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Things to do in Northern India + The Himalayas

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Northern India + The Himalayas. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Northern India + The Himalayas attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Northern India + The Himalayas to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Northern India + The Himalayas.

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  • Artou's

    A bookshop filled with travel guides, maps, and limited-edition photographic essays. More
  • Corbett Tiger Reserve

    Best for: Tigers, wild elephants (as opposed to the ones you can ride), crocodiles, 600 species of birds   Logistics: India’s first official nation... More
  • KarmaQuest Ecotourism and Adventure Travel

  • Kaziranga National Park

    Best for: One-horned rhinoceros, tigers, (wild) elephants, wild buffalo, monitor lizards, and water birds like the bar-headed goose, grey-headed la... More
  • Ladakh Art Palace

    A treasure trove of affordable silver and Tibetan beads, as well as vintage trunks costing up to $4,000. More
  • Leh Palace

    The former seat of the royal family, built in the 17th century, offers panoramic views of Leh and its surroundings. More
  • Manas Wildlife Sanctuary

    Best for: Tigers, water buffalo, rhinos, (wild) elephants, golden langur, (a rare orange-furred monkey), Bengal florican (an endangered two-foot-ta... More
  • Monastery of Tashiding

  • RiverIndia

    After traversing the Tibetan Plateau, the Yarlung Tsangpo River becomes the mighty Siang of northern India. It is there, in the state of Arunachal ... More
  • Ryder-Walker Alpine Adventures

    Serious treks through Western Europe (the Mont Blanc region; the Italian Dolomites), the Himalayas, and southeastern Utah. Accommodations vary by r... More
  • Shakti Ladakh's Village Experience

    A network of chic homestay accommodations in the Indus Valley, reached by hiking, rafting, or driving. The premise—a rather singular one in India—i... More
  • Tibet Arts

    Specializes in handmade Ladakhi and Tibetan jewelry and antique headdresses. More
  • Wild Frontiers

    Founded in 2002 by acclaimed travel writer Jonny Bealby, Wild Frontiers is an award-winning adventure travel company offering small group tours and... More

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