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Glorious Past Of Central India

Embark on this heritage trip that will allow us to learn about majestic traces of former empires. View fantastic colonial-era architecture at hidden temples, forts, etc. To name a few, Orchha, Dhar, Red Fort, Khajuraho Group of temples, Ellora caves, Ajanta caves, Varhdheshwar Temple, etc.

DAY01: Arrival and welcome
Arrive at the International Airport in Delhi. 
After the traditional welcome, transfer to hotel for overnight stay.

DAY02: Delhi – Agra (210 km, 4 hrs)
After breakfast, we drive to Agra and on arrival, transfer to hotel. Visit the Agra Red Fort, a historical fort in the city of Agra and its walls are richly adorned with red sandstone. Explore Taj Mahal, a 17th-century marvel in the poetic description. 

DAY03: Agra – Gwalior (120 km, 2 h, 30 m)
After the breakfast, leave Agra for Gwalior by surface, and on arrival check-in at Hotel. In the afternoon, leave for the half day visit of Gwalior, the emblematic city of the proud Rajputs warriors. The fort, a majestic structure, set on a sandstone base dominates the city. Theatre of many historical events of India, battles, and jauhars (terrible customs of the additions obliging the women of the warriors to immolate themselves "voluntarily" on the funeral pyre of their husband). Inside the fort, we can admire some wonders of medieval architecture. At the entrance to the vast Durbar Hall, see beautifully furnished magnificent chandeliers, gilded furniture, and a huge carpet. Do not miss the enormous golden leaves, the heaviest in the world. See the temple of Sas Bahu and finally the palace Jai Vilas, built in 1874, by Maharadja Jayajirao Scindia, now transformed into a museum. Designed by Sir Michael Filose, famous architect of his time, it is a remarkable example of European architecture. Finally, see the tomb of Tansen, the most famous musician of the court of the Mughal Emperor, Akbar. Overnight at the hotel.

DAY04: Gwalior – Orchha (140 km, 3 h, 30 m)
After breakfast, drive to Orchha, with visits to Sonagiri and Datia. Upon arrival in Gwalior, check-in at the hotel.
In the afternoon, visit Orchha. Raja Rudra Pratap (1501-31) chose, for its capital, an easy site to defend. Located on an islet, in a meander of the Betwa River, it overlooks the surrounding wooded countryside. Formerly the capital of an independent state, Orchha is decorated with three palaces: the Raj Mahal, the Rai Parveen Mahal and the Jahangir Mahal. Built by successive Maharajas in a unique style, they form an architectural complex as remarkable as the palaces of Udaipur.
See the temples of Ram Raja and Chaturbhuj which are important tourist attractions in the city.
Overnight at the hotel.

DAY05: Orchha – Khajuraho (180 km, 4 h)
After the breakfast, leave Orchha for Khajuraho, and on arrival, check-in at the hotel. In the afternoon, visit Khajuraho. 
Late afternoon, visit the temples of the western group, the most important, particularly the temple of Kandariya Mahadeva, 30 meters high. Overnight at the hotel.

DAY06: Khajuraho – Bhopal (370 km, 7 h, 30 m)
After breakfast, leave for Bhopal. On arrival check-in at the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.

DAY07: Excursion to Sanchi and Udaigiri
Do an excursion to Sanchi and Udaigiri. 

DAY08: Bhopal – Indore (250 km, 4 h, 30 m)
After breakfast, we drive to Ujjain, one of the holy cities of Hinduism as Varanasi. Every twelve years (the last time in 2016), a sacred festival Kumbhamela, takes place there. Located on the river Khipra, a tributary of the Ganges, the city is dedicated to Shiva. After the visit, we continue our journey to Indore. Upon arrival, check-in at the hotel. Visit the Kanch Mandir (temple Jain), called the temple of glass, due to its interior walls, decorated with glass panels and mosaics. If we have time, visit the palace of Lal Baag extravagant Italian paintings, or the museum. Overnight at the hotel.

DAY09: Indore – Dhar (70 km, 2 h)
After breakfast, drive to Dhar where we arrive in the morning. Before the partition of 1947, India had almost 562 princely states! The state of Dhar, of average importance, served for a long time as the capital of the Holkar dynasty. See the fort here, built of red sandstone from the hill on which it stands that witnessed epic battles, especially during the revolt against the British in 1857. Check-in at the hotel. 

DAY10: Dhar – Maheshwar (70 km, 2 h)
After breakfast, drive to Maheshwar. Located on the banks of the Narmada River, the Holkar dynasty made its capital. In this part of India, many monuments date from this dynasty. Erected along the rivers, more than a hundred temples testify to a rich historical past.

DAY11: Excursion to Omkareshwar
Day dedicated to the visit of the holy city of Omkareshwar, where a beautiful temple dedicated to the god Shiva is built. The Mamaleshwar Setu Bridge provides access to the sanctuary. See the temple of Varhdheshwar, another fine artistic example. Enjoy a boat trip on the river Narmada. Return to Maheshwar at the end of the day.

DAY12: Maheshwar – Aurangabad (350 km, 6 h, 30 m)
After the breakfast, leave Maheshwar for Aurangabad by surface and on arrival, check-in at the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.

DAY13: Excursion to Ellora Caves
After breakfast, we leave for the famous Ellora caves, 29 km northwest of Aurangabad. These Caves relate to the historical evolution of Buddhism (caves 1 to 12) and Jainism (caves 30 to 34).

DAY14: Excursion to Ajanta caves
Devote the day to the Ajanta caves, 109 km from Aurangabad. Discovered by the British troops in 1819, there are over 24 monasteries and 5 temples here, some of which are more than 2000 years old. The frescoes describe, in a very lively way, the life of Buddha.nReturn to Aurangabad.

DAY15: Aurangabad - Mumbai by flight
After breakfast, leave for the airport to catch the flight of Mumbai. On arrival, we will be received by the driver and then transfer to the hotel. Begin the tour with a visit to the Gateway of India, one of Mumbai’s most famous landmarks. This gate-like structure was built by the British to commemorate the visit of King George-V and Queen Mary for the Delhi Durbar meaning "Court of Delhi" in 1911. Visit the Prince of Wales Museum that was used as a hospital during World War I, and now houses a priceless collection of artifacts that are considered to be one of the best in India. Drive past the University of Bombay, the High Court, and Crawford Market on our way to the Hanging Gardens located on the crest of Malabar Hill. The gardens are a welcome oasis of green in a city built almost entirely of concrete. Next, we drive through the residential area of Mumbai’s rich and famous on Malabar Hill.
Visit the most interesting city laundry called Dhobi Ghat, the Gandhi Memorial Museum, and Victoria Terminus.

DAY16: Departure
Check-out from the hotel and transfer to the international airport or any point of convenience for onward journey to respective countries.

Number of days: 16
Included services:
Guide
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Accommodation (Hotel/Guesthouse)
Accommodation (Homestay)
Entrance tickets (e.g. museums, parks etc.)
Beverages (non-alcoholic)
Car (with driver)
Fuel, Petrol
Bus/Train tickets
Domestic flight tickets
Not included: International flights tickets. Domestic flight tickets for the Sector: Aurangabad - Mumbai. Travel insurance.
What to bring: Passport and Visa
Transport: SUV 4x4
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