Central India with Goa Beach 17 Days
Central India is among the more unassuming parts of the country. It maintains a relatively low profile, but has some of the greatest elements that the country possesses. The tour of Central India with Goa is extensive and covers several cities during the sojourn, and reveals the greatest colours and flavours of India. Continuing all the way from the capital city of Delhi, this tour takes you through some of the most significant cities of India, bringing you explosive cultural and historic delights. There are temples, expansive beaches and wildlife which contribute to making this tour memorable. With the traditional hospitality of India, this tour packs in fun, learning and inspiration to make it memorable.
The hills give Central India much of its character. The hills and the beaches contrast one another beautifully to give you variety in landscape, terrain and experience. Allow your senses these delights and make your holiday special.
Destinations Covered : Delhi - Agra - Gwalior - Jhansi - Bhopal - Indore - Mandu - Mumbai - Goa
Day 01: Arrival Delhi
Arrive Delhi by international flight. Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 02: Delhi
Buffet breakfast at hotel. Morning city sightseeing tour of Old and New Delhi. Full day city tour, visiting Qutab Minar, India Gate (War Memorial), Humayun's Tomb, Lakshmi Narayan Temple-modern Hindu Temple, drive past President's House, Parliament House and Secretariat Buildings. Also visit Raj Ghat - the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi, Red Fort, Jama Masjid and drive past Red Fort and Chandni Chowk, shopping centre of Old Delhi. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 03: Delhi - Agra
Buffet breakfast at hotel. In time transfer to railway station to board the train for Agra.
DEPART DELHI by Train No.2002 0600 hours ARRIVE AGRA (Shatabdi Express) 0755 hours.
Assistance on arrival and transfer to the hotel. Morning excursion to Fatehpur Sikri. Fatehpur Sikri (40 kms from Agra) built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 and abandoned after 15 years due to scarcity of water. See the graceful buildings including the Jama Masjid, Tomb of Salim Chishti, Panch Mahal and other Palaces. Afternoon city sightseeing tour of Agra. City tour of Agra, visiting the world famous Taj Mahal built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan in 1630 for his queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains. Also visit the Agra Fort (Halls of Private and Public audience), Itmad-ud-Daula and other palaces. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 04: Agra - Gwalior
Buffet breakfast at hotel. In time transfer to railway station to board the train for Gwalior.
DEPART AGRA by Train No.2002 0800 hours. ARRIVE GWALIOR (Shatabdi Express) 0915 hours.
Assistance on arrival and Gwalior Fort, Gwalior Travel Vacationstransfer to the hotel. Afternoon city sightseeing tour of Gwalior. City tour of Gwalior, visiting the Man Mandir, Gujari Mahal (Archaeological Museum), The Fort, Temples of Sas-Bahu, Teli Ka Mandir, Jai Vilas Palace, Tomb of Gaus Mohammad and the Mausoleum of Tansen. Evening visit to fort for sound and light show. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 05: Gwalior - Jhansi
Buffet breakfast at hotel. In time transfer to railway station to board the train for Jhansi.
DEPART GWALIOR by Train No.2002 0918 hours. ARRIVE JHANSI (Shatabdi Express) 1024 hours.
Assistance on arrival and transfer to the hotel. Afternoon city sightseeing tour of Orchha. Orchha's grandeur has been captured in stone, frozen in time and a rich legacy to the ages. For, on this medieval city, the hand of time has rested lightly and the palaces and the temples built by its Bundela rulers in the 16th and 17th century retain much of their prestine perfection. Jehangir Mahal, a tiered palace crowned by graceful chhatries has a spectacular view of soaring temple spires and cenotaphs. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 6:Jhansi - Khajuraho
Morning drive to khajuraho. upon arrival check into the hotel. Afternoon visit to western & eastern group of erotic temples. Overnight stay.
