The “Meadow of Flowers’ is splendid every season but the powdery snow created a magical land where travelers will feel themselves lost. It’s very easy to reach Gulmarg as it is quite close to the capital city Srinagar and very comfortably connected. During you stay in the ski resort destination, check out the quaint Anglican Church of St Mary’s, the classic Hotel Highlands Park, Mt Afarwat and the view of Nanga Parbat.
|Hawa Mahal in Jaipur|
|View of Auli Hill station|
|Spectacular view of the sunrise at Puri Beach|
|Humayun’s tomb - one of the best preserved Mughal monuments|
|Khajuraho Temple - one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India|
Aurangabad (Ajanta & Ellora)
|Tourist play with snow at a park during heavy snowfall in Srinagar|
A hill station that was only a summer destination of the English in the early 19th century, is now a reason to look beyond the quintessential of Tamil Nadu (cultural heritage).
Located on the Nilgiri hills in the southern part of India, Ooty is a paradise that is dotted with plantations of tea, artificial lakes, waterfalls, lovely parks, gardens, and primitive Bungalows which beautifully showcases British legacy.
Other pleasantries involve the mild weather which is highly rejuvenating and enticing, and to enjoy the best of it, travel in winters. Winters bring the best out of Ooty. A cool temperature with a misty environ, lush green covers with a blue backdrop of Nilgiris, winters do know how to define its real beauty.
And while you are travelling to Ooty, do not forget to make use of the Nilgiri mountain railway. It is highly vintage, a century old, and it crawls through some of the best nature spots in Ooty that include rocky landscapes and tea estates, you might miss them if traveling otherwise.
|Taragarh Fort, Bundi - The undiscovered splendour|
Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
Do not miss the evening Ganga aarti, a major tourist attraction. Along with the temples of Varanasi, do explore the Buddhist sites of Sanchi.
Tamil Nadu: Cradle of Dravidian Culture
|The lamp lit Vivekanand Rock Memorial is one of the prime attraction in Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu|
The holy site of Rameshwaram and the southern tip Kanyakumari with its Vivekanand Rock Memorial are two of the major tourist destinations beside Tanjore, Chennai and Madurai. Tamil Nadi is also home to 3 of the most popular honeymoon destinations in South India namely Ooty, Coonoor and Kodaikanal. Of these 3 popular hill stations in India, Ooty is by far the most popular hill station in South India attracting both families and honeymooners round the year.
Since the tropical climate of Tamil Nadu sees very less variation between summer and winter, the temperature varies very little. However as the North East Monsoon recedes and winter approaches in November, the tourist places in Tamil Nadu are best to visit as the mercury level come down to an average of 25-30 degree Celsius. The weather remains pleasant and cool during between November till March making it the best time for sightseeing and enjoying adventure activities in Tamil Nadu.
Sasan Gir, Gujarat
|A pair of Asiatic lions at Sasan Gir National Park|
Orchha, Madhya Pradesh
Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu
Despite being a very important Muslim pilgrimage center in India, Ajmer encompasses within itself shades of other religions as well. In one picture frame, Ajmer bustles with diverse cultures, communities and linguistics, that is not only contrasting to the silence of its natural wonders, but is interesting to the eyes of urban meanders. And hence, making Ajmer, one of the best places to visit in India
In a picturesque valley of Rajasthan, it lives in its predefined medieval character, shined by the vibrant markets around the Dargah, Mughal gateways, mosque minarets and domes. Ajmer’s strong Islamic influence can be easily sensed as you walk through the narrows surrounding the famous Dargah.
Little ahead from the main Dargah Khwaja Sahib, is the Sandali Masjid, a creation of Mughal emperor Aurangzeb. Nestled coyly in the corners is a lineup of remarkable structures that include the tomb of Khwaja’s daughter, Bibi Hafiza Jamat, Buland Darwaza and Akbari Masjid.
Although Ajmer is in its transforming phase and is getting shadowed by the developments of infrastructure and industry, it still has its splendors intact. To justify this, the city has its share of monuments and structures.
Ramshackle yet impressive, the Taragarh fort is reminiscent of the seat of the mighty Chauhans. Perched on the Taragarh hill, it gives a view of the horizon, ruled by the mountains, and is preceded by white and blue settlements of concrete.
Truly an enchanting spot to savor a moment of silence.
And if you admire much of the nature, artificial lakes like Foy Sagar and Ana Sagar can be your best deal.
Proximity to Pushkar also brings a lot of tourists to Ajmer, and especially in November, when the major portion of tourism is directed towards the Pushkar fair.
Centuries later, King Ashoka solidified the foundations of Buddhism by erecting huge Stupas and Pillars, which still stand mighty amidst the modern transformations of today.
Sarnath in its present form, includes Buddhist relics that are actually ancient remains; result of continuous foreign invasions. One structure that strongly braved the destructions of the Turks, is the Dharmekh Stupa. The Stupa is huge, and with dimensions like 128 feet height and 93 feet in diameter, it gives one of the most eye catching sights in Sarnath.
