Sometime you don’t know where you will land up next … may be because of a conference meet, business meet, medical checkup, or any other activities. Such places in India also come in your life as overnight stopovers when you travel to some other distant locations… may be the villages in the outskirts of a city, remote places in the Indian Himalayan region OR a pilgrimage site. So there you are in a difficult situation… what to do throughout the day and where to go. You just have 7-8 hours and you really want to make use of every second by exploring the place you are in. Forget about that dull conference meeting or scoreless business meeting… when you have taken the effort to travel so far… why not check out the amazing places having natural, historical, religious and cultural significance. Meet new people, taste new food and preserve them forever in the immortal pages of your notebook.
Following are some of the best sightseeing options for a day tour in a city in North India:
Zest your day with the best sightseeing options for day trips:
Manali, Himachal Pradesh
Manali which is encircled by the beautiful Beas on all sides serves as a balm to an ached eye. Besides the panoramic view of this hill station there is a fistful of sightseeing that you can cover in a short span.
- Hadimba Temple- This is actually the Dhongri temple dedicated to Lord Hadimba, Bhim of the Mahabharata. The temple is constructed in pagoda shaped structure with legendary symbols. This is a must visit place if you are planning a day trip to Manali.
- Tibetians Monastries- There are three monasteries –two in the town and one at Aleo, on the left side of the Beas.
- Manali Sanctuary- This sanctuary preserves the beauty quotient of the place by further showcasing the flora and fauna of the region.
- Man Temple- This is the temple of Rishi Man, who is believed to be the creator of the earth.
No wonder this place is the capital of Himachal Pradesh, as it is well planned with all the modern amenities and has many exotic places around that one can visit on a day tour.
- Christ Church- This majestic church built to preserve the Anglican British Community is worth visiting.
- Shimla State Museum- You cannot miss the magnificent painting and sculptures of this place.
- The Mall- The mall has more or less everything that is needed by the localities and a myriad of woolens, spices, decorative which tourist would like to pick up.
- The Ridge of Shimla- This is a spacious platform that provides an ethereal view of the mountain peaks of Shimla.
- Shimla Kalibari- This is one of the most famous pilgrim haunts of the North India
This pink city and the capital of Rajasthan have a whole lot of history to share with you. Even if you are visiting Jaipur just for day… the city can afford to provide you a slice of royal diorama of Indian history and culture. Following are some of the places in Jaipur that you can cover on your day trip.
- Amer Fort/Amber Fort- Created by Man Singh, it comprises the royal legacy of Diwan e am and Diwan e Khsas. The unique feature is it is connected to the Jaigarh Fort for emergency during attack.
- Jantar Mantar- Built by Jai Singh it is an exclusive observatory with focused archaic devices for astronomical calculations, prediction of eclipses and orbits round the sun.
- The Jal Mahal- which is constructed in the middle of Sagar lake and the Hawa Mahal with its lattice work through which wind can enter are also exciting places to visit.
The world famous Jaisalmer Fort, also known as Shonar Kella, is made of yellow sandstone and is ethereal. It is characterized by beautiful architectures within. That is what going to pull in when you are visiting Jaisalmer just for a day.
- Gadi Sagar Lake- This rainwater lake provides water supply to the whole city and is a must visit place in Jaisalmer.
- Patwari Haweli- This haweli is very beautiful with amazing works of mirror on the walls and ceiling.
- The Jain temples and the unlimited spectrum of sand of the Thar Desert are the boons of the almighty to this place.
The city happens to be a heritage site, made of broken bone china items, bangles and other rejected rock marble items. There is a beautiful artificial cascade that adds a new dimension to the area. The entire place is built in the form of a labyrinth to confuse and intrigue visitors.
- Rose Garden- This is Asia’s largest rose garden .February and March are the months when you see the garden in full bloom. There are many festivals which attract tourists to this place throughout the year.
The capital of Punjab is quite picturesque and is important historically too. Being the most famous Sikh pilgrim place, the famous Golden temple realizes thousands of footfalls every day. You can’t miss to step into this sacred place on your day visit to Amritsar. The ceiling is made of pure gold and precious stones. There is a huge holy poly in the premise. The Langar Khana provides meal to all who go there and get a glimpse of the shrine.
- Jallianwala Bagh- It was established in 1951 to commemorate the massacre by the British occupying forces that perforated 20000 innocent people by 1650 rounds of bullets.
