Day 01:Arrive Delhi
Arrive in Delhi. You will be met by our representative at the arrivals lounge & escorted till your check in at Hotel.
Delhi, the Empress of Indian cities has a fascinating history and a stimulating present. She has often been sacked and left naked and desolate. But she could not be despoiled of the incomparable situation that marks her for the metropolis of a Great Empire. The capital of India, Delhi has been the seat of power of a number of dynasties – the Rajputs, the Afghans, the Turks and the Mughals who continued their imperial line until the British. Scattered over are surviving ruins, remnants of mighty edifices, tombs of warriors and saints, which in an impressive sense of magnificence are memorials not of a single city but of supplanted nations.Overnight at the hotel
Day 02 : Delhi
Morning after breakfast, proceed for city tour of Old Delhi & New Delhi.
Visit the Red Fort, the 300-year-old walled city built by Emperor Shah Jehan in 1648 as his capital and named after him. The magnificent Red Fort built of red sandstone dates from the very peak of the Mughal power, opposite the fort are the black and white onion dome and minarets of the Jama Masjid, the most elegant mosque in India. Drive past Kotla Firoze Shah, ruins of an old fort of the 14th century with the 13 metre high Ashoka Pillar of 3rd BC. Visit Raj Ghat, where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated in 1948. Drive through the old city subject to traffic restrictions. Enjoy Rickshaw ride at Old Delhi.
Visit the new capital designed by Sir Edward Lutyens. Drive past the Presidential Palace, the Rashtrapati Bhavan and the secretariat buildings – the centre of all government activity and down the main avenue, the impressive Rajpath to the World War I memorial arch, the India Gate, the High Court Building and the Old Fort. Visit Humayun’s Tomb built in 1565 AD by his grieving widow Haji Begum, the Qutub Minar, 72 metres high and the ruins of Quwat-ul-Eslam (Light of Islam) Mosque. See Delhi’s most curious antique, the uncorroded Iron Pillar, which dates back to the 4th century AD. Visit the Birla (Laxmi Narayan) Temple, with its many idols.Overnight at the hotel
Day 03 :Delhi – Agra (Approx. 200 Kms / 3 to 3.5 Hrs drive)
Morning after breakfast drive to Agra ,Agra, the city known for the famous monument of love – the Taj Mahal. The Mughal Emperor, Shah Jehan, constructed Taj Mahal. It is said he built this monument in the memory of his beloved wife Mumtaj Mahal. The Taj Mahal is ethereal at any part of the day – blushing in the rosy glow of dawn or sunset, appearing like a pearly mirage in the moonlight or reflected in the pools of the garden. Perhaps the most moving view of the Taj is from an octagonal tower in the Agra Fort further along the river Yamuna.
There are very few cities in the world that can match the history and heritage of Agra. Located at a distance of 204 km south of Delhi, Agra is the single most famous tourist destination of India. Situated on the west bank of River Yamuna, Agra is a part of the great Norther Indian plains. The architectural splendor of the city is reflected in the glorious monuments of medieval India built by great Mughals who ruled India for more than 300 years.
In the mid 16th century and earlier 17th century Agra witnessed a frenzied building activity and it was during this time when the symbol of love Taj Mahal was built. The buildings made during this era were purely in the contemporary Mughal style and of very high quality, which is still reflected in whatever monuments remain in Agra. On arrival check in at the hotel.
Afternoon sightseeing of Agra,Taj Mahal, with its incredible lacy white grandeur the Taj Mahal is perhaps the most perfect architectural monument in the world. To the poet Tagore it was a `tear on the face of eternity’. In memory of his wife the great Mughal emperor Shah Jehan constructed this most extravagant and incomparable monument built for love. Amazingly graceful from any angle, it is the close up detail, which is really astounding.
