Tibetan New Year festival of Losar is a great opportunity for you to know the many traditions of Ladakh, its cuisine, outdoor activities, and Buddhism. This festival, celebrated in February or March, depending on the lunar calendar, is marked by prayer sessions, ritual feasting, family gatherings, preparation of special dishes and participation in the outdoor games and sports. The itinerary also includes top-of-the-order sights in Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, the three points in the famous “Golden Triangle”.
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Arrival at the International airport in Delhi where you will be received by our representative with traditional Namaste and garland. You will be transferred to the pre-booked hotel. Rest of time will be spent in leisure, overnight stay at hotel.
You will undertake early morning drive to board flight for Leh, the capital and main city of Ladakh. After reaching Leh you will be transferred to the hotel. You will spend the day in leisure and by getting yourself acclimatized.
Proper acclimatization is necessary for a journey to Leh. Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) is a very real phenomenon. Ensure you are hydrated.
You will visit the local market in Leh in the evening.
Overnight stay in the hotel in Leh.
After breakfast, full-day sightseeing tour of Leh where you would be able to see Leh Palace, the two-storey Sankar Gompa and Shanti Stupa.
You will find an amazing statue of the Buddhist deity of compassion, Avalokitesvara, with thousand eyes and hands in the Sankar Gompa located at a distance of 3 km from Leh. Affiliated with the revered Spituk Gompa, the Sankar Monastery follows the lineage of Gelug, the Yellow Hat sect of Buddhism.
Sankar Gompa is the residence of The Kushok Bakul – the regional head of Gelug. The main prayer house enshrines the image of Tsong-kha-pa, the founder of Gelug.
Designed as a replica of Potala Palace in Lhasa (Tibet), the nine-storey Leh Palace is a former royal palace overlooking the Leh town. Built by King Sengge Namgyal in the 17th century in the grand tradition of Tibetan architecture, the monument is one of the top attractions in Ladakh. The rooftops of the edifice command breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape.
You will have your lunch at a restaurant.
Located on a hilltop to the west of Changspa, the brilliant white-domed Shanti Stupa is one of the several world peace pagodas built by the Japanese Buddhists throughout the world. Built in 1991 the Shanti Stupa enshrines the relics of the Buddha and an impressive Buddha statue. One can have unrivaled panoramic views of Leh and the rugged beauty of the surrounding landscape. The Buddha hall offers the perfect ambience for meditation.
After having dinner in a restaurant we will drive back to the hotel in Leh for overnight stay.
In the evening you will be a witness to the Hashalo celebration in which the youth swings a fire ball tied to a long string. Later we will drive to Saboo village to visit local houses to greet Losar.
Overnight stay at Hotel in Leh
If you want to experience the way of life that was lived many decades ago in Ladakh, come to the village of Hemis Shukpachan in the Sham valley, about 70 kilometers from Leh. Far from the hustle and bustle of Ladakh, Hemis Shukpachan is strikingly beautiful and has a peaceful ambience. The golden statue of the Buddha on the rocky hillock in the village was inaugurated in 2015. We will join the Losar celebration in Hemis Shukpachan where we will spend the night in a guest house.
After breakfast you will head towards Rizong Monastery, lying to the west of Alchi on the way to Lamayuru. Founded in 1831, the Monastery houses 40 monks. . 2 Km below the gompa is a nunnery which is reached by a trek through a gorge. After exploring the sites we will return to Hemis Shukpachan where you will spend the night at the Guesthouse.
In the morning we will head towards the Leh airport to board flight for Delhi where you will indulge in sightseeing tour of India Gate, one of the principal attractions of Delhi. One of the most recognizable remnants of the British Raj, the monument was built as a memorial to commemorate the 70,000 India soldiers who died in World War I. Designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens India Gate was completed in 1931. You will also drive pass Rashtrapati Bhawan, the official residence of the president of India, and Parliament.
After enjoying your dinner you will be transferred to the hotel where you will spend the night.
