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Places to visit in North India

Ladakh, Kashmir, Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Spiti, Rishikesh, Udaipur, Shillong, Nainital, Mussoorie, Manali, Shimla, Delhi, Agra, Dharamshala, Corbett, Haridwar, Auli, Amritsar, Ranthambore, Kasol, Pushkar, Jodhpur, Bir, Dehradun.

Tourist places in North India come handy as soon as the summer starts. People can be seen rushing to the hill stations to enjoy the last speck of snow and colder climate before getting used to the scorching heat of summers. From breath-taking mountains and verdant valleys to cities wrapped in spiritual mysticism and the last vestiges of grand kingdoms, the top tourist places in North India cover them all. A conglomeration of vibrant culture, inspiring traditions, awe-inspiring edifices and mouth-watering cuisines, the holiday destinations in India’s northern region will enthrall you with their admirable appeal.

So if you are a mountain lover or adventure enthusiast, head for the hill stations nestled in the mighty Himalayas, like Dharamshala, Spiti and Kashmir. If the charming hues and cultural richness of Rajasthan intrigue you, Jaipur, Jaisalmer and Udaipur are the finest places to visit in North India. From the country’s fast paced cosmopolitan, Delhi and city dunked in historical splendor, Agra to an exquisite wildlife reserve, Corbett and unforgettable road trips in Ladakh, the list of best places to visit in North India truly captures the essence and spirit of the region.

Here is the list of best tourist places in North India:

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This is a place like none other with mesmerizingly dramatic landscapes, distinct hues and stunning views. Ladakh is the world’s coldest desert and boasts two of the highest motorable passes on the planet. Stretching from the Siachen Glacier to the main portion of the Great Himalayas, this union territory in the Kashmir region stands out because of its beautiful monasteries, glistening white stupas and friendly Tibetan culture. For adventure seekers, the place offers ample opportunities for rafting and high altitude trekking.

Best time to visit: April to September, you can see the unique sight of frozen lakes from November to March
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Veritably termed ‘Heaven on Earth’, Kashmir offers unparalleled beauty which makes it one of the best places to visit in North India. From houseboat stays and shikara rides on the Dake and Floating vegetable markets and the Mir Bahris- the spirited community who live on the lake itself, to exquisite Mughal period gardens and breathtaking landscapes, Kashmir is indeed a visitor’s paradise. You can enjoy the Wazwan which is the world famous Kashmiri cuisine here and also indulge in the local markets selling exclusive local handicraft.

Best time to visit: April to October
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Jaipur, the capital city of the state of Rajasthan, is popularly referred to as the Pink City because of its architectural wonders in pink sandstone. One of the finest places to visit in North India, the city is synonymous with royalty, spirit and color. Jaipur is also a part of one of the most popular tourist circuits of India, the Golden Triangle, along with Agra and Delhi. The city continues to exude the Rajput aura and style after being ruled by them for centuries. It also retains its old world charm with magnificent heritage sites like the Jantar Mantar and Amer Fort.

Best time to visit: October to March
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Also known as the Golden City, Jaisalmer in Rajasthan derives this moniker because of its glittering golden dunes stretching till as far as the eyes can behold. The endangered Indian bustard, which can now be spotted at a handful of places in the country, can be seen in The Desert National Park here. The rich Rajput past of the city can be well seen in the magnificent havelis, ornate forts and cenotaphs here. What makes it most popular and one of the best places to visit in north India are the magnificent Hindu and Jain temples here, not to forget the unique camel rides across the desert.

Best time to visit: October to March
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Also known as the trekker’s mecca, this virginal paradise offers unforgettable views of the cold desert, mountain tops bathed in snow, winding mountain roads, fluttering Tibetan prayer flags and monasteries set in the valleys. Located at an altitude of 12,500 feet above sea level, Spiti Valley is covered on all sides by the Himalayan mountains and is one of the choicest places to visit in north India, especially for trekkers. It receives only 250 days of sunlight in a year which makes it one of the coldest places in India. Literally meaning ‘The Middle Land’, Spiti divides India and Tibet and is accessible only during the summer months.

Best time to visit: May to July
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Beautifully placed at the convergence of the Ganga and Chandrabhaga Rivers, Rishikesh is a small town in Uttarakhand that is not only known for its religious significance but also a plethora of adventurous activities you can indulge in here. Popularly known as the “Yoga Capital of the World”, the spiritual aura of Rishikesh attracts pilgrims and soul searchers from all corners of the world especially since the visit of the Beatles here back in the ‘60s. Another reason that makes it one of the best places to visit in North India, is the dramatic Ganga aarti that takes place at sun down every day by the banks of the holy river.

