India sees a magnificent shift as October peacefully passes the baton to November. As the monsoon showers gracefully go and the winter's soft chill settles in, now is the ideal time to explore the great diversity of this wonderful country. However, what truly sets November apart is the magnificent Diwali celebration. This is the month when the Festival of Lights illuminates the country in a myriad of colours, radiant homes, streets, and hearts. So, let's embark on a journey that blends customs, the beauty of nature, and cultural richness by exploring some of the finest places to visit in November for an exceptional holiday.

Table Of Contents

  1. Ranthambore, Rajasthan
  2. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
  3. Amritsar, Punjab
  4. Gir National Park, Gujarat
  5. Hampi, Karnataka
  6. Dwarka, Gujarat
  7. Manali, Himachal Pradesh
  8. Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
  9. Kerala 
  10. Kanha, Madhya Pradesh
  11. Sunderbans, West Bengal
  12. Kutch, Gujarat
  13. Pushkar, Rajasthan 
  14. Nainital, Uttarakhand


  1. Ranthambore, Rajasthan


Winter is a magical time in India, and one of the most enchanting November holiday destinations is Ranthambore, Rajasthan. This charming destination is renowned for its thriving wildlife and historical grandeur. Nestled in the heart of the state, Ranthambore National Park is a sanctuary for the majestic Royal Bengal Tiger. As November approaches, the park becomes even more captivating, offering a unique experience for wildlife enthusiasts. What makes it extra special is the chance to celebrate the Festival of Lights, Diwali, amidst the rustic beauty of Ranthambore.

Things to Do in Ranthambore:

  • Wildlife Safari: Embark on thrilling safaris within the national park to catch a glimpse of the elusive tigers and other fascinating wildlife.
  • Diwali Celebrations: Partake in traditional Diwali rituals, witness stunningly lit temples, and immerse yourself in the festive spirit of the locals.
  • Visit Ranthambore Fort: Explore the ancient Ranthambore Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape.
  • Village Walk: Interact with the locals and get a taste of rural Rajasthan by taking a village walk.

Where to Stay in Ranthambore:

For a perfect stay that combines luxury and proximity to nature, Club Mahindra’s Clarks Safari Ranthambore is an excellent choice. Located amidst the picturesque Aravalli Mountains and lush greenery, this resort ensures a comfortable and immersive experience in Ranthambore. You can unwind in spacious rooms, savour local and international cuisine, and enjoy warm hospitality. Plus, it's the ideal place to soak in the beauty of nature and indulge in wildlife adventures.

  1. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

The ancient city of Varanasi perched on the banks of the holy Ganges River is a melting pot of spirituality, culture, and history. During this time, Varanasi comes to life with the grand celebrations of Diwali, which makes it even more mesmerizing. The flickering diyas lining the ghats and the soul-stirring Ganga Aarti create an otherworldly atmosphere. Varanasi's narrow alleys, sacred temples, and age-old traditions offer a unique cultural experience making it one of the best places to visit in November.

 Things to Do in Varanasi:

  • Ganga Aarti: Witness the ethereal Ganga Aarti at Dashashwamedh Ghat, a magical experience that should not be missed.
  • Diwali on the Ghats: Celebrate Diwali on the ghats of the Ganges, lighting diyas and experiencing the spiritual ambience.
  • Temples and Shrines: Explore the many temples and shrines, including the Kashi Vishwanath Temple and Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple.
  • Boat Ride: Take a boat ride on the Ganges to admire the ghats and experience the city from a different perspective.
  1. Amritsar, Punjab

As the air begins to chill and the festive spirit dominates the atmosphere, Amritsar emerges among the best places to travel in November to celebrate Diwali in India. Amritsar, known as the spiritual and cultural hub of Punjab, showcases its most vibrant colours during the Festival of Lights. The Golden Temple, a symbol of Sikhism and a marvel in itself is illuminated with thousands of lights and adorned with fervour and devotion.