- Wagah Border- Who does not know this place? And you would obviously like to visit Wagah Border on your day trip to Amritsar. The border line of India and Pakistan is continuously made memorable by celebration of individual cultural programs and marchpast.
It is green and beautiful. Religiously this place is of immense importance. Following places can be explored on a drip trip:
- Har ki Pauri- The Har ki Pauri ghat is the sacred riverside build by Vikramaditya. It is famous for the annual mela and the holy Ganga arati. The golden hue of the floral diyas provides an ethereal site.
- The Mansa Mandir- The auspicious mansa mandir is on top of the shivalik range and can only be reached by a ropeway. Pilgrims visit the mandir with a hope and tie knots which are expected to be torn when their wishes are fulfilled.
- Bara Bazar- This market area will give all the tastes of Haridwar. It sells colorful bangles, brassware, idols of gods, Prasad and off course a wide variety of pure milk sweets.
Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
Who has not heard of the Nawabs of Lucknow and their passion. Besides being the house of authentic biriyani, Lucknow is of immense historical importance.
- Bara Imambara- The Bara Imambara, more famously as Bhul Bhulaiya, is a wonderful maze that has got accolades from across the world..It was constructed as a part of the relief project for a major famine in 1784. There are narrow passages with stairs which will never bring you to an exit until to take an expert or guide.
- Jama Masjid- This is a magnificent mosque built by Sultan Ahmed Shah with yellow sandstone
- Other attractions which you might like to check out are the Chikan market and Picture Gallery.
Agra, Uttar Pradesh
Need I say more about the home of one of the Seven Wonders of the World …Agra! The sight of this tomb dedicated with love by emperor Shahjahan to his wife Mumtaz is ethereal. The white pristine marbles and the architectures inside are infested with love. The backdrop of Yamuna adds to the grandeur of the place.
- Agra Fort- This fort built of red sandstone speaks volumes of the Mughal rule and was built by Emperor Akbar. The building is erected in a semi circular way and one of the walls faces the river.
- Itmad Ud Daulah- This Mughal Mausolem was built at the command of Noor Jahan,wife of Jahangir for her father Itmad UD Daulah from where the architecture got its name. It is a magnificientedifice constructed at the bank of Yamuna and is set amidst a beautiful water body, and garden.
- Fatehupur Sikhri- This edifice definitely speaks of the victorious nature of the Mughals as it derives its name from the word’fateh’ meaning victory..It was the capital of the Mughal Emperor for almost fourteen years.
Following places/attractions can be explored on a day trip in Nainital:
- Naina Devi Temple- The essence of this temple derives her origin from the two eyes (naina) of the deity. This temple has got her own religious importance and is located on the shore of the Naini lake(Naini tal)
- Nainital or Naini Lake- Flanked by seven mountains …this water body has stagnant yet crytal clear water and has space for a lot of frolic that you can enjoy with your family, especially activities like boating. There is also a lucrative market area surrounding. The sun rising and setting in the ocean are sights to watch. This huge lake is divided into another two lakes called Mallital and Tallital
- The Mall Road- The Mall Road unites the two tals. The mall road is filled with shopping centres,restaurants and hotels
- The zoo and the aerial ropeway continue to attract tourists from far and near.
Following are best options for day trip sightseeing options in Ranikhet:
- The Golf Course- The Golf course of Ranikhet is majestic. The gamut of lush green grass of this 9 hole course is royal.
- Chaubatia Gardens- This garden is situated almost 10 kilometres from Ranikhet and hosts an apple orchard full of luscious and fresh apples.
- Ashiyana Park- This park is located at the heart of Ranikhet town and is recreated with a jungle theme for children.
- Tarikhet- Located at a distance of 8 kilimetres it is the home of Golu Devi.
- Katarmal- It is the second largest temple of the Sun God after the Sun God Temple in Odissa.
Following places/attractions can be explored in Patna on a day trip:
- Kumhrar- This city is scattered with the beautiful and archaeologically relevant remnants and ruins of the Mauryan Age and one such masterpiece is Kumhrar, whose excavation details go back to the 600 B.C.
- Didarganj Yakshi- This is a classic example of the intricate Mauryan art and is preserved in the Patna Museum.
- Patan Devi- Legends says the right thigh of the corpse of Sati which was chopped by lord Vishnu
- Ganges River banks- Bihar Government has taken an initiative to start a floating restaurant or a cruise journey you may say that focusses on the Ganges Ghats of Patna. Tourists can also visit
- Mahatma Gandhi Setu, one of the longest bridges of the world.