Splendors of Central India 13 Days
India echoes the beauty of its land through a number of remarkable destinations that, today, have become so popular that they run into millions of dollars in the tourism industry. Central India is a paradigm of both commercial as well as traditional tourism destinations that give an insight into some of the magnificent palaces and monuments of Madhya Pradesh and others like temples of Khajuraho, lakes of Bhopal and stupas of Sanchi. The heart of the country, geographically, central India is a land that has derived vast contours as an aftermath of wars against enemies. It is land of contrasts with all the elements and aspects of nature playing their diverse roles. It has river valleys, dense forests, plains et cetera that mark a distinct way of life or culture that cannot be experienced anywhere in the world.
Destinations Covered : Mumbai - Bhavnagar - Ahmedabad - Bhopal - Sanchi Bhopal Ujjain Mandu Maheshwar Omkareshwar Indore - Bhopal - Gwalior - Agra
Day 01: Arrival Mumbai
Arrive Mumbai. Meet assist at the airport and transfer to the hotel. Night stay in Mumbai.
Day 02: Sightseeing Mumbai.
After breakfast, proceed for sightseeing tour of Mumbai. Taking an motorboat and moves to Elephanta Caves,located on an island, and witness the striking beauty of temples exquisitely carved out from rocks dating back to the 7th century. Start to the Prince of Wales Museum, Hanging Gardens and also visit one of the open-air laundries Dhobighat Night stay in Mumbai.
Day 03: Mumbai - Bhavnagar
After breakfast, transfer to airport to board the flight to Bhavnagar. Arrive Bhavnagar and transfer to the hotel. Bhavnagar is fifth largest city of Gujarat and second largest city of Saurastra. Bhavnagar is known as the cultural capital of Saurastra, a coastal city, located in the eastern coast of Saurashtra, known as Kathiawar. Bhavnagar is city of education and culture, known as cultural capital of Saurastra.
Afternoon city sightseeing tour of Bhavnagar visit Takhteshwar Temple, Gandhi Smriti Museum, Clock Tower & Gaurishankar Lake. Night stay in Bhavnagar.
Day 04: Bhavnagar
After Breakfast proceed for an excursion tour of Palitana (4 hrs). Patilana, one of the most famous Jain pilgrimage sites and a must visit during Gujarat Tours. Visit Shri Adishwara Temple here that boasts of being the first Jain apostle and attracts pilgrims in large numbers. Evening, drive back to Bhavnagar & transfer to Hotel . Niight stay in Bhavnagar.
Day 05: Bhavnagar - Ahmedabad - Bhopal
After breakfast drive to Ahmedabad .Arrive Ahemdabad and proceed for a city sightseeing tour of Ahemdabad , visit Calico Museum and other city attractions. Later, transfer to the railway station to board the overnight train to Bhopal. Night stay in Train.
Day 06 : Bhopal
Arrive Bhopal and transfer to the hotel. later city sightseeing heritage tour of Bhopal , visit Bharat Bhawan Museum, Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya (National Museum of Mankind), Laxmi Narayan Temple and Taj-ul-Masjid. Night stay in Bhopal.
Day 7: Bhopal - Sanchi - Bhopal
After Breakfast proceed for full day excursion tour to the famous Buddhist pilgrimage site of Sanchi. It is one of the most ancient and popular Buddhist monument in the country. The construction of Sanchi Stupa is considered to an engineering marvel. Though it has gone through a lot of wear and tear, it has stood the test of time, maintaining its ancient glory till date. The stupa is known for the intricate carvings, which provide an insight into the life of Lord Buddha. The structure is presently maintained by the Archeological Survey of India, and also visit its majestic stupas and museums. Evening, drive back to Bhopal & transfer to Hotel . Night stay in Bhopal.
Day 8: Bhopal - Ujjain - Mandu
After breakfast drive to Mandu enroute visiting Ujjain . Ujjain is among the great ancient cities of India. Situated on the right bank of the river Shipra, it is a very holy city for the Hindus, a site for the triennial Kumbh Mela, when countless devout Hindus get together to offer prayers during the auspicious time. Arrive Mandu & transfer to hotel. Night stay in Mandu.
Day 9: Mandu
After breakfast city sightseeing tour of Mandu , The Tomb of Hoshang Shah is the first marble monument of India where one can see the finest example of Afghan architecture. It has a well proportioned dome, porticoes courts, towers and intricate marble latticework. Jami Masjid is not far away from the tomb. The construction of the Masjid was started by Hoshang Shah and was completed by Mahmud I. It is considered Mandu's most majestic building as it is modeled on the great Omayyed Mosque in Damascus.Delhi gate the main entrance to the fort was built in the year 1405-7. It has got a steep path with a sharp bend into the gateway and with low steps for elephant's movement. Ashrafi Mahal famous as The Palace of Gold Coins is located on the opposite of Jami Masjid. It was built by Mahmud Shah Khilji as a school of Islamic study. The cells made for the resident students are still well preserved in the complex. Night stay in Mandu.
Day 10: Mandu - Maheshwar - Omkareshwar - Indore
After Breakfast drive to Indore en-route visiting the famous temple towns of Maheshwar and Omkareshwar.
Maheshwar : A small historical town on the banks of the river Narmada will surely be a very enjoyable experience. It is the ideal getaway for all who are interested in witnessing the remarkable architectural skills achieved by our forefathers.
Earlier known as Mahismati, the town of Maheshwar is referred to in the ancient Indian epics Ramayana and Mahabharata. It regained its glory during the reign of Rani Ahilyabai of Indore.
Omkareshwar : Omkareshwar, the sacred island, shaped like the holiest of all Hindu symbols, 'Om', has drawn to it hundreds of generations of pilgrims. Here, at the confluence of the rivers Narmada and Kaveri, the devout gather to kneel before the Jyotirlinga (one of the twelve throughout India) at the temple of Shri Omkar Mandhata. And here, as in so many of Madhya Pradesh's sacred shrines, the works of Nature complement those of man to provide a setting awe-inspiring in its magnificence. Arrive Indore & transfer to the hotel .Night stay in Indore .
Day 11: Indore - Bhopal - Gwalior
After breakfast drive to Bhopal Railway Station to board the train to Gwalior. Arrive Gwalior & transfer to hotel. Night stay in Gwalior.
Day 12: Gwalior - Agra
After Breakfast proceed for sightseeing tour of Gwalior known for its spectacular hilltop citadel. Within walls lie Jain statues, Rajput Palaces, Hindu temples and a Victorian school. later drive to Agra. Arrive Agra & transfer to hotel . Night stay in Agra.
Day 13: Agra - Delhi
Early morning visit to Taj Mahal at sunrise. Taj Mahal - one of the seven wonders of the world surely the most extravagant _expression of love ever created. 20,000 men laboured for over 17 years to build this memorial to Shah Jahan's beloved wife later visit Agra Fort-the rusty and majestic red-sandstone fort of Agra stands on the banks of the river Yamuna and the construction was started by Emperor Akbar in 1566. At the Diwan-I-Am (hall of public audience), a colonnaded hall of red-sandstone with a throne alcoveof inlaid marble at the back, the Emperor heard public petitions.. Afternoon drive to Delhi. Arrive Delhi and transfer to the airport for the onward destination.