Remnants of erstwhile kingdoms, mystical spiritual towns, scenic mountains, and lush valleys, these are the images that come to your mind when you think of India. And that is exactly what North Indian has in store for you. Here is a list of 25 top tourist places in North India that capture the spirit and essence of the region.

Places to Visit in North India

1. New Delhi, NCR

New Delhi | Places to Visit in North India

New Delhi-NCR | #1 of 25 Places to Visit in North India

New Delhi, the national capital of India, is a traveler’s paradise, to say the least. As a city that has seen the rise and fall of many dynasties, Delhi boasts of several monuments and heritage places that pay tribute to its rich cultural and political past. While there is a good range of historical places to visit in Delhi, the city doesn’t lack in gardens, museums, places of worship, adventure spots, and theme parks, either. Add to that the vibrant shopping destinations, local markets, and street food, Delhi easily tops the list of best tourist places in North India.

  • Best Time to Visit: October to March
  • Key Attractions: Red Fort, Purana Qila, Qutub Minar, Humayun’s Tomb, Lodhi Gardens, India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhavan, Akshardham Temple, Jama Masjid, Jantar Mantar, Lotus Temple, Agrasen ki Baoli, National Rail Museum, National Gallery of Modern Art, Chandhi Chowk, and Connaught Place. Learn more about Delhi tourism
  • Nearest Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport
  • Nearest Railway Station: Hazrat Nizamuddin, Old Delhi Railway Station, New Delhi Railway Station, and Anand Vihar

 2. Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

Shimla | #2 of 25 Places to Visit in North India

Shimla, the picturesque capital city of Himachal Pradesh, is located at the foothills of the Himalayas and offers a unique travel experience with its snow-capped mountains, forests, lush green valleys, placid lakes, and pleasant climatic conditions. Apart from these natural attractions, the region also boasts of several man-made wonders including religious places, historical structures, museums, and the lively Mall Road. Away from the hustle-bustle of large cities, Shimla makes for one of the best honeymoon destinations in North India.

  • Best Time to Visit: March to June. November to February is ideal for experiencing snowfall and enjoying snow-related adventure activities
  • Key Attractions: The Ridge, Mall Road, Jakhoo Hill and Temple, Kalka-Shimla Railway, Christ Church, Himachal State Museum, Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Green Valley, Tara Devi Temple, Mashobra, Kufri, Chail, and Chadwick Falls. Learn about the top places to visit in Shimla
  • Nearest Airport: Chandigarh International Airport
  • Nearest Railway Station: Kalka Railway Station

3. Agra, Uttar Pradesh

Agra, Uttar Pradesh

Agra | #3 of 25 Places to Visit in North India

Agra, home to the famous Taj Mahal, counts among the top places to visit in North India and for all the right reasons. The historical city in Uttar Pradesh is a medley of grand monuments, exceptional architecture, and mesmerizing sights and sounds. It boasts of three UNESCO World Heritage sites, several enticing gardens, vibrant local markets, emporiums, and lip-smacking street food. Agra is also part of the famous Golden-Triangle circuit

  • Best Time to Visit: October to March
  • Key Attractions: Taj Mahal, Mughal Gardens, Taj Museum, Agra Fort, Mehtab Bagh, Akbar’s Tomb, Fatehpur Sikri, Jama Masjid, Chini-ka-Rauza, and I’timād-ud-Daulah or Baby Taj. Learn more about the places to visit in Agra
  • Nearest Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport, Agra Airport
  • Nearest Railway Station: Agra Cantonment, Agra Fort Railway Station, Agra City Railway Station, and Idgah

4. Kullu and Manali, Himachal Pradesh

Kullu and Manali, Himachal Pradesh

Kullu and Manali | #4 of 25 Places to Visit in North India

Blessed with verdant greenery, pristine streams, meadows blooming with flowers, and pleasant climate, the twin towns of Kullu and Manali in Himachal Pradesh are among the most visited hill stations in North India. These towns, which are at a distance of about 40 km, are dotted with waterfalls, trekking trails, apple orchards, religious places, quaint villages, museums, and hip cafes, among others. While Kullu and Manali draw in a large number of couples, they are also a favorite with adventure seekers looking to indulge in trekking, paragliding, camping, river rafting, etc.      

