Wondering where to head to this vacation? Here are 12 places in North India where you can relax and rejuvenate yourself this November. Head to the picturesque state of Jammu and Kashmir that has many places to leave you mesmerised, or travel to Himachal Pradesh and be awe-struck by its rich history. There are also many places in Uttarkhand, Punjab and Haryana left to be explored as well.
All these places offer you some of the best getaways in the month of November. Here is a look at the places where you can head to enjoy the beauty of nature, the rich culture, fascinating traditions and illustrious heritage of North India this November.
Fatehabad located in Haryana, is believed to be the settlement region of the Aryans. The city also finds mention in the Puranas that mentions it as a part of the Nanda Empire. The discovery of Ashoka pillars at Fatehabad also shows that it was part of the Maurayan Empire. There are many sights and attractions here which includes the Lat or stone pillar which was built by Emperor Ashoka. It was aptly called Kirti Stambh of Emperor Ashoka. Travellers coming here can explore the many historical remains that is spread around the city and marvel at its beauty.
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One of the towns to visit in Haryana is the city of Hisar, that is famous for its many ruins. Tourists come here to explore the ruins that date back to the times when Marathas ruled over the region. There are a few place to visit in Hisar such as the Agroha Dham, Barsi Gate, Firoz Shah Tughlaq's palace and more. It is bound to leave you amazed and you can also listen to many folklores about these ruins from the locals here.
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A lesser known tourist destinations in Himachal Pradesh is the quiet town of Bhagsu which is nestled in a corner between McLeodGanj and Dharamshala. Although it does not boast of many attractions, what draws tourists here is the calmness and simplicity of the place. It has a beautiful waterfall under which tourists can take a cool dip in and visit a nearby temple as well. The town is an apt place for those looking for a break from their mundane lives and if relaxing and rejuvenating is of utmost priority on their holiday list.
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Situated in the Chambal district, Dalhousie is an old-school hill station in India. Wondering why it is call old-school? Well, for starters, Dalhousie is not a place that has any nightlife, so everything winds up here as early as seven in the evening. Again it is not exactly a shopper's paradise either, yes you can puchase items of interest here but there are no malls or multiplexes. Travellers may question then what makes this hill station a tourist destination to which the only reply is that it is nature's home. If you are simply looking to get away from the distractions of modern day life, Dalhousie is the place.
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Avantipur is a prominent tourist destination in Jammu and Kashmir and is popular for its two ancient temples, namely Shiva-Avantishvara and Avantisvami-Vishnu. Both these temples were constructed by King Avantivarman during the 9th century. The Shiva-Avantishvara Temple is dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva, while the Avantisvami-Vishnu Temple is dedicated to Vishnu. The architectural styles adopted while constructing these temples resemble that of the Greeks. Travellers visiting this town can explore these ancient temples though much of it lies in ruins now.
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Doda is situated at a height of about 1,107 mt above sea level, inJammuand Kashmir. It received the status of a district in 1948 after it was carved out of the district of Udhampur. It is a perfect tourist destination situated amidst nature with its main attractions being Bhaderwah, Chinta Valley, Seoj Meadow and Bhal Padri to name a few. Travellers coming here can explore this scenic town and be lost in its natural beauty.
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Faridkot is a small city in south-west Punjab that has been carved out ofBathindaand Firozpur districts in 1972. The city was named after the Sufi Saint Baba Sheik Fariduddin Ganjshakar. It is mostly inhabited by Sikhs and is home to beautiful gurudwaras and forts. Faridkot is popular among travellers from all over the country. The main tourist attractions of Faridkot includes the Raj Mahal, Fairy Cottage, Qila Mubarak and Gurdwara Tilla Baba Farid. Travellers coming here can explore these forts and monuments whereas history enthusiasts can visit these sites to get an insight into its rich heritage.
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Kapurthala, also known as the 'City of Palaces and Gardens', is named after Rana Kapur, a scion of the Rajput ruler of Jaisalmer. With a rich history and vibrant culture, this city is sure to capture the attention of any traveller. It is a kaleidoscope of history and culture, housing a varied range of attractions such as the Panch Mandir, Kanjli Wetlands, Jagatjit Palace Gurudwara Ber Shahib and many more.It is mostly visited by the Sikhs who consider this city to be a religious destination. Tourists coming here can explore these attractions and also enjoy the natural beauty that surrounds this place.
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Located on the banks of the Saryu River, Ayodhya is a popular pilgrimage centre for the Hindus. This town is closely associated with Lord Rama, who is said to be the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Ayodhya tourism has lots to offer the spiritual minds. Some of the noteworthy temples here include the Nageshwarnath Temple and the Chakra Harji Vishnu Temple.Travellers coming here also should visit the Tulsi Samarak Bhawan that was built in the memory of the great author Tulsidas.
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Deogarh is a small farming village inUttar Pradesh and is the border of the former princely state of Gwalior. The town is known for its impressive monuments dating to the Gupta period, more specifically a fort on the bank of the Betwa River and also a number of monuments of Jain and Hindu origins, within and outside the fort. The town promises its travellers some interesting ancient monuments and temples including the Dashavatara Temple, the earliest known Panchyatana temple in northern India. Even though, the temple is mostly in ruins, it has several interesting features including carved figurines of Goddess Ganga and Yamuna. Another sight of interest is the Deogarh Fort which was also known as Kirtigiridurga Fortwhen it was first constructed in the year 1057 under the reign of the Chandela King Kirtivarmann.
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Chamba is a beautiful hill station located in the Tehri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand. The destination is situated at a height of 1,524 mt above sea level and is popular among tourists for its natural surroundings and unpolluted beauty. The unexplored region of Chamba, surrounded by deodar and pine trees, is a dream destination for nature lovers. The hill station is known for its apple and apricot orchards as well as beautiful rhododendrons. Chamba serves as an ideal stopover destination for tourists heading towards the Tehri Dam.
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Chaukori is a beautiful hill station, perched at an altitude of 2,010 mt above sea level in the Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand. Situated among the mountain ranges of the western Himalayas, this place is bordered by Tibet in the north and Terai in the south. The spectacular hamlet is covered with green pine, oak, and rhododendron forests. Attractive cornfields and orchards add to the beauty of the place. There are many ancient temples located in Chaukori. The Nagmandir located in the Berinag village is a worth visiting shrine. Tourists can also visitthe Patal Bhuvaneshwar temple dedicated to Lord Shiva that can be reached by a tunnel shaped cave.
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