18 days in North India & Golden Triangle (India) Itinerary

18 days in North India & Golden Triangle (India) Itinerary

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18 days in North India & Golden Triangle (India) Itinerary

Start: Lisbon
Fly:  16​h
1
Leh
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
2
Srinagar
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 30​min
3
Amritsar
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 45​min
4
Manali
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
New Delhi
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Agra
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Jaipur
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: Lisbon

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.
Leh is known for historic sites, nature, museums, wildlife, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thiksey Monastery, delve into the distant past at Basgo gompa, pause for some photo ops at Shey Monastery, and examine the collection at Stok Palace Museum.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Leh day trip planner .

Lisbon, Portugal to Leh is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Lisbon to Leh due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Srinagar.

Things to do in Leh

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Thiksey Monastery ©
Thiksey Monastery
Likir Gompa ©
Likir Gompa
Hall of Fame ©
Hall of Fame

1
night
Srinagar

Srinagar ©
The focus lies mainly on the waters in Srinagar, with the river and lakes of the city dotted with colorful houseboats and making the relatively cool summer capital a popular tourist destination.
On the 20th (Tue), make a trip to Shankaracharya Hill, then explore the activities along Dal Lake, and then admire the natural beauty at Nasim Bagh.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Srinagar tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Leh to Srinagar by flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Srinagar are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Amritsar.

Things to do in Srinagar

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Dal Lake ©
Dal Lake
Shankaracharya Hill ©
Shankaracharya Hill

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 21st (Wed), don't miss a visit to Akal Takht, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Harmandir Sahib, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Jallianwala Bagh, and finally look for gifts at India House.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Amritsar route planner.

You can fly from Srinagar to Amritsar in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Srinagar in August, expect Amritsar to be a bit warmer, temps between 39°C and 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Manali.

Things to do in Amritsar

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Harmandir Sahib ©
Harmandir Sahib
Jallianwala Bagh ©
Jallianwala Bagh
Akal Takht ©
Akal Takht

2
nights
Manali

Manali ©
People visit Manali for a number of reasons, but all of them revolve around the landscape.
On the 22nd (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Hidimba Devi Temple, explore the activities along Beas River, then admire the verdant scenery at Solang Valley, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Jogini Waterfall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Keylong and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gurudwara Shri Manikaran Sahib.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Manali sightseeing planner.

Getting from Amritsar to Manali by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel to New Delhi.

Things to do in Manali

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Beas River ©
Beas River
Hidimba Devi Temple ©
Hidimba Devi Temple
Solang Valley ©
Solang Valley

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 classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Humayun's Tomb, pause for some photo ops at Gyarah Murti, take in the spiritual surroundings of Birla Mandir Temple (Lakshmi Narayan), and admire the natural beauty at Akshardham.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our New Delhi day trip planning app .

You can fly from Manali to New Delhi in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in New Delhi can reach 40°C, while at night they dip to 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can drive to Agra.

Things to do in New Delhi

Historic Sites Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Qutub Minar ©
Qutub Minar
Humayun's Tomb ©
Humayun's Tomb
Akshardham ©
Akshardham

2
nights
Agra

Agra
Tourism in Agra revolves around two words: Taj Mahal.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Agra Fort, contemplate the long history of Taj Mahal, and then admire the landmark architecture of Jahangir Mahal. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bageshwarnath Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gurudwara Guru ka Tal, then contemplate the long history of Shah Burj, and finally admire the striking features of Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Agra journey planner .

You can drive from New Delhi to Agra in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in August, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can go by car to Jaipur.

Things to do in Agra

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal
Agra Fort
Agra Fort
Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah ©
Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah

4
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.
Jaipur is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, childrens museums, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Amber Palace, look for all kinds of wild species at EleSafari, make a trip to Hawa Mahal - Palace of Wind, and browse the exhibits of Nahargarh Fort.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Jaipur road trip planning tool .

Drive from Agra to Jaipur in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Jaipur

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Amber Palace ©
Amber Palace
Jantar Mantar - Jaipur ©
Jantar Mantar - Jaipur
Hawa Mahal - Palace of Wind ©
Hawa Mahal - Palace of Wind

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