01 Day: Arrival Delhi
Welcome and assistance on arrival at Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi and transfer to the pre-booked hotel by aircon car. After check in, travel document related to the tour plan and services will be handed over to you; our representative will explain all your queries about the entire tour plan. Later in the evening visit to see Light and Sound Show at Red fort. The show exhibits wonderful history of the city in a very interesting way. Afterwards return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Light and Sound Show: A spectacular show at the Red Fort. Which makes the 5,000 years old history of the city come alive. Amidst the harmony of the splendidly panoramic and historic environs of the Red Fort, select episodes from the annals of Delhi's historic and majestic past are vibrantly brought to life. Special effects combine with the exceptional character to make this show an impressively memorable experience.
02 Day: Delhi
After breakfast, take a sightseeing tour of Old Delhi: the majestic Red Fort, a marvel in red sandstone, Jama Masjid, the largest and most splendid mosque in India, Rajghat, the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi, where he was cremated. The sightseeing continues to explore New Delhi including President House, India gate; built to honour and pay a tribute to the Indian soldiers who sacrificed themselves during the Afghan war, Birla Mandir (Laxmi Narayan Temple), Humayun’s Tomb, lotus shaped Bhai’s Temple, Qutub Minar; built by Qutub-ud-din Aibek of the Slave Dynasty. Sri Radha Parthasarathi Mandir, generally known as the ISKCON Delhi temple. In the evening you can opt for a cycle rickshaw ride through the lively and colourful market of Chandani Chowk. Afterwards return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Delhi, the towering capital city of the independent and largest democratic country in the world: India. Delhi is located and sprawled on both banks of Yamuna River. The city is enriched with culture, architecture and human diversity, Delhi city is a blend of the ancient past of India with the vibration of the modern world. The city designed by the British architect Sir Edwin Lutyens (1869-1944) & is tree-lined & spacious. Legend has it that the Pandavas of epic Mahabharata, the august heroes, founded Delhi around 1200 BC & the name of the city was Indraprastha.
03 Day: Delhi – Udaipur (By Air)
After breakfast check out from the hotel and transfer to the airport to board the scheduled flight for Udaipur. On arrival transfer to the hotel, after relaxation, take a sightseeing tour of Udaipur visiting wondrous City Palace complex, significant landmark of the town, in the palace vicinity you will see notable places like Durbar Hall, Palace Museum, Crystal Gallery and Jagdish temple, followed by Sahelion Ki Bari, a beautiful recreation garden for queens and princes of the rulers. Bharatiya Lok Kala Mandal, an ethic places to see the traditions and culture of Rajasthan, ethnic ornaments, exhibiting folk traditional outfits, puppets, masks, dolls, classical paintings, fold musical instruments. In the evening visit to Lake Bageela 22 kms for sightseeing tour of ancient Eklingji and Nagda Temples, after finishing the sightseeing tour of the day, return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Udaipur: One of the most romantic and beautiful city of North India, the city was founded in 1568 AD by Rajpoot King Udai Singh., located on the banks of the shimmering Pichola Lake, is one of the most idealistic city of Rajasthan. Udaipur is cuddle up in lush green Aravali mountain range. The city is also known as the ‘Venice of the East'. It is a kaleidoscope of wonderful lakes, enchanting temples, lake side gardens, amazing forts and palaces and narrow lanes of the old city with historical past, Udaipur characterize chivalry and velour of the Rajpoot clan who had ruled this city for years and valor and chivalry. There are so amazing places to visit in this incredible city of Rajasthan.
04 Day: Udaipur – Chittorgarh – Udaipur (Excursion: 120 kms: 2 1/2 hrs: One way)
After breakfast take an excursion Chittorgarh city, to visit mightiest and largest historical fort of India: Chittorgarh, this crowning historical Fort stands a jaded reminder of the characteristic and bravery of Rajpoot Clan in Rajasthan, sprawled over 700 acres, area, the fort houses historical monuments: Tower of Victory, Rani Padmini Palace, Man Mahal, Mira Temple and several ruins of temples of Shiva. Afterwards drive back to Udaipur. After relaxation during spend quality time with a boat ride at beautiful Lake Pichola, you may opt dinner (of your own) at the most famous and heritage luxury hotel Taj Lake Palace, formally the palace for the regal guests of the Royal family of Udaipur, located at amidst at the lake Pichola. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Chittorgarh, is the epitome of Rajput pride, romance and spirit. It reverberates with history of heroism and sacrifice, which is evident as it echoes with the tales sung by the Bards of Rajasthan. The main reason for visiting Chittorgarh is its massive hilltop fort, which is a depiction of Rajput culture and values. The fort stands on a 240-hectares site on a 180m high hill that rises rapidly from the plains below.
