Delhi - Agra - Gwalior - Shivpuri - Chanderi - Orchha - Khajuraho - Bandhavgarh - Jabalpur - Bhopal - Bhojpur - Bhimbetka - Bhopal - Ujjain - Indore - Mandu - Indore - Maheshwar - Omkareshwar - Indore - Mumbai/Delhi
15 Days / 14 Nights
Day 1: Arrive New Delhi
Upon arrival you will be welcomed by our representative & transferred to hotel. Delhi - capital of modern India. Many dynasties and rulers have flourished on its regal soil over the last 3000 years. The legacy still survives in many monuments varying from the 13th century mausoleum of the Lodi Kings to the buildings of British India's imperial past like the Parliament House and the Presidential Estate. Overnight at Delhi.
Day 2: Delhi
Morning breakfast at hotel later proceed on a tour of Old Delhi, visit the Red Fort, Raj Ghat - a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, Ashoka Pillar and the mile-long Chandni Chowk bazaar. Later tour New Delhi, drive along Rajpath the capital’s broadest avenue, for a view of the Parliament House, the President’s House and India Gate. Visit the Humayun’s Tomb, Qutab Minar and Birla Temple. Evening is at leisure. Overnight at Delhi.
Day 3: Delhi - Agra (3 Hrs)
After breakfast checkout from hotel and drive to Agra. Arrive and check in, later visit Agar fort - Agra fort - The magnificent towers, bastions, ramparts, and gateways of the Agra Fort symbolize the stature and power of Mughal Emperor Akbar. The Agra fort is built alongside the Yamuna River and stretches almost 2.5 km. It consists of a wall built in red sandstone with several buildings inside. Part of the Agra fort is still in use by the Indian Army and are not accessible to the public, but there's still enough left to get an insight on the way the Mughals lived in the 16th century. Evening is free for leisure. Overnight stay in Agra.
Day 4: Agra - Gwalior (3 hrs)
At sunrise tour Taj Mahal (closed on Fridays) - the mausoleum of Empress Mumtaz Mahal, the beloved spouse of Shah Jahan, who died in 1630. Considered the finest example of Moghul architecture - a style that combines elements of Persian, Turkish, Indian and Islamic elements followed by tour to the Agra Fort, the original red sandstone fort built by Moghul Emperor Akbar in 1565. Return for breakfast. Checkout from hotel and drive to Gwalior -famous for its medieval hilltop fort, and described by Mughal emperor Babur as ‘the pearl amongst fortresses in India’, Gwalior makes an interesting stop en route to some of the better-known destinations in this part of India. The city also houses the elaborate Jai Vilas Palace, the historic seat of the Scindias, one of the country’s most revered families. Arrive and check in, overnight stay at Gwalior.
Day 5: Gwalior- Shivpuri (3 hrs)
After breakfast check out from hotel and a guided tour of Gwalior including the Gwalior Fort, Teli-ka-Mandir, Sas-Bahu Mandir, Jai Vilas Palace and Tansen's Tomb. After sightseeing proceed to Shivpuri -
Day 6: Shivpuri - Chanderi - Orchha (270 Kms / 6 hrs)
An early morning safari to Madhav National Park. After breakfast guided sightseeing of Shivpuri summer capital of the Scindia rulers of Gwalior including Chhatris, Madhav Vilas Palace, Sakhya Sagar Boat Club and Bhadaiya Kund. Afternoon drive to Orchha enroute visit Chanderi, surrounded by hills, lakes and forests, and there are several monuments of Bundela Rajputs and Malwa Sultans. Overnight at hotel.
Day 7: Orchha - Khajuraho (170 Kms / 3 hrs)
After breakfast your guide will take you for a tour of Orchha town visiting the Jahangir Mahal, Raj Mahal, Chaturbhuj Temple, Laxminarayan Temple and Chhatris (Cenotaphs). Afternoon proceed to Khajuraho. Late evening, enjoy the Sound and Light show - history depicted beautifully on Khajuraho temples. Overnight at hotel.
