Life Changing Places to Visit in North India

You can find a rich history of culture and beautiful places to visit in north India.

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Aside from New Delhi in the state of Delhi, you can also visit the other states in north India like Uttranchal, Uttar Pradesh, Jamma, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, and Kashmir. While not formally part of North India, but traditionally, culturally and linguistically seen to be so are Rajasthan, Bihar, and Madhya Pradesh.

There are many exciting activities that you can do on a trip to north India, for example river rafting, camel safaris, mountain biking, skiing, hiking and trekking. You can also find interesting architecture, incredible wildlife, sand dunes, and historical charm in this region.

If you tour Delhi, there are many temples that you can visit like Akshardham, Birla, Bangla Sahib, and the ISKCON temples. Aside from the temples, there are also interesting forts in Delhi like Qutub Minar, Jantar Mantar, and the Red Fort.

The Taj Mahal in Uttar Pradesh is also among the north India tourist places.

The Golden Temple in Amritsar, Punjab.
The Golden Temple in Amritsar, Punjab.

The Golden Temple can be found in Punjab. Other places that you should visit are Srinagar, Jammu, Dal Lake, Gulmarg, Pahalgam, Sonamarg, Solan, Dalhousie, Dharamsala, Kullu, Manali, Kangra, and Chamba.

Peaceful getaways and places to visit in north India.

India is so rich in variety that it is hard to explore everything.  Let’s discover some peaceful mountain escapes now.

Located at the elevation of 3267 feet above sea level on the south bank of the Ravi River, the ancient Pahari capital is located. The valley offers magnificence views as it is touching the fringe of the Shivaliks and having three well-defined snowy ranges, the Dauladhar, constituting the outer Himalayas, the Pir Panjal or the mid Himalayas, and the Zanskar range or the inner Himalayas.

Located in Himachal Pradesh at an altitude of 4000 feet, Kullu was once known as Kulanthpitha, which means the end of the habitable world. Beyond the forbidding heights of the Greater Himalayas, and right by the banks of the shining river Beas, you´ll find the fabled ‘Silver Valley’. The mountain-views remain spectacular regardless of the weather. You´ll find a diverse wildlife of over three hundred species of birds and over thirty species of mammals, the region was declared a national park back in 1984. It is one of the best destinations for Himalayan flora and fauna lovers.

Lahaul and Spiti, situated at an altitude of 14,000 feet are two remote Himalayan valleys of Himachal Pradesh lying next to the Indo-Tibet border. While looking strange, exciting, and primitive, these valleys are incomparable in mountain scape.  The rugged beauty of their rocky escapements and the splendor of their snow covered peaks is unforgettable.

India is home to one of the most beautiful mountain ranges in the world, the Himalaya Mountains, which boast the world’s most famous mountain peak, Mt. Everest.

Himalaya, an old Sankrit word, means ‘ The Abode Of Snow’ and all other names used to describe these mountain range associate it with eternal snow – “Himvan”, “Himvat”, “Himachal” or “Himadri”.

Way back in history, a vast shallow sea, the Tethys, existed where the Himalaya stands today. The submerged landmasses on either side started pushing towards each other, giving birth to these giant mountains. The whole process took five to seven million years. As this was a relatively recent occurrence in geographical time frame, the Himalaya is considered a young and fragile land formation and continues to rise at the rate 3-4 inches a year.

No other chain can boast of peaks of 26,000 feet and there are 14 such peaks and hundreds of summits over 23,000 feet high.

The Himalaya is also the source of many great rivers of the Indian subcontinent. The Indus or Sindhu rises in the trans-Himalayan Tibetan Plateau, as does the Brahmaputra. The Ganga and Yamuna, are inextricably intertwined with local myths and legends.

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Best tourist places in north India to discover unspoiled nature.

The Himalayan National Park  is characterized by dazzling high ridges, glaciers, deep gorges, alpine meadows and valleys with closed virgin forests,

One third of the park area is forest, mainly along the Nalas and their tributaries. The forests vary in a range from sub-tropical, to alpine, to dry alpine shrub types. ‘Chir’ Pines, Conifers, Oaks, Firs, Rhododendrons and Junipers can be encountered within the NP. Alpine meadows above 12,500 feet hold a high diversity of herbaceous species, many of which have medicinal and aromatic properties.

The habitat is a hidden shelter for a large number of mammals and peasants. The Western Tragopan, a highly endangered species of pheasants, lives in this protected environment. And it is possibly the only place in the Himalayas where the Bharal (blue sheep) occurs virtually side-by-side with the Himalayan Thar. The endangered Musk Deer can also be found here and the highly endangered Snow Leopard.

The best seasons for visiting the national park are spring from April to June and fall from September to November. The relatively high density of wildlife in the area assures the visitors of sighting the Monal, Western Tragopan, Musk Deer, Goral, Bharal, and the Himalayan Thar. The rainy monsoon season from July to August and the winter season from December to March are not advisable periods to visit the park.

If you can stand the cold, take a north India tour to the icy glaciers.

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The Siachen glacier lies in the extreme north-central part of Jammu and Kashmir near the border to Tibet. With a length of about 44 miles, Siachen is the largest glacier in the world outside the Polar Regions.

Large tributary glaciers like the Shelkar Chorten and Mamostang open into the main glacier from both sides. The trunk glacier and its tributaries are in the form of a vast ice field, particularly during the winter month when there is continuous snowfall for several weeks.

Numerous ice falls have been formed at the junction of small valley glaciers and the trunk glacier and lateral moraines occur at the confluence of larger tributary glaciers and the trunk glacier. The sidewalls of the glacial are steeply sloping and there is the danger of avalanches roll down these slopes quite often in winter.

Himalayan glaciers are melting too, but according to scientists will still exist by 2099. This tract is more or less devoid of a vegetative cover due to its high elevation as well as its latitude. The bulk of the total annual precipitation is in the form of snow.

To the east of the Siachen lies the Rimo glacier group, a group of three glaciers – North, Central and South – at an altitude of between 20,000 and 23,000 feet.

You can have a lifetime experience on a north India trip.

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