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Central India Heritage Tour

Tour Code - IJ 18

Duration: 17 Days

 

Destinations Covered: Delhi - Jaipur - Amber Fort - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra - Khajuraho - Orchha - Gwalior - Shivpuri - Ujjain - Mandu - Indore - Bhopal - Sanchi - Bhimbetka Caves - Delhi.

 

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Day 01: Arrive Delhi
Arrive Delhi – The capital city of India is a sprawling modern metropolis with a stunning backdrop of ancient architecture. Check in to your designated Hotel. Day is free to relax after a long flight. Overnight stay at Delhi.

 


Day 02: Sightseeing of Old & New Delhi

Enjoy sightseeing tour of Delhi, start the day with an orientation tour of Old Delhi, enjoy a drive pass through the magnificent Red Fort constructed by the Great Mughal emperor Shahjahan in1638-48 AD, Jama Masjid Mosque- the largest mosque in India constructed by Emperor Shah Jahan between 1644- 56 AD. After old Delhi sightseeing head to New Delhi and visit Rajghat- memory place of Mahatma Gandhi, India Gate – The memorial was built to commemorate the Indian and British soldiers who died in World War I and the Afghan wars. The names of Martyrs are inscribed on the walls of the memorial, Rashtrapati Bhawan – the official residence of the President of India with 340 rooms, it is the largest residence of any Head of the state of the world. In the afternoon visit the Qutub Minaret built in 1193 AD it is the highest stone tower in India. Delhi sightseeing tour ends with a visit to the Lotus Temple – an architectural marvel of the Bahai faith. The lotus shaped Temple is set among pools and the Gardens, which gives an impression of a floating half open lotus flower surrounded by its outspread leaves. Overnight stay at Delhi.

 

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Day 03: Drive to Jaipur
Today head to Pink city Jaipur, 256 Kms from Delhi.Jaipur is the capital of the historical and royal state of Rajasthan. The city is remarked for its marvelous architecture, culture, Cuisine and lively spirit of the people. Evening enjoy mouth-watering delicious Rajasthani cuisine with live folk dance program at famous city restaurant. Overnight stay at Jaipur.

 


Day 04: Sightseeing of Jaipur & Amber fort

Morning visit stunning hill fort of Amber constructed in 1592 AD, an Elephant back ride like a royal king will reach you to the vibrant entrance of the Amber fort. Enjoy visit to breathtaking palaces, complexes, halls, pavilions and Gardens at Amber fort. Later enjoy half day city tour of Jaipur visiting City Palace complex –houses an imposing collection of Rajasthani art Jewellery, enamelware, carpets, tremendous range of miniature paintings, armory and thousands of ancient manuscripts preserved from the royal family’s private collections, The Observatory – built between 1727-34 AD is a noteworthy collection of traditional astronomical instruments, and the spectacular Hawamahal or the Palace of winds built in 1799 AD allowed the royal ladies to see the street procession with its 953 small niche windows. Overnight stay at Jaipur

 

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Day 05: Drive to Agra. Enroute visit Fatehpur Sikri

Drive to Agra once the capital of Mughal Empire and the city of Taj Mahal –one of the seven wonders of the world. Agra is 235 Kms from Jaipur.On the way visit ruined city of Fatehpur Sikri – it was the capital of India between 1571-81 AD. The greatest Mughal Emperor Akbar shifted his capital from Agra to Fatehpur Sikri as a mark of respect to the famous Sufi saint Sheikh Salim Chisti, who had predicted the birth of his son. Later the capital was shifted back to Agra because of scarcity of water at Fatehpur Sikri. Overnight stay at Agra.

