HT001 Central India Tour

Tour Destinations :Mumbai - Aurangabad - Ellora - Aurangabad - Ajanta - Jalgaon - Omkareshwar - Maheshwar - Mandu - Indore - Bhopal - Sanchi - Bhopal - Agra - Jaipur - Delhi

Tour Duration :13 Nights/ 14 Days

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Day 01: Mumbai
Assisted airport pick-up at Mumbai by our representative and transfer to the hotel for overnight stay. 

Day 02: Mumbai – Aurangabad  
Post breakfast, explore the city of Mumbai. The bustling metropolis of Mumbai (formerly Bombay) was originally a collection of tiny fishing villages. In the mid 18th century, Mumbai emerged as an important trading town. Since then, Mumbai has only grown in importance and is currently the financial capital of India. Visit the Gateway of India, which is located on the waterfront in South Mumbai, and was erected to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary in 1911. Also visit Victoria Terminus, now called Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus which is a brilliant example of colonial architecture. In the afternoon, board the  flight to Aurungabad. The evening is at leisure and overnight stay at hotel.

Day 03: Aurangabad
Visit the caves at Ellora. Ellora, with its sequence of monuments dating from A.D. 600 to 1000, brings the civilization of ancient India to life. Not only is the Ellora complex a unique artistic creation and a technological exploit but, with its sanctuaries devoted to Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism, it illustrates the spirit of tolerance that was characteristic of ancient India. The caves at Ellora have been designated a World Heritage site and are the finest examples of Indian rock cut architecture.
 
Later, return to the city for a visit to the holy shrine of the Deccan Muslims, where the Mughal Emperor Aurungzeb is believed to be buried. Afterwards, visit the Bibi ka Maqbara; this mausoleum was constructed in the 17th century under the patronage of Prince Azam Shah, the son of Emperor Aurungzeb as a tribute to his mother. This monument has long been compared to the Taj Mahal. Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 04: Aurangabad - Ajanta (110 Kms/ 2 hrs) & Ajanta - Jalgaon (90 Kms/ 2 hrs)  
In the morning, visit another world heritage site, the Ajanta caves. These ancient caves contain spectacular Buddhist paintings and sculptures dating back to the 2nd century BC. All paintings show heavy religious influence and centre around Buddha, Bodhisattvas, incidents from the life of Buddha and the Jatakas. The paintings are executed on a ground of mud-plaster in the tempera technique. Post lunch, head to Jalgaon, a major center for trade and agriculture. Overnight stay in Jalgaon.

Day 05: Jalgaon - Omkaleshwar -Maheshwar (240 Kms/ 6 Hrs)  
After breakfast, leave for Maheshwar, a place famous for its historical temples and fine textiles. En route, visit Omkareshwar temple which located on the banks of the Narmada River. Omkareshwar, the sacred island, is shaped like the holiest of all Hindu symbols, 'Om'; and the temple here is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas in India. On arrival in Maheshwar, stroll on the ghats of Narmada River.

Day 06; Maheshwar - Mandu (60 Kms/ 1.30 Hrs )  
After morning refreshments, leave for Mandu. Under Mughal rule, Mandu was a pleasure resort and still has many magnificent structures in stone showing off its past. Each of Mandu's structure is an architectural gem, some of which provided inspiration to the master builders of the Taj Mahal centuries later. Post lunch, visit the Jahaz Mahal or ship palace, built between two artificial lakes. The palace has balconies and pavilions that overlook the water. Overnight stay in Mandu.

Day 07: Mandu
After breakfast, visit Jama Masjid, inspired by the great mosque of Damascus. Opposite Jama Masjid is the Ashrafi Mahal or the Palace of Gold Coins. Conceived as a madrassa (school for Islamic study), it was built by Mahmud Shah Khalji, the successor of Hoshang Shah. Cells made for resident students are still well preserved. Post lunch, visit the Rani Roopmati Pavillion followed by the Hathi Mahal, or 'Elephant Palace'. The pillars at the palace resemble the legs of an elephant and thus it found its name. Overnight stay in Mandu.

Day 08: Mandu - Indore (100 Kms/2 Hrs 30)  
Leave for the city of Indore which is situated on the banks of two rivers. Here, visit Lalbagh, one of the best neo-classical palaces in the country. Once the residence of the Maharajas, it is now a museum. A blend of the baroque and renaissance styles, it is lavishly decorated with Italian marble columns, grand chandeliers, rich Persian carpets, flying nymphs on the ceiling, Belgium stained glass windows, Greek mythological reliefs, Italian style wall paintings, and stuffed leopards and tigers. Later, visit Kanch ka Mandir, a Jain temple built entirely out of glass. The walls, ceiling, floor, pillars, doors are entirely inlaid with glass. Take a stroll in the local markets adjacent to the temple. Overnight stay in Indore.

Day 09: Indore - Bhopal (225 Kms/ 5 Hrs)  
Morning, leave for Bhopal. This city is known for its great scenic beauty and is dotted with lakes. Post lunch, visit the magnificent Moti Masjid, built by Qudsia Begum's daughter Sikander Jahan in 1860 A.D. It is identical in style to the Jama Masjid of Delhi. The two dark red minarets covered by golden spikes add to the grandeur of this beautiful mosque. Later, visit the Archeological Museum that contains paintings from various schools of art. Overnight stay in Bhopal.

