31 days in North India Itinerary

31 days in North India Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North India visit planner

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Amritsar
— 1 night
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Manali
— 4 nights
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Kullu
— 3 nights
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Shimla
— 2 nights
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Leh
— 4 nights
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Nainital
— 2 nights
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Rishikesh
— 3 nights
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Varanasi
— 3 nights
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Agra
— 3 nights
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New Delhi
— 5 nights
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Amritsar

— 1 night

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.
On the 2nd (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gurudwara Shri Manji Sahib, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Harmandir Sahib, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Digamber Jain Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Durgiana Temple.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Amritsar trip itinerary maker.

Warsaw, Poland to Amritsar is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to India Standard Time, which is usually a 4.5 hour difference. Traveling from Warsaw in December, you will find days in Amritsar are much hotter (24°C), and nights are a bit warmer (6°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Manali.

Things to do in Amritsar

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Manali

— 4 nights
People visit Manali for a number of reasons, but all of them revolve around the landscape.
Step off the beaten path and head to Jogini Waterfall and Rohtang Pass. Manu Temple and Hidimba Devi Temple will appeal to history buffs. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Manali Sanctuary, explore the activities along Beas River, fly down the slopes at Solang Nullah, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Vashisht Baths.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Manali day trip planner.

You can drive from Amritsar to Manali in 7 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kullu.

Things to do in Manali

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Kullu

— 3 nights
Kullu tourism thrives thanks to the area's temples and majestic hills, covered in apple forests and deodar trees.
Bijli Mahadev Temple and Lord Ramchandra Temple will appeal to history buffs. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tirthan Valley and Hot Water Spring. Step out of Kullu to go to Kasol and see Sar Pass Trek, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. There's more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Dechen Choekhor Mahavihara Monastery.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Kullu trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Manali to Kullu takes 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can go by car to Shimla.

Things to do in Kullu

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Shimla

— 2 nights

Queen of Hills

The city of Shimla spreads out across a ridge, offering views of Himalayan scenery all around.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): don't miss a visit to The Ridge, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Christ Church, and then deepen your understanding at Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex. Keep things going the next day: gain insight at Indian Institute of Advanced Study, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tara Devi Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kali Bari Temple.

To see more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Shimla planner.

Getting from Kullu to Shimla by car takes about 6.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Shimla are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Leh.

Things to do in Shimla

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Leh

— 4 nights
The former capital of the Kingdom of Ladakh, Leh possesses a historic old town area marked by stupas, monasteries, and traditional mud-brick houses.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Alchi Monastery and Hemis Monastery. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Likir Gompa and Kamzang Journeys. And it doesn't end there: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chokhang Vihara Temple, and cruise along Khardung La.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Leh online visit planner.

You can fly from Shimla to Leh in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Nainital.

Things to do in Leh

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

Side Trips

Nainital

— 2 nights
The popular hill station of Nainital was named after the pear-shaped lake around which the resort town has evolved.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Naina Peak, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ghorakhal Golu Devta Temple, then contemplate the waterfront views at Nainital Lake, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Goddess Naina Devi. On your second day here, explore the activities along Bhimtal Lake, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Neeb Karori Kainchi Dham, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Naina Devi Temple.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Nainital trip maker website.

Getting from Leh to Nainital by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Rishikesh.

Things to do in Nainital

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Rishikesh

— 3 nights

Yoganagari

Rishikesh draws in visitors of all creeds with its wealth of ashrams and yoga and meditation teaching centers.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Har ki Pauri and Parmarth Niketan Ashram. Visit Chandi Devi Temple and Shri Sachcha Akhileshwar Mahadev Temple for their historical value. Go for a jaunt from Rishikesh to Haridwar to see Swami Vivekanand Park about 42 minutes away. There's much more to do: Head underground at Vashishta Gufa, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, snap pictures at Ram Jhula, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Rishikesh vacation maker tool.

Fly from Nainital to Rishikesh in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Varanasi.

Things to do in Rishikesh

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

Side Trip

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Boat Tours & Water Sports and Ganges River. Do some cultural sightseeing at Banaras Ghats and New Vishwanath Temple. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Dasaswamedh Ghat, take in the spiritual surroundings of Vishalakshi Temple, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and contemplate the long history of Rajendraprasad Ghat.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Varanasi sightseeing planning app.

You can fly from Rishikesh to Varanasi in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Varanasi are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Agra.

Things to do in Varanasi

Tours · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks

Agra

— 3 nights

Taj City

Tourism in Agra revolves around two words: Taj Mahal.
Get a sense of the local culture at Taj Mahal and Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity. Discover out-of-the-way places like Wildlife SoS Bear Sanctuary and Diwan-i-Am Agra Fort. The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Agra Fort, admire the landmark architecture of Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah, steep yourself in history at Tomb of Akbar the Great, and take in the exciting artwork at Taj Gallery.

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

Traveling by flight from Varanasi to Agra takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Varanasi in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Agra, with lows of 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can go by car to New Delhi.

Things to do in Agra

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

New Delhi

— 5 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Humayun's Tomb and India Gate. Get some historical perspective at Raj Ghat and Gurudwara Bangla Sahib. Spend the 27th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Gandhi Smriti, step into the grandiose world of Red Fort, contemplate the long history of Ashokan Rock Edict, and enjoy breathtaking views from Qutub Minar.

To find traveler tips and other tourist information, you can read our New Delhi online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Agra to New Delhi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in New Delhi can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in New Delhi

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife