Duration : 15 Nights / 16 Days
Destinations Covered : Delhi - Agra - Gwalior - Khajuraho - Orchha - Bhopal - Sanchi - Indore - Mandu - Jalgaon – Ajanta –Ellora - Aurangabad - Mumbai
Central India is the heart of India and is the home to cultural heritage of Hinduism , Buddhism, Jainism and Islam. This tour covers the central India state Madhya Pradesh and part of Western India. This tour takes you to the lanes of the royal history of Madhya Pradesh state, every stone has a tale to tell. At Bhimbetka you will be astonished to see the paintings at cave shelter of early Stone Age almost 35000 years old. Every destination has its own unique history to speak.
Day 02 : Delhi sightseeing
Day 01 : Arrive Delhi
You will be received at the international airport by Max Holidays representative. After meet and greet you will be transferred to your pre booked hotel for night stay.
Our very knowledgeable guide will take you to discover the historical beauty of the city. The first sight will be Qutab Minar complex which houses many interesting monuments like Qutab Minar whose construction was started by Qutab Ud din Aibek by the end of the 12th century later it was completed by the Illtutmish. Near the Qutab Minar, Aibak also built a mosque called Quwat-ul-Islam. In the same complex also see Ilahi Darwaza which was added as a gateway to mosque by Ala-ud-Din Khilji.
Later drive past the Parliament house and President’s Palace, stopping at war memorial India Gate for photography. Later drive to Humayun’s Tomb which was built by Akbar at the instance of his mother between 1565 AD -1580 AD. After that drive past red Fort to reach Jumma Masjd built by the “Engineer King” Shah Jehan. Spend some time in the bustling market near Jumma Masjid called Chandani Chowk or Moonlight Square. Later in the evening spend some time at Connuaght Place which is a commercial cum shopping place. Other places of interest are Birla Mandir, Lotus Temple, and National Museum. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 03 : Delhi-Agra 204 Km / 04 Hrs
After breakfast drive to Agra which came into prominence with the Lodhis who made the seat of Government and the site of their treasury , however this treasury was raided by the Mughal ruler Babur who defeatedIbrahim Lodhi in the battle of Panipat and established his empire in 1526 AD. On arrival check in hotel and later go with your guide for half day sightseeing of Agra Fort and Itimad Ud Daulah.Itimad Ud Daulah is the tomb of Mumtaj’s father Mirza Ghiyas Beg who was adorned by Itimad Ud Daulah which means Pillar of the State and was given the rank of Prime Minister by Jehangir. Agra Fort built of red sandstone stands as a huge structure with gigantic walls, lofty gateways and octagonal towers was completed in eight years (1565-73).The Palaces within these forts were constructed on the Hindu style with courtyards and pillars. Evening free for own activities. Overnight at hotel.
Day 04 : Agra-Gwalior (120 kms)
Today early morning go to see Taj Mahal which has been described as a “tear on the face of the eternity” by great Indian Poet Rabindra Nath Tagore. It was built by Shah Jehan, the great Mughal ruler who is also referred as the “engineer King” for his beloved wife Mumtaj.
Taj Mahal is symmetrical from all the four sides. The entire structure is made of white marble imbibed with some precious stones. Later drive to Gwalior whose history dates back to 8th century AD when the chieftain Suraj Sen, was cured of leprosy by a hermit saint, Gwalipa and in order to honor him the city was named after him as Gwlaior. Check in hotel and later leave for sightseeing of Gwalior Fort within the walls of the fort are many interesting temples dedicated to Hindu as well as Sikh religion and also ruined palaces. Also visit Jai Vilas Palace and museum which is the royal Palace of the Scindhia family, a part of has been converted into museum later go to see Gujari Mahal and archaeological museum. Return to hotel for Overnight stay.
Day 05 : Gwalior - Khajuraho (275 kms)
Morning head to see the splendor of erotic temples of Khajuraho built by Chandellas from 950-1050 AD. The temples of Khajuraho are superb instances of Indo- Aryan architecture. On arrival check in hotel. Rest of the day relax in the hotel after long journey. Overnight at hotel.
Day 06 : Khajuraho Sightseeing - Orchha 160 Km / 04 Hrs
Morning leave for the temple tour of Khajuraho with your guide. The entire temple complex is segregated into three parts, Western, Eastern and Southern.
The most famous temple in the Southern Group is Kandriaya Mahadev Temple dedicated to lord Shiva and also Vishvnatha temple besides this you can also see Chaunsth Yogni and Lakshman temple. The most famous temple in the Eastern group is Parsvanatha dedicated to Jain Tirthankara Parsvanatha. In the southern group you can see Chaturbhuja temple. Later drive to Orchha set on the bank of the Betwa River. The places of interests are Jehangir Mahal which was built by Bir Singh of Bundela dynasty in the 16th century. Also visit Ram Raja temple where lord Rama is worshipped as a King. Overnight stay in one of the resort.
