21 days in North India Itinerary

21 days in North India Itinerary

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21 days in North India Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  6​h
1
New Delhi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Agra
— 2 nights
+2
train + subway + Fly:  5​h
3
Leh
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Hunder
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h 45​min
5
Dharamsala
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Shimla
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 15​min
7
Badrinath
— 1 night
Drive:  8​h 30​min
8
Manali
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Dubai

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 next day: admire the landmark architecture of Rashtrapati Bhavan, enjoy breathtaking views from Qutub Minar, then take in nature's colorful creations at Humayun's Tomb, and finally steep yourself in history at India Gate.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the New Delhi itinerary builder tool .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to New Delhi is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to India Standard Time (IST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Dubai in July, expect New Delhi to be a bit cooler, temps between 41°C and 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to drive to Agra.

Things to do in New Delhi

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Qutub Minar ©
Qutub Minar
Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib ©
Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib
Rashtrapati Bhavan ©
Rashtrapati Bhavan

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Agra

Agra
Tourism in Agra revolves around two words: Taj Mahal.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Agra Fort, then admire the landmark architecture of Taj Mahal, and then don't miss a visit to Jahangir Mahal. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Bageshwarnath Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gurudwara Guru ka Tal, then steep yourself in history at Shah Burj, and finally admire the striking features of Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Agra route maker app .

Drive from New Delhi to Agra in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July in Agra, expect temperatures between 40°C during the day and 31°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Leh.

Things to do in Agra

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Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal
Agra Fort
Agra Fort
Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah ©
Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Shanti Stupa and Hemis Monastery. Next up on the itinerary: get outside with Khardung La, take in the spiritual surroundings of Alchi Choskor Monastery, appreciate the history behind Shey Monastery, and get in touch with nature with Hiking & Camping Tours.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Leh trip planner .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Agra to Leh in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, taxi, and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Hunder.

Things to do in Leh

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

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Hunder

Hunder ©
On the 18th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Hundur Monastery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Diskit Gompa (Diskit Monastery), then take a memorable drive along Wari La Pass, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Hunder Sand Dunes. On the next day, explore the fascinating landscape at Nubhra Valley, admire the verdant scenery at Nubra Valley, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Yarab Tso Lake.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Hunder trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Leh to Hunder in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Dharamsala.

Things to do in Hunder

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Diskit, Nubhra Valley, Yarab Tso Lake, Nubra Valley, Hundur Monastery
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Nubra Valley ©
Nubra Valley
Hunder Sand Dunes ©
Hunder Sand Dunes
Nubhra Valley ©
Nubhra Valley

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Dharamsala

Dharamsala ©
The hill station of Dharamsala's reputation stems from its large community of exiled Tibetan Buddhists, including the Dalai Lama.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Norbulingka Institute and Gyuto Monastery. Take a break from Dharamsala with a short trip to Kangra Fort in Kangra, about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire all the interesting features of HPCA Stadium, take an in-depth tour of Tibetan Museum, get great views at Naddi View Point, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Dharamsala tour itinerary builder site .

Drive from Hunder to Dharamsala in 25 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to drive to Shimla.

Things to do in Dharamsala

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Jawalamukhi Devi Temple, Kangra Fort
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Kangra Fort ©
Kangra Fort
Norbulingka Institute ©
Norbulingka Institute
HPCA Stadium ©
HPCA Stadium

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Shimla

Shimla ©
The city of Shimla spreads out across a ridge, offering views of Himalayan scenery all around.
On the 23rd (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tara Devi Temple, admire all the interesting features of Indian Institute of Advanced Study, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kali Bari Temple, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Christ Church, and finally make a trip to The Ridge. On the 24th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Jakhu Temple, explore and take pictures at Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex, then make a trip to The Mall, then walk around Annandale Ground, and finally admire the striking features of Viceregal Lodge.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Shimla trip planner .

Getting from Dharamsala to Shimla by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Badrinath.

Things to do in Shimla

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Tara Devi Temple
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Christ Church ©
Christ Church
The Ridge ©
The Ridge
Tara Devi Temple ©
Tara Devi Temple

1
night
Badrinath

Badrinath ©
Badrinath is a holy town and a nagar panchayat in Chamoli district in the state of Uttarakhand, India. On the 25th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Bheem Pul and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Shri Badrinath Ji Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Valley of Flowers National Park.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Badrinath trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Shimla to Badrinath takes 17.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Manali.

Things to do in Badrinath

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Side Trip

Valley of Flowers National Park
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Shri Badrinath Ji Temple ©
Shri Badrinath Ji Temple
Valley of Flowers National Park ©
Valley of Flowers National Park
Bheem Pul ©
Bheem Pul

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Manali

Manali ©
People visit Manali for a number of reasons, but all of them revolve around the landscape.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Rohtang Pass and International Roerich Memorial Trust. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Jogini Waterfall, take a memorable drive along Hampta, contemplate the waterfront views at Beas Kund, and admire the verdant scenery at Solang Valley.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Manali holiday planner .

Drive from Badrinath to Manali in 23 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Manali

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Rohtang Pass
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Rohtang Pass ©
Rohtang Pass
Jogini Waterfall ©
Jogini Waterfall
Hampta ©
Hampta

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