 Things to Do in Amritsar:

  • Golden Temple: Witness the breathtaking beauty of the Golden Temple during the grand Diwali celebrations. The evening aarti here is truly a mesmerizing sight.
  • Jallianwala Bagh: Pay your respects at the historic Jallianwala Bagh, which has its own tales of valour and sacrifice.
  • Diwali Shopping: Explore the bustling markets, such as Hall Bazaar and Lawrence Road, for some fantastic Diwali shopping.
  • Amritsari Cuisine: Savour the world-famous Amritsari street food and indulge in traditional Punjabi dishes.
  1. Gir National Park, Gujarat

For an exceptional Diwali experience that combines wildlife and festivity, head to Gir National Park in Gujarat. This captivating destination is famous for being the last abode of the Asiatic lion. November brings a unique charm to this wildlife sanctuary, as it coincides with the Festival of Lights, Diwali. Amidst the rugged terrain and dense forests, you can experience the magic of Diwali in a tranquil and distinct setting. Imagine celebrating the festival under the starry skies, surrounded by the untamed beauty of Gir.

 Things to Do in Gir National Park:

  • Lion Safari: Embark on a thrilling lion safari to catch a glimpse of the majestic Asiatic lion, and if you're lucky, witness them in their natural habitat.
  •  Diwali Celebrations: Participate in local Diwali traditions and witness the warm and vibrant celebrations in the nearby villages.
  • Bird Watching: Gir is not just about lions; it's also a birdwatcher's paradise. Explore the diverse avian species that call this place home.
  • Visit Kamleshwar Dam: Enjoy a visit to Kamleshwar Dam and the crocodile breeding centre, where you can spot these ancient reptiles.
  1. Dwarka, Gujarat

Travel back in time to Lord Krishna's ancient kingdom in Dwarka, Gujarat. Dwarka is a beautiful blend of nature and culture, providing your family with a truly uplifting holiday experience and it is one the best places to visit in November. As Diwali approaches, the town becomes a beacon of celebration, with stunning decorations and a warm, festive atmosphere. Thousands of oil lights illuminate the city during Diwali, creating a spiritual and tranquil environment. The Dwarkadhish Temple, in particular, is exquisitely decorated. This celebration provides you with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to enjoy Diwali in the heart of this old city.

Things to do in Dwarka:

  • Dwarkadhish Temple: Admire the beauty of Dwarkadhish Temple, an architectural wonder and a place of deep devotion.
  • Beyt Dwarka: Explore Beyt Dwarka, an island offering water sports and pristine beaches.
  • Rukmini Devi Temple: Pay homage at the intricately carved Rukmini Devi Temple.
  • Gomti Ghat: Take a serene evening stroll along the sacred Gomti Ghat during the enchanting Diwali celebrations.
  • Shopping: Don't forget to explore the local markets for vibrant Gujarati handicrafts and festive items.

Where to stay in Dwarka?

While in Dwarka, don't miss staying at the Club Mahindra Dwarka Resort in Gujarat. The superior rooms provide grandeur, equipped with the latest amenities and impeccable hospitality. The resort provides delectable meals, a relaxing pool, and a world-class gymnasium. It's the ideal place to unwind and celebrate Diwali in Dwarka. 

  1. Hampi, Karnataka

November is a fantastic time to uncover the wonders of Hampi where history and spirituality converge. The unique landscape, characterized by colossal boulders and ancient ruins, takes on an extraordinary aura during the festive season. The town comes alive with the celebration of Diwali. It's a place where you can immerse yourself in the enchanting historical legacy and simultaneously experience the joy of Diwali. 

Things to Do in Hampi:

  • Hampi Ruins: Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Hampi's historic ruins, including the Virupaksha Temple, Vitthala Temple, and Lotus Mahal.
  • Anegundi Village: Visit the charming nearby village of Anegundi, with its rural charm and riverside setting.
  • Hippie Island: Cross the river to Hippie Island for a different vibe, with laid-back cafes and serene surroundings.
  • Tungabhadra River Sunset: Witness the breathtaking sunset over the Tungabhadra River for a serene Diwali experience.

