North India is a paradise when it comes to mountain lovers and adventure enthusiasts with almost all kind of activities operational here. Home to the mighty Himalayas and the vast plains, north India provides rich and diverse options for tourism and sports. Each destination has its own seasonality but overall there is something always available for tourism.
Best Tourist Places in North India
The region can be divided into 03 categories.
This is the winter capital of the state as the higher mountain terrain shuts down completely in the harsh weather. The best tourist places to visit here are
- Vaishno Devi – the holy shrine for Hindus attracting millions of visitors every year.
- Patniptop which is a calm and serene hill station
- Bhaderwah which is another hill station owned by nature
- Mansar Lake which is a mile by half a mile in dimension and is surrounded by lush greenery and
- Other places like Bhaderwah, Poonch, Bhimgarh Fort, Ramnagar Fort, Mantalai and Shivkori
Leh Ladakh Valley
This is the top destination for bikers who drive the whole way, mostly from Chandigarh. The region also has river Indus with the mountains above the minimum height of 5000 feet and reaching up to 23000 feet. The top sightseeing in the region are:
- Leh valley with its monastery
- Pangong lake divided between India and China and known for its serenity
- Nubra Valley in the towns of Deskit and Hundar
- Lake Morir which is one of the highest and largest lakes
- Some other regions are Zanskar, Suru valley, Drass
This part of the state is known for its gardens, lakes and beautiful landscapes. It also has some very important shrines for both Hindus and Buddhists. Some of the top sightseeing places here are:
- Amarnath temple, Martand Sun temple, Shankaracharya temple Hari Parbat all of which hold important places in Hinduism and Buddhism.
- Hill stations like Pahalgam, Sonmarg, Yusmarg, Gulmarg and many more
- Dal lake where you can hire the shikar to enjoy
- Srinagar which is the summer capital of the state
Dharamshala and Mcleodganj- Himachal Pradesh
The two hill stations are known for their scenic beauty and mesmerizing views of the Dhauladhar Ranges. Mcleodganj which is 9 KM above Dharamshala is known for its cool café and adventurous life.
The two hill stations have good trekking routes, temples and monasteries, and waterfalls beside the lush green scenery around.
Camping in Dharamshala
This is a very calm kind of getaway preferred by honeymooners, photographers, nature lovers, and trekkers among others. 80 Km away from the nearest railway station Pathankot, the hill station attracts a high number of tourists every year. The top sightseeing places in the region are Chamba, Khajjiar, Dainkund Peak, Kalatop Wild Reserve, Panchpula, and St. Francis Catholic Church.
Haridwar and Rishikesh
Rishikesh – water rafting
Second, only to Varanasi, Haridwar means “gateway to the lord”. Haridwar and Rishikesh are a weird mix of religion, spiritualism, and adventure. Known for the evening prayers at the Har ki Pauri ghat, river rafting from Rishikesh, shopping, and sightseeing; the twin hill stations attract a high number of tourists every year.
Tapovan Rishikesh Uttarakhand
This is a kind of weekend getaway for people in Delhi and Gurgaon and sometimes can be overly crowded. In winters the mountains are covered in snow and the mall road busts with traffic. The hill station is n ideal choice for honeymooners.
The might Ganges show their full might here and the city is the top place for Hindus. Evening aartis of the Ganges are the top attraction here attended by thousands of people. You might also want to visit Manikarnika ghat where dead bodies are given the final rights and quite spiritual in nature.
Varanasi is also home to the Dhamek Stupa at Sarnath which is just 13 Km away from Varanasi and holds a prominent place in Buddhism.
This bustling city is has a good crowd of people around the year and is known for its good delicacies. Golden temple the holiest shrine for the Sikhs is the top location and comes to its flow glow in the evening and is highly recommended. Apart from this the Jallianwallah Bagh and the Wagah border close by are other top destinations one could visit.
Yes, this is where Taj Mahal is located. Easily accessible from Delhi through the Taj Expressway, Taj Mahal is one of the must-see destinations in India. Apart from that, you might also want to visit Agra Fort, Tomb of Itimad-Ud-Daula, and Fatehpur Sikri which hold important places in history.
Taj Mahal Agra
The capital city has more to it than the never-ending political drama emanating from it. Known for its highly peculiar eating places and the nightlife, Delhi has something for everyone. Some places you would like to see here are Red Fort, Lotus Temple, Qutub Minar, Lodhi Garden, Humayun’s Tomb, India gate, and Rashtrapati Bhavan. These locations showcase history in a very contemporary manner and you can admire the charm the city always had.
Lucknow and Allahabad
The two cities in North India hold on to the true Indian traditions very firmly and follow in practice. Indian way of dressing, conversations, respect and everything else can still be admired by the people here. Besides the tradition, they hold the religious and historic values also for tourists to admire.
In Allahabad, you can visit Khusro Bagh, Triveni Sangam, and Swaraj Bhavan while in Lucknow you can visit Imambara, Rumi Darwaza, The Residency.
If we were to make a list of the best tourist places in north India, the list would be really big and so we have compiled just the top places for you to visit. A true mix of history, religion, adventure and nature, north India has something for everyone and you just need to know when to go where. So have fun while in the northern part of the country.