Best time to visit: October to November and March to June
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This city of lakes and forts boasts its own glorious history and is endearingly known as the crown city of Rajasthan. With boundless natural beauty, Udaipur certainly is one of the nicest places to visit in north India. Surrounded by the rugged Aravalli hills, the city is a great combination of hill and water that also lends it the title, ‘Venice of the East’. You can get a taste of Udaipur’s royal splendor and Maharaja culture when you explore the various palaces with ornate glass and mirror work and typical Rajasthani richness.

Best time to visit: September to March
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Capital of the state of Meghalaya, this spectacular hill station is also known as the “Scotland of the East”. Shillong, with its lush greenery, tranquil lakes, pleasant climate and imposing mountains is one of the choicest places to visit in north India. It offers beautiful heritage sites, vantage points, museums and churches along with The Umiam Lake and Ward’s Lake with their surrounding forests and hills which make for picturesque sights. You can also visit the Sweet Falls, Nohsngithiang Falls and Elephant Falls or drive to the Laitlum Canyons, a great site for trekking and catching stunning views of the sunrise or sunset.

Best time to visit: April to June
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Nainital is a charming hill station set at the foot of the Kumaon ranges in Uttarakhand which is also one of the most visited tourist places in north India. Easily accessible with its proximity to nearby towns and cities, Nainital is a very popular destination especially because it is open all year around with excellent climatic conditions. At the center of Nainital is the Naina Lake with the famous Mall Road on one side and Thandai Sadak on the other. The beauty of the place is augmented by the presence of elegant colonial structures founded by the British.

Best time to visit: Throughout the year
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Set against the backdrop of the Shivalik range of the Himalayas, Mussoorie in Uttarakhand presents a sight straight out of a picture book. Popularly known as the Queen of the Hills, this is one of the best places to visit in North India if you are on the lookout for a tryst with tranquil nature. The peace and quiet of Mussoorie, once a British haunt, makes for the perfect getaway from busy city life. British remnants in the form of colonial architecture of the hotels, churches and even lamp posts give the place its charm and appeal.

Best time to visit: September to June
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One of the most popular north India places, this hill station in Himachal Pradesh is especially favored by honeymoon couples. Manali is also known for its magnificent views of the snow covered Dhauladhar ranges and the Pir Panjal. Dotted with a number of cozy homestays amid scenic surroundings, there is no dearth of affordable places to stay. Once here, you can go trekking to the quaint little villages spread across the Himalayan foothills. You can enjoy a good amount of snow as well if you are here during the winter months.

Best time to visit: March to June
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Kick off this year’s travel plan by visiting one of the top tourist places in north India, Shimla, with all its natural beauty and excellent climatic conditions. The former summer capital of the British, Shimla is blessed with lush valleys, snow-capped mountains and buzzing mall road that makes it a very popular spot among tourists. Apart from nature’s bounty, Shimla also boasts of some amazing Colonial architecture, museums and historical structures and once you are exploring the lengths and breadths of this picturesque locale, you can head to the nearby Kufri, Chamba and Chali.

Best time to visit: November and February
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The capital city of India is a perfect blend of cosmopolitan city life and historic grandeur. From uber chic shopping malls and an extensive network of ultra - modern metro systems to the narrow winding bylanes of Old Delhi that also are strongly reminiscent of the erstwhile Mughal rule. The city boasts of a number of famous monuments, places of worship, gardens, theme parks, museums and much more. Apart from that, Delhi’s mouth-watering street food and vibrant local markets, makes it one of the best tourist places in north India.

Best time to visit: October to March
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Home to one of the seven wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal, Agra is one of the most popular tourist places in north India. Rich in architectural history and legacy of the Mughal Empire, this city spins its own magic and aura. Agra is situated by the banks of the River Yamuna and is a part of the Golden Triangle Circuit along with Jaipur and Delhi. You can see all the splendor of Mughal art and culture on display here with an assortment of grand monuments, vibrant markets, manicured gardens and lip smacking street food.

Best time to visit: October to March
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Dharamshala is a popular place to visit in north India owing not only to its physical attributes but also because it is home to the exiled Buddhist leader the Dalai Lama. The presence of Buddhist monks in this part of the state has brought in pleasant Tibetan influence on the local culture and tradition. The old monasteries, picture perfect archaic bungalows, Tibetan market places and ancient churches here make an ideal setting for a peaceful getaway on the foothills of the Dhauladhar ranges, away from the hustle and bustle of daily life.