05 Day: Udaipur – Ranakpur – Jodhpur (275 kms: 6 -7 hrs)
After breakfast, check out the hotel and drive to Jodhpur, enroute take a halt at Ranakpur to visit the ancient Jain Temples, built in the 12th Century. After visit proceed to Jodhpur, on arrival transfer to the hotel. After refreshment if time permits take an excursion to Bishnoi Village 25 kms: 45 min one way. Visit to the local handicrafts viz shoe makers, pottery hand weaving watching men in their traditional attire, women clad with ancestral silver Jewellery, en-route watch and photograph the beautiful wildlife - black buck, chinkaras, peacock etc. liberally moving in plenty of care by the local villagers. After visit drive back to Jodhpur you can explore the local market, visiting various authentic restaurants. You may choose ‘On the rocks’ an open air restaurants with Rajasthani hospitality, offering authentic food and folk music and dance. Afterwards return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Jodhpur: The home of Rajpoot, (Rathors) – The awesome significant city of Rajasthan. Founded in 1459 A.D. by Rao Jodha, today Jodhpur is one of the largest and flourishing city of Rajasthan. Known as white city of Rajasthan. Jodhpur was once upon a time was the capital of Marwar state (Northern Part of Rajasthan). Mehrangarh fort, the crowning old palace is major tourist attraction of Jodhpur. Another pride of Jodhpur is Umaid Bhawan Palace; this grand palace is now converted into heritage hotel and present residence of the Royal family of Jodhpur. This palace is most sought after regal and splendid palace for royal wedding in Rajasthan.
06 Day: Jodhpur – Manvar (115 kms: 3 hrs)
After breakfast, check out the hotel and take a sightseeing tour of the city visiting massive the Clock Tower, the massive Mehrangarh Fort, magnificent Jaswant Thada (Mausoleums of the great Rajput King: Jaswant Singh), Umaid Bhawan Palace and museum – India’s one of most imposing and regal palaces, built by Maharaja Umaid Singh. A part of the palace has been converted into a hotel, one part is the museum and the remaining part is still occupied by the royal family. After visit drive to Manvar, in Dechu. This place falls under Shergarh Region of Thar Desert and the highest sand dunes are found in this area. On arrival transfer to the resort. Early evening transfer on the camels for a desert safari till the Manvar Camp Site, reaching the campsite by sunset. In the evening, enjoy folk dance and music under the starlit sky while enjoying theme dinner. Overnight stay at the desert resort.
Manvar, located right in the heart of the Great Indian Thar Desert is an unprecedented tourist destination offering a rare opportunity to enjoy Rajasthan desert life, culture, wildlife & beauty. The Manvar Resort is spread over 5 acres. Constructed using local materials & techniques, the resort consists of 21 well designed stone cottages with thatched roofs, thatched roof eateries, open air courtyard sit outs, book & gifts shop, reading room and a swimming pool. The interiors have been designed as clean and restful spaces.
07 Day: Manvar – Jaisalmer (170 kms: 4 hrs)
Early morning you may opt to take a jeep safari to explore nearby by desert village to see understand their life style, villagers craftsman, carpenters, metal smith potters, cobblers. After village safari return to the resort to check out and drive to Jaisalmer. On arrival transfer to hotel. After refreshment you can visit to Amar Sagar and Mool Sagar Lake and temples of Ladawara. Also take a walk along the local market to acclimatize with the city atmosphere. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Jaisalmer; the desert town is located on the edge of the Thar Desert and is one of most prominent tourist places of Rajasthan. Also known as the golden city, Jaisalmer is quite popular for the crowing Golden Fort. The city is a fantasy in yellow sandstone founded in the 1156 AD by Rawla Jaisal, a Rajput King. Jaisalmer is known for its golden stretched sand dunes, splendid havelies, camel safari on the thrilling Sam dunes, Jain temples, picturesque Gadisar Lake and of course the royal heritage and culture. A tour of Rajasthan is incomplete without visiting Jaisalmer.
08 Day: Jaisalmer
Today after breakfast take city tour of Jaisalmer city, visiting most popular Golden Fort, also known as Sonar Kila and Jaisalmer Fort, the fort is built on the top of Trikuta hill, having 99 bastions, the most speculator feature is Megh Durbar, also many temples, near the fort there are marvelous havelies built by the wealthy traders of the past time, notably havelies are Nathmal ji Ki Havel, Patwon ki Haveli, Salim Singh ki haveli, the splendid mansions with latticework and stone carving, a truly break tacking intricacy. Afterwards visit to the one of the beautiful lake known as ‘Gadisar Lake’ the entrance of the lake is quite artistic and there is past day’s story behind this lake. If time permits and you wish to cover more of places, you can visit to Amar Sagar and Mool Sagar Lake and temples of Ladawara. In the evening drive to Sam Sand Dunes, the nearest place of the Great Thar Desert, Sam Sand dunes are seems to be golden stretched sands as a gateway to Thar Desert. Enjoy camel ride to on the sand dunes. Afterwards return to the hotel for overnight Stay.
Note: Optionally you can stay in Swiss tents at Sam Sand Dunes/Khuri Village enjoying camel safari in desert, dinner in camp fire and enjoying folk dance and music by local artists.
09 Day: Jaisalmer – Pokhran – Bikaner (330 kms: 7 - 8 hrs)
After breakfast check out the hotel and drive to Bikaner, en route take a halt at Pokhran, visit the massive Fort of Pokhran. Pokhran Fort was Built in 1532-1584 the yellow sandstone, though not as conspicuous as some of the others forts in Rajasthan, it has a few exquisite palaces like the Mangal Niwas, the Rani Mahal and the Phool Niwas or the Flower Palace; visit the Pokhran Museum, housed inside the fort’s premises is fairly small and contains an hodgepodge of weapons, pottery paintings, and the costumes which the Maharajas wore. Later continue drive to Bikaner, on arrival transfer to the hotel. Rest of the evening is free for leisure. Overnight at the hotel in Bikaner.
Bikaner: The city was founded by Rao Bikaji in 1488; Rao Bikaji was the son of King Jodhaji of Jodhpur, due to some personal confront with his family, he took the courage to build his own city by adopting desert and barren land and then he transformed into a charming city called Bikaner, and the city was named after the King Bikaji. The 500 years old city standing still with glorious past is located in Northern part of Rajasthan.The Rajpoot rulers here built splendid palaces, temples and forts that resonance of magnificence and images of monsoon clouds in this desert land.
10 Day: Bikaner – Mandawa (190 kms: 5 hrs)
Today after breakfast takes the city tour of Bikaner visiting most popular and magnificent Junagarh Fort - built by Raja Rai Singh, this had never conquered during the entire history of Bikaner. Later check out the hotel and drive to Mandawa, enroute halt at to Deshnok, which worldly known for the Rat Temple, this temple is 600 years old. Later continue drive to medieval city Mandawa in Rajasthan, on arrival check in to a heritage hotel. Mandawa is also called the 'open-air art gallery' of Rajasthan. In the evening you can walk around the narrow lanes of the tradition town, watching locals and shops. Afterwards enjoy the traditional music and dance, live performance by the local artist, during the gala dinner. Overnight at the hotel.
Mandawa: During the mid of 18th century this town was founded, located in Shekhawati region in Rajasthan. Mandawa is known for its’ speculative havelies and fort. Now days, Mandawa is known as an imposing mirage like fort now a popular heritage hotel with modern amenities. The structure of this place recalls one of the cultural and tradition this place used to be in the bygone golden era. The affluent and dominant traders and merchants built gigantic havelis, bejeweled with beautiful wall paintings, for the purpose of their residence. In the past time, painting subject was mythology dominated the themes of the frescoes, animals, dancers, religion, portraits, displaying local legends, hunting and wrestling scenes, etc.
11 Day: Mandawa – Nawalgarh – Jaipur (170 kms: 4 hrs)
After breakfast check out the hotel and drive to Jaipur, enroute halt at Nawalgarh, visit compact little town of Shekhavati region comprising of Forts and Havelis of beautiful frescoes. While touring this town a painted arched gateway adorned with Lord Krishna and his cows leads to the bazaar. Later continue drive to Jaipur, on arrival, transfer to the hotel. After refreshment, enjoy your evening at the most authentic and ethnic village resort: called Chokhi Dhani, designed on the theme of an ethnic village of Rajasthan with lots of traditional environment with entertainment like folk dances, puppet shows, astrology, music, camel ride, here you can enjoy the traditional Rajasthani food. Return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Jaipur widely known as the ‘Pink City’ of India. The entire walls houses and buildings of the city were washed with pink colour for a grand and royal welcome of Prince Albert and Queen Victoria from Britain, who visited Jaipur in 1853 A.D. This splendid city as was founded in 1727 A.D by one of the greatest ruler Jai Singh II. Jaipur is surrounded by hills on three sides. Jaipur is the only city in the world, which is designed accordance of Hindu architecture science called Shilpa Shastra, the town is had been designed in rectangular shape of 9 blocks, depicting the 9 partition of universe.
