How to plan your trip to North India

So you have planned to explore the beauty of North India and you are overwhelmed with so many options. From majestic peaks to relentless deserts, from historical monuments to religious abode, the northern part of India is a complete package to smell the real fragrance of India. You can check my post on North India tourist places here and see the list of places you should explore in North India. In this post, I will help you to plan your trip in the manner to make the most out of it.

It can take approximately four to six months if you want to visit all the major tourist attractions in North India. But if you are running short of time, you can manage it in two to three months considering only the bare essential places. So, it’s going to be a long tour and you have to choose a center point in North India. A place where you will arrive and keep your belongings for the next few months. I would suggest you stay either in Delhi or in Chandigarh. Both the cities are accessible via road and rail networks and are connected well with other parts of North India via buses and trains.

After selecting either Delhi or Chandigarh, the next challenge is to find a safe, comfortable and secure place to stay in these highly crowded cities. If you are planning to stay in Delhi/NCR then I will recommend you have a look at Olive apartments Gurgaon. Olive apartments provide great facilities and will cater to your need. It offers high-end security and comfortable stay within your budget. Whether you are a solo business traveler or traveling with family & friends, you will feel homely and relaxed.

25 days to explore Rajasthan

Rajasthan is known for its rich culture and heritage, it is recommended to read the history of palaces and forts of Rajasthan, before setting your foot on this land of Rajputana. A minimum of 25 days is required to explore the bare essential places in Rajasthan. You can see the list of all places to visit in Rajasthan. You can choose Jaipur as your primary destination and from there you may explore other parts of this beautiful state. You can visit Jaipur from Delhi or Chandigarh via train, bus or flight.

25 days to explore Uttarakhand

Uttarakhand is equally important to both nature lover and spiritual tourists. Explore the beauty of hills & valleys and make yourself acquainted with spiritual aspects of India. Here is the list of places to visit in Uttarakhand. You can choose Dehradun, the capital of Uttarakhand as your primary destination and from there you can do further planning to explore each tourist attractions of Uttarakhand. You will require a minimum of 25 days to visit important destinations of this amazing state. You can visit Dehradun from Delhi by bus, train or air.

15 days to explore Himachal Pradesh

Himachal Pradesh is a beautiful state where nature plays its most pleasant tune. Check out the list of places to visit in Himachal Pradesh. It is recommended that you choose Manali as your primary destination in order to explore entire Himachal Pradesh. Direct train or flight service to Manali is not available and the places can be only visited by private car or buses. Approximately 15 days are required to explore significant places of Himachal Pradesh.

15 days to explore Jammu and Kashmir

Kashmir is also known as the heaven on earth. It is one of the most beautiful states in India. You should choose Srinagar as the primary destination and from there you can explore other beautiful destinations of Kashmir like Sonmarg, Gulmarg, Pahalgaon etc. Srinagar is well connected via different transportation methods. Some areas of Kashmir are highly restricted, depending on time and political conditions. It is recommended that you do a little research before exploring the remote parts of Kashmir. A minimum of 15 days is required to explore the majestic beauty of Kashmir.

15 days to explore Uttar Pradesh

Uttar Pradesh is one of the biggest states in India and has a rich cultural and religious heritage. It is the state of Taj Mahal, Sangam, ancient cities and more. It is recommended to choose either Varanasi or Lucknow as your primary destination as buses and trains are easily available from both cities to explore other parts of this amazing state. Approximately 15 days are required to explore the beauty of Uttar Pradesh.

5 days to explore Punjab

Punjab is a state bordered by other important North Indian states. You can choose either Chandigarh or Amritsar as your primary destination and from there you can explore other important parts of Punjab. Punjab is a small state and you will only require up to 5 days to visit major tourists attractions.

3 days to explore Delhi

Delhi is the capital of India, which have seen lots of ups and downs in history and politics. The place has some of the greatest historical monuments worth watching. It is a small state and you will require at least 3 days to explore Delhi.

This post was intended to help you prepare your detailed itinerary and give you the basic idea of choosing your primary destination in each North India state. If you need further help in your planning, you can ask your questions in the comment section.

Originally published at on April 4, 2017.