  • Best Time to Visit: March to June. December to February is ideal to experience snow or enjoy winter sports
  • Key Attractions in Manali: Hadimba Temple, Solang Valley, Jogini Waterfalls, Manu Temple, The Manali Gompa, Bhrigu Lake, Hampta Pass, Nehru Kund, Arjun Gufa, Vashisht Hot Water Springs and Temple, Museum of Himachal Culture and Folk Art, Great Himalayan National Park, Naggar Castle, Rahala Falls, Rohtang Pass, and Manali Sanctuary. Learn more about the best places to visit in Manali
  • Key Attractions in Kullu: Bijli Mahadev Temple, Raghunath Temple, Friendship Peak, Pandoh Dam, Parvati Valley, Chandrakhani Pass, Manikaran, Bhrigu Lake, Hanogi Mata Temple, Naggar, Bhuntar, and Jagannathi Devi Temple
  • Nearest Airport: Kullu-Manali Airport in Bhuntar
  • Nearest Railway Station: Joginder Nagar railway station

5. Mussoorie and Dehradun, Uttarakhand

Mussoorie and Dehradun, Uttarakhand

Mussoorie and Dehradun | #5 of 25 Places to Visit in North India

The tree-covered hills and valleys of Dehradun and Mussoorie have attracted families and couples since the 1800s. Offering stunning views of Dehradun on one side and snow-capped Himalayan peaks on the other, the British rightly called Mussoorie, The Queen of Hill Stations. Located merely 33 km apart, these hills are also popular with trekkers. In addition to their natural beauty, Dehradun and Mussoorie boast of a number of institutions, churches, and summer palaces from the British-raj era.

  • Best Time to Visit: March to June. December to February is ideal to experience snow.
  • Key Attractions in Mussoorie: Lake Mist, Camel’s Back Road, Cloud’s End, Mussoorie Lake, Gunhill Road, Mall Road, Lal Tibba Scenic Point, Bhatta Falls, Company Garden, Soham Heritage & Art Center, Mossy Falls, Bhadraj Temple, Benog Wildlife Sanctuary, Jwala Devi Temple, Happy Valley, and Kempty Falls. Learn more about things to do in Mussoorie.
  • Key Attractions in Dehradun: Robber’s Cave, Doon Valley, Har Ki Dun, Malsi Deer Park, Tapkeshwar Temple, Rajaji National Park, Buddha Temple, Sahastradhara Road, Dehradun Zoo, Mindrolling Monastery, Lacchiwalla, Zonal Museum, Paltan Bazar, and Shikhar Fall. Learn more about the best places to visit in Dehradun.
  • Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun
  • Nearest Railway Station: Dehradun

6. Dharamsala and McLeodganj, Himachal Pradesh

Dharamsala and McLeodganj, Himachal Pradesh

Dharamsala and McLeodganj | #6 of 25 Places to Visit in North India

Dharmshala and McLeodganj – less than 10 km apart – are best known as the home of the Tibetan Spiritual Leader, the Dalai Lama. Given the Tibetan influence, the calm and scenic McLeodganj is also known as Little Lhasa. Along with their natural beauty, these hill stations in North India are also known for quaint monasteries, Tibetan markets, old bungalows, and churches. They offer a sneak-peek into Tibetan culture and cuisine. Dharamshala and McLeodganj attract tourists of all ages from across the globe.

  • Best Time to Visit: February to June.
  • Key Attractions in Dharmshala and McLeodganj: Bhagsu Falls, Namgyal Monastery, Tsuglagkhang Complex, Bhagsunag Temple, Tibetan Museum, Triund, Dal Lake and St. John in the Wilderness Church
  • Nearest Airport: Gaggal Airport, Dharamsala
  • Nearest Railway Station: Dharamshala and Pathankot

7. Jim Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand

Jim Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand

Jim Corbett National Park | #7 of 25 Places to Visit in North India

Jim Corbett National Park, Indian’s first national park, is renowned for being home to the largest tiger population in the country. The park also has an abundance of elephants, deer, leopards, bears, reptiles, and birds spread across hills, grasslands, and jungles. It is divided into 6 zones with each offering a unique experience and Dhikala is the most popular amongst them. Given its proximity to cities like Delhi, Jim Corbett is one of the most popular long weekend destinations in North India.

  • Best Time to Visit: November to February
  • Key Attractions in Jim Corbett National Park: Jungle safari, Elephant Rides, River Rafting, Angling, Corbett Waterfall, Garjia Temple, Sitabani Temple, Corbett Museum, Birjani, Kosi River, Durga Devi Zone, and Dhikala
  • Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun
  • Nearest Railway Station: Ramnagar

8. Haridwar and Rishikesh, Uttarakhand

Haridwar and Rishikesh, Uttarakhand

Haridwar and Rishikesh | #8 of 25 Places to Visit in North India

It is impossible to talk about religious places in North India without mentioning Haridwar and Rishikesh. Considered to be twin national heritage cities, Haridwar and Rishikesh have a spiritual aura that attracts soul seekers and pilgrims from across the world. Even the Beatles visited Rishikesh in the 60s! While on one hand, the Ganges is meditated upon, on the other, its white rapids call out to thrill-seekers making it one of the most popular adventure spots in North India. Both towns have a vegetarian food culture and are known for delicious street food spread. Further, Rishikesh is the starting point for the Char Dhaam Yatra.

  • Best Time to Visit: March to June and October to November
  • Key Attractions in Haridwar: Har ki Pauri Ghat, Mansa Devi Temple, Chandi Devi Temple, Daksha Mahadev Temple, Shanti Kunj Ashram, Rajaji National Park, Chilla Wildlife Sanctuary, Swami Vivekanand Park, Maya Devi Temple, Piran Kaliyar, and Ganga Aarti. Learn more about top places to visit in Haridwar
  • Key Attractions in Rishikesh: Yoga Treats, Jadh Ganga Trek, Kuari Pass, Kaudiyala Ram Jhula, Lakshman Jhula, Triveni Ghat, Neelkanth Mahadev, Byasi, Parmanth Ghat, and Tera Manzil (Trimbakeshwar )Temple. Learn more about things to do in Rishikesh.
  • Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun
  • Nearest Railway Station: Haridwar and Rishikesh

9. Amritsar, Punjab

Amritsar, Punjab

Amritsar | #9 of 25 Places to Visit in North India

Amritsar is a treasure trove of spiritual and architectural beauty. It is home to the holiest shrine of the Sikhs, the Golden Temple or Sri Harmandir Sahib as it is popularly known. With bullet marks still visible on the walls of the Jallianwala Bagh, the city is a poignant reminder of India’s freedom struggle. The Change of Guard ceremony performed every evening at the Wagah-Attari border by soldiers of the Indian and Pakistani army is another reason Amritsar is worth visiting.

  • Best Time to Visit: October to March
  • Key Attractions in Amritsar: Durgiana Temple, Gobindgarh Fort, Golden Temple, Company Bagh, Jallianwala Bagh, Akal Takht, Partition Museum, Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum, Central Sikh Museum, The Old City Bazaar, Sada Pind, Harike Bird Sanctuary, and Wagah Border. Learn more about historical places in Amritsar
  • Nearest Airport: Amritsar International Airport or Sri Guru Ram Das Ji Airport
  • Nearest Railway Station: Amritsar Junction

10. Chandigarh, Punjab

Chandigarh, Punjab

Chandigarh | #10 of 25 Places to Visit in North India

Designed by Le Corbusier, Chandigarh is renowned as the first planned city of independent India. Even today, though the façade has changed, the city retains the look of sweeping boulevards, gardens, lakes and grand buildings. The city is a popular shopping destination and the gateway to many of Punjab’s smaller towns. Chandigarh has plenty of monuments worth admiring, one-of-a-kind gardens, lakes, and picnic spots. While on one hand, it has fine dining and gourmet restaurants, on the other hand, it offers lip-smacking street food.

  • Best Time to Visit: October to March
  • Key Attractions in Chandigarh: Sukhna Lake, Rock Garden, Rose Garden, Garden of Fragrance, Government Museum and Art Gallery, Open Hand Monument, Capitol Complex, International Doll Museum, Terraced Garden, Japanese Garden, Gurudwara Nada Sahib, Fateh Burj, Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary, and Garden of Silence. Learn more about the historical places in Chandigarh
  • Nearest Airport: Chandigarh International Airport
  • Nearest Railway Station: Chandigarh Junction

11. Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh

Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh

Dalhousie | #11 of 25 Places to Visit in North India

Surrounded by snow-capped hills in the winter and pine-clad valleys in the summer, Dalhousie is a nature lover’s paradise. Apart from honeymooners and families, this is one of the popular tourist places for solo travelers in North India. Sprawled across 5 hills and valleys, Dalhousie has many bungalows, churches, and cottages that date back to the British era. It abounds in natural beauty and boasts of picturesque waterfalls, trekking routes, lakes, dams and a wildlife sanctuary that houses over 100 rare species of birds and animals.

