Tourist places in North India

Himachal Pradesh

North India has some of the world’s most popular tourist destinations. This article will go though the best tourist places North India has to offer. Those who love India food will really enjoy this part of India. There are plenty of things to try. Read more articles on Indian food here. North India is also that part of India where you have the opportunity to make a trip to the Golden Triangle that includes Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. The 7 prominent states of India together make North India include Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Uttaranchal, Haryana, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh.

Here are the best tourist places in the Northern states of India

1) Jammu and Kashmir

The location of Jammu and Kashmir marks the northern most region of India and rightly signifies as the Crown of India! The snow capped mountains, chilli weather, mesmerizing scenes, beautiful people and a place that will leave you overwhelming!

Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu Kashmir is famous for beautiful floating houseboats. The valley of Kashmir, The Dal Lake, The Mughal Gardens and “The Temple of Shankaracharya” are the main attractions in Srinagar you should visit.

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The Dal Lake

Leh, Jammu and Ladakh collectively offers the most wonderful places in India. Dha-Hanu, Nubra Valley, Zanskar, Central Ladhak, Changthang Area, Pangong Tso and Suru Valley are some of the best places to visit in Ladakh. The Raghunath Mandir, Dargah of Peer Budhan Ali Shah and Bawey Wali Mata or Mahamaya temple are some of the places will give you the glimpses of divinity in this part of North India.

2) Himachal Pradesh

Trekking, mountaineering, paragliding, fishing, ice-skating, skiing and golfing are the popular things to do in Himachal Pradesh.

Shimla is the capital city of Himachal Pradesh. It is situated in the middle Himalayas in Northern India. The best of all the attractions in the city include State Museum, Sankat Mochan temple, Tara Devi, Mashobra, Chadwick Falls, Bhargaon and Prospect Hill and Kamna Devi.

Kullu Manali is a picturesque hill station and a wonderful place for nature lovers. The famous spots here are Rohtang Pass, Jagatsukh, Vashisht Ashram and Gayatri Devi and Devi Sharvali Kothi.

Dalhausi, Dharamsala and Kangra are two more famous tourist destinations in Himachal Pradesh.

Himachal Pradesh
If you love hills – you will love Himachal Pradesh

3) Punjab

Chandigarh is one of those rare cities in India which serves as the capital of two states i.e. Punjab and Haryana. Since it is not under the jurisdiction of either state it is classified as union territory. Sukhna Lake, Punjab Kala Kendra, The Rock Garden, International dolls museum, Child Art Gallery, Museum of the evolution of life and Government Museum and Art gallery are the common places in the city that attracts travellers from all over India. Foreign tourists can also check them out.

Amritsar is well known for its Golden Templethe most sacred religious shrine for Sikhs. Apart from this world famous temple you may want to visit the two historic spots Jallianwala Bagh and Ram Bagh (the summer palace of King or Maharaja Ranjit Singh).

Manuela at the golden temple amritsar
My friend manuela at the Golden Temple in Amritsar – Read more about her story here

4) Uttaranchal

Dehradun is the capital city of Uttaranchal and is the home of the Indian military Academy. Durbar Shri Guru Ram Rai, Robber’s cave, Malsi deer Park, Lakshmansidh, Forest Research Institute and The Sericulture Centre are the places to visit in Dehradun.

"Great stupa in Mindroling"
Great stupa in Mindroling

Badrinath, Kedarnath, Shivpuri, Gangotri, Rishikesh and Haridwar are the major Hindu pilgrimage centres in India. These places are the most sought out temples in India.

Mussorie and Nainital are fascinating hill stations famous places amongst honeymooners in India. Corbett and Auli are other places that may interest you.

5) Haryana

This is a state noted for its scenic beauty and cultural extravaganza. The to-do list of Haryana is exhaustive and alluring. Starting from the Badkal Lake, Karna Lake, Bhindawas Lake to parks and gardens like Yadavindra gardens, Patel Park, City Park everything is magnificent. You also have places like Dabchick, Magpie, Sohna, Skylark, Surajkund, Star monument and Lat or a stone pillar apart from others.

Blackbuck male and female
Blackbuck male and female in Haryana. A CC image

6) Delhi

Delhi is the capital of India. It is the amalgamation of old and new and hence it can be divided as old Delhi and New Delhi. In New Delhi you can find the attractions like The Lotus Temple, India Gate, Old Fort, Jantar Mantar and Qutab Minar. In Old Delhi you can visit Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Raj Ghat and Chandni Chowk.

"Lotus Temple New Delhi"
The Lotus Temple in New Delhi

7) Uttar Pradesh

Uttar Pradesh is a world in itself says Ruskin Bond. It is one of the most diverse states in India. It has something to offer to every tourist ranging from adventures to spiritual culture or heritage sites.

