“The extraordinary effect of time spent in India makes the rest of this world seem unreal to me.”
North India is a vision of diversity endowed with varied tradition, culture , cuisine, topography ,historical structures ,natural beauty ,colors, tales & legends.
A trip to North India presents you with a unique opportunity to explore its architectural marvels, cultural extravaganza, & local cuisine. It beckons you towards a travel experience of a lifetime. From a camel ride in the Thar desert to trekking on a frozen lake in Ladakh, wildlife safaris in Bandhavgarh, Kanha, Ranthambore, & Kaziranga, cultural extravaganza showcased through sound and light shows, folk dances and unique art forms- there is a seemingly endless list of majestic experiencesto explore and gorgeous places to visit in North India that’ll fill your heart with wonder and joy.
Here’s our list of the top 10 that we like best.
1. Delhi – The Indian Capital
Delhi bags the title of the most popular tourist destination for two primary reasons:
• It is filled with evidence of India’s architectural splendor and magnificent past.
• It is a “mish-mash” reservoir of various cultures and traditions.
Delhi is dotted with forts and monuments, ancient temples, mosques, war memorials, & grand structures from British raj era. It also has 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, i.e., Humayun’s Tomb, Qutub Minar, and the Red Fort. Some of its unique cultural experiences include listening to qawwalis at Nizamuddin dargah, watching the light and sound shows, exploring Old Delhi on a cycle-rickshaw, eating a home-cooked meal in the century-old Masterji Ki Haveli, and market-walks- a classic amalgamation of the bygone era and the modern .
Explore the Wonders of North India with Vue India Tours
2. Jaipur – India’s Pink City
Jaipur is the perfect amalgamation of culture, convention, and tradition. A UNESCO world heritage city that houses Pink houses & some of India’s most identifiable monuments, i.e. Hawa Mahal, Amber Fort, JantarMantar, Jal Mahal, & Nahargarh Fort.
But, forts and palaces aren’t the only reason why Jaipur ranks as one of the best tourist places in North India. It’s the cultural extravaganza & the unusual attractions in this city, like the Chokhi Dhani, folk performances, handicraft shows, etc. Shopping for traditional Rajasthani clothes and jewelry in the old bazaars, tasting delicious dishes like Ghewar, Laal-mans, Dal-Baati-Churma, & MawaKachori, learning how to drape a saree and wear a turban with the help of locals, getting the Heena-tattoo, visiting a nearby village or a the textile printing hubs–There are many excursions that make a trip to Jaipur the most culturally rich experience you’ll ever have.
3. Agra – City of the Taj
There is no better place to start a North India Tour than with Agra’s Taj Mahal.
Taj Mahal needs no introduction! Its India’s most iconic monument, built with such finesse that it inspires an awestruck reaction from every person who lays their eyes on the marble beauty.
In addition to it being as UNESCO site, Agra has a vast range of sightseeing places nearby. It is home to Ram bagh, one of India’s oldest Mughal gardens; Agra Fort, where Taj Mahal’s creator Emperor Akbar spent his last living days; the Baby Taj or Tomb of I’timād-ud-Daulah; the Red Taj or the Tomb of John Hessing; and FatehpurSikri, a walled city with rare and commendable architectural features.
4. Udaipur- The Venice of India
Udaipur is beautiful, colorful, and one of the most romantic places to visit in North India.Thanks to the shimmering Lake Pichola, Lake Fatesagar, City Palace, and the gorgeous water palaces of Jag Mandir and Jag Niwas that this city can be re christened as the Venice of India!
In the old town area near the Jagadish temple, you can experience the rich culture of the region at the old bazaars ,witnessa breathtaking folk performance in Bagoreki Haveli in the evening. Keep the day for exploring the gigantic City palace, filled with motifs, murals, mini-palaces like Sheesh Mahal, Amar Vilas, ChiniChatrashala (Chinese art place), and Manak Mahal built with gleaming brass and mirror glass, among others. Follow the sunset with a boat ride on Lake Pichola ,savor the gorgeous island palaces& enjoy a sumptuous meal with a royal Indian family.
5. Ladakh- The Land of High Passes
Ladakh, often cited as the best tourist place in North India for adventure-lovers & thrill-seekers, lives up to its name in every sense. It is home to a variety of mountain passes, gurgling rivers, waterfalls, passes, glaciers, Tibetan monasteries, and a landscape that is nothing less than heavenly.
You may know Ladakh for some exciting adventures, like the frozen river trek of Chadar, Khardung La motorbike ride, PangongTso Lake trip for mountaineers and shutterbugs, etc. But, Ladakh also gives you access to its unique culture with experiences like taking up the double-humped Bactrian Camel Safari, visiting Tibetan monasteries & participating with the locals in cultural festivals like Hemis, and meeting the monks and attending prayers at the monasteries.
Also Read: 5 Offbeat Himalayan Trekking Tours in India
6. Rishikesh- The Land of Spiritual Awakening
A holy place, the hub of spiritual leaders and yoga gurus, I filled with overwhelming energy that awakens mindfulness in you- that aptly describes Rishikesh.
Perched on the foothills of Himalayas by the river Ganges, Rishikesh is widely considered the Yoga Capital of the world & carries the most beautiful blend of adventure and spirituality. From luxury yoga retreats to Ayurveda camps, this hillside town has everything you need to rejuvenate your soul and de-stress your mind and body. Plus, since it is nestled in the lap of nature, you can be sure to find adventures like river rafting, forest camping, cliff-diving, etc. as well.
7. Jim Corbett National Park- Into the Den of the Tigers
Jim Corbett, the oldest national park in India, is a popular tourist destination among wildlife lovers, especially because it has a very high number of tigers in all of India.
But, in addition to the jungle safaris, there is a lot to do in Jim Corbett National Park. You can go camping, hiking, trekking, bird watching, mountain biking, river crossing, and fishing. You can also enjoy an elephant ride there, instead of taking a vehicle-safari. Explore the Corbett waterfalls, a perfect picnic spot in the vicinity. And, if you want a more thrilling adventure after a tiger-spotting exercise, you can go for rafting in the river Koshi.
Are You Looking for More Amazing Places to Visit in North India?
If you are planning a North India trip and would like to know what other places you can visit there and what kind of experiences you mustn’t miss in those destinations, then this is the right place to be.
Other than the 7 we already told you about, here’s a list of a few other best tourist place in North India:
Just stay tuned to this blog for more similar information & updates.