Say hello to the winter, readers. November is that time of the year when winter greets you. And to the ones whom winter chills seem not so pleasant, don’t frown because winter is the best time to pack your bags and go on a vacation. If you’re someone like this, we have brought together a list of best places that welcomes you in November:
1. KUTCH – GUJARAT
A world of white sand that never ends. Wherever you take your eyes, you’d behold white like never before. And even if there’s ‘nothing’ you can see the unfathomable lengths, you’d fall in love with this ‘nothing’.
Weather: An Average temperature of 12-25 degree Celsius. The days are extremely hot while the nights become cool.
Thing to see: Great Rann of Kutch, Mandvi Beach, Aina Mahal, Kutch Desert Wildlife sanctuary
Things to do: Shopping handicrafts and bandhani fabrics from local city shops and Camel safari in Rann of Kutch
2. Varanasi – UP
If the reader happens to be a woman, you just can’t say no to this place. Or even if you’re a man, mention this place to your wife, and she’d be ready with her bags well only if she happens to be a shopaholic- all thanks to the very popular Banarasi Sarees. Not only is this place popular for sarees, it is also a place where people wish to discover their love of God. Divinity and serenity are in the very air. One of the most sacred places in India, you’d find a number of temples here, for this purpose.
Weather: An Average temperature of 20-30 Degree Celsius.
Things to see: Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Asi Ghat, Dashashwamedh Ghat.
Things to do: Taking blessings of God Shiva, shopping Banarasi sarees at Gyan Vapi.
3. Pushkar – Rajasthan
There are some who doubt the existence of unconditional love, and there are some who love someone unconditionally. If you are one of the latter, whose ‘someone” is God, this place should not be given a miss. It is a city that inhabits a number of temples. Tranquility is something you’d feel here, all thanks to the holy vibe this place carries. And if you’re thinking of visiting, go ahead because November is that time of the year when you can witness the Camel Fair and it is more than what the name suggests. The Camel Fair offers you some of the most magnificent creations of man when it comes to traditional Rajasthan Culture. Another reason is that the festival of lights is around the corner- one of the main festivals of the year. So you can expect to witness the Diwali fever of this place.
Weather: An Average temperature of 17-35 degree Celsius.
Things to see: Brahma Temple, Varaha Temple, Pushkar Lake.
Things to do: Camel Safari, Hot Air Balloon, Beholding evening Aarti at Varaha Ghat, Shopping leather goods and silver jewelry at local shops.
4. Bundi- Rajasthan
The first thing that comes to your mind when you hear of Rajasthan is, of course, the rich traditional culture and the gems of forts and palaces it possesses. You’re pretty right with your imagination, as this place is a pure justification to the web of thoughts in your mind. But it has something more to it- lakes, rivers, and waterfalls. Not impressed? Well no issues, the table’s about to turn. You’re in luck if you’re reading this article to travel sometime in November. Every November, the city holds its Bundi Fest giving you a glimpse of Rajasthani Tradition through handicrafts, folk dances and fireworks. People from all across the world come to visit the place, so why wouldn’t you?
Weather: An Average temperature of around 20-35 degree Celsius.
Things to see: Moti Mahal, Taragarh Fort, Gandhi Mahal, Sukh Mahal, Chaurasi Khambon ki Chhatri.
Things to do: Shopping miniature pieces of art in Sadar Bazar.
If you don’t happen to be living in Delhi or have never visited it, we bet you have a prejudice for Delhi. You assume it to be a spectacular destination and people over here are as if they live in the 22nd century. And there would be some of you, who believe that there is nothing special about Delhi. Well, there is. A number of food eateries, monuments, gardens and city life. And now that you’re looking forward to visiting in Delhi, let us tell you, that you’re so right! Diwali season is usually doing the rounds in Delhi in November. The whole city is in the festive spirit, the whole town is decorated in lights which, trust us, is a magnificent sight to behold.