Day 10: Bhopal - Sanchi - Bhopal (46 kms / 1 Hrs) and Bhopal – Agra  
After breakfast, leave for an excursion to Udaigiri; relish the magnificent caves with fine examples of art from the Gupta period. You will also visit the renowned Sanchi Stupa. This dome shaped building has panels that are carved with drawings that depict the life of Buddha. You will also find Brahmi script carved at different places in the stupa. The stupas of Sanchi have been recognized as world heritage site by UNESCO. 
Later, return to Bhopal in time to board the train to Agra. Overnight stay in Bhopal.

Day 11: Agra
In the morning, visit the Taj Mahal - one of the most graceful and extravagant monuments in the world. A symbol of the devotion of Emperor Shah Jehan for his beloved queen Mumtaz Mahal, the Taj is a befitting tribute to love. A pure white marble structure, Taj acquires different shades at different times of the day and with changing seasons. The soft pink color of the dawn and fiery shade that it acquires at dusk are bewitching. It took 22 years to complete this edifice with its intricate domes, delicate screens and stunning marble inlay work. Later, visit Agra Fort. This is a 16th century Mughal fortress built in red sandstone and comprises many fairy tale palaces. Also visit Itimad Ud Daulah; this is a mausoleum commissioned by the Mughal Empress Noor Jehan for her father. Overnight stay in Agra.

Day 12 Agra - Jaipur (250 Kms/ 5 Hrs)  
Leave for Jaipur, en route, visit Fatehpur Sikri. Built by the emperor Akbar about 35 kms from Agra, Fatehpur Sikri had to be abandoned due to shortage of water. It is the best example of the amalgamation of Hindu and Muslim architecture. The Tomb of Sheikh Salim Chishti enshrines the burial place of the Sufi saint who lived a religious life here. Overnight stay in Jaipur.

Day 13: Jaipur
Explore the 'Pink City' of Jaipur. Visit the famous Amber Fort, set in picturesque and rugged hills. It is a fascinating blend of Hindu and Mughal architecture. The fort is made in red sand stone and white marble. Prominent structures inside are the Diwan-i-Aam, adorned with latticed galleries; the Ganesh Pol with a beautiful painted image of Lord Ganesh; and the stunning Sheesh Mahal - a hall decorated with thousands of tiny mirrors. The best way to explore the fort is to ride up to it on elephant back. Later, visit the City Palace which is a palace complex built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh. Many of the rooms have been turned into museums and galleries allowing visitors to catch a glimpse of Rajasthan's regal past. Visit the Jantar Mantar Observatory, comprising fourteen major geometric devices for measuring time and determining celestial altitudes. Overnight stay in Jaipur.

Day 14 Jaipur - Delhi (250 Kms/ 5 Hrs)  
After breakfast, leave for Delhi. On arrival, explore Old Delhi. Take a rickshaw ride around Chandni Chowk, the busiest market in Old Delhi. Noisy, chaotic and uniquely Indian, it is famous for its varied shops, restaurants and confectioners. Next, drive past the Red Fort, Rashtrapati Bhavan and several other colonial government buildings in Edwin Lutyen's Delhi. Later, explore India Gate, one of the largest war memorials in India. Designed by Edward Lutyens, it commemorates the thousands of soldiers that lost their lives during the First World War. Later, you will head to the airport for your onward destination.

Package Inclusions: 

• Accommodation 
• Daily Breakfast
• Battery van ride at Agra
• Tonga ride at Agra
• Elephant ride at Amer Fort, Jaipur 
• Service of Multi lingual Escort throughout the tour 
• Airport / railway station transfers with staff assistance. 
• Airport / Hotel Transfers + City Tour + Drives by Air – Condition Car with an all India tourist permit.
• All applicable hotel luxury tax

Package Exclusions: 
 
• Govt. services taxes of 3.09%
• Any Train Fare,  Air fare & Visa Charges
• Vehicles will not provide when the day is at leisure.
• Services of compatible Multi-lingual Speaking Guide for sightseeing.
• Entrance/Monument Fees
• Meals other than specified in package include column
• Airport taxes and travel insurance etc.
• Expenses of personal nature such as drinks, telephone, laundry bills etc. 
• Tips and porter charges.
• Any additional expenses incurred due to any flight delay or cancellation, weather conditions, political closures, technical faults etc.
• Any other service/s not specified above.

Hotels to be used orsimilar:
 

Places

Hotels (3 Star)

Mumbai

Imperial Residency

Aurangabad

Manor Hotel

Jalgaon

Hotel Royal Palace

Maheshwar

Narmada Retreat

Mundu

Malwa Resort

Indore

Hotel Infiniti

Bhopal

Palash Residency

Agra

Crystal Inn

Jaipur

Mahal Khandela

Cost of the package on Twin Sharing: EUR 799 per person
Cost of the package for Single Traveler: EUR 1569

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