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ImageGanga Mahotsav, Guru Nanak Jayanti and more

Ganga Mahotsav (Benaras, Uttar Pradesh)
November 17-November 21

This is a time for festivity along the banks of the Ganga in Banaras or Varanasi, the city said to be 'perched on the edge of time'. While it continues to be an auspicious festival, the Ganga Mahotsav is a great symbol of cultural melting pot with people from various classes, castes, religions and nationalities come together to worship the Ganges.

The high point of the festival are the evenings when earthen lamps on lotus leaves are set afloat on the river.

Guru Nanak Jayanti
November 21

This is the biggest day for the Sikh community in India. On this day saint Guru Nanak was born. The festival is celebrated by taking out processions and prayer readings from the sacred granth or holy book. Amritsar is a special place to be on this day.

Sikkimese New Year (Sikkim)
Late November-Early December

Celebrating end of the harvest season, the Sikkimese New Year or Losoong begins each year in the tenth month of the Tibetan calendar. Religious festivities, exuberant celebrations and dances with people dressed as gods are part of the celebrations.

Places to be in Sikkim during this time of the year include the monasteries at Tsuklakhang Palace, Phodong and Rumtek Monastery.

Sonepur Mela (Sonepur, Bihar)

This is the world's largest cattle fair. Sonepur, a town located at the confluence of the Gandak and Ganga rivers in Bihar comes alive during this festival, which is timed to coincide with Kartik Purnima or a special full moon. Thousands -- pilgrims, traders and tourists -- converge for the trade of cattle and grain and to witness the drama, music, contests, shows and to shop.

Mythology has it that Sonepur was the historical location of a war between the king of the jungle and the king of the waters -- the elephant and the crocodile. Elephants too are still traded at the fair. For the devout and the non-materialistic, bathing on Kartik Purnima in the river and puja at Hariharnath temple is routine.

Photographs: Jitendra Prakash/ Reuters