13 days in North India & Jaipur Itinerary

13 days in North India & Jaipur Itinerary

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13 days in North India & Jaipur Itinerary

Start: Kolkata (Calcutta)
Fly:  4​h
1
New Delhi
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Amritsar
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Dalhousie
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Dharamsala
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Shimla
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  3​h
6
Leh
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + subway + train:  5​h
7
Agra
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
Jaipur
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
End: Kolkata (Calcutta)

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): steep yourself in history at India Gate and then take in nature's colorful creations at Humayun's Tomb. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Akshardham, then step into the grandiose world of Red Fort (Lal Quila), and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Birla Mandir Temple (Lakshmi Narayan).

To see more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the New Delhi online trip itinerary maker .

Kolkata (Calcutta) to New Delhi is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. In December, New Delhi is little chillier than Kolkata (Calcutta) - with highs of 27°C and lows of 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Amritsar.

Things to do in New Delhi

Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Humayun's Tomb ©
Humayun's Tomb
India Gate ©
India Gate
Red Fort ©
Red Fort

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 23rd (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Gurudwara Baba Atal Rai, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Harmandir Sahib, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Digamber Jain Temple, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Amritsar road trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from New Delhi to Amritsar takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from New Delhi in December, plan for little chillier nights in Amritsar, with lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Dalhousie.

Things to do in Amritsar

Spas Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Harmandir Sahib ©
Harmandir Sahib
Gurudwara Baba Atal Rai ©
Gurudwara Baba Atal Rai
Digamber Jain Temple ©
Digamber Jain Temple

1
night
Dalhousie

Dalhousie ©
Set over a number of hills, the quiet town of Dalhousie was established by the British in the 19th century as a summer resort town.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Dainkund Peak, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Patrick's Church, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Norwood Paramdham, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. John's Church.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Dalhousie trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Amritsar to Dalhousie by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Dharamsala.

Things to do in Dalhousie

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
St. Patrick's Church ©
St. Patrick's Church
St. John's Church ©
St. John's Church
Dainkund Peak ©
Dainkund Peak

1
night
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 25th (Wed): deepen your understanding at Norbulingka Institute, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bundlamata Temple, then appreciate the views at Kangra Valley, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Dharamsala trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Dalhousie to Dharamsala takes 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to drive to Shimla.

Things to do in Dharamsala

Nature Parks Spas

Side Trip

Bundlamata Temple
Highlights from your plan
Kangra Valley ©
Kangra Valley
Spas
Norbulingka Institute ©
Norbulingka Institute

1
night
Shimla

Shimla ©
The city of Shimla spreads out across a ridge, offering views of Himalayan scenery all around.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shyamakali Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dorje Drak Monastery, make a trip to The Ridge, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Christ Church, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jakhu Temple, and finally don't miss a visit to The Mall.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Shimla itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Dharamsala to Shimla takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Shimla are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Leh.

Things to do in Shimla

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Jakhu Temple ©
Jakhu Temple
Christ Church ©
Christ Church
Shyamakali Temple ©
Shyamakali Temple

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Alchi Choskor Monastery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Likir Gompa, then explore the ancient world of Basgo gompa, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gurudwara Shri Pathar Sahib, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Phyang Monastery. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Thiksey Monastery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Spituk Monastery, contemplate the long history of Gurudwara Shri Datun Sahib Ji, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sum-tsek, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Serzang Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Samstanling Monastery.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Leh road trip planning site .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Shimla to Leh in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, train, and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Agra.

Things to do in Leh

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Thiksey Monastery ©
Thiksey Monastery
Likir Gompa ©
Likir Gompa
Basgo gompa ©
Basgo gompa

2
nights
Agra

Agra
Tourism in Agra revolves around two words: Taj Mahal.
On the 29th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah, explore the historical opulence of Agra Fort, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mina Masjid, and finally don't miss a visit to Diwan E Aam. On the 30th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Bageshwarnath Temple, admire the landmark architecture of Taj Mahal, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally admire the architecture and history at Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Agra online day trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Leh to Agra takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and train. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in December, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Jaipur.

Things to do in Agra

Historic Sites Spas
Highlights from your plan
Agra Fort
Agra Fort
Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal
Mina Masjid ©
Mina Masjid

3
nights
Jaipur

Jaipur ©
Known as the "Pink City" because of the color of the stone used for many of its notable structures, Jaipur draws visitors with its chaotic street life and a slew of colorful bazaars selling everything from handmade pottery to tie-dye scarves.
Get a sense of the local culture at Amber Palace and Jantar Mantar - Jaipur. Jal Mahal and Jaigarh Fort will appeal to history buffs. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Rusirani Village, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take an in-depth tour of City Palace of Jaipur, and make a trip to Hawa Mahal - Palace of Wind.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Jaipur trip planner .

You can drive from Agra to Jaipur in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Jaipur, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Jaipur

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Amber Palace ©
Amber Palace
City Palace of Jaipur ©
City Palace of Jaipur
Jantar Mantar - Jaipur ©
Jantar Mantar - Jaipur

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