12 Day: Jaipur
Today morning after breakfast, explore the Pink City with an excursion to splendid Amber Fort, situated just outside the city, built in the 15th Century by Rajput King Man Singh. Later visit another mighty and majestic Nagargarh fort, close to Amber fort. Drive back to the main city to visit the imperial City Palace - present residence of the royal family of Jaipur. The incredible Jantar Mantar was innovated and constructed by Jaipur King Swai Jai Singh. Splendid Hawa Mahal, also known ‘Palace of Winds’ Birla Temple, with its white shimmering marble glittering in the night. You can visit to Amber fort to see the Light and Sound Show: holds the history of a citadel, pulsating with a legendry past of 600 years & 28 kings of the Kachhwaha dynasty, before their capital moved to Jaipur. Later you can explore the bustling market by hoping onto a cycle rickshaw ride. Drive back to hotel for overnight stay at Jaipur.
13 Day: Jaipur – Fatehpur Sikri – Agra (240 kms: 6 hrs)
Today morning after breakfast check out the hotel and drive to Agra. Enroute stop over at Fatehpur Sikri, the old deserted town of the Mughal kingdom, built in red sandstone in honour of Saint Salim Chisti who blessed birth of 3 sons to Emperor Akbar. Notable among them is the Diwane e Khas; Punch Mahal, the Tomb of Salim Chisti, and the Buland Darwaza, one of the largest and tallest gateways in the world. After visit… proceed to Agra, on arrival transfer to the hotel. In the evening one should visit Oswal Emporium to watch the replica of Taj Mahal it took 10 years for the artists to build this artistic epitome, also enjoy light and sound show “Mohabbat-the-Taj: the saga of love”, the only show of its kind in India! Return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Agra is famous as being home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World-the Taj Mahal. Built by the great Mughal emperor Shahjahan, this is an eternal love story written on the shimmering marble for his wife Mumtaz. Agra is pleasant town with comparatively slow pace, Agra is known for its superb inlay work on marble and soapstone by craftsmen who are descendant of those who worked under the Mughals. The city is also famous for its carpets, gold thread embroidery and leather shoes. Agra, and the nearby city of Fatehpur Sikri, is conveniently close to Delhi. Besides the Taj Mahal is Agra Fort, Sikandra, -Ud-Daulah-35 kms away are the imperial ruins of the Mughal city, Fatehpur Sikri.
14 Day: Agra – Varanasi (By Train)
Today early morning after breakfast, visit world’s most popular and beautiful monument: Taj Mahal with its’ fabulous view at the time of sunrise. The tour continues with a visit to Agra Fort. The fort was built in 1576 AD by great Mughal Emperor Akbar, structured and designed with red stoned barricaded; here you will find the splendid Pearl Mosque and various other classic example of art: Jahangir Mahal, Moti Masjid, Macchhi Bhawan, Nagina Masjid, Diwan-i-Khas, Sheesh Mahal, Diwan-e-Am, and Meena Bazaar. Emperor Shahjahan imprisoned by his rebellious son Aurangzeb in the Musamman Bhurj, would see his love reflecting through the Taj Mahal, where his dear wife was cremated. Also visit the Tomb of Itamad-ud-Daula, 35 kms from Agra, built by Empress Noorjahan daughter of Shahjahan, this monument a tribute to her great father. After sightseeing transfer to the Agra Railway Station to board the evening train from Agra to Varanasi, overnight at the board.
Note: Taj Mahal is closed on every Friday.
Varanasi: Sandwiched between the rivers Varuna and Ashi as they join the Ganges, Varanasi takes its name from its location. It is also called Kashi, the city of light, but the British, in an endeavor to simplify matters, had coined their own name for the place—Benaras. Varanasi is the city of a thousand temples. The main object of all devotees is the Kasi Vishwanath Temple. According to Hindu belief, Benaras or Varanasi as it is known is the cosmic center of the Universe. The renowned American novelist Mark Twain once wrote, "Benaras is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend and looks twice as old as all of them put together.
