With the holiday season going in full swing in India and with most tourists and families already out of their homes, it is time to get an overview of the destinations so that you do not miss out on anything.
Those planning to explore Northern India in two weeks are surely going to get overwhelmed with choices, and there are full chances that their two-week tour could extend to three weeks! After all, there is so much to see, explore and do in this part of the country.
Northern India boasts of spiritual towns, mystical kingdoms, and lush valleys, and the spirit and essence of the region are sure to remain with you for the rest of your life. However, you need to plan your route or trip well to make the most out of it as you move from one destination to another.
Here are some places you could try to cover in your two-week trip to the Northern part of India and get the best value for your time and money.
Start with New Delhi
New Delhi, which is the capital of India, is also a paradise for tourists and travelers as it is brimming with history, monuments, and heritage sites that reflect its cultural and political past. There are endless historical places to visit, plus a vibrant food and shopping scene to explore. Some of the best street foods to try in the city include butter chicken, kebabs, biryani, and more. The most popular spots among shopaholics are Dilli Haat, Khan Market, Chandni Chowk, Connaught Place, Karol Bagh Market, and Janpath Market.
Highlights – Qutub Minar, Humayun’s Tomb, Jama Masjid, Jantar Mantar, Lotus Temple, Rashtrapati Bhavan, Lotus Temple, and more.
Journey to Agra – 3 hours by road and 1 hour by air from Delhi
Agra, famous as the love capital of India due to the Taj Mahal, is another city to include in your trip. The city is all about history with its enchanting forts, fascinating sites, and intriguing tombs. It is indeed the epitome of Mughal architecture that has developed along the massive Yamuna River. With plenty to do and see in the city, you will never run short of options. For example, enjoy Kalakriti Dance Drama Show or explore the local flea markets for shopping and restaurants for authentic delicacies such as Panchhi Petha, Mama Chicken, and more.
- Highlights – Taj Mahal, Red Fort, Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, Agra Fort, Jama Masjid, Fatehpur Sikri, Mehtab Bagh, Akbar’s Tomb, Taj Museum, Jahangir Mahal, The Water Park
Travel to Amritsar – 10 hours by road and 5 hours by air from Agra
Take a flight or travel by road to Amritsar, which is a must-visit city to include in your two-week trip. Spend some time here to learn more about the spiritual and cultural aspects of the city. Dine at Bharawan da Dhaba, the most famous restaurant in the city, to gorge on buttery Punjabi dishes. For shopping, go to Hall Bazaar, which is the busiest shopping center in Amritsar, where you can shop for Indian textiles and local handicrafts.
Highlights – Golden Temple, Partition Museum, Wagah Border Crossing, Jallianwala Bagh, Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum
Move towards Jammu -4 hours by road
Jammu should be your next stop as the region is known for its enchanting mountains and the world-famous Vaishno Devi Temple. This is a top spot among Hindus in terms of attractions, along with another list of attractions. There is everything of touristic interest, such as temples, mountains, forts, and lakes. So, enjoy the city and try to cover the maximum number of sites during your stay. If you can, you could keep one full day to visit Vaishno Devi Temple. Raghunath Bazaar is famous for shopping for local items and craftwork. Do not forget to try the unique cuisine of the Jammu city and its famous Dogra dishes such as Aloo Dum, Dal Patt, Kashmiri Pulao, Khatta Meat, and the mouthwatering Patisa and Chocolate Barfi.
- Highlights – Vaishno Devi Temple, Bahu Fort, Baag-e-Bahu, Peer Kho Cave,
Raghunath Temple, Manda Zoo, Sidhra Golf Course, Dogra Art Museum, Akhnoor Fort, Nandini Wildlife Sanctuary
Step foot into Kashmir-10 hours by road and 1hour by air from Jammu
It would be a mistake to turn back from Jammu without visiting Kashmir, and summertime is the best time to visit the state when its orchards are in full bloom. You can travel by road to Srinagar, which will take about 6 hours, or take a short flight. Find yourself surrounded by incredible panoramas and lush greenery and despite what the media tells you, you will find a sense of peace and calm within the valley. Kashmiris are warm and hospitable and eager to show you around. Shop from the floating market on Dal Lake or gander in apple and peach orchards and try the delicious Kashmiri food such as Mutton Rogan Josh, Kashmiri Saag, Yogurt Lamb Curry, Khatte Baingan, Haak, and more. Browse Kashmir holiday packages to get the best deals for exploring this paradise.
Highlights – Shikara ride on Dal Lake, Pari Mahal, Hazratbal Shrine, Sonmarg, Gulmarg, Pahalgam, Dachigam National Park, Mughal Gardens, Sinthan Top, Nigeen Lake, Betaab valley.
If you are looking for other places to go in India, there are a myriad of wonderful things to do in Rishikesh.
Action-packed trip to Leh and Ladakh -10 hours by road
You could either take the long road trip to Leh and Ladakh from Srinagar and enjoy an adventurous trip by road or catch a flight. Leh and Ladakh region are well known for their unique and awe-inspiring landscapes with snow-clad high peaks. The massive glaciers and cold deserts dotted with breathtaking lakes keep the visitors captivated. Take a sightseeing tour of the amazing sites and enjoys hiking and river rafting for some adventure and visit some monasteries for peaceful expeditions. If you’re here for Ladakh Harvest Festival, you can get a deep insight into the local culture and customs. Try Yak Cheese Momos or the Hot butter tea, a local brew and shop for souvenirs at the local markets. Look for the most popular Leh Ladakh Tour packages and make the most of your trip.
- Highlights – Hemis National Park and Festival, Khardungla Pass, Hemis Monastery, Old School Mills, Namgyal Tsemo Monastery, Drang Drung Glacier, Chemrey Monastery, Leh Palace, Changthang Wildlife Sanctuary