Start and end in New Delhi! With the Cultural tour Central India Tour, you have a 10 day tour package taking you through New Delhi, India and 7 other destinations in India. Central India Tour includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
Arrive in Delhi. On arrival, you will be welcomed by our representative at International Airport and will be transferred to the hotel (Rooms will be available from 1400 Hrs)
After breakfast transfer to the airport to board the flight for Indore. DEL/IDR 6E 733 ETD/ETA 1105/1230 Hrs On arrival, transfer to hotel for check in. Later enjoy the sightseeing tour of the city visiting the 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).
After early breakfast, drive to Mandu. On arrival, check-in to the hotel. It is a dream city steeped in legends of the love of Baz Bahadur for his beloved Rani Roopmati. Breathtakingly beautiful, this former capital of the Sultanate of Malwa is perched high on a hill in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, 283 km away from the capital city Bhopal. Later enjoy the sightseeing tour to Mandu. We will visit the Jahaz Mahal or ship palace, (late 15th century) built by Ghiyas-ud-Din, to house his harem. It is built between two artificial lakes. Probably the most famous building of Mandu in the form of a stately Ship. The Hindola Mahal or Swing Palace (1425) built on a` Tplan. The Champa Baoli a 6.5 m deep underground well. Its water is said to have smelt like the Champak flower, with its cool vaulted thykhanas, must have been preferred as a retreat during the summer, a hammam (hot bath) and a water pavilion. The huge Jama Masjid (Friday Mosque), built by Hoshang of marble in 1454, on a large scale built on a raised plinth with a large domed porch ornamented with jali screen sand bands of blue enamel tiles. The Hoshang Shah Tomb in the bazar is Indias first marble monument, a refined example of Afghan architecture. The Ashrafi-Mahal, (Palace of Gold Coins) (1436-40). Now a ruin, was conceived as the first madrasa of Persian studies. The palace of Bhaj Bahadur (1509), the palace was built before Bhaj Bahadur the last Sultan of Malwa came to occupy it. It consists of a spacious open court with halls and rooms on all sides and a beautiful cistern in its centre, it has a curious mixture of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. Overnight at the Hotel
After breakfast drive to Ujjain. On the way first stop at Maheshwar, a historical town on the banks of river Narmada known for temples, mighty fort-complex standing in quiet beauty, mirrored in the river below and distinctive hand woven sarees called Maheshwari. On arrival at Ujjain, check in at the hotel. Later visit Ujjain, sacred land of Hinduism is one of four places where every 12 years the Kumbha Mela is organized.
In and around BhopalAfter breakfast drive to Bhopal. On arrival, check-in to hotel. Later visit the pink Taj-ud-Masjid (10th century), built by the Empress Shah Jahan Begum, is one of the largest mosques of India, but was left unfinished for over a century. It has three white domes, two massive minarets and an impressive hall with attractive pillars. The Moti Masjid (1860) built by the daughter Sikander Begum, based on the Jama Masjid in Delhi. The Shaukat Mahal, built in Renaissance and Gothic style by a Frenchman. The Sadar Manzil, the hall of public audience of the former rulers of Bhopal. The City Museum houses sculptures, antiquities and tribal handicrafts, stone sculptures and an interesting collection of 87 small Jain bronzes of the 12th century. Overnight at the Hotel
