Top 25 Must Visit Places in North India

India has many tourist attractions that make for some of the most memorable vacations of a lifetime. Be it snowy white mountain tops, green ridge filled valleys or quaint old temples, North India definitely has something up its sleeve to appease every traveler. So, let’s get on exploring the choicest 25 in this massive list.

1. The Dal Lake

The Dal Lake
Photo by confused_me, CC0 1.0

The Dal Lake is a defining attraction of Kashmir. You can take rides on houseboats called Shikaras and shop at floating markets.

2. Pahalgam

Photo by Ankur P, CC BY-SA 2.0

Pahalgham is another high point of Kashmir tourism. Known for regular and beautiful snowfall and adventure sports.

3. Gulmarg and Sonmarg

Gulmarg and Sonamarg
Gulmarg, Photo by confused_me, CC0 1.0

Gulmarg and Sonmarg are twin hilly attractions located in Kashmir. You can witness snowfall here, and pretty flora.

4. The Zanskar Lake

Zanskar Lake
Photo by CortoMaltese_1999, CC BY 2.0

Located in Ladakh, high above the ground and solitary, Zanskar Lake provides perfect ambience and proximity to monasteries.

5. Kullu- Manali

Kullu Manali
Solang valley, Photo by Raman Virdi, CC BY 2.0

Kullu- Manali are twofold attractions of Himachal Pradesh, known for natural beauty, pleasant climate and aerial sports.

6. Nainital

Nainital lake, Photo by Dipankar Ghosh, Public Domain

Another North Indian crowd puller acclaimed for its beauty, Nainital has a lot of temples, mountains and blue lakes.

7. Varanasi

Ghat, Photo by Miraage.clicks, CC BY-SA 2.0

Also, named Benaras, Varanasi is the ultimate place for Hindu religious tourism and the aarti at night on the ghats are famous.

8. Sikkim

Photo by Stefan Krasowski, CC BY 2.0

Sikkim is the place to be at if you want smatterings of colonial culture in everyday life, and luxury hotels and mountains.

9. Mussoorie

Photo by Curious Eagle, CC BY-SA 2.0

Also, a hilly destination, Mussoorie is famous for bird watching and photography among other pastimes.

10. Dehradun

Budha park, Photo by Dr. Umesh Behari Mathur, CC BY 2.0

Located surrounded by hills, this sleepy town of Dehradun is green all over and has a lot of literary significance.

11. Rishikesh

Lord Shiva statute, Photo by ganapathi_brahm, CC0 1.0

Rishikesh is an erstwhile religious city which has adapted a lot of new cultures, imparting a ‘hippie’ feel and uniqueness.

12. Haridwar

Temples and ghats, Photo by Jeevan, CC0 1.0

Deeply religious, the many lakes, temples and shrines are the tourism highlights of Haridwar.

13. Punjab

Golden temple, Photo  by cascayoyo, CC0 1.0

Punjab is rife with political, religious and historical relevance, important landmarks being the Golden Temple, Jallianwala Bagh.

14. Vrindavan

Photo by milinkapoor, CC0 1.0

Featured in Hindu mythology as intricately linked to lord Vishnu, Vrindavan is a must if you are theistically inclined.

15. The Red Fort, Delhi

The Red Fort, Delhi
Photo by Arian Zwegers, CC BY 2.0

The most important political monument to have come across in recent history, Red Fort is also an ode to excellent craftsmanship.

16. The Taj Mahal, Agra

The Taj Mahal, Agra
Photo by wiganparky, CC0 1.0

Taj Mahal is a tribute to undying love and Mughal opulence constructed by the emperor Shah Jahan is a Wonder of the World.

17. Jantar Mantar, Delhi

Jantar Mantar, Delhi
Photo by halftheworldaway, CC BY 2.0

Jantar Mantar is also an architectural milestone, depicting a labyrinth, and has astronomical observation centres.

18. Fatehpur Sikri

Fatehpur Sikri
Photo by Jean-Pierre Dalbéra, CC BY 2.0

Fatehpur Sikri is a historical monument constructed by dynasties ruling India remains a favorite with history buffs.

19. New Delhi

New Delhi
India gate, Photo by Larry Johnson, CC BY 2.0

From power to shopping, food to media, if you want a comprehensive place that delivers you all, Delhi is where you should be headed.

20. The Spiti Valley

The Spiti Valley
Chandratal lake, Photo by Binny V A, CC BY-SA 2.0

With gorgeous views of rivers, valleys, wildlife, blue, green and white, sights like these of Spiti Valley are hard to come by in life.

21. Lansdowne

St. mary’s church, Photo by Sanyam Bahga, CC BY-SA 3.0

Lansdowne is a place that also provides glimpses into a colonial past, what with war memorials and beautiful churches.

22. Chandigarh

Rock garden, Photo by tpsdave, CC0 1.0

With a very advanced pace of life, Chandigarh also offers various rock carved artefacts, and the famous Doll Museum.

23. Mathura

Great khan’s tomb, Photo  by DEZALB, CC0 1.0

Known in folklore as the birthplace of Lord Krishna, and the place where he whiled away his childhood and youth with his Gopis, Mathura should be on your checklist for old world charm, beautiful architecture and general peace.

24. Ladakh

Pangong monestry, Photo by excitigo, CC0 1.0

Ladakh is probably one of the highest points in the county, and peacefully secluded. Buddhist culture touches it everywhere, there are hills, and also adventure sport opportunities, but asthmatic people should be careful here of complications.

25. The Himalayas

The Himalayas
Mount Everest base camp, Photo by skeeze, CC0 1.0

The Himalaya mountain range acts as a defining highlight of India, and is located straddling large expanses of North India. Be it the visuals, history or religion, flora, fauna or unexplored mysteries of these mountains, you would be wise to not miss out.

North India is wide and vast, and the tourist experiences it provides are to die for. From “aartis” to trek trails, hills to bridges, birds to photography, gods to new age, it has definitely got it all. So, look no further- destinations for your next vacations are provided plentifully here.

About Rohit

An architect by profession, Rohit Agarwal is a curious traveller, seeking out the minutest detail about the places he travels to, and that’s what one will find in his writings. His writings have appeared in various blogs, he’s currently trying to bring forth as many different places a traveller who shares the same level of curiosity like him would like to visit through his writings.

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