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Great Indian Central Heritage Tour (7 NIGHTS / 8 DAYS)
Rs 18,000
7 nights & 8 days

The beset of heritage of India lies in the heart of India with Jaipur and Agra the tour can be made a memorable one. The other attractions can be added for example the wildlife of Madhya Pradesh considering like Kanha and Bandhavgarh National Park the two of the best wildlife for tiger sighting in India. The most famous of all are Khajuraho temples both eastern and western group of temples, The huge fort of Gwalior, The ancient paintings of Bhimbetka which dates back to Paleolithic era about 10,000 years old. Another best known attraction is Sanchi which had a significant value in Buddhism. Not to be missed are the two world famous caves of Ajanta and Ellora Caves near to Aurangabad.  

Day 01: New Delhi-Gwalior (By Shatabdi Train)

Upon arrival at Gwalior transfer to the hotel. Later proceed for full day sightseeing of Gwalior covering stunning Gwalior Fort which was built about 1000 years ago, Scindia Museum, Saas-bahu temple, Jai Vilas Mahal and Tansen Memorial, Teli-Ka Mandir. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 02: Gwalior-Khajuraho (285 kms)

After breakfast leave for Khajuraho en route visiting Orchha- it means hidden place and  stays true to its name. The Orchha Fort complex is the biggest attraction and can be done in one day situated at the bank or river Betwa some of the famous Mahal or Palace are Raj Mahal, Jahangir Mahal, Rai Parveen Mahal and the center is dominated by Ram Raja Temple dedicated to lord Ram. Continue your journey and reach Khajuraho. Upon arrival hotel check in. The light and sound show at western group of temples it reminds you of earlier Chandelas kings. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 03: Khajuraho

After breakfast take a sightseeing tour of Khajuraho a full day tour will be best to explore both eastern and western group of temples. Overnight at hotel

 

Day 04:Khajuraho-Jhansi Railway Station (Surface)-Bhopal (Train Shatabdi)

After breakfast leave for Jhansi Railway station to board the Shatabdi train to Bhopal. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel. Take a half day sightseeing tour of Bhopal. Bhopal has some of the bests Museums that houses some of the rare artifacts from across the country. Visit to Birla Museum/Archeological museum, Museum of Mankind has a huge collection dating back to pre-historic period. It also houses the collections of artifacts from different tribal land of India. Lower and upper lake, Van Vihar National Park, Taj-ul-Masjid. Overnight at Hotel.

 

Day 05:Bhopal (Excursion tour of Sanchi and Bhimbetka Rock Shelters)- Jalgaon Railway station (Overnight train)

After breakfast proceed for full day excursion tour of Sanchi- most famous Buddha Stupa and monuments there are beautiful pillars, Shrines, Stupas which was built from 3rd to 12th Century AD. The places of interest are The Ashokan Pillar, Great Stupa the oldest stone monuments in India, The Buddhist Vihara which contains the ruins of Satdhara Stupa and Sanchi museum which houses the findings of artefacts in and around while excavating.

 

Later after lunch proceed to Bhimbetka Rock Shelter caves which dates back to some 10,000 years ago in Paleolithic era. The paintings are executed in mainly in Red and white with occasional use of green and yellow. The paintings depicts about the day to day events like hunting, decorating, disguises, masking and household scenes. The animals used in the paintings are Bisons, tigers, Wild boars, lions, elephants, antelopes, dogs and lizards, crocodile with occasionally depicting the rituals. Later in the evening you will be transferred to the Bhopal Railway station to board the train to Jalgaon Railway station which is the nearest railway station for Aurangabad in Maharastra state. Overnight journey.

 

Day 06: Jalgaon Railway Station-Aurangabad (157 kms) (Ajanta Caves remain closed on Monday)

After breakfast transfer to the Bhopal Junction (Railway Station) to board the train to Jalgaon Railway station which is the nearest railway station for Aurangabad. Upon arrival hotel check in. Later proceed for half day sightseeing of Aurangabad city covering Bibi Ka Maqbara also called as “ Poor man’s Taj” and Mini Taj of the Deccan. Panchakki (Water Mill)- a 17th century water mill situated 1 km away from the city is an intriguing water mill, Gates in Aurangabad built by Malik Ambar in commemoration of his victory against the Mughals. Another attractions are Naukhanda Palace, Jama Masjid, Kali Masjid. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 07: Auranbad (Excursion tour of Ajanta and Ellora Caves)

