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IndiaTour - West India - Discover Best of West India

Discover Best of West India

16 Nights / 17 Days

Places Covered : Mumbai - Aurangabad - Ajanta - Ellora - Mandu - Indore - Ujjain - Bhopal - Sanchi - Gwalior - Datia - Orcha - Khajuraho - Bandhavgarh - Kanha - Nagpur - Mumbai

Itinerary


01 Day: Arrival Mumbai
Welcome to India. Meeting and assistance on arrival at the Mumbai International airport, our representative welcome you and escort you by a private car and transfer to the hotel, whilst the room keys and check-in is organized, our representative would brief the tour to you and hand over the documents. Rest of your days is at leisure and free for relaxation.

02 Day: Mumbai
After breakfast takes a sightseeing tour of Bombay, drive to Gateway of India and from here cruise by motorboats to Elephanta Caves. A flight of 100 steps takes you to the top of the hill where it is set. The caves houses large pillars that seem to hold the ceiling which is made of cross beams. The picturesque presentations of the 9 marvellous sculptured panels, set on the walls are awe-inspiring. The most famous of the panels is the Trimurthi, or triple-headed Shiva, where the God is depicted as the destroyer, the preserver and the creator. Later in the afternoon cruise back to Gateway of India, one can have lunch (of your own) at the Taj Hotel or other several good Restaurants like Leopold & Mondegar serving continental cuisines. Later visit Prince of Wales Museum, Jehangir Art Gallery, Victoria Terminus, an outstanding example of Victorian Gothic Revival architecture in India, blended with themes deriving from Indian traditional architecture, Marine Drive, one of the most scenic stretches amid the concrete jungle of Mumbai.Also visit Mani Bhavan, a Gandhi Museum that houses many of his personal items and houses the same room that was used by Gandhi during his stay in Mani Bhavan, and the later visit Hanging Garden. Dhobi Ghat a fascinating spectacle, looking down on row upon row of open-air concrete wash pens, each fitted with its own flogging stone. In the evening, if time permits visit Crawford Market and then later Fashion Street or Colaba market for shopping. Return back to the hotel for overnight., Return back to the hotel for overnight.
Note: Elephanta Caves and Prince of Wales museum are closed on every Monday.

03 Day: Mumbai - Aurangabad (By Air) - Ajanta (Excursion 105 kms: 2 hrs)
Early morning check out the hotel and transfer to the airport to board the flight for Aurangabad. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. Then take an excursion to the famous Ajanta caves. Ajanta is one of the few historical and architectural marvels of India. Recognized as the World Heritage Site today, it was discovered during the 19th century by a group of British officers who were on a tiger hunt. The Ajanta group of caves, located deep within the Sahyadri hills above the Waghora, depicts the story of Buddhism that prevailed here during 200 BC to 650 AD. Ajanta’s wondrous cave temples are cut into the rocky sides of a dramatic crescent-shaped gorge, at the head of which is a waterfall that drops over the mountain rim in a series of seven steps to a pool far below –deep inside the mountain are the Buddhist chaitya – vihara prayer and monastery caves. They cover a span of 800 years where under the royal patronage of ruling dynasties, professional artists helped Buddhist monks to create magnificent murals narrating the story of Buddha in his cycle of incarnations, while simultaneously creating a painted record of the panorama of life in ancient India. Etched and painted in mineral dyes, the paintings have a languorous stylized beauty and magical eloquence. Return to back to Aurangabad for overnight stay.
Note: The Ajanta Caves are closed to public on all Monday and Ellora caves on Tuesday.

04 Day: Aurangabad - Ellora (Excursion 30 kms: ½ hr)
After breakfast take a sight seeing tour of Ellora, one of the highly visited World heritage sites of India. It houses 34 monasteries and temples with some exclusive uninterrupted sequence of monuments that date back from 600 to 1000 AD. The temples of Ellora are dedicated to Brahmanism, Jainism, and Buddhism. It also has some of the excellent stonework depicting the legends related to Lord Shiva. After visit return back to Aurangabad. Then visit to Bibi ka Maqbara Built by Azam Shah in 1678, the Bibi ka Maqbara is a son's loving tribute to his mother, Begum Rabia Durrani, the Queen of Mughal emperor Aurangzeb. Standing spectacularly on the lawns of the landscaped garden with ponds, fountains and water channels, the white marbled monument rises majestically in an intentional bid to copy and rival the world famous Taj Mahal of Agra and Panchakki - An engineering feat of the time is the Panchakki, or the water mill built by Malik Ambar in 1695. The water, channeled from a spring on a distant hill was used to power the flourmill and grind grain for the pilgrims. Rest of the evening is free to enjoy city atmosphere. Overnight at the hotel.
Note: The Ajanta Caves are closed to public on all Monday and Ellora caves on Tuesday.

