it.
    • Must visit places - Banaras Ghats, Dasaswamedh Ghats, Assi Ghats, Vishwanath Temple, Durga Temple, Sarnath and Dhamek Stupa.
    Vishwanath Temple in Varanasi

    Some desert destinations for you...

    3. Pushkar - Before temperatures get too low in the city of Pushkar, November is a great time to visit. Temperatures range between 20°C to 25°C during this month. And also, the Pushkar Fair, the livestock and camel festival of the city, is held during this month. Aside from fun and enjoyable camel games, there are also handicrafts stalls where you can buy some souvenirs to take home. One of the main attractions of Pushkar is the Pushkar Lake. It has about 50 plus ghats where devotees take a holy dip in order to cleanse their souls. Pushkar is also the home to the only Brahma Temple in India. There are only three temples dedicated to Brahma around the world, making this site an auspicious one to Hindus. Another must visit here is the Savitri Temple, located amidst a hillock and only reachable by a steep climb. Of course, when in Pushkar, it's a must to at least try a camel safari or if you're adventurous, try out camping in the desert region of the city. The good feature of the desert of Pushkar is that it is less commercialised than Jaisalmer so you can enjoy its remoteness and serenity.
    • Must visit places - Pushkar Lake, Brahma Temple and Savitri Temple.
    4. Jaisalmer - Much like Pushkar, Jaisalmer experiences extreme climate conditions. On summers, it can get extremely hot and humid while winters are cold and chilly. Yet November remains in the middle, mildly cool but not as humid as the summer. With temperatures ranging between 25°C to 30°C, you can enjoy sightseeing around the city during November. Your first item on the agenda would have to be a camel safari and a desert camping experience along the sand dunes of the city. With the clear views of the desert and the moonlight, you would thoroughly enjoy your stay in the desert region of Jaisalmer. Numerous home stays and luxury camping sites can provide for accommodation for you in here. For sightseeing, there's the Jaisalmer Fort, one of the few living forts in the country and you can actually see people living their day to day lives around the city fort. Another good place to visit is the Gadsisar Sagar Lake, where you can enjoy boating around it. There's also the Tanot Mata Temple, a bit historical and religious at the same time. It is considered as a miraculous place too, since during the Longewala War, bombs were dropped around the region but the site remained intact. And lastly, there's the Patwon Ki Haveli, basking in golden colours and beautiful wall carvings, exuding the grandeur of the royal era of Jaisalmer.
    • Must visit places - Sand Dunes, Jaisalmer Fort, Gadsisar Sagar Lake, Tanot Mata Temple and Patwon Ki Haveli.
    Patwon Ki Haveli in Jaisalmer

    Enjoy the beach with the cool climate...

    5. Pondicherry - Craving for beach destinations? There's Pondicherry, with its rocky beaches, white sand beaches and many more attractions. Although the region receives moderate to heavy rainfall during November, it's still a good time to visit. Temperatures are minimal, ranging from 23°C to 29°C. The cloudy skies along with the cool draft, it's enough to make you love the union territory. Not to mention the lush greenery enveloping the place during this time. For beaches, you can try out the Promenade Beach, one of the most famous beaches in Pondicherry with its rocky shores. It's a great beach for just enjoying a short morning or evening walk in. But if swimming is more of your interest, there's the Paradise Beach, Serenity Beach or even the Auroville Beach. Both have white, sandy shores along with clear blue waters. Excursions away from the beach can lead you to the White Town, a residential area with lots of French-style buildings and establishments or even to Auroville, an experimental township near the city centre. Embrace the rainy season in Pondicherry and you'll surely have a grand time.
    • Must visit places - Promenade Beach, Paradise Beach, Auroville Beach, White Town and Auroville City.
    6. Tarkarli - Tucked in a little corner in Malvan in Maharashtra, Tarkarli might not be as well-known as Goa or Kerala yet it has some of the most pristine beaches. Teeming with underwater marine life, clear blue water and powdery sands... All these features can be found in the beaches of Tarkarli. But don't worry as your vacation here can be as relaxing still due to its remoteness and less commercialised features. Did you know that Tarkarli is the only region in Maharashtra that you can indulge in scuba diving? Aside from Tarkarli Beach, there are plenty more of beaches to explore like Devbagh Beach, Achra Beach and Kolamb Beach as well. Other water sports that you can do here are parasailing, snorkelling, jet skiing and banana boat riding.
    • Must visit places - Tarkarli Beach, Devbagh Beach, Achra Beach and Kolamb Beach.
    Very serene yet beautiful hill stations...

