Golden Triangle with Leh Ladakh Tour

  • 11 Night / 12 Days
  • Delhi - Jaipur - Abhaneri - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra - Leh - Delhi
  • Golden Triangle with Leh Ladakh Tour is a special India tour. This tour evinces diverse yet tolerant cultural legacy of India. Golden Triangle part showcases highly majestic and mammoth monuments of ancient, medieval and colonial era monuments with colorful glimpses of modern, medieval and Rajput cultures. On the other hand, Leh & Ladakh tour takes you in the world of Tibetan Buddhist practices and beliefs.

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Day 1 Arrive Delhi

You will be warmly greeted by our representative on arrival at New Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport and taken to pre-booked New Delhi hotel. Check in at the hotel and have overnight stay in Delhi.

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Day 2 Delhi sightseeing tour

The 2nd day of Golden Triangle with Leh Ladakh Tour is fully assigned for through sightseeing of historical and cultural monuments of Delhi. Prominent among the monuments of Delhi are Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Akshardham Temple, Lotus Temple, Humayun’s Tomb and Qutub Minar. In addition to viewing these monuments, you will be visiting narrow alleys of 400 years old Chandni Chowk, abuzz with activities. Fascinating feature of this inside peep into the very lifestyle of the people of old Delhi is that you will be observing it while enjoying manual rickshaw ride. The whole sightseeing tour will be a guided tour. Having seen major part of Delhi, return to Delhi hotel for overnight stay.

Day 3 Delhi - Jaipur (265 kms/06 hours)

Drive for Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan, after having scrumptious breakfast in New Delhi hotel. On arrival at Jaipur, our representative will receive you and help in ensuring smooth check in. With its rich & colorful past, resplendent with tales of valour & bravery, it is now one of the most important heritage cities in India. Jaipur was the first planned city of medieval India. It remains the only city in the world symbolizing the nine divisions of the universe, through nine rectangular sectors. Have lunch and relax. In the afternoon, you will be taken to Birla Temple and later to Chokhi Dhani, a cultural theme village. Having enjoyed cultural evening at Chokhi Dhani, return to Jaipur hotel for overnight stay.

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Day 4 Jaipur sightseeing tour

The sightseeing tour of Jaipur today will commence since early morning. The first destination to visit is Amber Fort, about 13 kms from the heart of Jaipur city. At Amber Fort, you enjoy an elephant ride from the foothill to hilltop. It is an overwhelming experience and highly aspired by the tourists. Later, visit Albert Hall museum, City Palace, Jantar Mantar, and Hawa Mahal. Having seen these monuments, explore great bazaar of Jaipur. Late afternoon, Jaipur tour guide will take you Govind Dev Ji temple to attend magnanimous evening ‘aarti’ ceremony. Having enjoyed various cultural aspects of jaipur, return to hotel for overnight stay.

Day 5 Jaipur- Abhaneri-Fatehpur Sikri-Agra (250 kms/ 05 hrs)

Having taken sumptuous breakfast at Jaipur hotel, you will be driven to Agra. For Abhaneri, you have to take a detour of 7 kms about 95 kms from Jaipur. The sleepy village of Abhaneri is famous for ancient temple of a goddess. The temple of Abhaneri displays ruins and pieces of sculpture of a high degree of craftsmanship. But, now-a-days, the prime tourist attraction is 10th century Baoris (step-well) which is the most fascinating one in Rajasthan. The well is an innovative and indigenous invention of the local people to collect and harvest rainwater. Abhaneri step-well has 13 levels and is fortified with flights of steps on the three sides. It is an interesting piece of architecture.

Having seen Abhaneri, continue to drive for Agra. On the way to Agra, about 40 kms before Agra, there is a deserted town of Fatehpur Sikri, now a derelict village. Fatehpur Sikri was the first attempt by the Mughal to build a planned township. Fatehpur Sikri was built by Akbar as twin city of Agra but with structured layout. Fatehpur Sikri is home to large palatial buildings like Jama Masjid, shrine of Salim Chishti, Buland Darwaja, Jodhabai Mahal, Panch Mahal etc.

After visiting Fatehpur Sikri, proceed for Agra. There had been a settlement in Agra long before Babur made it his capital. It was Akbar who built the Agra Fort (which is still known as Akbarabad). On arrival at Agra, you will be received by the representative of Optima India Tourism and taken to Agra hotel for leisurely overnight stay.

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Day 6 Agra sightseeing- New Delhi (by car 210 kms/ 04 hrs)

Agra, though erstwhile capital of Mughal India, is known for being seat of world famous Taj Mahal. Agra is a district of Uttar Pradesh. The long cherished visit to Taj Mahal is scheduled today. Taj Mahal looks most stunning at the time of sunrise. The Agra tour guide will collect you from the Agra hotel's lobby and take you to the monument known as 'epitome of love'-the Taj Mahal. You will be taken to the Taj Mahal on 'tonga'- a medieval mode of transportation. With Agra tour guide, your Taj Mahal viewing will be an informed visit. Built by Shah Jahan in memory of Mumtaj Mahal, the tomb of Taj Mahal is constructed of white marble of Makrana and took almost 18 years to come up in the present form.

