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Complete Monasteries of India

PRIVATE TOUR - 18 DAY SAMPLE ITINERARY

FROM $4880+

Private Tour Highlights

  • Visit the most opulent Fort and Palace of the Mughal Empire, the Red Fort
  • See the impressive India Gate, honoring the 70,000 Indian soldiers who lost their lives
  • Take a tour of the stunning Taj Mahal, India’s most picture perfect work of architecture
  • Journey through the abandoned town of Fatehpur Sikri
  • Visit the striking fortress of Mehangarh with its fascinating museum
  • See the striking golden hues of the Jaisalmer Fort
  • Visit Udaipur’s largest temple, Jagdish Temple, with its stone images of Krishna
  • Enjoy a relaxing boat cruise upon the serene Lake Pichola
  • Sample “butter tea” or “barley beer” at a traditional Ladakhi house
  • See some of the most impressive and elaborate monasteries of Leh
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Tour Overview

Let Yampu guide you through the hallways of India’s most prestigious architectural landmarks as you explore the cultures of Delhi, Agra, Jaipur and the rest of Rajasthan’s most celebrated cities. From bustling cities to the Thar Desert and Lake Pichola, you will then spend the remainder of your trip in the beautiful highlands of Ladakh, in the northern most reaches of India.

Renowned as “The Blue City”, Jodhpur’s sprawl of block-like buildings are entirely painted blue, creating quite an unusual sight. Offering the best views of the city, the Megangarh Fort dominates the area from its perch on a nearby ridge. Sprawling over 5 kilometers (3 miles), its 36 meter high (118 ft) walls protect some of Rajasthan’s most beautiful and historic palaces. Spend an entire day exploring the interior of the fort, the sites of the city, and its astounding views.

Rising from deep within the Thar Desert, Jaisalmer’s walls encompass an amber-hued city of cobblestone alleys and elegant mansions, complete with delicately designed lattice work and stone carvings. Spend your time here exploring the 80 meter tall (262 ft), sandcastle-like fort, admiring the magnificent sandstone Havelis (large mansions) and Gadsisar Lake. To top it all off, you will spend your evening here embarking upon the sand dunes on the back of a trusty camel.

Often referred to as India’s most romantic city, Udaipur is nestled among the picturesque Aravalli hills. Set upon the picture perfect Lake Pichola, the city has several visually stunning lake palaces. A cruise upon the lake is sure to offer some of the best photographic opportunities of the trip.

Located within the expanses of the Tibetan Plateau the isolated moonscape splendor of Ladakh leaves visitors with a host of memorable experiences. A land of mystery and folk lore, of Silk Route legends and ancient villages perched high above gushing rivers. Scattered among the glorious Trans Himalayan expanses, Ladakh will engage you with its dramatic scenery, its Buddhist gompas and its wild landscape rich in promise of adventure activities and cultural experiences.

Inclusions
Price Includes:
One way domestic flights from Jodhpur to Udaipur and Udaipur to New Delhi, Round trip domestic flight from New Delhi to Leh, All accommodations with continental or buffet breakfast, Service of deluxe air-conditioned vehicle, One time entrance fees at all monuments, Boat ride on Lake Pichola, Services of English speaking local guide for excursions, All currently applicable taxes including service tax

Notes:
* Visitors flying into the Ladekh region may be susceptible to Acute Mountain Sickness due to the sudden changes in elevation. Avoid any strenuous activities for at least the first 24 hours after arrival and keep well hydrated. Always consider the effects of altitude when making steep ascents, particularly through mountain passes.

* The Red Fort in Delhi remains closed on every Monday

* The Taj Mahal in Agra remains closed on every Friday

* Additional supplements may apply between 1 – 20 November, 20 December – 10 January and 1 – 28 February. Please ask a Yampu Travel Consultant for more details.
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Prices shown above are per person. Hotel categories do not adhere strictly to international ratings; Yampu has evaluated the hotels according to destination and availability. Prices include local airfare (where applicable), hotel accommodation including daily breakfast; all transfers with baggage handling, all guided tours in English and all entrance fees.

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All our trips are operated on a private basis unless specified otherwise. This is only a sample itinerary; your Yampu Tour Consultant will personalize this trip for you according to your available dates, interests and type of hotels. This is your trip and we will work on making it perfect!

Tour Itinerary

Day
1

International flight to New Delhi

Overnight international flight to New Delhi.

Overnight international flight to New Delhi.

