16 days in North India Itinerary

16 days in North India Itinerary

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16 days in North India Itinerary

Start: Goa
bus + Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
New Delhi
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Dharamsala
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h
3
Manali
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Rishikesh
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Leh
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + subway + train:  5​h
6
Agra
— 3 nights
+3
train + subway + Fly + bus:  9​h 15​min
End: Goa

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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib, step into the grandiose world of Red Fort (Lal Quila), then make a trip to India Gate, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Humayun's Tomb.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the New Delhi itinerary website .

Goa to New Delhi is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. When traveling from Goa in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in New Delhi: temperatures range from 41°C by day to 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Dharamsala.

Things to do in New Delhi

Historic Sites Parks
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Humayun's Tomb ©
Humayun's Tomb
Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib ©
Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib
India Gate ©
India Gate

2
nights
Dharamsala

The hill station of Dharamsala's reputation stems from its large community of exiled Tibetan Buddhists, including the Dalai Lama.
On the 12th (Thu), get engrossed in the history at Tibetan Museum, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Triund Hill, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. On the 13th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Jawalamukhi Devi Temple, then gain insight at Norbulingka Institute, and then contemplate the long history of Kangra Fort.

To find where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Dharamsala route planner .

Traveling by flight from New Delhi to Dharamsala takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to drive to Manali.

Things to do in Dharamsala

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Jawalamukhi Devi Temple, Kangra Fort
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Spas
Jawalamukhi Devi Temple ©
Jawalamukhi Devi Temple
Kangra Fort ©
Kangra Fort

3
nights
Manali

Manali ©
People visit Manali for a number of reasons, but all of them revolve around the landscape.
Get a sense of the local culture at Hidimba Devi Temple and Anjani Mahadev. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Manu Temple and Gayatri Temple. There's much more to do: cruise along Rohtang Pass, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Manikaran Gurudwara, admire the verdant scenery at Solang Valley, and explore the activities along Beas River.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Manali route builder .

Traveling by car from Dharamsala to Manali takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Rishikesh.

Things to do in Manali

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Rohtang Pass
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Rohtang Pass ©
Rohtang Pass
Jogini Waterfall ©
Jogini Waterfall
Hidimba Devi Temple ©
Hidimba Devi Temple

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 17th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Parmath Niketan Temple, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Triveni Ghat, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Triveni Ghat, and finally take in the views from Ram Jhula.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Rishikesh vacation maker website .

You can fly from Manali to Rishikesh in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Leh.

Things to do in Rishikesh

Historic Sites Spas

Side Trip

Triveni Ghat Sri Saneeshwara Navagraha Temple
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Spas
Parmath Niketan Temple ©
Parmath Niketan Temple
Ram Jhula ©
Ram Jhula

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.
Visit Alchi Monastary and Hemis Monastery for their historical value. Take a break from the city and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Khardung La. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Shanti Stupa, delve into the distant past at Basgo gompa, and see the interesting displays at Hall of Fame.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Leh trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Rishikesh to Leh by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train, taxi, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Agra.

Things to do in Leh

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Agra

Agra
Tourism in Agra revolves around two words: Taj Mahal.
Get some historical perspective at Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity and Agra Fort. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Keoladeo National Park and Mina Masjid. There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Taj Mahal, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Balkeshwar Mandir, and contemplate the long history of Shah Burj.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Agra tour builder app .

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 41°C in September, and nighttime lows around 29°C. On the 24th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Agra

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Keoladeo National Park
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Agra Fort
Agra Fort
Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal
Keoladeo National Park ©
Keoladeo National Park

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