Day 7: Jhansi
Morning drive to jhansi railway station to board statabdi express for Bhopal. Upon arrival transfer to hotel. Afternoon city sightseeing tour of Bhopal. City tour of Bhopal, visiting the Upper Lake, Lower Lake, Laxmi Narayan Temple, Birla Museum, Kilol Park, Kamla Park, Moti Masjid, Sadar Manzil and Taj-ul-Masjid. Drive past Vidhan Sabha, Tagore Memorial and the National Archives of India. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 8: Bhopal
Buffet breakfast at hotel. Full day excursion to Sanchi. Sanchi (58 km) which has distinction of having the finest specimens of almost all Buddhist architectural forms, Stupa, Chaitya, Temples and Monasteries dating from 3rd century BC. Visit three important Stupas with circular domes and railing around them. Also visit Ashoka Pillar, Gupta temple built in the 4th century and Great Bowl carved of one piece of stone. The museum displays number of sculptures found in the area. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 9: Bhopal - Indore
Buffet breakfast at hotel. Morning leave Bhopal by car for Indore. On arrival at Indore, check-in at the hotel. Afternoon city sightseeing tour of Indore. City tour of Indore, visiting the Kanch Mandir, Jain Shrine worked in glass beads, Lal Bagh Palace and the New Palace. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 10: Indore
Buffet breakfast at hotel. Full day excursion to Ujjain. Ujjain (60 km) the city which traces its origin to the very dawn of Indian history and has a great tradition of learning and culture. It was used as the base for calculations of Hindu astronomy, astrology and geography. Visit the Temple of Mahakaleshwar, Hotel Taj Residency, Indore Holiday VacationsObservatory of masonry, Jantar Mantar, Bathing Ghats of Shipra river and the Gopal Mandir, a 19th century temple of Maratha-Style architecture. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 11: Indore - Mandu
Buffet breakfast at hotel. Morning leave Indore by car for Mandu en route visiting Omkareshwar and Maheswar famous for the temples dedicated to Lord Shiva and Vishnu. Rest of the day at leisure or you may explore the city on your own. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 12: Mandu
Buffet breakfast at hotel. Morning city sightseeing tour of Mandu. City Tour of Mandu, once known as the city of Joy famous for the love stories of King Baz Bahadur for his consort Rani Roopmati. This deserted Hill Top Fort of Mandu, once very extensively one of the most interesting sights in central India. The Palaces, Mosques and Tombs are of great beauty. Rest of the day at leisure or you may explore the city on your own. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 13: Mandu - Indore - Mumbai
Buffet breakfast at hotel. Morning at leisure or you may explore the city on your own. Afternoon leave Mandu by car for Indore. On arrival at Indore, straight proceed to airport to connect flight for Mumbai.
DEPART INDORE by 9W-384 2010 hours. ARRIVE MUMBAI (Jet Airways) 2125 hours.
Assistance on arrival and transfer to hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 14: Mumbai
Buffet breakfast at hotel. Morning excursion to Elephanta Caves. Elephanta Caves - Across the harbour to the world famous, 1200 years old Elephanta Caves, dedicated to Lord Shiva. The famous TRIMURTI sculpture signifying the trinity of the Creator, the Preserver and the Destroyer is located here. (Subject to weather conditions). Afternoon city sightseeing tour of Mumbai. City tour of Mumbai, visiting Gateway of India, Prince of Wales Museum (Museum is closed on MonDays) Fish Aquarium, Jain Temple, Hanging Gardens on the slopes of Malabar Hills offering nice view of Marine Lines & Chowpatty Beach, Kamla Nehru Park, Mani Bhawan (Where Mahatma Gandhi used to stay) then to Dhobi Ghat. Also drive past Afghan Church, Flora Fountain, colourful Crawford Market and Marine Drive. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day: 15 Mumbai - Goa
Assistance on arrival and transfer to international airport for flight to Goa. Overnight at Hotel.
Day: 16 Goa
Day at Leisure for Beach Activities
Day: 17 Goa - Mumbai
Breakfast at hotel. Day activities in Goa. Afternoon transfer to Airport for onward flight to Mumbai for onward journey.