Day
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Arrival to New Delhi

Upon arrival and airport reception, transfer to the hotel. Depending on arrival time, spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Upon arrival and airport reception, transfer to the hotel. Depending on arrival time, spend the rest of the day at leisure.

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Complete tour of New Delhi

Here see Red Fort, recognized as the most opulent Fort and Palace of the Mughal Empire. The fort is Shah Jehan's symbol of power and elegance, built behind red sandstone walls. Its main gate (Lahore Gate) faces Chandni Chowk; the perpetually congested avenue heading west from the Red Fort is filled with twisting lanes, small streets and crowded bazaars.


Also visit Jama Masjid (the largest mosque in India), Chandni Chowk, and the bustling and colorful market of the old city. Chandni Chowk was the commercial center of Delhi in the old time; see it come alive in the morning as the trading day starts, and Raj Ghat. Raj Ghat has a simple memorial to the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, marking the spot where he was assassinated by Nathuram Godse in 1948. A commemorative ceremony is held here every Friday. The first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Lal Nehru, was also cremated to the north of the memorial at Shanti Van (Forest of Peace). The area is now a beautiful park laden with trees. The Zinat-ul Masjid (Most Beautiful of Mosques) towers over the Raj Ghat.


After the metro ride continue to visit New Delhi where two monuments from Delhi's past - Qutub Minar and Humayun's Tomb – will be visited. In 1199, Qutub-ud-Din raised the Qutub Minar either as a victory tower or as a minaret to the adjacent mosque. Humayun's tomb, which was built by emperor Humayun's wife, took eight years to complete and is regarded as an example of the early Mughal architecture. The emperor's wife, Begai Begum, was buried in the tomb and the structure is the first of its kind built in the centre of a well-planned garden. The combination of white marble and red sandstone was a great influence on later Mughal architecture. It is generally regarded as a prototype of the famed Taj Mahal of Agra.


The drive meanders along the ceremonial avenue, Rajpath, past the imposing India Gate. At the centre of New Delhi stands the 42m high India Gate, an Arc-de-Triomphe like Archway in the middle of a crossroad. It commemorates the 70,000 Indian soldiers who lost their lives fighting for the British Army during the First World War and bears the names of more than 13,516 British and Indian soldiers killed in the North-western Frontier in the Afghan war of 1919. The foundation stone was laid by His Royal Highness, the Duke of Connaught in 1921 and was designed by Edwin Lutyens. The Presidential House is a palatial building built on an area of 330 acres with a private garden designed by the illustrious Lutyens, originally as the official residence of the Viceroy of India during British reign, is now the official residence of the First Citizen and the Parliament House.
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The Agra Fort and Taj Mahal

The area around the Taj Mahal is a protected area and the parking is approximately one kilometer away from the monument. Here, disembark and board battery buses to the Taj.


That magnificent monument of love - The Taj Mahal, was built by an emperor in memory of his beloved queen. Construction of the Taj Mahal began in 1631, and is believed to have taken 22 years to complete, with over 20,000 craftsmen working round the clock. The design and construction is said to be that of the legendary architect, Ustad Ahamad Lahori.


In the impressive Agra Fort, stroll through the chambers of this royal residence. Driving through the city, witness the local life and bazaars and the hustle bustle of everyday India. Agra Fort is officially recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The fort is also known as Lal Qila, Fort Rouge and Red Fort of Agra. It is about 2.5 km northwest of its much more famous sister monument, the Taj Mahal. The fort is often described as a walled palatial city and as the most important fort in India. The great Mughals Babur, Humayun, Akbar, Jehangir, Shah Jahan and Aurangzeb lived here, and the country was governed from here. It contained the largest state treasury and mint. It was visited by foreign ambassadors, travellers and the highest dignitaries who made history in India.
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Fatehpur Sikri & the Amber Fort

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Fatehpur Sikri was the imperial city of the Mughal dynasty between 1571 and 1584. Fatehpur Sikri was built by Mughal Emperor Akbar. The architectural grandeur of this deserted city cannot be described in words and one can only experience the aura of its magnificent edifices by seeing them.


As one enters Sikri from the Agra Gate, one of the nine gateways on the way to the palace complex, Diwan-I-Aam, or the hall of public audience appears first. It is a huge rectangular walled-in courtyard where petitions were heard, proclamations were made, ambassadors were received and entertainment programs were held. Ponder the mysterious desertion of this capital city that was dramatically abandoned a few years after it was built. It was a veritable fairy tale city and its 'ruins' are still in a pristine condition. It is not hard to imagine what the court life must have been like in the days of its grandeur.


