India is generally divided into two halves when it comes to tradition, culture, and language. Both these halves offer endless, enchanting and scenic locations that may give any place in the world a run for its money. The captivating North comprises of the vastly populated states of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir including the capital New Delhi and the Union Territory of Chandigarh. Though it has a lot to explore and will demand a lot of time, a well-designed travel plan can let you experience most of it in 7 days Here is the day wise itinerary that you can follow for an ideal and enticing trip to North India.
Triveni sangam, Photo by Puffino, CC BY-SA 3.0
Arrive in Allahabad in the east of Uttar Pradesh either by air or rail. The city is well connected by all modes of transport. The morning in the divine city of Allahabad can be spent at The Triveni Sangam where the famous rivers- Ganga and Yamuna combine with the mythical Saraswati. After which one can go to The Allahabad Fort which has contributions from two of the greatest rulers of all time- Akbar and Ashoka. Khushro Bagh can also be paid a visit before retreating into the confines of the hotel room and relax.
Azad park, Photo by Gpdprince, CC BY-SA 3.0
The second day begins with a visit to Azad Park where the Great Freedom Fighter Chandrashekhar Azad breathed his last. The set and the garden make for great viewing. The All Saints Cathedral is another place which captures the eye, built by the British in 1871. It is a very noted Anglican Church and has been built with great intricacy and detail. In the evening, you may relish on delicacies like the famous Chaat, Baati Chokha and Dal Moth of Allahabad. At night, a train journey to Agra awaits. To know more about Agra and its nearby tourist places, check: http://www.transindiatravels.com/uttar-pradesh/agra/tourist-places-to-visit-in-agra
Agra fort, Photo by Christopher John SSF, CC BY 2.0
The train arrives at Agra early in the morning. Check into your hotel rooms and wait for an exhilarating day that lies ahead. The day begins with a trip to India’s prized possession- The Taj Mahal. The grandeur of The Taj will appeal to each one. Roam around and let the feeling sink in, experience it. And after the roaming and the photo sessions, head out. The famous Agra Fort is the next destination, built by Akbar, the red sandstone, and the sprawling gardens are a treat to the eyes. Mehtab Bagh, a garden across the Yamuna is also a very serene place. The Gardens offer a delightful view at the Taj from a distance in the background of Yamuna and also eliminating the crowds. You can also take the famous Pethas as a gift for your friends and you also can dig in some desserts. At 10, in the night, a train from Agra Junction will take you to the next destination- Delhi.
Photo by Jay Galvin, CC BY 2.0
After an overnight journey, you will arrive in the capital. A plethora of sights and sites wait for you. You can have breakfast in the lush green restaurant- Imperial which may set you back a little on cash but is definitely worth it, as you enjoy the lovely spread. Then, you may leave for the grandiose Red Fort, which also sports many museums. The Qutub Minar and The India Gate also offer an excellent time to tourists. For dinner, you can go to a Dhaba for a truly North Indian meal and then you snooze off for the day . To read more about Delhi destinations, see: http://www.transindiatravels.com/delhi/tourist-places-to-visit-in-delhi
Bangla sahib, Photo by PIVISO, Public Domain
The first half of the day is spent in visiting the different religious places that the capital has to offer. Akshardham, Gurudwara Bangla Sahib and Jama Masjid are places which are cherished by tourists. You can have lunch in the Paranthe Wali Gali of Old Delhi which will leave your taste buds wanting for more. You may also want to check out the modern and happening Hauz Khas village or if you are not a party animal go to Jantar Mantar, Raj Ghats or for some street shopping to Chandni Chowk. In the night, an overnight bus will take us to McLeodganj, Himachal Pradesh.
Triund, Photo by Rignam Wangkhang, CC BY 2.0
In the morning, you will arrive at McLeodganj after which you will have an adventurous trek to Triund which is about 10 to 15 kms from the starting point. You will love the view from the peak which looks upon the Great Himalayan Range of the Dhauladhars. The snow-capped mountains and the splendid range offers a magnificent sight. Here you can pitch your tents and relax among nature. You can even have a bonfire and cook food on the grill and sit around the fire after which you can head off to your tents and cozy up in your blankets. Plan your trip to Mc Leodganj, accordingly: http://www.transindiatravels.com/himachal-pradesh/mcleodganj/tourist-places-to-visit-in-mcleodganj/
Kangra fort, Photo by Aleksandr Zykov, CC BY-SA 2.0
In the morning, you would love it when you walk out of your tent and see the Great Mountains. After breakfast, you can trek to the surrounding locations. Locals around the area are very friendly and will help you while you trek, and their stories make for interesting listening too. In the evening when you trek down you can shop at the Bazar which has many interesting things. A relaxing ultimate day. You can take a cab to Kangra Airport from where your trip to North India draws to a close.
Even if you travel in the north for a year, there still will be some things that you will miss out, such is the vast nature of The North. This trip is concentrated and will give you the essence of North India in its truest sense. A trip to North India should be a must for every traveler who loves adventure. This will be an exhilarating, fast paced, rejuvenating and an eye-opening trip for you. The North is waiting for you with open arms so make sure you visit it once in your lifetime.
Author’s Bio: A traveler and an avid writer at heart, Rohit has traveled extensively through the country and internationally. He also writes travel articles for http://www.transindiatravels.com/. A student, Rohit goes for regular treks and camps organized throughout India and has and has an unquenchable thirst for travel.