    7. Araku Valley - Scenic? Check! Serene? Check! Pleasant Climate? Check! Araku Valley is a hill station in the state of Andhra Pradesh, well-known for its scenic views of the mountains and coffee plantations. Winter can be quite cold here but November barely touches the 27°C mark so can still be a pleasant time to visit. If you love natural attractions, then Araku Valley is the best fit for you. Its waterfalls become alive just after the monsoon season and are very powerful, enough to mesmerise you. The Katiki Waterfalls, Chaparai Waterfalls and Dumbriguda Waterfalls are just some of the magnificent waterfalls you can visit around the hill station. There's also the Padmapuram Botanical Gardens, where you can enjoy a leisurely stroll with your loved one in. For adventure activities, how about a trek to reach the Ananthagiri Hills? Or maybe indulging in camping and bird watching around the Tyda Park of Araku Valley.
    • Must visit places - Katiki Waterfalls, Chaparai Waterfalls, Dumbriguda Waterfalls, Padmapuram Botanical Gardens, Ananthagiri Hills and Tyda Park.
    8. Vagamon - The beauty of Vagamon is its bald green meadows and relative serenity. Unlike other popular hill stations like Munnar or even Shimla, it's rare to find throngs of tourists here. You can definitely enjoy nature without the commercialism that most hill stations exude. While summers are comfortably pleasant, winters are very cold here. Even the month of November warrants at least fleece jackets in order to stay warm and toasty. So if you're someone who loves cold temperatures, give Vagamon a try and you won't be disappointed. A few metres away from the city centre, you can find the Vagamon Lake. It's a manmade lake with boating facilities, so you can enjoy a short cruise around it. Vagamon also has a number of waterfalls, the most popular of which is the Palozhukum Para Waterfalls. You can only view it from a distance but post-monsoon season is the best time for viewing it. You can also enjoy a quick stroll around the Thangal Hill and view the misty, clouded mountain views.
    • Must visit places - Vagamon Lake, Palozhukum Para Waterfalls and Thangal Hill.
    Vagamon Lake in Vagamon

    Why not visit a new place?

    9. Dawki - A small town in the state of Meghalaya, Dawki doesn't get much popularity as a tourist destination. But to truly witness the mixture of different cultures, it's a must to visit this town. It has the Dawki-Tamabil Border with Bangladesh and as such, locals from both sides can easily reach to the other region. It is not rare to see Bangladeshi people crossing the border to reach India nor for Indians to cross the border to reach Bangladesh. Yet the region is fairly serene and peaceful, giving tourists a glimpse of this unique community. One must visit place here is the Dawki River, where you can enjoy a boat ride along it. The river is so clear and clean that you can easily spot the river bed even if you're inside the boat. Hotels are sparse around the area though so you need to reach the capital, Shillong, for better accommodation options.
    • Must visit places - Dawki-Tamabil Border and Dawki River.
    10. Lonar - How would you like to visit a place with an attraction that is the only one of its kind in the world? Well, Lonar has the only Crater Lake in the world, created thousands of years ago, when a meteor crashed into the Earth and created this deep crater. Over time, this crater was filled with saltwater and other important minerals. The trek to reach the lake is a bit challenging although quite interesting as you get to enjoy the lush greenery and wildlife around. Around the lake, there are also plenty of temples that you can visit but most of them are in ruins now. The Daitya Sudan Temple, also known as Vishnu Temple, is probably one of the most well-preserved temples in the area. It has a number of carvings worth exploring. There's also the Gomukh Temple, which has a small kund or stream leading to the crater area itself. Since visiting the crater requires some trekking, November is a fit time for visiting it as the weather is pleasant enough for walking and climbing,
    • Must visit places - Crater Lake, Daitya Sudan Temple and Gomukh Temple.
    Crater Lake in Lonar

    There you go, the best places to visit around November in India. You got a mixture of heritage sites, beaches, natural phenomena and natural sceneries. I hope you enjoy whichever destination you choose!:)
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  4. Ramakant

    Ramakant New Member


    You can visit in Kerala. Kerala is one of the great tourist places in India.
  5. chirag sharma

    chirag sharma New Member

    Best places to visit in India in November

    • Pushkar, Rajasthan
    • Udaipur, Rajasthan
    • Hampi, Karnataka
    • Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand
    • Sonepur, Bihar
    • Amritsar, Punjab
    • Garo Hills, Meghalaya
    • Hadoti, Rajasthan
    • Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
    • Sundarbans, West Bengal
    • Kuari Pass Trek, Uttarakhand
    • Goa