Day 8: Khajuraho - Bandhavgarh (237 Kms / 5 hrs)
After breakfast guided tour of Chandela dynasty temples famous for their spectacular sculptures and carvings of Kama Sutra - the art of making love. Visit the Northern, Eastern and Southern group of temples. Later leisurely drive to Bandhavgarh National Park. The density of the tiger population at Bandhavgarh is the highest known in India. This is also known as the "white tiger country". These have been found in the old state of Rewa for many years. On arrival check in resort. Evening in leisure. Dinner and overnight at jungle resort.
Day 9: Bandhavgarh
Early morning jeep safari to the Bandhavgarh National Park to see the King of the jungle - the Indian Bengal Tiger. You will see abundant spotted deers, Sambar deer, blue antelope (nilgai), Chinkara Antelope (or Indian Gazelle), monkeys, langoors, wild boars, wild dogs and much more. Sighting of leopard is also quite possible. Early morning followed by the afternoon safari in search of the Bengal Tiger and other wildlife of Bandhavgarh National Park. Enjoy the rich natural habitat of more than 22 species of mammals and 250 species of birds. Overnight at the resort with bonfire.
Day 10: Bandhavgarh - Jabalpur (164 Kms / 3.5 hrs.) - Bhopal (train)
Breakfast at resort. Day free at leisure till departure to Jabalpur railway station to board Express train at 1610 hrs to arrive in Bhopal at 2210 hrs. On arrival at Bhopal met and assisted and transfer to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 11: Bhopal - Bhojpur - Bhimbetka - Bhopal
After relaxed breakfast excursion tour to Bhojpur founded by the legendary Parmar King of Dhar, Raja Bhoj (1010-1053), and named after him, renowned for the remains of its magnificent Shiva temple and cyclopean dam. Later visit Bhimbetka, 46-kms south of Bhopal. The northern fringes of the Vindhya range surround the town. In this rocky terrain of dense forest and craggy cliffs, over 600 rock shelters belonging to the Neolithic age were recently discovered. Here, in vivid panoramic detail, paintings in over 500 caves depict the life of the pre-historic cave dwellers making the Bhimbetka an archaeological treasure, an invaluable chronicle in the history of man. Return to Bhopal. Overnight at hotel.
Day 12: Bhopal - Ujjain - Indore (240 Kms / 6 hrs)
Post breakfast proceed for Ujjain, situated on the banks of the river Shipra and has been regarded since times immemorial as sacred. The belief in the sacredness of Shipra has its origins in the ancient Hindu mythological tale of churning of the Ocean by the Gods and the Demons. After sightseeing drive to Indore and check in to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 13: Indore - Mandu - Indore (198 Kms / 4 hrs)
Breakfast followed by a guided sightseeing of Indore to include Lal Baag Palace, Bada Ganapati and Kanch Mandir. Then drive to Mandu. Mandu is a celebration in stone, of life and joy, of the love of the poet-prince Baz Bahadur for his beautiful consort, Rani Roopmati. The balladeers of Malwa still sing of the romance of these royal lovers, and high up on the crest of a hill, Roopmati's Pavilion still gazes down at Baz Bahadur's Palace, a magnificent expression of Afghan architecture. Evening, return to Indore. Overnight at hotel.
Day 14: Indore - Maheshwar - Omkareshwar - Indore (231 Kms / 5 hrs)
After breakfast proceed for sightseeing of Maheshwar. This temple town on the banks of the river Narmada finds mention in the epics of Ramayana and Mahabharata. In addition, Omkareshwar the sacred island shaped like the holiest of all Hindu symbols 'Om' draws hundreds of pilgrims to this island. Drive back to Indore. Overnight at hotel.
Day 15: Indore - Delhi / Mumbai (air)
After breakfast, free time. Transfer to airport to catch a connecting flight to Delhi/ Mumbai. On arrival transfer to hotel for wash and change & later proceed for International airport to board flight with sweet memories of your India trip.