Agra Fort is situated on the banks of the river Yamuna, another monumental mission accomplished by the great Mughal visionary Emperor Akbar. His son Jehangir and grandson Shah Jehan added to this imposing structure during their rule. The palaces, mosques and audience halls contained within its massive wall of red sandstone are perfect examples of blending Islamic and Hindu traditions.Overnight at the hotel
Day 04 :Agra–Gwalior by surface (Approx. 120 Kms./03 Hrs drive)
After breakfast drive to Gwalior, Gwalior formerly the capital of Madhya Bharat, was ruled by Tomar Kings, Mughal and Marathas. During the Indian Independence struggle in 1857, it played an important part under the leadership of Rani Laxmibai of Jhansi. There are a number of places, which will be of great interest to the tourist with archaeological interest. On arrival check in at the hotel
Later have city tour of Gwalior. Sightseeing includes visits to the great Fort, one of the oldest in India, situated on an isolated hill of sandstone, 300 ft. above the plain. Man Mandir, a six storied palace which forms the eastern wall of the Fort and is one of the classic sites of India; Gujari Mahal, a turreted palace of stone and now the home of an archaeological museum. A few kilometers away is the tomb of Mohammed Ghaus, a Muslim saint worshipped by the Mughals, as well as the tomb of the famous musician, Tansen. Overnight at the hotel
Day 05 :Gwalior–Datia-Orchha by surface (Approx. 120 Kms/03 Hrs drive
Breakfast at the hotel,Then leave for Orchha enroute visiting Datia – approx. 70 Kms from Gwalior.
Datia is the district headquarters of the Datia District in north central Madhya Pradesh, a state of Central India. It is ancient city, mentioned in the Mahabharata as Daityavakra. The old town is surrounded by a stone wall, encompassing beautiful palaces and gardens. The 17th-century palace of Vir Singh Deo is a notable example of the Hindu architecture of North India. The town serves as a trading center for grains and cotton products. Handloom weaving is an important industry. Datia has several important landmarks and is famous for the seven-story palace built by Raja Vir Singh Deo in 1614.
Continue drive to Orchha – 50 Kms / 01 hrs. drive. Orchha’s grandeur has been captured in stone. Frozen in time a rich legacy of the ages. The palaces and temples built by its Bundela rules in the 16th & 17th centuries retain much of their pristine perfection. Founded in the 16th century, Orchha boasts of the exquisite Jehangir Mahal a tiered palace crowned by graceful chattatris. In Raj Mahal and Laxmi Narayan Temple, vibrant murals brings the walls and ceiling alive.
On arrival check in at the hotel and later visit Orchha fort and other places. On a seasonal island on the bank of the Betwa River, which has been surrounded by a battlement wall, stands a huge palace-fort. The fort consists of several connected buildings erected at different times, the most noteworthy of which is the Raja Mahal.
The Ram Raja Temple is built on a square base and has an almost entirely plain exterior, relieved by projecting windows and a line of delicate domes along the summit. The Jahangir Mahal is built on a rectangular base and is relieved by a circular tower at each corner surmounted by a dome, while two lines of graceful balconies supported on brackets mark the central storeys. The Jahangir Mahal is considered to be a singularly beautiful specimen of Mughal architecture. A point worth mentioning here is that the mother for Jahangir was also a Rajput, Jodha. It is with this in mind that the Rajput king of Orchha had built the Jahangir Mahal.
The Uth Khana (Camel Shelter) where the King’s camels were stationed is right next to the fort and is a must-see. Tourists can also climb on the roof of the Uth Khana and get a fantastic view of Orchha town. The ruins behind the fort complex are an even greater sight. It makes a tourist travel back in time and is an integral part of a visit to Orchha. Although most are in absolute ruins, a silent walk through the ruins can give one goose bumps. Numerous cenotaphs or chhatries dot the vicinity of the fort and the Betwa River. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 06 :Orchha – Khajuraho by surface (Approx. 175 Kms/04 Hrs drive
After breakfast drive to Khajuraho, Khajuraho temples are India’s unique gift to the world, representing a paean to life, love and joy: perfect in execution and sublime in expression. Life in every form and mood, has been captured in stone, testifying to the craftsman’s artistry and the extraordinary breath of the vision of Chandela Rajputs. The Khajuraho temples were built in short span of a hundred years from 950 – 1050 A.D., in a truly inspired burst of creativity. Of the 85 original temples, 22 still survive constituting one o the world’s greatest wonders. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 07 :Khajuraho – Varanasi ( by Flight )
Morning after breakfast proceeds for city tour. Visit the famous Khajuraho temples built by Chandela Kings between 250 A.D. and 1050 A.D. The most important are the Chaunset Yogini Temple dedicated to Godess Kali, the Mahadev Temple, Chitragupta or Bharatji Temple with a lovely image of 11 headed Lord Vishnu, Vishwanath and Nandi Temples, Lakshmana Temple, Visha Temple dedicated to Shiva, which is the largest and most typical of temples.
Later in time transfer to Airport to connect flight to Varanasi leaving Khajuraho at 13:55 Hrs & arriving Varanasi at 14:45 Hrs. On arrival, check in at hotel enroute visiting Sarnath.
