Central India Tour

gwalior-tour

Tourism in India

Destination Covered:

Delhi - Indore - Mandu - Bhopal - Sanchi - Bandhavgarh - Khajuraho - Gwalior - Agra - Jaipur - Delhi

Duration:
15 Nights / 16 Days
Tour Category:
Day 01 - Arrive Delhi
Lotus Temple Delhi
Arrive in Delhi, the capital city of India. After completing formalities with customs and immigration, you will be received by our representative with Traditional Indian Welcome (with garlands).

Delhi – is the capital of India since old times. Delhi's history dates back to the first millenium BC, when it was known as Indraprastha. The Tomar Rajputs built Lal Kot, the core of the first of Delhi's seven cities. It is the epicenter of the nation's politics, economy and culture. History is alive and throbbing in Delhi, the capital of India. Afterwards transfer to your hotel for the overnight stay. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 02 - In Delhi
After breakfast embark on sightseeing trip of Delhi City which would include the visit to Old Delhi and New Delhi.

Old Delhi: An ancient walled city. Here you would see the Red Fort, the most opulent Fort and Palace of the Mughal Empire, Rajghat the Samadhi of our Father of Nation, Jama Masjid the largest mosque in India and Chandni Chowk the bustling and colourful market of the old city.

New Delhi: The city designed and built by the British in the 1920’s- a city of wide boulevards impressive Government Buildings, green parks and gardens. First you will visit the two monuments from the Delhi’s past Humayun’s Tomb and Qutab Minar. Then your drive takes you along the ceremonial avenue, Rajpath, past the Imposing India Gate and Parliament House. After completing the sightseeing return back to the Hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 03 - Delhi- Indore (Flight)-Mandu (77 Kms, 02 Hrs by surface)
After an early breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport to board Indore flight. On arrival you are met and assisted by our local representative and then drive to Mandu via Omkareshwar.

Omkareshwar is one of the 12 revered Jyotirlinga shrines of Shiva. The river Narmada splits into two and forms an island Mandhata or Shivapuri in the center. The shape of the island resembles that of the visual representation of the Omkara sound, Om. Here we will visit the temple of Shri Omkar Mandhata, the Siddnath Temple and a group of Hindu and Jain temples belonging to the 10th century.

Resume drive to Mandu (22Kms from Omkareshwar). Perched along the Vindhya ranges at an altitude of 2,000 feet and with its natural defenses was originally the fort capital of the Parmar rulers of Malwa. Each of Mandu's structures is an architectural gem. On arrival check-in at the hotel, rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 4 - Mandu
After breakfast, enjoy a full day sightseeing tour of the city. Inspired by the great mosque of Damascus, the “Jami Masjid” was conceived on a grand scale, with a high plinth and a huge domed porch projecting in the centre, we then visit “Hoshang Shah's Tomb” - India's first marble edifice, it is one of the most refined examples of Afghan architecture.
Afternoon visit-

The Darwazas - The 45 km parapet of walls that encircle Mandu are punctuated by 12 gateways. Most notable of these is Delhi Darwaza. Later visit to-

“Roopmati's Pavilion” and “RewaKund”. The pavilion was originally built as an army observation post. From its hilltop perch, this graceful structure with its two pavilions was a retreat of the lovely queen from where she could see Baz Bahadur's palace and the Narmada flowing.
Overnight at the hotel.
Day 05 - Mandu-Ujjain (120 Kms, 03 Hrs by surface)-Bhopal (65 Kms, 01 ½ Hrs by surface)
Morning depart for Bhopal enroute visiting Ujjain.

Ujjain is a historic capital of Central India in Madhya Pradesh. Ujjain is also home to the “Kumbha Mela”, when Jupiter resides in the zodiac sign of Scorpio. Here visit “Mahakaleshwar Temple” of Lord Shiva with its lingam is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas in India. The temple has an idol of Omkareshwara Shiva consecrated in the sanctum above the Mahakal Shrine. The temple also has images of Ganesh, Parvati, Kartikeya and Shiva's Bull, Nandi. Other important places include Bade Ganeshji ka Mandir, Chintamani Ganesh temple, Bhartrihari Caves, Harsiddhi Temple, Kal Bhairava, 17th century observatory, Vikram Kirti Mandir, Gopal Mandir and Navagraha Mandir.

Resume drive to Bhopal. On arrival, check-in at the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 06 - Excursion to Sanchi, Udaigiri and Vidisha
After breakfast embark on full day excursion visit to Sanchi, Udaigiri and Vidisha.

