19 days in North India Itinerary

19 days in North India Itinerary

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19 days in North India Itinerary

Start: Male
ferry + Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Varanasi
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Agra
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
New Delhi
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h 30​min
4
Manali
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
5
Dharamsala
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Amritsar
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
7
Srinagar
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 15​min
8
Leh
— 4 nights
Fly + ferry:  10​h 45​min
End: Male

1
night
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.
To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Varanasi vacation tool .

Male, Maldives to Varanasi is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of ferry and flight. Traveling from Male in December, expect nights in Varanasi to be colder, around 13°C, while days are slightly colder, around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Agra.

Things to do in Varanasi

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

3
nights
Agra

Agra
Tourism in Agra revolves around two words: Taj Mahal.
Spend the 18th (Tue) on the rails with a train tour. There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Taj Mahal, don't miss a visit to Jahangir Mahal, contemplate the long history of Shah Burj, and explore the historical opulence of Agra Fort.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Agra visit planner .

Traveling by flight from Varanasi to Agra takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Varanasi in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Agra, with lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can drive to New Delhi.

Things to do in Agra

#Tours, #Historic Sites
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Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal
Agra Fort
Agra Fort
Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah ©
Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah

4
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: steep yourself in history at Humayun's Tomb, stroll through Akshardham, appreciate the extensive heritage of Lodi Gardens, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Bahai Lotus Temple.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our New Delhi trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Agra to New Delhi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 22nd (Sat) to allow time 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

3
nights
Manali

Manali ©
People visit Manali for a number of reasons, but all of them revolve around the landscape.
Manali is known for nature, historic sites, fun & games, winter sports, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hidimba Devi Temple, contemplate the waterfront views at Bhrigu Lake, take in the dramatic scenery at Jogini waterfall, and admire the verdant scenery at Solang Valley.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Manali day trip website .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from New Delhi to Manali in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can drive to Dharamsala.

Things to do in Manali

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ram Temple
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Beas River ©
Beas River
Hidimba Devi Temple ©
Hidimba Devi Temple
Bhrigu Lake ©
Bhrigu Lake

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 26th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at St. John in the Wilderness Church, then admire the verdant scenery at Kangra Valley, then explore and take pictures at HPCA Stadium, and finally explore and take pictures at Norbulingka Institute.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Dharamsala tour planner .

Traveling by car from Manali to Dharamsala takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Amritsar.

Things to do in Dharamsala

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites
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Kangra Valley ©
Kangra Valley
Norbulingka Institute ©
Norbulingka Institute
Church of St. John ©
Church of St. John

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): look for gifts at Raunak Punjabi Jutti, take in nature's colorful creations at Jallianwala Bagh, admire the striking features of Akal Takht, then don't miss a visit to Harmandir Sahib, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Golden Temple - Sri Harmandir Sahib.

To find out how to plan a trip to Amritsar, use our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Dharamsala to Amritsar in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. December in Amritsar sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 6°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Srinagar.

Things to do in Amritsar

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): make a trip to Shankaracharya Hill, explore the activities along Dal Lake, and then admire the natural beauty at Indira Gandhi Tulip Garden.

For ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Srinagar trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Amritsar to Srinagar takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight. When traveling from Amritsar in December, plan for cooler days and a bit cooler nights in Srinagar: temperatures range from 8°C by day to -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Leh.

Things to do in Srinagar

#Parks, #Nature
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Dal Lake ©
Dal Lake
Shankaracharya Hill ©
Shankaracharya Hill
Indira Gandhi Tulip Garden ©
Indira Gandhi Tulip Garden

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 31st (Mon) among lush scenery at Zanskar the Virgin Valley. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Thiksey Monastery, see the interesting displays at Hall of Fame, admire the landmark architecture of Matho Gompa, and don't miss a visit to Temple at Sumda Chun.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Leh attractions website .

Getting from Srinagar to Leh by flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. On the 1st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Leh

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Nature
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Thiksey Monastery ©
Thiksey Monastery
Basgo gompa ©
Basgo gompa
Phyang Monastery ©
Phyang Monastery

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