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Madhya Pradesh - the Ultimate

Description

This tour is planned to let your explore the entire state of Madhya Pradesh often referred to as the “Heart of Erotic India”. Surrounded by the Vindhyachal mountain ranges, dense forests, mighty rivers and the Malwa Plateau, Madhya Pradesh boasts of a large number of tourist attractions. The state is popular through out the world for its historical monuments and the intricately designed Khajuraho temples, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Madhya Pradesh has been home to the cultural heritage of diverse religions - Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. And with its Innummerable monuments, the carved temples, the Buddhist stupas, forts and palaces, dotted all over the state, hill stations and National parks, the state today lures many tourists from across the world.

Itinerary

Duration: 19 nights/20 days

Destinations: Delhi - Indore - Omkareshwar - Maheshwar - Mandu - Ujjain - Bhopal - Sanchi - Bhimbetka - Bhojpur - Pachmarhi - Kanha - Bandhavgarh - Khajuraho - Orchha - Gwalior - Agra - Delhi

Day 1

Arrive Delhi

On arrival at the Delhi international airport you will be welcomed by our representative who will transfer to your hotel and assist in the process of check in. He will explain the tour itinerary to you. Relax for the rest of the day . Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 2

In Delhi

After your breakfast, today you will proceed for a full day sight seeing tour of the historical city and now a melting pot of Indian Politics. You will visit Old Delhi and New Delhi. Start with the beautiful Laxmi Narayan Temple and proceed to India Gate , a cenotaph commemorating Indian martyrs. Drive Past the President’s Palace Built by Edwin Lutyens and Herbert Baker in 1929, and Parliament House. Visit the Jama Masjid, India’s largest mosque which can accommodate upto 25000 devotees. See the Red Fort built in Red sandstone by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan and get a sneak peek into the narrow bustling streets of Chandni Chowk. Later visit the Humayun’s Tomb and Jantar Mantar Observatory. Visit the Qutab Minar - 73 mtr. High tower of Victory built by Qutubuddin Aibak in in 1193. Pay homage at Rajghat, Mahatma Gandhi’s memorial, where he was cremated after his assassination in 1948. Return to your hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 3

Delhi - Indore (By air)

Today after breakfast you will check out and be transferre to the airport to connect flight to Indore. On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel and check in. After relaxing for a while you will be taken for sight seeing tour of Indore city. Indore is located at the centre of Malwa Plateau which was ruled by the Holkar dynasty before it was taken over by the Britishers. You will witness a great combination of art, culture of different regions and ages. Visit the Lalbagh Palace spread on a sprawling area of 28 acres, which was the residence of the Holkar rulers is class and grandeur personified, then Rajwada Palace a 200 years old whose sheer grandeur and opulence is known the world over is a prominent tourist attraction. Then visit the Jain Temple made entirely out of glass known as the “Kanch Mandir” which exhibits exquisite artwork on glass panels depicting the various aspects of Jainism, Gommat Giri - which is a set of Jain temples built on the top of Gommateshar Hill and are 24 in number for each of the 24 Tirthankaras. Then visit the Khajrana Ganesh temple, one of the most powerful shrines dedicated to Lord Ganesha with large inner and outer sanctums. See the Chhatris which are cremation places of the Holkars with some temples and other structures built around them. Also step into the Indore Museum, established in 1929 and see many artefacts and exhibits displayed which range from the pre historic era to the modern era. Return to your hotel. Overnight at the hotel

Day 4

Indore - Omkareshwar - Maheshwar - Mandu

Today morning after breakfast you will drive to Mandu. En-route you will visit Omkareshwar and Maheshwar. The presence of one of the 12 Jyotirlingam makes Omkareshwar one of the holiest Hindu sites in India. On reaching Omkareshwar visit the temples of Shri Omkar Mandhata, Siddhanath Temple and Gauri Somnath temple. You will also visit the huge Nandi bull carved on the hill side opposite the temple of Gauri Somnath. You will then proceed towards Maheshwar known as the Temple town on the banks of the river Narmada - see the major temples which include Ahilyeshwar temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, then Jaleshwar temple and the Rajarajeshwara temple also dedicated to the might of Lord Shiva. Continue till you rach Mandu. On arriving aat Mandu check into your hotel. Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 5

