Here's the best of what's on in November in India.
This traditional Indian style festival sees an astonishing 50,000 camels converge on the tiny desert town of Pushkar. The camels are dressed up, shaved, entered into beauty contests, paraded, raced, and traded. An entertaining sight indeed!
- When: October 30-November 6, 2014. The focus of the festival shifts to religious celebrations from November 3-6, 2014.
- Where: Pushkar, Rajasthan.
2. Kolayat Fair (Kapil Muni Fair)
The largest fair of Bikaner district, in India's desert state of Rajasthan, the Kolayat Fair combines a huge cattle fair with a pilgrimage to the town's holy lake. It's quite a spectacle as buffaloes, camels, horses and cattle are traded, and pilgrims bathe and float clay lanterns in the lake.
- When: October 30-November 6, 2014.
- Where: Kolayat, near Bikaner, Rajasthan.
Held along the banks of the holy Ganges River, this unique and mystical festival features cultural programs of classical music and dance. However, the highlight of the festival is on the last day, when more than a million clay lamps are floated down the river at dusk amidst chanting of Vedic hymns as part of Dev Deepavali.
- When: November 3-6, 2014.
- Where: Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh.
4. Guru Nanak Jayanti
This event is a commemoration of Guru Nanak's birthday (he was the founder of the Sikh religion), and is widely celebrated throughout Punjab but especially so at the Golden Temple in Amritsar, the main shrine of the Sikhs. The day of the festival sees the holy book carried out of the temple in a huge procession, accompanied by music and drummers. The beautifully illuminated temple is an incredible sight to behold at this time.
- When: November 6, 2014.
- Where: Amritsar, Punjab.
5. Sonepur Fair
Another festival that takes place along the banks of the Ganges River, you can see thousands of devotes (and elephants!) taking a holy dip. Livestock is traded at the fairground, including a large number of elephants. There's also an array of shops selling all kinds of merchandise. It's best to visit this fair during the first couple of days.
- When: For a fortnight, starting November 6, 2014.
- Where: Sonepur, around 25 kilometers from Patna, Bihar.
6. Wangala Festival
Also know as the 100 Drum Wangala Festival, this is the biggest harvest festival of Meghalaya's Garo tribe in northeast India. Held in honour of the Sun God of fertility, the festival marks the end of the sowing season and agricultural year. It's celebrated by the beating of drums, blowing horns, and traditional dancing.
- When: November 7, 2014.
- Where: Garo Hills, Meghalaya.
7. Bundi Utsav
Bundi is a picturesque spot in the Hadoti region in Rajasthan. The Bundi Utsav brings it alive with the culture, folklore, traditions and craft of the region. The festival commences with a procession, and features an arts and crafts fair, traditional rural sports, cultural exhibition, and folk/classical music and dance program. There's even a turban competition. Fireworks cap off the festival.
- When: November 9-11, 2014.
- Where: Bundi, Rajasthan.