60 days in North India Itinerary

60 days in North India Itinerary

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60 days in North India Itinerary

Sharm El Sheikh
Fly + subway + train:  11​h 30​min
Agra
— 9 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
Varanasi
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
Amritsar
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Dharamsala
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
Manali
— 9 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
Shimla
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h 45​min
Leh
— 10 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
Srinagar
— 5 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 15​min
Rishikesh
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h 30​min
New Delhi
— 12 nights
Fly:  12​h
Sharm El Sheikh

9
days
Agra

Agra
Tourism in Agra revolves around two words: Taj Mahal.
Do your shopping at Mughal Carpet and Subhash Emporium. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Agra Fort and Taj Mahal. And it doesn't end there: stop by Ratan Handicrafts, steep yourself in history at Tomb of Mariam Zamani, take in the history at Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity, and admire the striking features of Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah.

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Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt to Agra is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time to India Standard Time is 3 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Sharm El Sheikh in November since evenings lows in Agra dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Varanasi.

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Tomb of Akbar the Great
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Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal
Agra Fort
Agra Fort
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Shah Burj

3
days
Varanasi

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.
Golden Temple (Kashi Vishwanath) and Bharat Kala Bhavan are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Head to The Bed Silk & Pashmina and Varanasi Remembrancesfor some retail therapy. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Ganges River, admire the architecture and history at International Vedanta Society, make a trip to Manikarnika Ghat, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

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You can fly from Agra to Varanasi in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Amritsar.

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Golden Temple (Kashi Vishwanath)
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Ganges River
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The Bed Silk & Pashmina

2
days
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 13th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Santokhsar Sahib, make a trip to Akal Takht, and then don't miss a visit to Harmandir Sahib. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Tue): make a trip to Jallianwala Bagh, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Durgiana Temple, then contemplate the long history of Gobindgarh Fort, and finally make a trip to Khalsa College.

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Getting from Varanasi to Amritsar by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In November, daytime highs in Amritsar are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Dharamsala.

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Harmandir Sahib ©
Harmandir Sahib
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Gobindgarh Fort
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Jallianwala Bagh

2
days
Dharamsala

Dharamsala ©
The hill station of Dharamsala's reputation stems from its large community of exiled Tibetan Buddhists, including the Dalai Lama.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): appreciate the views at Kangra Valley and then admire all the interesting features of Norbulingka Institute. On the 16th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. John, take in the dramatic scenery at Bhagsu Waterfall, and then take in the awesome beauty at Triund Hill.

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Drive from Amritsar to Dharamsala in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. On the 17th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Manali.

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Kangra Valley
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St. John in the Wilderness Church
Triund Hill ©
Triund Hill

8
days
Manali

Manali ©
People visit Manali for a number of reasons, but all of them revolve around the landscape.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Hidimba Devi Temple and Naggar Castle. Manu Temple and Siyali Mahadev Temple will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Manali: Great Himalayan National Park (in Kullu) and Chanderkhani Pass (in Naggar). Spend the 24th (Fri) exploring nature at Van Vihar National Park. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Beas River, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gadhan Thekchhokling Gompa Monastery, admire the sheer force of Jogini waterfall, and scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

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Drive from Dharamsala to Manali in 5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can go by car to Shimla.

Things to do in Manali

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Great Himalayan National Park, Spiti Valley, Chanderkhani Pass
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Beas River ©
Beas River
Hidimba Devi Temple ©
Hidimba Devi Temple
Great Himalayan National Park ©
Great Himalayan National Park

4
days
Shimla

Shimla ©
The city of Shimla spreads out across a ridge, offering views of Himalayan scenery all around.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Shimla: Mohan Shakti Heritage Park (in Solan) and Naldehra Golf Course (in Naldehra). The adventure continues: make a trip to The Mall, admire all the interesting features of Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Shimla Christ Church, and stroll through Annandale.

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Traveling by car from Manali to Shimla takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Leh.

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Naldehra Golf Course, Mohan Shakti Heritage Park
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Naldehra Golf Course ©
Naldehra Golf Course
Shimla Christ Church ©
Shimla Christ Church
The Mall ©
The Mall

10
days
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.
Popular historic sites such as Thiksey Monastery and Gurdwara Pathar Sahib are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Likir Gompa and Basgo gompa. Venture out of the city with trips to Alchi Monastary (in Alchi) and Hemis Monastery (in Hemis). Spend the 3rd (Sun) among lush scenery at Zanskar the Virgin Valley. The adventure continues: stop by Zanskar Arts, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, browse the eclectic array of goods at Tibetan Market, and see the interesting displays at Hall of Fame.

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Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Shimla to Leh takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Srinagar.

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Hemis Monastery, Shanti Stupa, Alchi Monastary
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Thiksey Monastery ©
Thiksey Monastery
Pangong Tso ©
Pangong Tso
Likir Gompa ©
Likir Gompa

5
days
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Dal Lake and Betaab Valley. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Srinagar: Sonamarg (Gadsar Lake, Krishnasar Lake, & more) and Apharwat Peak (in Gulmarg). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Nigeen Lake, take in nature's colorful creations at Nishat Garden, explore the ancient world of Pari Mahal, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Pathar Masjid.

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Getting from Leh to Srinagar by flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Rishikesh.

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Sonamarg, Betaab Valley, Apharwat Peak
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Dal Lake ©
Dal Lake
Betaab Valley ©
Betaab Valley
Apharwat Peak ©
Apharwat Peak

2
days
Rishikesh

Rishikesh ©
Rishikesh draws in visitors of all creeds with its wealth of ashrams and yoga and meditation teaching centers.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then snap pictures at Lakshman Jhula. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Har ki Pauri, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Badrinath Temple, and then contemplate the long history of The Beatles Ashram.

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Do a combination of flight and taxi from Srinagar to Rishikesh in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to travel to New Delhi.

Things to do in Rishikesh

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Side Trips

Badrinath Temple, Har ki Pauri
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Badrinath Temple ©
Badrinath Temple
River Rafting & Tubing
Har ki Pauri ©
Har ki Pauri

12
days
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Humayun's Tomb and Swaminarayan Akshardham. Head to Chandni Chowk and Meher Chand Marketfor plenty of shopping. Get out of town with these interesting New Delhi side-trips: Ghaziabad (Shipra Mall & Mahagun Metro Mall) and Ambience Mall (in Gurugram (Gurgaon)). The adventure continues: browse the eclectic array of goods at Dilli Haat, get a taste of the local shopping with Connaught Place, steep yourself in history at Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, and pick up some new kitchen skills with Gourmet Desire.

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Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Rishikesh to New Delhi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in New Delhi

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Ghaziabad, The Great India Place, Ambience Mall
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Chandni Chowk ©
Chandni Chowk
Humayun's Tomb ©
Humayun's Tomb
Gurudwara Bangla Sahib ©
Gurudwara Bangla Sahib

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