Home to a gamut of distinct landscapes ranging from serene coasts to lively cities, a trip to India is truly mesmerizing. By November, everything freshens up after the monsoon, and India steps out cooler and drier than usual. Soak up in the sun on the warm beaches of Goa, and experience the tranquillity in Uttar Pradesh. See the majestic Bengal tigers in their habitat, or enjoy the buzzing metropolis of Mumbai indulging in its world-class dining and vibrant nightlife. Whether you are a hiker, lounger, or go-getter, India in November has a spot for everyone.
The average temperature in India in November is around 27°C, while the nights are much cooler with temperatures falling to 13°C. The country mostly enjoys dry and warm weather conditions. However, areas like Tamil Nadu and Kerala can be quite wet. Be sure to check out the three prestigious points in India, called the Golden Triangle: Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur, where the ebb of the sun poses the ideal climate for outdoor activities. November is also colder and drier than usual in West Bengal, Rajasthan and areas in the south, making it a good time to visit India for sightseeing.
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If you are wondering when is the best time to visit India, look no further than November. With the tourist season just unfolding, the country comes to life in November after the monsoon. Besides favorable weather, the country also hosts a number of distinct festivals during this time of year. From the attractive shoulder season rates and less congestion in major tourist hotspots, here are some of the reasons why you should visit India in November.
- Fewer crowds: Compared to December and January, which marks the high season in India, there will be fewer crowds in November. The otherwise crowded places like Delhi and Rajasthan will be more peaceful to explore.
- Reasonable rates: During the off-season, hotels, and airlines in India offer fantastic deals. This makes November the ideal month to stay in magnificent vintage hotels and resorts, without breaking the wallet.
- Festivities: The Pushkar Camel Fair takes place every November in Rajasthan and spans two weeks. During this period an array of livestock, including horses, camels and cattle are sold, followed by a grand carnival featuring colorful camel parades, and snake charmers. The Sikh holiday also falls in November when locals celebrate the birthday of Guru Nanak, the founder of Shikhism, at the Golden Temple in Amritsar, Punjab.
- Enticing beach vacation: With the weather beginning to warm up in November, there is no better time to visit India's stunning sunkissed beaches. As the rainy season comes to an end, the strong ocean waves and currents are also expected to dissipate by November, making water adventures like snorkeling and surfing safe even for amateurs.
Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Goa, Bengal, Rajasthan and Mumbai are some of the best places to visit in India in November. Set off your tour from the Golden Triangle of India, witnessing the majestic world heritage, Taj Mahal in Agra, the splendid palaces of Jaipur and the landmarks of Delhi including Red Fort and Humayun's Tomb. From there, head to Mumbai to experience its upscale nightlife and food scene. Dig into the legendary history of India as you explore the Mani Bhavan Gandhi Centre and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya.
Experience India’s raw culture and heritage through a meditative and spiritual tour in Varanasi. Continue your journey through the quiet mountains of the Himalayas or backpack to Goa for Portuguese colonial architecture sight-seeing and a beach escape. You could also take a camel ride tour of Rajasthan’s Thar Desert, explore central India’s national parks to spot the elusive Bengal tiger, or take a cruise tour on the Ganges to make your holiday memorable. There is no limit to things to do in India in November.
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Since you may experience drastic temperature swings from day to night in November, you will need to pack both summer and winter gear. Take some light clothes and sunscreen as you can expect a lot of time spent outdoors. Also, pack some sweaters and coats to keep you warm at night, especially if you are planning to explore the mountainous regions.
With conducive weather, fabulous festivities, and shoulder season rates, India in November creates the perfect backdrop to experience every nook and corner of this diverse country at your own pace.
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