 

 

 


Day 06: Sightseeing of Tajmahal & Agra

Start the day with a visit to the glorious Tajmahal, a white marble mausoleum built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaj Mahal, who died during Childbirth, the great Love bond inspired Shah Jahan to construct Taj Mahal - the greatest memory ever built for Love, it took not less than 22 years and work force of 20000 skilled laborer’s and jewelers in the construction of the monument .The fact about Taj Mahal is that it changes its color depending upon the intensity of light falling on it. Later in the day enjoy half day sightseeing tour of Agra, visiting massive Agra fort constructed in 1565 AD and Itmad-ud-Daulah Tomb described as Jewel Box or Baby Taj. Evening you have an option to enjoy 6D tourist movie show “India on motion”. Overnight stay at Agra.

 

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Day 07: Transfer to Khajuraho

Morning board the superfast train to Jhansi (2 Hours Journey). Arrive Jhansi and transfer to Khajuraho – 174 Kms from Khajuraho. Temple Complex of Khajuraho is a UNESCO world heritage site famous for its Kamasutra temples is India’s unique gift to the world. These Temple were constructed between ninth and tenth century and highlights existential ethos in religion that venerates yoga and bhoga. Yoga is the union of the self with the Almighty, while bhoga is the path to God through physical pleasures. The temples at Khajuraho, dedicated to physical love and pleasure, are a testimony to this philosophy. Out of 85 original temples 22 have survived till today to constitute one of the greatest artistic wonders of the world. Overnight stay at Khajuraho.

 


Day 08: Khajuraho Sightseeing. Drive to Orchha

Today enjoy visit to Western and Eastern Groups of temples of Khajuraho. Later drive to Orchha a quiet hamlet, which means “hidden place” it, is 174 Kms west of Khajuraho. Situated on the banks of River Betwa, Orchha is noted for its scenic beauty. The place is home of Bundela style of architecture and no doubt its historical structures are a witness to its glorious past and retains its medieval charm. Arrive Orchha and check into your hotel for Overnight stay.

 

 

 

Day 09: Orchha Sightseeing. Drive to Gwalior

Enjoy sightseeing tour of Orchha visiting Jahangir Palace – A tiered palace, crowned with graceful domed pavilions, Raj Mahal another Palace famous for its stunning architectural beauty, The Sheesh Mahal, Raja Ram Temples, Chaturbhuj Temple and Laxminarayan Temple. Drive to Gwalior (110 Kms from Orchha) famous as cradle of Indian dynasties. On the way to Gwalior visit seven-storeyed famous Datia Palace built in 1674 AD. The Palace is made of brick and stone which is one of the finest example of Ancient Bundela architecture in India. Overnight stay at Gwalior.

 

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Day 10: Gwalior Sightseeing. Drive to Shivpuri

Today enjoy sightseeing of Gwalior city, visiting Gwalior Fort one of the most invincible forts in India. The Gwalior Fort was honored by the Mughal Emperor Babur as “the pearl in the necklace of India. Visit double – storeyed Man Mandir Palace famous for stone carving and latticework, Teli ka Mandir - a 9th Centuary edifice towering 100 feet high is an amazing blend of Muslim and Hindu architecture. Sas –Bahu Ka Mandir is another architectural gem at Gwalior Fort. Later in the day its worth to visit Jai Vilas Palace & Museum, still residence of the Royal family. The Palace has rich collection of Belgian cut Glass furniture, stuffed Tigers, a Rolls Royce on rails, German bubble car etc.The Palace have astonishing architectural blend of Tuscan, Italian and Corinthian styles and imposing interiors. Afternoon drive to Shivpuri, 112 Kms from Gwalior is an ideal pleasure resort was summer capital of Scindia rulers. Shivpuri is home of some astonishing cenotaph and Game sanctuary. Arrive Shivpuri and check in to your designated Hotel. Overnight stay at Shivpuri.

 


Day 11: Shivpuri Sightseeing. Drive to Ujjain

Enjoy sightseeing of Shivpuri visiting Madhav Rao Scindia cenotaph is a fine blend of Hindu and Islamic architecture and a tranquil garden with Victorian Lamps and ornamental balustrades. Madhav National park is also worth place to visit at Shivpuri. Later drive to Ujjain one of India’s holiest and cultural city with a thriving history dating back to 6th century BC and home of country’s largest gathering “Kumbh Mela” hosted after every 12 years also visited by naked sages from Himalayas. Ujjain is approx 320 Kms from Shivpuri.Arrive Ujjain and check in to your designated Hotel. Overnight stay at Ujjain.