Weather: An average temperature of 15-22 degree Celsius.
Things to see: Humayun Tomb, Qutub Minar, Red Fort, India Gate, Connaught Place, Hauz Khas, Chandni Chowk, DLF Cyberhub and around.
Things to do: Eateries at Sayanikentan, Cannaught Place, shopping at malls and local shops like Janpath, Chandni Chowk, and Dilli Haat.
6. Wayanad- Kerala
“WELCOME, WELCOME TO HEAVEN”- yes you have stepped in. Who says heaven is only up above? When it comes to beauty, Kerala is no less. And so is this part of it. Breathtaking waterfalls, lakes, and valleys are enough to leave you spellbound. Not only human’s favorite but wildlife’s favorite too.
Weather: An average temperature around 16-24 degree Celsius.
Things to see: Chembra Peak, Pookot Lake, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, Edakkal Caves.
Things to do: Camping, wildlife safari Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary And trekking at Thusharagiri.
7. Ujjain- Madhya Pradesh
God knows everything. He also knows how much you love him. And it’s that love for God which makes much travel to this place to have her blessings. Lights guide you home, love for God guides you here. Considered one of the most sacred places and having a number of temples, this place never failed to bring its devotees’ feet. Also don’t forget to visit the great Kumbh Ka Mela which, in every 12 years, happens here on the banks of the river. You know, as they say, “Kumbh ke mele me bichhde hue bhai“.
Weather: An average temperature around 10-20 degree Celsius
Things to see: Mahakaleshwara Temple, Ram Mandir Ghat, Kaliadeh Palace, Kal Bhairava Temple
Things to do: Sightseeing, Shopping stone crafts and other things at local shops
Everyone is galvanized by this mighty animal, and so are thousands of travelers who come here every year to behold this majestic creation of Lord, to be specific, the great Bengal Tiger. An abode to over 400 Bengal tigers and a major number of deer and other animals, this place never failed to please wildlife lovers and even those who are not in much love with wildlife and nature. Sundarbans has something for everyone!
Weather: An Average temperature of around 15-30 Degree Celsius.
Things to see: Sudhanyakhali Watch Tower, Bhagatpur Crocodile Project, Halliday Island, Kanak.
Things to do: Sightseeing and safari.
Ask someone you know or pick up a random person and ask them about Manali, a thumbs up you’d get from all of them. All thanks to the white shrouded mountains bestowing you breathtaking panoramic views. Not only does nature dwell here, but it is also a satisfier of the adventure lust within you. Trekking, river crossing, paragliding, river rafting, zorbing, and skiing- you can do it all here, the list doesn’t end here, and Manali is also an abode to various temples, Hadimba being the most popular. If you make up your mind to come here, don’t forget to visit Solang Valley and Rohtang Pass and build your own snowman.
Weather: An Average temperature of around 5-10 degree Celsius.
Things to see: Hadimba Devi Temple, Rohtang Pass, Solang Valley, Beas Kund, Chandratal Lake.
Things to do: Hot springs, Adventure activities, shopping at Mall Road.
10. Kohima- Nagaland
Back hundreds of years ago, the very ground of this place changed its color to red- and red in the worst possible way. Courageous armors and impeccable beings breathed their last here. Thanks to the long battle between Japanese and Nagas during World War 2. There still has a war cemetery to honor the dead. Admitted! The place has a history in the darkest shades, but it still has shades to please the tourists, and those shades are shades of Mother Nature, zoos, valleys and other shapes of beauty.
Weather: An Average temperature of around 5-30 degree Celsius.
Things to see: Shilloi Lake, Kohima War Cemetery, Kohima Cathedral, Kohima zoo.
Things to do: Sightseeing.
Hope you’re packing your bags right now. Because some new memories await you. Don’t say a NO to NO-VEMBER. After all, wanderlust can never make anyone despair.
Contributor: Sarah Bhatnagar