Building a 2 week North India itinerary is tough, with so much to see and do. So we’ve narrowed down all the best parts, into 2 weeks in North India.
How To Get Around North India
Depending on your budget, you have a few choices when it comes to travelling around the North of India.
Not the cheapest way to travel, but it is possible to fly between many of the major cities in the North of India. With many international and domestic airports spread across this region.
Northern India has a good rail network and this is definitely one of the best ways to get around.
You can purchase a range of different tickets that offer varying degrees of comfort. From cheaper wooden seats in packed carriages to luxurious, air conditioned seating.
The choice is yours with hopefully something for everyones budget.
In addition, an overnight sleeper train is a good option for any long journeys.
It’s not recommended that you drive yourself in Northern India but renting a car and driver is something that is widely offered across all of India.
Buses are a good option for shorter distances or when there isn’t a train station in the town you are visiting.
These can usually be booked from your accommodation and work out as one of the cheapest ways to travel.
Just check what you are getting when you book, as there are a variety of buses, ranging from hot and uncomfortable to more luxurious and air conditioned.
Some of the best days out we had in Northern India were on private tours.
For those short on time, or that prefer everything to be organised for them, there are some awesome tours on Get Your Guide available to book in advance.
From city tours, to temple visits and sight seeing tours, there’s plenty to keep you busy.
Best Time To Visit North India
Between late October and March are recommended as a good time to visit Northern India.
With temperatures at what some people would call a pleasant 24°C during the day and much cooler nights for sleeping.
Although temperatures will vary across this vast region as it includes desert areas as well as the foothills of the Himalayas.
However, these are the months when you should avoid the hottest of temperatures as well as the torrential monsoons.
Remember, this is just a guide, so you may want to mix it up and add/subtract different attractions.
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2 Weeks In North India Itinerary
We landed in Dehli for the first stop on our 2 week North India itinerary, and spent a couple of days in the capital.
We visited the usual touristy spots such as The Red Fort, the Independence Monument and of course some food spots along the way.
If you do plan on heading to the Red Fort, be sure to grab your Humayun’s Tomb & Red Fort Combi-Ticket in advance to skip-the-line and enjoy a hassle-free visit to the Qutub Minar, Humayun’s Tomb, and the Red Fort.
We chose to explore the majority of the city ourselves, with a little help from the guys at our accommodation, however there are always plenty of great tours available.
Chandni Chowk is another great spot that shouldn’t be missed and we took the Eat Like a Local: Chandni Chowk Street Food and Walking Tour which was an awesome experience into the food markets.
Delhi can be quite overwhelming, so if you’re flying into DEL then take your time and keep your wits about you.
The city is a natural place to start your 2 week North India itinerary, and a place we’re sure you’ll never forget!
The next stop on our 2 week North India itinerary was Amritsar.
From Delhi we pushed out West to the home of the most popular Sikh Gurdwara in the world, The Golden Temple.
A Gurdwara is a place of worship for Sikhs, and of the 27 million Sikhs in the world, 83% of them live in India and 76% of those live in the state of Punjab.
A great option if you have time is to take a Small Group Sightseeing Tour, where you’ll explore the highlights of Amritsar (including the Golden Temple) on a private tour with a local guide. It’s a pretty hectic experience to say the least.
We also paid a visit to the Wagah Boarder Ceremony, where both the Indian and Pakistani militaries put on a patriotic display, opening and closing the gates that separate the boarder.
Overall Amritsar is a pretty popular spot when planning your 2 week North India itinerary, and one we definitely recommend for the deep religious history.
Next stop on the 2 week North India itinerary, is the hippie centre of the North.
Dharamshala is a city broken down into 3 main tourist destinations: Bhagsu, Dharamkot and Mcleod Ganj.
Located up in the mountains of India, sitting on the edge of the Himalayas, we rarely left our accommodation without long trousers and a jumper of some sort. So it’s a nice break from the humidity and hustle of most Indian cities!
We based ourselves in Bhagsu, where there’s not a lot to do apart from chill, eat avocado and take part in yoga. There’s also a pretty nice trek to Bhagsunag Waterfall.
From Bhagsu you can visit Dharamkot, which is basically a smaller version of Bhagsu, and take a day trip to Mcleod Ganj – home to the Dalai Lama and many Tibetan markets.
Wherever you choose to stay, all 3 towns in Dharamshala are within walking distance of each other.
For those short on time, or that prefer everything to be organised for them, we recommend booking a Dharamshala Full Day Customizable City Sightseeing Tour in advance.
With this option you can customise your itinerary with a local guide, who will accompany you to all the sightseeing points for a full 8 hours.
One long, painful bus journey over from Dharamshala (certainly the worst of our 2 week North India itinerary) and you’re rewarded with the best views in India.
Snow capped mountains, and some awesome viewpoints, bring a lot of Europeans to the highlands. That, alongside the relaxed atmosphere and camping spots.
It’s similar in a sense to Dharamshala, with the hippie clothing and healthy foods, but it’s so much more adventurous!
Where Dharamshala has relaxation and meditation, Old Manali has mountain trekking and paragliding!
If you’re looking for something sweet, you HAVE to check out Dylan’s Toasted & Roasted Coffee House for the best cookies in Manali.
Manali is a place we fell in love with, and you can read our comparison in Dharamshala Vs Manali – Which To Choose & Why.
For us, this was definitely one of the best things to do in India.
You can’t plan a 2 week North India itinerary, and not factor in yoga.
So Rishikesh, also known as ‘the birthplace of yoga’, has become hugely popular with westerners in recent years.
But as well as plenty of yoga training courses, there are also some awesome eateries, an infamous bridge (that we’re sure you’ll cross one too many times) and an opportunity to try out cheap water rafting.
As well as an awesome hike to Neergarh Waterfall.
Overall, Rishikesh was one of our favourite spots on our 2 week North India itinerary. The people we met, activities we took part in, and how small and accessible the city was made it memorable.
Plus keep your eye out for a lot of Beatles memorabilia scattered around the city. In February 1968, the English rock band travelled to Rishikesh, to take part in a Transcendental Meditation training course.
It’s said that they then decided to stay and wrote many songs during their visit, and the Beatles Ashram is now one of the most popular tourist attractions in Rishikesh!
Where To Stay In India
For pre-booking accommodation when travelling, we always recommend Booking.com!
From 5 star hotels, to budget backpacker hostels, it’s got everything and the site is super easy to use.
So to compare deals, and pre-book all of your 2 week Rajasthan itinerary accommodation, you can check the latest prices on Booking.com.