Immerse Yourself in the Cultural Delights of North India


Have you ever wondered what lies hidden in the northern realms of India? A land where unpredictable wandering leads you to breathtaking Himalayan mountains, offbeat destinations, sacred pilgrimage sites, bustling cities, and ancient sandstone wonders. From the vibrant bazaars of Jaipur to the serene ghats of Varanasi, North India brims with a kaleidoscope of cultural extravaganzas, architectural marvels, and tantalizing local cuisines. Each place is a world unto itself, yet collectively they paint a vivid picture of the region’s rich heritage and culture.    

Join us as we unravel the secrets of planning an unforgettable week-long trip to beautiful places to visit in North India, where every step unravels a new chapter in this captivating saga.   

Best Places to Visit in a 7-Days Itinerary to Explore Cultural Sites of North India  

Discover the boundless treasures of North India, a region teeming with cultural richness and diversity. While it may be impossible to explore every nook and cranny in just one week, here’s a list of the top four destinations that offer a glimpse into the traditions and customs spanning across different states of this enchanting region.   

Day – 1 & 2: Amritsar – Experience the Sikh Culture 

Embark on an unforgettable journey commencing in Amritsar, a city that pulsates with the vibrant Sikh culture and embodies the very soul of North India. Prepare to be captivated as you delve into the rich tapestry of traditions, spirituality, and warm hospitality that define this remarkable destination. Dedicate your initial two days to exploring the city’s renowned attractions, immersing yourself in its fascinating glory.  

1. Places to visit    

  • Golden Temple (Harmandir Sahib): Pay a visit to the holiest shrine of Sikhism, where the gilded domes and serene waters of the Amrit Sarovar create an aura of tranquillity and devotion.   
  • Jallianwala Bagh: Explore the historic garden that bears witness to the tragic massacre of 1919, a significant event in India’s struggle for independence.   
  • Wagah Border: Witness the awe-inspiring ‘Beating Retreat’ border ceremony at the India-Pakistan border as soldiers from both countries engage in a spirited display of patriotism and camaraderie.   

2. Popular cultural activities    

  • Langar at the Golden Temple: Experience the unique tradition of Langar, a community kitchen at the Golden Temple where volunteers serve free meals to all visitors.    
  • Heritage Walk in the Old City: Stroll through the narrow lanes of the Old City of Amritsar. Explore the bustling bazaars, marvel at the intricate facades of havelis (traditional mansions), and soak in the vibrant ambience.   
  • Punjabi Folk Dance Performance: Delight in the colourful and energetic Punjabi folk dance performances that showcase the vitality and joyous spirit of the region. You can experience this cultural vibrancy and rhythmic beats at Sadda Pind and Gobindgarh Fort. They provide an immersive experience of Punjabi culture, and folk dances are an integral part of their offerings.  

3. Accommodation options 

  • Regenta Central  
  • Hyatt Regency   

On the evening of the second day, set off from Amritsar towards Dalhousie, which is approximately 198 km away. You have the option to travel to this enchanting City in Himachal Pradesh by bus, taxi, or a self-driven car.  

Day 3 – Explore Serenity and Natural Beauty in Dalhousie 

This enchanting hill station is a haven of peace, where majestic mountains, lush forests, and meandering streams create a mesmerizing landscape. Popular tourist attractions and adventure activities make it an ideal spot to learn and explore the Pahari culture of Himachal Pradesh.    

1. Places to visit    

  • Khajjiar: Often referred to as the “Mini Switzerland of India,” Khajjiar is a picturesque meadow surrounded by dense forests and snow-capped mountains.   
  • Dainkund Peak: Embark on a thrilling trek to Dainkund Peak, the highest point in Dalhousie, offering breathtaking panoramic views of the valley.   
  • Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary: Immerse yourself in the lush greenery of Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary, home to diverse flora and fauna, and embark on scenic nature walks.   

2. Popular cultural activities     

  • Tibetan Market: Explore the vibrant Tibetan Market, a bustling hub of local culture. The market offers a variety of traditional Tibetan handicrafts, clothing, and artefacts. Take some time to interact with the friendly local vendors and shop for unique souvenirs.   
  • Folk Dance Performances: Experience the vibrant folk dances of Himachal Pradesh during cultural performances in Dalhousie. These lively performances showcase the traditional dances and music of the region, giving visitors a glimpse into the local cultural traditions and rhythms. You can watch these performances at Subhash Chowk, the main square in Dalhousie. It is a hub of activity and often serves as a venue for cultural performances. 
  • Food Exploration: Delve into the culinary delights of Dalhousie by sampling the local cuisine. From steaming hot momo to hearty Himachali dishes, the town offers a range of flavours to tantalize your taste buds.    

3. Accommodation options  

Dalhousie, a renowned hill town favourite among tourists, offers various accommodations to suit every budget. From lodges to resorts, you’ll find numerous choices. However, if you’re seeking to truly immerse yourself in the essence of nature and enjoy the blissful mornings with a cup of tea while witnessing the dawn from your window, then Elgin Hall homestay is a perfect choice. Nestled in the embrace of the Himalayas, this charming homestay promises to make you feel at home away from home, offering a tranquil retreat amidst breathtaking surroundings.   

