15 days in North India Itinerary

15 days in North India Itinerary

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15 days in North India Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  16​h
1
Varanasi
— 1 day
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Agra
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
New Delhi
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h 30​min
4
Manali
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
5
Amritsar
— 1 day
Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Leh
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Sydney

1
day
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 5th (Wed): get the lay of the land with Walking tours, explore the activities along Ganges River, then don't miss a visit to Dasaswamedh Ghat, and finally steep yourself in history at Rajendraprasad Ghat.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Varanasi trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Varanasi is an approximately 16-hour flight. Traveling from Sydney to Varanasi, you'll gain 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Sydney in December, with highs in Varanasi at 26°C and lows at 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Agra.

Things to do in Varanasi

Nature Parks Tours
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Walking tours
Dasaswamedh Ghat ©
Dasaswamedh Ghat
Rajendraprasad Ghat ©
Rajendraprasad Ghat

2
nights
Agra

Agra
Tourism in Agra revolves around two words: Taj Mahal.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): make a trip to Agra Fort, then admire the striking features of Jahangir Mahal, and then make a trip to Taj Mahal. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Nakkashi Gems And Handicrafts, stroll through Mehtab Bagh, then admire the landmark architecture of Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah, and finally don't miss a visit to Shri Mankameshwar Mandir.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Agra trip planner .

Fly from Varanasi to Agra in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Agra when traveling from Varanasi in December, with lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can go by car to New Delhi.

Things to do in Agra

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal
Agra Fort
Agra Fort
Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah ©
Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah

3
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, admire the landmark architecture of Qutub Minar, don't miss a visit to Kalka Mandir, and explore the historical opulence of Red Fort (Lal Quila).

For traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our New Delhi online visit planner .

Getting from Agra to New Delhi by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in New Delhi are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Manali.

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

2
nights
Manali

Manali ©
People visit Manali for a number of reasons, but all of them revolve around the landscape.
On the 11th (Tue), contemplate the waterfront views at Beas River, then admire the verdant scenery at Solang Valley, then admire the sheer force of Jogini Waterfall, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hidimba Devi Temple. On the 12th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Bhrigu Lake, take in the spiritual surroundings of Anjani Mahadev, and then have some family-friendly fun at Club House.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Manali holiday planning website .

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Amritsar.

Things to do in Manali

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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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 13th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Golden Temple - Sri Harmandir Sahib, admire the landmark architecture of Akal Takht, then admire the natural beauty at Jallianwala Bagh, and finally contemplate the long history of Gobindgarh Fort.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Amritsar online holiday builder .

Traveling by car from Manali to Amritsar takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. December in Amritsar sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 6°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Leh.

Things to do in Amritsar

Historic Sites Parks
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Golden Temple - Sri Harmandir Sahib ©
Jallianwala Bagh ©
Jallianwala Bagh
Akal Takht ©
Akal Takht

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.
Spend the 16th (Sun) among lush scenery at Zanskar the Virgin Valley. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thiksey Monastery, examine the collection at Stok Palace Museum, appreciate the views at Markha Valley, and appreciate the history behind Shey Monastery.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Leh trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Amritsar to Leh takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Leh

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Zanskar the Virgin Valley ©
Zanskar the Virgin Valley
Thiksey Monastery ©
Thiksey Monastery
Basgo gompa ©
Basgo gompa

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