Planning to tour North India? Confused about where to start and where to end it? Well, here is the key. Here is the roadmap to your journey! From your starting point to where to end it. We will provide you an entire list of best tourist destinations of North India.
India is the land of diversity. You may witness huge colors, great cultural life across the entire country. It is also one of the most splendid places to visit and enthrall that wanderlust in you. All four parts i.e. north, east, west and the south parts of the country are themselves an entire package. So, here we have enlisted the best tourist destinations in North India.
Literally the crown of India, Kashmir is a paradise on earth. If there is a place which you should never miss to visit, it is Kashmir. The valley of Kashmir is known for its beauty. The Shikara rides, Dal Lake, the snowy mountains are all just a treat to your eyes. While visiting Kashmir, the tourist destinations you should never miss are
The capital of the state is known for its beautiful Dal Lake. The floating Shikaras are something you should never miss. If you get a chance, do stay in houseboats around. The floating world around is heaven and the people are sweet as well which adds to the scenic beauty of the city.
Leh region of The Ladakh territory is another wonder on the planet. The Shyok, Indus and Nubra valleys look as if someone has painted the valley with all the bright and beautiful colors leaving no imperfection behind. This is one of the major tourist destinations of the state. The Buddhist Monastery is a must-visit place in Leh. Along that one may also see the Leh Palace which is a centuries old mountaintop palace.
Katra- Vaishno Devi Temple
Katra lies in the Trikuta mountains and is one other place you should visit. Although Vaishno Devi is visited by the devotees of Goddess Vaishnavi because of its religious affiliations, it is also a beautiful place to visit. The lofty mountains, green valleys, curved paths will set the adrenaline high into your veins. The “ Jai Mata di” chants would reverberate the spiritual being in you. After reaching the top, it feels as if you have conquered the world after a 13 km long walk. Although palanquins and ponies are available for the journey, most of the devotees walk to this one of the devotional tourist destinations of India .
Himachal Pradesh is known as the “ Summer Destination of India”. The state once just a home to pilgrims is today one of the most sought Tourist Destination of the country. The enchanting Himalayas, beautiful valleys and Pahadi culture is a medicine to the soul. If you are suffering from a lot of stress, a visit to Himachal is all you need to calm your mind. Various places to visit in the state are-
The Honeymoon destination of the country is one of the most popular hilly tourist destinations in India. Shimla became a major attraction to the British Empire during the late nineteenth century. This British influence can be seen in the architecture of the city. While visiting Shimla, the first place to visit would be the Himalayan Nature Park, Kufri with the Fun world, Kufri. The Shali Tibba temple is located at an altitude of approx 3000 meters which would also leave you spellbound.
Manali is also one of the best tourist destinations when it comes to hill stations. Located 7 hours away from Shimla, Manali is known for its ecstatic beauty and mountains. The modern city with ancient traditions is the best place to visit when you are with your loved ones, friends or even on a solo trip.
While visiting Manali, what one should surely visit is Rohtang Pass which closes during the months of November to March due to heavy snowfall. Solang Nullah is an open meadow in between rich deodar forests and is a doorway to sporting activities like paragliding, quad bike rides, etc. Bhrigu Lake is another jewel of the place which is a necessary thing for the trekkers.
Located in the district of Kannaur, The Spiti Valley is so named because it separates Tibet and India. It is a cold desert mountain valley located in Himachal Pradesh and is not as known as the other two stated above making it more peaceful. The beautiful mountains around are a treat to your eyes. The blue sky, falling snow just adds up to the beauty. If you are in a mood to discover something new, Spiti Valley is the answer.
Another beauty in the laps of Himalayas. Uttarakhand is known for its Pilgrim affiliation. The state has more than that. The mountains here are not only an answer to your penance but also a reliever of your souls. Uttarakhand is well known for its city, Haridwar which is s pilgrimage for the Hindu devotees but the state holds much more than that.
The word Dehra means camps and dun means valley. Dehradun is a much-celebrated hill station and a tourist destination. It is known for its scenic backdrop of Himalayas. The city is also known as the School Capital of India because of its fine institutions like the Doon School and the Welham School for girls and boys. The city attracts a large number of tourists because of its beauty, wildlife and fun activities.
Dhanaulti is located in between the rich alpine forests and is covered with deodar trees all around. While Dehradun may be hustling and bustling with the crowd, you may find extreme silence in Dhanaulti which gives you another reason to visit it. If you are in a mood of camping and trekking, Dhanaulti is just your spot. You may not find extravagant cafes and malls over here but the beauty of the hills is just enough to capture your soul.
Nainital and Bhimtal
Nainital is known as the Lake District of India and is one of the best tourist destinations of the state. The city is named after its Lake, The Naini Tal. Located in the vicinity of Tallital and Bhimtal, Nainital is known for its water sports. The city is covered from mountains from three sides which adds up to its beauty. Bhimtal is a smaller place in the district of Nainital and is known to be built when Bhim, a demigod from mythology visited the place. Bhimtal is less visited than Nainital but its beauty is no less than former.
Delhi and Agra
While both cities lie in two different states, what joins them is their beautiful architecture. Built during the Mughal Period, both the cities are home to marvelous architecture and great renovations. Delhi while is known for its beautiful Red Fort, Agra is the home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World, The Taj Mahal.
