TREASURE OF CENTRAL INDIA & CAVES AURANGABAD
Highlights of tour
✔ Ride like local in Delhi
✔ Magnificent Gwalior Fort
✔ Visit of Erotic Temples in Khajuraho
✔ Orchha Fort
✔ Buddhist monument Sanchi reflecting gem of Buddhist art and architecture.
✔ Rock art & Paintingof Bhimbetka
✔ Baaz Bahadur Palace
✔ Ellora caves are the finest example of cave temples
✔ Ajanta Caves glorious past from 200 BC to 650 AD
✔ Visit ancient caves of Elephanta in Mumbai
✔ Best price guaranteed
Day 01: Arrive in Delhi (International flight)
- You will arrive at the Capital city of India “Delhi”. After clearing immigration and other formalities at the airport you will be met by our representative at arrival hall terminal where you will find many people paging for their guests. Out of them you will find our representative holding a placard with your name written on it. He will assist and escort you to your vehicle.
- Post warm welcome, you will be transferred to your hotel, where our representative will complete all check-in formalities and handover the room keys to you.
- The rest of day will be at leisure for independent activities / overcome Jetlag.
Day 02: In Delhi (Local sightseeing tour)
- Breakfast will be served at your hotel.
- Explore Old Delhi in the first half of the day. The sightseeing tour will begin with visit to Emperors. Later proceed for visit to The Jama Masjid (mosque) and enjoy the rickshaw ride on busy roads of Chandni Chowk. Also drive past Old Fort
- The next half day will be reserved for visit to New Delhi. Start with Qutub Minar, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Delhi, The Qutub Minar is constructed with red sandstone and marble, and is the tallest minaret in India, with a height of 72.5 meters. It contains 379 stairs and the base diameter is 14.3 meters and it narrows to 2.7 meters at the last storey. Your next stop will be Humayun’s Tomb. During the drive you will pass Connaught place, India gate, Rastrapati Bhawan (President’s House) and some other important building.
Day 03: Delhi – Khajuraho (Domestic Flight)
- Breakfast will be served at your hotel.
- After breakfast you will be transferred to airport to board the flight for Khajuraho in the morning.
- On arrival at Khajuraho, our representative will meet you as you EXIT the arrivals terminal building after which you would be transferred to your hotel.
- Later proceed for visit to famous Western group of temples. Among the western group of temples, the most famous is the Kandariya Mahadev temple, 32 meters high with a fantastic range of sculptures including sensuous themes. Also visit Eastern group of temples, which represent some of the finest examples of temple architecture in Northern India. The remote location of Khajuraho meant that the temples were unharmed by Muslim invaders and as a result, the intricately fine carvings are in very good condition and are said to represent life in heaven.
Day 04: Khajuraho – Orchha (04 hours by road)
- Post breakfast, drive to Orchha which will take is approx. 175 kms / 04 hours
- Orchha in the Tikamgarh district of Madhya Pradesh was the erstwhile capital city of the redoubtable Bundela kings. 16th and 17th century palaces and temples make Orchha, a famous tourist destination in Madhya Pradesh.
- On arrival, check in at the hotel and rest of the day will be at leisure for independent activities.
Day 05: Orchha – Gwalior (03 hours by road)
- Post breakfast, drive to Gwalior (approx. 120 kms / 03 hours).
- A historic city founded by King Surajesan, Gwalior, the formerly princely state of Madhya Pradesh, is famed for its outstanding palaces, sacred temples and glorious monuments.
- On arrival check in at the hotel
- Afternoon proceed for sightseeing tour visiting Gwalior Fort: The majestic monument, Gwalior Fort, in Gwalior was the nucleus of administration of the Tomars. This magnificent monument holds the history of several hundred years of different dynasties. Later proceed to Man Mandir Palace: Built in the 16th century, Man Mandir Palace at Gwalior occupies a significant place in Indian history. A heartrending ambiance of graciousness and valor of those days still loiters in the silent chambers this royal mansion. Finally conclude the sightseeing with visit to Scindia Museum: Museum exhibits a wide range of articles from all over the world. Objects on display include miniature paintings, weapons, bronzes, sculpture, manuscripts and coins.
Day 06: Gwalior – Orchha (03 hours by road)
- Post breakfast, drive back to Orchha and to continue your trip further to Southern part of central India.
- Afternoon proceeds to visit with our guide Orchha Fort or Raja Mahal – work on the Raja Mahal was started by Raja Rudra Pratap, but he died in 1531, leaving the construction incomplete. His son, Bharti Chand, completed the front and the main portion of the palace, but could not complete the building during his lifetime. The final touches to the Raja Mahal were added by one of the most prominent rulers of Orchha, Madhukar Shah built several other monuments in the town as well.
Day 07: Orchha – Bhopal (07 hours by road)
- After breakfast, your will be driven to Bhopal (approx.355 kms/06-07 hours). Situated in the midst of two artificial lakes, Bhopal, the city of lakes is one among the famous tourist destinations of Madhya Pradesh. Located on a slope in the Malwa Plateau,
- On arrival, check in at the hotel and relax for remainder of the day.
Day 08: Bhopal
- Post breakfast, proceed for full day excursion to Sanchi (60 Kms / 01 Hr – One way), A tiny hamlet with a rich culture, Sanchi is embellished by a series of monasteries, stupas, holy shrines and pillars dating from 3rd century BC to 12th century AD.
- The sightseeing will start with visit to Sanchi Stupa: A renowned center of Buddhism Sanchi boast of a rich artistic culture and among them the stupas outshines all other structures in its elegant grace. Dates back to 3rd century, these stupas were meant to keep the remnants and some of the stupas have been found with the relics of the disciples of Buddha.
- You will also visit Ashoka Pillar: Put up in the third century, this Greco Buddhist style structure stands as a proud testimonial to the rich legacy of Sanchi.
Day 09: Bhopal
- Post breakfast, full day excursion to Bhimbetka (60 Kms / 01 Hr – One way), Bhimbetka: Enclosed by the northern tassel of the majestic Vindhyans, Bhimbetka in Bhopal is characterized by rock-strewn topography with thick woods and wrinkled precipices.
- The biggest depository of antediluvian knacks in India, Bhimbetka is a retreat of serenity and harmony for the picnickers. One of the most primitive dwellings of human race, Bhimbetka boasts of a history of 35000 years old.
Day 10: Bhopal – Indore (04 hours by road)
- After breakfast, drive to Indore (approx.189 Kms / 04 Hrs). En-route stopping at Ujjain to visit Mahakaleshwar Temple: cited by the great poet Kalidasa in his works, is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas in India. Also visit Bhartruhari Caves which is believed to be the place where Bhartrihari, the step brother of Vikramaditya, have lived and meditated after renouncing worldly life.
- Later continue to Indore and check-in at the hotel. Situated in the splendid Narmada river valley, Indore in the state of Madhya Pradesh is renowned for its majestic temples and magnificient monuments. A historic city, which was ruled over by famous dynasties, especially the Halkers,
Day 11: Indore
- Post breakfast, Enjoy the half day sightseeing tour of Indore city visiting Central Museum, also known as the Indore Museum, is one of the most interesting buildings in Indore.
- It is a treat for the people who are genuinely fascinated by the history of India and the rich civilization that flourished here in the pre historic age.
- Later proceed to Chhatris, The Maratha Rulers were skilled in the field of architecture. An exquisite example of their architectural style comprise of the Chattris of Indore. Finally visit Lal Baag Palace was built by Maharaja Shivaji Rao Holkar during 1886-1921.
Day 12: Indore – Maheshwar (03 hours by road)
- Post breakfast, drive to Maheshwar (approx. 135 kms / 03 hours). Enroute stopping at Mandu visiting Baaz Bahadur Palace: The history of Mandu talks about the romantic tale of Rani Roopmati and Baz Bahadur, a poet. The history of the ‘city of Joy’ dated back to 10th century, when it was founded by Raja Bhoj. Rani Roopmati Pavilion: Rani Roopmati was the beloved mistress and later wife of Baj Bahadur. Rani Roopmati Pavilion is built near the edge of the fort. They were probably started in early 15th century and extensions were added later.
- Continue to Maheshwar and check-in at the hotel.
Day 13: Maheshwar
- Post breakfast, enjoy the sightseeing of Maheshwar visiting Ahilyeshwar Temple: Situated on the banks of the beautiful river, Narmada, Ahilyeshwar temple provides a serene and a calm atmosphere to the devotee.
- Apart from the main deity’s shrine, Ahilyeshwar temple houses a shrine dedicated to Lord Ram. Also visit Rajarajeshwara Temple: This magnificient shrine is renowned as the temple of the 11 Akhand Jyoti Deepak or eternal flame lamps.
Day 14: Maheshwar – Aurangabad (07 hours by road)
- Post breakfast, we will leave for Aurangabad which is situated at the distance of approx. 340 kms can be covered in 06-07 hours
- Aurangabad has seen several dynasties come and go, absorbing the culture of each into itself. Historic towns like Khultabad, Pitalkore and Paithan lie scattered a few kilometres away. Aurangabad also has a 50,000 year old meteorite impact crater which has remained a lesser known discovery.
- On arrival check-in at your hotel and relax after long drive.
Day 15: Aurangabad
- Post breakfast, you will proceed for the sightseeing tour of Ellora Caves (closed on Tuesdays), Ellora caves are the finest example of cave temples; these 34 caves have intricate interiors and ornamental facades. Carved during the 350 AD and 700 AD the rock temples and monasteries represent three faiths – Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. There are 34 caves, of which 12 are Buddhist, 17 Hindu and 5 Jain.
- You will also visit Bibi – Ka – Maqbara while returning back to Aurangabad.
Day 16: Aurangabad
- Today you will proceed for visit to Ajanta Caves (closed on Mondays), survived hundreds of years in the Sahyadri hills to tell the story of a rich and glorious past from 200 BC to 650 AD. These caves were built to offer seclusion to the Buddhist monks, who lived, taught and performed rituals in the Chaityas and Viharas, which were the seats of learning and cultural movement.
- Evening will be at leisure
Day 17: Aurangabad – Nashik (4 hours by road)
- Post breakfast, drive to Nashik ( 183 kms / 04 hrs). On arrival, check in at the hotel.
- Later proceed for visit to Trambakeshwar which is an ancient Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas.
Day 18: Nashik – Mumbai (04 hours by road)
- Today post breakfast you will be driven further to Mumbai (approx.. 170 kms / 04 hours). On arrival proceed for check-in at your hotel.
- Later proceed City tour of Mumbai including visits to Marine Drive, Chowpatty Beach, Malabar Hill, Hanging Gardens, Dhobi Ghat, the Towers of Silence, Mahalakshmi Temple, the Tomb of Haji Ali and Mani Bhavan. The tour will also include a visit to interesting Prince of Wales museum (closed on Mondays)
Day 19: Departure Mumbai (International flight)
- Post Breakfast at the hotel and check-out. The luggage can be deposited with bell captain of the hotel till your departure transfer. Today we will take you to excursion of Elephanta Caves, a short ferry ride takes you to the island of Elephanta Caves also known as the Gharapuri in the local language meaning fortress city. These rock cut caves belong to the ninth century and are dedicated to Lord Shiva. Visit this island approachable only by ferry and you will be amazed to see the rock cut caves lying in the midst of this island.
- Later you will be transferred to international airport to board the flight back home