Glory of Central India

Day 01: Arrive Delhi

Meet on arrival at Airport and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02: Delhi

Morning after breakfast full day guided city tour of Old & New Delhi.

Visit Raj Ghat and Shanti Vana - the cremation sites of Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru, Jama Masjid and drive past Red Fort and Chandni Chowk. Afternoon visit Qutub Minar built by Qutub-ud-Din Aibek in 1199, Humayun's Tomb, India Gate (War Memorial Arch ). Also drive past President's House, Parliament House, and Government Secretariat Buildings & Connaught Place shopping centre. Overnight at hotel.

Day 03: Delhi - Jaipur

After breakfast drive to Jaipur. On arrival check in at the hotel. Evening free for shopping around the local market. Jaipur is also known as the Pink City. It is capital of Rajasthan, the desert state in India, which is famous for its majestic forts, opulent havelis, beautiful lakes and sand dunes. The history of Jaipur takes us about 300 years back in time, when the Mughal empire in India was on the decline. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 04: Jaipur

Morning an excursion to Amber Fort. Amber Fort was the ancient capital of the State. Visit the Sheesh Mahal or the Hall of Victory glittering with mirrors. Ascend the Fort on Elephant back.

Afternoon tour of Jaipur. Jaipur - the capital of Rajasthan was given a colour coat of pink a century ago in honour of a visiting Prince and ever since, it has retained this colour. Built by Maharaja Jai Singh, the notable astronomer, this city is 260 years old. Visit Maharaja's City Palace, the Observatory & Ram Niwas Gardens. Drive past Hawa Mahal & through the pink rose residential & business areas. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 05: Jaipur - Agra

After breakfast drive to Agra, en-route visit Fatehpur Sikri, Fatehpur Sikri was built during 1571 and 1585. Fatehpur Sikri is one of the finest examples of Mughal architectural splendour at its height. Though the city is in ruins, it is a place to visit if one comes to Agra.But in real terms Fatehpur Sikri is a place where one should spend some time. The sunset over the ruins is sight to cherish. arrive Agra check into the hotel. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 06: Agra - Jhansi, by train- Orchha, 18 km

Morning visit the famous Taj Mahal built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial to his queen Mumtaz Mahal, made out of white marble took 22 years to complete (1630-1652 AD). After breakfast visit Agra fort. Built principally as a military establishment by Akbar in 1565, the red sandstone Agra fort was partially converted into a palace during Shah Jahan's time. Though the principal structure was built by Akbar, Afternoon visit Itmad-ud-daulah. This tomb belongs to the father of Nur Jahan, Ghias-ud-Din Beg. He was the Wajir or the Chief Minister of Emperor Jehangir. This white marble tomb was built by Nur Jahan between 1622 and 1628. Later in the afternoon transfer to the railway station to board the train for Jhansi. On arrival meet with our representative and drive to Orccha. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel. overnight stay at hotel.

Day 07: Orchha - Gwalior

Morning after breakfast sightseeing tour of Orchha visiting Jahangir Mahal and Temple of Lord Krishna.

Later drive to Gwalior on arrival visit proceed for sightseeing tour of Gwalior, known for its spectacular hilltop citadel. Here we visit the various Rajput Palaces, Gwalior fort, Hindu temples.

Later transfer to the hotel. overnight stay at hotel.

Day 08: Gwalior - Bhopal, by train

Morning after breakfast transfer to the railway station to board the train for Bhopal. On arrival at Bhopal railway station meet with our representative & transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon visit Bhojpur temple having largest shiva-linga of 7 ft. high. Bhojpur is a small town on the bank of Betwa river. Temple is unique in many manner as massive stone blocks were used in construction and was called Somnath Temple of East.

Day 09: Bhopal - Sanchi - Bhopal

Morning after breakfast an excursion to UNESCO World Heritage Site called Sanchi Stupa, located at a distance of 45 kms from Bhopal city. 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 glory that was Sanchi, an ancient place of pilgrimage, can still be experienced in its complex structures where many Buddhist legends found expression in the rich sculpture. 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, the wheel represents his nirvana or salvation.

Later return to Bhopal for overnight stay.

Day 10: Bhopal - Ujjain - Indore

Morning after breakfast drive to Indore, en-route we will visit the sacred city of Ujjain.

Ujjain is an ancient city in western Madhya Pradesh of Central India, on the bank of Kshipra river. It is known as important pilgrimage city for followers of Hindu religion. Mahakaleshwar temple of Ujjain is one of the 12 jyotirlinga of India. Here Kumbh mela is held in every 12 years. Sandipani ashram in city is known as school of Lord Krishna, Balrama & Sudama. Places to visit in Ujjain are : Mahakaal temple, Ved Shala (observatory), Sandipani ashram, Chintaman Ganesh temple, Iskcon temple, Jain temples, Kalabhairav temple, Bhadrakali temple etc.

Later drive to Indore. On arrival check in at the hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 11: Indore - Mandu

Morning after breakfast we will visit to the 18th century Indreshwar temple.

Later drive for "City of Joy" called Mandu, east of Indore city. On arrival check in at the hotel. In the after sightseeing of Mandu. Mandu in Dhar district of Madhya Pradesh State in Central India, is a historical city. Mandu city is stretched over13 kms belt on crest of Vindhya range, close to Narmada river valley. History of Mandu goes back to 6th century. Monument in Mandu were built in 14th & 15 century itself. Places to visit in Mandu are: Roopmati pavallion, Buland Darwaza (Darwaza means Gate), Jahaz Mahal, Hindola Mahal, Jami Masjid, Baz Bahadur Mahal, Rewa Kund, Hoshang Shah Tomb, Echo point etc. Ideal Mandu sightseeing is two days but must see points can be covered in single day sightseeing. Baobab tree in Mandu is another amazing thing to watch as it is rarely seen in India. Overnight at hotel in Mandu.

Day 10: Mandu - Maheshwar

After breakfast half-day Mandu tour. Later, drive to the pilgrimage town Maheshwar. On arrival check in at the hotel. after fresh-n-up sightseeing of holy town on the bank of Narmada river.

Maheshwar in west part of Madhya Pradesh State in Central India. In Hindu religious books like Ramayan & Mahabharat, it is referred by the name of Mahismati, capital of King Kartivarjun. Places to visit in Maheshwar are : Maheshwar fort, Rajarajeshwara Temple, Kaleshwara Temple, Narmada Ghats, manufacturing units of Maheshwari Silk Sarees (Indian women traditional outfit) etc. Current Historical look of Maheshwar was result of efforts of Holkar Queen - Rani Ahilyabai in whose reign, many famous temples were constructed due to her efforts.

Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 11: Maheshwar - Omkareshwar - Jalgaon

Morning after breakfast we will set of for the extensive journey to Jalgaon. En-route we will visit the beautiful holy island town called Omkareshwar. On arrival visit Omkareshwar temples. It is at the confluence of Narmada & Kaveri rivers. Later after lunch drive to Jalgaon city for overnight stay. On arrival check in at the hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 12: Jalgaon - Ajanta - Aurangabad

Morning after breakfast drive to Aurgangabad. En-route we will visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site Ajanta.

Ajanta caves are recognized by UNESCO in year 1983 (Ref. 242). Here we can find 30 rock-cut man-made caves, inside which we can find artistic pictures of Lord Buddha's life and Buddhism. These caves were discovered in April, 1819 by British officer Captain Smith when he was in Tiger trail. Oldest cave was of 2nd BC and others are of Gupta period (5th AD to 6th AD). Paintings and Sculptures in Ajanta are believed to the masterpieces of Buddhist religious art. They had a considerable artistic influence in work. Later drive to the historical city of Aurangabad. On arrival check in at the hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 13: Aurangabad - Ellora - Mumbai, by flight

Morning after breakfast proceed for sightseeing tour of another UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ellora monasteries & temples.

Ellora monasteries and temples were recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 along with Ajanta caves. There are 34 monasteries and temples in a stretch of 2 kms. These temples were dug in a side by side fashion in a high basalt cliff in Chandranandri Hills. These monuments were of age in between A.D. 600 to 1000. They were engraved during the reign of Rashtrakuta rulers. These monasteries and temples were of Buddhist (from 1-12), Hindu (from 13-29) and Jain (from 30-34) religions. After lunch spend the remaining time in shopping of silk & cotton markets or visiting monument's in Aurangabad like Bibi-ka-Makbara etc. Later, drive to the airport to board flight for Mumbai. On arrival meet with our representative and transfer to the hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 14: Mumbai - Departure,

Morning after breakfast an excursion to the Elephanta Caves with an accompanied English Speaking Guide. Boat leaves at 0900 hrs. Enjoy a one-hour boat ride across Mumbai Harbour brings you to the lovely, green Elephanta Island. Here you visit some of the huge and intricately carved Cave Temples dating back to the 7th century and dedicated to the Sun God - Shiva. Large panels depict episodes in his life. The central sculpture represents Shiva's three aspects as creator, preserver and destroyer. Later return back to Mumbai, if time permit we will do the sightseeing tour of Mumbai before setting off to the airport.

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