Mandu

Today after an early breakfast you will set out on a sight seeing tour of the Bagh Caves situated amongst the southern slopes of the Vindhyas, which are nine caves famous for its mural paintings by master painters of ancient India which closely resemble those found in the Ajanta Caves, Only 5 caves have survived and all of them are viharas or resting places of monks. Later you will be taken for city tour of Mandu , visiting the Jahaz Mahal - known as the Ship Mahal for its structure, Rupmati Pavilion - dedicated to Rani Roopmati, Rewa Kund and the Hindola Mahal - known as the Swing Palace because the inclined ramparts are supposed to create an impression that they are swinging. Return to the Hotel. Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 6

Mandu - Ujjain - Bhopal

Post Breakfast you will leave Mandu by road for Bhopal. You will en -route visit Ujjain. which is an ancient city on the banks of the river Kshipra and is an important Hindu Prilgrimage destination. It is known for its century old Mahakaleshwar temple, a towering structure with distinctively ornate roof. The other major attractions of Ujjain are the Kaliadeh Palace situated on an island in the Kshipra River and the Bhartrihari Caves where Bhartrihari the step brother of Vikramaditya used to live and medidate, then Bade Ganeshji ka Mandir, Chaubis Khamba Temple, Gopal Mandir. Continue your drive until you reach Bhopal.

On arrival in Bhopal check into your hotel. Relax for a while and then proceed for a sight seeing tour of Bhopal - known as the magnificent of the Nawabs. Bhopal is the capital city of Madhya Pradesh and a paradise for historians, archaeologists, art and architecture patrons and of course the discerning travelers. It has many ancient monuments, historical sites and religious shrines and museums Visit the Upper Lake, a man made lake built in the 11th century built by Raja Bhoj to cure skin diseases. The Upper and Lower Lake are separated by an overbridge. Visit the Gohar Mahal one of the most beautiful structures built in 1820 by the first woman ruler of Bhopal, Birla Museum which exhibits objects used by the Paleolitic and Neolithic man from 7th to 13th century BC and manuscripts and terracotta belonging to 2nd century BC. Then onto Shaukat Mahal the most beautiful building which is build with a fusion of Indo Islamic and European style architecture and the Moti Masjid which is an architectural marvel. Return to the Hotel. Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 7

Bhopal - Sanchi - Bhopal

After Breakfast proceed to Sanchi which is a Buddhist Pilgrimage site which houses the Great Stupa, the country’s oldest stone structure. The stupa was constructed in 3rd century BC by emperor Ashoka and is situated on a hill at a height of 300 ft. The Stupa is 71 ft tall with exquisite carvings. The Stupa looks spectacular from afar. See the majestic Ashoka Pillar of 3rd century BC built in Greco Buddhist style, which represents elegance, creativity and splendid architecture. Then the Gupta Temple which stands as a proof of the architectural brilliance of the Gupta period. Visit the Sanchi Museum to learn about the history of the place. The museum houses excavated objects that are over 2000 year old and has a stunning collection of antiques that belonged to the various dynasties. Return to Bhopal and overnight at the hotel.

Day 8

Bhopal - Bhimbetka - Bhojpur - Bhopal

In the morning after your breakfast you will leave for a full day excursion to Bhimbetka and Bhojpur. The Bhimbetka rock shelters, located in the foothills of the Vindhya mountains, are five clusters of natural rock cavess display paintings that date back to the pre historic Mesolithic age. They exhibit the earliest traces of human life in the Indian sub continent and evidence of the existence of stone age, and declared a UNESCO World heritage site in 2003. Bhojpur is an archaeological site famous for its magnificent remains of Shiva Temple and Cyclopean Dam. This incomplete Shiva temple has earned the title of the Somnath of the East and is called Bhojeshwar Temple. Return to the Hotel and overnight at the Hotel.

Day 9

Bhopal - Pachmarhi (200 kms. 4.5 hours)

Today after Breakfast you will drive to Pachmarhi, a hill station situated at an altitude of 1100 mtrs with many spectacular waterfalls and Forests and Caves. The lustrous greenery combined with the majestic hills and the cascading waterfalls are a treat for the eyes of every visitor. On reaching you will check into your hotel. Have your dinner. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 10

Pachmarhi

Visit the picturesque Bee Falls which is the life of Panchmarhi providing drinking water, The Rajat Pratap or Big Waterfall which is 106 m high and the tallest waterfall cascading straight into the gorge in form of a narrow breathtaking silver streak - it’s a sight to behold. Then visit Pandava Caves which are believed to have provided shelter to the Pandvas. Then visit the Jata Shankar caves which are considered sacred as Lord Shiva concealed himself from the wrath of Bhasmasur. Have a look at Handi khoh one of the most beautiful ravines which has a 300 ft precipice in the middle of a dense forest, Mahadeo Hill which is situated at an altitude of 1363 mtrs is famous for an ancient shrine of Lord Shiva. Return to the hotel and overnight.

