29 days in North India Itinerary

29 days in North India Itinerary

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29 days in North India Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
Fly:  11​h 30​min
1
Varanasi
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Agra
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Mathura
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
New Delhi
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Manali
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Shimla
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h
7
Leh
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
8
Haridwar
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
9
Amritsar
— 3 nights
Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: Tokyo

3
nights
Varanasi

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sarnath and Bindu Madhav Temple. Your inner history buff will appreciate Banaras Ghats and Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple. There's still lots to do: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, take in the exciting artwork at Ruchika Art Gallery, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Vishalakshi Temple.

For maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Varanasi journey maker site .

Tokyo, Japan to Varanasi is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Japan Standard Time (JST) to India Standard Time (IST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. In January, Varanasi is a bit warmer than Tokyo - with highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Agra.

Things to do in Varanasi

Historic Sites Spas Tours
Highlights from your plan
Ruchika Art Gallery ©
Ruchika Art Gallery
Sarnath ©
Sarnath
Banaras Ghats ©
Banaras Ghats

4
nights
Agra

Agra
Tourism in Agra revolves around two words: Taj Mahal.
Popular historic sites such as Taj Mahal and Bageshwarnath Temple are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Agra Fort and Gurudwara Guru ka Tal. Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah, steep yourself in history at Tomb of Akbar the Great, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mina Masjid, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Roman Catholic Cemetery.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Agra day trip website .

You can fly from Varanasi to Agra in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Agra can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Mathura.

Things to do in Agra

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Tomb of Akbar the Great
Highlights from your plan
Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal
Agra Fort
Agra Fort
Gurudwara Guru ka Tal ©
Gurudwara Guru ka Tal

3
nights
Mathura

Mathura ©
Split by the sacred Yamuna River, Mathura's claim to fame is being the birthplace of Krishna, the widely revered Hindu god.
Get some historical perspective at Gopinath Temple and ISKCON Vrindavan. Prem Mandir - Shyama Shyam Dham and Radharaman Mandir are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Mathura to go to Vrindavan and see Radha Damodar Temple, which is approximately 34 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Barsana Shri Radha Rani Temple and take in the pleasant sights at Akshaya Patra.

To find reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Mathura day trip planning website .

Drive from Agra to Mathura in 1.5 hours. In January in Mathura, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 8°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to New Delhi.

Things to do in Mathura

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Vrindavan
Highlights from your plan
Prem Mandir - Shyama Shyam Dham ©
Prem Mandir - Shyama Shyam Dham
ISKCON Vrindavan ©
ISKCON Vrindavan
Radha Damodar Temple ©
Radha Damodar Temple

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Humayun's Tomb and Red Fort (Lal Quila). Visit India Gate and Akshardham for their historical value. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, don't miss a visit to Jahanara Begum's Tomb, see the interesting displays at Gandhi Smriti, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Lotus Temple.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the New Delhi trip maker tool .

Drive from Mathura to New Delhi in 3 hours. In January, daily temperatures in New Delhi can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Manali.

Things to do in New Delhi

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

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 Manu Temple. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Gurudwara Shri Manikaran Sahib and Gayatri Temple. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Anjani Mahadev, explore the activities along Beas River, and appreciate the views at Solang Valley.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Manali using our trip planner.

Traveling by flight from New Delhi to Manali takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can go by car to Shimla.

Things to do in Manali

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Hidimba Devi Temple ©
Hidimba Devi Temple
Gurudwara Shri Manikaran Sahib ©
Gurudwara Shri Manikaran Sahib
Anjani Mahadev ©
Anjani Mahadev

2
nights
Shimla

Shimla ©
The city of Shimla spreads out across a ridge, offering views of Himalayan scenery all around.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Tara Devi Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hanuman Temple, and then make a trip to The Mall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Christ Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jakhu Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Dorje Drak Monastery.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Shimla holiday maker tool .

You can drive from Manali to Shimla in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Leh.

Things to do in Shimla

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tara Devi Temple, Hanuman Temple
Highlights from your plan
Jakhu Temple ©
Jakhu Temple
Tara Devi Temple ©
Tara Devi Temple
Hanuman Temple ©
Hanuman Temple

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.
Basgo gompa and Samstanling Monastery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your inner history buff will appreciate Phyang Monastery and Serzang Temple. There's more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thiksey Monastery and contemplate the long history of Gurudwara Shri Datun Sahib Ji.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Leh visit planner.

Getting from Shimla to Leh by combination of taxi and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, train, and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Haridwar.

Things to do in Leh

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Basgo gompa ©
Basgo gompa
Thiksey Monastery ©
Thiksey Monastery
Phyang Monastery ©
Phyang Monastery

2
nights
Haridwar

Haridwar ©
An ancient city on the banks of the Ganges, Haridwar has been an important Hindu pilgrimage center since time immemorial.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ganga Aarti at Haridwar and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Triveni Ghat. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Adhbut Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Har ki Pauri, and then admire the natural beauty at Swami Vivekanand Park.

For ratings and other tourist information, read our Haridwar trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by flight from Leh to Haridwar takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Amritsar.

Things to do in Haridwar

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Triveni Ghat
Highlights from your plan
Ganga Aarti at Haridwar ©
Ganga Aarti at Haridwar
Har ki Pauri ©
Har ki Pauri
Triveni Ghat ©
Triveni Ghat

3
nights
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 13th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dera Baba Jaimal Singhji, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gurudwara Mata Kaulan, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Harmandir Sahib. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gurudwara Baba Atal Rai, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Digamber Jain Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hanuman Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Goindwal Sahib.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Amritsar driving holiday app .

Traveling by flight from Haridwar to Amritsar takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In February in Amritsar, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 8°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Amritsar

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Harmandir Sahib ©
Harmandir Sahib
Dera Baba Jaimal Singhji ©
Dera Baba Jaimal Singhji
Goindwal Sahib ©
Goindwal Sahib

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