Best time to visit: February to June
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The oldest national park in India, Jim Corbett National Park is located in a picturesque setting amid the foothills of the Himalayas in Uttarakhand. Wildlife enthusiasts flock to Corbett by the hordes every year for a glimpse of the endangered Bengal tiger which has found a home here. Home to more than 650 species of rare migratory birds, this is a veritable bird watcher’s paradise and one of the finest places to visit in North India. Another well-known attraction that Corbett offers is a quaint forest lodge, Dhikala, by the side of the Patli Dun Valley, where you can spend a night to experience the rich wildlife.

Best time to visit: November to February
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Haridwar is one of the holiest cities of India tucked in the Himalayan foothills in the state of Uttarakhand. The place has a particular locational significance because this is where the holy river Ganga commences its journey into the Indo-Gangetic plains. The Hindu temple town attracts thousands of devotees from all parts of the country every year making it one of the most visited north Indian places. Believers come here to take a dip into the sacred Har ki Pauri that is said to absolve one of all sins. In the evenings the Ganga aarti at the ghats here make for a sight to behold with devotees coming together to pray and float diyas in the water.

Best time to visit: March to June and October to November
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Replete with natural beauty, Auli’s grand old oaks, apple orchards and towering pine trees make it one of the most popular tourist places in north India. The snow bathed mountains here offer ample opportunities for skiing making it one of the most loved skiing destinations of India. There are numerous ski resorts and picture perfect trekking trails amid the hills of Garhwal Himalayas that offer scenic views of the mountain ranges of Nanda Devi, Mana Parvat and Kamat Kamet. Auli is also a part of the pilgrim circuit because of the large number of temples here.

Best time to visit: April to June, Ideal time for skiing is December through February
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Best known for the iconic Golden Temple, Amritsar attracts hordes of tourists from all across the world making it one of the most well-known tourist places in north India. The second largest city in the state of Punjab, Amritsar is also known for its delectable street food and spiritual prayers in Gurudwaras. The Jallianwala Bagh, a poignant reminder of the tragic massacre during the British regime, is located here. Another reason to visit Amritsar is its proximity to the Wagah border where you can see the Change of Guard Ceremony that is performed every evening.

Best time to visit: October to March
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Home to the Ranthambore National Park with its majestic tigers, Ranthambore has its own distinctive appeal. The diverse flora and fauna and copious amounts of natural beauty along with the architectural grandeur that this part of the country has to offer, certainly makes Ranthambore one of the not-to-be-missed places to visit in north India. The magnificent lakes that dot the city make for ideal spots for quiet picnics and bird watching. While here, you can also explore the rich Rajasthani handicraft, culture and cuisine.

Best time to visit: October to April
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This quaint little village off the beaten path is tucked somewhere in the state of Himachal Pradesh by the banks of the River Parvati. Blessed with immense amounts of natural beauty, Kasol offers picturesque trekking trails like the Kheerganga, Yanker Pass, Pin Parvati Pass and Sar Pass, making it one of the best north Indian places to visit especially for backpackers and nature lovers. Endearingly called the ‘Amsterdam of India’, Kasol is also the place to head if you just want to sit back and imbibe the panorama of snow clad mountain ranges ahead, gurgling rivers below and towering pine trees around.

Best time to visit: October, November and April to May
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A small temple town in Rajasthan, Pushkar makes for one of the best north Indian places if you are looking for a weekend getaway. Just a few minutes’ drive from the town of Ajmer, Pushkar is very popular among backpackers looking for the rustic side of Rajasthan. They also hold one of the biggest cattle fairs in the country, The Pushkar Mela that attracts tourists and photographers from all parts of the country every year. Yet another unique aspect about Pushkar is that the world’s only dedicated Brahma Temple is located here.

Best time to Visit: October to March
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This erstwhile capital of the Marwar region, is the second largest city in the state of Rajasthan and is also known as the Blue City. An aerial view of the city will tell you why the name came to be as you will see a carpet of blue stretched out below you with the walls and roofs of every household painted in a shade of blue. While the Mehrangarh Fort here is its main attraction, Jodhpur is also one of the top places to visit in North India for its beautiful temples, lakes and also delectable local cuisine.

