57 days in North India Itinerary

57 days in North India Itinerary

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57 days in North India Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
1
New Delhi
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Agra
— 7 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
3
Varanasi
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Amritsar
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Dharamsala
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Shimla
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h
7
Leh
— 7 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
8
Rishikesh
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
9
Nainital
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
10
Jim Corbett National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h
11
Sangla
— 2 nights
Drive:  9​h 45​min
12
Manali
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
End: New Delhi

6
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Hauz Khas Village and Rajpath. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib and Rashtrapati Bhavan. Step out of New Delhi with an excursion to Bhindawas Wildlife Sanctuary in Jhajjar--about 1h 50 min away. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Gandhi Smriti, don't miss a visit to Humayun's Tomb, steep yourself in history at India Gate, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Birla Mandir Temple (Lakshmi Narayan).

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our New Delhi trip site .

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to New Delhi. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in January, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can go by car to Agra.

Things to do in New Delhi

Historic Sites Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Bhindawas Wildlife Sanctuary
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Qutub Minar ©
Qutub Minar
Rajpath ©
Rajpath
Humayun's Tomb ©
Humayun's Tomb

7
nights
Agra

Agra
Tourism in Agra revolves around two words: Taj Mahal.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Prem Mandir - Shyama Shyam Dham and Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity. Get some cultural insight at Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. Explore Agra's surroundings by going to ISKCON Vrindavan (in Vrindavan) and Panch Mahal - Fatehpur Sikri (in Fatehpur Sikri). There's still lots to do: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gurudwara Guru ka Tal, see the interesting displays at Spiritual Museum, and tour the old-fashioned way with a train tour.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Agra tour itinerary planner .

Getting from New Delhi to Agra by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Agra are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Varanasi.

Things to do in Agra

Historic Sites Tours Parks

Side Trips

Vrindavan, Panch Mahal - Fatehpur Sikri
Highlights from your plan
Agra Fort
Agra Fort
Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal
Prem Mandir - Shyama Shyam Dham ©
Prem Mandir - Shyama Shyam Dham

5
nights
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.
Get some cultural insight at Banaras Ghats and Sarnath. Step off the beaten path and head to Spas & Wellness and Sankat Mochan Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Varanasi: Chandraprabha Wildlife Sanctuary (in Chandauli) and Sita Kund (in Mirzapur). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Dasaswamedh Ghat, explore the activities along Ganges River, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and admire the landmark architecture of Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple (Golden Temple).

To see photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Varanasi trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Agra to Varanasi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Varanasi are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Amritsar.

Things to do in Varanasi

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Sita Kund, Chandraprabha Wildlife Sanctuary
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Ganges River
Ganges River
Banaras Ghats ©
Banaras Ghats
Sankat Mochan Temple ©
Sankat Mochan Temple

5
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like The Partition Museum and Durgiana Temple. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Harmandir Sahib and Goindwal Sahib. Venture out of the city with trips to Jalandhar (Gurudwara Talhan Sahib Ji, Rangla Punjab Haveli, & more) and Shri Pindori Dham Temple (in Gurdaspur). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Gobindgarh Fort, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mandir Mata Lal Devi, admire the striking features of Akal Takht, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To see ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Amritsar trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by flight from Varanasi to Amritsar takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Varanasi in January, with highs in Amritsar at 20°C and lows at 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can drive to Dharamsala.

Things to do in Amritsar

Historic Sites Tours Parks

Side Trips

Jalandhar, Shri Pindori Dham Temple
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Harmandir Sahib ©
Harmandir Sahib
The Partition Museum ©
The Partition Museum
Durgiana Temple ©
Durgiana Temple

3
nights
Dharamsala

Dharamsala ©
The hill station of Dharamsala's reputation stems from its large community of exiled Tibetan Buddhists, including the Dalai Lama.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Jawalamukhi Devi Temple and Norbulingka Institute. Get a sense of the local culture at Tibetan Museum and Namgyalma Stupa. Explore Dharamsala's surroundings by going to Kangra (Masroor Rock Cut Temple & Kangra Fort). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gyuto Monastery, take some stellar pictures from Naddi View Point, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and appreciate the views at Kangra Valley.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Dharamsala travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Amritsar to Dharamsala takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Shimla.

Things to do in Dharamsala

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Kangra, Jawalamukhi Devi Temple, Bundlamata Temple
Highlights from your plan
Jawalamukhi Devi Temple ©
Jawalamukhi Devi Temple
Kangra Fort ©
Kangra Fort
Tibetan Museum ©
Tibetan Museum

4
nights
Shimla

Shimla ©
The city of Shimla spreads out across a ridge, offering views of Himalayan scenery all around.
Step off the beaten path and head to Tara Devi Temple and Indian Institute of Advanced Study. Get a sense of the local culture at Christ Church and Prantika. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Shimla: Solan (Bon Monastery, Sholoni Devi Temple, & more). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to The Ridge, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dorje Drak Monastery, admire the landmark architecture of Viceregal Lodge, and see the interesting displays at Annandale Army Heritage Museum.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Shimla travel route planner.

