Panchali Dey, TIMESOFINDIA.COM, TRAVEL TRENDS, INDIA Created : Feb 12, 2022, 11:30 IST
North India will surprise you in many ways, and push you to explore more than you intend to. Home to ruins of past kingdoms, spiritual towns, lush valleys, breathtaking mountains, this part of the country offers you numerous choices to explore. To know what all North India has in store for you, here are some must-visit places for your very first North India trip.
Dotted with several significant places that pay tribute to its rich political and cultural past, New Delhi is a traveller’s paradise. It’s this city that has witnessed the rise and fall of many dynasties. Apart from majestic structures and many historical places to visit, the national capital is also home to many theme parks, gardens, museums, and much more. And not to forget, the vibrant shopping spots, delicious street food, and local markets are some of the other highlights that will keep you hooked here.
With the beautiful Naini taking the centre stage, Nainital is a beauty that you need to visit once. There are a number of trekking routes to enjoy beautiful views of pristine lakes and forested valleys.
Haridwar and Rishikesh are considered to be twin national heritage cities, which exude a spiritual aura and attract pilgrims from across the globe. While there is the Ganges offering you the apt spot for meditation and practice yoga, its white rapids lure adventure seekers to indulge in water activities.
The Jim Corbett National Park is one of the oldest in the country, and is likely one of the best places for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts.
The twin towns of Kullu and Manali are blessed with beautiful streams, lush greenery, and meadows blooming with colourful flowers. Plus, the pleasant climate makes them the most visited hill stations in North India. The distance between the two towns is around 40 km, and is a major draw for those wishing to indulge in paragliding, trekking, river rafting, and much more.
Mcleodganj and Dharamshala are situated less than 10 km apart, and are best known for the relaxed and serene ambience. Owing to their natural beauty, people visit these hill stations to explore monasteries, churches, Tibetan markets, and also to get a glimpse of Tibetan cuisine and culture.
Home to the Golden Temple, Amritsar attracts thousands of visitors every year. Then there is Jannianwala Bagh, which stands tall till date as a poignant reminder of India’s freedom struggle. Also, another highlight of this place is the Change of Guard ceremony that can be witnessed every evening at the Wagah-Attari border, which one shouldn’t miss by any chance.
Known for being the first planned city of Independent India, Chandigarh will surprise you in many ways. Till date, the city has managed to retain its look, with grand buildings, lakes and gardens.
Agra being home to the epitome of love, Taj Mahal, it counts among one of the best places to visit in India. This historical city also boasts of other grand structures that feature extraordinary architecture. The place is further home to three UNESCO World Heritage sites, which offer you more than one reason to visit this place.
Varanasi also known as Benaras, is a magical city that is steeped in religious symbolism and history. Home to many temples, the experience of watching the sunrise over the Ganga is so exceptional that you cannot enjoy it anywhere else.
Jaipur is a vibrant city that is also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. When here, you cannot miss its palaces, lakes and beautiful gardens to spend some relaxed time. Since it’s also a part of the Golden-Triangle circuit, exploring this place will enhance your travel experience for sure.
Known as the city of lakes, Udaipur has rightly earned its nickname, Venice of the East. Surrounded by the Aravali Hills, its natural beauty is unmatched. Then there are palaces to explore that are fascinating reminders from the time this region was ruled by Maharajas.
A majestic fort looming over the city, breathtaking vistas of sand dunes, and the sight of illuminated sandstone buildings, makes Jaisalmer seem like straight out of Arabian Nights.
Pahalgam, Gulmarg, and Sonamarg are some of the best places to visit when in Kashmir. There is a lot to take in here that ranges from beautiful gardens, pristine lakes, to the view of snow-capped at the backdrop. Srinagar boasts of bustling local markets, apart from some prominent attractions like Dal Lake, Tulip Garden, and much more. Do note that during winters, the slopes of Pahalgam, Sonamarg, and Gulmarg become ideal winter sports and skiing.
A dream destination for many, Leh-Ladakh is a must-visit spot in North India. Its unique landscape ranges from snow-capped peaks, rugged mountains, pristine lakes, to sand dunes of Nubra valley. It’s also home to many monasteries that are waiting to be explored. Perfect for all kinds of travellers, go and explore this gem of a place whenever you get the opportunity.
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