After an early breakfast leave for Ajanta Caves sightseeing. Visit to Rock cut caves dating back from 2nd Century B.C. to 7th century AD the caves are divided into two separate locations. These caves famous for its murals are the finest surviving examples of Indian arts and paintings. In all, total 30 excavations were hewn out of rock which also include an unfinished one. Out of these, five (cave no. 9, 10, 19, 26, and 29) are chaityagrihas and the rest are viharas. In date and style also, these caves can be divided into two broad groups. The earliest excavations belong to the Hinayana phase of Buddhism of which similar examples could also be seen at Bhaja, Kondane, Pitalkhora, Nasik, etc. In total, 5 caves at Ajanta belong to this phase, viz., 9 & 10 which are chaityagrihas and 8, 12, 13, & 15A which are viharas. These caves are datable to the pre-Christian era, the earliest among them being Cave 10 dating from the second century B.C. The object of worship is a stupa here and these caves exhibit the imitation of wooden construction to the extent that the rafters and beams are also sculpted even though they are non-functional.

 

Later afternoon visit to Ellora Caves-located at a distance of 30 kms from Aurangabad it represents one of the largest rock-hewn monastic temple complexes in the entire world. It is the single largest monolithic excavations in the world. The visit to these caves are enjoyed maximum during monsoon seasons when every stream is filled with rain water and entire environ is lush green. The caves complex is of Buddhist, Hindu and Jain it has more exquisite sculpture than Ajanta. It is also a UNESCO world Heritage site and one of the most visited ancient place in India. The caves war carved from 6-10th century AD. One of the most important monument is Kailash Temple Cave built from 770-870 AD. There are 34 caves among them 12 are Buddhist (500-700 AD), 17 Hindu (600-870 AD) and 5 Jains (800-1000 AD). The cave 10 was monasteries used for study, meditation Communal rituals, eating and sleeping. Later return to the hotel for overnight stay.

 

Day 08: Aurangabad Departure

After breakfast departure transfer to Airport/ Railway station.

Hotels Envisaged as under:3*

Gwalior: Hotel Prabha International/Similar

Khajuraho:GW Greenwood Art Hotel/Similar

Bhopal:Hotel Tilak/Similar

Aurangabad:Hotel Pearl/Similar

 

Tour Price: Rs.18000 per person (Cost based on minimum of 02 persons traveling together)

 

Cost Includes of:-

•                    Accommodation in AC room for 7 nights in the above mentioned hotels or similar.

•                    Buffet or fixed menu breakfast.

•                    All transfers and sightseeing by AC car as per above itinerary.

•                    Includes of all taxes related to vehicles, Driver allowance, Toll taxes and Parking.

•                    All applicable hotel taxes.

 

Cost Excludes of:-

•                    Airfare/Train Fare

•                    Expenses of personal nature such as tips, laundry, telephone, and table drinks, Insurance, beverages (Both Hard and Soft drinks), any other meals.

•                    Transportation cost will be extra as per aitinerary. Kindly ask for the same.

•                    Supplement cost for Festive period and peak season period.

•                    Services of a Guide/Escort/Entrance Fee to park/monuments.

•                    Anything extra not included in the above cost includes sections.

•                    Expenses caused due to force majeure factor

IMPORTANT TRIP ADVISORY:

 

·         You should reserve your seat well in advance in the train.

·         A hat and sunscreen is the most important thing you should carry along with you.

·         Take plenty of mineral water along with you.

·         Wear comfortable shoes as it involves lots of walking.

·         Take off your shoes before entering the temples and maintain the sanctity of the environment.

·         Do not litter use dustbin.

·         The chances are that most people will visit about ten caves and then start finding a few similarities and their eagerness to see the other caves starts waning. However, each cave is different and has its own uniqueness.

·         Do not leave your foolish mark on the walls of the stone carving. Do not touch or harm the monuments.

·         One must pay a visit to Hindu temple of the Ellora Caves.

·         The Ajanta Caves is closed on every Monday whereas the Ellora caves remain closed on every Tuesday.

·         The visiting time if 9 AM to Sunset for Ajanta Caves and Sunrise to Sunset for Ellora Caves.

·         The cost for Tickets are Rs.30 for Indian nationals and Citizen of SAARC country and US$ 5 or Rs.350 for foreign nationals. This is applicable both for Ajanta and Ellora Caves.

·         The timings and fees are subject to change for latest updates please call to the concerned department.

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