Varanasi or Kashi as it was earlier known antiquity, like its spirituality, is shrouded in immortal time. Puranic and other ancient literature dates its existence to at least 3000 years ago. Life in the Varanasi of today revolves around the ghats along the River Ganges where the bulk of the temples are located. From dawn to dusk a steady stream of devotees perform rituals. Every devout Hindu’s ambition is to visit Varanasi once in a lifetime and to bathe in the sacred River Ganges. For several thousand years, pilgrims have cleansed themselves of their sins here and sought release from the cycle of rebirth – “Nirvana”.
Sarnath – 10 kms. from Varanasi – The Buddha preached his first sermon to five disciples at the Deer Park here, enshrining the principals of his teaching into laws. The Dhamek Stupa marks the location of a once resplendent monastery. A large complex of ruined monasteries cover the area north of the stupas. Some of the buildings belong to the Kushan and Gupta period. The first monk communities probably settled here in the 3rd century BC. Near the Dhamek Stupa is a new monastery built by the Buddhist Mahabodhi Society. A Japanese artist depicts the major events of Buddha’s life here in wall paintings. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 08 : Varanasi
Enjoy early morning boat ride on river Ganges. The best time to see the ghats is early dawn when out of the morning mist, forms descend the steps, their numbers increasing by the minute until a silent multitude, lit by the sun’s first rays, moves in the same direction to immerse itself in the hold stream and to salute the sun. These rituals remind one of the nature worship prevalent in India during the Aryan age, 3000 years ago. The ghats extend to almost four miles of river bank.
After breakfast proceed for city tour. Visit the Bharat Mata Temple, dedicated to Mother India, which, instead of Gods and Goddesses, houses a relief map of India carved out of marble. Also visit the Emperor
Aurangzeb’s Mosque built in the 17th century on the site of a Hindu temple. The rear of the mosque reveals specimens of the ancient temple art of India.Rest of the day free for independent activities. Overnight at Hotel
Day 09 :Varanasi – Indore ( by Flight )
In time transfer to Airport to connect flight to Indore via Delhi, leaving Varanasi at 15:25 Hrs & arriving Indore at 19:35 Hrs. On arrival you will be met & assisted by our representative & escorted till your check in at Hotel.
Indore is the largest city of the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh by population. Indore traces its roots to its 16th century founding as a trading hub between the Deccan and Delhi. The city and its surroundings came under Maratha Empire on 18 May 1724 after Maratha Peshwa Baji Rao I assumed the full control of Malwa. During the days of the British Raj Indore State was a 19 Gun Salute (21 locally) princely state (a rare high rank) ruled by the Maratha Holkar dynasty, until they acceded to the Union of India. Overnight at the hotel
Day 10 :Indore – Excursion to Mandu
After breakfast visit Mandu – Approx. 95 Kms / 02 hours’ drive. The earliest reference to Mandu is available in the Sanskrit inscription of 555 AD which tells that Mandu was a fortified city even in the 6th century BC. Mandu, due to its strategic position and natural defences, was an important place with a rich and varied history. It was an important military outpost and its military past can be gauged by the circuit of the battlemented wall, which is nearly 37 km and is punctuated by 12 gateways. The wall encloses a large number of palaces, mosques, Jain temples of 14th century and other buildings.
Some of the notable places are: The Darwazas – encompassing Mandu has 12 major gates or darwazas. Jahaz Mahal /Ship Palace Situated between two artificial lakes, this two storied architectural marvel is so named as it appears as a ship floating in water. Built by Sultan Ghiyas-ud-din-Khilji, it served as a harem for the sultan.
Hindola Mahal – meaning Swing palace is so named due to its sloping side walls. It might have been constructed during the reign of Hushang Shah about 1425. It is one of a set buildings making up the royal palace complex at Mandu, which consists of the Jahaz Mahal, the Hindola Mahal, the Tawili Mahal, and the Nahar Jharokha. The Hindola Mahal may have been used as an audience chamber. There are a number of other, undated structures surrounding the palace – an evidence of the rich and glorious past.
Hoshang Shah’s Tomb – India’s first marble structure, it is one of the most refined examples of Afghan architecture. Its unique features include the beautifully proportioned dome, intricate marble lattice work and porticoed courts and towers. It served as a template for the construction of Taj Mahal
Jami Masjid Inspired by the great mosque of Damascus, this enormous structure is striking in both its simplicity and architectural style-with large courtyards and grand entrances.
Rewa Kund – A reservoir constructed by Baz Bahadur for the purpose of supplying water to Rani Roopmati’s Pavilion. The reservoir is situated below the pavilion and hence is considered an architectural marvel.
