53 days in North India Itinerary

53 days in North India Itinerary

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53 days in North India Itinerary

Start: Amritsar
1
Amritsar
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
2
Srinagar
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
3
Leh
— 7 nights
+2
Fly + subway + train:  5​h
4
Agra
— 6 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
5
Varanasi
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
New Delhi
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
7
Haridwar
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h
8
Jim Corbett National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
9
Sangla
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
10
Badrinath
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
11
Tabo
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 30​min
12
Manali
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
13
Kullu
— 4 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
14
Dharamsala
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
End: Amritsar

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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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Harmandir Sahib and Goindwal Sahib. Get some cultural insight at Virasat-e-Khlasa and Tarn Taran Sahib. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gurudwara Baba Atal Rai.

To see maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Amritsar travel route website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Amritsar. In July, daytime highs in Amritsar are 41°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Srinagar.

Things to do in Amritsar

Historic Sites Museums

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Virasat-e-Khlasa
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Harmandir Sahib ©
Harmandir Sahib
Tarn Taran Sahib ©
Tarn Taran Sahib
Goindwal Sahib ©
Goindwal Sahib

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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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Durga Nag Temple and Pathar Masjid. Get in touch with nature at Doodhpathri and Doodhpathri. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Dal Lake, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jama Masjid Mosque, and take in the dramatic natural features at Sonamarg.

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Getting from Amritsar to Srinagar by flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Amritsar in July, with highs in Srinagar at 33°C and lows at 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel to Leh.

Things to do in Srinagar

Nature Parks Wildlife

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Doodhpathri
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Dal Lake ©
Dal Lake
Sonamarg ©
Sonamarg
Pathar Masjid ©
Pathar Masjid

7
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Thiksey Monastery and Hemis Monastery. Visiting Photography Tours and Magnetic Hill will get you outdoors. Step out of Leh to go to Alchi and see Alchi Monastary, which is approximately 1h 50 min away. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Hall of Fame, take in the spiritual surroundings of Likir Gompa, identify plant and animal life at Donkey Sanctuary, and delve into the distant past at Basgo gompa.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Leh road trip app .

Traveling by flight from Srinagar to Leh takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Agra.

Things to do in Leh

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Alchi Monastary, Hemis Monastery
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Hall of Fame ©
Hall of Fame
Thiksey Monastery ©
Thiksey Monastery
Likir Gompa ©
Likir Gompa

6
nights
Agra

Agra
Tourism in Agra revolves around two words: Taj Mahal.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Spiritual Museum and U.P Handicrafts Development Center. Get some cultural insight at Agra Fort and Taj Gallery. Step out of Agra with an excursion to Keoladeo National Park in Bharatpur--about 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Taj Mahal, pause for some serene contemplation at St. George's Cathedral, tour in style with a train tour, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Soami Bagh.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Agra online tour planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Leh to Agra takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and train. In July in Agra, expect temperatures between 40°C during the day and 31°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to Varanasi.

Things to do in Agra

Historic Sites Tours Nature

Side Trips

Keoladeo National Park, Tomb of Akbar the Great
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Agra Fort
Agra Fort
Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal
Keoladeo National Park ©
Keoladeo National Park

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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.
Bharat Kala Bhavan and Banaras Ghats are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Escape the urban bustle at Ganges River and Chandraprabha Wildlife Sanctuary. Next up on the itinerary: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mulagandha Kuti Vihar, don't miss a visit to Sarnath, and admire the landmark architecture of Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple (Golden Temple).

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Varanasi online attractions planner .

Fly from Agra to Varanasi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Varanasi are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 31°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to travel to New Delhi.

Things to do in Varanasi

Historic Sites Parks Tours

Side Trip

Chandraprabha Wildlife Sanctuary
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Sarnath ©
Sarnath
Ganges River
Ganges River
Banaras Ghats ©
Banaras Ghats

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Gandhi Smriti and National Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Humayun's Tomb and Gurudwara Bangla Sahib. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at India Gate, don't miss a visit to Qutub Minar, take in the spiritual surroundings of Lotus Temple, and take in nature's colorful creations at Akshardham.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the New Delhi trip builder app .

Getting from Varanasi to New Delhi by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 41°C, and evening lows to 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to Haridwar.

Things to do in New Delhi

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

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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.
Ganga Aarti at Haridwar and Kamraj-ki-Kali Temple will appeal to history buffs. Escape the urban bustle at River Rafting & Tubing and Kayaking & Canoeing. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Haridwar: Rishikesh (Triveni Ghat & Gurdwara Sri Hemkund Sahib) and Triveni Ghat (in Ujjain). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Har ki Pauri and take in nature's colorful creations at Swami Vivekanand Park.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Haridwar day trip planning website .

Getting from New Delhi to Haridwar by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel to Jim Corbett National Park.