Day 07 : Orchha- Jhansi 15 Km – Bhopal (Shtabadi)
Morning you will be driven to Jhansi railway station to board Shtabadi train for Bhopal. On arrival you will be met by our representative who will escort you to your hotel. Rest of the evening free for relaxation. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 08 : Bhopal Sightseeing - Bhimbetka 46 Km / 01 Hr
After breakfast leave for an excursion to Bhimbetka, the place which will take you to early Stone Age almost 35000 years back. It is covered with Vindhya mountain ranges and it has been discovered that there are almost 600 rock shelters. The Stone Age artists have painted these caves depicting their feelings like hope and fear. Some has brilliantly displayed the wild as well as tamed animals; it also shows the scenes of daily household chores. Later return to Bhopal for half day sightseeing of the city. Places of interest are Taj-ul- Masjid, Shaukat Mahal, Sadar Manzil, Moti Masjid and upper and lower lakes. Night stay at your hotel.
Day 09 : Bhopal – Sanchi - Indore 186 Km / 04 Hrs
Today morning leave for Indore, en route visiting Sanchi. The Stupa of Sanchi is
the best specimen of the Buddhist architecture; it was erected by Ashoka in the 3rd century BC which was later enlarged on in the Sunga period. This stupa consists of the hemispherical dome containing the Buddhist relics. On arrival check in hotel for night stay.
Day 10 : Indore - Mandu 97 Km / 02 Hrs
Morning breakfast in the hotel then go for half day sightseeing of Indore before leaving for Mandu.Visit Rajwada (Old Palace).This 200 year old Palace was built by Holkar dynasty is a combination of Maratha, French and Mughal architecture. Another Palace to be visited is Lalbagh Palace which was constructed to celebrate the special occasions.Kanch Mandir or the temple made out of glasses also holds attraction for its visitors. Later drive to Mandu, rest of the day free to relax at your hotel.
Day 11 : Mandu – Jalgaon 250 Km / 05 Hrs
Morning after breakfast discover the forts and Palaces which is a celebration in stone, of life and joy. Mandu is a tribute to the love of Baz Bhadur and his better half Rani Roopmati. Visit Jahaz Mahal which means ship palace. It is about 120 meter long was built by Ghiyas-ud –din Khilji as his harem between the two artificial lakes, Munj Talao and Kapur Talao. Hindola Mahal which was an audience hall was also built during the reign of Ghiyas-ud –din Khilji. Visit Rewa Kund a water reservoir was constructed by Baz Bhadur to provide adequate water to Rani Roopmati Palace. Also visit Baz Bhadur’s Palace. Later drive to Jalgaon, on arrival check in hotel for night stay.
Day 12 : Jalgaon - Aurangabad (161 kms )
Morning visit Omkareshwara temple in Jalgaon and then later drive to Aurangabad
en route visiting Ajanta caves which are the best examples of rock cut architecture , sculpture and paintings. There are thirty caves at Ajanta, some of them are single storeyed, and some are double storeyed while there are others which are over three storeyed. Some caves are Viharas or monasteries for the monks to live while others are Chaitya- grihas or sanctuaries for the monks to worship their deities in perfect seclusion, and calm, and quiet atmosphere. Later drive to Aurangabad and check in hotel. Night stay at hotel.
Day 13 : Aurangabad Sightseeing – Ellora (Excursion) - Aurangabad
Morning breakfast in the hotel later leave to Ellora to see the caves which are bout thirty four in numbers. Curiously enough some are Buddhist caves, some Brahmanical while the others are Jain caves. These caves were excavated for the use of the monks during the rainy season. As such they are made in ideal natural surroundings far from the madding crowds. Return to Aurangabad to see Bibi ka Maqbara which is a tomb of Aurangzeb’s wife Begum Rabia Durani. Also visit Daultabad Fort and Aurangabad caves. Evening return to hotel for night stay.
Day 14 : Aurangabad-Mumbai by Flight
Today morning you will be transferred to the airport to board your flight for Mumbai. On arrival you will be received by our representative who will take you to your hotel. Later after wash and change enjoy the sightseeing of Mumbai. Prince of Wales museum whose architecture is the collaboration of Gothic and Moorish styles houses a remarkable collection of the artifacts of Indus Valley Civilization dating back to 2500 BC. Next stop will be at a Gateway of India which is very near to the museum. It was built in the year 1911 to welcome King George and Queen Mary. After that drive to Malabar hills to take an aerial view of Mumbai city. Also visit Dhobi Ghat an open laundry to see how Indian washerman washes the clothes.
Day 15 : Mumbai / Home
Today in the meantime you will be transferred to the International airport to board your flight back to home.
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Basic Inclusions of the package :
- Assisted transfers from airport to hotel and back
- Accommodation in hotels (as per the category selected)
- Daily Breakfast Buffet
- City tour + Drives by private car
- An English / Language speaking well mannered guide during sightseeing trips
- All currently applicable taxes
- Any meal unless mentioned above, personal expenses like telephone /laundry bills etc.
- Entrance fees and still camera or video camera charges at various monuments and museums.
- Tips and gratuities to drivers, guides, and bellboys at hotels
- Departure taxes or Visa handling fees (A Visa is required to visit India)
- Any International Air fare, Airports tax and travel insurance etc. and other services not specified above.
- Anything not mentioned in inclusions.
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