15 Day: Varanasi
Assistance on arrival at Varanasi Railway Station and transfer to the hotel. After relaxation take an excursion to Sarnath, located at 10 kms from Varanasi where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon to the five holy men; visit Dharmarajika Stupa, the 110 ft. tall Dhamekh Stupa marks the place where Buddha preached first sermon., also visit to Archaeological museum, the collection of ancient Buddhist relics and antiques comprising numerous Buddha and Bodhisatva images, also see the Ashok Pillar with 4 lions, built in 3rd Century BC., symbolize both Ashoks's imperial rule and the kingship of the Buddha. After visit drive back to Varanasi, after relaxation, if time permits than you can visit to local markets and narrow lanes of old Varanasi for shopping specially word famous Benarasi Silk clothes and Sarees. Afterwards return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Varanasi, also recognized with the name, Kashi (meaning the city of spiritual light) and Banaras. This is one of the oldest cities in India with fascinating past; it has found a place in the epic of Mahabharata as well in the Buddhist scriptures. This ancient Indian city is sandwiched between the rivers Varuna and Ashi as they unite with the Ganges, the most revered river in the country, and provides easy access to industrial zones, including the automobile, garment and leather sectors. The notorious American novelist Mark Twain once wrote, "Benaras is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend and looks twice as old as all of them put together”
16 Day: Varanasi
Early morning, take a BOAT RIDE at holy river Ganges, during the sunrise the city and river come alive, in the magical rays of the Sun; the city looks so exotic and lively: People bathe early in the morning to offer the prayers to the rising sun. Return to the hotel for breakfast, afterward take sightseeing tour of the city visiting various ghats of Varanasi: two main cremation ghats are Manikarnika & Harishchandra, sightseeing continues with visiting the Bharat Mata temple, houses a huge relief map of the whole of Indian subcontinent and Tibetan plateau. Sankat Mochan temple, Tulsi Manas Mandir, the most famous temple is the Kashi Vishvanath known as Golden Temple due to 15.5 meters high golden spire, though off-limits to non-Hindus, can be seen from the top floor of the oldhouse opposite it. Durga temple also called Money Temple, Banaras Hindu University: the largest residential university in Asia, with over 12,000 students living on its campus, the campus spread over 1350 acre (5.5 km?). In the evening visit at the bank of Ganga River to witness speculative Aarti (worship) ceremony, as this beautiful ritual process with brass lamps with chanting of Mantra in presence of crowd, every moment fills you with spiritual thoughts and feelings. Afterwards return to the hotel for overnight stay.
17 Day: Varanasi – Khajuraho (By Air)
After breakfast check out the hotel and drive to the airport, to board the schedule flight for Khajuraho. On arrival transfer to the hotel, after refreshment visit Raneh Falls is one of the prominent tourist attractions, which is named after King Rane Pratap, the erstwhile ruler of the region, situated in close vicinity of the destination, the waterfall emerged at the confluence of Ken and Khuddar rivers. Also visit Archaeological museum with its collection of stone sculptures of the Chandela dynasty. In the evening enjoy the speculative light and sound show. Afterwards return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Light and Sound Show: This fascinating light & sound spectacle evokes the life and times of the great Chandela Kings and traces the story of the unique temples from the 10th Century to the present day. The 50 minutes sound and light show is conducted by tourism department in the garden of western group of temples. The show is entertaining and informative about the construction, history and importance of the temples. The life and times of the great Chandela kings and the legend and grandeur of the unique temples from the 10th century to the present day are narrated in the voice of Amitabh Bachchan– the Bollywood legend.
18 Day: Khajuraho
After breakfast explore Khajuraho, is worldly known for its magnificent temples of erotica built between 950 A.D. and 1050 A.D. Khajuraho - the very name, Khajuraho, arouses strange dreams even in daytime of full bodied feminine forms frozen in stone, so real that you wonder whether they might come alive at a touch. Khajuraho is world heritage town, the temples are scattered in an area of 8 sq km. take a sightseeing tour visiting Western group of Temples consisting of the massive Laxman Temple dedicated to lord Vishnu, the Laxmi and Varaha temples dedicated to Vishnu’s consort Laxman, the Kandariya Mahadev temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and the Chausath Yogini temple dedicated to goddess Kali. Later take a sightseeing tour of Eastern group of Temples which consists of 3 Hindu and 3 Jain temples, their proximity attests to the religious tolerance of the times in general and of the Chandela rulers in particular, visit the Jain temples of Parsvanath, Adinath, and Shanti Nath. Also visit the temples of Vamana and Brahma/Hanuman both dedicated to lord Vishnu. Afterwards return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Khajuraho: The fascinating temples of Khajuraho, India's unique gift of love to the world, in the state of Madhya Pradesh, were built between 950 and 1050 A.D. It derives its name from the Khajur tree (the date palm tree) which can be found in abundance in the area. The divine sculptures in these temples are a tribute to Life itself, embodying everything that is sublime and spontaneous about it. With the wane of the Chandela Empire, these magnificent temples lay neglected, and vulnerable to the ravages of Nature. It was only in this century, that they were rediscovered, restored and granted the recognition that they justly deserve. Originally there were 85 temples, of which only 22 still exist. These magnificent temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu and the Jain Tirthankaras.
