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Splendors of Central India

Splendors of Central India

Splendors of Central India


Delhi - Agra - Gwalior - Shivpuri - Chanderi - Orchha - Khajuraho - Bandhavgarh - Jabalpur - Bhopal - Bhojpur - Bhimbetka - Bhopal - Ujjain - Indore - Mandu - Indore - Maheshwar - Omkareshwar - Indore - Mumbai/Delhi

Day 1 Arrive New Delhi

Traditional welcome on arrival at Delhi airport by Travel Pals India executive with fresh marigold flower garlands for the group members and then transferred by air-conditioned exclusive car to hotel for overnight stay. Delhi is the capital of the modern India, though it is made up of seven ancient cities, spanning over a period from 11th to 20th centuries.

Day 2 Delhi

Breakfast at hotel and further introduced with your guided tour of the historic city of Delhi. The city where one can experience the influence of the many rulers who ruled this region, a city built and destroyed and re-built over seven times. The guided tour takes you to the monuments that depict the different eras. The tour includes visit to the magnificent Red Fort (exterior), the Jama Masjid - one of the Asia's largest mosque, cycle rickshaw ride through the narrow lanes of Old Delhi passing through Chandni Chowk, Chawri Bazaar etc, Humanyun's Tomb, Qutab Minar - 73 mt. tall minaret, India Gate war memorial, President's House and drive through Connaught Place.

Day 3 Delhi - Agra (220 Kms / 4.5 Hrs)

Breakfast at hotel. Later drive to Agra - the city of world famous 'Taj Mahal' - One of the 7th wonder of the world. Enroute guided visit of Sikandra Fort, the last resting place of the Mughal emperor Akbar. On arrival Agra check-in the hotel. Later meet you guide in Agra in the hotel lobby for visiting Red Fort - built in red sandstone by Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan. Visit the halls of private and public; Itimad-Ud-Daulah (Baby Taj) described as a 'Jewel Box' and often regarded as a draft of the Taj Mahal. It was built between 1622 and 1628 and also visit to a local marble factory to witness the inlay work of precious stones also known as Pietra dura. It's the same art of stone work which is illustrated on the Taj Mahal & Baby Taj. It's a learning experience and a treat to eyes to see the art. Overnight at hotel.

Day 4 Agra - Gwalior (118 Kms / 3 hrs)

Dawn-view visit of Taj Mahal to witness the wonder white marble which seems to change colours owing to it's porous nature to absorb light that adapts to the changing colour of the sun. A UNESCO World Heritage Site which was built by Emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal is best viewed & enjoyed in the non-chaotic and less crowded time of the day. The perfectly symmetrical monument standing tall since 1653 AD took 22 years & 20,000 laborers' to complete. The unquestionable beauty of this piece of extravagance can only be treasured by visiting it! Return to hotel for breakfast. Later drive to Gwalior where one sees the co-existence of a rich cultural tradition and modern day life, where a royal by-gone era lives on in great palaces and their museums. Optional visit to the Sound and light show at Gwalior Fort. Overnight at hotel.

Day 5 Gwalior- Shivpuri (112 Kms / 3 hrs)

After breakfast enjoy a guided tour of Gwalior including the Gwalior Fort, Teli-ka-Mandir, Sas-Bahu Mandir, Jai Vilas Palace and Tansen's Tomb. Post lunch evening proceed for Shivpuri. Overnight at hotel.

Day 6 Shivpuri - Chanderi - Orchha (270 Kms / 6 hrs)

An early morning safari to Madhav National Park. After breakfast guided sightseeing of Shivpuri summer capital of the Scindia rulers of Gwalior including Chhatris, Madhav Vilas Palace, Sakhya Sagar Boat Club and Bhadaiya Kund. Afternoon drive to Orchha enroute visit Chanderi, surrounded by hills, lakes and forests, and there are several monuments of Bundela Rajputs and Malwa Sultans. Overnight at hotel.

