Here is the list of festivals during November to help you make a pick for this year’s trip:
Bundi Utsav And Pushkar Fair In Rajasthan
The town of Bundi in Rajasthan also celebrates the diya festival on the river banks of Chambal. Along with this, this festival remarks celebration of music, dance, camel rides, and competitions such as turban tying. This festival calls for exquisite contribution from artisans and local households in various art forms.
Another important fair in Rajasthan is the Pushkar Fair. It has a camel fair for nearly five consecutive day including camel races, music, cultural contributions, dances and exhibitions. There are out-of-the-world competitions at this fair such as world’s longest mustache and so one.
IFFI At Goa
IFFI stands for International Film Festival of India which attracts a lot of limelight and international film celebrities in Goa every year. This festival is an appreciation towards film art and understanding of various cultures existing in all parts of the world. It is one of the important film festivals celebrated in the continent of Asia.
Off-beat Festival NH 7 Weekender
Started in the year 2010 in Pune, this festival amalgamates national and international music contribution of various artists. Now, it is celebrated in different cities such as Bangalore, Kolkata and Shillong. The main highlights of this modern festival are flea markets, food stalls, art exhibitions, and graffiti.
Drums Wangala Festival In Meghalaya
The two best months to visit Meghalaya are June and November. While June lets you enjoy the best of the monsoons, it is in November that you can experience the famous Drum Festival. The Garo tribe of Meghalaya celebrates this at the start of winter and denotes that it is the time to relax and enjoy. It is a festive display of an orchestra of drums, flutes and gongs along with performances by traditionally dressed people.
This is a desert festival that brings the culture and heritage of Kutch to life. It does feel a little overcrowded but is the experience of a lifetime! One gets to experience folk music, dance, food and sports. Several tents are put up on the white salt deserts to accommodate the revelers. It takes place in the Dhordo Salt Desert.
International Yoga And Music Festival
The Nada yoga school organizes this festival every year for seven days in the first week of November. Several doctors, yogis, philosophers, lecturers, yoga teachers, and Ayurveda experts are featured in this festival. Several free classes and lectures are held. Classical music concerts are the highlight of this festival that takes place in Rishikesh each year.
This is a popular north Indian festival that takes place across Bihar, Assam, West Bengal, UP and Orissa. The festival is devoted to Sun worship and people offer their prayers to the setting sun. There are several special folk songs ad hymns that are sung. The best place to enjoy this festival is on the banks of the Holy Ganges.
Pushkar Balloon Festival
This hot air balloon festival is an addition to the famous Pushkar Camel Fair. This is quite similar to the balloon festival that takes place in Agra. Hot air balloons from all over the globe are showcased in this three day festival. The Night Glow Concert is the main highlight of this International Hot Air Ballooning Festival.
This is the largest fair in the district of Bikaner and takes place in Kolayat between 12th and 14th of November. This festival is a combination of a cattle fair that is followed by a pilgrimage to a holy lake in the town. It is marked by trading of animals like camels, horses and cows. The floating clay lanterns that are lit by pilgrims who bathe in the lake is quite a spectacle.
This is a popular cattle market that is three days long lasting from November 13th to 15th. The fair that takes place in Jhalawar is a holy festival that is also known for the bathing ceremony that takes place on Kartik Purnima. Horses, buffaloes, bullocks, cows and camels are sold in this fair amidst cultural events organized by the Rajasthan tourism.
Guru Nanak Jayanti
This is a time of great celebration in Amritsar, Punjab. Although the festival is celebrated all over Punjab, the Golden Temple is the place to be. The shrine is beautifully lit and the Guru Granth Sahib is carried in a procession that is followed by energetic drumming and music. One must visit the shrine to listen to soothing ‘kirtan’ and taste the delicious ‘langar’ in addition to experiencing the whole occasion and the place.
This is another festival that you can witness on the banks of Ganges. Devotees and elephants take a dip in the holy water. This fair is dedicated to livestock trade which also includes sheep, cattle and, of course, elephants. The month-long festival takes place in Sonepur which is about 25 kilometers away from Patna in Bihar.
Osho Festival of Music, Tantra and Dance
This festival features several Tantra healers and teachers. There are daily workshops as well as dance and music shows. This festival is one of a kind that has a healing temple, dance parties with DJs and also love lounges in one place. The festival has various themes each year and is carried out in the Zorba The Buddha Centre in Delhi.
The Matsya festival is a two-day extravaganza that takes place in Alwar in Rajasthan. This is yet another cultural festival that showcases folk music, dance, sports, and handicrafts. The festival is complete with exhibitions, competitions, and shows.
Meet Thyself-Yoga Retreat Fest
This seven-day retreat is truly rejuvenating and is a celebration if yoga, meditation and nature. There are several kirtans, kayaking experiences, spa treatments and lectures. This festival takes place on the Riva Beach Resort that is located on one of Goa’s most peaceful beaches, Mandrem.
Taj Balloon Festival
This is a festival that brings together hot air balloonists from over 15 countries. The visitors get to enjoy a bird’s eye view of the beautiful Taj Mahal. Evenings are dedicated to live music performances with the glow of the hot air balloons making the ambience.
This is one of the major festivals that take place in the Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple in Trivandrum, Kerala. The annual festival attracts devotees from various parts of the world. The holy bath for the deities preceded by a procession is the highlight of the aarattu ceremony. The procession which is headed by a sword bearing member of the Travancore royal family is spectacular with elephants that are beautifully decorated.
Dedicated to harvest and agriculture in the region, this is the most popular and colorful festival in Arunachal Pradesh. You can participate in the Chalo dances of the Nocte tribe, that are a highlight, or sample the community feast made with the meat of sacrificial buffaloes and pigs.