Delhi: the capital of festivals and fairs
Delhi is a city that never sleeps, and November is one of the best months to visit it. The weather is pleasant, the air is clear, and the festive spirit is high. You can witness the celebrations of Diwali, the festival of lights, and enjoy the colorful fairs that showcase the culture and crafts of different states. Delhi is also a hub of history, heritage, and cuisine, offering something for everyone.
Garhwal: the land of hills and valleys
If you are looking for a serene and scenic getaway, Garhwal is the place to be. This region in Uttarakhand is home to some of the most beautiful hill stations, such as Nainital, Mukteshwar, Almora, Kasar Devi, and Binsar. You can enjoy the views of the snow-capped Himalayas, the lush green valleys, and the tranquil lakes. Garhwal is also rich in wildlife, spirituality, and adventure.
Goa: the party paradise
Goa is synonymous with fun, sun, and sand. This coastal state in western India is famous for its beaches, nightlife, and cuisine. November is a great time to visit Goa, as it is not too hot or crowded. You can relax on the golden sands, swim in the Arabian Sea, or indulge in water sports. You can also explore the Portuguese heritage, the spice plantations, and the wildlife sanctuaries.
Karnataka: the state of diversity
Karnataka is a state that offers a variety of experiences, from hills to plains, from forests to cities. You can start your trip in Mysuru, the cultural capital of Karnataka, where you can admire the majestic Mysore Palace, witness the grandeur of Mysore Dassara festival, and taste the delicious Mysore Pak. You can then head to Coorg, the coffee country, where you can enjoy the aroma of coffee plantations, trek in the hills, and visit waterfalls. You can also visit Hampi, the UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you can marvel at the ancient ruins of Vijayanagara Empire.
Jawai: the leopard land
Jawai is a hidden gem in Rajasthan, where you can spot leopards in their natural habitat. Jawai is a cluster of hills and caves that provide a perfect shelter for these elusive cats. You can take a safari in an open jeep and watch them lounging on rocks or hunting their prey. Jawai is also a place of culture and spirituality, as you can see the tribal villages and temples around.
Jodhpur: the blue city
Jodhpur is one of the most vibrant and colorful cities in India. It is known for its blue houses that contrast with the yellow sandstone fortresses and palaces. Jodhpur is a place where you can experience the royal legacy of Rajasthan, as well as its art, music, and cuisine. You can visit the Mehrangarh Fort, one of the largest forts in India; Umaid Bhawan Palace, one of the world’s largest private residences; Jaswant Thada, a marble cenotaph; and Mandore Gardens, a historic park.
Kanha National Park: the tiger territory
Kanha National Park is one of the most popular wildlife destinations in India. It is famous for its tigers, as well as other animals like leopards, sloth bears, wild dogs, deer, and monkeys. Kanha National Park is also known for its conservation efforts, especially for saving the endangered barasingha or swamp deer. You can take a jeep safari or an elephant ride to explore this vast forest.
Amritsar: the holy city
Amritsar is a city that will touch your soul with its spirituality and history. It is home to the Golden Temple or Harmandir Sahib, one of the most sacred shrines for Sikhs. The Golden Temple is a sight to behold with its golden dome and marble walls. You can also witness the daily ceremonies and rituals that take place here. Amritsar is also a place where you can learn about India’s freedom struggle at Jallianwala Bagh and Wagah Border.
Kerala: God’s own country
Kerala is a state that will enchant you with its natural beauty and cultural diversity. Kerala has everything from backwaters to beaches; from mountains to forests; from temples to churches. You can cruise on a houseboat in Alleppey or Kumarakom; relax on Kovalam or Varkala beach; trek in Munnar or Wayanad; visit Guruvayur or Sabarimala temple; or enjoy Kathakali or Theyyam performance.
Kolkata: the city of joy
Kolkata is a city that will charm you with its old-world charm and modern vibe. Kolkata is a city that celebrates life, art, and culture. You can see the colonial architecture, the iconic Howrah Bridge, and the Victoria Memorial. You can also visit the Indian Museum, the largest museum in India; the Kalighat Temple, one of the 51 Shakti Peethas; and the Dakshineswar Temple, where Ramakrishna Paramahamsa lived. Kolkata is also a food lover’s paradise, as you can savour the famous sweets, street food, and fish dishes.