“Sanchi” is a serene hill crowned by a group of stupas, monasteries, temples and pillars dating from 3rd century BC to 12th century AD. The Buddha is not represented through figures at Sanchi but through symbols, as was the tradition in the early period of Buddhism. The lotus represents the Buddha's birth, the tree signifies his enlightenment and the wheel represents his nirvana or salvation. Cut into the sandstone hill six km from Vidisha and 3 km from Sanchi are a group of rock-cut cave sanctuaries –

Udaigiri caves- Traces of some ancient buildings were also found here, at this archaeologically important site of antiquity between the rivers Bes and Betwa. The caves are mostly small chambers, enshrining idols or images of various dynasties carved into the rock of the hill. The caves and the other remains found at the site show that the site has passed through the influence of Buddhism, Jainism and Hinduism in those days.

Later visit to Vidisha or Besnagar as it is called in the pali sculptures which contains some remarkable antiquates that throw light on the considerable architectural development of the period. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 07 - Bhopal - Umaria (Overnight Express train)
After breakfast, embark on an excursion to Bhimbetka, it lies 46 kms South of Bhopal. In this rocky terrain of dense forest and craggy cliffs, over 600 rock shelters belonging to the Neolithic age were recently discovered. Here in vivid panoramic detail, paintings in over 500 caves depict the life of the pre-historic cave-dwellers. Executed mainly in red and white with the occasional use of green and yellow, the scenes usually depict hunting, dancing, music, horse and elephant riders, animals fighting, honey collection, decoration of bodies, disguises, masking and household scenes. Popular religious and ritual symbols also occur frequently.

Return to Bhopal. Evening you will be met and assisted while checking-out and transferred to the railway station to board overnight train for Umaria. Overnight Train on board the Ac Sleeper Class.
Day 08 - Arrive Umaria - Bandhavgarh (32 Kms, 01 Hr by surface)
After arrival at 1040 hrs in Umaria you will be met, assisted and transferred from railway station to your hotel at Bandhavgarh.

Post Lunch, enjoy bird watching and a walk to visit the ancient “Bandhavgarh Fort”, located on a plateau and can be reached after a steep climb. The fort is now in ruins, its monuments and tanks being gradually reclaimed by the forest thus providing additional shelter for wildlife. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 09 - Bandhavgarh
Bandhavgarh lies in the heart of Madhya Pradesh - traditional tiger country. This is where Rudyard Kipling found inspiration for his famous Jungle Book.

Once the hunting preserve of the Maharajas of Rewa, where an alarming number of tigers were hunted down in pre-independence India. Today, the Bandhavgarh National Park is a compact reserve (448 sq. km) of sal trees, bamboo thickets and grasslands, teeming with birds and animals and the highest population of tigers anywhere in India. The park is now home to 22 species of wildlife, including the regal ‘gaur’, umpteen varieties of deer and carnivores such as the striped hyena, jungle cat and sloth bear and over 250 species of birds. Within the park is the Bandhavgarh Fort now in ruins and largely overrun by the surrounding forest.

Breakfast at hotel. Today, enjoy early morning and evening game viewing (Explore the Jungle on Elephant back / Jeeps). Overnight at the hotel.
Day 10 - Bandhavgarh-Khajuraho (280 Kms, 06 Hrs by surface)
Khajuraho Temple
After breakfast depart for Khajuraho. On arrival check-into the hotel. In the afternoon enjoy a visit to the Khajuraho temples (World Heritage site). The epochal creations are an unsurpassed Indian contribution to human civilization.

These temples completed a thousand years of their existence in 1999. The timeless temples we see today have a unity of structure. The voluptuous sculptures appear to be celestial and alive. The main focus is on woman and varying facets of her life. The temples are clustered in groups in the west, east and the south. They all have the entrance in their eastern side. An architectural marvel - the complex of 85 temples were constructed by the Chandela kings. Of them only 22 survive today. A new one was excavated recently. It is said to be the largest of them all. The temples have sublime and sensuous sculptures, portraying a journey into eternity. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 11 - Khajuraho-Gwalior (260 Kms, 07 Hrs by surface)
After a leisurely breakfast at the hotel proceed for Orchha (170 kms). A visit to the “Orchha Palace” is a must. Also visit the “Fort”, the Raj Mahal and the Cenotaphs. The Raj Mahal is a fine example of Mughal architecture with typical stone jali (lattice) work and arches at the entrance. The Raj Mahal’s facade is simplicity personified with hardly any ornamental detailing, but the interiors house some splendid paintings.

Now proceed to Datia, known for its seven-storied palace of Raja Bir Singh Deo. This structure is a unique example of 17th century Bundela architecture (combination of the Rajput and Mughal) built in brick and stone. The palace houses some of the fine Bundela paintings. It was built in 1620. Erected on a rocky ridge, the Bir Singh Palace has many underground chambers excavated in the rock but they remain hidden from view.

After enjoying the visit to Datia resume the drive to Gwalior (70 kms from here). On arrival you will be met and assisted at check-in. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 12 - Gwalior - Agra (By Express train)
After breakfast, enjoy sightseeing tour of the city.