05 Day: Aurangabad - Mandu (323 kms: 7 hrs)
After breakfast checkout of the hotel and drive to Mandu. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. Evening is free for leisure and relaxation. Overnight at the hotel.

06 Day: Mandu - Indore (97 kms: 2 - 3 hrs)
After breakfast take a sightseeing tour of Mandu, the city of joy, is full of legends of love and glory, visit several noteworthy palaces and pavilions some of which are Ashrafi Mahal, Rewa Kund Group, Hindola Mahal (swinging Palace). After visit checkout of the hotel and drive to Indore. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. After some relaxation in the evening visit The Khajuri Bazaar offers you unique shopping options of gold and silver work, cloth, leatherwork and traditional garments. Famous for its glass bangles and jewellery, there are the Sarafa Market that specializes in snacks and jewellery and the Kasera Bazaar that specializes in metalwork where you can indulge in the variety displayed for selling. The Chanderi and Maheshwari silks of Indore are the other famous attractions of this city. Overnight at the hotel.

07 Day: Indore - Ujjain - Indore (55 kms: 1 ½ hrs)
After breakfast take a sightseeing tour of the city visiting the Rajwada or the Old Palace (a major centre of attraction), Lalbagh palace, Kanch Mandir (a marvellous Jain temple), Chattri Bagh (the memorial with some canopies) and the Bada Ganapati (the largest lord Ganesha statue in the world). Later drive to Ujjain known for being one of the four centers of Kumbha Mela on arrival take a sightseeing tour visiting Mahakaleshwar Temple, the Gopal Mandir or the Ganesh Temple, the temple of Har Siddhi Mata (the family goddess of king Vikramaditya) and the Vedha Shala (Veda School). After visit drive back to Indore for overnight stay.

08 Day: Indore - Bhopal (186 kms: 4 hrs)

After breakfast checkout and drive to Bhopal. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. After relaxation take a sightseeing tour of the city visiting the Jama Masjid: Gold spikes crown the minarets of this beautiful mosque built in 1837 by Kudsia Begum. Situated at the entrance to the Chowk area in the heart of the walled city is Shaukat Mahal and Sadar Manzil: an architectural curiosity. Its mixture of styles in Occidental idioms sets it apart from the predominantly Islamic architecture of the area. Also visit the Taj-ul-Masajid is one of the largest mosques in Asia, built by Nawab Shahjehan Begum around a courtyard with a large tank in the center and with an imposing double storeyed gateway with 4 recessed archways and 9 imposing cusped multifold openings in the main prayer hall. The Quibla wall in the prayer hall is carved with 11 recessed arches, while the mimber is made of black basalt. Situated behind Shaukat Mahal on the banks of the Upper Lake is Gohar Mahal, which is an architectural gem dating back to the times of Kudsia Begum, also known as Gohar Begum, who built this sprawling palace in 1820. The Mahal is a magnificent expression of the fusion of Hindu and Mughal architecture. Evening visit the most unique national institutes in India, Bharat Bhawan is a center for the performing and visual arts. Designed by renowned architect, Charles Correa, the contours of Bharat Bhawan merge in exquisite harmony with the landscape creating a visual impact of spacious and natural elegance. Later return back to hotel for overnight stay.

09 Day: Bhopal - Sanchi - Bhopal (45 kms: 1 hr one way)
After breakfast drive to Sanchi - The ancient seat of Buddhist learning. The places worth visiting are Archaeological Museum - The most interesting pieces are the lion capital from the Ashoka pillar, a Yakshi hanging from a mango tree and a beautiful Buddha figure in red sandstone. Great Stupa - This is the finest work of art at Sanchi and amongst the finest examples of Buddhist art in India. After visit return back to Bhopal. Later evening visit Laxmi Narayan Temple And Museum, Van Vihar, Upper And Lower Lakes. Overnight at the hotel.