Where to Stay in Hampi:

For an unforgettable stay amidst the boulders and heritage of Hampi, look no further than Vijayshree Resort and Heritage Village, Hampi, a Club Mahindra affiliate resort. This resort offers a comfortable and cultural experience, with amenities like traditional dining and a glimpse into the historical richness of the region. It's the perfect place to rest and rejuvenate after exploring the historical marvels of Hampi during the festive season.

  1. Manali, Himachal Pradesh

As November unfolds, the pristine beauty of Manali, nestled in the heart of the Himalayas, takes on an enchanting aura that makes it a must-visit destination. This charming town offers the perfect blend of natural splendour and cultural richness. During this time of the year, Manali lights up with the joy of Diwali, creating a magical experience for travellers. Surrounded by snow-capped mountains and lush valleys, it's an ideal place to celebrate the Festival of Lights.

Things to Do in Manali:

  • Diwali Celebrations: Experience the essence of Diwali by taking part in traditional rituals, enjoying firecrackers, and witnessing beautifully decorated houses and temples.
  • Rohtang Pass: If you're lucky, you might even catch the first snowfall of the season at the majestic Rohtang Pass.
  • Solang Valley: Engage in adventure sports like paragliding, zorbing, and skiing at Solang Valley.
  • Old Manali: Stroll through the vibrant streets of Old Manali, shop for souvenirs, and savour local and international cuisine at charming cafes.
  • Hidimba Devi Temple: Pay your respects at this ancient temple dedicated to Hidimba Devi, set amidst a beautiful cedar forest. 

Where to Stay in Manali:

For a truly magical stay in Manali, consider Club Mahindra’s White Meadows Manali Resort. Located amidst the scenic beauty of Himachal Pradesh, this resort offers a wide range of amenities for every family member. You can start your day with adventures and connect with nature and your inner self, making your stay in Manali even more memorable.

  1. Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

Shimla, known as the "Queen of Hill Stations," is one of the top November holiday destinations in India. As the nip in the air welcomes the festive season, Shimla lights up with the joy of Diwali, offering a unique and magical experience. The Mall Road and Ridge area are beautifully adorned with lights and decorations, creating a fairy-tale ambience. Strolling through Shimla during this time is truly enchanting. The colonial architecture, pine-covered hills, and the backdrop of the Himalayas make it a perfect getaway.

Things to do in Shimla:

  • Naldehra Exploration: Wander through the charming bylanes of Naldehra and marvel at the soothing waters of its many hot springs.
  • Apple Orchard Visit: Explore an apple orchard and experience the joy of plucking your own apples.
  • Snow Play: Have fun playing in the snow and building snowmen with your family.
  • Nature Walks: Take strolls amidst the pristine natural beauty, and spot Himalayan flora and fauna.
  • Cedar Forest Picnic: Enjoy a picnic amid the enchanting cedar and pine forests that surround Pristine Peaks by Club Mahindra.

Where to stay in Shimla?

While in Shimla, your ideal accommodation choice is Pristine Peaks by Club Mahindra, located in Naldehra. This charming resort is nestled amidst the hills, with majestic mountains as its backdrop and vibrant wildflowers, pine, cedar, and birch trees surrounding it. It serves as the perfect Himalayan escape for families, providing a peaceful sanctuary with breathtaking views. Experience the beauty of Shimla and elevate your Diwali celebrations in the midst of serene natural surroundings.

  1. Kerala

Kerala, known as "God's Own Country," offers a picturesque Diwali celebration. As the backwaters glisten with the warm glow of traditional lamps, the festive spirit in Kerala is simply enchanting and it surely should include your list of best places to travel in November. The state is known for its cultural diversity, and during Diwali, each community comes together to celebrate in its unique way. From the historic Fort Kochi to the lush greenery of Munnar, Kerala's beauty is enhanced by the Diwali festivities.