After breakfast full day sightseeing of the below places: Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka (World Heritage Site): Known for their prehistoric paintings, the famous Bhimbetka caves are located at about forty-six kilometers south of Bhopal. The caves, surrounded by the northern fringe of the Vindhyan ranges, are believed to have provided shelter to the primitive man. The caves or the rock shelters belonging to the Neolithic age number more than 600. Inside most of these caves are the paintings that depict, in vivid panoramic detail, the life of the pre-historic cave dwellers. The oldest paintings are believed to be up to 12,000 years old. The caves lying in the rocky terrain of dense forest and craggy cliffs have become an invaluable chronicle in the history of man. Buddhist Monuments of Sanchi (World Heritage Site): Located about 46 km northeast of Bhopal, the town of Sanchi is famous for the Buddhist works of art dating from the 3rd century BC to the 12th century AD. The ancient stupas, monasteries, temples, and pillars form a major source of attraction here. Of these, the most famous is the Sanchi Stupa 1, originally built by the Mauryan Emperor Ashoka. Vidisha and Udaigiri: The cradle of Mauryan civilization and the rocks on which the tide of ancient Grecian conquest broke. The exquisite sculptured Salbhanjika, or devine attendant of the gods, is preserved here. Five kilometers from Vidisha are located the Udaigiri Caves, cut into a sandstone hill. The caves date from AD 320 to 606. An inscription in one of these caves states that it was produced during the reign of Chandragupta II (AD 382-401). Of the 20 Gupta caves, two are Jain and 18 Hindu. One can have a look at an image of Vishnu in his boar incarnation in the Cave 5. On the top of the hill are the ruins of the 6th-century Gupta temple Overnight at the Hotel
In and around GwaliorMorning is free to relax. Late afternoon transfer to railway station to board the Shatabadi to Bhopal. BPL/GWL Bhpoal Shatabadi ETD/ETA 1515/1939 Hrs On arrival, transfer to the hotel for check-in.
Gwalior is situated at the geographical and historical crossroads of India with its immense shining fortress. Built on the site of a 5th Century temple of the sun, the fort embraces temples, palaces and mosques, a full afternoons sight-seeing. Visit the Jai Vilas Palace, the residence of the Scindia Family. About 35 rooms of the palace have been converted into a museum. Later drive to Sonagiri, 77 white Jain temples on a hill reached by a paved path dating back to the 17th century. Continue drive to Datia. Datia is mentioned in the Mahabharat as Datiyavakra. The seven storey palace of Raja Bir Singh Deo built a top of a hill, is a great example of 17th century Hindu architecture. There is a profusion of arches, chhattris, ornamental jali screens, coloured tiling, balconies and oriel windows that open up delightful views. Late afternoon arrive in Orchha and check in to the hotel.
In and around KhajurahoAfter breakfast visit Orchha. Like something straight out of an Indiana Jones film, this sleepy village has much to show of its glorious past. Huge crumbling temples and palaces rise out of the surrounding jungle, overlooking the undulating hills and the wide boulder-strewn Betwa River. A small village can be found amongst the ruins of this once mighty city which was capital of the Bundela kingdom from 1531 to 1783. Visit this beautiful medieval town, was once the capital of Bundela Kings. Built along the banks of the river Betwa, flowing through a rugged country century side, it still retains the captivating air of a bygone era. Amongst the various imposing edifices, of particular interest are the Jehangiri Mahal, built by Raja Bir Singh Deo to commemorate the visit of Mughal Emperor Jehangir, the Raj Mahal and the Laxmi Narayan temple, both noted for their fine Frescoes and Mural paintings. Later drive to Khajuraho. On arrival, check-in to the hotel.
After breakfast sightseeing of The Eastern & Western Group of Temples consists of a group of artistic temples built in sandstone. The sculptures of Hindu deities, dancers and musicians appear to be so natural as if they would come alive any time. We will visit the Varaha Temple dedicated to Vishnu, and also the Lakshmana Temple also dedicated to Vishnu. It is one of the earliest of the western enclosure temples dating from 930 to 950 AD. The Kandariya Mahadeva Temple is not only the largest of the temples, it is also artistically and architecturally the most perfect. Built between 1025 and 1050 it represents Chandella art at its most finely developed phase Later transfer to Khajuraho airport to board the flight to Delhi. HJR/DEL AI 405 ETD/ETA 1515/1830 Hrs On arrival, internally transfer to Delhi International Airport to board the flight for onward journey.