36 days in North India Itinerary

36 days in North India Itinerary

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36 days in North India Itinerary

Start: Bhubaneswar
Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Varanasi
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Agra
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
New Delhi
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Manali
— 6 nights
Drive:  7​h
5
Dharamsala
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Amritsar
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
7
Srinagar
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
8
Leh
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
9
Rishikesh
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
10
Nainital
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Bhubaneswar

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Kabir Chaura Math. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, explore the activities along Ganges River, and then don't miss a visit to Dasaswamedh Ghat.

To find ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Varanasi vacation site .

Bhubaneswar to Varanasi is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in September, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Agra.

Things to do in Varanasi

Spas Tours Nature
Highlights from your plan
Spas & Wellness
Ganges River
Ganges River
Walking tours

5
nights
Agra

Agra
Tourism in Agra revolves around two words: Taj Mahal.
Agra is known for historic sites, parks, shopping, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Taj Mahal, let little ones run wild at Play Safari, admire the striking features of Jahangir Mahal, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Agra road trip planning tool .

Fly from Varanasi to Agra in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October in Agra, expect temperatures between 40°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to drive to New Delhi.

Things to do in Agra

Tours Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal
Play Safari ©
Play Safari
Agra Fort
Agra Fort

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.
New Delhi is known for historic sites, parks, shopping, museums, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Humayun's Tomb, explore the historical opulence of Red Fort (Lal Quila), take in panoramic vistas at Qutub Minar, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Lodhi Garden.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our New Delhi sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Agra to New Delhi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in New Delhi are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can 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
Akshardham ©
Akshardham

6
nights
Manali

Manali ©
People visit Manali for a number of reasons, but all of them revolve around the landscape.
Manali is known for nature, historic sites, winter sports, fun & games, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Beas River, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Friendship Peak, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hidimba Devi Temple, and scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Manali trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by flight from New Delhi to Manali takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Dharamsala.

Things to do in Manali

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Rohtang Pass
Highlights from your plan
Beas River ©
Beas River
Solang Valley ©
Solang Valley
Bhrigu Lake ©
Bhrigu Lake

2
nights
Dharamsala

Dharamsala ©
The hill station of Dharamsala's reputation stems from its large community of exiled Tibetan Buddhists, including the Dalai Lama.
On the 17th (Thu), take in the awesome beauty at Triund Hill, then take in the dramatic scenery at Bhagsu Waterfall, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tsuglag Khang. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Kushi Boutique, admire the verdant scenery at Kangra Valley, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jawalamukhi Devi Temple, then deepen your understanding at Norbulingka Institute, and finally make a trip to Aghanjar Mahadev Temple.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Dharamsala sightseeing planning tool .

You can drive from Manali to Dharamsala in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can go by car to Amritsar.

Things to do in Dharamsala

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Jawalamukhi Devi Temple
Highlights from your plan
Kangra Valley ©
Kangra Valley
Triund Hill ©
Triund Hill
Bhagsu Waterfall ©
Bhagsu Waterfall

2
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 19th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gurudwara Bir Baba Budha Sahib, admire the striking features of Akal Takht, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Harmandir Sahib, and finally indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tarn Taran Sahib, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then admire the natural beauty at Jallianwala Bagh.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Amritsar trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Dharamsala to Amritsar takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. October in Amritsar sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Srinagar.

Things to do in Amritsar

Historic Sites Spas Tours
Highlights from your plan
Harmandir Sahib ©
Harmandir Sahib
Tarn Taran Sahib ©
Tarn Taran Sahib
Jallianwala Bagh ©
Jallianwala Bagh

4
nights
Srinagar

Srinagar ©
The focus lies mainly on the waters in Srinagar, with the river and lakes of the city dotted with colorful houseboats and making the relatively cool summer capital a popular tourist destination.
Venture out of the city with trips to Gulmarg (Ningle Nallah, Baba Reshi Shrine, & more). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Dal Lake, make a trip to Shankaracharya Hill, explore the ancient world of Pari Mahal, and appreciate the views at Doodhpathri.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Srinagar online travel planner .

Traveling by flight from Amritsar to Srinagar takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In October, Srinagar is a bit cooler than Amritsar - with highs of 26°C and lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Leh.

Things to do in Srinagar

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Gulmarg, Doodhpathri
Highlights from your plan
Dal Lake ©
Dal Lake
Apharwat Peak ©
Apharwat Peak
Shankaracharya Hill ©
Shankaracharya Hill

5
nights
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.
Leh is known for historic sites, nature, museums, wildlife, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thiksey Monastery, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, see the interesting displays at Hall of Fame, and take in the dramatic natural features at Magnetic Hill.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Leh travel planner .

You can fly from Srinagar to Leh in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Rishikesh.

Things to do in Leh

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Photography Tours
Stok Kangri ©
Stok Kangri

2
nights
Rishikesh

Rishikesh ©
Rishikesh draws in visitors of all creeds with its wealth of ashrams and yoga and meditation teaching centers.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Swami Vivekanand Park, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. On the 31st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Har ki Pauri and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ganga Aarti at Haridwar.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Rishikesh trip builder .

Fly from Leh to Rishikesh in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to drive to Nainital.

Things to do in Rishikesh

Historic Sites Adventure Outdoors

Side Trip

Haridwar
Highlights from your plan
Ganga Aarti at Haridwar ©
Ganga Aarti at Haridwar
River Rafting & Tubing
Har ki Pauri ©
Har ki Pauri

3
nights
Nainital

Nainital ©
The popular hill station of Nainital was named after the pear-shaped lake around which the resort town has evolved.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nainital: Bhimtal Lake (in Bhimtal), Ghorakhal Golu Devta Temple (in Bhowali) and Corbett Falls (in Jim Corbett National Park). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Nainital Lake, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mukteshwar MahadevTemple, and make a trip to Naina Devi Temple.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Nainital trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from Rishikesh to Nainital by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nainital

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bhimtal Lake, Ghorakhal Golu Devta Temple, Naina Devi Temple, Naukuchiatal Lake, Corbett Falls
Highlights from your plan
Nainital Lake ©
Nainital Lake
Corbett Falls ©
Corbett Falls
Goddess Naina Devi ©
Goddess Naina Devi

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