12 days in North India & Chandigarh Itinerary

12 days in North India & Chandigarh Itinerary

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12 days in North India & Chandigarh Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  19 h
1
New Delhi
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Agra
— 3 nights
Drive:  6 h 30 min
3
Chandigarh
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Amritsar
— 2 nights
Fly:  22 h 15 min
End: Washington DC

3
nights
New Delhi

New Delhi ©
Designed by notable English architects and proclaimed India's capital in 1931, New Delhi sits in the middle of a sprawling metropolitan area with a population of over 25 million.
New Delhi is known for historic sites, shopping, parks, museums, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Humayun's Tomb, steep yourself in history at Red Fort (Lal Quila), take in the spiritual surroundings of Akshardham, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To find photos and tourist information, read our New Delhi trip planner .

Washington DC, USA to New Delhi is an approximately 19-hour combination of subway, bus, and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Traveling from Washington DC to New Delhi, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect warmer weather when traveling from Washington DC in December: highs in New Delhi hover around 74°F, while lows dip to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can drive to Agra.

Things to do in New Delhi

Historic Sites Tours Parks
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Qutub Minar ©
Qutub Minar
Humayun's Tomb ©
Humayun's Tomb
Food Tours

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Agra

Agra
Tourism in Agra revolves around two words: Taj Mahal.
Agra is known for historic sites, parks, shopping, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Taj Mahal, look for gifts at Rajrani Souvenirs, make a trip to Diwan E Aam, and make a short side trip with Day Trips.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Agra journey planning site .

You can drive from New Delhi to Agra in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in December, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Chandigarh.

Things to do in Agra

Historic Sites Tours Parks
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Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal
Agra Fort
Agra Fort
Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah ©
Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah

2
nights
Chandigarh

Chandigarh ©
Leading the post-independence development of the country, Chandigarh represents the first planned city built after the colonial-era ended.
On the 20th (Fri), explore the activities along Sukhna Lake, then walk around The Rock Garden of Chandigarh, then get a sense of history and politics at Capitol Complex Tourist Centre, and finally make a trip to Urban Theka. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Christ The King Cathedral, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shiv Mandir Saketri, then trek along Chandigarh Fitness Trail & Flower Garden, and finally examine the collection at Government Museum and Art Gallery.

To find out how to plan a trip to Chandigarh, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Agra to Chandigarh in 6.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Agra in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 59°F in Chandigarh. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can drive to Amritsar.

Things to do in Chandigarh

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors
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The Rock Garden of Chandigarh ©
The Rock Garden of Chandigarh
Sukhna Lake ©
Sukhna Lake
Capitol Complex Tourist Centre ©
Capitol Complex Tourist Centre

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Amritsar

Amritsar ©
A holy city, Amritsar stands as the spiritual and cultural capital of Sikhism, and the location of the religion's most revered and holiest shrine.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Harmandir Sahib, take in nature's colorful creations at Jallianwala Bagh, and then pause for some photo ops at Serai Amanat Khan.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Amritsar trip planner .

You can drive from Chandigarh to Amritsar in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Chandigarh in December, expect slightly colder with lows of 42°F in Amritsar. You will have some time to spend on the 23rd (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Amritsar

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Harmandir Sahib ©
Harmandir Sahib
Jallianwala Bagh ©
Jallianwala Bagh
Serai Amanat Khan ©
Serai Amanat Khan

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