19 Day: Khajuraho – Bhopal (By train)
Today an early morning check out the hotel and drive to railyway station to board the schedule train to Bhopal. Assistance on arrival and transfer to the hotel. After some relaxation take a sightseeing tour of the city visiting the Jama Masjid: Situated at the entrance to the Chowk area in the heart of the walled city is Shaukat Mahal and Sadar Manzil: an architectural curiosity. Also visit the Taj-ul-Masajid is one of the largest mosques in Asia. The Quibla wall, situated behind Shaukat Mahal on the banks of the Upper Lake is Gohar Mahal, which is an architectural gem dating back to the times of Kudsia Begum, also known as Gohar Begum, who built this sprawling palace in 1820. The Mahal is a magnificent expression of the fusion of Hindu and Mughal architecture. Evening visit the most unique national institutes in India, Bharat Bhawan is a center for the performing and visual arts. Designed by renowned architect, Charles Correa, the contours of Bharat Bhawan merge in exquisite harmony with the landscape creating a visual impact of spacious and natural elegance. After visit return back to hotel for overnight stay.
Bhopal, capital of Madhya Pradesh combines scenic beauty, historicity and modern urban planning. It is situated on the site of an 11th century city, Bhojapal, founded by Raja Bhoja. Bhopal today presents a multi-faceted profile; the old city with its teeming market places and fine old mosques and palaces still bear the aristocratic imprint of its former rulers; among them the succession of powerful Begums who ruled Bhopal from 1819 to 1926. Equally impressive is the new city with its verdant, exquisitely laid out parks and gardens, broad avenues and streamlined modern edifices.
20 Day: Bhopal – Sanchi – Bhopal (Excursion: 45 kms: 1 hr: One way)
After breakfast, take an excursion to Sanchi. Enroute Sanchi, pass through the town of Dewanganj, Salamatpur and other small villages. Sanchi is popular for having the most wonderful and well-preserved Buddhist stupas, visiting Ashoka’s Stupa, built by great emperor Ashoka in 3 BC., Archeological Museum contains rare collection of ancient time antique items, Buddhist Vihara, The Great Bowl, The Gupta temple. Later move towards to see the magnificent Shiva Temple and Bhimbhetka Caves (world Heritage site). Overnight stay at the hotel.
Sanchi is known for its Stupas, monasteries, temples and pillars dating from the 3rd century B.C. to the 12th century A.D. The most famous of these monuments, the Sanchi Stupa 1, was originally built by the Mauryan Emperor Ashoka, the then governor of Ujjayini, whose wife Devi was the daughter of a merchant from adjacent Vidisha. Their son Mahindra and daughter Sanghamitra were born in Ujjayini and sent to Sri Lanka, where they converted the King, the Queen and their people to Buddhism.
21 Day: Bhopal – Indore (186 kms: 3 hrs)
After breakfast check out the hotel and drive to Indore, on arrival transfer to the hotel. After relaxation visit Rajwada or the Old Palace (a major centre of attraction), Lalbagh palace, Kanch Mandir (a marvellous Jain temple), Chattri Bagh (the memorial with some canopies) and the Bada Ganapati (the largest lord Ganesha statue in the world). In the evening visit The Khajuri Bazaar offers you unique shopping options of gold and silver work, cloth, leatherwork and traditional garments. Famous for its glass bangles and jewellery, there is the Sarafa Market that specializes in snacks and jewellery and the Kasera Bazaar that specializes in metalwork where you can indulge in the variety displayed for selling. The Chanderi and Maheshwari silks of Indore are the other famous attractions of this city. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Indore: Planned and built by Rani Ahilyabai, the brave Holkar queen, Indore lies to the extreme west of Madhya Pradesh on the banks of the rivers Saraswati and Khan, which unite at the centre of the city. The bustling and vibrant city, 186 km from Bhopal, derives its name from the 18th century Indreshwar temple. The history of Indore is inseparable from the history of the Holkar State. The founder of the House of Holkars was Malhar Rao Holkar, born in 1693 AD. His soldierly qualities brought him to the forefront under the Peshwa and he was rewarded with the gift of territories comprising the Indore region. His grandson, on whose death, without issue, his mother, Maharani Devi Ahilya Bai ascended the throne, succeeded Malhar Rao.