Things to do in Haridwar

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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Jim Corbett National Park

Jim Corbett National Park ©
The oldest national park in the country, Jim Corbett National Park brings in thousands of wildlife enthusiasts each year.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): admire the engineering at Ramganga Dam and then look for all kinds of wild species at Jim Corbett National Park. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Jim Corbett National Park journey planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Haridwar to Jim Corbett National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Sangla.

Things to do in Jim Corbett National Park

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Ramganga Dam, Jim Corbett National Park
Highlights from your plan
Jim Corbett National Park ©
Jim Corbett National Park
Safaris

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Sangla

Sangla ©
Close to the Tibetan border, Sangla is a small town rarely visited by foreign tourists.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): wander the streets of Rakcham and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Chitkul. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kailash Dwar Sangla and then head outdoors with Rupin Pass.

To find ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Sangla road trip planning website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Jim Corbett National Park to Sangla. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel to Badrinath.

Things to do in Sangla

Outdoors Nature Wildlife
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Chitkul ©
Chitkul
Kailash Dwar Sangla ©
Kailash Dwar Sangla
Rupin Pass ©
Rupin Pass

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Badrinath

Badrinath ©
Badrinath is a holy town and a nagar panchayat in Chamoli district in the state of Uttarakhand, India. On the 14th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Bheem Pul and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Valley of Flowers National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Tapt Kund, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Brahma Kapal, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shri Badrinath Ji Temple.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Badrinath tour planner .

Traveling by car from Sangla to Badrinath takes 22.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Tabo.

Things to do in Badrinath

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Valley of Flowers National Park
Highlights from your plan
Shri Badrinath Ji Temple ©
Shri Badrinath Ji Temple
Valley of Flowers National Park ©
Valley of Flowers National Park
Bheem Pul ©
Bheem Pul

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Tabo

Tabo ©
Tabo is a small town in the Lahaul and Spiti district on the banks of the Spiti River in Himachal Pradesh, India. On the 16th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Tabo Monastery, take in the exciting artwork at The Chamber of Picture Treasures (Z'al-ma), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Golden Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chogskhor Monastery, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Bodhisattva Maitreya Temple.

Plan my day in Tabo using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Badrinath to Tabo takes 26 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel to Manali.

Things to do in Tabo

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Tabo Monastery
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Chogskhor Monastery ©
Chogskhor Monastery
Tabo Monastery ©
Tabo Monastery

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Manali

Manali ©
People visit Manali for a number of reasons, but all of them revolve around the landscape.
Get outdoors at Solang Valley and Beas River. Get some historical perspective at Hidimba Devi Temple and Manikaran Gurudwara. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at International Roerich Memorial Trust, identify plant and animal life at Rani Nallah, cruise along Hampta, and take in the awesome beauty at Keylong.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Manali vacation planner .

Getting from Tabo to Manali by car takes about 6 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can drive to Kullu.

Things to do in Manali

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Rohtang Pass
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Solang Valley ©
Solang Valley
Hidimba Devi Temple ©
Hidimba Devi Temple
Gurudwara Shri Manikaran Sahib ©
Gurudwara Shri Manikaran Sahib

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Kullu

Kullu ©
Kullu tourism thrives thanks to the area's temples and majestic hills, covered in apple forests and deodar trees.
Kulant Pith and Sharvali Devi Temple will appeal to history buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Lord Ramchandra Temple and Naggar Castle. There's lots more to do: appreciate the views at Tirthan Valley, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jagannathi Temple, and stroll through Chandrakhani Pass.

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

Getting from Manali to Kullu by car takes about 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can drive to Dharamsala.

Things to do in Kullu

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Parvati Valley, Naggar Castle, Lord Ramchandra Temple
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Kulant Pith ©
Kulant Pith
Tirthan Valley ©
Tirthan Valley
Chandrakhani Pass ©
Chandrakhani Pass

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Dharamsala

Dharamsala ©
The hill station of Dharamsala's reputation stems from its large community of exiled Tibetan Buddhists, including the Dalai Lama.
Get some historical perspective at Baijnath Temple and Bundlamata Temple. Get some cultural insight at Jawalamukhi Devi Temple and Baglamukhi Temple. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Dharamsala: Kangra (Chamunda Devi Temple of Devi, Kangra Fort, & more) and Nurpur Fort, Himachal Pradesh (in Gurdaspur). There's still lots to do: admire the verdant scenery at Kangra Valley, deepen your understanding at Norbulingka Institute, take in the dramatic scenery at Bhagsu Waterfall, and stop by Kushi Boutique.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Dharamsala itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Kullu to Dharamsala takes 6.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Dharamsala

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kangra, Jawalamukhi Devi Temple, Nurpur Fort, Himachal Pradesh, Bundlamata Temple, Baijnath Temple
Highlights from your plan
Kangra Valley ©
Kangra Valley
Triund Hill ©
Triund Hill
Baijnath Temple ©
Baijnath Temple

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