Treasures Of Central India (12n/13d)

The Gwalior Fortress

The Gwalior Fortress

Day 1 ARRIVE MUMBAI
Assistance on arrival at the airport by our representative at arrival hall and transfer to the hotel. Afternoon sightseeing tour of Mumbai. The Gateway of India is the main attraction of Mumbai city. The Mani Bhawan or the Gandhi memorial was once used to be the residence of Mahatma Gandhi in Mumbai. Also known as Queen’s Necklace, Marine Drive. Juhu is a 5-km-long beach that attracts a large number of visitors on any day of the week. Also visit the Hanging Garden and the Kamla Nehru Garden and Chowpatty gives you the view of one of the most happening beaches of Mumbai.

Day 2 MUMBAI – AURANGABAD
Morning excursion to Elephanta Caves, the world famous 1200 years old Caves dedicated to Lord Shiva. The famous Trimurti sculpture signifying the trinity of the Creator, Preserver and the Destroyer is located here. In the afternoon transfer to the airport to board flight for Aurangabad. Arrive Aurangabad and transfer to hotel.

Day 3 AURANGABAD
Day return excursion to Ajanta caves, heritage site especially related to Buddhism from the period of 200 BC to 650 AD. The caves here also have Jataka stories that are famous for their moral and religious values.

Day 4 AURANGABAD
Morning visit Ellora caves which house 34 monasteries and temples with some exclusive uninterrupted sequence of monuments that date back from 600 to 1000 AD.

Day 5 AURANGABAD – DHAR
Morning drive to Dhar. Arrive Dhar and check in at a heritage hotel set amidst beautiful landscape. Explore this quaint little town on a walking tour.

Day 6 DHAR – INDORE
Morning visit Maheshwar, the Chattri of Ahalya Bai who died in 1795. Afternoon excursion to Onkareshwar. This island in the Narmada River was said to be the site of two of India’s 12 great shiva temples when Mahmud of Ghazni marched to Somnath to destroy the temple there.

Day 7 INDORE – BHOPAL
Morning drive to Ujjain, the city which traces its origin to the very dawn of Indian history and has a great tradition of learning and culture. Arrive Bhopal and check-in at hotel. Later visit the temple of Mahakaleshwar, observatory of masonry, Jantar Mantar, bathing ghats of Shipra Rive and Gopal Mandir, a 19th century temple of Maratha style architecture.

Day 8 BHOPAL
Day return excursion to Sanchi, which has distinction of having the finest specimens of almost all Buddhist architectural forms, stupas, Chaiyas, temples and monasteries dating from 3rd century. Later visit Udaygiri caves, the Gupta caves here date from 320 to 606 AD, two of them are Jain, the other 18 are Hindu.

Day 9 BHOPAL – JHANSI – ORCHHA
Morning visit the Bhimbekta caves, where about 700 rock shelters belonging to the Neolithic age. Over 500 caves have paintings of prehistoric man. Afternoon transfer to Railway Station to board Shatabadi Express for Jhansi. Arrive Jhansi and transfer to Orchha. Arrive Orchha and check-in at hotel.

Day 10 ORCHHA – GWALIOR
Morning sightseeing tour of Orchha visiting the temples built by its Bundela rulers in the 16th and 17th century. Later drive to Gwalior visiting enroute Datia to visit the 7 storey Palace, an impressive building with some rooms still containing. Arrive Gwalior and check in at the hotel. In the evening watch ‘Son-et-Lumiere’ at the Gwalior Fort.

Day 11 GWALIOR – DELHI
Morning sightseeing tour of Gwalior visiting the majestic Gwalior fort is one of the largest and mightiest forts in India. Also visit Sas-Bahu Temples which are 11th-century temples of Lord Vishnu while Teli-ka-Mandir is a 300-metre-high Vishnu temple of the 9th century. In time transfer to Railway Station to board Shatabdi Express train for Delhi. Arrive Delhi and transfer to hotel.

Day 12  DELHI
Morning full day sightseeing tour of Old & New Delhi. Among some of the most interesting highlights of your city tour of Old and New Delhi are the Red Fort, the Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk and Raj Ghat in the old city area and the Government Buildings, a drive through the majestic Rajpath to the India Gate, the Laxmi Narayan Temple, the Humayun’s Tomb, the Qutab Minar etc. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 13 DEPART DELHI
Today is free until your departure transfer.

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