The Amber Fort was originally built by the Meenas in the town they consecrated to Amba, the Mother Goddess, whom they knew as Gatta Rani or Queen of the Pass. Built over the remnants of an earlier structure, the palace complex which stands today was commenced under the reign of Raja Man Singh, Commander in Chief of Akbar's army and a member of the Emperor's inner circle of nine courtiers, in 1592. The initial structure of the fort was entirely completed by his descendant, Jai Singh I. Amber was modified by successive rulers over the next 150 years, until the Kachwahas shifted their capital to Jaipur during the time of Sawai Jai Singh II.


The sound and light show at the Fort was scripted by the noted lyricist and filmmaker Gulzar for which superstar Amitabh Bachchan will lend his baritone. The one-hour show, which will be in English, will blend the visual splendor of a light show with the gripping historical narrative surrounding the Amber Fort's history.
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Excursion at the Amber Fort

This morning return to the Amber Fort for a half day excursion. Strolling through the magnificent rooms and chambers, observe the various intricate ivory, mirror and glass work. In the afternoon, enjoy a city tour that will begin at the City Palace Museum, followed by a visit to Jantar Mantar (an accurate observatory built in 1726), and great photographic opportunity at the Hawa Mahal, or Palace of Winds – a spectacular five storied, honeycomb styled building exemplifying superb Rajput artistry.


Note: Yampu recommends an optional tour (price not included) of an evening elephant safari. After a chance to feed these gentle creatures, ride upon their backs through a private jungle area, passing many villages, fields, and a medieval fortress as the sun sets. Please inquire with a Yampu travel consultant for more information.
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Agra - Jodhpur

Drive approximately 5 hours to Jodhpur. Upon arrival, check in at the hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Drive approximately 5 hours to Jodhpur. Upon arrival, check in at the hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Day
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Tour of Jodhpur

After a morning at leisure, begin an afternoon tour of the city. Exploring the second largest city of Rajasthan, first visit the Mehangarh Fort. Within its great walls (which remain scarred from cannon balls), meander through its impressive courtyards and many small palaces.
Of these, the most notable palaces to visit are Moti Mahal (Pearl Palace), Phool Mahal (Flower Palace), Sheesh Mahal (Mirror Palace), Sileh Khana and Daulat Khana. Then, visit the fort’s museum, which hosts a fine selection of palanquins, howdahs, royal cradles, miniature paintings, musical instruments, costumes and furniture. Stroll to the top of the fort for great photographic views of the sprawling Blue City that lies below. Then visit the spectacular Jaswant Thada, a pure white marble memorial built to commemorate Maharaja Singh II.


Note: Yampu recommends a Jeep Safari to the nearby Guda Bishnoi Village (at added cost) to experience a sense of tribal India comes highly recommended. 25 kilometers outside of Jodhpur, find the Bishnoi community, a group of faithful worshipers of nature and the sanctity of plant and animal life. A natural desert oasis, this is a great place to experience the customs of tribal life and enjoy its beautiful natural surroundings.
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Jodhpur - Jaisalmer

Awake early for a ground transfer through the Thar Desert and to the city of Jaisalmer. This is approximately a 5-6 hour drive. Upon arrival, check in at the hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Awake early for a ground transfer through the Thar Desert and to the city of Jaisalmer. This is approximately a 5-6 hour drive. Upon arrival, check in at the hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure.

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City Tour of Jaisalmer

This morning, embark on a tour of Jaisalmer. The first stop is the golden hued fort, a sentinel to the bleak desertscape from its 80 meter high perch on the hill, housing the entire township within its ramparts. It has an enchanting cow-web of narrow lanes dotted with some lovely havelis, three beautifully sculptured Jain Temples of the 12th-15th century A.D. and five interconnected palaces. The fort is approached through four gateways-Akhaiyal, Ganesh Pol, Suraj Pol and Hava Pol.


Gadsisar Lake: A scenic rain water lake with numerous beautiful shrines around and a spectacular variety of birds. The lake is an idyllic spot for outings.


Nathmalji-ki-Haveli: The late 19th century haveli with intricate architecture a display of sheer craftsmanship. The left and right wings of the mansion which were carved by two brothers are not identical but very similar and balanced in design. The interior walls are ornate with splendid miniature paintings.


