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Magical Central India

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Magical Central India

Destinations Covered: Delhi - Jaipur - Agra - Gwalior - Khajuraho - Orchha - Bhopal - Ujjain - Mandu - Aurangabad - Mumbai

Duration of stay: 16 nights / 17 days

Day 01 - Arrive Delhi

On arrival at Indira Gandhi International Airport Terminal II you will be taken to your hotel. Spend rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight in Delhi.

Day 02 - In Delhi

After breakfast, full day sightseeing tour of Old and New Delhi.Bandhavgarh national park
The visit of the old city ( belongs to XVIIth century) includes the Great Mosque, Jama Masjid and the Red Fort, a perfect example of Mughal architecture built by Emperor Shah Jahan between 1639 and 1648. Enjoy cycle rickshaw ride around the colorful giant bazaar, Chandni Chowk.
In the new part of the city visit - the Qutab Minar (built in XIIth century), a splendid monument minaret of the Afghan period. Raj Ghat, the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi, and the Mausoleum of Humayun - a huge building that inspired Persians, is the precursor of the Taj Mahal. Rajpath, the equivalent of the Champs Elysees in France, the India Gate (erected in the memory of unknown soldiers died during First World War), The Parliament, and the house of the President. Later evening to escape the crowds, visit the Birla Mandir - a Hindu temple which is modern and colorful.
Overnight in Delhi

Day 03 - Drive Delhi - Jaipur (265 kms / 06 hrs)

After breakfast drive by surface for Jaipur. Popularly known as the Pink City, was built in 1727 AD by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. Designed in accordance with Shilpa Shastra, an ancient Hindu treatise on architecture.
On arrival in Jaipur, check into hotel. Rests of the day spend at leisure visiting the surroundings.
Overnight in Jaipur.

Day 04 - In Jaipur

After breakfast full day sightseeing tour of Jaipur visiting -- The Amber FortBandhavgarh national park situated on the one of the ancient ranges Aravali Hills, 11 kms from Jaipur which was the ancient capital of Jaipur Maharaja, a good example of Rajput style architecture. A slow elephant ride takes you to the top of the Fort, which houses several graceful buildings and a temple of Kali. Later visit City Palace and Observatory. City palace is a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. The son of the last maharaja and his family still reside in the part of the palace. Observatory – Jantar Mantar, built by Jai Singh in 18th Century which is the finest observatory built by Jai Singh out of five Observatories.
Overnight in Jaipur.

Day 05 - Drive Jaipur - Agra (250 kms / 05 hrs) enroute Fatehpur Sikri

After breakfast drive by surface for Agra, the city of Seventh wonder of the world. En-route visit Fathepur Sikri, this magnificent fortified city was the capital of the Mughal empire between 1517 and 1585, but had to leave because of Shortage of water. After the visit, continue your drive for Agra.
Agra which is known for its world famous buildings constructed by the Great Mughals, situated on the bank of the river. On arrival in Agra, check into hotel. Spend rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight in Agra.

Day 06 - Drive Agra - Gwalior (122 kms / 03 hrs)

Early morning the sunrise visit of the famous TAJ MAHAL This spectacular white marble mausoleum was built by Emperor Shah Jehan for his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It is a most extravagant monument ever built for love. The shimmering reflection in the water channels is truly breathtaking. After viewing Taj Mahal, return back to the hotel. After having a relaxed breakfast continue your city tour visiting - Agra Fort, the construction of the massive fort was began by Emperor Akbar following with the addtions by the different Mughal emperors. After the visit drive to Gwalior. Gwalior occupies a strategic location in the Gird region of North India, and the city and its fortress have served as the center of several of North India's historic kingdoms. On arrival in Gwalior, check into hotel. Spend rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight in Gwalior.

