Top Places To Visit In North India For An Amazing Experience

By Deepak Kannan on Nov 25, 2016
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A country that is home to more than a billion people, a country that resonates with a plethora of languages, and a nation that celebrates a vast list of distinct traditions, India is one of the favorite destinations to visit in the world. It may not be the best place in the world nor the biggest but there is something mysteriously attractive about India. In the previous blog we have shared with you the best places to visit in South India, in this blog, we have made a list of the top places to visit in North India. Taking a journey through these places in North India will definitely surprise you, and surpass your expectations for sure

1. Manali, Himachal Pradesh - Popular hill station in India

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Nestled in between the beautiful green valley of the Beas river and the woody forests, Manali in Himachal Pradesh being one of the most beautiful snow places in India is also the most popular tourist place in North India, especially for honeymoon. As the snow starts falling, Manali soon gets populated by honeymooners and adventure junkies who visit Manali for trekking, skiing, paragliding, climbing, canyoning, and mountain biking. Some of the famous attractions in Manali are Hidimba Temple, Rohtang Pass, and Solang Valley. Also, visit Old Manali to experience the laid-back vibe of the town. 
Best time to visit: If you want to experience snow, trying visiting Manali during the months of October and June.
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2. Leh Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir - Mystical Destination of India


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Leh Ladakh is one of the beautiful places that you will ever see in the world. Surrounded by the Himalayan ranges, deep gorges, and a varied mix of landscape, Leh Ladakh is just paradise on Earth. If you are looking for a place to relax and rejuvenate then head to Leh Ladakh, from pristine lakes to steaming momos to scenic views, you have it all. Some of the places to visit in Leh Ladakh are Pangong Lake, Shanti Stupa, Tso Moriri Lake, and Nubra Valley. When you are visiting Leh Ladakh please bring along your cameras. And for the best road trip experience try driving to Leh from Manali on a bullet. 
Best time to visit: June - September. The weather is moderate and enjoyable during that time. During the other time of the year, it is very hard to reach Leh Ladakh as there are landslides and most of the roads remain closed.
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3. Amritsar, Punjab - Golden Destination of North India


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Known all over the world for its famous Golden Temple which is also known as Harmandir Sahib, Amritsar is one of the largest cities in Punjab and is the spiritual and the cultural center of the Sikh religion. And an interesting fact is that the Golden Temple attracts more visitors than the Taj Mahal by attracting over 100,000 visitors during the weekdays alone. Apart from the Golden Temple, you can also visit Durgiana Temple, Akal Takht, Jallianwala Bagh, and Wagah border. The fascinating city of Amritsar is also known for its delicious food and don't forget to taste the signature Punjabi style Parathas. 
Best time to visit: Between the months of October and March.
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4. Delhi - Overwhelming Place in North India


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Charming, active, and magical - Delhi, the capital city of India definitely deserves a place on the list of best North Indian destinations. The Delhi that we know is actually a modernized version of the place that once used to be a medieval wonderland. But Delhi has definitely stood the test of time and over the years has transformed itself into a major political and power capital of India. The list of attractions in Delhi includes The Red Fort, Qutub Minar, India Gate, Lotus Temple and Humayun's Tomb.
Best time to visit: From October to March, when the climate is perfect with the flowers in their blooming best.
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5. Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir - The Garden City of India


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Famous for its gardens, houseboats, and temples, Srinagar is one of the top places to visit in North India. Set on the banks of River Jhelum with the backdrop of mesmerizing mountains, Srinagar looks spectacular and is often referred to as 'Switzerland of India'. Take a ride in one of the amazing houseboats along the 'Jewel of Srinagar', Dal Lake, visit the popular gardens of Nishat Bagh, Shalimar Bagh, and Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden and take a relaxing Shikara ride. Also, be there in the first week of April to catch the famous 'Tulip festival' that looks stunning with millions of blooming tulips. 
Best time to visit: During the months of April to October.
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6. Gangtok, Sikkim - Best Hill Station in North India


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Situated in the Eastern Himalayan range at a height of 5,410 feet, Gangtok is by far one of the best hill stations in India. Culturally rich and unique, Gangtok is a perfect blend of modernization and rural essence. It offers an amazing view of Mount Kanchenjunga, the third largest peak in the world and is in the midst of nature's prime that is dotted with plenty of serene monasteries. Gangtok will be an ideal place to visit if you are traveling alone and if you are looking for some peace of mind. The famous attractions in Gangtok include Rumtek Monastery, Nathu La, Hanuman Tok, and Pemayangtse Monastery. 
Best time to visit: Can be visited any time of the year. But the temperature can really go down during the winters.
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7. Spiti, Himachal Pradesh - Picturesque Destination of India


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Spiti is a desert mountain valley perched atop the Himalayan mountain range in the north-eastern part of Himachal Pradesh. Rugged and remote, it is one of the unexplored and least populated areas in the whole of India. Fresh, breathable air and untouched natural beauty of Spiti makes up for an ideal place for trekking and is very famous among the trekkers and photographers. With the amount of Buddhist monasteries that adorn the landscape, Spiti is a cultural center for Buddhists. The best way to visit Spiti is by road and the whole place is itself an attraction. 
Best time to visit: During the Summer season, from May to October. Because the winters can be really cold.
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8. Nainital, Uttarakhand - Enchanting Destination of India