  • Best Time to Visit: March to May. October to February is a good time to experience snow.
  • Key Attractions in Dalhousie: Panch Pulla, St. John’s Church, Satdhara Falls, St. Francis’ Church, Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary, Dainkund Peak, Chamunda Devi Temple, Khajjiar, Barapattar Hill, Subhash Baoli, Sach Pass, and Ganji Pahari
  • Nearest Airport: Pathankot Airport and Gaggal Airport
  • Nearest Railway Station: Pathankot Railway Station

12. Nainital, Uttarakhand

Nainital, Uttarakhand

Nainital | #12 of 25 Places to Visit in North India

With a beautiful lake that takes center stage, Nainital is one of the most popular family destinations in North India. The town has a number of trekking routes that offer spectacular views of forested valleys and pristine lakes. Everything about Nainital seems designed to relax the mind and spirit. In winter, the town is covered with snow and looks like it belongs to a postcard. The Nainital Winter Carnival is a 3 days extravagant celebration with cultural performances, bird watching, and heritage trails.

  • Best Time to Visit: March to June. Late November to February is a good time to experience snow and winter carnival.
  • Key Attractions in Nainital: Naini Lake, Tiffin Top, Eco Cave Garden, G B Pant High Altitude Zoo, Naina Devi Temple, Mall Road, Snow View Point, Governor House, Naina Peak, Kilbury Road, Jeolikot, Land’s End, Peora, Sariyatal, and Nainital Ropeway.
  • Nearest Airport: Pantnagar Airport
  • Nearest Railway Station: Kathgodam Railway Station

13. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

Varanasi | #13 of 25 Places to Visit in North India

Varanasi is one of the most important religious places in North India. Also known as Benaras, it is steeped in history and religious symbolism. There are a number of temples in Varanasi dedicated to Hindu Gods and Goddesses. Watching the sunrise over the Ganga and strolling down the ghats are powerful experiences that one cannot have anywhere else. It is a magical city where the myriad sights and sounds can quickly overwhelm the senses.

  • Best Time to Visit: October to March. April and May and popular times to experience festivities in Varanasi
  • Key Attractions in Varanasi: Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Dashashwamedh Ghat, Manikarnika Ghat, Assi Ghat, Kedar Ghat, Alamgir Mosque, St. Maryês Church, Ganga Aarti, Dhamek Stupa, Ramnagar Fort, Chunar Fort, Sarnath Museum, Chaukhandi Stupa, Sankat Mochan Hanuman, Varanasi Fun City, Vindham Waterfalls, and Tibetan Table. Learn more about things to do in Varanasi
  • Nearest Airport: Lal Bahadur Shastri Airport
  • Nearest Railway Station: Varanasi

14. Mathura and Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh

Mathura and Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh

Mathura and Vrindavan | #14 of 25 Places to Visit in North India

Known as the birthplace of Lord Krishna, Mathura and Vrindavan are considered one the most religious places in North India. Just about 10 km apart, these towns are dotted with temples and have 25 ghats lining the Yamuna. Mathura was once also an important Buddhist center and houses several sculptural ruins from that time. Pilgrims travel here throughout the year but Holi and Janmashtami call for a special mention for the flood of pilgrims and tourists that they attract.