Day 07 - Drive Gwalior - Khajuraho (275 kms / 06 hrs)

Morning after breakfast proceed for the sightseeing tour of Gwalior visiting Gwalior Fort - built by Raja Man Singh Tomar, of the Tomar dynasty. This formidable structure had the reputation of being one of the most invincible forts of India. Later continue visiting Man Mandir, Gujari Mahal(today an archaeological museum),Temples of Sas-Bahu, Teli Ka Mandir, Jai Vilas Palace, Tomb of Gaus Mohammad and the Mausoleum of Tansen. After the sightseeing, drive to Khajuraho - a place famous throughout the world for its erotic temples. Beautiful temples are the unique gift of India to the world. They represent life, love, happiness, shown in all shapes and emotions of life. On arrival in Khajuraho, check into hotel. The temples of Khajuraho are one of the India’s major attractions.
Overnight in Khajurao.

Day 08 - Drive Khajurao - Orchha (180 kms / 04 hrs)

Morning sightseeing tour of the spectacular ninth to thirteen century templesBandhavgarh national park of Khajuraho, built by Chandela kings. The temples are beautifully carved with graceful statues of Gods and Goddesses. After the visit, drive for the delightful village of Orchha, once the capital of the Bundela rulers. A place less known than others, is a beautiful complex of palaces and temples coming from the sixteenth century. On arrival check into hotel. Orchha is a just a village, set among a wonderful complex of well preserved palace and temples situated near betwa river.
Overnight in Orchha.

Day 09 - Drive Orchha - Jhansi (16 kms / 30 mins) & Train Jhansi - Bhopal

Morning sightseeing tour of Orchha visiting the Rajmandir, Jahangir Mahal and the temples. Later in time drive to Jhansi railway station to board train for Bhopal - the capital of Madhya Pradesh, is a fascinating amalgam of scenic beauty, old historic city and modern urban planning. It is the 11th century city Bhojpal, founded by Raja Bhoj, but the present city was established by an Afghan soldier, Dost Mohammed (1707-1740). His descendants build Bhopal into a beautiful city. Met on arrival at Bhopal railway station and transfer to hotel. Spend rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight in Bhopal.

Day 10 - In Bhopal

Morning after breakfast excursion to Sanchi-- located 46 km north east of Bhopal. It is the location of several Buddhist monuments dating from the third century BCE to the twelfth century CE. The 'Great Stupa' at Sanchi was originally commissioned by the emperor Ashoka the Great in the third century BCE. Its nucleus was a simple hemispherical brick structure built over the relics of the Buddha. It was crowned by the chatra, a parasol-like structure symbolizing high rank, which was intended to honour and shelter the relics
later visit Bhimbetka, at the southern edge of the Vindhyachal hills. The rock shelters and caves of Bhimbetka have a number of interesting paintings which depict the lives and times of the people who lived in the caves, including scenes of childbirth, communal dancing and drinking, and religious rites and burials, as well as the natural environment around them
Overnight in Bhopal.

Day 11 - Drive Bhopal - Ujjain (188 kms / 04 hrs)

Morning after breakfast drive to Ujjain - on the eastern bank of the Kshipra River. Ujjain is one of the seven sacred cities of the Hindus, and the Kumbh Mela religious festival is held there every 12 years. It is also home to Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga, one of the twelve Jyotirlinga shrines to the god Shiva. On arrival in Ujjain, check into hotel. Later after a short rest visit the historical sacred temples and experience the spiritual essence of this place also enjoy the awesome spectacle rituals at the holy river Kshipra.
Overnight in Ujjain.

Day 12 - Drive Ujjain - Mandu (120 kms / 03 hrs)

Morning after breakfast drive to Mandu - is a ruined city in the Dhar district in the Malwa region of western Madhya Pradesh state. Mandu celebrates in stone the life and love of the poet-prince Baz Bahadur for his consort, Rani Roopmati. The balladeers of Malwa still sing of the romance of these royal lovers. High on the crest of a hill, Rani Roopmati's pavilion gazes down at Baz Bahadur's palace, a magnificent expression of Afgan architecture. On arrival in Mandu, check into hotel. After a short rest proceed for the sightseeing tour of Mandu visiting Baz Bahadur Palace, Rani Roopmati Pavilion, Jama Masjid, Hoshang Tomb, Jahaz Mahal, Traveli Mahal, Hindola Maha, Champa Baodi, Jain Temples and Ashrafi Mahal.
Overnight in Mandu.

