22 days in North India Itinerary

22 days in North India Itinerary

Created using Inspirock India visit planner

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Varanasi
— 3 nights
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Haridwar
— 4 nights
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Amritsar
— 2 nights
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Dharamsala
— 2 nights
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Shimla
— 2 nights
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Manali
— 2 nights
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New Delhi
— 6 nights
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Varanasi

— 3 nights

Spiritual Capital of India

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.
You've now added Varanasi Excursion to your itinerary. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Dasaswamedh Ghat and New Vishwanath Temple. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Banaras Ghats, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, admire the masterpieces at Archaeological Museum, and make a trip to Manikarnika Ghat.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Varanasi trip itinerary builder tool.

Chamarel, Mauritius to Varanasi is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Traveling from Chamarel to Varanasi, you'll lose 1.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chamarel in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Varanasi, with lows of 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Haridwar.

Things to do in Varanasi

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Museums

Haridwar

— 4 nights

Gateway to Gods

An ancient city on the banks of the Ganges, Haridwar has been an important Hindu pilgrimage center since time immemorial.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Chandi Devi Temple. Get out of town with these interesting Haridwar side-trips: Rishikesh (Parmarth Niketan Ashram, Spas, &more), Shri Badrinath Ji Temple (in Badrinath) and Forest Research Institute (in Dehradun). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Daksheshwar Mahadev and take in nature's colorful creations at Swami Vivekanand Park.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Haridwar itinerary builder tool.

Fly from Varanasi to Haridwar in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Amritsar.

Things to do in Haridwar

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Spas

Side Trips

Amritsar

— 2 nights

Golden City

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Digamber Jain Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dukh Bhanjani Ber Tree, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Harmandir Sahib. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gurudwara Baba Atal Rai, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gurudwara Bir Baba Budha Sahib, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Goindwal Sahib.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Amritsar online vacation planner.

You can fly from Haridwar to Amritsar in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Amritsar are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can go by car to Dharamsala.

Things to do in Amritsar

Historic Sites · Spas

Dharamsala

— 2 nights
The hill station of Dharamsala's reputation stems from its large community of exiled Tibetan Buddhists, including the Dalai Lama.
On the 9th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Mata Brajeshwari Devi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gyuto Monastery, then make a trip to Aghanjar Mahadev Temple, then deepen your understanding at Norbulingka Institute, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Jawalamukhi Devi Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Tushita Meditation Centre, then buy something for everyone on your list at Kushi Boutique, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Kareri Lake.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Dharamsala attractions planner.

You can drive from Amritsar to Dharamsala in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can go by car to Shimla.

Things to do in Dharamsala

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

Shimla

— 2 nights

Queen of Hills

The city of Shimla spreads out across a ridge, offering views of Himalayan scenery all around.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tara Devi Temple, admire the landmark architecture of Viceregal Lodge, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kali Bari Temple, then make a trip to The Mall, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Jakhu Temple. Keep things going the next day: take in the pleasant sights at Shimla Heritage Walk, see the interesting displays at Annandale Army Heritage Museum, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Jakhoo Hill, and finally stroll around Annandale Ground.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Shimla travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Dharamsala to Shimla takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in December, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to drive to Manali.

Things to do in Shimla

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Manali

— 2 nights
People visit Manali for a number of reasons, but all of them revolve around the landscape.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): appreciate the views at Solang Valley, contemplate the waterfront views at Beas Kund, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hidimba Devi Temple. On the next day, explore the activities along Bhrigu Lake, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gayatri Temple, then contemplate the waterfront views at Beas River, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Siyali Mahadev Temple.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Manali trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Shimla to Manali takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to New Delhi.

Things to do in Manali

Parks · Nature · Spas · Historic Sites

New Delhi

— 6 nights
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Walking tours and Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib. Change things up with these side-trips from New Delhi: Gurugram (Gurgaon) (Sheetla Mata Mandir & Sai Ka Angan Temple). There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Humayun's Tomb, steep yourself in history at Raj Ghat, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and tour in style with a train tour.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the New Delhi online day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Manali to New Delhi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in December, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in New Delhi

Tours · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip