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Trekking through South Asia’s History

PRIVATE TOUR - 12 DAY SAMPLE ITINERARY

FROM $2971+

Private Tour Highlights

  • Trek through a lush, green valley for three days
  • Stumble upon a wide range of regional biodiversity
  • Cover all the bases, from holy sites to urban centers
  • Begin with a classical introduction to India’s must see destinations
  • See the Indian Arc de Triomphe: The India Gate
  • Get a photo op at the iconic Taj Mahal
  • Observe the historic architecture of Delhi
  • Marvel at the splendor in which India’s former royalty lived in
  • Visit some of Nepal’s oldest and holiest attractions
  • See a still intact 7 story pagoda made in the 17th century
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Tour Overview

This tour begins with a classic introduction to India’s must see destinations in its most prized cities. Covering Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, you will experience extravagant palaces, holy sites and much more. Continuing onwards to Kathmandu, considered the spiritual center of Nepal, will offer a change of scenery as you depart on a brief, multi-day trek through the outlaying hills experiencing the rural landscape and lifestyle.

For a change of scenery, fly north to Kathmandu, the capital city of the Himalayan state of Nepal. This tour provides a city orientation and an introduction to Nepal’s intrinsic beauty and proud heritage. Beginning with a tour of Kathmandu City’s temples, shrines and other sites, this segment also includes an excursion to the nearby medieval city of Bhaktapur. Afterwards, embark on a three day trekking journey through the surrounding hills, staying in local villages each night.

The village houses are usually small basic lodges offering accommodation and food for travelers. The treks rely on these village houses for food and shelter and thus require minimal equipment. Your experienced guides will select the best accommodation in the villages, and if required, will go ahead to find shelter for clients. Tea houses are also a meeting point for trekkers from various parts of the world.

Inclusions
Price Includes:
One way regional airfare from Jaipur to Kathmandu, all accommodations with continental or buffet breakfast, accommodation in a single/twin share room in village houses during trek, breakfast, Lunch and Dinner during the trek, service of chauffeured air-conditioned vehicle, one time entrance fees at all monuments, services of English speaking local guide for excursions, all currently applicable taxes including service tax

Notes:
* 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.

* Trek requires a minimum of two people to operate.

* Treks do not operate during the months of June, July and August
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Package Price: $2971
Pricing Details

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.

Trip Type:

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
2

Arrival in 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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Tour of New Delhi

Begin the morning tour of Old Delhi with a cycle rickshaw ride through the streets. Make a panoramic visit to the Red Fort, which was the most affluent fort and palace of the once reigning Mughal Empire. Then it’s on to Jama Masjid, India’s largest mosque. The final stop in Old Delhi will lead to Chandni Chowk (closed on Sunday), a lively and colorful market that was once the commercial center of the city.
Then drive to New Delhi, which will provide a stark contrast between the old and the new; a recurring theme throughout India. In New Delhi visit the India Gate monument, followed by the grounds of the Parliament House and other extravagant government buildings. Then continue to Humayun’s Tomb, built in honor of India’s second Mughal emperor. Later visit the world’s tallest brick minaret, Qutub Minar.

Note: Yampu recommends an optional tour (price not included) to enjoy a fine dinner at the Veda Restaurant, a lavishly designed nouvelle cuisine curry house that offers a fusion of traditional Indian food with a modern spin. A second option is a visit to Akshardham, a unique, yet stunning monument that boasts 234 elaborately carved pillars, 9 decorative domes, 20 quadrangled shikhars (towers of Hindu architecture), stone elephants sculptures, and 20,000 murtis (Hindu images portraying Divine spirits). Please inquire with a Yampu travel consultant for more information.
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4

New Delhi – Agra

Begin with a drive to Agra that will take approximately 4 hours. Upon arrival, check into the hotel. Then proceed for a sightseeing tour of the stunning Taj Mahal, India’s most picture perfect work of architecture and one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World.
Driving through the city to the Agra Fort, get some good images of the local scene and bazaars and the everyday buzz of India. Once at the Agra Fort, stroll through its regal chambers that were once home to some of India’s most powerful Mughal emperors.

Note: an optional tour (cost not included) to a showing of Mohhabbat The Taj, a live show with a touch of Bollywood is recommended. This 80 minute presentation is a charming way to top off the day at the Kalakriti Auditorium. Please enquire with a Yampu travel consultant for more details.
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5

Agra – Jaipur

Drive approximately 4-5 hours to Jaipur. En route, stop to enjoy an excursion to the abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri, the once imperial city of the Mughal dynasty that was mysteriously deserted years after its inception. This ornate city was built with such grandeur that words do not do justice to the glorious atmosphere created by its buildings. Upon arrival, check in and have some time to relax before a sound and light show at the city’s Amber Fort.

Drive approximately 4-5 hours to Jaipur. En route, stop to enjoy an excursion to the abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri, the once imperial city of the Mughal dynasty that was mysteriously deserted years after its inception. This ornate city was built with such grandeur that words do not do justice to the glorious atmosphere created by its buildings. Upon arrival, check in and have some time to relax before a sound and light show at the city’s Amber Fort.

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Day
6

Tour of 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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Day
7

Jaipur – Kathmandu

Transfer to the airport for a flight to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, airport reception and transfer to a hotel. Depending on the arrival time, spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Transfer to the airport for a flight to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, airport reception and transfer to a hotel. Depending on the arrival time, spend the rest of the day at leisure.

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Day
8

Tour of Kathmandu City

Enjoy a guided tour of Kathmandu City beginning with Kumari Ghar – home to Nepal’s most important living goddess, and the Hanuman Dhoka Palace. Then, proceed to the Kal Brairab shrine, a colorful memorial to the Hindu God of destruction, followed by a visit to Taleju Temple, the city’s most magnificent temple.

Afterwards, embark on a sightseeing tour of the Swayambhunath Stupa. Celebrated as one of the oldest Buddhist stupas in the world, this majestic structure sits highly on a nearby hilltop overlooking Kathmandu Valley (The April 2015 earthquake caused major damage to this Heritage Site and reconstruction is currently taking place). In the afternoon, travel through Patan, the “City of Fine Arts”. Stroll through the famous Durbar Square, where Krishna Mandir, a temple built in honor of Lord Krishna that is considered to be the world’s finest example of stone architecture, can be seen. While walking around, enjoy the many traditional artists and sculptors throughout the streets (Due to the April 2015 earthquake, some of the temples here have been damaged and reconstruction is under process.)

Note: Yampu recommends an optional one hour mountain flight for unforgettable aerial views of the Himalayas. Experience the thrill of seeing Mount Everest up close, as the plane flies two aeronautical miles in front of the Natural Wonder. Please inquire with a Yampu travel consultant for more details.
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9

Tour of Pashupatinath & Bhaktapur

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Morning visit to Pashupatinath, Nepal’s oldest and most holy Hindu temple. Situated upon the banks of the Bagmati River, this is an important ritual and cremation site, as the water flows into the Ganges. Proceed to Bouddhanath, one of Asia’s largest stupas that has earned the nickname of “Little Tibet”, as it has become a focal point of Tibetan Buddhism. Standing tall at thirty-six meters (118 ft), this white mandala-shaped structure is a symbol of the universe that facilitates meditation for the local Tibetan Buddhists (The top portion of the Stupa was slightly damaged by the April 2015 earthquake. Currently renovation is under process.)

In the afternoon, go on an excursion to the medieval city of Bhaktapur, located about an hour’s drive outside of Kathmandu. In this “City of Devotees”, wander through the winding lanes lined with old homes and temples that date back to the 13th century. Beginning in the city’s Durbar Square, marvel at the intricately carved deities and monsters of the richly molded Golden Gate before entering the Palace of 55 Windows that incorporates exquisite wood carvings into its medieval design. (Bhaktapur is one of the most affected areas of the April 2015 earthquake. Renovation is currently under process.)

Then, see the Lion’s Gate, with its huge guarding lion statues, before continuing to the Nyatpola Temple, a beautiful five-storied, 17th century pagoda. The last stop of the day will lead to the splendorous Bhairab Temple, which is dedicated to the Lord Buddha. Before returning to Kathmandu, take some time to watch the skill of the traditional potters as they work at the Pottery Centre and the Dattratraya Temple.
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10

Kathmandu – Chauki Bhanjyang

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Kathmandu – Chauki Bhanjyang (1950 m, total 2-3 hour walk)
Transfer from the hotel in Kathmandhu to the trailhead (approximately 1.5 hours). The trek start point heads out past the city of Bhaktapur and then leads up to the ridgeline at Nagarkot and the starting point near the school house and old cheese factory. During the initial few minutes, pass many village houses and lodges before dropping off the ridge on the Kathmandu valley side to enjoy the mountain views which includes Melungtse (7,131m) and Gauri Shanker (7,146m), with the Jugal himal - Ganchempa (6,397m), Dorje Lhakpa (6,980), and Phurbi Ghyanchu (6,722m) and further to the north lies the Bhairavkund and Gosainkund lakes area, behind which rises Langtang Lirung (7,245m). The vegetation here is somewhat scarce but reforestation efforts in recent years has begun to produce a positive impact. After a steep climb away from the village, earn good views of the valley and the still almost medieval town of Shanku nestling at the east end of the Kathmandu valley.
A series of dwellings, mostly inhabited by Tamangs, lead to the village of Chauki Bhanjyang (1,950m). During the winter months, when the weather is clear, the mountain views are superb. Immediately to the north lies the valley of the Indrawati River with the ridge to the east leading from Chatara to the Panch Pokhari (five lakes) area below Tilmans Col which crosses into Langtang and beyond. Overnight at village house.
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Day
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Chauki Bhanjyang – Buring Bhanjyang

Chauki Bhanjyang – Buring Bhanjyang (2438 m, total 6-7 hour walk)
The trail climbs west up the line of the Manichaur Danda (ridge) for about an hour and then drops onto the north side of the ridge, following the well-defined path besides a strong rock built wall which aims to protect or define the higher slopes of the hill.

Another half hour on, the trail leads the wall and enters more broken jungle country. Stop for lunch at a beautiful natural campsite. In spring, wild yellow raspberry bushes offer refreshment and on a clear day, the mountain views are some of the best available. Tamang settlements are scattered across the terraced hillsides, with the Sindhu Khola (river) valley immediately below.
Another 2 to 2.5 hours walk along the flank of the hill leads to Chisapani (2, 194m) and the meeting with the main route from Sundarijal to Helambu. Climb steeply up the north slope, past Chepu Bhanjyang to Buring (2,438m) where a couple of houses offer tea amidst beech and Rhododendron forest. Overnight at village house.
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Day
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Buring Bhanjyang – Shivapuri

Buring Bhanjyang – Shivapuri (2560 m, total 5-6 hour walk) - Kathmandu
The route leads west through wood on the south side of the ridge, with fine views across the Kathmandu valley. After half an hour, a Bhanjyang (crossing point) is reached in an open area, with a Chautara on which are two Churungs (small Buddhist chortens). Another half hour of easy walking is followed by a steep ascent through oak and rhododendron. The climb eases and with no human habitation on this stretch, the forest is thick and lush with rhododendron in flower up to late April. A natural well near a clearing in the forest makes an ideal lunch stop.
The route continues to climb up the ridgeline with dwarf bamboo giving thick ground cover. The flat open area of Shivapuri with its chortens and prayer flags is reached in about half an hour and offers spectacular views all round. From here the road head at Budhnilkhanta can be reached in about three hours. Nainki gompa (monastery) lies about two hours down the route - inhabited mostly by female monks.
Transport awaits at Budhnilkhanta. Drive back to Kathmandu (approximately 30 minutes) for a flight home or continue with an optional Yampu Tours add-on.
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Delhi, India

Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India

Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

Kathmandu, Central Region, Nepal

Places You'll See

  • Jama-Masjid-India

    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.

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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.

  • Amber-Fort-Jaipur-India

    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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    Kathmandu

    As the largest city and capital of Nepal, Kathmandu is a great place for exciting adventures and amazing sightseeing opportunities. Visit the Monkey Temple, a sacred Buddhist site, or the Narayanhiti Palace Museum, once a royal palace. Or simply roam the streets, mingling with the locals.

Hotel Options

3 Star Properties

Delhi : Justa Greater Kailash

Agra : Hotel Amar

Jaipur : Alsisar Haveli

4 Star Properties

Delhi : The Royal Plaza

Agra : Agra Trident Oberoi

Jaipur : Jaipur Trident Oberoi

Kathmandu : Hotel Himalaya

5 Star Properties

Delhi : The Claridges

Agra : ITC Mughal Agra

Jaipur : Jaimahal Palace

Kathmandu : Hotel Yak & Yeti

Kathmandu : Hotel Dwarika

Luxury Properties

Delhi : The Oberoi

Agra : Amarvilas

Jaipur : Oberoi Rajvilas,

Jaipur : Taj Rambagh Palace

Jaipur : Sujan Rajmahal Palace

Testimonials

Joan A.

Traveled April, 2013

As usual, everything went like clockwork

Recently I went to Bhutan with Yampu Tours. With multiple flights and visas, this is not the easiest of tours but, as usual, everything went like clockwork. I say, as usual, because this is the third trip with Yampu and I have nothing but praise for their handling of everything. The professionalism, attention to detail, economical prices, keeps me returning to their services when I want to travel. I highly recommend them.

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Karen Z

Traveled February, 2013

I had an absolutely wonderful trip!

I had an absolutely wonderful trip! Thank you so much for all of your help and planning. The packet of information that you sent me was extremely helpful and gave me some great tips for the area I was visiting. My flights were perfect- thank you for the window seats and the brief layovers! My guide, Tika, was waiting for me at the airport when I arrived and she got me settled in my hotel and briefed me about our plan for the next day. The hotel was amazing too, it was very comfortable and relaxing. The itinerary that was set for my trek was detailed and accurate. The tea houses that we stayed at were nice, and everyone was very friendly. My guide was always attentive and made sure that I was taken care of, and that we were prepared for each day. We had a lot of interaction with other guides and trekkers along the way, which made this trip even better. All who involved with my trek to Everest Base Camp and Kala Pattar, did an amazing job. I always felt safe and taken care of, and that everything was going according to plan. And when our flight to Lukla was delayed that first day due to weather, arrangements were immediately made for me for another night at the hotel. I am so glad that Yampu Tours helped planned my trip. I had a wonderful time, and would love to use your travel assistance again in the future.

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Nick C.

Traveled January, 2016

We are greatly enjoying our trip in India

We are greatly enjoying our trip in India, placed through Yampu in the USA. Our driver, Haroun Kahn, is absolutely fantastic. His driving is excellent and he has been helpful directing us to good places to eat, etc.

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