The northern part of India is a place stuck in time. With its historic cities, rich heritage and diverse culture, your journey is bound to be mesmerizing.
The historic cities of Delhi and Agra, the majestic land of Rajasthan, the spiritual site of Varanasi, Haridwar and Rishikesh, picturesque Kashmir – North India offers a holistic experience of India.
You feel a heartfelt fascination towards all the exciting new happenings you witness in North India. All the tourist places in North India have unique experiences to offer and foreigners love to indulge in the local specialties in food, clothes and cultural activities.
Picking a ‘Top-5‘ for North India tourist destinations makes it a bit stringent but if you schedule your journey accordingly, the experience will be unforgettable!
1. Delhi – Capital of India
Delhi is a living testimony to India’s past. Keeping a balance between the rich history and the sprawling future, Delhi is situate by the holy river of Yamuna and hosts an array of monuments and places that epitomize to Indian heritage and culture.
Some of the most famous places to visit in Delhi include Red Fort, Qutub Minar, Lotus Temple, Swaminarayan Akshardham, India Gate, Chandni Chowk and Lodhi Garden.
2. Agra – Home of the Taj
What’s the first thing that pops in your mind when you hear India? The Taj Mahal! A testimony to Mughal emperor Shah Jahan’s undying love for his deceased wife Mumtaz, this majestic white marble monument has been enticing travellers from around the world for ages. The historic city of Agra stands witness to the glorious times that once made this city a cultural hub of the Mughal dynasty.
Apart from the Taj Mahal, you can also see the architectural wonders such as Agra Fort, Fatehpur Sikri, Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah and Jahangir Mahal.
3. Jaipur – Land of Maharajas
Grand palaces, centuries-old forts, camels, desert safaris and a vibrant local culture – Rajasthan is the most visited state in India, adorned by travellers from around the world. Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan, reflects the richness of heritage and culture in its majestic medieval monuments and the Pink City, which is an example of the cultural flavour of Rajasthan.
The most luxurious experience of India can be availed in Jaipur. You can stay as a guest in one of the palaces, have dinner with a royal family, live life the Maharaja style! Some of the most famous places to visit in Jaipur include Amer Fort, City Palace, Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, and Nahargarh Fort.
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4. Varanasi – Spiritual Capital of India
The holiest and oldest city in India, Varanasi is a mystic town that is considered by Hindu devotees to be the gateway to moksha (spiritual enlightenment). Taking a dip into the river Ganges is said to wash away one’s sins and rejuvenate the soul. The fascinating stories of kings and deities being humbled by the wisdom of Varanasi saints will leave you spellbound.
The soulful experience of sitting on a boat at dawn watching the sun gleam over the millennia-old city and listening to the esoteric talks about life and cycle of rebirth is an experience you will find nowhere else in the world. The Sandhya Aarti (evening prayer) performed by high priests on the riverbank with huge brass lamps and choreographed movements is a spectacle you need to see to believe!
5. Ladakh – Natural Gem of North India
A bit of an off-the-track destination for foreigners, Ladakh is a hidden gem in North India. With stunning landscapes and vibrant culture, Ladakh entices bikers and travellers from around the world. A strong influence of Tibetan culture is quite prominent in the Buddhist monasteries and cuisine of Ladakh.
Crystal clear lakes, vast valleys on the foothills of lower Himalayan ridges, and friendly ethnic tribesmen make your Ladakh tour unforgettable. Some of the most famous places to visit in Ladakh include the Tsarap Chu River, Khardung La Pass, Pangong Lake, Zanskar Valley, Nubra Valley, the Hemis National Park, Hemis Monastery, the Royal Palace of Leh and the famous ‘gravity-defying’ hill or Magnetic Hill.
6. Rishikesh – International Yoga Capital
If you are a fan of tranquillity and wilderness, Rishikesh is your perfect getaway. Just a 6-hour drive from Delhi, the little town at the foothills of Lowe Himalayan ranges is a world-renowned centre for meditation and yoga. Visitors from around the world rate Rishikesh very high when it comes to learning more about yoga.
The rapid waters of Ganges and the white sand riverbanks are a beautiful combination that eases your mind. The shores are just perfect for camping and you can find many camp sites that offer a soothing atmosphere. Rishikesh is also known for adventure activities such as river rafting, paragliding, bungee jumping. India’s first tiger reserve – the Jim Corbett National Park – is also located in Rishikesh.
7. Kashmir Valley – Heaven on Earth
“Gar firdaus bar-rue zamin ast,
Haminast-o, haminast-o, hamin ast.”
(If there is a heaven on earth,
It’s here, it’s here.)
This is how legendary Urdu poet Rumi described Kashmir. India’s crown jewel in natural beauty – Kashmir is a mesmerizing place. The serenity of the Dal Lake or the majestic sunrise over the snow-capped mountains in Gulmarg, wandering eyes are spoilt for choice in Kashmir.
Ride a Sikara on the calm and peaceful Dal Lake in Srinagar, ski on the snowy slopes of Gulmarg, or smell the endless rows of flowers in the ‘meadow of gold’ in Sonamarg. Kashmir is always an unforgettable experience.
8. Ranthambore National Park – The Wild Side of North India
The animals of Rajasthan are just as glamorous and majestic as the forts and palaces. Ride an open jeep in the Ranthambore National Park, India’s largest conservation for Bengal tigers.
Get up close with nature’s most ferocious predator in its natural habitat from a distance of just a few yards. Ranthambore is home to some of the wildest animals such as leopard cat, fishing cat, jungle cat, sloth bear, striped hyena, desert fox, palm civet, Indian gazelle (chinkara), Russel’s vipers, and monocled cobras
9. Amritsar – Holiest Site for Sikhs
The holiest site for the Sikh community who have preached peace and brotherhood all over the world, the Golden Temple of Harmandir Sahib in Amritsar, is the pride of Punjab. The peaceful city offers a soulful experience with thousands of devotees visiting the holy shrine.
The pool inside the shrine complex is named Sarova, which means ‘pool of ambrosial nectar’, is said to have healing powers and is considered to be sacred. The shrine shelters the homeless and feeds the hungry at each meal every day. People from all walks of life come here to volunteer and serve the devotees.
10. Dharamshala – Serenity Amid the Hills
If you want to spend a week in complete peace, visit the quaint hill station of Dharamshala. This picturesque town on the foothills of Dhauladhar Mountains is home to many wellness centres and yoga schools. The highlight of your trip would be spectacular scenery of the snow-capped mountain which can be viewed from all points of the town.
Mcleodgunj, just half-an-hour drive away from Dharamshala, is a must for visitors who wish to explore the Indo-Tibetan culture. The Namgyal Monastery, which is the home of the Dalai Lama when he is in India, is located in Mcleodgunj. You can also explore the Triund trekking route for an even more beautiful view of the Lower Himalayas.
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