  • Best Time to Visit: October to March. It is also worth visiting in February/March for Holi and August/September for Janmashtami celebrations
  • Key Attractions in Mathura: Krishan Balram Temple, Kusum Sarovar, Mathura – Vrindavan Marg, Prem Mandir, Shri Krishna Janmabhoomi Temple, Mathura Museum, Dwarkadhish Temple, Kans Quila, Raman Reti Gokul, Radha Rani Mandir, Giriraj Temple, Banke Bihari Temple, Vishram Ghat, Jama Masjid, Gita Mandi, Nand Bhawan, and the Yamuna. Learn more about things to do in Mathura
  • Nearest Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport, and Kheria Airport, Agra
  • Nearest Railway Station: Mathura Junction, Mathura Cantonment, and Vrindavan

15. Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh

Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh

Lucknow | #15 of 25 Places to Visit in North India

Lucknow, the City of Nawabs, is a charming place known in equal measures for its tehzeeb, Islamic monuments, and Chikankari handicrafts. The city has an artistic ambiance and boasts of a number of historic monuments, museums, palaces, temples and mosques that appeal to history buffs and explorers. There are also a number of heritage homes in the old city of Lucknow. For foodies, the aroma and delicious flavors of Mughlai cuisine and street food of Lucknow make this a holiday to remember.

  • Best Time to Visit: October to March
  • Key Attractions in Lucknow: Chandrika Devi Temple, Kaiserbagh Palace, Jama Masjid, Constantia House, Satkhanda, Sikandar Bagh, State Museum, Bara Imambara, Chota Imambara, Rumi Darwaza, Ambedkar Memorial Park, British Residency, Chattar Manzil, Dilkusha Kothi, Husainabad Clock Tower, Amrapali Water Park, Aminabad Market, Indira Gandhi Planetarium, and Nawab Wahid Ali Shah Zoological Garden. Learn more about things to do in Lucknow
  • Nearest Airport: Chaudhary Charan Singh Airport, Lucknow
  • Nearest Railway Station: Lucknow Charbagh and Lucknow Junction

16. Jaipur, Rajasthan

Jaipur, Rajasthan

Jaipur | #16 of 25 Places to Visit in North India

With its rich history, Jaipur is a vibrant, flamboyant city that is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its majestic past is visible in the form of palaces, some that still are home to the Royal family, forts, and monuments dotting the city. There are also a number of picturesque gardens and lakes in Jaipur. The city balances its heritage with all the conveniences of an urban metropolis as camels and buses share the same space. It is a part of the Golden-Triangle circuit that spread across Jaipur, Delhi, and Agra.

  • Best Time to Visit: October to March
  • Key Attractions in Jaipur: Hawa Mahal, Amber Fort, City Palace, Jantar Mantar, Jai Mahal, Nahargarh Fort, Jaigarh Fort, Albert Hall Museum, Dolls Museum, Birla Mandir, Sisodia Rani Ka Bagh, Galta Ji Temple, Bapu Bazaar, Central Park, Panna Meena Ka Kund, and Sheesh Mahal. Learn more about things to do in Jaipur
  • Nearest Airport: Jaipur International Airport
  • Nearest Railway Station: Jaipur Junction

17. Udaipur, Rajasthan

Udaipur, Rajasthan

Udaipur | #17 of 25 Places to Visit in North India

Udaipur, the crown city of Rajasthan, is a city of lakes and filled with rich history. The city abounds in natural beauty and is surrounded by the Aravalli hills which add to its scenic beauty. Udaipur has rightly been called the ‘Venice of the East’. Its palaces are architectural delights and display intricate glasswork and fascinating remnants from the time when Rajasthan was ruled by Maharajas. In addition to its palaces and forts, Udaipur is also dotted with a number of temples and has plenty of local markets to explore.

  • Best Time to Visit: September to March
  • Key Attractions in Udaipur: City Palace, Lake Palace, Sajjangarh Palace, Lake Pichola, Jaisamand Lake, Udaisagar Lake, Saheliyon Ki Bari, Jagmandir, Jagdish Temple, Fateh Sagar Lake, Ahar Cenotaphs, Moti Magri, Doodh Talai, Shilpgram, Bagore Haveli, Ambrai Ghat, Maharana Pratap Memorial, Vintage Car Museum, and Sajjangarh Biological Park. Learn more about things to do in Udaipur
  • Nearest Airport: Jaipur International Airport
  • Nearest Railway Station: Udaipur City Railway Station

18. Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Jaisalmer | #18 of 25 Places to Visit in North India

The golden dunes of Jaisalmer give it the moniker- the Golden city. The desert in itself is mesmerizing and stretches over thousands of kilometers. The Desert National Park is one of the few places in India to spot the endangered Indian bustard. Jaisalmer flaunts its rich past with Havelis, cenotaphs, and ornate forts. It is also home to many magnificent Hindu and Jain temples. Apart from its visual beauty, a camel ride across the Jaisalmer desert is a unique treat and an unforgettable experience.