Patwon-ki-Haveli: The most elaborate and magnificent of all the Jaisalmer havelis. It has exquisitely carved pillars and extensive corridors and chambers. One of the apartments of this five storey high haveli is painted with beautiful murals.
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Jaisalmer – Jodhpur - Udaipur

Transfer to Jodhpur by ground for a flight to Udaipur. Upon arrival, airport reception and transfer to the hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. For a relaxing afternoon, take some time to explore the jumbled streets of the old city, go shopping, or walk along the shoreline of Pichola Lake.

Transfer to Jodhpur by ground for a flight to Udaipur. Upon arrival, airport reception and transfer to the hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. For a relaxing afternoon, take some time to explore the jumbled streets of the old city, go shopping, or walk along the shoreline of Pichola Lake.

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City Palace Museum

This morning, begin by visiting the City Palace Museum. The museum preserves the architectural extravagance of the palace; the granite and marble balconies, lavish arches and cupolas, and octagonal towers that offer fine views of the surrounding lake and city. Adjacent to the north entrance, visit the Jagdish Temple. Lavishly designed and enshrined with stone images of Krishna, this is celebrated as the city’s largest temple. Then, visit Sahelion Ki Bari, a remarkable garden once designed for the royal ladies of the palace.
Later in the afternoon, relax on a boat cruise upon the serene Lake Pichola. See the fascinating Jagmandir Island Palace. Before returning to the hotel, there will be time to peruse through the open air markets that sprawl behind the City Palace.


Note: Yampu recommends a tour of the Crystal Gallery (price not included), which displays a breathtaking collection of crystal items, including tables, sofa sets, dressers, fountains and even beds comes highly recommended. Also offered is horseback riding (price not included) through the peaceful nature and stunning landscape outside of the city. Please inquire with a Yampu travel consultant for more details.
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Udaipur - Delhi

Depending on departure time, transfer to the airport for a flight to Delhi. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel for the night.

Depending on departure time, transfer to the airport for a flight to Delhi. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel for the night.

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Flight to Leh

Transfer to the airport for a flight to Leh. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure to begin acclimating to the altitude. Leh is situated at 3520 meters (11548 feet) above sea level.

Transfer to the airport for a flight to Leh. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure to begin acclimating to the altitude. Leh is situated at 3520 meters (11548 feet) above sea level.

Day
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The Saboo Valley

Today, explore the lovely Saboo Valley and its rural landscape on foot, learning about the Ladakhi way of life. Then enjoy lunch and visit a traditional Ladakhi house where there will be an opportunity to sample "butter tea" and/or "chang" (barley beer). Continue from there to Leh for a tour of the city. Start with a visit Leh Palace, which was built by King Sengge Namgyal in the 17th century. The palace has 9 stories, part of which is in ruin, and some of the sections display fine traces of Ladakhi architecture. After visiting the palace, take a short walk to the Ladakh Arts & Media Organization Center (LAMO), passing amazing old houses on the way.


The center is housed in one of the most important heritage houses, Munshi (Togoche) House, which is situated at the foot of Leh Palace. Following a tour of the house, there will be a short presentation by a Ladakhi scholar on the architectural heritage of the Old City. Enjoy a view of the Old City from the terrace of the Munshi House sipping Ladakhi tea and enjoying light snacks. The Heritage exploration continues from the Munshi House through the old city, and ends in the bazaar.
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Monasteries of Leh

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Morning excursion to the Spituk and Phyang Monasteries. Situated atop a hill near the Indus, the Spituk Monastery lies just 18 kilometers from Leh. It was founded in the 11th century by Od-De, the eldest brother of Lha Lama Changchub-od. The monastery was then named Spituk by the Gompa when a translator came to declare that an exemplary religious community would rise here. Initially belonging to the Kadampa school, it then fell under the Gayluk Pa order under King Gragspa Bumide.
Likewise, the Phyang Monastery belongs to the Dingung order and was founded in the 15th century by Chosje Danma Kunja Dragpa. Also going by the name of Tashi Chosang, this monastery marks the first established teachings of the Dingung in Ladakh. Spend the remainder of the afternoon at leisure.
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Tour of Leh

After breakfast depart for the Shey, Thiskey and Hemis Monasteries. Shey Monastery is set up on a hill, and the monastery has a two-story statue of the sitting Buddha wrought of copper and gold. Continue from there to the Thiksey Monastery, which site upon a crag overlooking the flood plains of the Indus River and offers amazing panoramic views of the Indus Valley. The monastery was part of the original Gelupa Order in the 15th century and remains one of the most imposing monasteries in the region. It houses beautiful tankas and there are 60 resident lamas.


Next, head to Hemis Monastery, which is located in a hidden gorge and surrounded by spectacular green mountain scenery. Hemis Monastery is the largest monastery in Ladakh. It contains quite a few gold statues and stupas decorated with precious stones, as well as incredible collections of tankas, including the largest tanka in existence. Return to Leh in the late afternoon.
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International flight home

Depending on the departure time, spend the day at leisure. Then transfer to the airport for a connection to New Delhi and flight home or continue with an optional Yampu Tours add-on.


Note: Check out of the hotel is at 12 pm. Late check out may be available directly at the hotel subject to availability. Regardless, store luggage at the hotel until departure for the airport.

Depending on the departure time, spend the day at leisure. Then transfer to the airport for a connection to New Delhi and flight home or continue with an optional Yampu Tours add-on.


Note: Check out of the hotel is at 12 pm. Late check out may be available directly at the hotel subject to availability. Regardless, store luggage at the hotel until departure for the airport.

Places You'll See

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    Leh

    Situated in the Indus River Valley, the city of Leh is a picturesque, historical getaway. Explore the Palace of the King of Ladakh, built in the 17th century, or visit one of the many Buddhist temples such as the Namgyal Tsemo Gompa. Swim in the deep blue waters of the Pangong Tso lake, or do some white-water rafting on the Indus River.

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    Jaisalmer

    Take an unforgettable camel safari through the sand dunes of the “Golden City”, Jaisalmer. Take a tour through the royal section of the massive Jaisalmer Fort, with its sunny, golden hues. Spend the day learning about Indian history and their different jewelry making styles at the Indian Crafts Boutique-Museum, then watch as the sun goes down over Sunset Point.

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    Jodhpur

    Explore the many palaces, forts, and temples of the sunny and historic city of Jodhpur. The immense Mehrangarh Fort, largest in all of Rajasthan, includes highlights such as the Pearl, Mirror, and Flower Halls. Have a picnic on the shores of Kailana Lake, or visit one of the ancient temples. There are also a number of bazaars selling a range of beautiful textiles.

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    Jaipur

    Nicknames the Pink City, Jaipur is home to several enticing attractions. Visit the Amber Fort, once the royal palace for the Kachwahas, and see the impressive evening light show. Explore the massive City Palace inside the old city. Take a peaceful stroll through one of the many gardens, or purchase some unique souvenirs at the city center bazaar.

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    Agra

    Visit the famous Taj Mahal, one of the New 7 Wonders of the world, in Agra. Take a guided tour through the immense, white marble mausoleum, built by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his late wife, a true monument of love. While in Agra, also visit the Agra Fort, mainly constructed from sandstone, it’s more of a palace than a defense structure.

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    Delhi

    Home to India’s largest mosque, the Red Fort, Delhi is abundant in historical artifacts and cultural events. Visit the Baha’i Lotus Temple, a beautiful building in the shape of a lotus bud, or the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art. To get a real taste of area, take a food tour to experience the local cuisine. Or take a peaceful morning walk in the Lodhi Garden.

Hotel Options

3 Star Properties

Delhi : Justa Greater Kailash

Agra : Hotel Amar

Jaipur : Alsisar Haveli

Jodhpur : Ratan Vilas

Jaisalmer : Taj Rawalkot

Leh : Lotus Hotel

4 Star Properties

Delhi : The Royal Plaza

Agra : Agra Trident Oberoi

Jaipur : Jaipur Trident Oberoi

Jodhpur : Ajit Bhawan

Jaisalmer : Killa Bhawan

Leh : Omasila

Leh : Ladakh Sarai

5 Star Properties

Delhi : The Claridges

Agra : ITC Mughal Agra

Jaipur : Jaimahal Palace

Jodhpur : Balsamand Lake Palace

Jaisalmer : Suryagarh Jaisalmer

Leh : Ladakh Residency

Luxury Properties

Delhi : The Oberoi

Agra : Amarvilas

Jaipur : Oberoi Rajvilas,

Jaipur : Taj Rambagh Palace

Jaipur : Sujan Rajmahal Palace

Jodhpur : Umaid Bhawan Palace – Palace room

Jaisalmer : The Serai

Leh : Grand Dragon

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