It is believed that the Stupa is the actual spot where the cross-legged Buddha delivered his divine preachings. Other structures that highly contributes in the credentials of Sarnath are the rare pre-Ashokan Stupa, Dharmajika Stupa and Ashoka pillar.
Although torn apart, Buddhists and historians value them for their carvings. Moreover, carvings and life-size statue of Lord Buddha in the ruins of Mulagandhakuti Vihara, temporary abode of the Lord for meditative purpose, leave Sarnath with enough reasons to be amongst the most visited places in India. The Vihara is now a renowned Buddhist temple in this enlightened place.
To get a more vivid picture of the spiritual past, Sarnath has a museum which comprises an exotic collection of sculptures of the bygone era. One can find specimens of Buddhist art, India’s National Emblem and Lord Buddha’s statue of turning the wheel of law, at the Sarnath museum, which are among its renowned collections as well.
And at the last, do not forget to visit the Bodhi tree as it has the essence of the original Bodhi tree of Anuradhapura in Sri Lanka, under which Lord Buddha attained enlightenment.
From October to March, weather here remains pleasant. Hence a very favorable time to visit. Moreover, in the month of November, the region of Sarnath celebrates Chhath Puja in its full festive mood.
“One of the best beaches in the world”, as stated by a London based weekly, Tarkarli is true to this statement in every sense of the word. Situated hundreds of kms away from the noise of Mumbai, it is as serene as it can be. Its serenity is such, commercialization will take quite many years to make it here.
White sandy beach, with a shoreline that gets continuously washed waves of crystal blue water. The water is so crystal clear, you can even see the emerald sea green bed, quite like the islands of the Andaman group. The beach is a must visit in Maharashtra if you enjoy underwater adventure sports.
Snorkeling and scuba diving are amongst the prime activities that one can actively indulge in. The beach is serene, you either spend your time lazing on a hammock, get a good sunbath or go explore the atolls, every affair here just feels so private. As you are done with the activities on the beach, ferry to the very popular sea fort, Singhudurg. It is a 17th century structure, that was built by the great Maratha ruler, Shivaji.
There are various other attractions in the vicinity of Tarkarli, that not only add to the perks of this beach destination, but are hostspots to explore the culture of this Konkan region.
You may travel to Mysore for its architectural splendors that reminisices the heritage and tales of its bygone era, but the drawcard gives you other reasons as well.The city flaunts its old world charm with structures like the Mysore Palace and Amba Vilas Palace.
Some of them are World Heritage spots, while others are simply day sightseeing attractions. Nevertheless, as soon as you set foot on this southern city, the sight looks no different from the other urbanes of India. Honking of cars, buses and traffic of the modern Mysore!
Amidst this cacophony, the sweet scent of jasmine and sandalwood, bring alive the real traditions of Mysore in your mind. To understand it better, visit the vibrant streets which sell authentic handicrafts; Cauvery Arts and Crafts Emporium can be an ideal place for the same.
Besides, one thing that has been completely untouched about Mysore, is Ashtanga Yoga, which is gaining tremendous reputation since the past years.
|Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur|
When it was founded in the 16th century, on religious grounds, no one would have thought that it will grow so vibrant as a modern city, yet so humble. Amritsar, in the north of India, is one of the most important cities in India, which has its medieval charm sharing the same platform, in a cahoot with the urban hyperactives of today’s times.
And what defines the city’s greatness, is it the spectacular Golden temple? the historic Jalianwala Bagh, which is reminiscent of the atrocities that came on Indians by the British, or patriotic processions at the Wagah Border?.
Well, these are some facets, which not only defines its greatness, but also its flavors. Not so far from Delhi, Amritsar is a perfect weekend getaway, and especially in November.
Unarguably, one of the most romantic spots in India, Udaipur is as young as the Independent India. Splendid structures that are reminiscent of city’s cultural heritage and history, whitewashed havelis and intricate palaces, bathing ghats and temples.
Well, this is one side of Udaipur, that is successful in keeping its charm intact. Other side maybe the bustle that goes in the city. Fancy are the ancient bazaars, which has tempting shops selling ethnic art work of Rajasthan. Despite being contemplated by modern tourism, the nooks and corners of Udaipur still breathe in the old age charm, making it more enticing to the urban eyes.
In order to explore the best known handicrafts and art work of Udaipur, plan a holiday in the city during November as it puts an enormous display of the same at the Shilpgram Crafts fair, just on the outskirts.
|Sunset View at Varkala Beach|
For sunbathing and water adventure sports, the city has Varkala and Papanasam beach, which are close to sacred sites also (Sree Janardhana Swami Temple). Stretches of the beach also have Ayurveda and Yoga resorts.
It has monuments, temples and forts that are as old as the 5th century, when the Chalukya clan ruled this land.