Things to do in Kerala:

  • Alleppey Backwaters: Cruise the serene backwaters of Alleppey on a traditional houseboat, basking in the tranquil beauty of Kerala.
  • Munnar: Visit Munnar, the tea gardens' abode, and breathe in the cool, refreshing air.
  • Kochi: Explore the cultural mosaic of Kochi, blending colonial history with a vibrant present.
  • Ayurvedic Retreat: Pamper yourself with traditional Ayurvedic spa treatments for ultimate relaxation.
  • Kerala Cuisine: Savor the diverse and delectable Kerala cuisine, from appam and stew to succulent seafood dishes.

Where to stay in Kerala?

For an unforgettable stay, consider Club Mahindra Cherai, a charming town near Cochin, where sun, sand, and sea come together. Escape to this delightful holiday destination in Kerala and experience heaven on Earth. With an array of things to do in Cherai, from fishing to sightseeing and cooking classes, your family's every whim is indulged. Cherai's serene beauty and Club Mahindra's exceptional hospitality make it a perfect destination for celebrating Diwali in style.

  1. Kanha, Madhya Pradesh

November brings an exciting opportunity to explore the jungles of Kanha, Madhya Pradesh. This mesmerizing park is home to the majestic tiger and other fascinating wildlife. In November, the weather is pleasant for safari adventures, making it the perfect time to explore the park. Celebrate Diwali in the heart of nature and experience the thrill of spotting the royal Bengal tiger.

Things to do in Kanha:

  • Wildlife Safari: Embark on thrilling safaris into the jungle to spot magnificent tigers and other fascinating wildlife.
  • Nature Walks: Take walks through the dense forests, appreciating the raw beauty of nature.
  • Bird Watching: Kanha is a haven for birdwatchers, with its diverse avian population.
  • Visit Bamni Dadar: Also known as Sunset Point, it offers breathtaking panoramic views of the park.
  • Stargazing: Enjoy the clear night skies of Kanha and indulge in stargazing with your loved ones.

Where to stay in Kanha:

Live your very best life with Club Mahindra Kanha, where experiences lead the way. Feel the rush of adrenaline on a jungle safari, witness the thrill of glimpsing the royal tiger, and experience the novelty of living in luxurious tents. This is a family holiday worth cherishing forever, especially during Diwali. The resort in Kanha offers a unique blend of adventure and comfort, making your November visit truly memorable.

  1. Sunderbans, West Bengal

Sundarbans, a unique and mystical destination, comes alive with wonder in November. As the entire nation gears up for Diwali, the Sundarbans in West Bengal offers a different kind of celebration. The mangrove forests, home to the elusive Bengal Tiger, are adorned with the vibrant spirit of the festival. It's a place where you can experience nature and tradition intertwine during Diwali. The thrill of spotting a tiger or simply enjoying a boat ride through the dense mangroves makes it an incredible destination. 

Things to Do in Sunderbans:

  • Mangrove Safari: Explore the labyrinthine waterways of the Sundarbans and keep an eye out for the elusive Bengal Tiger.
  • Bird Watching: The Sundarbans are a haven for birdwatchers, with a plethora of bird species to spot.
  • Diwali Celebrations: Participate in local Diwali celebrations and get a taste of the traditional festivities.
  • Visit Sajnekhali Wildlife Sanctuary: Discover the unique flora and fauna at this wildlife sanctuary.
  1. Kutch, Gujarat

Kutch, in Gujarat, is one of the best places to go in November as it comes alive with a double delight - the Rann Utsav and Diwali. The Rann Utsav transforms the white desert into a kaleidoscope of culture, and Diwali adds a magical touch to the celebrations. The Rann Utsav showcases Gujarat's rich heritage with traditional music, dance, and craft exhibitions. As the sun sets, thousands of lamps light up the desert. Diwali in Kutch is a mesmerizing experience, where you can celebrate the festival amidst cultural festivities.

