NGT Rewind: Where to Go In November, Wildlife Migrations to Follow & Handcrafted Indian Souvenirs

The best of Nat Geo Traveller India from Oct 31-Nov 6. | By NGT Staff  
Every winter, flamingos flock to Sewri’s mudflats, in Mumbai. Photo: Kuldeep Chaudhary
Every winter, flamingos flock to Sewri’s mudflats, in Mumbai. Photo: Kuldeep Chaudhary

What’s New

LOST WORLD: Everyday we’re reminded of the incredible wildlife that we share our planet with—ferocious tigers, cuddly pandas, majestic eagles—through photos, videos, and sightings in the wild. But what about the animals we’ve lost? What do Tasmanian tigers and golden toads look like? A beautiful new poster series puts the spotlight on six creatures that were gone too soon. More here.

RARE VIEWS: Ladakh’s famously elusive snow leopard is one of the creatures under the spotlight in David Attenborough’s upcoming documentary. The trailer for “Planet Earth 2” is out, and it promises impossibly intimate encounters with our furry, feathered, and scaly co-habitants. More here.

Trip Ideas

WHERE TO GO IN NOVEMBER: November is peak season in several destinations in India, and for good reason. Camp out at Gujarat’s four-month-long Rann Utsav, catch movies in the mountains at the Dharamshala International Film Festival, and drink hot chai against tea plantation views in Ooty and Darjeeling. Plus, it’s the best season for birding. More here.

GO NOW: Varanasi is just gearing up to bust out the fireworks for the Festival of Lights. Dev Deepavali, marked a fortnight after Diwali, is celebrated with thousands of diyas on the ghats, and open-air music concerts. It’s a sight fit for the gods. More here.

GOA FOR CULTURE VULTURES: India’s sunshine state is synonymous with beaches and partying, but how about making a different kind of Goa memory? Over the next two months, get your culture fix with films, jazz, art, and literature—and still have time for the surf. More here.

FREE STAYS IN ITALY: During Italy’s annual Barter Week beginning Mon November 14, thousands of bed-and-breakfasts across the country welcome guests for a free stay in exchange for a skill or product. It can be as simple as a social media tutorial or an artwork. Several B&Bs offer barters year-round. More here.

HANDICRAFT SPECIAL: Traditional artefacts aren’t just souvenirs—they’re mini periscopes into culture. We’ve got handicrafts with incredible stories: wooden toys from Channapatna in Karnataka, intricate paintings from Odisha, and dragon-embossed tables from Ladakh. Visit these towns to meet the makers, and come away with memorable gifts. More here.

SPOOKY SPOTS: On Halloween, we turned the spotlight on some of India’s most haunted sites, including abandoned towns, ghostly hotels, and tombs inhabited by jinns. More here.

PLAN AHEAD: It’s a good time to plan travel to the Northeast, with Nagaland’s Hornbill Festival coming up. Head-bang to rock concerts, watch fire eaters in action, drink mugs of rice beer, and learn about the life of local tribes. Book soon, the festival takes place from December 1-10. More here.

WILD HOLIDAYS: Every year, flocks of demoiselle cranes fly over the Himalayas to roost in Rajasthan, and thousands of wildebeest risk their lives in a stampede across the Mara River. Our feathered, hooved, and finned friends cover millions of kilometres in a lifetime in search of food and breeding grounds. It’s a marvellous spectacle, one that is often fraught with drama. Use our guide to time your next trip to witness a wildlife migration. More here.

CHRISTMAS GETAWAYS: Winter break on your mind? We’ve got glorious hotels and secluded forest resorts for a quiet retreat, a beach hike for outdoorsy travellers, and volunteering opportunities with wildlife. More here.

SECRETS OF NORTHEAST INDIA: India’s northeastern states are a treasure trove of cultural and natural wonders just waiting to be explored. Learn about the fascinating sustainable farming practices of the Apatani tribe in Arunachal Pradesh, encounter hidden waterfalls in Meghalaya, and soak in grand views of the wild blooms carpeting Nagaland’s Dzukou Valley. More here.

THAILAND GUIDE: A vacation in picturesque Thailand is always a good idea. But with a country so diverse, a little planning can deliver just the holiday you need. Northern Thailand is perfect for culturally immersive experiences (think cooking classes and historical temples), while the south boasts stunning beaches. More here.

Travel Reads

COMING HOME: As much as we love to travel, it’s always nice to return home. For some travellers, it’s the joy of watching Kolkata’s bustling BBD Bagh come alive, or listening to a poetry recital in Lucknow. Nine writers share the little things that make a difference in Bhopal, Kochi and Mumbai. More here.

WHEN CARTOONS SAVE THE PLANET: Art that saves wildlife? Yes, please. Animals are a hilarious bunch, going by illustrator Rohan Chakravarty’s comics on conservation. More here.

HISTORIC FLORIDA: Florida is synonymous with theme parks and beaches, but the American state is home to many historic and quirky wonders too. Fancy a ghost tour in the 450-year-old settlement of St. Augustine? More here.

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