Day 11

Pachmarhi - Kanha National Park

Today early morning after breakfast you will leave for the Kanha National park, which is one of the finest National parks in India and the largest in Madhya Pradesh spread over an area of 940 sq. km in the Maikhal Hills. The park is filled with large varieties of flora and fauna, and is best known for the Barasingha or the Swamp Deer. The land is made further beautiful with natural streams amidst the dense jungle which cleanses the surroundings and makes wildlife unrivalled. The vivacious land has been a source of inspiration for Rudyard Kipling, a famous writer for his brilliant creation “The Jungle Book”. You will find several species of plants, birds, reptiles and insects. The reserve has fascinated travelers from across the world. On arrival check into your Jungle resort. Later in the day enjoy bird watching accompanied by a naturalist. In the evening return to the resort. Have your dinner and Overnight at the hotel.

Day 12

Kanha National Park

Today early in the morning you will explore the park in a Jeep safari to observe wildlife amidst the thick lush green forest. With Jeep Safari, you will be able to explore those places which are difficult to travel by any other mode of transport and see the animals at the closest view. Return to the hotel and have your breakfast. You can enjoy jeep safaris twice a day, once early morning and other in the late afternoon. After the safari return to the hotel. Overnight at the resort.

Day 13

Kanha - Bandhavgarh National Park

Have your breakfast. Thereafter you will leave Kanha to proceed to Bandhavgarh National park situated in the foothills of the Vindhyaa, a National Park with mythological and legendary significance as the Park derives its name from the most prominent hillock in the area believed to be given by Lord Rama to his brother Laxmana to keep a watch on Lanka (SriLanka). Bandhavgarh truly means “Brother’s Fort”. With a huge biodiversity The Park has one of the highest population of tigers and a large breeding population of leopards and various species of deer. The first white Tiger in this area was captured by Maharaja Martand Singh in 1951 - this tiger is now stuffed and on display in the palace of Maharajas of Rewa. The mix of tropical forest, Sal Trees and grassland in Bandhavgarh park is home to scores of bird species including eagles. To the south of Park lies the remains of the ancient Bandhavgarh Fort. On arrival check into the Jungle resort. After relaxing for a while, you will visit the Baghel Museum which preserves the personal belongings of the Maharaj of Rewa. Also visit the Tola village that has many mud houses and abounds with natural landscapes. Return to the hotel. Overnight at the resort.

Day 14

Bandhavgarh National park

This morning after breakfast set out an excursion to Bandhavgarh National park - this small park is perfect for game viewing. Enjoy jeep or elephant safari to explore the park to have an encounter with the animals in their natural habitat. The best time of Jeep safari is from dawn until 10 am and from 4 pm until dusk. Return to the resort. Overnight a the resort.

Day 15

Bandhavgarh - Khajuraho (225 kms. 5.5 hours approx)

After your sumptuous breakfast this morning you will proceed to Khajuraho - located in the Bundelkhand region this small town is popular for its Hindu and Jain temples, which is a UNESCO world Heritage site for their beautiful erotic rock carvings. On arrival at Khajuraho check into your hotel. Later you will set out on a sight seeing tour. The temples were built by the Chandela dynasty between 950 and 1050 and by the 12th century Khajuraho had 85 temples, out of which only 25 temples have survived spread over an area of 6 sq. kms - divided into Western Group and the eastern group. First visit the Western group Visit the Kandariya Mahadeva temple dedicated to Lord Shiva with 872 statues is decorated with profusion of sculptures with intricate details. Then visit the Chausath Yogini, the Chitragupt temple and the Laxmana temple which is the best preserved structure which took 20 years to build. Eastern Group temples. Out of the 7 temples four are Jain temples. Visit Parsavanath, adinath, Shantinath, Ghantai Temples. Also visit the Brahma, Vamana and the Javari temples. Return to the hotel and check out to be transferred to the airport to connect flight to Delhi. On arrival at Delhi you will be transferred to your hotel and check in. Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 16

