Marvel Central India (10 Nights / 11 Days)

Day 01 Arrive Mumbai
Upon arrival, after clearing immigration and custom's, you will be transferred to your hotel. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 02 MumbaiCultural Trip Agra Jaipur
Following breakfast, excursion to Elephanta Caves: A must for any visitor to India. Mute testimony of the Golden Age in Indian history during the Gupta period and built to honour Lord Shiva. Elephanta is a 3 kms long elongated island, consisting of two hills separated by a valley. The caves with rock-cut figures and carvings are believed to be carved by the sculptors of Ajanta or Udayagiri. Afternoon, visit Mumbai City: Our first stop is at Bombay's landmark the Gateway to India, an elegant 26 mtrs stone archway, hastily erected as a symbol of welcome to Queen Mary and King George V of England on their visit to India in 1911. In the years following, artisans added decorative carvings and lovely Jharokha work (window carvings), and completed it in 1923. We continue to the hanging gardens perched above Malabar Hill. Visit of King George V and Queen Mary, the famous Boot House in the Hanging gardens, the bustling Crawford Market, Flora Fountain and the Dhobi Ghats - a vast outdoor laundry & the Prince of Wales Museum & Victoria Terminus which is recently added to the world heritage site. These terraced gardens provide a beautiful panoramic view of the Arabian Sea were laid out in the early 1880s covering Bombay's main reservoir. Continue to Mani Bhavan, Mahatma Gandhi's home and Museum. This charming, 3 storied Gujarati house, painted brown and yellow, in a lovely Parsi neighborhood on Malabar Hill, was the home of Mahatma Gandhi from 1917-1934. Now overseen and maintained by the Gandhi Institute, it houses a library and a small museum about Gandhi's life and birth. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 03 Mumbai / AurangabadCultural Trip Agra Jaipur
Following early breakfast, transfer to airport for your flight to Aurangabad. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel. Afternoon, visit Ellora Caves: Impressive in their own right is the rock-hewn temples and monasteries of Ellora that lie just 30 km away from Aurangabad city. In all, there are 34 cave temples, 12 Mahayana Buddhist caves (550-750 AD), 17 Hindu caves (600-875 AD) and 5 caves of the Jain faith (800-1000 AD) 22 more caves, dedicated to Lord Shiva, were recently discovered. Kailas Temple (cave16), the central attraction at Ellora, is the most remarkable. Chiseled by hand from a single massive rock, it includes a gateway, pavilion, courtyard, vestibule, sanctum, sanctorum and tower which bear testimony to the excellence of Dravidian art. It is believed to have taken 7000 laborers, working in continuous shifts and 150 years to build. Ever since the first European visitors in 18th Century, Ellora has attracted chroniclers, antiquarians, scholars and in more recent years, ever- increasing number of tourists. (Closed on Tuesday). Overnight at Hotel

. Day 04: Aurangabad / Ajanta / Aurangabad (100 kms / 2 hrs 30 mins approx)Cultural Trip Agra Jaipur
Following breakfast, excursion to Ajanta Caves: Nestling in an inner fold of the Sahyardi hills, 100 km from Aurangabad in the shape of a mammoth horse- shoe, are the 30 rock-hewn caves of Ajanta. The Caves date from the 2nd century BC. Discovered in 1819 by a group of British army officers, these startling achievements took around 600 years to create. Carved with little more than a hammer and chisel, Ajanta, once the retreat of Buddhist monastic orders features several 'chaityas' (chapels) and 'viharas' (monasteries). The exquisite wall and ceiling paintings, panels and sculptures of Buddha's life are famous throughout the world as the earliest and finest examples of Buddhist pictorial art. (Closed on every Monday). After the visit drive back to Aurangabad. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 05 Aurangabad / Dhar (395 kms / 09 hrs approx)
Following breakfast, drive to Mandu. Upon arrival, check in to your hotel. Overnight at Hotel

Day 06 Dhar / Mandu / Dhar 35 kms / 01 hr approxCultural Trip Agra Jaipur
Following breakfast full day visit Mandu : For convenience, the buildings of Mandu can be divided in three groups: the Royal Enclave Group, the Village Group, and the Rewa Kund Group. Royal Enclave Group. Jahaz Mahal (or the Ship Palace) is probably the most famous building in Mandu. This ship-like structure was constructed by Ghiyas-ud-din, son of Mohammed Shah, for his harem. According to the legends, this harem was home to 15,000 maidens. There are two lakes on the east and west side of the palace that create a perfect illusion of a ship with its rectangular shape. Taveli Mahal is located just south of Jahaz Mahal and now houses the antiquity gallery of the Archeological Survey of India. Hindola Mahal (or Swing Palace) was a pleasure dome that gives the impression that the inward slopes of the walls are swaying. Champa Baoli is an interesting step-well on the north edge of the tank situated there. It was a popular hot-weather retreat and featured cool wells and bathrooms. The Jain Temple is a complex of numerous buildings. There is also a Jain museum in the complex. Afternoon, continue your sightseeing of Mandu. Rewa Kund Group, Baz Bahadur was the legendary king featuring in many folk stories of India for his love with Rupmati. He was the last independent king of Malwa. His palace was constructed in 1509 beside Rewa Kund. The palace displays a curious mix of Rajasthani and Mughal style of architecture. There was a water lift at the northern end of the tank to supply water to the tank, Rupmati's Pavilion is situated on the very edge of Mandu Fort. It is a very romantic building, a perfect setting for fairytale romance. Nevertheless, unfortunately, the love story of Baz Bahadur and Rupmati had a tragic end. It is said that Akbar attacked Mandu for the sake of Rupmati and Baz Bahadur fled Mandu leaving Rupmati to poison herself. Overnight at Hotel

