Duration: 15 Nights / 16 Days
Places Covered: Delhi - Bharatpur - Agra - Gwalior - Khajuraho - Orcha - Jhasni - Bhopal - Ujjain - Mandu - Indore - Aurangabad - Bombay
Day 01 : ARRIVE DELHI
Arrive Delhi by International Flight .Meeting and assistance at the airport upon arrival and transfer to HOTEL.OVERNIGHT AT THE HOTEL.
Day 02: DELHI
Morning sightseeing tour of Old Delhi. The tour will begin with a visit to The Jama Mosque built in 1650 AD, followed by a visit to the breathtaking Red Fort (1639-48), built by the Shah Jehan, creator of The Taj Mahal. Then we proceed on to Raj Ghat, which is the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi. Afternoon, sightseeing tour of New Delhi visiting Humayun's Tomb (1565 AD), aptly called the predecessor of The Taj Mahal. Drive past Safdarjang's Tomb (1753 AD). OVERNIGHT AT THE HOTEL.
Day 03 : DELHI-BHARATPUR
Drive from Delhi to Bharatpur (250 kms/6 hours). On arrival check-in at: HOTEL.Afternoon bird watching.Bharatpur (Ghana), once the former hunting preserve of the royal family of Bharatpur, the sanctuary is now home to storks and nearly every other kind of bird imaginable. You'll see more than 250 different species nesting on the tops of trees and along the roadside. OVERNIGHT AT THE HOTEL.
Day 04 : BHARATPUR-AGRA
Drive from Bharatpur to Agra (56 kms/1.5 hours) enroute visiting Fatehpur Sikri. This deserted, red sandstone city, built by Emperor Akbar, now glows in its magnificent past. Also visit the Bulund Darwaza (The Gate of Victory), set in the south wall.Continue your drive to Agra and upon arrival check-in at: HOTELAfternoon, experience the TAJ MAHAL (closed on Mondays) - one of the seven wonders of the world. This beautiful mausoleum in pure white marble, took 22 years and 22000 craftsmen to build it. This monument was built by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved consort Mumtaz Mahal,Also visit Agra Fort, whose maze of courtyard, mosque and private chambers reflect the grandeur of the Mughal Empire.OVERNIGHT AT THE HOTEL.
Day 05: AGRA-GWALIOR
Drive from Agra to Gwalior (118 kms/3 hours). On arrival check-in at: HOTEL.Afternoon, the sightseeing tour of Gwalior includes visit to the great Fort, one of the oldest in India, situated on an isolated hill of sandstone, 300 ft above the plain. Visit Man Mandir, a six towered palace which forms the eastern wall of the Fort and is one of the classic sights of India. Proceed to Gujari Mahal, a turreted palace of stone and now an archaeological museum. A few kilometers away is the tomb of Mohammed Ghaus, a Muslim saint worshipped by the Mughals, as well as the tomb of the famous musician Tansen.OVERNIGHT AT THE HOTEL.
Day 06 : GWALIOR-KHAJURAHO
Drive from Gwalior to Khajuraho (365 kms/8 hours). On arrival check-in at: HOTEL.OVERNIGHT AT THE HOTEL.
Day 07 : KHAJURAHO-ORCHA
Morning, sightseeing tour of the famous Chandela Dynasty Temples which are set in a lovely grassy park. These temples are really amazing - rising in many peaks and spirals, intricately carved and designed with statues and friezes. These temples are also known for their renowned erotic carvings. Afternoon drive from Khajuraho to Orcha (170 kms/4 hours). OVERNIGHT AT THE HOTEL.
Day 08 : ORCHA-JHANSI-BHOPAL
Transfer from Orcha to Jhansi (15 kms) Railway Station in time for:Lv: Jhansi at 1035 hours by SHATABDI EXP. Ar: Bhopal at 1400 hoursMeeting and assistance upon arrival and transfer from Railway Station to HOTEL .Fullday excursion to Sanchi. Sanchi is an important centre of Buddhist pilgrimage. The great Stupa, built by King Ashoka (who abandoned war and embraced the Buddhist faith) , is a grey-brown hemisphere of massive proportions. OVERNIGHT AT THE HOTEL.
Day 09 : BHOPAL
Morning excursion to Bhimbetka Caves and Bhojpur temple.The village of Bhimbetka is surrounded by the northern range of Vindhya Mountains. .Afternoon, sightseeing tour of Bhopal. Visit Sadar Manzil, Taj-ul-Masjid, Secretariat, Vidhan Sabha, Fatehgarh Fort, Moti Masjid, etc.OVERNIGHT AT THE HOTEL.
Day 10 : BHOPAL-UJJAIN
Drive from Bhopal to Ujjain (188 kms/4.5 hours).On arrival check-in at: HOTEL.Afternoon sightseeing tour of Ujjain, one of the greatest cities of ancient India, Ujjain links with its glorious past have endured into the present day, making it a city renowned still for its traditions of spiritually, learning and culture.OVERNIGHT AT THE HOTEL.
Day 11 : UJJAIN-MANDU
Drive from Ujjain to Mandu (120 kms/3 hours) via Dhar. On arrival check-in at: HOTEL.Afternoon free for independent activities. OVERNIGHT AT THE HOTEL.
Day 12 : MANDU
Full day sightseeing tour of Mandu. OVERNIGHT AT THE HOTEL.
Day 13 : MANDU-INDORE
Drive from Mandu to Indore (97 kms/3 hours).On arrival check-in at: HOTEL.Afternoon, sightseeing tour of Indore. Tour Kanch Mandir, a Jain shrine with an interior of mother-of-pearl and glass beads. Visit Lalbagh Palace and New Palace.OVERNIGHT AT THE HOTEL.
Day 14 : INDORE-AURANGABAD
Drive from Jalgaon to Aurangabad (400 KMS/9-10 HOURS) enroute visiting Ellora Caves: Visit the extraordinary cave temples of Ellora (MONDAY CLOSED) which are about 30 kms from Aurangabad. The sculptures are remarkable and the main feature of interest is the Kailasa Temple. Chronologically, the Ellora caves start where the Ajanta caves finish. In all there 34 caves at Ellora: 12 Buddhist, 17 Hindu & 5 Jain. On arrival check-in at: HOTEL.OVERNIGHT AT THE HOTEL.
Day 15 : AURANGABAD - BOMBAY
Full day excursion to Ajanta (MONDAY CLOSED). Ajanta Caves: You will visit most of the thirty temples, which have been carved out of a cliff by Buddhist monks between the 2nd century BC and 7th century AD. Although the Ajanta paintings are particularly notable, there are many interesting sculptures as well. Many of the caves are dark, and without a light, the paintings are hard to see. Evening transfer from hotel to the airport in time for:Lv: Aurangabad at 2055 hours by 9W-104Ar: Bombay at 2140 hours.Meeting and assistance upon arrival and transfer from Domestic to International airport in time to connect flight .
Day 16 : BOMBAY-ABROAD
Transfer from hotel to the airport in time for:Lv: Bombay by International Flight.