CENTRAL INDIA MP TOUR Covering AURANGABAD - BURANPUR - MAHESWAR - UJJAIN - BHOPAL
AURANGABAD :Aurangabad is a city in Maharashtra state, in India. It’s known for the 17th-century marble Bibi ka Maqbara shrine, styled on the Taj Mahal. The nearby Shivaji Maharaj Museum, dedicated to the Maratha king Shivaji, displays war weapons and a coin collection. North of the city, the Aurangabad Caves comprise ancient, rock-cut Buddhist shrines. West of the city, battlements surround the medieval Daulatabad Fort.
BURANPUR :Burhanpur is a mid-size city in Madhya Pradesh state, India. It is the administrative seat of Burhanpur District. It is situated on the north bank of the Tapti River, 340 kilometres southwest of Bhopal and 540 kilometres northeast of Mumbai.
MAHESWAR :Maheshwar is a city in Khargone district of Madhya Pradesh state, in central India. It is located 13 km east of National Highway 3 and 91 km from Indore, the commercial capital of the state. The City lies on the north bank of the Narmada River
MANDU :Mandu is an ancient fort city in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. It's surrounded by stone walls dotted with darwazas (gateways). It's also known for its Afghan architectural heritage. Landmark buildings include Hoshang Shah’s Tomb, a domed marble mausoleum, and the vast Jami Masjid mosque, with courtyards framed by colonnades. The imposing, centuries-old Jahaz Mahal palace stands between 2 lake
UJJAIN :Ujjain is an ancient city beside the Kshipra River in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. An important Hindu pilgrimage destination, it’s known for the centuries-old Mahakaleshwar Temple, a towering structure with a distinctively ornate roof. Nearby, Bade Ganesh Temple houses a colorful statue of Ganesh, the elephant-headed Hindu deity. Harsiddhi Temple features a pair of tall dark pillars studded with lamps.
BHOPAL :Bhopal is a city in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. It's one of India’s greenest cities. There are two main lakes, the Upper Lake and the Lower Lake. On the banks of the Upper Lake is Van Vihar National Park, home to tigers, lions and leopards. The State Museum has fossils, paintings and rare Jain sculptures. Taj-ul-Masjid is one of Asia’s largest mosques, with white domes, minarets and a huge courtyard.
Day 01Delhi – Aurangabad Flight
Fly to Aurangabad On arrival transfer to hotel.stay overnight at Lemon tree hotel
Day 02Aurangabad - Ellora - Aurangabad.
Visit Ellora where, carved into the rock, is well preserved the huge temple of Kailasha with its beautiful bas-reliefs (8th century) and where you can see the caves, ancient Buddhist shrines, brahaminico and Jains. Return to town and visit the bazaar in the old city where the mausoleum housing the remains of the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb wife, often referred to as the little Taj Mahal
Ellora Caves CLOSED on TUESDAY
Day 03Aurangabad - Ajanta - Burhanpur
Visit Ajanta, with monasteries and Buddhist temples built between the 2nd century BC and the 6th century. Temples are carved into the cliff face overlooking the top of a gorge where flows the river Vaghora; Some still retain paintings and frescoes. Continue to Burhanpur, a town on the banks of the river Tapti, where it is expected overnight Burhanpur Tapti Retreat (Ajanta Caves CLOSED on MONDAY)
Day 04Burhanpur - Omkareshwar - Maheswar
Departure for Omkareshwar, to visit the temple dedicated to Shiva, one of the twelve most sacred to the gods throughout India, on an island in the river Narmada.
Continue to Maheswar and accommodation Ahilya Fort, a real step back in time that takes us back to the 18th century. Located on the banks of the Narmada River, the fort was the headquarters of one of the ancient Indian statelets ruled by a woman, Ahilya Bai Holkar, between 1760 and 1795. The building was converted into a very charming hotel, run by the descendants of ' last maharajas of Indore, besides being in a strategic position to visit the region, is an ideal place for a little 'rest and explore the villages and the work of local artisans MPSTDC NARMADA RETREAT
Day 05 Maheswar- Mandu - Maheswar
Excursion to Mandu, visit the citadel, superb example of Afghanistan in India, bounded by walls with a perimeter of about 40 kilometers. Inside you will find many mosques, among which the oldest dates back to 1400 and the most important is the Jamia Masjid (Grand Mosque), splendid palaces like the Jahaz Mahal, the palace in the shape of the ship ready to sail, which is reflected on two lakes and Hindola Mahal, the "swinging" palace, which apparently harbored a harem of fifteen women and girls.
Day 06Maheswar - Indore - Ujjain
The onward journey to Indore and, if the time available permits, visiting the building, the curious temple Jain Mandir Kash and bazaar in the center of the old city. Continuation to Ujjain one of the seven sacred cities of Hinduism. Visit the Mahakal temple, dedicated to Shiva, and short visit to the observatory, one of the five desired by Jai Singh II on the same model as the one in Jaipur.
Overnight at AHILYA FORT Or Similar
Day 07Ujjain - Bhopal - Sanchi - Bhopal
Early morning departure for Bhopal, capital of Madhya Pradesh. In the afternoon excursion to the great Buddhist monastic citadel of Sanchi which dates from the 3rd century BC and was excavated only in 1818; visit the caves of Bhimbetka with paintings and rock drawings of the Paleolithic period, Mesolithic and Neolithic, and the great temple of Bhojpur, dedicated to Shiva. Sanchi is that Bhimbetka are sites recognized as World Heritage by UNESCO.Overnight in Bhopal Jehanuma palace
Day 08Bhopal – Bhimbetka – Bhojpur – Bhopal-
In the morning after breakfast, leave for a full day excursion to Bhimbetka and Bhojpur. The Bhimbetka rock shelters are located in the foothills of the Vindhyan Mountains. The fiveclusters of natural rock shelters, display paintings that appear to date from the Mesolithic Period. These rock shelters were put on the World Heritage List of UNESCO in 2003. After exploring the Bhimbetka caves drive back to the hotel in Bhopal for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 09Bhopal Airport Drop
Pick up from hotel & Drop at Bhopal airport for Onward Journey
AURANGABAD (2N) -BURANPUR (1N) -MAHESWAR (2N) - UJJAIN (1N) - BHOPAL (2N)
Ellora Caves CLOSED on TUESDAY
1 Month before start of the journey, else cancellation charges applicable. 20% charges applicable for refund back to your card in case of cancellation.