10 Day: Bhopal - Gwalior (By Train)
After breakfast check out and drive to the railway station to board the train for Gwalior. Assistance on arrival at Gwalior railway station and transfer to the hotel. After relaxation take a sightseeing of 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 Century, visiting Jai Vilas Palace, Usha Kiran Palace, Gwalior fort, Man Mandir, Gujri Mahal and the tomb of Mohammad Ghaus. After visit return to the hotel for overnight stay.

11 Day: Gwalior - Datia - Orcha (135 kms: 3 hrs)
After breakfast, check out of the hotel and drive to Orcha. Enroute visit Datia its main attraction is seven storey Palace atop a hill built by Raja Bir Singh Deo. Later proceed to Orcha. The word Orcha apparently means 'hidden" it is situated on the bank of Betwa River the Bundelkhand region. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. Afternoon city tour of Orcha visiting various temple and Palaces such as Raja Ram temple, Chaturbhuj Temple, Laxmi Narayan Temple, Shiva Mandir, Panch Mukhi Mahadev Mandir and other cenotaphs " Chhatries" on the bank of river Betwa and also visit Fort Palace of Raj Mahal, Jahangir Mahal, Diwan -I- Khas and Rai Praveen Mahal. Overnight at the hotel.

12 Day: Orcha - Khajuraho (180 kms: 4 ½ hrs)

After breakfast, check out of the hotel and drive to Khajuraho. On arrival, transfer to the hotel. After relaxation explore Khajuraho, is worldly known for its magnificent temples of erotica built between 950 A.D. and 1050 A.D. Khajuraho - The very name, Khajuraho, arouses strange dreams even in daytime. Of full bodied feminine forms frozen in stone, so real that you wonder whether they might come alive at a touch. Khajuraho is world heritage town, the temples are scattered in an area of 8 sq km. After relaxation take a sightseeing tour of Western group of Temples consisting of the massive Laxman Temple dedicated to lord Vishnu, the Laxmi and Varaha temples dedicated to Vishnu’s consort Laxman, the Kandariya Mahadev temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and the Chausath Yogini temple dedicated to goddess Kali. Also visit Archaeological museum with its collection of stone sculptures of the Chandela dynasty. Overnight at the hotel.

13 Day: Khajuraho - Bandhavgarh (240 kms: 6 hrs)

After an early breakfast visit Eastern group of Temples and visit the Jain temples of Parsvanath, Adinath, and Shanti Nath. And the temples of Vamana and Brahma/Hanuman both dedicated to lord Vishnu. Also visit Archaeological museum with its collection of stone sculptures of the Chandela dynasty. Later checkout and drive to Bandhavgarh. On arrival, transfer to the jungle resort. After relaxation if time permits enjoy a jungle safari in the evening. Overnight at the resort.

14 Day: Bandhavgarh
Early morning jungle safari by open canter. Return to the hotel for breakfast. After breakfast, trek to Bandhavgarh Fort situated at the highest point of Bandhavgarh hills. Also study the water management system. See the archaeological find of over 1000 years and study the unique topography of the Park from a birds-eye view, visit to the rural schools at Bandhavgarh. Evening recap of the day’s activity, walk through Medicinal Plant garden, study conservation practices such as solar cooking, solar water heating, vermiculture, and study the unique architecture of the Lodge, which is mud huts, and a unique Indian Village. A lecture on astronomy will follow, including stargazing with a telescope. Overnight at the resort.

15 Day: Bandhavgarh - Kanha (260 kms: 7 hrs)
After breakfast checkout the resort and drive to Kanha National Park, which is one of the most well known tiger reserves worldwide. It's located among the Banjar and Halon valleys in the Mandla / Balaghat districts. The central Kanha valley was declared a sanctuary way back in 1933 but got it's status as a National Park in 1955. It covers a large area of 1,945 square kilometers, out of which 940 square kilometers form the main park. Kanha is also famous for its animal conservation efforts made in collaboration and cooperation with the local resident communities. On arrival, transfer to the resort. Evening will be at leisure. Overnight at the resort.

16 Day: Kanha
Early morning take jungle safari. Return to resort for breakfast. Later the day is free to fulfill your quest on wildlife by visiting the library, the museum and by watching wildlife presentations & movies until afternoon jungle safari. Overnight at the resort.

17 Day: Kanha - Nagpur (295kms: 7 hrs) - Mumbai (By Air)
After breakfast check out from the resort and drive to Nagpur airport to board the scheduled flight for Mumbai. On arrival at the Mumbai airport transfer to the international airport to board the connecting flight for hometown. Tour concludes here with happy memories.