Day 07 Dhar / Omkareshwar / Indore (100 kms / 3 hrs approx) Cultural Trip Agra Jaipur
Following breakfast, Proceed to Indore entoute visiting Omkareshwar: Omkareshwar is one of the most profoundly honored Itineraries in Madhya Pradesh. When the River Narmada separates into two, an island is formed. On this island known as Mandhata there are two temples that are dedicated to Omkareshwar and Amareshwar respectively. The island is shaped like the Om. The Omkareshwar Mahadeo Temple enshrines one of the twelve Jyotirlingams in the country. Since a particular variety of soft stone has been used in the construction of the temple, it has been possible to carve intricate designs in the front portion of the temple. After visit, continue your drive to Indore. Upon arrival, check in to your hotel. Overnight at Hotel

Day 08 Indore / Ujjain / Bhopal (187 kms / 05 hrs approx)Cultural Trip Agra Jaipur
Following breakfast, drive to Bhopal en-route visit Ujjain: Modern Ujjain is situated on the banks of the river Shipra, regarded since times immemorial as sacred. The belief in the sacredness of Shipra, has its origins in the ancient Hindu mythological tale of churning of the Ocean by the Gods and the Demons, with Vasuki, the serpent as the rope. The ocean bed first yielded fourteen gems, then Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth, and finally the coveted vessel of Nectar. Then began the wild scramble for immortality with the demons chasing the Gods across the skies, and in the process, a few drops were spilt, and fell at Hardwar, Nasik, Prayag, and Ujjayini. Hence,, the sanctity of the waters of the Shipra. Ujjain is the modern name for Ujjayini. Legend has it that in the hoary past, the God like king Shiva of Avanti commemorated his victory over the demon-ruler of Tripura or Tripuri on the banks of the Narmada by changing the name of his capital, Avantipura to Ujjayini (one who conquers with pride). After visit, continue your drive to Bhopal. Upon arrival, check in to your hotel. Overnight at Hotel

Day 09 Bhopal / Sanchi / Udaigiri / Bhopal 60 kms / 01 hr 30 mins approx one wayCultural Trip Agra Jaipur
Following breakfast, excursion to Sanchi: A quaint little village at the footsteps of a hill Sanchi in the Indian State of Madhya Pradesh carries the genesis of Buddhism in India. A tiny hamlet with a rich culture, Sanchi is embellished by a series of monasteries, stupas, holy shrines and pillars dating from 3rd century BC to 12th century AD. The glory of Sanchi, as a devout centre, can still be experienced in its composite formations where the rich carvings reflect various legendary beliefs and Buddhist myths. Though Sanchi's history hangs around the Buddhist monuments, it is amazing to believe that Lord Buddha never visited Sanchi during his lifetime. Nevertheless, in the soothing stillness of Sanchi one could perceive his presence more effectively than any of the other famous Buddhist centers. Udaygiri Caves: 15 kms far from Sanchi, cut into a sandstone hill. The caves date from AD 320 to 606. An inscription in one of these caves states that it was produced during the reign of Chandragupta II (AD 382-401). Of the 20 Gupta caves, two are Jain and 18 Hindu. One can have a look at an image of Vishnu in his boar incarnation in the Cave 5. On the top of the hill are the ruins of the 6th-century Gupta temple. Overnight at Hotel

Day 10 Bhopal / DelhiCultural Trip Agra Jaipur
Leisurely breakfast at hotel and rest of the morning free for independent activities / shopping. Afternoon, transfer to Bhopal Railway station in time to connect Shatabdi Express for Delhi. Arrive Delhi around 2245 hrs. and meet upon arrival at Delhi Railway station to Hotel for Overnight.

Day 11 Delhi / Abroad.
After leisurely breakfast, take a city tour of Delhi covering Laxmi Narayan Temple - The Place of Gods, India Gate - The memorial of martyrs, Parliament House - The Government headquarters. In the afternoon take a city tour of Old Delhi covering Jama Masjid - The largest mosque in Asia, Red Fort - The red stone magic, Gandhi memorial - The memoir of father of the nation. Also enjoy the sound & light show in the evening. Post sightseeing, transfer to Delhi International airport in time to connect flight for your journey back home.


   
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