12 days in Chennai & North India Itinerary

12 days in Chennai & North India Itinerary

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12 days in Chennai & North India Itinerary

Start: Chennai
1
Chennai
— 1 day
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Varanasi
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 30​min
3
Agra
— 3 nights
+2
train + subway + Fly:  5​h
4
Leh
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Haridwar
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
6
New Delhi
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Chennai

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day
Chennai

Chennai ©
Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
On the 20th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Jain Temple, admire the natural beauty at The Theosophical Society, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kapaleeshwarar Temple.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Chennai trip maker app .

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Chennai. In December in Chennai, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Varanasi.

Things to do in Chennai

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Kapaleeshwarar Temple ©
Kapaleeshwarar Temple
The Theosophical Society ©
The Theosophical Society

1
night
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 21st (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple (Golden Temple), explore the activities along Ganges River, and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Varanasi online visit planner .

You can fly from Chennai to Varanasi in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In December, Varanasi is little chillier than Chennai - with highs of 26°C and lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Agra.

Things to do in Varanasi

Tours Parks Nature
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Walking tours
Ganges River
Ganges River
Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple ©
Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple

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nights
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, don't miss a visit to Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah, let little ones run wild at Play Safari, and step into the grandiose world of Agra Fort.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Agra tour planning app .

You can fly from Varanasi to Agra in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Varanasi in December, Agra is slightly colder at night with lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Leh.

Things to do in Agra

Historic Sites Tours Parks
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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.
Leh is known for historic sites, nature, museums, wildlife, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Thiksey Monastery, make a trip to Temple at Sumda Chun, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and contemplate the long history of Basgo gompa.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Leh trip site .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Agra to Leh takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, taxi, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Haridwar.

Things to do in Leh

Historic Sites Wildlife Tours
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Thiksey Monastery ©
Thiksey Monastery
Basgo gompa ©
Basgo gompa
Phyang Monastery ©
Phyang Monastery

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Haridwar

Haridwar ©
An ancient city on the banks of the Ganges, Haridwar has been an important Hindu pilgrimage center since time immemorial.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): walk around Swami Vivekanand Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Har ki Pauri, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ganga Aarti at Haridwar.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Haridwar trip planner .

You can fly from Leh to Haridwar in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to New Delhi.

Things to do in Haridwar

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
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Ganga Aarti at Haridwar ©
Ganga Aarti at Haridwar
Har ki Pauri ©
Har ki Pauri
Swami Vivekanand Park ©
Swami Vivekanand Park

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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 classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Humayun's Tomb, take in panoramic vistas at Qutub Minar, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hazrat Nizamuddin Darga, and steep yourself in history at Red Fort (Lal Quila).

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the New Delhi online travel planner .

Fly from Haridwar to New Delhi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. December in New Delhi sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in New Delhi

Historic Sites Parks Tours
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Qutub Minar ©
Qutub Minar
Humayun's Tomb ©
Humayun's Tomb
Akshardham ©
Akshardham

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