“Gwalior Fort” dominates the city and is its most magnificent monument. A steep road winds upwards to the Fort, flanked by statues of Jain tirthankaras carved into the rock face. The magnificent outer walls of the Fort still stand two miles in length and 35 feet high. Within the fort are some marvels of medieval architecture. The 15th century “Gujari Mahal” is a monument depicting the love of Raja Mansingh Tomar for his Gujar queen, Mrignayani. Also built by Raja Mansingh is the “Man Mandir Palace” built between 1486 and 1517.

“The Teli ka Mandir” is a 9th century edifice, towering at 100 ft high. This is a Pratihara Vishnu temple of a unique blending of architectural styles. Later, met and assisted at checkout and transferred to the railway station to board train for Agra. On arrival at Agra, you will be met, assisted and transferred to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 13 - In Agra
Taj Mahal Agra
Agra is the one of the prominent destinations of the World Tourism map with three heritage monuments - The Taj Mahal, Agra Fort & Fatehpur Sikri. It is more just a dacadent city of graveyards and stones, but it is a vibrant centre of Culture, Art and Religious philosphies that have enriched mankind and shaped humen thought over centuries. Early morning enjoy the “Sunrise visit to Taj Mahal : Taj Mahal : The 17th Century master piece named Taj Mahal ,which of course is the most splendid of all the buildings – perhaps the most perfect architectural monument of the world. It was built in the memory of the beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal by one of greatest king of Mughal Empire Shah Jehan.

After the sightseeing return to the hotel for breakfast. Afternoon proceed to the sprawling “Agra Fort” on the bank of the Yamuna River.

Agra Fort: Built primarily as a military establishment by Emperor Akbar in 1565, the redstone Agra Fort, was partially converted in to a palace during the tenure of Emperor Shah Jehan. Though the principal structure was built by Akbar, many more additions were made by his grandsons. This massive fort is 2.5 Kms long and is considered the predecessor of the Red Fort of New Delhi. Overnight at hotel.
Day 14 - Agra - Jaipur (255 Kms, 06 Hrs by surface)
Agra is the one of the prominent destinations of the World Tourism map In the Morning after breakfast check-out from the hotel and depart for Jaipur enroute visiting “Fatehpur Sikri”.

Fatehpur Sikri: A fascinating ghost town lies little beyond Agra the deserted Red sandstone city that was built by Emperor Akbar as his capital. 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 would have been like in the days of its grandeur. Set like a jewel in a court yard of pink sandstone is the marble tomb of Saint Salim Chisti, enclosed by delicately carved marble screens. Afterwards continue the drive to Jaipur. On arrival in Jaipur check in to the hotel.

Jaipur, Capital of Rajasthan, also known as 'Pink City' is surrounded by an ancient 20ft high wall and eight gates. Situated at a distance of 280 km away from Delhi, today, Jaipur is the personification of the old order influence the new. An inherent interest for colour and design penetrated over stratum of society, and jewelry, crafts and architecture became objects of fascination equally between prince and peasant. Jaipur is also the main tourist hub of Rajasthan tourist circuit. From here you can reach out to places like Jodhpur, Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Udaipur, Pushkar, and many more such destinations from Jaipur. Jaipur is also the third corner of the famed Golden Triangle tourist circuit of India along with Delhi and Agra. Overnight at hotel.
Day 15 - In Jaipur
After breakfast visit-

Amer Fort: 11 Kms from Jaipur- A marvelous example of Rajput architecture with its terraces and reflected in Matao lake below. The magnificent old Citadel, a labyrinth of massive walls and towers, shrouds an exquisite marble palace, pillared and carved glimmering with a million tiny mirrors, which creates tanatalising reflection effect. The ascent to the fort is on a gaily caparisoned elephants. Afternoon sightseeing of Jaipur City visit the-

City Palace Museum: An imposing blend of traditional Rajasthani and Mughal Art. The museum is resplendent with its collection of robes of royal princess, carpets an armoury of old weapons , miniature paintings portraying court scenes , battle scenes and processions.

Jantar Mantar: (Observartory): Jantar Mantar, built between 1728 and 1734, literally means the ‘instruments for measuring the harmony of the heavens’. Jai Singh, the brain behind the grand project, chose stone with marble facing. This was the biggest of all his observatories and the only one built of stone. He used it daily, often with his astronomy gurus Pandit Jagannath and Kewal Ram. In all there are 17 instruments in the Jantar Mantar complex. The function of each instrument is rather complex but serves a particular function where time plays the main theme.

Hawa Mahal: (Palace of Winds): A five storeyed wonder with a spectacular pyra midal façade and overhanging windows with latticed screens, domes and spires.

After completing the sightseeing return back to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 16 - Jaipur- Delhi (250 Kms, 05 Hrs by surface)
Hawa Mahal Jaipur
Morning at leisure. Free till departure. Afternoon drive to Delhi and on arrival, transfer to the international airport as per your flight schedule to board your onward flight home.
 
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