  • Best Time to Visit: October to March
  • Key Attractions in Jaisalmer: Jaisalmer Fort, Patwon Ki Haveli, Gadi Sagar, Salam Singh Ki Haweli, Nathmal ki Haveli, Desert Culture Centre and Museum, Vyas Chhatri, Tazia Tower, Government Museum, Bada Bagh, Jain Temples, Tanot Rai Mata Mandir, Amar Sagar, Sam Sand Dunes, Lodharva, Thar Heritage Museum, and Desert National Park
  • Nearest Airport: Jaisalmer Airport
  • Nearest Railway Station: Jaisalmer

19. Kashmir Circuit – Pahalgam, Sonmarg, Gulmarg, and Srinagar

Kashmir Circuit - Pahalgam, Sonmarg, Gulmarg, and Srinagar

Kashmir Circuit | #19 of 25 Places to Visit in North India

The natural beauty of the Kashmir Circuit makes it one of the top places to visit in North India. There’s a lot to take in here ranging from the mesmerizing lakes and expansive gardens to the snow-capped mountains in the distance. Srinagar is also a hub of activity with bustling local markets. The Kashmiri wazwan calls for a special mention for its rich aromas and flavors. In winter, the slopes of Sonamarg, Gulmarg, and Pahalgam become ideal for skiing and winter sports.

  • Best Time to Visit: March to August. December to February is a good time to enjoy snow
  • Key Attractions in the Kashmir Circuit: Dal Lake, Shalimar Bagh, Shankaracharya Temple, Pari Mahal, Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden, Chashme Shahi, Hazratbal Shrine, Hari Parbat, Jamia Masjid, Betaab Valley, Pahalgam Lakes, Gulmarg Gondola, and
  • Nearest Airport: Sheikh ul-Alam International Airport, Srinagar
  • Nearest Railway Station: Jammu Railway Station and Srinagar Railway Station

20. Leh-Ladakh, Jammu, and Kashmir

Leh-Ladakh, Jammu, and Kashmir

Leh-Ladakh | #20 of 25 Places to Visit in North India

Leh-Ladakh is one of the most picturesque adventure spots in North India. Its unique landscape varies from rugged mountains with snow-capped peaks to pristine blue lakes, lush green pockets, and shifting dunes of the Nubra valley to meandering rivers. It is home to several monasteries covered in a mystic, spiritual air. Thrill-seekers find Leh-Ladakh exhilarating for treks across the Zanskar range, bike rides over the mountains and rafting down the Indus and Zanskar rivers. The people, culture, and food of this region are heavily influenced by Tibetan culture. 

  • Best Time to Visit: April to September. November to March offers a unique chance to see the lakes frozen into solid ice.
  • Key Attractions in Leh-Ladakh: Khardung La, Nubra Valley, Thiksey Monastery, Leh Palace, Magnetic Hill, Shanti stupa, Zorawar Fort, Hall of Fame, Gurudwara Pathar Sahib, Pangang Tso, Tso Moriri, Tso Kar and Hemis Monastery
  • Nearest Airport: Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport, Leh
  • Nearest Railway Station: Srinagar

21. Auli, Uttarakhand

Auli, Uttarakhand

Auli | #21 of 25 Places to Visit in North India

Auli is amongst the most popular hill stations in North India. Everywhere you look, you can see pine trees, majestic old oaks, and apple orchards. The lush green hillsides of the Garhwal Himalayas are popular trekking routes that offer spectacular views of the snow-draped mountains around Auli. In winter, the slopes come alive with skiers. During the rest of the year, the slopes are covered with snow. Auli also has a number of temples that make it a part of the pilgrim circuit.

  • Best Time to Visit: April to June. December to February is ideal for skiing.
  • Key Attractions in Auli: Auli Ropeway, Trishul Peak, Gorson Bugyal, Kwani Bugyal, Artificial Lake, Chenab Lake, Joshimath, Chattrakund, Narsigh Temple, Rudraprayag, Nandaprayag, and Nanda Devi Peak
  • Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun
  • Nearest Railway Station: Haridwar, Dehradun and Rishikesh

22. Spiti, Himachal Pradesh

Spiti, Himachal Pradesh

Spiti | #22 of 25 Places to Visit in North India

Spiti is one of the coldest places in India and offers spectacular peeks of the cold desert. The place is accessible only during the summer months. With its numerous trekking trails offering panoramic views of the Himalayans, Spiti is a trekker’s paradise. Its long winding roads are also favored by bikers. The natural beauty of the place is enhanced by whitewashed chortens, Tibetan prayer flags fluttering in the wind, and quaint monasteries. In the summer, the snow melts to reveal a carpet of beautiful flowers over the hillsides.

