16 days in North India Itinerary

16 days in North India Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Varanasi
— 1 night
2
Fatehpur Sikri
— 1 night
3
New Delhi
— 3 nights
4
Leh
— 3 nights
5
Dalhousie
— 1 night
6
Dharamsala
— 2 nights
7
Manali
— 1 night
8
Shimla
— 2 nights
9
Rishikesh
— 1 night

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): take in the exciting artwork at Kriti Gallery, thenget a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, thenlook for all kinds of wild species at Chandraprabha Wildlife Sanctuary, and finally steep yourself in history at Reewa Ghat. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Kaimoor Wildlife Sanctuary , explore the world behind art at Archaeological Museum, steep yourself in history at Rajendraprasad Ghat, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tibetan Temple, thensee the interesting displays at Banaras Toy Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nepali Temple (Kathwala Temple).

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Varanasi route maker app.

New Delhi to Varanasi is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Varanasi can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Fatehpur Sikri.

Things to do in Varanasi

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Chandraprabha Wildlife Sanctuary
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Tibetan Temple ©
Tibetan Temple
Sankat Mochan Temple ©
Sankat Mochan Temple
Archaeological Museum ©
Archaeological Museum

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Fatehpur Sikri

Fatehpur Sikri ©
Fatehpur Sikri is a town in the Agra District of Uttar Pradesh, India. On the 17th (Sun), delve into the distant past at Samosa Mahal, steep yourself in history at Lower Haramsara, steep yourself in history at Hathi Pol, thendelve into the distant past at Caravan Sarai, thenadmire the striking features of Diwan-I-Aam, and finally delve into the distant past at Tansen Baradari.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Fatehpur Sikri day trip site.

Traveling by flight from Varanasi to Fatehpur Sikri takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In January in Fatehpur Sikri, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to go by car to New Delhi.

Things to do in Fatehpur Sikri

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Dwarkadheesh Temple
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Samosa Mahal ©
Samosa Mahal
Diwan-I-Aam ©
Diwan-I-Aam
Hiran Minar ©
Hiran Minar

3
nights
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.
You'll explore and learn at Museo Camera and Madame Tussauds Delhi. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Safaris and Sai Ka Angan Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near New Delhi: Gurugram (Gurgaon) (Aravalli Bio Diversity Park & Stellar Children's Museum), Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Ghaziabad) and ISKCON Noida (in Noida). And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Mehrauli Archaeological Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sai Baba Temple, make a trip to Gurudwara Singh Sabha Rajouri Garden, and contemplate the long history of Majnu ka Tilla.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the New Delhi trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Fatehpur Sikri to New Delhi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In January in New Delhi, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Leh.

Things to do in New Delhi

Historic Sites Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Gurugram (Gurgaon), Nature & Wildlife Tours, ISKCON Noida
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Safaris
Sai Baba Temple ©
Sai Baba Temple
Mehrauli Archaeological Park ©
Mehrauli Archaeological Park

3
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.
Appreciate the collections at Old Raku House and The Little Paradise. Likir Gompa and Alchi Monastary will appeal to history buffs. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Stakna Monastery, admire the verdant scenery at Nubra Valley, get outside with Splash, and take in the dramatic natural features at Ice Stupas.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Leh online trip builder.

You can fly from New Delhi to Leh in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train, taxi, and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Dalhousie.

Things to do in Leh

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Ladakh, Alchi Monastary, Nubra Valley
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Likir Gompa ©
Likir Gompa
Alchi Monastary ©
Alchi Monastary
Alchi Choskor Monastery ©
Alchi Choskor Monastery

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Dalhousie

Dalhousie ©
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 24th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Francis Church, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Jandri Ghat, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Patrick's Church, thencontemplate the long history of Subhash Baoli, thenbrowse the different shops at Gandhi Chowk Shopping Plaza, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Moti Tibba.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Dalhousie road trip planning app.

Getting from Leh to Dalhousie by combination of flight and taxi takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Dharamsala.

Things to do in Dalhousie

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Ganji Pahari ©
Ganji Pahari
St. Patrick's Church ©
St. Patrick's Church
St. Francis Church ©
St. Francis Church

2
nights
Dharamsala

Dharamsala ©
The hill station of Dharamsala's reputation stems from its large community of exiled Tibetan Buddhists, including the Dalai Lama.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Bundlamata Temple, appreciate the views at Kangra Valley, explore the world behind art at Gu Chu Sum Movement Gallery, thendon't miss a visit to Aghanjar Mahadev Temple, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Indru Naag Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Shiva Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gyuto Monastery, view the masterpieces at Naam Art Gallery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kumar Pathri, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Namgyal Monastery, thenget engrossed in the history at Tibetan Museum, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Nechung Monastery.

To find out how to plan a trip to Dharamsala, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Dalhousie to Dharamsala by car takes about 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Manali.

Things to do in Dharamsala

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Kangra, Bundlamata Temple
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Indru Naag Temple ©
Indru Naag Temple
Kangra Fort ©
Kangra Fort
Tibetan Museum ©
Tibetan Museum

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night
Manali

Manali ©
People visit Manali for a number of reasons, but all of them revolve around the landscape.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Beas Kund, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Anjani Mahadev, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jamula Temple, thenexplore the fascinating underground world of Arjun Gufa, thentake in the awesome beauty at Friendship Peak, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Rani Nallah.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Manali trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Dharamsala to Manali takes 7 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to drive to Shimla.

Things to do in Manali

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Anjani Mahadev ©
Anjani Mahadev
Gadhan Thekchhokling Gompa Monastery ©
Gadhan Thekchhokling Gompa Monastery
Gayatri Temple ©
Gayatri Temple

2
nights
Shimla

Shimla ©
The city of Shimla spreads out across a ridge, offering views of Himalayan scenery all around.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): stroll through Kufri Ski Resort, identify plant and animal life at Himalayan Nature Park, take in the awesome beauty at Kufri Fun World, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Derthu Mata Temple, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sankat Mochan Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Tara Devi Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dorje Drak Monastery, take an in-depth tour of Shimla Heritage Museum, identify plant and animal life at Shimla Water Catchment Wildlife Sanctuary, identify plant and animal life at Manjathal Santuary, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shrikhand Mahadev, and finally stroll around Annandale Ground.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Shimla trip maker tool.

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 29th (Fri) so you can go by car to Rishikesh.

Things to do in Shimla

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Mahamai Temple, Hanuman Temple, Himalayan Nature Park, Tara Devi Temple
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Tara Devi Temple ©
Tara Devi Temple
Kali Bari Temple ©
Kali Bari Temple
Hanuman Temple ©
Hanuman Temple

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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 (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Bhootnath Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sivananda Ashram, take in the spiritual surroundings of Bharat Mandir, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Gurdwara Sri Hemkund Sahib, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kunjapuri Devi Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kalpeshwar Temple.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Rishikesh tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Shimla to Rishikesh takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rishikesh

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Kalpeshwar Temple
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Kunjapuri Devi Temple ©
Kunjapuri Devi Temple
Tera Manzil Temple ©
Tera Manzil Temple
Gurdwara Sri Hemkund Sahib ©
Gurdwara Sri Hemkund Sahib

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