Everyone knows the complex diversity of India which is famous for its traditions, religious values, diverse culture and multiple mouth watering Indian cuisine. Having area around 1,420,540 sq. Kilometers and population of 543 million North India is densely populated around the Ganges plains and scattered in northern Himalayas. From glaciers to subtropical forests and the vast Thar desert providing long lasting memories throughout your visit in India. There are my favorite top 10 destinations in northern India down below.
1. Agra (Uttar Pradesh)
Agra has three UNESCO World Heritage sites, the Taj Mahal and the Agra Fort in the city and Fatehpur Sikri 40 km away. There are also many other buildings and tombs from Agra’s days of glory as the capital of the Mughal Empire. The symbol of love and beauty Taj Mahal is situated near the bank of river Yamuna and a must visit place. To visit Agra the best month is between October to March.
2.Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh)
Varanasi , once known as Benares or Banaras and Kashi, is a city at the banks of the Ganges river in northern India. Being the most sacred city in Hinduism and Jainism, and important in the history of Buddhism. Varanasi is India’s most important pilgrimage destination. Ghats and historical monuments cultural capital of India. Must visit the evening prayers at Ghats which is commonly known as ‘Ganga Aarti’. The best time to visit Varanasi is from August to March.
Delhi is India‘s capital and seat of government. It forms the National Capital Territory of Delhi, rather than being part of a state. Within India it is a major center of arts, commerce, education, tourism, and transit. As the capital of several empires over the last 2000 years, Delhi also contains a striking array of well-preserved historic sites for the tourist to visit.
UNESCO World Heritage Sites The most visited sites are Red Fort (the 17th century palace of the Mughal emperor), Jama Masjid (a vast and beautiful 17th century mosque), the Qutub Minar (a 73-meter high tower, dating to the 13th century but still with well-preserved intricate carvings), Humayun’s Tomb (the vast 16th century tomb of a Mughal emperor), and Purana Qila (a 16th-century Mughal citadel).
The main attractions for travellers are the vast Thar Desert, one of the oldest mountain ranges in the world – the Aravalis – and the Rajput heritage which is apparent in the forts, temples and palaces established by Rajput kings such as Bappa Rawal, Rana Kumbha, Rana Sanga and Rana Pratap.
- UNESCO World Heritage sites Hill Forts of Rajasthan: includes six majestic forts in Chittorgarh, Kumbhalgarh, Sawai Madhopur, Jhalawar, Jaipur and Jaisalmer.
- Amber Fort in Jaipur
- Bundi Fort in Bundi
- Camel fair in Pushkar
- Chittorgarh Fort – A massive structure with numerous gateways, the fort is an outstanding example of Mauryan architecture.
- The Desert landscape in Jaisalmer
- Dilwara Temples in Mount Abu
- Jaisalmer Fort – Located in Jaisalmer. This fort is constructed with sand stones and is an important landmark of Jaisalmer city.
- Jal Mahal in Jaipur
- Junagarh Fort in Bikaner
- Khejarla Fort in Jodhpur
- Mehrangarh Fort – Located in Jodhpur. Set on the hill top, Mehrangarh Fort is a humongous royal mansion.
- Pichola Lake in Udaipur
- Ranthambore in Sawai Madhopur
- The Pink City in Jaipur
- Umaid Bhawan in Jodhpur
- Wildlife Sanctuary in Ranthambhore National Park Ranthambore wildlife sa
5. Amritsar (Punjab)
Amritsar is known mainly for its Golden Temple which was initiated by Guru Ram Das, the fourth Sikh Guru and the founder of the city, and completed in 1601 by his successor Guru Arjan Dev Ji. Golden Temple Complex (Harmandir Sahib Complex), Golden Temple Road, Atta Mandi (Centre, One km . The complex is open from 6AM until 2AM, and is worth visiting twice: once during the day, once at night, when it’s beautifully lit up.. This is the main attraction in the city, and the most important religious place to the Sikhs. It’s a stunning complex, and always full of thousands of pilgrims from all over India
Manali, at the northern end of the Kullu Valley in Himachal Pradesh, is a hill station at a height of 2,050 m (6,398 ft) in the Himalayas. Situated on the Beas River (Vyaas in Hindi) and near its source, it is a popular tourist spot for Indians in summer and a magical, snow-covered place in winter. A staging point for a number of treks (Beas Kund, Chandrakhani Pass) and sports such as white-water rafting, Manali is also on the road to Ladakh via the valley of Lahaul and Spiti and Rohtang Pass, which is the main attraction near Manali.
Kashmir is the northwestern region of the Indian subcontinent. Until the mid-19th century, the term Kashmir geographically denoted only the valley between the Great Himalayas and the Pir Panjal mountain range. Then the name was used for the larger area of a princely state centered on the valley. Kashmir is a picturesque location featuring snow-capped mountains, alpine lakes, evergreen forests and high river valleys. In India it’s known as heaven on earth.
Ladakh is a mountainous region in northeast in north India and in the area known as the Trans-Himalayas (the lands beyond the Himalayas). It’s slightly smaller than Scotland, and is the largest, but least populated. The settled population lives between 2,700 m and 4,500 m, and in nomadic encampments even higher.Nubra Valley – The fertile Valley of Nubra formed a part of the overland route between Tibet and Turkestan, prior to the partition of British India, and even until the Indian/ChiOnce dotted with garlands of camel and yak caravans, this Silk Route is also known as the ‘Valley of Flowers’ of Ladakh, and is amongst the greenest valleys in the region
9.Valley of Flowers (Uttarakhand)
In 1980, Indian government created the Valley of Flowers National Park, and later in 2002, it was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This pushed Valley of Flowers on the bucket list of trekkers from around the world.
Meghalaya (Abode of Clouds in Sanskrit) is one of the seven Northeastern states of India. Famous for its high rainfall, subtropical forests and biodiversity, it is abutted by Assam in the north and east and by Bangladesh in the south. The River Brahmaputra (or Luit as called locally) forms the border in the west.