Delhi – Indore – Ujjain – Mandu – Bhopal – Sanchi (8 nights and 9 days)
Said to be the ‘Heart of India’ because of its strategic location, Madhya Pradesh is a state that forms a must-visit for those who want to explore Indian culture at its best. It is the place where you will find the perfect amalgamation of history, art, architecture and culture. The state has been there since the Paleolithic era, Bhimbetka Caves serving as the proof, and has also witnessed Buddhism at its very peak, as seen through the Sanchi Stupa. Be it natural splendor, in form of various wildlife parks, or architectural brilliance, experienced through Khajuraho temples, Madhya Pradesh vows to mesmerize its visitors.
Day 01 :
Arrive Delhi – The Capital city and the political hub of India. The city’s importance lies not just in its past glory as the seat of empires and magnificent monuments, but also in the rich and diverse cultures. On arrival you will be met, assisted and transferred to the hotel. Later proceed for a half day tour of The Old Delhi including visits to The Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India, the massive Red Fort, Chandni Chowk (moonlight square ) and The Raj Ghat - the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi. Overnight stay in Delhi.
Day 02 :
Today, transfer to airport for your flight to Indore. Indore is the capital city of the erstwhile Holkar rulers and an important industrial city in central India. There are a number of historical monuments belonging to the Holkars and is also known for its temples. The architecture of the monuments is the amalgamation of different styles. Arrive and transfer to hotel. Overnight stay in Indore.
Day 03 :
This day after breakfast, leave for a full day excursion to Ujjain (56kms / 1hr), one of the holiest cities in India. Ujjain is also known as one of the four centres of the Kumbha Mela, a massive pilgrimage in which Hindus gather at the River Ganges. Here visit the Mahakaleshwar temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva and is one of the twelve Jyotirlingams, which are supposed to be the most sacred abodes of Shiva. Shiva in the lingam form is believed to be Swayambhu (born of itself) deriving currents of power (Shakti) from within itself as against the other images and lingams that are ritually established and invested with mantra-shakti. Later proceed to visit the Temple of Har Siddhi Mata ,the family Goddess of king Vikramaditya and the Vedha Shala, one of the few observatories in India that features ancient astronomical devices. Drive back to Indore. Overnight stay in Indore.
Day 04 :
Today after breakfast, proceed for an excursion to Omkareshwar temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva. Like the Mahakaleshwar temple in Ujjain, this temple too is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas and derives from the word Om, which signifies the most sacred Hindu symbol. This island is also shaped like the Om. Then proceed to Maheshwar, which means abode of Lord Shiva. This small town has numerous temples as well as a fort built by Mata Ahilyabai Holkar the ruler of Maheshwar. Thereafter proceed for some shopping of the famous Maheshwari Sarees which are handwoven. Drive back to Indore. Overnight stay in Indore.
Day 05 :
This day after breakfast, drive for a full day excursion to Mandu (97kms / 2hrs), city of joy. Perched along the Vindhya ranges with its natural defenses, Mandu was originally the fort capital of the Parmar rulers of Malwa. Here visit the palaces, tombs, temples, fort, the beautiful Jahaz Mahal, situated between two artificial lakes, this two storied architectural marvel is so named as it appears as a ship floating in water. Later proceed to visit the Hindola Mahal, meaning Swing palace is so named due to its sloping side walls, the romantic Baz Bahadur’s Palace, famous for its large courtyards encompassed by large halls and high terraces and Roopmati’s Pavilion, a large sandstone structure originally built as an army observation post. Rani Roopmati - the love interest of Baaz Bahadur resided here. Drive back to Indore. Overnight stay in Indore.
Day 06 :
Today after breakfast, drive to Bhopal (186kms/4hrs), the capital of the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, built by the legendary King Bhoja, is also known as the Lake City for its various natural as well as artificial lakes and is one of the greenest cities in India. Apart from its natural beauty, Bhopal is also famous for its mosques. The Taj-ul-Masjid in Bhopal is the largest mosque of India. Arrive and transfer to hotel. In the evening, visit Taj-ul-Masajid, literally meaning "The Crown of Mosques", is one of the largest mosque in Asia and is also used as a madrasah (Islamic School). The mosque also has three huge bulbous domes, an impressive main hallway with attractive pillars and marble flooring resembling Mughal architecture the likes of Jama Masjid in Delhi and the huge Badshahi Mosque of Lahore. Also visit the Laxmi Narayan Temple, situated to the south of Lower Lake, is a temple devoted to Vishnu and his mythological consort Laxmi. Later visit Bharat Bhavan the main cultural centre of the city and one of most important cultural centers of India. It has an art gallery, an open-air amphitheatre facing the Upper Lake, two other theatres and a tribal museum. Overnight stay in Bhopal.
Day 07 :
This morning, after breakfast set off for a full day excursion to Sanchi (68kms/1hr), one of the most revered Buddhist sites in India, it has a large number of stupas and monasteries. Ashoka Pillar has four lions seated back to back, similar to the one in Delhi. Also visit the Buddhist Vihara, Gupta Temple, deemed as one of the most logically designed structures in Indian Architecture, this elegant temple has a simple flat roofed chamber and a pillared porch at the entrance. Overnight stay in Bhopal.
Day 08 :
Today, transfer to airport for your flight to Delhi. On arrival you will be met, assisted and transferred to the hotel. Later proceed for a half-day tour of New Delhi, visit the Qutub Minar – a 72 meter high monument, and Humayun’s Tomb built in mid 16th century. Also visit the Lotus Temple, drive past India Gate, the Raj Bhavan, Safdarjung’s Tomb and the Parliament. Overnight stay in Delhi.
Day 09 :
This day, you will be transferred to the airport to board flight for your onward destination with exciting memories of the “Mesmerizing Madhya Pradesh”.