Next week brings in the much-awaited festival of lights, which is celebrated with gusto and enthusiasm in most parts of India. Some choose to spend Diwali with the family, over a small puja and homemade meal, while others see it as a nice, long break to take off on a vacation. If you fall in the latter category, here are a few options perfect for the month of November. Happy travels!
On first glance, Auli may seem like another snow-capped location, but look closer and you’ll see that it is India’s favourite skiing destination. Blanketed on the sides by the great Himalayan range and nearly an arm’s distance from the Nanda Devi National Park, Auli is one of India’s winter wonderlands and is a must-visit.
The winter months urge us to explore wildlife, with the parks now fully open in swing and the weather just right to go on a safari ride. A region less explored yet rustling with possibilities is a personal favourite—Dudhwa National Park in Uttar Pradesh, towards the Indo-Nepal border. This dense land is packed with thick covers of forest, marshes and wetlands and is home to the one-horned rhinoceros, elephant, tiger, leopard, but it is mostly special for the migratory birds that flock here.
Come November, the small but beautiful Amur Falcon birds flock from parts of Siberia to South Africa, Kenya and Somalia, and on their way stop by India, in particular, Nagaland. During this time, the first edition of the Amur Falcon Conservation Festival is also taking place in Wokha. Visit here for a taste of culture, some bird-sighting and of course, a little quiet downtime with nature.
When it comes to beaches, while Goa always comes to mind, it’s imperative to look beyond—especially during busier seasons. May we suggest an alternative? Although far from a party time, Daman in Gujarat gives sandy beaches, churches to admire for their architecture and forts to trek through. Don’t forget to indulge in some Parsi food while you’re there—akuri or salli boti, anyone?
Resilient Kerala is back up on its feet after its flooding situation earlier this September, and it is no wonder that it is on our list. God’s own country, as they like to call it, is beautiful and Wayanad is no exception. Although it is less popular than its cousins, Munnar, Fort Kochi and even the state capital, the region offers beautiful views, greenery, clear skies, and for the adventurous, gorgeous treks.