Each state of India's has much to offer to the perceptive traveler. This itinerary explores the Central India State of Madhya Pradesh connecting places dating from pre-historic times to modern day cities. Most of the places covered; Orchha, Khajuraho, Sanchi, Indore, Bhopal are deeply embedded and portrayed the heritage of the region. The state is also famous for its high population of tigers. We travel to Shivpuri and Bandavgarh where tiger viewing is high.
Day 01 ARRIVE DELHI
Arrive Delhi by International flight.
You will be met on your arrival by our representative
with fresh flower garlands. You will then be
transferred to your hotel.
In the afternoon you will be given the city
tour of Old & New Delhi.
Old Delhi. Visit the former centre of Moghul
Power, Old Delhi offers ancient monuments, narrow
streets and bustling bazaars. Drive past the
vast Red Fort, built in 1648, the Jama Masjid,
the greatest mosque in India and completed in
1658 by Shah Jahan who also built the Taj Mahal,
and the Raj Ghat, the simple memorial to Mahatma
Gandhi. A unique experience of taking 'rickshaw
ride' from the Red Fort, through "Chandni
Chowk" or Silver Street, experiencing the
sights and sounds of this very busy avenue heading
west from the Fort. Chandni Chowk - literally
means "moonlit crossroads" and an
area which best represents the "super-Oriental"
- the glory and the guile; the grandeur and
the grime, with its crowded bazaars, twisting
lanes, maze of small streets strange aromas,
the pungent odour of Oriental spices, the cries
of shopkeepers, coolies and "rickshaw-walas"
and the clatter and whirr of furious industry.
New Delhi - drive past the stately government
buildings of the British Era designed by Lutyens,
including the India Gate & the Presidential
Palace. Continue onto the beautiful Humayuns
tomb of the Mughal era & predecessor of
the world famous Taj Mahal. End the tour at
the towering minaret of Qutab Minar
Overnight at the hotel.
Day 02 Delhi - Agra
Leave Delhi for Agra by air conditioned vehicle.
Arrive Agra and check at the hotel.
This afternoon you will have some free time to explore the city on your own.
Overnight at the hotel.
Day 03 Agra - Gwalior
Breakfast at the hotel.
This morning you will be given the city tour of Agra.
Visit TAJ MAHAL (Closed
on Fridays) - located on the bank of Yamuna
River, the most extravagant monument ever built
for love. Little needs to be said about this
architectural wonder which is always the soul
raison-de-etre for every tourist's visit to
Agra. Built by Shah Jahan, the Taj is a white
marble memorial to his beautiful wife Mumtaz
Mahal. This monument took 22 years to be completed
and was designed and planned by Persian architect
Ustad Isa. Apart from it's stunning design balance
and perfect symmetry, the Taj is also noted
particularly for its elegant domes, intricately
carved screens and some of the best inlay work
Red Fort - lies on the bend of the river Yamuna,
almost in the heart of the town. Akbar built
it as his citadel over the years 1563-73 in
the finest architectural style. It has imposing
gates and walls of red sandstone and a moat.
Continue your drive to Gwalior.
Arrive Gwalior, and check in at the hotel.
Rest of the day free.
Overnight at the hotel.
Day 04 Gwalior - Shivpuri
Breakfast at the hotel.
This morning you will be given the tour of Gwalior.
Tour includes the enormous 19th century Jai
Vilas Palace. This Palace is famous for its
ornate chandeliers & crystal. A few of the
rooms have in converted into a museum filled
with the Scindia dynasties memorabilia. Gwalior
Fort - where a sun temple is believed to have
been constructed within the area of the fort.
Also visit Man Mandir which is a six towered palace & which forms the eastern wall of the fort. The fort has monuments dating back to 8th century A.D. onwards and is one of the largest forts in India. Also visit the Gujri Mahal, a turreted palace of stone now houses the archaeological museum. Gwalior also offers the Tomb of Muhammad Ghaus, a saint worshipped by the Mughals & the Tomb of the famous musician Tansen.
Later proceed to Shivpuri.
Arrive Shivpuri and check in at the hotel.
Overnight at the hotel.
Day 05 Shivpuri - Chanderi - Orchha
An early morning safari to Madhav National Park
- 8 km away from Shivpuri is the crescent shaped
Sakhya Sagar Lake named after a queen. The 11
km circumference lake has a spring and is surrounded
by a 156 sq km area at an altitude of 360-480
m which was the royal game reserve in the past
but became the Madhav National Park in 1958.
You can see various kinds of birds. Many migratory
birds can be seen here in winter, enhancing
the attraction of the park. At the National
park you can see innumerable deer, Sambars,
Chitals or spotted deer, Nilgai, Chinkaras,
Dhowsinghs, numberless wild boars, Cheetahs..
There are a number of observation towers like
George Castle for watching the animals.
Return to the hotel for Breakfast.
After breakfast you will be given the city tour
of Shivpuri is steeped in the royal legacy of
its past, when it was the summer capital of
the Scindia rulers ol Gwalior. And earlier,
its dense forests were the hunting grounds ot
the Mughal emperors when great herds of elephants
were captured by Emperor Akbar.
Much later, it was the tiger that roamed the
wooded hills and many a magnificent beast was
' bagged' by royal shikaris. And, with its luxuriant
forests and undulating hills, Shivpuri was a
natural choice as the summer resort capital
of the Scindias.
Shivpuri's royal ambience lives on in the exquisite
palaces and hunting lodges and graceful, intricately-embellished
marble chhatris (cenotaphs) erected by the Scindia
Continue your drive to Orchha. En-route visit
Shivpuri summer capital of the Scindia rulers
of Gwalior including Chhatris, Madhav Vilas
Palace, Sakhya Sagar Boat Club, Bhadaiya Kund.
Afternoon drive to Orrcha enroute visit Chanderi,
surrounded by hills, lakes and forests, and
there are several monuments of Bundela Rajputs
and Malwa Sultans. Overnight at hotel.
Day 06 Orchha - Khajuraho (170
kms / 3 hrs)
After breakfast a guided tour of Orchha including
Jehangir Mahal, Raj Mahal, Chaturbhuj Temple,
Laxminarayan Temple and Chhatris (Cenotaphs).
In the afternoon drive to Khajuraho. Overnight
Day 07 Khajuraho
Breakfast followed by a guided tour of Chandela
dynasty temples famous for their spectacular
sculptures and carvings. Visit the Northern
and Eastern group of temples. Evening for leisure.
Overnight at hotel
Day 08 Khajuraho - Bandhavgarh (237 kms / 6 hrs)
Morning visit to the southern groups of temples,
then 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.
Overnight at jungle resort.
Day 09 Bandhavgarh
Take an early morning jungle safari. After breakfast
day at leisure until evening safari to get a
chance to view and enjoy more than 22 species
of mammals and 250 species of birds. Overnight
Day 10 Bandhavgarh - Jabalpur
(164 kms / 3.5 hrs.) – Bhopal (air)
After breakfast drive to Jabalpur to board flight
to Bhopal. On arrival Bhopal met and assisted
at airport, transfer to hotel. Afternoon excursion
to Sanchi. Sanchi is known for its Stupas, monasteries,
temples and pillars dating from the 3rd century
B.C. to 12th century A.D. The most famous of
these monuments, the Sanchi Stupa 1 was originally
built by the Mauryan Emperor Ashoka. Overnight
Day 11 Bhopal - Bhojpur - Bhimbetka - Bhopal
Post 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 guided sightseeing
of Mahaeshwar. 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
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 for back home.