  • Best Time to Visit: May to July
  • Key Attractions in Spiti: Chandra Taal, Pin Valley National Park, Bara-lacha la, Key Monastery, Kunzum Pass, Hamta Pass, Suraj Tal, Bhabha Pass, Tabo Monastery, Dhankar Lake, Lahaul Valley, Kardang Monastery, Inderkilla National Park, and Bara Shingri Glacier
  • Nearest Airport: Bhuntar Airport, Kullu
  • Nearest Railway Station: Joginder Nagar and Shimla

23. Parvati Valley, Himachal Pradesh

Parvati Valley, Himachal Pradesh

Parvati Valley | #23 of 25 Places to Visit in North India

Nestled between the forests of Kasol and the pilgrim town of Manikaran, Parvati Valley is famed for its natural beauty. Its slopes are covered with lush greenery and pine trees while the gushing Parvati River complements the magnificent mountain hills. With a reputation for excellent trekking routes, the Parvati Valley welcomes Indian and international tourists with affordable accommodation and plenty of hangout spots. While on one hand, it has a spiritual aura, one the other the hippies make the air reverberate with music.

  • Best Time to Visit: April to May and October to November
  • Key Attractions in the Parvati Valley: Kasol, Chalal Trek, Gurudwara Shri Manikaran Sahib, Hot Springs, Choj Bridge, Khirganga National Park, Fairy Forest, Rudranaag, Kheerganga Waterfall, and Barshaini Temple
  • Nearest Airport: Bhuntar Airport, Kullu,
  • Nearest Railway Station: Joginder Nagar

24. Pushkar, Rajasthan

Pushkar, Rajasthan

Pushkar | #24 of 25 Places to Visit in North India

With interesting mythology, Pushkar is unlike any other town in Rajasthan. It is a major pilgrim town that dances to the tunes of devotional music and the sound of bells and drums. This is the only place in India to have a temple dedicated to Lord Brahma. Apart from this, Pushkar has over 400 temples and 52 bathing ghats around the Pushkar Lake. During the camel fair, the town takes on a festive, colorful air with cultural fetes and unique competitions.

  • Best Time to Visit: November to March. October to November is the camel fair
  • Key Attractions in Pushkar: Pushkar Lake, Brahmaji Temple, Savitri Mata Temple, Rangji Temple, Varaha Temple, Pushkar Adventure Camp, Lake Foy Sagar, Gayatri Mata Temple, Rangji Temple, Gau Ghat, Man Mahal, Gurudwara Singh Sabha, Rose Garden, and Brahma Ghat. Learn more about things to do in Pushkar
  • Nearest Airport: Jaipur International Airport
  • Nearest Railway Station: Ajmer Junction, Pushkar Terminus

25. Ranthambore, Rajasthan

Ranthambore, Rajasthan

Ranthambore | #25 of 25 Places to Visit in North India

Best known for the Ranthambore National Park and its majestic tigers, Ranthambore stands out for its natural beauty, diverse flora, and architectural splendor. You can go on the Ranthambore safari to spot tigers, chinkara deers, and other wild animals. The place is dotted with regal forts recognized by as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and ruins of old palaces. Picturesque lakes around Ranthambore are ideal picnic and birdwatching spots. Ranthambore also offers an opportunity to explore traditions and Rajasthani culture with numerous handicrafts.

  • Best Time to Visit: October to April
  • Key Attractions in Ranthambore: Ranthambore Tiger Reserve, Ranthambore Fort, Trinetra Ganesh Temple, Surwal Lake, Padam Lake, Kachida Valley, Raj Bagh Ruins, Jogi Mahal, Malik Talao, Lakarda and Anant Pura, Akaula Region, Wild Dragon, and Ranthambore Schools of Art
  • Nearest Airport: Jaipur International Airport
  • Nearest Railway Station: Sawai Madhopur Railway Station