22 Day: Indore – Omkareshwar – Indore (Excursion: 80 kms: 2 hrs: One way)
After breakfast drive to Omkareshwar (80kms/02:00hrs) visit temples of Omkareshwar. It is popular for having Jyotirlinga temple known as Mamaleshwar temple which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. This temple is also referred as Amareshwar temple. It is located on other side of river for which we have to cross through bridge called Mamaleshwar Setu. After this, also visit Varhdheshwar temple which is another beautifully carved temple and piece of art. There are many other new & old temples like Gouri Somnath temple, Annapurna temple etc. You can also do boating at ghats like Abhay Ghat, Nagar Ghat etc. After visit drive back to Indore for overnight stay.
23 Day: Indore – Mandu – Dhar (100 kms: 3 hrs)
Morning after breakfast drive to Dhar. En route visit to Mandu, called The City of Joy, which in fact is a superb Hill top Fort deserted, dramatic and alive with ghosts. It is the largest fortified city in the world. Take a sightseeing tour of Mandu visiting several noteworthy palaces and pavilions some of which are Ashrafi Mahal, Rewa Kund Group, Hindola Mahal (swinging Palace). After visit continue to drive to Dhar, on arrival transfer to the hotel. Overnight at Dhar.
Dhar or Dharanagari of the legendary King Bhoj is the soya & cotton belt of Malwa & Nimar. This tribal dominated district boasts of a rich wealth of arts, flourishing soya markets and Pithampur, the largest industrial estate, of Madhya Pradesh. Mandu, the largest walled city in the world, with the legendary love lore of Roopmati and Baz Bahadur, and the world-renowned millennium and a half old Bag cave frescoes hark back to a glorious past.
24 Day: Dhar
After breakfast an excursion to Bagh, which is famous for Buddhist Caves of Gupta Period. The Highlights of caves are wall paintings. Fadke Studio, which is basically a statue Factory that has sculpted many a famous sculptures. Another famous attraction is Pithampur, which is an industrial town. After visit return to the hotel for overnight stay.
25 Day: Dhar – Aurangabad (380 kms: 9-10 hrs)
After an early breakfast check out the hotel and drive to Aurangabad. Enroute one can stop at Dhule for lunch. After lunch continue to drive to Aurangabad. On arrival transfer to the hotel. Evening is free to enjoy the surroundings on your own. Overnight stay at Aurangabad.
Aurangabad: Malik Ambar, the Prime Minister of Murtaza Nizam Shah II, founded the city of Aurangabad in 1610 A.D, on the site of a village, Khirki. When Fateh Khan, Malik Ambar's son succeeded the throne in 1626, he named the city 'Fatehpur'. In 1653, when Aurangzeb became the Viceroy of the Deccan, he made it his capital, and renamed it Aurangabad. Maurya rule heralded the advent of Buddhism in the state of Maharashtra. The earliest caves at Ajanta and Pithalkora were excavated in the 2nd century BC, during the Satvahana era. Paithan, then known as Pratishthana, was an important trade centre at the time Aurangabad, 400 kms from Bombay, is linked by air too. Spectacular rock cut caves and cave paintings exist at two nearby places, Ajanta and Ellora.
26 Day: Aurangabad – Ajanta – Aurangabad (Excursion 105 kms: 2 hrs)
After breakfast, take an excursion to the famous Ajanta caves. Ajanta is one of the few historical and architectural marvels of India. Recognized as the World Heritage Site today, it was discovered during the 19th century by a group of British officers who were on a tiger hunt. The Ajanta group of caves, located deep within the Sahyadri hills above the Waghora, depicts the story of Buddhism that prevailed here during 200 BC to 650 AD. Ajanta’s wondrous cave temples are cut into the rocky sides of a dramatic crescent-shaped gorge, at the head of which is a waterfall that drops over the mountain rim in a series of seven steps to a pool far below –deep inside the mountain are the Buddhist chaitya – vihara prayer and monastery caves. After visit return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Note: The Ajanta Caves are closed to public on all Monday.
