30 days in North India Itinerary

30 days in North India Itinerary

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30 days in North India Itinerary

Start: Riga
Fly:  14​h 30​min
Leh
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
Srinagar
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h
Rishikesh
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  4​h
Amritsar
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Dharamsala
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
Manali
— 5 nights
+3
taxi + Fly + subway + train:  6​h
Agra
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
Varanasi
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
New Delhi
— 5 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Riga

4
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.
When in Leh, make a side trip to see Alchi Monastary in Alchi, approximately 1h 30 min away. Spend the 27th (Sun) among lush scenery at Zanskar the Virgin Valley. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thiksey Monastery, see the interesting displays at Stok Palace Museum, appreciate the history behind Shey Monastery, and make a trip to Confluence of the Indus and Zanskar Rivers.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Leh online travel route planner .

Riga, Latvia to Leh is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Riga to Leh due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel to Srinagar.

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#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Nature

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Alchi Monastary
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Thiksey Monastery ©
Thiksey Monastery
Likir Gompa ©
Likir Gompa
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Basgo gompa

3
nights
Srinagar

Srinagar ©
The focus lies mainly on the waters in Srinagar, with the river and lakes of the city dotted with colorful houseboats and making the relatively cool summer capital a popular tourist destination.
Srinagar is known for nature, parks, historic sites, scenic drive, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Dal Lake, admire the natural beauty at Mughal Gardens, don't miss a visit to Shankaracharya Hill, and delve into the distant past at Pari Mahal.

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You can fly from Leh to Srinagar in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Srinagar are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Rishikesh.

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Dal Lake ©
Dal Lake
Shankaracharya Hill ©
Shankaracharya Hill
Indira Gandhi Tulip Garden ©
Indira Gandhi Tulip Garden

1
night
Rishikesh

Rishikesh ©
Rishikesh draws in visitors of all creeds with its wealth of ashrams and yoga and meditation teaching centers.
On the 2nd (Sat), snap pictures at Lakshman Jhula, then look for gifts at Cooking Masala, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally steep yourself in history at The Beatles Ashram.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Rishikesh road trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Srinagar to Rishikesh takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Amritsar.

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Cooking Masala ©
Cooking Masala
River Rafting & Tubing
Lakshman Jhula ©
Lakshman Jhula

1
night
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.
On the 3rd (Sun), stroll through Jallianwala Bagh, don't miss a visit to Akal Takht, then don't miss a visit to Harmandir Sahib, then steep yourself in history at Gobindgarh Fort, and finally don't miss a visit to Khalsa College.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Amritsar driving holiday site .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Rishikesh to Amritsar takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 45°C in June, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Dharamsala.

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Harmandir Sahib ©
Harmandir Sahib
Jallianwala Bagh ©
Jallianwala Bagh
Akal Takht ©
Akal Takht

2
nights
Dharamsala

Dharamsala ©
The hill station of Dharamsala's reputation stems from its large community of exiled Tibetan Buddhists, including the Dalai Lama.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): appreciate the views at Kangra Valley, admire all the interesting features of Norbulingka Institute, then admire all the interesting features of HPCA Stadium, and finally pause for some photo ops at Dharamsala War Memorial. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the collection at Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. John in the Wilderness Church, then admire the sheer force of Bhagsu Waterfall, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Triund Hill.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Dharamsala trip itinerary app .

Getting from Amritsar to Dharamsala by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Manali.

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Kangra Valley ©
Kangra Valley
Norbulingka Institute ©
Norbulingka Institute
Triund Hill ©
Triund Hill

5
nights
Manali

Manali ©
People visit Manali for a number of reasons, but all of them revolve around the landscape.
Manali is known for nature, historic sites, fun & games, winter sports, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hidimba Devi Temple, take in the dramatic scenery at Jogini waterfall, get great views at Gulaba, and cruise along Hampta.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Manali trip itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Dharamsala to Manali in 5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Agra.

Things to do in Manali

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trip

Rohtang Pass
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Beas River ©
Beas River
Hidimba Devi Temple ©
Hidimba Devi Temple
Solang Valley ©
Solang Valley

4
nights
Agra

Agra
Tourism in Agra revolves around two words: Taj Mahal.
Spend the 12th (Tue) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. Spend the 14th (Thu) on the rails with a train tour. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Taj Mahal, don't miss a visit to Shri Mankameshwar Mandir, admire the architecture and history at Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity, and admire the landmark architecture of Diwan-i-Am Agra Fort.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Agra trip planner .

Getting from Manali to Agra by combination of taxi, flight, and train takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Expect a daytime high around 46°C in June, and nighttime lows around 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Varanasi.

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

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): take in the local highlights with Walking tours, then explore the activities along Ganges River, then look for gifts at Varanasi Silk Handicraft, and finally don't miss a visit to Sarnath. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the landmark architecture of Golden Temple (Kashi Vishwanath), make a trip to Manikarnika Ghat, then don't miss a visit to Dasaswamedh Ghat, then contemplate the long history of Rajendraprasad Ghat, and finally make a trip to Assi Ghat.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Varanasi trip builder tool .

You can fly from Agra to Varanasi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. June in Varanasi sees daily highs of 45°C and lows of 33°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to travel to New Delhi.

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Sarnath ©
Sarnath
Dasaswamedh Ghat ©
Dasaswamedh Ghat

5
nights
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: admire the natural beauty at Humayun's Tomb, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bahai Lotus Temple, contemplate the long history of India Gate, and stroll through Akshardham.

For reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our New Delhi trip builder site .

Traveling by flight from Varanasi to New Delhi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In June, daily temperatures in New Delhi can reach 45°C, while at night they dip to 32°C. On the 22nd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

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

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