When it comes to tourist destinations, you are going to have a delight when visiting Delhi. The first name which comes in mind to visit Delhi is The Red Fort. Red fort an epitome of the Mughal Dynasty who ruled India for nearly 800 years. It was built in the year 1638 when Mughal ruler Shah Jahan moved the capital to Delhi. The Fort currently holds the title of world heritage site from UNESCO and hosts a light show every evening.
Delhi can be the best place for educational, historic and recreational purposes which gives you a sense of architecture advancement of the Mughals.
Another place to visit in Delhi is India Gate which defines Delhi and India at the same time. India Gate is the largest war memorial in India. This was built for the martyrs of World War 1 and the War in Afghanistan. The names on the walls of India Gate give you a sense of the sacrifices made for the country.
Qutub Minar is a tower that stands 73 meters tall is known for its majestic structure. The building was built by Qutub-ud-din Aibak is a great masterpiece and is also declared as a world heritage site by UNESCO. This red stone tower holds majestic Iranian architecture beauty with Parso-Arabic details.
Humayun’s tomb was built in 1570 by his wife Haji Begum. This is one of the most beautiful architectures of Mughals undoubtedly as the Taj Mahal owes the architecture to this. One can feel true love and pleasant feeling while walking in the garden.
Agra the city of love which holds the greatest and richest of Mughal history. The only thing which comes in mind when you think of visiting Agra is The Taj mahal. Build by beautiful white ivory marble this architecture is a perfect example of intricacy, intelligence and brilliance of Persians and Mughal architecture. It was built by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife. Taj Mahal is declared as a world heritage site by UNESCO. The building stills holds that beautiful and Pleasing attraction to itself. The sense of love can be felt as soon as one sees this beautiful monument. What satisfies more is the view of sunrise and sunset. Taj Mahal is what makes you believe in fairy tales.
The next place which one can visit is the Agra fort. As you cross courtyards time and again you can see one of the finest fort created by the Mughals. Agra fort is made from red sandstone. This was a military structure built by Emperor Akbar in the year 1565 which was later transformed into Palace by Shah Jahan. Agra fort gives you a sense of power and grandiosity. One can feel pride and glories of the Mughal dynasty. It truly is a breathtaking view.
What comes next is the Mehtab Bagh. It is built directly in front of Taj mahal and it is a four garden complex known as Charbagh is considered as Heaven for photographers as the Taj Mahal can be captured with a beautiful backdrop.
Tomb of Itimad-ud-daulah
Next comes what is known as the tomb of Itimad-ud-daulah. This is the first tomb that was created by white ivory marble. It is also known as the Baby Taj or Taj draft because this tomb has the same stone carvings and cut out stonework. The tomb is surrounded by a garden that makes it perfect to sit and relax and enjoy the beauty and legacy of the Mughal dynasty.
आ तो सुरगां नै सरमावै, ईं पर देव रमण नै आवै,
ईं रो जस नर नारी गावै, धरती धोरां री!
The land which makes heaven feel shy, Where gods come to relieve themselves
Where every man is jolly, the land of dunes.
Well said by the poet, Rajasthan is much a heaven made of sand. Whereas the places over it are filled with greenery and water, this beautiful state stands apart with rich culture, sandy dunes and the royal heritage. Rajasthan is located near the states of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana. The state is known for its rich culture and heritage. Unlike the other states, you may not find many trees and mountains here but tradition, royalty and valor.
Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan. Built in the year of 1727 by Jai Singh II, the maharaja of Amber, the city came to be known as The Pink City years later in the year 1876. The story behind this is that when Price of Whales visited the city, it was completely painted pink as a sign of hospitality. The city has numerous forts and palaces. The Amer fort, now a UNESCO World Heritage is built with a beautiful mixture of Mughal and Hindu Architecture. The Nahargarh fort which once fortified the city is today known for its beautiful sunset and sunrise. The Hawa Mahal or the Palace of Wind is known for its marvelous architecture and pink sandstones. The city encompasses a varied heritage that would fill your heart with adventure, zeal and a lot of energy.
Pushkar is known as “ The Rose Garden of Rajasthan”. The Pushkar roses are known for their beautiful essence all over the world. Known to be created by Lord Bramha, the city has the only Bramha Temple all across the world. The city is named after its lake, The Pushkar Lake. The lake is said to be the salvation lake as no pilgrimage is is complete without a dip in this beautiful lake. The city is known for the celebration of the Hindu festival of Holi.
The city of lakes Udaipur is known for its amicable lakes and the lush hills of Aravali. The city was built by Maharana Udai Singh II as the capital of the Mewar Kingdom. Various lakes of the city are a sight to behold. The city also has numerous palaces and forts. The City Palace of Udaipur is built on Lake Pichola and is known for the wonderful lake view and the city. The Fateh Sagar Lake is another beauty of the tourist destination which leaves you spellbound. Saheliyon ki Bari was originally built as the garden for women is a visit to heaven.
Known as “The Golden City”, Jaisalmer is must visit in Rajasthan as this is where the desert lies. Beautiful dunes, Sonar Quila, and Gadisar Lake are something which would give you the actual Rajasthani feels. The city lies on the border and acts as Western Frontier of the country in the proximity to Pakistan.