Things to do in Kutch:

  • Rann Utsav: Immerse yourself in the grand celebration of Kutch at the Rann Utsav, a cultural extravaganza that showcases the best of Gujarat's culture.
  • Dhordo Village Visit: Explore the local villages and interact with the warm and hospitable Kutchi people.
  • Kutchi Cuisine: Savor the delectable Kutchi cuisine, with a variety of mouthwatering dishes.
  • Handicraft Shopping: Shop for exquisite local handicrafts and textiles, perfect for souvenirs.
  • Sunset at White Rann: Witness the breathtaking sunset over the salt desert, the White Rann.
  1. Pushkar, Rajasthan

Pushkar, a town in Rajasthan, is known for its spiritual significance and cultural charm. November brings not only Diwali but also the world-famous Pushkar Camel Fair. The town comes alive with vibrant festivities, and the ghats of the sacred Pushkar Lake are beautifully lit up during Diwali which surely makes it as one of the best places to visit in November. Pushkar offers a unique blend of spirituality, culture, and natural beauty, making it a perfect destination for November. 

Things to do in Pushkar:

  • Pushkar Camel Fair: Witness the beauty of the Pushkar Camel Fair, where traders and tourists from all over the world gather to experience the festivities.
  • Visit Brahma Temple: Pay homage at the Brahma Temple, one of the very few in the world dedicated to Lord Brahma.
  • Hot Air Balloon Ride: Take a hot air balloon ride for a mesmerizing view of Pushkar and the surrounding desert.
  • Pushkar Lake Aarti: Attend the serene aarti at Pushkar Lake, especially enchanting during Diwali.
  • Shopping in Pushkar Bazaars: Explore the bustling bazaars for colourful textiles, jewellery, and handicrafts.

Where to stay in Pushkar?

Your holiday at Clarks Safari Pushkar will be a delightful anthology of diverse experiences that promise to make your vacation truly memorable. Begin your days with walks among rose fields, enjoy a hearty breakfast, and embark on a day filled with the marvellous sights of Pushkar. Your stay at Clarks Safari Pushkar offers a world of fun-filled possibilities, from invigorating laps in the swimming pool to relaxing spa treatments. It's the perfect base for a fulfilling Diwali celebration in Pushkar. 

  1. Nainital, Uttarakhand

Nainital, nestled in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand, is a charming hill station known for its pristine lakes and lush forests. November in Nainital brings a crispness to the air and a calm that's perfect for a serene Diwali celebration. The town lights up with traditional diyas and lanterns, creating a magical ambience. In the backdrop of the mighty Himalayas, Nainital is a nature lover's paradise. 

Things to do in Nainital:

  • Boat Ride on Naini Lake: Enjoy a tranquil boat ride on the picturesque Naini Lake.
  • Nainital Zoo: Visit the Nainital Zoo, known for its conservation efforts for endangered species.
  • Cave Garden: Explore the fascinating Cave Garden, a network of natural caves and hanging gardens.
  • Trek to Tiffin Top: Embark on a trek to Tiffin Top for panoramic views of Nainital.
  • Naini Devi Temple: Seek blessings at the Naini Devi Temple, a revered religious site. 

Where to stay in Nainital?

Nestled amidst the lush jungle, Club Mahindra Corbett Resort near Nainital offers a plethora of experiences to enrich your vacation. From watching elephants bathe their young ones to experiencing tribal dances and cycling tours, your family will have a plethora of exciting activities to choose from. Dine by the Kosi River, indulge in a relaxing spa treatment, and pluck fresh vegetables from the organic farm. Your stay at Club Mahindra Corbett Resort ensures an unforgettable and rejuvenating experience in Nainital. 

In conclusion, November in India is a magical time when the Festival of Lights casts a radiant glow over the country. These best places to visit in November offer diverse and captivating ways to celebrate Diwali. Whether you seek spirituality, nature, wildlife, or culture, these destinations have something special to offer. As the nation comes alive with happiness and festivities, November invites you to go on remarkable adventures and create treasured memories in the heart of India's rich cultural heritage.

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Mahindra Holidays & Resorts India Ltd. (MHRIL), a part of Leisure and Hospitality sector of the Mahindra Group, offers quality family holidays primarily through vacation ownership memberships and brings to the industry values such as reliability, trust and customer satisfaction. Started in 1996, the company's flagship brand ‘Club Mahindra’, today has over 250,000 members , who can holiday at 100+ resorts in India and abroad.

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