Central India – Temples, Caves and its culture
This is a suggested tour. It can be tailor made to suit your requirements. Please contact us for a tailor made holiday.
Day - 1 - Arrive / Mumbai
Meeting and assistance on arrival at Mumbai international by RIH representative and transfer to Hotel Overnight Hotel. Afternoon sightseeing tour of Mumbai. The Gateway of India is the main attraction of Mumbai city. The Mani Bhawan or the Gandhi memorial was once used to be the residence of Mahatma Gandhi in Mumbai. Also known as Queen’s Neckless, Marine Drive. Also visit gardens like the Hanging Garden and the Kamla Nehru Garden and Chowpatty gives you the view of one of the most happening beaches of Mumbai.
Day - 2 - Mumbai / Aurangabad
Morning excursion to Elephanta Caves, the world famous 1200 years old Caves dedicated to Lord Shiva. The famous Trimurti sculpture signifying the trinity of the Creator, the Preserver and the Destroyer is located here. In the afternoon transfer to the airport to board flight for Aurangabad. Arrive Aurangabad and transfer to hotel.
Day - 3 - Aurangabad
Day excursion to Ajanta caves, heritage site especially related to Buddhism from the period of 200 BC to 650 AD. The caves here also have Jataka stories that are famous for their moral and religious values.
Day - 4 - Aurangabad
Morning visit Ellora caves which houses 34 monasteries and temples with some exclusive uninterrupted sequence of monuments that date back from 600 to 1000 AD.
Day - 5 - Aurangabad / Dhar
Morning drive to Dhar. Arrive Dhar and check in at a heritage hotel set amidst beautiful landscape. Explore this quaint little town on a walking tour.
Day - 6 - Dhar / Indore
Morning visit Maheshwar, the Chattri of Ahilya Bai who died in 1795. Afternoon excursion to Onkareshwar. This island in the Narmada River was said to be the site of two of India’s 12 great shiva temples when Mahmud of Ghazni marched to Somnath to destroy the temple.
Day - 7 - Indore / Bhopal
Morning drive to Ujjain, the city which traces its origin to the very dawn of Indian history and has a great tradition of learning and culture. Arrive Ujjain and check – in at hotel. Later visit the temple of Mahakaleshwar, observatory of masonry, Jantar Mantar, bathing ghats of Shipra Rive and Gopal Mandir, a 19th century temple of Maratha style architecture.
Day - 8 - Bhopal / Sanchi / Bhopal
Day excursion to Sanchi, which has distinction of having the finest specimens of almost all Buddhist architectural forms, stupa, Chaiya, temples and monasteries dating from 3rd century. Later visit Udaygiri caves, the Gupta caves here date from 320 to 606 AD two of them are Jain, the other 18 are Hindu.
Day - 9 – Bhopal / Orchha
Morning visit the Bhimbekta caves, where about 700 rock shelters belonging to the Neolithic age and over 500 caves have painting of pre historic man. Afternoon transfer to Railway Station to board Shatabadi Express for Jhansi. Arrive Jhansi and transfer to Orchha. Arrive Orchha and check – in at hotel.
Day - 10 - Orchha / Gwalior
Morning sightseeing tour of Orchha visiting the temples built by its Bundela rulers in the 16th and 17th century. Later drive to Gwalior en route visiting Datia to visit the 7 storey Palace, an impressive building with some rooms still containing. Arrive Gwalior and check in at the hotel. In the evening watch ‘Son-et-Lumiere’ at the Gwalior Fort.
Day - 11 - Gwalior / Agra
Morning sightseeing tour of Gwalior visiting the majestic Gwalior fort is one of the largest and mightiest forts in India. Also visit Sas-Bahu Temples are 11th-century temples of Lord Vishnu while Teli-ka-Mandir is a 300-metre-high Vishnu temple of the 9th. Overnight Hotel
Day - 12 - Agra / Delhi
Morning visit to The Taj Mahal at Sunrise. After breakfast visit Agra Fort. Later drive 5 hrs to Delhi. Overnight Hotel.
Day - 13 - Leave Delhi
Morning city sightseeing of Old & New Delhi with English speaking guide. Later Transfer to airport for flight to onward destination.