Best time to visit: November to February
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This is one of the lesser known places in Himachal Pradesh that offers pristine unspoiled beauty largely because of this very same reason. Located in the Joginder Nagar Valley, Bir is popular among visitors for paragliding as well as meditation. A huge influx of Tibetan population here is manifested in the local culture and cuisine, so you can expect some lip smacking Tibetan delicacies here. People also like to visit Bir of the umpteen hiking opportunities that it provides, its quaint monasteries, verdant tea gardens and a ride on the nearby Jogindernagar-Pathankot Narrow Gauge train.

Best time to visit: All throughout the year
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Imagine your days filled with views of tree covered hills, acres of green carpeted valleys and snowy peaks of the Himalayas. Dehradun, with its natural splendor and remnants of British architectural glory, is among the top places to visit in north India. The summer palaces from the British-Raj era along with a number of institutions – like the Doon School, Forest Research Institute and Indian Military Academy- and churches lend the place its very conventional appeal. This is also the gateway to other popular hill stations of Uttarakhand.

Best time to visit: March to June
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People Also Ask About India

  1. Which are the best honeymoon places in north India?

    • Kashmir: This paradise on earth is one of the best honeymoon places to visit in north India. Soak in the breath-taking beauty of Kashmir in cozy couple shikara rides on Dal Lake or stay on a houseboat amid tranquil surroundings that is sure to amplify the charm of your honeymoon several fold.

    • Ladakh: One of the top tourist places in north India, Ladakh’s untamed, rugged beauty is hugely favored among honeymoon couples looking for quiet time amid absolute serenity. The stark landscape, stunning colors and chills of the cold desert give you the perfect reasons to head here.

    • Agra: What better place to have your honeymoon than in the city that houses the world’s greatest symbol of love- The Taj Mahal. Agra is one of those north India places that has the vibe of passion, romance, mysticism and of course the eternity of marriage and love.
  2. Which are the best places to visit in December in north India?

    • Jaisalmer: The golden dunes along miles and miles of Rajasthan’s desert sands offer great opportunities for a desert safari experience and in December the weather is just right to enjoy delving into the ruggedness of the place.

    • Bir: A paraglider’s paradise, Bir has great weather throughout the year and it even snows here in December. One of the best places to visit in north India, Bir is great for snow trekking, but ensure you go well equipped.

    • Rishikesh: December is a great time to visit this little gem tucked in the state of Uttarakhand as it gets very hot here in the summer months. The numerous ashrams here draw people from all corners of earth in the quest for spirituality.

    • Auli: If you are craving the thrills of skiing 9,000 feet above sea level, this is your ideal destination. Surrounded by dense vegetation of deodars and poplars and peaks of Nanda Devi and Dunagiri, the sights are spectacular.
  3. Which are the best places to visit in north India in August?

    • Ziro: This beautiful hill destination in the state of Arunachal Pradesh is at its climactic best in the months around August. The green pastures and surrounding mountain views makes Ziro a photographer’s haven and a nature lover’s paradise.

    • Lachen: In close proximity to the Sikkim – Bhutan border, Lachen is a great place to head to if you are looking for a north Indian place for vacationing. Snow-capped mountains and grass clad slopes of the surrounding mountains, Lachen has the best that nature can offer.

    • Cherrapunji: Experience a walk in the clouds at this hill station in Meghalaya. Dotted with some of the most beautiful waterfalls in the country, you can also catch magnificent views of the plains of Bangladesh from here.

    • Mount Abu: This hill station in Rajasthan is like a breath of fresh air in the desert heat of the state. Visit Mount Abu in August to enjoy its cool climate and spectacular natural beauty.
  4. Which are the best hill stations in North India?

    • Gangtok: This exotic city is a Buddhist sanctuary with quaint monasteries and quintessential Buddhist influence on the local culture. The hills here provide great trekking and camping opportunities.

    • Ladakh: Explore this magnificent land whose beauty is unparalleled and unspoiled with barren hills and rough terrains. From the magnificence of the Pangong Lake to the starkness of the Nubra Valley, Ladakh has much to offer.

    • Manali: Nestled in the magnificent Himalayas, Manali is attributed with plenty of natural beauty and cultural heritage. From ancient temples and gushing waterfalls to opportunities for adventure sports amid mind boggling valleys, this north Indian hill station comes packed with highlights.

    • Shimla: One of the most beautiful hill stations of north India, Shimla comes with a whole array of exciting activities, architectural marvel, lush greenery and towering mountains. The toy train ride from Shimla to Kalka amid sheer natural beauty is one you cannot miss.
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