Roopmati’s Pavilion – A large sandstone structure originally built as an army observation post it is known today as Roopmati’s Pavilion. Rani Roopmati – the love interest of Baaz Bahadur lived here and is said to have gazed at the Baz Bahadur’s Palace – situated below and also at Narmada River, flowing through the Nimar plains far below, a river which the queen revered.
Baz Bahadur’s Palace – built by Baz Bahadur, this 16th-century structure is famous for its large courtyards encompassed by large halls and high terraces. It is situated below Roopmati’s Pavilion and can be seen from the pavilion.Return to Indore.Overnight at the hotel.
Day 11:Indore – Excursion to Ujjain
After breakfast take an excursion to Ujjain – 55 Kms / 01.30 Hrs drive
“Ujjain is a historical city of Central India, located in the Malwa region of Madhya Pradesh. Bounded by the holy waters of the Shipra River, it is considered as one of the seven major sites of Hindu pilgrimage. Ujjain is situated on the right bank of River bank or River Shipra. It is a very holy city for the Hindus a site for the triennial Kumbh Mela. According to Hindu scriptures, it was originally called Avantika. There is an interesting tale behind the sanctity of the city. Its origin is ascribed to the mythological legend of Saagar Manthan (churning of the primordial ocean to discover the pot of nectar).
Mahakaleshwar temple is the most famous temple of Lord Shiva because of the Jyotirling and considered to be one of the most holiest temple located near the Rudra sagar Jhil (lake). Temple is built up inthe bhumija style of architecture. The most important Puja related to Mahakaleshwar temple is Bhasma arti. It takes place early in the morning around 4 a.m. A positive energy is there in temple which makes feel anyone somethingspecial in the air and surroundings. Other important tempers are Bade Ganesh Ji temple and Harsiddi Mata Ji temple.Later return to Indore.Overnight at the hotel
Day 12 :Indore – Bhopal by surface (Approx 190 Kms / 04 hrs drive)
After breakfast drive to Bhopal, Half hidden among mountains and nestling in rich foliage, Bhopal lies in the heart of Malwa and is the capital of the state of Madhya Pradesh. It is hallowed by memories of the great Hindu King – Raja Bhoj. It was also once renowned as a prominent center of Buddhist culture. An outstanding feature of Bhopal is its two picturesque lakes. The sunset on the lake and a view of the festive city lights from the two high points of Idgah and Shimla are a must for every tourist.
On arrival check in at the hotel.Afternoon city tour of Bhopal ,Sadar Manzil is located adjacent to the Royal Enclave that served as a royal courtroom for the ruling head of the city.The place is constructed with red bricks that give it an attractive appeal. The majestic entrance is entirely carved in wood that leads to a small gate. Sadar Manzil attracts ample number of tourists who wish to view the artistic and architectural beauty of the place.
Jama Masjid bears an exquisite architecture, built in the era of Qudisiya Begum. It is an impressive mosque, now well-preserved by the government. The best part about this monument is its two big towers that can be easily seen from a distance.
Other important places are Taj Ul Masjid – with pink bricks and elegant architecture making it one of the most significant sight-seeing spots in the city., Secretariat, Vidhaan Sabha, Fatehgarh Fort, Moti Masjid – an important landmark of Bhopal and a magnificent shrine built by the ruler Sikander Begum in the year 1860, Tajore Memorial and National Archives etc.Overnight at the hotel
Day 13 :Bhopal – Delhi by flight
After breakfast take an excursion to Sanchi, Sanchi is an important center of Buddhist pilgrimage. The great Stupa, built by the Emperor Ashoka (who abandoned war and embraced the Buddhist faith), is a grey-brown hemisphere of massive proportions. The form of the four gateways guarding the Stupa is derived from bamboo fences. They are carved with scenes from The Buddha’s life and previous incarnations and are amongst the finest specimens of early Buddhist art, Check out from the hotel at 12 noon. Later transfer to airport to connect flight to Delhi leaving Bhopal at 18.50 hrs and arriving Delhi at 20.00 hrs. End of our service.On arrival Delhi connect flight for your onward destination.
Day 14 : Leave Delhi
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Note : If the listed hotels are fully booked, alternatives hotels will be provided
Hotels Used or Similar:
|Khajuraho||Hotel Ramada Khajuraho||01|
|Varanasi||Ramada Plaza JHV Varanasi||02|
|Indore||Country Inn & Suites||03|
|Bhopal||Courtyard by Marriott||01|
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