 

 

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Day 12: Ujjain Sightseeing. Drive to Mandu

Today enjoy temple tour of Ujjain visiting the elegant Mahakaleshwar Temple is famed as emblem of Ujjain, The Gopal Temple, Harsiddhi Temple, Bade Ganesh Ji Temple, ancient Bhartrihari Caves, The ancient Vedha shala Observatory and the sacred pilgrimage ghats on Holy river shipra which is the chief place to witness the daily Hindu rituals and customs. Afternoon drive to medieval ghost town of Mandu that once had a glorious history and was called Shadiabad – means entire city built for Joy. Mandu is 158 Kms from Ujjain. Arrive Mandu and check in to your pre booked Hotel. Overnight stay at Mandu.

 

 

 

Day 13: Mandu Sightseeing. Drive to Indore

Enjoy sightseeing of Mandu, visiting 120 meter long Jahaj Mahal (Ship Palace) built between two lakes is an architectural marvel, Superb Hindola Mahal (swinging palace), Hoshang Shah’s Tomb is India’s first marble edifice, Jami mosque – that was inspired by the great mosque of Damascus, Rewa Kund an ancient reservoir, 16th century superb Baz Bahadur Palace, Ashrafi Mahal (Palace of Gold coins), graceful Roopmati Pavilion. Later drive to Indore, located 98 Kms from Mandu it is a bustling modern and cultural city in central India. Arrive Indore and check in to your reserved Hotel. Overnight stay at Indore.

 

 

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Day 14: Indore Sight seeing. Drive to Bhopal

Today enjoy sightseeing tour of Indore visiting city’s principal landmark the 200 years old Rajwada palace, impressive Mirror Temple renowned for its unsurpassed interior of multicolored glass mosaic, Central Museum of Indore - a great collection of terracotta, old coins, paintings, shields, armor etc, and Neoclassical wonder Lal Bagh Palace. Later drive to Bhopal, capital of central state in India - Madhya Pradesh, is home of Muslim culture and some of the most beautiful mosques in India. Bhopal is 187 Kms from Indore. Arrive Bhopal and check in to your designated Hotel. Overnight stay at Bhopal.

 

 

 


Day 15: Bhopal - Excursion to Sanchi. Bhopal Sightseeing

Morning enjoy excursion trip to Sanchi, 46 Kms from Bhopal it is home of India’s finest Buddhist monuments, Great Stupas of Sanchi was built around 3rd century BC. The astonishing stupa of Sanchi is ranked among some of the oldest structure in the Indian Subcontinent and was built by one of the Greatest Indian King, Emperor Ashoka. Later in the day enjoy sightseeing tour of Bhopal visiting beautiful mosques of Bhopal, which are wonders of Islamic architecture. Visit Jama Masjid - a beautiful mosque that dates back to 1837 AD, imposing Pearl mosque that dates back to 1860 AD and striking Taj-ul- mosque. Other places covered in your Bhopal sightseeing are The Museum of Man, Bharat Bhawan- centre for performing and visual art in India and Gohar Mahal is an architectural gem dates back to 1820 AD. Overnight stay at Bhopal.

 


Day 16: Excursion to Bhimbetka Ancient caves. Transfer to Delhi
Today enjoy excursion trip to Bhimbetka, 45 Kms from Bhopal it is home of World’s largest collection of prehistoric rock art, that dates back to upper Paleolithic era around 10,000 year old. In time transfer to Bhopal railway station to board the super fast train to Delhi. Overnight stay at Delhi.

 


Day 17: Departure from Delhi
In time transfer to Delhi International Airport for your flight back to Home / Next Destination.

 

 

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