45 days in North India Itinerary

45 days in North India Itinerary

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45 days in North India Itinerary

Start: Bengaluru
Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
Varanasi
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Agra
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Mathura
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
New Delhi
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h
5
Dharamsala
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
6
Kullu
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Manali
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
8
Shimla
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h
9
Leh
— 6 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
10
Srinagar
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
11
Amritsar
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
12
Haridwar
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Bengaluru

2
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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.
Sarnath and Birthplace of Sant Ravidas Seergovardhan Varanasi will appeal to history buffs. There's lots more to do: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, take in the spiritual surroundings of Vishalakshi Temple, admire the landmark architecture of Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple (Golden Temple), and steep yourself in history at Rajendraprasad Ghat.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Varanasi trip itinerary planner.

Bengaluru to Varanasi is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Bengaluru in August: high temperatures in Varanasi hover around 39°C and lows are around 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel to Agra.

Things to do in Varanasi

Historic Sites Tours Nature
Highlights from your plan
Sarnath ©
Sarnath
Banaras Ghats ©
Banaras Ghats

5
nights
Agra

Agra
Tourism in Agra revolves around two words: Taj Mahal.
Agra Fort and Shah Burj will appeal to history buffs. Spend the 14th (Wed) on the rails with a train tour. There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Taj Mahal, pause for some serene contemplation at St. George's Cathedral, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Soami Bagh, and make a trip to Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Agra visit planner.

Fly from Varanasi to Agra in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Agra can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can go by car to Mathura.

Things to do in Agra

Historic Sites Tours
Highlights from your plan
Agra Fort
Agra Fort
Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal
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.
Visit Prem Mandir - Shyama Shyam Dham and Barsana Shri Radha Rani Temple for their historical value. Explore Mathura's surroundings by going to Vrindavan (Shree Radha Ras Bihari Ashta Sakhi Temple, Banke Bihari Temple, & more). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at ISKCON Vrindavan and don't miss a visit to Krishna Janmabhoomi Mandir.

To find where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Mathura trip planner .

Traveling by car from Agra to Mathura takes 1.5 hours. In August in Mathura, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to 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

5
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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 some historical perspective at Humayun's Tomb and India Gate. Change things up with a short trip to Cyber Hub in Gurugram (Gurgaon) (about 36 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Akshardham, take in the spiritual surroundings of Birla Mandir Temple (Lakshmi Narayan), explore the historical opulence of Red Fort (Lal Quila), and steep yourself in history at Rajpath.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our New Delhi trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Mathura to New Delhi in 3 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 40°C, and evening lows to 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to Dharamsala.

Things to do in New Delhi

Historic Sites Parks Tours

Side Trip

DLF Cyber Hub
Highlights from your plan
Qutub Minar ©
Qutub Minar
India Gate ©
India Gate
Humayun's Tomb ©
Humayun's Tomb

3
nights
Dharamsala

Dharamsala ©
The hill station of Dharamsala's reputation stems from its large community of exiled Tibetan Buddhists, including the Dalai Lama.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Jawalamukhi Devi Temple and Chamunda Devi Temple of Devi. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Dharamsala: Kangra (Mata Brajeshwari Devi & Kangra Fort). There's lots more to do: deepen your understanding at Norbulingka Institute, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kalachakra Temple, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Triund Hill, and appreciate the views at Kangra Valley.

To see maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Dharamsala online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by flight from New Delhi to Dharamsala takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Kullu.

Things to do in Dharamsala

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Kangra, Bundlamata Temple, Jawalamukhi Devi Temple
Highlights from your plan
Jawalamukhi Devi Temple ©
Jawalamukhi Devi Temple
Kangra Fort ©
Kangra Fort
Chamunda Devi Temple of Devi ©
Chamunda Devi Temple of Devi

3
nights
Kullu

Kullu ©
Kullu tourism thrives thanks to the area's temples and majestic hills, covered in apple forests and deodar trees.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Kulant Pith and Sharvali Devi Temple. Step out of Kullu with an excursion to Naggar Castle in Naggar--about 50 minutes away. The adventure continues: appreciate the views at Tirthan Valley, take in the spiritual surroundings of Raghunath Temple, and make a trip to Dhakpo Shedrupling Monastery.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Kullu trip planner .

You can drive from Dharamsala to Kullu in 6.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to drive to Manali.