Day 13 - In Mandu

Morning excursion to Maheshwar and Omkareshwar. Maheshwar is abode of Lord Shiva and has a number of Shiv mandirs (temples). Some of the temples are named after different incarnations of Lord Shiva, such as Kashivishwnath temple, Rajrajeshwar temple, Omkareshwar temple, Tilbhandeshwar temple, Kaleshwar temple, Jaleshwartemple and Pandrinath temple. There are many other places to visit in Maheshwar.The main attarction of Maheshwar is the Maheshwar fort which situated on the banks of the holi river Narmada, on top of a small hill.
Later visit Omkareshwar It is on an island called Mandhata or Shivapuri in the Narmada river. It is one of the 12 revered Jyotirlinga shrines of Shiva. The shape of the island is said to be like the Hindu Om symbol. There are two temples here, one to Omkareshwar and one to Amareshwar Omkareshwar is formed by the sacred river Narmada. This is one of the most sacred of rivers in India and is now home to one of the world's biggest dam projects.
Overnight in Mandu.


Day 14 - Drive Mandu - Aurangabad (335 kms / 08 hrs)

Morning after breakfast drive to Aurangabad. The city got its name from the Mughal emperor Aurangazeb who made it his capital. It’s a logical base for visiting the famous Ellora and Ajanta caves. The city is also a major industrial hub for Maharashtra. On arrival in Aurangabad, check into hotel
Overnight in Aurangabad.


Day 15 - In Aurangabad

Bandhavgarh national parkMorning after breakfast drive about 106 kms for an excursion of Ajanta caves. Ajanta Caves classified as World Heritage are rock-cut cave monuments dating from the second century BCE, containing paintings and sculpture considered to be masterpieces of both Buddhist religious art and universal pictorial art. The 29 Buddhist caves of Ajanta are cut into the steep face of a horseshoe-shaped rock gorge on the Waghore River. They are sequentially numbered, the oldest are mainly in the middle and the newer ones are close to each end. Experience the beautiful architecture and painting. Later visit Ellora caves- are the pinnacle of Deccan rock-cut architecture. The 34 "caves" – actually structures excavated out of the vertical face of the Charanandri hills – being Buddhist, Hindu and Jain cave temples and monasteries, were built between the 5th century and 10th century. The 12 Buddhist (caves 1–12), 17 Hindu (caves 13–29) and 5 Jain caves (caves 30–34), built in proximity, demonstrate the religious harmony prevalent during this period of Indian history. Spend the day experiencing the beautiful caves and later drive back to the hotel.
Overnight in Aurangabad.

Day 16 - Fly Aurangabad - Mumbai

Morning after breakfast drive to Aurangabad airport in time to board flight for Mumbai. Mumbai is the commercial and entertainment centre of India The city also houses India's Hindi film and television industry, known as Bollywood. In 1661, Charles II of England received the islands of Bombay as dowry when he married Princess Catherine of Braganza. The British government leased the islands to the British East India Company, and they made it an important port. Mumbai's business opportunities, as well as its potential to offer a better standard of living, attract many migrants from all over India and, in turn, make the city a potpourri of many communities and cultures. Met on arrival at Mumbai airport and transfer to hotel.
Overnight in Mumbai

Day 17 - Depart Mumbai

Morning after breakfast proceed for the half day sightseeing tour of Mumbai visiting the Gateway of India, which was created as a symbol, to welcome the Queen Mary and King George V of England on their visit to India in 1911. Next visit the Hanging Gardens, constructed at the top of Malabar Hills, which provide a lovely view over the Arabian sea, Marive Drive etc. Later in time transfer to Mumbai airport in time to board flight for onward destination.

 

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