Ajanta: It was only in the 19th century, that the Ajanta group of caves, lying deep within the Sahyadri hills, cut into the curved mountain side, above the Waghora river, were discovered. A group of British officers on a tiger hunt, stumbled on these ancient works of art. They depict the story of Buddhism, spanning the period from 200 BC to 650 AD. The 29 caves were built as secluded retreats of the Buddhist monks, who taught and performed rituals in the Chaityas and Viharas, the ancient seats of learning, and nerve - centers of the Buddhist cultural movement
27 Day: Aurangabad – Ellora – Aurangabad (Excursion 30 kms: ½ hr)
After breakfast take an excursion to Ellora, one of the highly visited World heritage sites of India. The temples of Ellora are dedicated to Brahmanism, Jainism, and Buddhism. It also has some of the excellent stonework depicting the legends related to Lord Shiva. After lunch (on your own) take a short sightseeing tour of visiting: Daulatabad also known as Devagiri, is a town which includes the Devagiri-Daulatabad fort It is a 14th-century fort city in Maharashtra state of India, about 16 kilometres northwest of Aurangabad. Chand Minar in Daulatabad, situated about 15 km from Aurangabad, is an outstanding example of Islamic art. Ala-ud-din Bahmani built this minaret in 1445 to celebrate his occupation of the area. Bibi ka Maqbara built by Azam Shah in 1678, the Bibi ka Maqbara is a son's loving tribute to his mother, Begum Rabia Durrani: Panchakki - An engineering feat of the time is the Panchakki, or the water mill built by Malik Ambar in 1695. The water, channeled from a spring on a distant hill was used to power the flourmill and grind grain for the pilgrims. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Ellora: The Ellora caves, 34 in number, are carved into the sides of a basaltic hill, 30 kms from Aurangabad. The finest specimens of cave - temple architecture, they house elaborate facades and exquisitely adorned interiors. These structures representing the three faiths of Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism, were carved during the 350 AD to 700 AD period. The 12 caves to the south are Buddhist, the 17 in the centre dedicated to Hinduism, and the 5 caves to the north are Jain.
Note: The Ellora caves are closed to public on Tuesday.
28 Day: Aurangabad – Mumbai (By Air)
After breakfast check out the hotel and transfer to the airport to board the morning flight for Mumbai. Assistance on arrival and transfer to hotel. After relaxation, visit Iskcon Temple: dedicated to Lord Krishna, The architectural splendour of the ISKCON Temple is adorned with murals and sculptures. After visit return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Mumbai is a cluster of Seven Islands and derives its name from Mumbadevi, the patron goddess of the koli fisher folk, its oldest inhabitants. Mumbai pulsates with activity. It is a city that is disciplined by no time frame neither day nor night. It is also the country's financial powerhouse, the nation's industrial heartland, and its economic nerve center. Dazzling shopping arcades, exciting sport activity, nightclubs & discotheques, theatre & music, gourmet restaurants and interesting sightseeing. It offers visitors a heady mix of all this and more.
29 Day: Mumbai
Today morning after breakfast take a sightseeing tour of Mumbai city, firstly visit to Gateway of India and cruise by motorboats to Elephanta Caves - ancient rock cut caves dedicated to Lord Shiva. Later cruise back Gate Way of India. And sightseeing continue visiting Prince of Wales Museum- A heritage museum exhibits ancient artifacts. Parliament house- (From outside), Nariman Point- Commercial Hub, Marine Drive- a most beautiful laid boulevards of the city. Dhobhi Ghat- a famous open air laundry, Mani Bhawan- Known also Gandhi Bhawan. Later return to the hotel. If time permits visit to Bandra and Juhu area where bollywood celebrity houses are located like Shahrukh Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Salman Khan etc, (can be seen from outside). In the evening, visit Iskcon Temple: dedicated to Lord Krishna, The architectural splendour of the ISKCON Temple is adorned with murals and sculptures. After visit return to the hotel for overnight stay.
Note: Elephanta Caves & Prince of Wales Museum are closed on every Monday.
30 Day: Mumbai – Hometown (By Air)
After breakfast check out the hotel and transfer to the international airport to board the scheduled flight for your hometown. On departure tour concludes with happy memories.
Since the precise cost of a customized tour is subject to specific accommodation choices, travel period (date/month/year), nos of pax travelling together and other custom preferences. However, to enable you to chalk out your holiday plan, we suggest following budget guidelines (minimum 2 people are travelling together & sharing one double room) for a customized tour: