11 days in North India Itinerary

11 days in North India Itinerary

Created using Inspirock North India trip itinerary planner

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New Delhi
— 2 nights
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Agra
— 1 night
Train to New Delhi, Fly to Leh
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Leh
— 2 nights
Fly
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Rishikesh
— 1 night
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Manali
— 2 nights
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New Delhi

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): enjoy breathtaking views from Qutub Minar, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Birla Mandir Temple (Lakshmi Narayan). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Lotus Temple, admire the landmark architecture of Humayun's Tomb, contemplate the long history of India Gate, then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and finally steep yourself in history at Gurudwara Bangla Sahib.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our New Delhi route planning app.

Washington DC, USA to New Delhi is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to India Standard Time (IST), which is usually a 10.5 hour difference. While traveling from Washington DC, expect much warmer days and a bit warmer nights in New Delhi, ranging from highs of 104°F to lows of 78°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Agra.

Things to do in New Delhi

Tours · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay May 13 — 15:

Agra

— 1 night

Taj City

Tourism in Agra revolves around two words: Taj Mahal.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): admire the striking features of Agra Fort, then admire the landmark architecture of Jahangir Mahal, then admire the landmark architecture of Taj Mahal, and finally get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

For photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Agra online travel route planner.

You can drive from New Delhi to Agra in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 106°F in May, and nighttime lows around 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Leh.

Things to do in Agra

Historic Sites · Tours
Find places to stay May 15 — 16:

Leh

— 2 nights
The former capital of the Kingdom of Ladakh, Leh possesses a historic old town area marked by stupas, monasteries, and traditional mud-brick houses.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then see the interesting displays at Hall of Fame, then explore the striking landscape at Magnetic Hill, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gurudwara Shri Pathar Sahib. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the verdant scenery at Zanskar the Virgin Valley, then explore the activities along Kyagar Tso, then look for all kinds of wild species at Donkey Sanctuary, and finally Head underground at Saspol Caves.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Leh trip planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Agra to Leh in 9.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Rishikesh.

Things to do in Leh

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay May 16 — 18:

Rishikesh

— 1 night

Yoganagari

Rishikesh draws in visitors of all creeds with its wealth of ashrams and yoga and meditation teaching centers.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): admire the natural beauty at Swami Vivekanand Park, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Parmarth Niketan Ashram.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Rishikesh trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Leh to Rishikesh takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Manali.

Things to do in Rishikesh

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Spas

Side Trip

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Manali

— 2 nights
People visit Manali for a number of reasons, but all of them revolve around the landscape.
On the 20th (Wed), take in the natural beauty of Vashisht Baths, contemplate the waterfront views at Beas River, fly down the slopes at Solang Nullah, then admire the verdant scenery at Solang Valley, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Jogini Waterfall.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Manali route planner.

Traveling by flight from Rishikesh to Manali takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. On the 21st (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Manali

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports
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