Drive from Dharamsala to Shimla in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel to Leh.

Things to do in Shimla

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Solan, Tara Devi Temple
Highlights from your plan
Christ Church ©
Christ Church
Tara Devi Temple ©
Tara Devi Temple
Kali Bari Temple ©
Kali Bari Temple

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Shanti Stupa and Donkey Sanctuary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Hemis Monastery and Gurudwara Shri Datun Sahib Ji. Take a break from Leh with a short trip to Alchi Monastary in Alchi, about 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sum-tsek, get outside with Tanglang La, and cruise along Khardung La.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Leh trip itinerary planner .

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 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Rishikesh.

Things to do in Leh

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Khardung La, Alchi Monastary, Hemis Monastery
Highlights from your plan
Shanti Stupa ©
Shanti Stupa
Hemis Monastery ©
Hemis Monastery
Alchi Choskor Monastery ©
Alchi Choskor Monastery

5
nights
Rishikesh

Rishikesh ©
Rishikesh draws in visitors of all creeds with its wealth of ashrams and yoga and meditation teaching centers.
Get a sense of the local culture at Har ki Pauri and Parmath Niketan Temple. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Spas and Ram Jhula. Venture out of the city with trips to Dehradun (Forest Research Institute & Tibetan Buddhist Temple) and Haridwar (Chandi Devi Temple & Daksheshwar Mahadev). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kunjapuri Devi Temple, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, push the limits with an extreme tour, and walk around Swami Vivekanand Park.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Rishikesh road trip tool .

Fly from Leh to Rishikesh in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can drive to Nainital.

Things to do in Rishikesh

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Haridwar, Dehradun, Shri Neelkanth Mahadev Temple
Highlights from your plan
Har ki Pauri ©
Har ki Pauri
Chandi Devi Temple ©
Chandi Devi Temple
Daksheshwar Mahadev ©
Daksheshwar Mahadev

3
nights
Nainital

Nainital ©
The popular hill station of Nainital was named after the pear-shaped lake around which the resort town has evolved.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Goddess Naina Devi and Naina Devi Temple. Step off the beaten path and head to Mukteshwar MahadevTemple and Naukuchiatal Lake. Explore Nainital's surroundings by going to Bhimtal (Bhimtal Lake & Karkotaka Temple). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Neeb Karori Kainchi Dham, take in the awesome beauty at Naina Peak, stop by The Pahari Store, and identify plant and animal life at Pangot and Kilbury Bird Sanctuary.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Nainital journey planning site .

Traveling by car from Rishikesh to Nainital takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to drive to Jim Corbett National Park.

Things to do in Nainital

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bhimtal, Naina Devi Temple, Naukuchiatal Lake
Highlights from your plan
Bhimtal Lake ©
Bhimtal Lake
Goddess Naina Devi ©
Goddess Naina Devi
Mukteshwar MahadevTemple ©
Mukteshwar MahadevTemple

2
nights
Jim Corbett National Park

The oldest national park in the country, Jim Corbett National Park brings in thousands of wildlife enthusiasts each year.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): make a trip to Garjiya Devi Temple, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kosi River, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Durga Mandir Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Jim Corbett National Park trip planner .

Drive from Nainital to Jim Corbett National Park in 3 hours. On the 20th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Sangla.

Things to do in Jim Corbett National Park

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Durga Mandir Temple ©
Durga Mandir Temple
Kosi River ©
Kosi River

2
nights
Sangla

Sangla ©
Close to the Tibetan border, Sangla is a small town rarely visited by foreign tourists.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): take a stroll through Rakcham and then look for all kinds of wild species at Chitkul. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Baspa River, then look for all kinds of wild species at Trout Farm, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Rakchham-Chhitkul Sanctuary.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Sangla trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Jim Corbett National Park to Sangla with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Manali.

Things to do in Sangla

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Rakchham-Chhitkul Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
Chitkul ©
Chitkul
Rakcham ©
Rakcham

6
nights
Manali

Manali ©
People visit Manali for a number of reasons, but all of them revolve around the landscape.
Get a sense of the local culture at International Roerich Memorial Trust and Manu Temple. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Rohtang Pass and Naggar Castle. When in Manali, make a side trip to see Chanderkhani Pass in Naggar, approximately 46 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Beas Kund, take in the spiritual surroundings of Anjani Mahadev, take in the dramatic scenery at Jogini Waterfall, and take a memorable drive along Hampta.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Manali online holiday maker .

You can drive from Sangla to Manali in 10 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Manali

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Naggar, Rohtang Pass
Highlights from your plan
Rohtang Pass ©
Rohtang Pass
International Roerich Memorial Trust ©
Naggar Castle ©
Naggar Castle

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