November is when the Indian winter kicks in at several parts of India. The mercury drops but the sky stays clear and so does the humidity; perfect conditions to get out and go exploring this beautiful country. It also continues the festival season, although you’ll see more fairs and events rather than full-blown religious festivals this month. So without wasting any more time, let’s look at all the festivals and events happening in November 2017 in India. Also Read - Two Asymptomatic People in Kerala Test COVID-19+ Despite Completing 14-day Quarantine
Pushkar Camel Fair and Balloon Festival
The Pushkar Camel Fair is already on and will run up to November 4, 2017. This is where hundreds of camels are dressed up, cleaned and showcased for all to see. Camel parades, contests, races and more happen here. This is also when the Pushkar Balloon Festival happens, with hot air balloons flown across the desert and hills. ALSO READ: 9 facts about the Pushkar International Balloon Festival that you didnt know Also Read - Kerala Police Releases Drone-monitoring Montage Amid COVID-19 Lockdown, Laced With 'Tracer Bullet' Commentary | Watch Here
Where: Pushkar, Rajasthan Also Read - This is What These State Governments Are Doing For Their People Who Are Stranded in Other States During lockdown
When: October 28-November 4, 2017
Ganga Aarti, Varanasi
The festival of Dev Deepavali happens 15 days after Diwali on the day of Kartik Poornima, a full moon night. Millions of Diyas (traditional earthen lamps) are lit and placed on the Ganga River, from the Ghats that line it. Naturally, the best place to be is Varanasi, where cultural festivals are also held to celebrate the event. Catch the music and dance performances and the sight of Diyas floating down the river.
Where: Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
When: November 1-3, 2017
International Yoga and Music Festival
The International Yoga and Music Festival is where you’ll find yoga classes, Ayurvedic sessions, and philosophical lectures held on the essence of Yoga, along with classic music performances. There is even a full-fledged classical music concert during the evenings, and the backdrop of Himalayan mountains helps set the mood too.
Where: Rishikesh, Uttarakhand
When: November 1-7, 2017
The big and bold Rann Utsav festival is also going to start in November, continuing all the way up to February 2018. It packs in folk dances and music, delicious local food, adventure sports, handicrafts, and more. You also get to explore destinations around the white salt desert where the festival is held. It’s crowded but still well worth a visit for the experience.
Where: Rann of Kutch, Dhordo, Gujarat
When: November 1, 2017-February 20, 2018
Delhi Walk Festival
Delhi – India gate at night
The Delhi Walk Festival is exactly what you think it is. It is ten days of 170 walks across the city, all based on one of six themes. These themes include food (of course), nature, culture and heritage, music and art, alternative/experimental and photography and design. Just book your tickets beforehand. CHECK OUT: Public Holidays in November 2017 in India
Where: New Delhi
When: November 2-12, 2017
Kolayat or Kapil Muni Fair
Junagarh Fort, Bikaner
Held in colorful Bikaner, the Kolayat or Kapil Muni fair is the district’s biggest one. It is essentially a cattle trade fair, with horses, camels and all kinds of animals paraded and traded. It is also a religious festival, with a pilgrimage made by devotees to the holy lake of Bikaner. They bathe away their sins at the lake and place clay latterns that float along the lake.
Where: Kolayat, near Bikaner, Rajasthan
When: November 2-4, 2017
Another cattle trade fair, another event in Rajasthan. This time it is the Chandrabhaga Fair, and it too has a religious angle to it. the fair happens along the Chandrabhaga River, revered by Hindus who bathe here during Karthik Purnima. The fair itself involves all kinds of cattle sales as well as cultural events.
Where: Jhalawar, Rajasthan
When: November 3-5, 2017
We head down south to Karnataka, where the Hampi Utsav will happen in the early days of November 2017. The annual cultural festival includes dance and music as well as a special night heritage walk, a sound and light show, adventure sports and helicopter rides.
Where: Hampi, Karnataka
When: November 3-5, 2017
Guru Nanak Jayanti
The first Saturday of November will also mark one of the most important festivals in Sikhism: Guru Nanak Jayanti. The birth anniversary of the founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak, is celebrated in Punjab and Haryana, with the center of celebrations at the Golden Temple of Amritsar. Expect a massive procession, song and dance. CHECK OUT: Best Places to Visit in November 2017 in India
Where: Amritsar, Punjab
When: November 4, 2017
A scene of Sonepur Cattle Fair, Photograph courtesy: Wikimedia Commons
The Sonepur Fair happens in Bihar and is another livestock trade fair. This time, though, it happens along the Ganga River. You’ll find all kinds of animals being traded, including elephants, and shops selling handicrafts and other merchandise. Devotees also take the opportunity to bathe in the holy river at sunrise during Karthik Purnima.
Where: Sonepur, Bihar
When: November 4-December 4, 2017
We head back to Rajasthan, this time to the town of Bundi for the Bundi Utsav. This is a cultural festival, where handicrafts are presented and sold, arts and crafts are showcased, and folk songs and dances are performed. You’ll also find a turban competition and fireworks at the end. ALSO READ: Pushkar Fair: Camels, festivities and celebrations for Brahma
Where: Bundi, Rajasthan
When: November 6-8, 2017
Cherry Blossom Festival
Beautiful cherry blossom, Chiang Mai, Thailand
The second edition of the Cherry Blossom Festival is happening in Shillong and neighboring areas that will turn purple with the bloom of cherry blossoms. There will be a variety of events too, including live music, folk dance and musical performances, local wine and art and craft stalls, storytelling events and night walks.
Where: Shillong, Meghalaya
When: November 8-11, 2017
Garo Hills, Meghalaya, Photograph courtesy: Neelima v/Creative Commons
Meghalaya will also be hosting the 100 Drum Wangala Festival. The harvest festival of the Garo tribe venerates the sun god and marks the end of an agricultural year and the beginning of another. Traditional dance and drums, including a dance competition and handicrafts and handloom exhibits, take place during the festival.
Where: Garo Hills, Meghalaya
When: November 10, 2017
Mannarasala Temple, Photograph courtesy: Vibitha vijay/Wikimedia Commons
From Meghalaya we head all the way south to Kerala, where the three-day Mannarasala Ayilyam happens in beautiful Alleppey. The festival takes place at the Mannarasala snake temple, with rituals and celebrations centered around the snake gods venerated within.
Where: Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja temple, Harippad, Kerala
When: November 11, 2017
Araku Hot Air Balloon Festival
The first ever Araku Hot Air Balloon Festival will be held this year, organized by E-Factor, Sky Waltz and AP Tourism. This is going to be an annual event, bringing in people to Vishakapatnam. There will be 17 balloons from countries all over the world, and a massive musical event will also happen in Vishakapatnam called ‘Sound on Sand’. The event will happen on November 10-12 at RK Beach.
Where: Araku and Vishakapatnam, Andhra Pradesh
When: November 10-12 and 14-16, 2017
India Art Festival
Thyagaraj stadium, Delhi, Photograph Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons
We now head to the Indian capital city of New Delhi, where the India Art Festival will take place at the end of November. The festival will feature photographs, videos, sculptures, paintings and other works by more than 400 artists. Entry is free, and you also have panel discussions and workshops to learn more about the craft and the Indian art scene.
Where: Thyagaraj Stadium, Delhi
When: November 23-26, 2017
Once again, we are in Rajasthan. But this is for a lesser-known event called the Matsya Festival. The festival showcases Rajasthan’s culture through sports competitions, exhibitions, processions and folk music. There is also a heritage walk in Alwar, associated with the mythological kingdom of Matsya Desh from the epic Mahabharata. NOW READ: 8 festivals that keep Indias spirit alive!
Where: Alwar, Rajasthan
When: November 25-26, 2017
Taj Balloon Festival
Taj Balloon Festival
You cannot miss this one; the Taj Balloon Festival’s dates haven’t been announced yet, but it will give you the greatest view of the Taj Mahal and Agra, right up from the clouds. The festival is held by Sky Waltz and Uttar Pradesh Tourism, with hot air balloonists from around the world coming together.
Where: Agra, Uttar Pradesh
When: Dates not yet announced