November is almost upon us which means it is time to travel! It is the beginning of winter in India. The plains in India are extremely hot during the summer season. This makes winter the best time to travel to several parts of the country. It is when you can expect a welcome respite from the scorching heat. November happens to be the ideal month for sight-seeing as it’s neither hot nor too cold during this month in most parts of India. We had already given you the list of long weekends in 2017 and unfortunately, November is not too generous in this regard. However, for those who are looking for even the smallest escape from their routine, here is the list of public holidays in November 2017 you can use to plan your trips.

November 1, Wednesday – Haryana Day

Haryana

Haryana

The state of Haryana was formed on November 1, 1966 and this day has been commemorated as Haryana Day ever since. It is a holiday in the state of Haryana. The state is surrounded by some spectacular tourist spots, especially the beautiful ethnic land of Rajasthan and the wonderful Himalayan foothills of Uttarakhand. You can use your day off to take off on an excursion.

November 3, Friday – State Holiday in Sikkim

Sikkim

Sikkim

November 3, 2017 has been declared as a public holiday in Sikkim for zilla and gram panchayat polls. Once you have exercised your voting rights (if applicable), you are free to use this day and combine it with the rest of the weekend to embark upon some of the finest treks or road trips the country has to offer. Sikkim is home to some spectacular tourist spots like Gangtok and Goecha La. November is also a great time to take a road trip to surrounding delights like Siliguri and Darjeeling.

November 4, Saturday – Guru Nanak Jayanti

Golden temple in Amritsar

Golden temple in Amritsar

Guru Naka Jayanti falls on the full moon day of the Kartik month of the Hindu calendar. It is celebrated all over India to commemorate the birth of Guru Nakak, the founder of Sikhism. It is the best day to take a trip to places like Poanta Sahib Gurudwara in Himachal Pradesh, Golden temple in Amritsar and Gurudwara Hemkund Sahib in Uttarakhand.

November 4, Saturday – Rasa Purnima

Odisha

Konark Sun Temple, Odisha

Rasa Purnima or Kartik Purnima falls on the full moon day of the Shukla paksha of the Kartik month. This year, it falls on November 4. Also known as Tripura Purnima or Ganga snan, this day of celebrated with great devotion in Odisha and is a public holiday. It is a good time to be in Odisha and observe the rituals that give you a sneak peek into the culture of this wonderful state in east India.

November 6, Monday – Kanakadasa Jayanthi

Gokarna in Karnataka

Gokarna in Karnataka

Celebrated to mark the birth anniversary of the great poet Kanaka Dasa, Kanakadasa Jayanti is a state holiday in Karnataka only. You can use this Monday to convert your weekend to a long one and take off to explore stunning locales like Gokarna, Hampi or Bengaluru.

November 24, Friday – Shri Guru Tegh Bahadurji Martyrdom day

dharamsala

Observed only in Punjab, the martyrdom day of Shri Guru Tegh Bahadurji is a restricted holiday. It marks the day of martyrdom of the ninth Nanak, Guru Tegh Bahadur. It falls on a Friday so can lead to a long weekend to explore the hill stations of Himachal Pradesh like Manali, Dharamsala and Parwanoo.

So, there you have it. Use this list to plan your short trips for November 2017.