In the morning we will take a 180 km road drive to Agra. After reaching Agra you will proceed for sightseeing of Taj Mahal and Agra Fort.
Taj Mahal, synonymous with beauty and elegance, is one such site which is not to be missed even in the most perfunctory of tours. Built by the fifth Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in the 17th century, this mausoleum of his wife, Mumtaz Mahal, is the crowning glory of Mughal architecture.
Taj Mahal, world’s most famous symbol to royal love was built to immortalize the name of Mumtaz Mahal who Mumtaz died in 1631 in childbirth at the age of 39.
Poetically described as “a tender elegy in marble”, Taj Mahal, a blend of Indian, Persian and Turkish architectural designs, was the result of the labour of over 12, 000 workers, over a period of 22 years.
Later we will head for sightseeing of the much-acclaimed Agra Fort which consists of a wide array of fairytale halls, palaces, buildings, pavilions and serene gardens which were inhabited the Mughal rulers, their family, courtiers and staff in the bygone era. Commissioned by the greatest Mughal Akbar in 1565, the Agra fort was completed by 1573 and is also known as Red Fort thanks to the red sandstone fabric of its rampart walls
Overnight stay in Agra
We will have a morning drive to to Jaipur which is about 245 km from Agra. After five hours we will reach Jaipur where you will be transferred to your pre-designated hotel.
On the way you will visit the 10th-century Chand Baori baori (stepwell) at Abhaneri, 95 km from Jaipur. As can be gauged from the name, a stepwell is a well with steps leading down inside of it. One of the most famous stepwells of Rajasthan, the intricately carved Chand Baori baori , one of India’s largest and deepest step wells, is thirteen stories in depth with a maze of 1000 steps. It is located in front of the Harshat Mata temple, which though in ruins, is known for its architecture.
Overnight at Hotel in Jaipur
After breakfast, you will embark on the sightseeing tour of Jaipur.
If there is an absolute must see in Jaipur, it has to be the Amber Fort. A fine specimen of the seamless blend of Mughal and Hindu styles of architecture, the Amber (pronounced Amer) Fort -Palace is a classical example of romantic forts for which Rajasthan is famous all over the world.
The Amber Fort is one six hill forts of Rajasthan which have been recognised as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. Amber was the capital of the Kachhawa rulers till 1727 A.D when Jaipur was made capital in place of Amber by Maharaja Jai Singh who founded the Jaipur city.
The construction of the Amber Fort was commenced in 1592 by Man Singh I, one of the foremost generals of the greatest Mughal emperor Akbar, and completed by his successor Jai Singh I. Made of red sandstone and marble and located high on a hill, the Amber Fort consists of a sprawling collection of fairytale buildings including palaces, halls, pavilions as well as temples and gardens. The spectacular reflection of the Amber Fort in the waters of the Maota Lake is a fast for the eyes.
After exploring the Amber Fort you will proceed to Hawa Mahal or the Palace of Winds. One of the most written-about and photographed of the monuments in the world the Hawa Mahal was built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh. This iconic landmark is a five-storey ornamental facade of more than five hundred latticed-stone screened windows. Behind these windows the women could view the city street below without being seen.
A wonderful blend of Mughal and traditional Rajasthani architecture, the City Palace Complex is one of the top landmarks of Jaipur. Within its preints you can find an array of fairytale halls, palaces and buildings inuding Diwan-i-Khas (Hall of Private Audience) and Diwan-i-Am (Hall of Public Audience).
Overnight in Jaipur
You will take a morning drive to Delhi which is about 255 km away. After reaching Delhi you will be transferred to the restaurant for lunch.
Later we will visit Rajghat and Lotus temple. The mortal remains of Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the Nation, were cremated on the evening of January 31, 1948 at Rajghat. Located on the west bank of the river Yamuna Rajghat has a simple open platform of black marble inscribed with the Mahatma’s final words, ‘Hey Ram’ (Oh God). It is now a national shrine.
After exploring the above mentioned sites we will proceed for dinner followed by transfer to airport to board flight for your onward departure.