31 days in North India Itinerary

31 days in North India Itinerary

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New Delhi
— 4 nights
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Nainital
— 4 nights
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Rishikesh
— 2 nights
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Manali
— 4 nights
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Sangla
— 2 nights
Drive
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Shimla
— 3 nights
Fly
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Leh
— 3 nights
Drive
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Alchi
— 1 night
Drive
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Dalhousie
— 1 night
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Dharamsala
— 3 nights
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Varanasi
— 3 nights
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New Delhi

— 4 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Safaris and ISKCON Vrindavan. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around New Delhi: Gurugram (Gurgaon) (Sai Ka Angan Temple & Ambience Mall) and DLF Mall Of India (in Noida). There's much more to do: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, examine the collection at Gandhi Smriti, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our New Delhi trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to New Delhi. In November, daily temperatures in New Delhi can reach 33°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Nainital.

Things to do in New Delhi

Historic Sites · Tours · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Nainital

— 4 nights
The popular hill station of Nainital was named after the pear-shaped lake around which the resort town has evolved.
Escape the urban bustle at Naina Peak and Bhimtal Lake. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Chauli Ki Jali and Bhalu Gaad Waterfalls. Change things up with these side-trips from Nainital: Victoria Dam (in Bhimtal), Naukuchiatal Lake (in Naukuchiatal) and Neeb Karori Kainchi Dham (in Bhowali Range). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Goddess Naina Devi, don't miss a visit to Naina Devi Temple, steep yourself in history at Jama Masjid Mosque, and stop by The Pahari Store.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Nainital trip tool.

Traveling by flight from New Delhi to Nainital takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Rishikesh.

Things to do in Nainital

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Rishikesh

— 2 nights

Yoganagari

Rishikesh draws in visitors of all creeds with its wealth of ashrams and yoga and meditation teaching centers.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): snap pictures at Ram Jhula, get outside with Outdoor Activities, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parmarth Niketan Ashram, and finally Head underground at Vashishta Gufa. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Daksheshwar Mahadev, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chandi Devi Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Har ki Pauri, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Swami Vivekanand Park.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Rishikesh trip planner.

You can fly from Nainital to Rishikesh in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Manali.

Things to do in Rishikesh

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Manali

— 4 nights
People visit Manali for a number of reasons, but all of them revolve around the landscape.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Jogini Waterfall and Beas Kund. Escape the urban bustle at Manali Sanctuary and Solang Nullah. Change things up with these side-trips from Manali: Naggar Castle (in Naggar) and Kullu (Hampta & Bijli Mahadev Temple). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Rani Nallah, find something for the whole family at Himvalley Manali Amusement & Culture Park, cruise along Rohtang Pass, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ghatotkach Tree Templ.

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Fly from Rishikesh to Manali in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. On the 30th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Sangla.

Things to do in Manali

Parks · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Trails

Side Trips

Sangla

— 2 nights
Close to the Tibetan border, Sangla is a small town rarely visited by foreign tourists.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Baspa River, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Chitkul, then wander the streets of Rakcham, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kailash Dwar Sangla. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Rakchham-Chhitkul Sanctuary, then identify plant and animal life at Trout Farm, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bering Nag Temple.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Sangla vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Manali to Sangla takes 9.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Shimla.

Things to do in Sangla

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

Shimla

— 3 nights

Queen of Hills

The city of Shimla spreads out across a ridge, offering views of Himalayan scenery all around.
Step off the beaten path and head to Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex and Christ Church. Get outdoors at Himalayan Nature Park and Jakhoo Hill. Go for a jaunt from Shimla to Taradevi to see Tara Devi Temple about 42 minutes away. There's lots more to do: make a trip to The Ridge, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kali Bari Temple, stop by Sankat Mochan Temple, and take in the dramatic scenery at Chadwick Falls.

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Traveling by car from Sangla to Shimla takes 7 hours. In December in Shimla, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Leh.

Things to do in Shimla

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

Leh

— 3 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.
Take a break from the city and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Sand Dunes Leisure Park. Step off the beaten path and head to Hemis Monastery and Shanti Stupa. There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Khardung La, take in the exciting artwork at The Little Paradise, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chokhang Vihara Temple, and make a trip to Druk Padma Karpo School.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Leh travel route builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Shimla to Leh takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to drive to Alchi.

Things to do in Leh

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Adventure · Tours

Side Trips

Alchi

— 1 night
Alchi is a village in the Leh district of Jammu and Kashmir, India. On the 9th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Likir Gompa and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Alchi Monastery.

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Drive from Leh to Alchi in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Dalhousie.

Things to do in Alchi

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Dalhousie

— 1 night
Set over a number of hills, the quiet town of Dalhousie was established by the British in the 19th century as a summer resort town.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): trek along Garam Sadak, browse the different shops at Gandhi Chowk Shopping Plaza, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Dainkund Peak, then hike along Ganji Pahari, and finally walk around Beeji's Park.

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Drive from Alchi to Dalhousie in 20.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Dharamsala.

Things to do in Dalhousie

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Shopping

Dharamsala

— 3 nights
The hill station of Dharamsala's reputation stems from its large community of exiled Tibetan Buddhists, including the Dalai Lama.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Gyuto Monastery and Spas. Visiting Kangra Valley and Dal Lake will get you outdoors. When in Dharamsala, make a side trip to see Kangra Fort in Kangra, approximately Kangra away. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Tibetan Museum, take some stellar pictures from Naddi View Point, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bhagsunath Temple, and make a trip to Aghanjar Mahadev Temple.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Dharamsala trip app.

Drive from Dalhousie to Dharamsala in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Varanasi.

Things to do in Dharamsala

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Boat Tours & Water Sports and Food Tours. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Dasaswamedh Ghat, pause for some photo ops at Dhamek Stupa, explore the world behind art at Archaeological Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Banaras Ghats.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Varanasi trip planner.

You can fly from Dharamsala to Varanasi in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In December in Varanasi, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Varanasi

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Spas