After watching the unparalleled beauty of Taj Mahal, return to Agra hotel for getting refreshed and relaxed. Have delicious breakfast in Agra hotel and move for visiting Agra Fort, Tomb of It-Mad-ud-Daula and Sikandara. Agra Fort has evidences of successive developments. Earlier, the site was known as Badalgarh and a brick fort, built by the Rajputs was situated here. The reign of Babur and Humayun remained inconspicuous in terms of architectural development . It was Akbar who constructed Agra Fort anew on the banks of river Yamuna with red sandstone. But most impressive buildings within the fort are again the creation of indefatigable builder Shah Jahan. Probably the most splendid single sight in Agra Fort is Shah Jahan's richly inlaid throne room in the Diwan-i-Aam, the hall of public audience. Shah Jahan also built within the Agra Fort a hall for private audience, where he received ambassadors and other important personages, and an octagonal tower for the pleasure of his wife (that wife- Arjumand Bano Begum for whom he was later to build the world's most sumptuous tomb- Taj Mahal).

After visiting Agra Fort and having delicious lunch in a city restaurant, move on for New Delhi. On the way to New Delhi, visit tomb of Akbar at Sikandara. On arrival at New Delhi, check in at the pre-booked hotel for overnight stay.

Day 7 Delhi - Leh (3500m)(Flt IT 3341 / 0610-0740 hrs)

Having taken breakfast, drive for Delhi airport to board flight for Leh, capital of Ladakh. On arrival at Leh airport, you will be received by our representative and transferred to pre-booked Leh hotel. Rest of the day has been kept for leisure where the guest can take a walk to the colorful bazaar. Overnight stay has been planned in Leh.

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Day 8 Sightseeing tour of Leh Monasteries

Having delicious breakfast in Leh hotel, drive for a full day tour of the monasteries around Leh and visit Shankar, Spituk and Phyang monasteries. Later in the afternoon, walk around Leh town and visit Leh Market, Leh Palace ruins, Leh Gompa & Shanti Stupa. Overnight stay has been planned in Leh hotel.

Day 9 Leh- Shey- Thiksey- Hemis- Leh

Today we proceed for Indus Valley monastery tour. We start with a visit to Shey the ancient capital of Ladakh. The monastery here has a huge gold-gilded statue of Buddha Sakyamuni with a large silver lamp burning in front of the statue.

Then we visit Thiksey Gompa an impressive complex rising tier upon tier on a hill above the village. The monastery has a beautiful 30 m high gold-plated statue of Maitreya Buddha, the Buddha of the future. Drive further to visit the famous Hemis Gompa founded in 1630's by Stag-tsang-ras-pa under the royal patronage of Sengge Namgyall.

Hemis is one of the largest and richest gompas of Ladakh. The two-day festival of monastic dance in June-July has raised the reputation of Hemis particularly high. The festival is dedicated to Guru Padmasambhava, popularly known as second Buddha and responsible for spreading Buddhism in the Tibetan world.

Later in the evening we drive back to hotel. Dinner and overnight stay has been scheduled in Leh hotel.

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Day 10 Leh - Lamayuru(124 km / 4 hrs) - Alchi (50 km/2 hr)

After breakfast some time at leisure and then we drive to Alchi Visit Lamayuru Monastery and back to Alchi. Lamayuru Monastery is one of the most popular and magnificent monasteries of Ladakh. It is known to be the oldest monastic establishment in Ladakh and was founded by Rinchen Zangpo in the 10th century. This monastery is located amidst the massive mountains. The spectacular setting of this monastery and its renowned collection of carpets, thangkas and frescoes has been attracting many people all over the world over a long time. We will also be part of the prayer ceremony inside the prayer hall among the monks. It is a very soothing and spiritual experience to be there among these warm and friendly monks. Further drive towards Alchi (50 km from Lamayuru). Just before Alchi, we drive across the mighty River Indus over the bridge and reach Ladakh's most loved Alchi Monastery. Over a century old, its wall paintings are very similar to those of the Tabo Gompa in Spiti, Himachal Pradesh. Unlike other monasteries, which are usually on a cliff top or cling to a mountain-side, Alchi is at ground level and is nestled in the shade of a garden. Overnight stay is scheduled in Alchi hotel.

Day 11 Alchi - Likir - Basgo - Leh (124 km / 4 hr)

After breakfast, we drive to Likir (16 km) and visit Likir Monastery, situated atop a windy cliff overlooking the beautiful village of Likir. It was founded in the 12th Century although the present construction dates back to the 18th century as the original one was destroyed by fire. In its courtyard is a yellow colored 3 storey high mammoth statue of the Buddha, which was constructed by a resident monk. The top floor has an impressive museum containing old thangkas and weapons used many centuries back.

From Likir we drive 9 km to Basgo. It was an important centre in the old days, having been the capital of lower Ladakh when the kingdom was divided in the 15th& 16thcenturies. We visit the ruins of the Royal Palace at Basgo, Ser Zung Temple, which is known for its great frescoes and finally the temple with an enormous gold and copper statue of the Maitreya Buddha. Later we drive to Leh (3521 m), capital of Ladakh and check-in the Hotel. Evening has been kept for leisure. Overnight stay is scheduled in Leh hotel.

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Day 12 Leh - Delhi (Flt: 9W-610 / 0735 hrs - 850 hrs)

Having breakfast in the hotel, depart for Leh airport to board flight for New Delhi. On arrival at New Delhi airport, transfer to international flights’ terminal to further board flight for your onward destination.

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