On the morning of the fourth day, it’s time to set off on a journey from Dalhousie to Jaipur, covering around 787 kms. You have a range of popular travel options to choose from, including trains and buses. Moreover, many people find the experience of self-driving enjoyable as it enables them to fully immerse themselves in the breathtaking landscapes throughout the journey. 

Day 4 & 5 – Explore the Royal Grandeur of Jaipur    

Beyond its famed pink-red buildings and rich history, Jaipur, India’s ‘pink city’, offers a captivating blend of old-world charm and vibrant markets. As a key destination in the renowned ‘Golden Triangle,’ this majestic city, once the abode of royalty, beckons travellers with its busy yet enchanting streets.   

1. Popular cultural activities  

Take the opportunity to immerse yourself in the cultural landmark of Jaipur upon your arrival in the evening. 

  • Witness a mesmerizing Rajasthani folk dance performance showcasing the region’s vibrant traditions and rhythmic melodies.   
  • Indulge in a camel safari through the rustic villages and desert landscapes, immersing yourself in the nomadic charm of Rajasthan.   
  • Attend an authentic puppet show, where intricately designed puppets come to life, narrating tales of bravery and romance.   

You can partake in these mesmerizing cultural festivities at Chokhi Dhani in Jaipur. This unique village resort offers a delightful experience where you can explore the festivities during your evening and night of day four. This place also offers a wide range of dining options that are a must-try. In short, you will have a memorable and enriching experience at this place, which will allow you to truly appreciate the cultural essence of Rajasthan.  

For your upcoming day in Jaipur, make sure to dedicate it to discovering the well-known attractions that draw tourists. Here are some of the best places mentioned below. 

2. Places to visit  

  • Amber Fort: Step into a world marvel at its sprawling courtyards, stunning palaces, and the famous Sheesh Mahal (Mirror Palace).   
  • Hawa Mahal: Admire the iconic Palace of Winds, known for its unique honeycomb-like facade.    
  • City Palace: Experience the grandeur of the City Palace, a magnificent complex that blends Rajput and Mughal architectural styles.   
  • Jantar Mantar: The Jantar Mantar is a collection of astronomical instruments, including the world’s largest stone sundial, showcasing the genius of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II.   
  • Jaipur Bazaars: Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of Jaipur’s bustling bazaars. From the colourful textiles of Johari Bazaar to the intricate handicrafts of Bapu Bazaar, these markets offer a treasure trove of traditional Rajasthani artefacts.   

3. Accommodation options  

  • Umaid Bhawan  
  • Hotel Royal Orchid Jaipur 

Having explored Jaipur for two days, it’s now time to proceed towards the final destination of your trip: Varanasi, located approximately 882 kms away. You have two travelling options to consider. Firstly, you can opt for the convenience of a direct flight from Jaipur to Varanasi, which will save you a significant amount of time. Alternatively, you have the choice of a more budget-friendly travel experience by utilizing trains, buses, and cars, which would take approximately 13-14 hours. This alternative route will take you through various cities and corners of northern India, offering a more immersive and picturesque journey. 

Day 6 & 7 – Experience Spiritual Awakening in Varanasi   

Known as the oldest and most diverse city in India, Varanasi stands as a proud testament to the region’s rich cultural legacy. From ancient rituals performed on the sacred ghats to its vibrant festivals and spiritual significance, Varanasi offers a captivating glimpse into the heart and soul of North Indian culture.   

1. Places to visit    

  • Dashashwamedh Ghat: Witness the mesmerizing Ganga Aarti ceremony, a breathtaking ritual that takes place every evening on the banks of the river Ganges.  
  • Kashi Vishwanath Temple: Pay homage to Lord Shiva at one of the holiest Hindu temples in India, known for its intricate architecture and spiritual significance.  
  • Sarnath: Explore the historical site where Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon and visit the Dhamek Stupa and the ancient ruins of monasteries.  
  • Assi Ghat: Immerse yourself in the tranquil atmosphere of this sacred ghat, renowned for its picturesque sunrise and boat rides along the Ganges.  

2. Popular Cultural Activities    

  • Boat ride on the Ganges: Experience the ethereal beauty of Varanasi’s ghats and witness the daily rituals and spiritual practices performed by pilgrims along the riverbanks.  
  • Morning yoga and meditation: Engage in rejuvenating yoga and meditation sessions at the bank of river Ganga near Assi Ghat and Shri Yoga Mandir. The serenity of these places helps you align your mind, body, and soul in the spiritual ambience of Varanasi. 
  • Evening music and dance performances: Dive into the enchanting classical music and dance performances at Bharat Kala Bhavan and near Ganga Ghats. The fests at these places showcase the vibrant cultural heritage of Varanasi.  

3. Accommodation options  

  • Pearl Courtyard  
  • Hotel Ganges Grand  


Here we conclude our week-long itinerary, which offers a glimpse into the diverse regions of this enchanting land, allowing you to immerse yourself in a cultural experience like never before. However, it’s important to note that North India is a treasure trove of countless cities and towns, each boasting its unique blend of traditions, customs, and wonders. So, while we have covered some must-visit destinations, there is still so much more to explore and discover in this captivating region. Let your wanderlust guide you as you venture forth and uncover the beauty of North India’s rich cultural tapestry, creating memories that will last a lifetime.