THE GREAT MONUMENTS OF CENTRAL INDIA

OVERVIEW

A grand tour of some the architectural wonders of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. Starting with the fabled soft landing at Tikli Bottom in Delhi, you will drive to Agra to see the Taj Mahal, staying in a luxury hotel. Travel on to the great eighth century Gwalior Fort, spending two nights at Deo Bagh, a 17th CE palace. From Gwalior to the ruined city of Orccha and onto Khajuraho with its exquisitely carved 9th-12th century temples. A bit of rural respite at Panna National Park with a chance to see tigers and other wildlife. and then on to the under-visited city of Bhopal via the Buddhist sites at Vidisha. Enjoy three nights of Mughal style grandeur at Jehan Numa Palace with day-trips to the Ashokan Buddhist stupa at Sanchi and the Paleolithic cave paintings at Bhimbetka. A short drive from Bhopal takes you to Holkar city of Indore. Your final few nights will be at the magical Ahilya Fort, perched above the holy Narmada River. Take a boat trip down river, dine with the prince, and drive out to the extraordinary ruined city of Mandu.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit the architectural wonders of central India. 
  • Visit 6 UNESCO world heritage sites.
  • Visit Taj Mahal.
  • Explore the jungles of Panna National Park in search of tigers and other wildlife.
  • Explore Sanchi Stupa and cave paintings of Bhimbetka.
  • Stay in luxurious hotels and palaces.
  • A private tour that can be tailor made to your preferences.

ITINERARY OUTLINE

 Day 1  New Delhi
 Day 2  Agra
 Day 3 & 4  Gwalior
 Day 5 & 6  Orchha
 Day 7  Khajuraho
 Day 8 & 9  Panna
 Day 10  Overnight train to Bhopal
 Day 11 & 12  Bhopal
 Day 13  Indore
 Day 14 - 16  Maheshwar
 Day 17  New Delhi

 

ITINERARY

Day 1: Delhi

Met at Delhi airport by one of our representatives you’ll be driven to Tikli Bottom to Martin and Annie Howard’s Lutyens style home. Swim in the pool, take a tour of the farm with Martin or just sit in a basket chair with a lime soda, listening to the peacocks calling in the Aravalli hills.


Day 2: Delhi - Agra

Taken by car to Agra you’ll check into the Amar Vilas, where each bedroom has a view of the Taj. Dusk visit to the Taj Mahal and a chance to see the mausoleum as it was designed to be seen, from the opposite bank of the river Yamuna.


Day 3: Agra - Gwalior

A dawn trip to the Taj followed by a three-hour drive to Gwalior. Check into the Deo Bagh hotel, a seventeenth century palace complete with two 17th-18th century temples and chhattis-dari (36-pillared pavilion).


Day 4: Gwalior

Spend the day at Gwalior Fort, parts of which date back to the 8TH century. This Rajpur fort stands on a rock high above Gwalior town. Gwalior is a place of mathematical as well as architectural importance, the first recorded use of zero is here. Visit the Scindia museum in 19th century Jai Vilas Palace, where eight elephants were suspended from the ceiling to ensure that it was capable of supporting the largest chandelier in the world.


Day 5: Gwalior - Orchha

It’s a three hour drive to the ruined city of Orchha  on the banks of the river Betwa. You can choose to stay at the Bundelkhand Riverside Hotel or if you are feeling adventurous you can choose to spend two nights in a simple village homestay.


Day 6: Orchha

Wander the seven palaces and temples of the old city of Orchha.


Day 7: Orchha - Khajuraho

Drive to Khajuraho after breakfast. A drive of three hours (175 km) will take you through some wonderful countryside. Visit the beautifully carved temples in evening and do not miss the fabulous light and sound show. Overnight at the Radisson.


Days 8 – 10: Panna National Park

A bit of rural respite in Panna National Park in the lovely Ken River Lodge. Boat trips are recommended as well as the usual jeep safaris and there is also the possibility of a night safari with an overnight stay at Jhinna camp.


Days 10: Panna - Bhopal

Drive to Satna (80 km) to catch overnight express train to Bhopal. The train departs at 9:00 pm to reach Bhopal early at 5:45am. You will be in a reserved AC two tier sleeper compartment.

Day 11-12: Bhopal

After reaching Bhopal in the early morning check-in at the hundred year old heritage hotel Jehan Numa Palace, with its excellent Mughlai cooking. Spend three days in Bhopal taking day trips to Vidisha, the Ashokan era Buddhist stupa at Sanchi and the extraordinary cave paintings at Bhimbetka, some of which date back 30,000 years.


Day 13: Bhopal - Indore

Drive to Indore to stay with the Rashid/Dubey family at Rashid Kothi, who will give you a very personal tour of the city, as well as some scintillating dinner conversation.


Days 14 – 17: Indore - Maheshwar

A two-hour drive takes you to the breathtaking Ahilya Fort, overlooking the Narmada river (one glimpse of which is said to take away the sins of a life-time).  Travel out to the wonderful ruined city of Mandu and enjoy a few days of luxurious relaxation.


Day 17: Maheshwar - Indore

Return to Indore for onward flights or trains.

COSTS & TERMS

PER PERSON ON TWIN-SHARING Rs. 295,000


INCLUDED

  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Full board from Delhi to Indore.
  • All surface transportation cost.
  • Road transportation in air-conditioned Toyota Innova or equivalent.
  • National Park & monument entry fee. Safari/activity charges.
  • Services of local guides.
  • Airport transfers.
  • All current taxes.

NOT INCLUDED

  • Personal expenses.
  • Airfares and airport taxes.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Anything else not specified as mentioned under included.

‚ÄčPrice valid upto June 2016

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