Top Indian Festivals to Enjoy In November 2016
November marks the beginning of cool climate in India. By the end of October, frequent rainfalls would cease and the place starts to cool gradually. With full moon around the corner, this month has many auspicious dates and unique celebrations in its pockets. You would find many religious celebrations and joyous happenings at various places in the country. Here are the top ten best celebrations and festivals to take part in India in November 2016.
1. Rann Utsav, Kutch
This is a version of desert carnival that takes place in Kutch of Gujarat. The days are filled with dance, folk music, handicraft stalls, adventure sports in desert, food stalls, local excursion and much more. By night, you can find numerous luxury and basic tents on the desert sand for a wonderful time in the cool desert. This festival starts by first of November, 2016 and ends by February 20, 2017. It is best to visit this carnival during full moon nights like November 14, December 14, January 12 and February 11. This carnival takes place in the Great Rann salt desert of Kutch in Gujarat.
2. International Yoga and Music Festival
This festival starts on November 1, 2016 and ends on 7th. This festival takes place in the yoga capital of the country, Rishikesh. This festival has been organized since 2008 by Nada Yoga School. Best professional yoga trainers around the world visit Rishikesh for this festival. You can find renowned yoga lectures, Ayurveda teachers and doctors, philosophers and musicians from various parts of the world in this event. Every day evening there would be an open air classical music concert. The concert and most of the lectures will be free of cost.
3. Chhat Puja
This festival is celebrated all across North Indian states including Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Assam, West Bengal and others. The best place to enjoy this festival is along the banks of Ganges River. Varanasi is a good tourist spot if you are willing to witness this festival and also, Juhu Beach of Mumbai. This festival takes place on 6th November by sunset. People join together near the river edge and chant prayers together. They sing songs in favour to Sun God and perform many rituals. The ritual during sunset is a good event for photography and for watching.
4. Pushkar Camel Fair
This is a traditional camel fair that takes place in a desert town called Pushkar in Rajasthan. More than 30,000 camels will be showcased for trading. To make things interesting, many events will be conducted. Camel beauty contest is the best of all. Came racing, camel parade, fairs, stalls and many other interesting events can be noted. By evening, people will gather around a bonfire and celebrate with dancing and folk songs. This fair starts on November 8, 2016 and ends by November 14th. A new addition to this celebration is the international balloon celebration. This balloon festival attracts numerous international tourists to this desert town every year. Many balloons will be let out in the sky by various people including people from international destinations. By night, a musical concert will be conducted for entertainment. This happens for three days during the camel fair.
5. Wangala Festival
This is a tribal festival of Garo tribe of Meghalaya. This is very similar to a harvest festival. This festival is conducted to say their thanks to sun god and also to mark the end of the agriculture season. This festival is also called as 100 drum festival. This festival is celebrated by a traditional dance which includes beating of drums, blowing horns and others. You can find dance competition, cooking competition, handloom exhibition, handicrafts stalls and many others. All tourists are welcome to join in this celebration. This festival is celebrated from 10th of November to 12th of November in the Garo hills.
6. Ganga Mahotsava
As the name indicates, this festival is related to the river Ganges. This festival takes place for four days starting from November 11th. In Varanasi, along the banks of the river, you can find thousands of women letting go of small clay oil lamp on a leaf. The lamps floating on the river is a wonderful sight to enjoy. You can find many interesting rituals happening along the banks too. It is a good event for photography too.
7. Rajasthan Kabir Yatra
This is a travelling festival that takes place from November 11th to November 16th in Bikaner and surrounding villages in Rajasthan. Many artists of Bhakti and Sufi music style from various parts of the country participate in this event. They will perform music concerts and other celebrations. You can find many stalls and sculptors at work during this event.
8. India Surf Festival
This festival takes place in Odisha from 12th of November to 14th of November. This is a very big surfing event. This event starts with morning yoga along the beach and surfing programs and competitions. Numerous surfers from various parts of the world take part in this event. There will be workshops and lessons for beginners. By night, the participants will join together to celebrate the event with dance, music and others. You can find many stalls during this event. This is also a very good spot for photography. This event takes place at Ramchandri beach near Puri.
9. Guru Nanak Jayanthi
This festival marks the birthday of Guru Nanak Jayanthi. He is the founder of Sikhism. On November 14th, the golden Temple in Amritsar will be decorated with numerous lights. A holy book will be taken in a procession out of the temple. It will be followed by numerous musicians and people. Even if you had missed the festival, drive through the Golden Temple during night to witness the gorgeous glowing temple on the water. It is a great sight to watch.
10. Osho Festival of Tantra, Music and Dance
Tantra healers and followers join together in this mass festival that happens at Zorba Buddha Centre in Delhi. It is a two day festival in which you can live in the Tantra community and enjoy the festival. It starts on November 18th. Several workshops will be conducted throughout the festival. Apart from those, you can find dance parties, music performance and many sacred ceremonies. Osho activated meditation and love lounge are important events of this festival.
Apart from these, there are numerous other events that take place throughout the country during November. India is a culture filled land. Not just November, every month is filled with numerous events and festivals and all tourists are welcome to be a part of the celebration.