18 days in North India Itinerary

18 days in North India Itinerary

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18 days in North India Itinerary

Start: Perth
Fly:  14​h 15​min
Amritsar
— Few hours
Fly:  4​h 30​min
Varanasi
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
Agra
— 3 nights
+2
train + subway + Fly:  5​h
Leh
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h
Shimla
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
Manali
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 30​min
New Delhi
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Perth

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Amritsar

Amritsar ©
A holy city, Amritsar stands as the spiritual and cultural capital of Sikhism, and the location of the religion's most revered and holiest shrine.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): look for gifts at The Famous Amritsari Papar Warian, take in nature's colorful creations at Jallianwala Bagh, take in the spiritual surroundings of Golden Temple - Sri Harmandir Sahib, then make a trip to Harmandir Sahib, and finally make a trip to Akal Takht.

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Perth, Australia to Amritsar is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Western Standard Time to India Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Perth in January; daily highs in Amritsar reach 20°C and lows reach 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Varanasi.

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Harmandir Sahib ©
Harmandir Sahib
Jallianwala Bagh ©
Jallianwala Bagh
Golden Temple - Sri Harmandir Sahib ©

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Varanasi

A sacred city for Hindus and thought by many to be the place where Buddhism formed as a religion, Varanasi leaves an imprint on the hearts and minds of visitors regardless of their creed, race, or religion.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sarnath, then don't miss a visit to Dasaswamedh Ghat, then contemplate the waterfront views at Ganges River, and finally make a trip to Banaras Ghats. On the 10th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by The Bed Silk & Pashmina, don't miss a visit to Assi Ghat, then don't miss a visit to Manikarnika Ghat, and finally take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Varanasi day trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Amritsar to Varanasi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Amritsar in January, with highs in Varanasi at 24°C and lows at 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Agra.

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Sarnath ©
Sarnath
Dasaswamedh Ghat ©
Dasaswamedh Ghat

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Agra

Agra
Tourism in Agra revolves around two words: Taj Mahal.
Agra is known for historic sites, parks, shopping, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Taj Mahal, make a trip to Jahangir Mahal, stroll through Wildlife SOS, and step into the grandiose world of Agra Fort.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Agra online trip itinerary builder .

You can fly from Varanasi to Agra in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Agra can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Leh.

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Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal
Agra Fort
Agra Fort
Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah ©
Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah

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nights
Leh

Leh ©
The former capital of the Kingdom of Ladakh, Leh possesses a historic old town area marked by stupas, monasteries, and traditional mud-brick houses.
Spend the 15th (Tue) among lush scenery at Zanskar the Virgin Valley. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basgo gompa, look for gifts at De Pashmina Emporium, steep yourself in history at Riasi Fort or Zorawar Fort, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Leh tour planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Agra to Leh takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Shimla.

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Zanskar the Virgin Valley ©
Zanskar the Virgin Valley
Basgo gompa ©
Basgo gompa
Phyang Monastery ©
Phyang Monastery

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Shimla

Shimla ©
The city of Shimla spreads out across a ridge, offering views of Himalayan scenery all around.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): make a trip to The Ridge, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Shimla Christ Church, then admire the striking features of Jakhu Temple, then make a trip to The Mall, and finally explore and take pictures at Indian Institute of Advanced Study.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Shimla tour itinerary website .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Leh to Shimla in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, train, and taxi; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can drive to Manali.

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Shimla Christ Church ©
Shimla Christ Church
The Mall ©
The Mall
Jakhu Temple ©
Jakhu Temple

2
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Manali

People visit Manali for a number of reasons, but all of them revolve around the landscape.
On the 18th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Hidimba Devi Temple, then contemplate the waterfront views at Beas River, then admire the verdant scenery at Solang Valley, and finally step into the grandiose world of Naggar Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gadhan Thekchhokling Gompa Monastery, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Manu Temple.

For reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Manali trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Shimla to Manali by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to travel to New Delhi.

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Hidimba Devi Temple ©
Hidimba Devi Temple
Solang Valley ©
Solang Valley

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New Delhi

New Delhi ©
Designed by notable English architects and proclaimed India's capital in 1931, New Delhi sits in the middle of a sprawling metropolitan area with a population of over 25 million.
New Delhi is known for historic sites, parks, shopping, museums, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Humayun's Tomb, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bahai Lotus Temple, step into the grandiose world of Red Fort (Lal Quila), and admire the landmark architecture of Rashtrapati Bhavan.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our New Delhi trip maker website .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Manali to New Delhi in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. January in New Delhi sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

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Qutub Minar ©
Qutub Minar
Humayun's Tomb ©
Humayun's Tomb
Akshardham ©
Akshardham

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