Khajuraho - Orchha ( 150 kms 3.5 hours)

Post breakfast you will drive to Orchha which is located on the banks of the river Betwa , once the capital of the mighty Bundel dynasty, established by Rudra Pratap Singh after 1501. On arrival at Orchha check into your hotel. Post lunch you will proceed on a sight seeing tour - You will visit the Orchha Fort, or Jehangir Mahal built by Bharat Bhushan in 1598 as a garrison and citadel for the mughals to allow greater control over the Bundela region, Chandrasekhar Azad Memorial, Raja Mahal - the palace is beautifully built with impeccable architecture and breathtaking grandeur with magnificent towers and spectacular murals, a visit to this palace will be an absolute delight. Visit the Ram Raja temple and the Laxmi Narayan Temple. Later you can also enjoy boating in the River Betwa. Return to the Hotel . Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 17

Orchha - Gwalior ( 125 kms 3 hours)

In the morning, after breakfast you will drive to Gwalior. On arrival at Gwalior, check into your hotel. Then after relaxing for a while, proceed for sight seeing tour by visiting Gwalior fort, one of the largest Fort’s in India which has existed since the 10th century and controlled by different rulers. Perched at the top of a vast rocky massif, the Fort is visible from every nook and corner of the city. It comprises of two main palaces - the Gujari Mahal and the Man Mandir. Visit the Jai Vilas Palace, a nineteenth century palace established in 1874 by Jayajirao Scindia and is still the residence of the descendants. Visit the many temples including the Vishnu Temple built in the 11th century and seek your blessings, Teli Ka Mandir and Padavali Temple and the Bateshwar valley - a group of 200 hindu temples and their ruins dedicated to Shiva, Vishnu and Shakti built between 8th and 10th century. Return to the Hotel and Overnight at the hotel.

Day 18

Gwalior - Agra ( 120 kms 2.5 hours)

This morning post your breakfast you will proceed to Agra by road. On arrival check into your hotel. Later proceed for sight seeing of the Agra Fort - a city within a city..in an era marked by invasions and fortifications, where power was symbolized by grand palaces and forts….during such time was built the Agra Fort. A symbol of power, strength and glory The Agra Fort is the highlight of the city of Agra, the main residence of the Mughal King till 1638, after which the capital was shifted to Delhi. The fort comprises of splendid palaces in both red sandstone and marble built by two generations of prolific builders Akbar and later Jehangir and ShahJahan. The fort comprises of exquisite structures like the Sheesh Mahal (Glass Palace), Diwane Aam ( A common hall which once housed the Peacock Throne), Diwane Khas - Hall for special audience, Khas Mahal- an immaculate marble palace, Mina Masjid - Heavenly mosque, Mussamman Burj - An octagonal tower facing the Taj Mahal and many more. In the evening visit the Taj Mahal (meaning Crown of the Palace) (closed on Fridays), one of the 7 wonders of the world, built in 1630 by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan on the banks of the River Yamuna in loving memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. It is an Ivory white marble mausoleum which took 20 years to construct with 22000 workers and 1000 elephants. The tomb is the centerpiece of a 17 hectare complex, which includes a mosque and a guest house and is set in formal gardens bounded on 3 sides by crenellated walls. Return to the hotel. Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 19

Agra - Delhi (230 kms. 4 hours)

Today after your breakfast you will get ready to proceed to Delhi by road. Once you reach Delhi you will visit the Akshardaham Temple….the temple complex displays millennia of traditional Hindu and Indian culture, spirituality and architecture. Opened in 2005 the temple sits at the bank of Yamuna adjacent to the 2010 Commonwealth Games Village. The temple features an Abhishek Mandap, Sahaj Anand Water show, a thematic garden and 3 exhibitions. Akshardham means the abode of almighty God and believed by followers as a temporal home of God on earth. The Akshardham experience is an enlightening journey through India’s glorious art, values and contributions for the progress, happiness and harmony of mankind. You will later check into your hotel. Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 20

Depart Delhi

Enjoy your breakfast in the hotel. Today the day free at leisure or you can indulge in some last minute shopping. Later in the evening you will be transferred to the airport to connect flight for your onward destination or back home with fond memories. The above is only a suggestive itinerary, please note the duration can be modified or the tour can be customized to suit your requirements.

The above is only a suggestive itinerary, please note the duration can be modified to suit your requirements.

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