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Nainital is a popular hill destination in India that looks totally enchanting and distinct in its own unique way. Nestled in the Kumaon hills, Nainital is captivating and is one of the top honeymoon destinations in India. Go boating in the exquisite Nainital lake, explore the historical Gurney House which was once home to the famous British-Indian hunter Jim Corbett, and visit the popular tourist attraction of Pt. G.B. Pant High Altitude Zoo. If you are a lover of nature, then Nainital is for you.
Best time to visit: Nainital can be visited all round the year but between March and October would be the ideal time to visit.
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9. Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand - Mesmerizing Trek in India


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Looking for a place to let your adventure love free, head to the Valley of Flowers in Uttarakhand. Situated in the Himalayan valley of the Chamoli district in Uttrakhand, Valley of Flowers is a landscape that is filled with charming flowers that will seduce you and leave you spellbound. Trek along its amazing trails while you gaze on the beauty of the wild alpine flowers. And before planning, read Valley of Flowers trek blog to prepare yourselves for the best trek of your lifetime. 
Best time to visit: During the months of July and August, when the valley is filled with colorful flowers. The rest of the year, it is mostly covered in snow.
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10. Shimla, Himachal Pradesh - Snowy Paradise in India


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Blanketed in a thick spread of fluffy, white snow, Shimla is a fairytale style hill station in North India. It was once called the Summer capital of the British India. A testimony to the beauty of Shimla is that it finds a definite spot in every travelers 'Places to visit for Winter holidays' list. Set amidst majestic hills and wild woods, Shimla buzzes with tourists during the holiday season. Some of the main attractions in Shimla include Jakhoo Temple, Rashtrapati Niwas, Christ Church, and Mall Road. 
Best time to visit: October to June. And please avoid visiting Shimla during the monsoon season, there are frequent landslides during that time.
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11. Shillong, Meghalaya - Charming Destination of India 


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Known as the 'Abode of the Hills', Shillong is home to plenty of natural waterfalls, soaring mountain peaks, and lakes. It has a subtle charm to it that is simply irresistible. Visit the lovely Spread Eagle falls and Elephant Falls, stay in the quaint tribal village of Mawlynnong, trek the Shillong Peak, and pay a visit to the Lady Hydari Park. Famous for its traditional Christmas celebration that happens in a unique but amazing way, Shillong is one of the best places to visit in December. The culture and the friendly nature of the people of Shillong are some of the amazing things to take back from this place.
Best time to visit: From September till May. As the climate is also pleasant with little to no rain.
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12. Rishikesh, UttaraKhand - Yoga and Adventure hub of India


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Pilgrimage, adventure, and yoga - all in one place. That is Rishikesh for you. Situated in the foothills of India and popularly called the 'Yoga Capital of the World', Rishikesh is the place where the holy River Ganges and River Chandrabhaga converge. Highlighted by numerous ashrams, and gushing waters, Rishikesh is a hub for Sadhus and adventure junkies alike. Visit the many meditation and yoga centers around Rishikesh to enrich yourself spiritually and indulge in the adrenaline-pumping sport of white water rafting to reaffirm your faith in life. 
Best time to visit: Rishikesh can be visited at all times of the year but to enjoy the water sports you have to visit the place between May and June.
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13. Agra, Uttar Pradesh - Historic Destination of India 


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Home to the ever historic, popular love symbol of Taj Mahal, Agra is one of the popular tourist destinations in North India that are visited in huge numbers by both Indians and Foreigners alike, thanks to the presence of Taj Mahal. But the Taj Mahal is not the only attraction in Agra. Some of the other important places to visit in Agra apart from the famed Taj Mahal are Agra Fort, Mehtab Bagh, Tomb of Itimad-Ud-Daulah, Moti Masjid, Tomb of Akbar the Great, and Chini Ka Rauza. With so many monuments to explore, Agra is one of the historical places in India. 
Best time to visit: October - March, as it is best for sight-seeing.
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14. Jaisalmer, Rajasthan - Famous Desert Destination in India


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Popularly recognized as the 'Golden city', Jaisalmer in Rajasthan lies in the heart of the desert Thar. It is one of the most visited destinations in Rajasthan and definitely enters the list of places to visit in November. Explore the fort of Jaisalmer and admire the marvelous architecture inside, ride on the back of a camel across the length of the dry, secluded landscape, and indulge in various cultural activities that involve music and dancing. And also try to catch the famous desert camping music festival of Rajasthan. Check online for the festival date. 
Best time to visit: Between the months of October and March.
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15. Udaipur, Rajasthan - Palace Destination in India


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Ever wondered how the palaces of the kings would be like, pack your bags and take a trip to Udaipur. Known as a romantic destination in India for the romantic setting of gorgeous lakes and the view of the beautiful sunset, Udaipur has a subtle charm and magic to it that attracts visitors regularly. Some of the places you should visit in Udaipur are City Palace, Fateh Sagar Lake, Monsoon Palace, and Jagdish Temple. Also, most of the palaces are now converted into luxurious hotels. So you can book a room in one of those and enjoy your stay at Udaipur like a King! 
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Best time to visit: From October to March. During the other part of the year, it is really hot and dry.
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