Glory of Central India Tours
Duration :- 15 Days / 14 Nights
Destination :- Mumbai - Aurangabad - Ajanta - Dhar - Mandu - Dhar - Omkareshwar - Indore
The Deccan plains of Central India are home to some of the country’s most spectacular treasures, which bear witness to ancient cultures and the rise and fall of mighty empires. Starting from the cosmopolitan city of Bombay at a crossroads between the new and the old world, fly to Aurangabad to visit the sculptured and painted caves of Ajanta and Ellora, exquisitely created between the 5th and 9th centuries. Carry on to Dhar, Indore Bhopal and finally ending with the visit of incomparable Taj Mahal
Day 1: Europe / Mumbai
Leave for Mumbai. Night in the flight
Day 2: Mumbai
Arrive Mumbai in the morning. Time free for relax. Afternoon city tour of Mumbai -. The Gateway of India, The Hanging gardens, Prince of Wales Museum and the Gandhi Museum. Time free for shopping. Overnight.
Day 3: Mumbai / Aurangabad (Flt)
Morning take a ferry to explore Elephanta Caves, carved between 450 and 750 A.D. Return to hotel. Afternoon fly to Aurangabad named after Mughal emperor Aurangzeb. Arrive and time free for relax. Overnight
Day 4: Aurangabad
Morning leave for the visit of Ellora Caves carved between 7th and 11th century AD. Among these caves 12 are Buddhist, 17 are Hindus and 5 are Jains. The most remarkable is the Kailash Temple. This temple is chiseled by hand from a single massive rock. This temple has a gateway, courtyard, vestibule and tower. Afternoon visit the Bibi-ka-Maqbara, a fine example of Mughal architecture. Also visit the
Pan Chakki, an intriguing water mill built in 17th century. Overnight.
Day 5: Aurangabad / Ajanta / Dhar
Morning leave for the visit of Ajanta situated in an inner fold of the Sahyadri hills. There are the 30 rock-cut caves carved with exquisite mastery. Ajanta has several chaityas and viharas - Buddhist shrines, dating back to the 2nd century BC. Ajanta is very famous for the wonderful paintings inside these caves. Later continue towards Dhar.
Arrive and overnight.
Day 6: Dhar / Mandu / Dhar
Morning full day excursion to Mandu built by a Muslim ruler Baz Bahadur for his queen Roopmati. Also known as the City of joy is famous for its beautiful palaces and is a fine example of Indo-Islamic architecture. Visit the Jahaz Mahal, Hindola Mahal “The Swinging Palace” and the Nilkantha the shrine of Shiva inside an Islamic palace.
Return back to Dhar and overnight.
Day 7: Dhar / Omkareshwar / Indore
Morning leave for Indore. Enroute stop at Maheswar to visit the temple located on the banks of river Narmada. These temples are known for their carved overhanging balconies and their beautifully carved doorways. Next stop at Omkareshwar shaped like the sacred Hindu symbol 'OM'. Visit the Shri Omkar temple, made of stone with intricately carved friezes. Here large number of pilgrims to kneel & pay obeisance before the Jyotilinga. Thereafter continue towards Indore. Arrive and overnight.
Day 8: Indore / Ujjan / Bhopal
Morning visit the ciy built by Ahilyabai. Visit the archaeological museum and the temples of Digamber Jaiins. Later leave for Ujjain, situated on the banks of River Shipra. This city has a great cultural past and now it draws thousands of pilgrims who take a holy dip. Visit the famous temple Mahakaleshwara of Lord Shiva with its lingam is one of the 12 Jyotilingas in India. Continue towards Bhopal. Arrive and overnight
Day 9: Bhopal / Sanchi / Bhopal
Morning excursion to Sanchi which is one of the finest examples of Buddhist architecture. Visit the Sanchi stupa where Lord Buddha's memory is still alive built by the Mauryan Emperor Ashoka. Thereafter return to Bhopal the capital of Madhya Pradesh, which combines scenic
beauty, historicity and modern urban planning. The new city has exquisitely laid out parks, gardens, broad avenues and streamlined modern edifices. Overnight.
Day 10: Bhopal / Jhansi (Train) / Khajuraho
Morning time free. Later transfer to railway station to board the train to Jhansi. Arrive and continue towards Khjauraho. Arrive and Overnight.
Day 11: Khajuraho
Built by the Chandela kings in the 10th century these extraordinary temples rise spire upon spire like a mirage. Morning visit the magnificent temples, which are among the most creative examples of Indian architecture. Their tall spires are balanced with horizontal bands of the most dazzling profusion of carved figures, animals, trees chariots- sculpted with unerring perfection. Afternoon, visit the temples dedicated to Jainism with beautiful sculptures. Return to hotel. Overnight.
Day 12: Khajuraho / Orchaa / Jhansi / Agra (Train)
Morning return towards Jhansi. Enroute visit Orchha the capital city of the Bundela rulers. Visit the ancient palace of Bir Singh Deo, the ruler of Orchha. Continue towards Jhansi and board on train towards Agra. Arrive and overnight.
Day 13: Agra
Morning visit the incomparable Taj Mahal, which is a fine example of the fusion of many architectural styles and is one of the wonders of the modern world. Retun to hotel. Afternoon visit the Agra Fort. Later time free for a visit to the marble factory. Overnight
Day 14: Agra / Delhi
Morning leave for Delhi. Upon arrival visit the towering minaret of Qutab Minar. Time free for shopping. Overnight
Day 15: Delhi / Europe
Morning breakfast. Leave for airport to connect flight for Europe.