Day 7 Orchha - Khajuraho (170 Kms / 3 hrs)

After breakfast your guide will take you for a tour of Orchha town visiting the Jahangir Mahal, Raj Mahal, Chaturbhuj Temple, Laxminarayan Temple and Chhatris (Cenotaphs). Afternoon proceed to Khajuraho. Late evening, enjoy the Sound and Light show - history depicted beautifully on Khajuraho temples. Overnight at hotel.

Day 8 Khajuraho - Bandhavgarh (237 Kms / 5 hrs)

After breakfast guided tour of Chandela dynasty temples famous for their spectacular sculptures and carvings of Kama Sutra - the art of making love. Visit the Northern, Eastern and Southern group of temples. Later leisurely drive to Bandhavgarh National Park. The density of the tiger population at Bandhavgarh is the highest known in India. This is also known as the "white tiger country". These have been found in the old state of Rewa for many years. On arrival check in resort. Evening in leisure. Dinner and overnight at jungle resort.

Day 9 Bandhavgarh

Early morning jeep safari to the Bandhavgarh National Park to see the King of the jungle - the Indian Bengal Tiger. You will see abundant spotted deers, Sambar deer, blue antelope (nilgai), Chinkara Antelope (or Indian Gazelle), monkeys, langoors, wild boars, wild dogs and much more. Sighting of leopard is also quite possible. Early morning followed by the afternoon safari in search of the Bengal Tiger and other wildlife of Bandhavgarh National Park. Enjoy the rich natural habitat of more than 22 species of mammals and 250 species of birds. Overnight at the resort with bonfire.

Day 10 Bandhavgarh - Jabalpur (164 Kms / 3.5 hrs.) - Bhopal (train)

Breakfast at resort. Day free at leisure till departure to Jabalpur railway station to board Express train at 1610 hrs to arrive in Bhopal at 2210 hrs. On arrival at Bhopal met and assisted and transfer to hotel for overnight stay.

Day 11 Bhopal - Bhojpur - Bhimbetka - Bhopal

After relaxed breakfast excursion tour to Bhojpur founded by the legendary Parmar King of Dhar, Raja Bhoj (1010-1053), and named after him, renowned for the remains of its magnificent Shiva temple and cyclopean dam. Later visit Bhimbetka, 46-kms south of Bhopal. The northern fringes of the Vindhya range surround the town. 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 making the Bhimbetka an archaeological treasure, an invaluable chronicle in the history of man. Return to Bhopal. Overnight at hotel.

Day 12 Bhopal - Ujjain - Indore (240 Kms / 6 hrs)

Post breakfast proceed for Ujjain, situated on the banks of the river Shipra and has been regarded since times immemorial as sacred. The belief in the sacredness of Shipra has its origins in the ancient Hindu mythological tale of churning of the Ocean by the Gods and the Demons. After sightseeing drive to Indore and check in to hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 13 Indore - Mandu - Indore (198 Kms / 4 hrs)

Breakfast followed by a guided sightseeing of Indore to include Lal Baag Palace, Bada Ganapati and Kanch Mandir. Then drive to Mandu. Mandu is a celebration in stone, of life and joy, of the love of the poet-prince Baz Bahadur for his beautiful consort, Rani Roopmati. The balladeers of Malwa still sing of the romance of these royal lovers, and high up on the crest of a hill, Roopmati's Pavilion still gazes down at Baz Bahadur's Palace, a magnificent expression of Afghan architecture. Evening, return to Indore. Overnight at hotel.

Day 14 Indore - Maheshwar - Omkareshwar - Indore (231 Kms / 5 hrs)

After breakfast proceed for sightseeing of Maheshwar. This temple town on the banks of the river Narmada finds mention in the epics of Ramayana and Mahabharata. In addition, Omkareshwar the sacred island shaped like the holiest of all Hindu symbols 'Om' draws hundreds of pilgrims to this island. Drive back to Indore. Overnight at hotel.

Day 15 Indore - Delhi / Mumbai (air)

After breakfast, free time. Transfer to airport to catch a connecting flight to Delhi/ Mumbai. On arrival transfer to hotel for wash and change & later proceed for International airport to board flight with sweet memories of your India trip.

Bon Voyage !

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