12 days in North India Itinerary

12 days in North India Itinerary

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12 days in North India Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
1
New Delhi
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h 30​min
2
Manali
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
3
Amritsar
— 1 day
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Leh
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + subway + train:  5​h
5
Agra
— 2 nights
End: New Delhi

2
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Humayun's Tomb and India Gate. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, take in the spiritual surroundings of Birla Mandir Temple (Lakshmi Narayan), admire the landmark architecture of Rashtrapati Bhavan, and get to know the fascinating history of Lodhi Garden.

Before you visit New Delhi, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to New Delhi. In May, plan for daily highs up to 47°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel to Manali.

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Qutub Minar ©
Qutub Minar
Gurudwara Bangla Sahib ©
Gurudwara Bangla Sahib
India Gate ©
India Gate

3
nights
Manali

Manali ©
People visit Manali for a number of reasons, but all of them revolve around the landscape.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Hidimba Devi Temple and Manu Temple. Step out of the city life by going to Beas River and Solang Valley. There's still lots to do: trek along Hampta, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gadhan Thekchhokling Gompa Monastery, contemplate the waterfront views at Bhrigu Lake, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Vashisht Baths.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Manali trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from New Delhi to Manali in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can drive to Amritsar.

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Beas River ©
Beas River
Hidimba Devi Temple ©
Hidimba Devi Temple
Bhrigu Lake ©
Bhrigu Lake

1
day
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 5th (Wed): let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, take in nature's colorful creations at Jallianwala Bagh, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Golden Temple - Sri Harmandir Sahib, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Gurudwara Guru Ka Mahal.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Amritsar tour itinerary tool .

You can drive from Manali to Amritsar in 7 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 45°C in June, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Leh.

Things to do in Amritsar

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Golden Temple - Sri Harmandir Sahib ©
Gurudwara Guru Ka Mahal ©
Gurudwara Guru Ka Mahal
Jallianwala Bagh ©
Jallianwala Bagh

3
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Thiksey Monastery and Likir Gompa. Step out of the city life by going to Markha Valley and River Rafting & Tubing. The adventure continues: hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basgo gompa.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Leh online trip planner .

Getting from Amritsar to Leh by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Agra.

Things to do in Leh

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Markha Valley ©
Markha Valley
Thiksey Monastery ©
Thiksey Monastery
Likir Gompa ©
Likir Gompa

2
nights
Agra

Agra
Tourism in Agra revolves around two words: Taj Mahal.
On the 9th (Sun), explore the historical opulence of Agra Fort, then admire the landmark architecture of Taj Mahal, and then admire the architecture and history at Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Bageshwarnath Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Soami Bagh, then steep yourself in history at Shah Burj, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Agra attractions planner .

Getting from Leh to Agra by combination of flight and train takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive. Expect a daytime high around 46°C in June, and nighttime lows around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Agra

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Agra Fort
Agra Fort
Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal
Shah Burj ©
Shah Burj

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