15 days in North India Itinerary

15 days in North India Itinerary

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15 days in North India Itinerary

Start: Abu Dhabi
Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
Dharamsala
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
2
New Delhi
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
3
Varanasi
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
4
Agra
— 3 nights
+2
train + subway + Fly:  5​h
5
Leh
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Rishikesh
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Abu Dhabi

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 2nd (Mon): make a trip to Aghanjar Mahadev Temple, then gain insight at Norbulingka Institute, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jawalamukhi Devi Temple, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Dharamsala trip builder site .

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Dharamsala is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. Traveling from Abu Dhabi to Dharamsala, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel to New Delhi.

Things to do in Dharamsala

Historic Sites Spas

Side Trip

Jawalamukhi Devi Temple
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Jawalamukhi Devi Temple ©
Jawalamukhi Devi Temple
Spas
Norbulingka Institute ©
Norbulingka Institute

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Rajpath and Rashtrapati Bhavan. Visit Raj Ghat and Humayun's Tomb for their historical value. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Hauz Khas Village, admire the striking features of Qutub Minar, contemplate the long history of Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, and make a trip to India Gate.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the New Delhi trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Dharamsala to New Delhi by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December in New Delhi, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Varanasi.

Things to do in New Delhi

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
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Qutub Minar ©
Qutub Minar
Rajpath ©
Rajpath
Raj Ghat ©
Raj Ghat

2
nights
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.
On the 6th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Banaras Ghats and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. On the 7th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Ganges River and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Varanasi online travel route planner .

Getting from New Delhi to Varanasi by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Varanasi can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Agra.

Things to do in Varanasi

Spas Tours Parks
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Spas & Wellness
Banaras Ghats ©
Banaras Ghats
Walking tours

3
nights
Agra

Agra
Tourism in Agra revolves around two words: Taj Mahal.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Taj Mahal and Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Prem Mandir - Shyama Shyam Dham and Mina Masjid. There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Agra Fort, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, admire the striking features of Diwan E Aam, and make a trip to Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Agra trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Varanasi to Agra takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Varanasi in December, expect a bit cooler with lows of 9°C in Agra. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Leh.

Things to do in Agra

Historic Sites Spas

Side Trip

Prem Mandir - Shyama Shyam Dham
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Agra Fort
Agra Fort
Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal
Prem Mandir - Shyama Shyam Dham ©
Prem Mandir - Shyama Shyam Dham

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.
Get some historical perspective at Shanti Stupa and Likir Gompa. Explore hidden gems such as Hemis Monastery and Chokhang Vihara Temple. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Alchi Choskor Monastery, cruise along Khardung La, look for gifts at De Pashmina Emporium, and make a trip to Prayer Wheel.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Leh trip website .

Getting from Agra to Leh by combination of train and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train, taxi, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Rishikesh.

Things to do in Leh

Historic Sites Outdoors Adventure

Side Trips

Khardung La, Hemis Monastery
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Shanti Stupa ©
Shanti Stupa
Hemis Monastery ©
Hemis Monastery
Alchi Choskor Monastery ©
Alchi Choskor Monastery

1
night
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 (Sun): snap pictures at Ram Jhula, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Parmath Niketan Temple, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Rishikesh trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Leh to Rishikesh takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rishikesh

Historic Sites Spas
Highlights from your plan
Spas
Parmath Niketan Temple ©
Parmath Niketan Temple
Ram Jhula ©
Ram Jhula

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