Things to do in Kullu

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Lord Ramchandra Temple, Naggar Castle
Highlights from your plan
Kulant Pith ©
Kulant Pith
Naggar Castle ©
Naggar Castle
Bijli Mahadev Temple ©
Bijli Mahadev Temple

5
nights
Manali

Manali ©
People visit Manali for a number of reasons, but all of them revolve around the landscape.
Hidimba Devi Temple and Gadhan Thekchhokling Gompa Monastery will appeal to history buffs. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Manikaran Gurudwara, get outside with Rohtang Pass, contemplate the waterfront views at Beas River, and admire the verdant scenery at Solang Valley.

For where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Manali trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Kullu to Manali by car takes about 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Shimla.

Things to do in Manali

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Rohtang Pass
Highlights from your plan
Beas River ©
Beas River
Hidimba Devi Temple ©
Hidimba Devi Temple
Gurudwara Shri Manikaran Sahib ©
Gurudwara Shri Manikaran Sahib

2
nights
Shimla

Shimla ©
The city of Shimla spreads out across a ridge, offering views of Himalayan scenery all around.
On the 5th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hanuman Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tara Devi Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dorje Drak Monastery, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jakhu Temple, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Christ Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shyamakali Temple, don't miss a visit to The Mall, then admire the striking features of Viceregal Lodge, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Lutru Mahadev Mandir.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Shimla trip maker app .

You can drive from Manali to Shimla in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) 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
Christ Church ©
Christ Church

6
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.
Thiksey Monastery and Gurdwara Pathar Sahib will appeal to history buffs. Explore Leh's surroundings by going to Alchi Monastary (in Alchi) and Hemis (Hemis Monastery & Kloster Hemis). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Likir Gompa, don't miss a visit to Confluence of the Indus and Zanskar Rivers, and examine the collection at Hall of Fame.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Leh trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Shimla to Leh takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Srinagar.

Things to do in Leh

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Hemis, Alchi Monastary
Highlights from your plan
Thiksey Monastery ©
Thiksey Monastery
Likir Gompa ©
Likir Gompa
Hemis Monastery ©
Hemis Monastery

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): make a trip to Ghanta Ghar, then don't miss a visit to Shankaracharya Hill, then contemplate the waterfront views at Dal Lake, and finally delve into the distant past at Pari Mahal. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Pathar Masjid, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Durga Nag Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jama Masjid Mosque, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chatti Padshahi Gurudwara, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Khir Bhawani Temple.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Srinagar trip planner .

You can fly from Leh to Srinagar in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. September in Srinagar sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Amritsar.

Things to do in Srinagar

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Pari Mahal ©
Pari Mahal
Pathar Masjid ©
Pathar Masjid
Chatti Padshahi Gurudwara ©
Chatti Padshahi Gurudwara

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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.
Popular historic sites such as Tarn Taran Sahib and Goindwal Sahib are in your itinerary. Step out of Amritsar with an excursion to Achaleshwar Temple in Gurdaspur--about 1 hour away. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Jallianwala Bagh and take in the spiritual surroundings of Gurudwara Baba Atal Rai.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Amritsar trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by flight from Srinagar to Amritsar takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Srinagar in September, with highs in Amritsar at 39°C and lows at 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Haridwar.

Things to do in Amritsar

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Achaleshwar Temple
Highlights from your plan
Tarn Taran Sahib ©
Tarn Taran Sahib
Goindwal Sahib ©
Goindwal Sahib
Gurudwara Baba Atal Rai ©
Gurudwara Baba Atal Rai

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Haridwar

Haridwar ©
An ancient city on the banks of the Ganges, Haridwar has been an important Hindu pilgrimage center since time immemorial.
Shri Badrinath Ji Temple and Har ki Pauri will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Rishikesh (Triveni Ghat & River Rafting & Tubing) and Triveni Ghat (in Ujjain). There's more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ganga Aarti at Haridwar.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Haridwar trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by flight from Amritsar to Haridwar takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Haridwar

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Rishikesh, Chaitanya Mutt, Shri Badrinath Ji Temple, Triveni Ghat
Highlights from your plan
Shri Badrinath Ji Temple ©
Shri Badrinath Ji Temple
Ganga Aarti at Haridwar ©
Ganga Aarti at Haridwar
Har ki Pauri ©
Har ki Pauri

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