Lucknow is the capital city of Uttar Pradesh. It has been significant for the royal romance of Nawabs. Bara Imambara, Jama Masjid and Clock Tower are a few important sites to see in Lucknow.

Agra is the most important place to be visited in India and this city is in Uttar Pradesh. Taj Mahal is one of the wonders of the world built with white marble and is the mausoleum of Shah Jahan’s wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Agra fort, Fatehpur Sikri, Jama Masjid and Chini Ka Rauza are few more sites to visit in Agra.

Natalia at the Taj Mahal
My friend Natalia at the Taj Mahal

Varanasi, Vrindavan, Mathura and Ayodhya are prominent Hindu pilgrims centres. Apart from these you may also visit cities like Gorakhpur, Kanpur, Allahabad, Shravasti and Kushinagar. Here’s a list of top Hindu places to visit.

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Sadhus or holy men of India at the holy city of Varanasi. Source: plusgood’s photostream

The climate in North India is different in different places. Do not forget to get some information on weather when you plan for your trip to North India.

Now there are no excuses not to visit the best tourist places in North India…

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53 thoughts on “Tourist places in North India

  1. Lovely information about tourist destination in India. Yes I agreed with you, North India is superb choice for Holidays. You have shared beautiful information with pictures. I loved it.

  2. Looking to visit pilgrim places in Uttar Pradesh and Uttranchal. Will go there in coming summer with my friends. No doubt India has so many places to visit that you hardly want to go on foreign trip. 🙂

  3. Hi,

    Wow amazing presentation.I like visit In New Delhi and find the attractions like The Lotus Temple, India Gate, Old Fort, Jantar Mantar and Qutab Minar.

    Thanks to share this nice post with us.

    Keep up your good work!

    Have a nice day!

    Majid Uamar

  4. Hi Shalu,

    I’m from North India and I’ve visited almost all the states you mentioned here. My personal favorite are Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh & Uttranchal.

    This is really a wonderful read for anyone visiting India.


  5. Great post
    I am also from north India & have traveled across all the destination which you have mention in your post but i love Himachal because of it’s weather and beauty It’s awesome

  6. Thanks for this great article. I live in North India and I was searching some best tourist places where I can visit with my friends. Thank you for this great list. This tells about all the attractive destinations in this region.

  7. Very useful post about top tourist places in North India. I am looking to visit to Punjab and Jammu Kashmir, because these places are my favorite Destination In India.

  8. I recently visited to Kashmir and that place was amazing. I will strongly recommended to my friends to visit to Kashmir in their life at least once. Really like a heaven. People’s are so soft spoken and calm. Really enjoyed my time..

  9. Dear Shallu,
    Great stuffs to read about the top most beautiful tourist place in India.

    I have visited delhi and uttarachal place till which you had mentioned above and have a high desire to vist others too soon.

    Any one from India or outside India can visit these places to make their travel journey beautiful and memorable.

  10. Hello Shalu,

    You have posted very interesting blog post on travel. i was in Shimla on this Holi and this was my great experience because in march i got snow fall experience in Kufri. This was my best experience ever in life because i never see snow. Now i feel; i should visit more place in future with my lovely wife.
    Once again thanks for writing on good tourist places.

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  12. India looks like a great place to visit…I always make sure I have a map or a guide book of a place I want to visit so I can plan my trip and see all the places I want to see, without getting lost!! just a heads up for my fellow travellers there are so many companies that offer guide books and maps to help tourists get around.

  13. Shimla is the capital city of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, located in northern India. Shimla is bounded by Mandi and Kullu in the north, Kinnaur in the east, the state of Uttarakhand in the south-east, and Solan and Sirmaur to the south. Shimla acts as a hub for India’s tourism sector. It is among the top 10 preferred entrepreneurial locations in India.

  14. It’s a great article. Thank you for sharing information about these tourist places. I have visited Delhi, Himachal Pradesh and Harayana, and now I will also visit Jammu and Kashmir which is great for tourists.

  15. you are right shalu North India has some of the world’s most popular tourist destinations.Himachal Pradesh is also one of the most famous tourist destination.

  16. India is one of the most beautiful destinations on this earth for spending vacation. Ladakh and Kashmir is one of my favorites. Your post is just amazing and photos are wonderful.

  17. Hi,
    Was searching the web, came across U R web page. Planning 2Map out couple places S. India and 3-4 places in N. India. Lived in Mumbai & Bengaluru 50’s – 60’s. U R webpg & U R Fan’s comments will definitely be an asset. We just retired & glad 2B away from Canada for the Winter to visit our homeland. Regards.

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