Central India

12 NIGHTS – 13 DAYS

DELHI – GWALIOR – KHAJURAHO – ORCCHA – BHOPAL – SANCHI – MANDU – AJANTA & ELLORA CAVES – MUMBAI

The Central India tour takes you to the magnificent state of Madhya Pradesh which is known as ‘The heart of India’ because of its central location. Here you will find numerous spectacular places with stunning architecture and history. After a brief introductory tour of Delhi, you will visit Gwalior, which is famous for its 8th century medieval fort. You then move on to Khajuraho which is famous for its temples that showcase the exquisite erotic sculpture, Orchha and Mandu are beautiful historic towns, with majestic forts and grand temples. On this tour, you will also visit sanchi, famous for its great Buddhist stupa, which preserves relics of Buddha and his followers. You will also visit the world famous rock-cut-cave temples of Ajanta and Ellora before concluding your Central India tour package at Mumbai, the most vibrant city of India. Leave all your worries at home as State Express, your specialist destination management company in India, will take care of all your problems so you can enjoy a relaxed hassle free trip to ‘the heart of India’

1

Day : Delhi

Arrive in Delhi.

Delhi is one of the oldest cities in the world that has illustriously changed with time. Enjoy the ambiance of an ancient city in Old Delhi, and contemporary in New Delhi.

Our representative will welcome you at the Indira Gandhi International Airport and after a quick briefing, you will be transferred to your hotel.

Later we shall start sightseeing tour with Jama Masjid

Jama Masjid is India’s largest mosque that can embraces 25,000 people on daily basis. The ‘Friday Mosque’ was Shah Jahan’s last architectural creation, built between 1644 and 1658. Jama Masjid is covered with elaborate carvings and has stanzas etched from the holy Quran.

Enjoy a rickshaw ride through the winding streets of Chandni Chowk.

Next we visit the impressive sandstone structure – Red Fort. It was the seat of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan till two centuries. This iconic symbol of India is used as a stage by the Prime Minister of India to address the public and hoist the National flag on Independence Day.

Later drive past through imposing India Gate. India Gate is a red and yellow sandstone arch and is also known as All India War Memorial. It was built in memory of all those soldiers who died during the First World War. In the middle of the Arch, Amar Jawan Jyoti, an eternal flame, burns 24 hours. This was lit to pay home to the soldiers who were killed during the Indo-Pak war in 1971.

We will also pass by Parliament House, which is one of the most wonderful buildings in New Delhi and has one of the liveliest collections of architectural charms.

Strategically located in the heart of Delhi, Rashtrapati Bhawan is architectural marvel of colonial times. It is a grand palace with 340 rooms, grand reception halls and beautifully landscaped gardens.

Return to Hotel for overnight stay.

 

2

Day : Delhi – Gwalior (By Train – 4 Hours)

Early morning transfer to railway station to board a train to Gwalior.

Arrival at Gwalior station and transfer to Hotel.

In the afternoon visit Gwalior Fort.

Gwalior fort is one of the most glorious forts in the Indian subcontinent. You will encounter Different building styles here – from ancient to modern. Built on a hill, at a height of 700 metres, and protected by tall ramparts and large towers, it was unconquerable. Entry was possible only through the six entry gates after approval of the gatekeeper.

Of all the palaces in the Gwalior Fort, Man Mandir Palace is the most beautiful. It is said that the walls were once covered in white plaster and the towers were glad with shining copper. Towers above the wall are decorated with blue tiles.

In the evening, enjoy a sound and light show at the Man Mandir Palace.

Overnight stay at hotel.

 

3

Day : Gwalior – Khajuraho (300 KM, 4 Hours)

In the morning leave for Khajuraho.

Arrive and check in at hotel.

The temples of Khajuraho are India’s exclusive gift to the world, flawless in implementation and beautiful in appearance, they depict love and joy as a way of life. Every form of life has been carved in stone, attesting not only to the craftsman’s artistry but also of his/her vision. The ceilings in the interior are engraved with beautiful floral and geometric designs. The temples are grouped in the three geographical divisions – Western, Eastern and Southern. Among these, the Western group of temples are generally described as being the best preserved and most exquisite.

The rest of the day is at leisure.

Overnight stay

 

4

Day : Khajuraho – Orchha (180 KM , 4 Hours)

In the morning, visit the famous temples of Khajuraho. Western Group of Temples in Khajuraho constitute some of the most splendid and architecturally marvelous specimen of temple architecture in India. The group includes such magnificent temples like Kandariya Mahadeo Temple, Chaunsat Yogini Temple, Chitragupta Temple, Lakshamana Temple, Matangeswara Temple, and Varaha Temple.

Later visit Eastern Group of temples which are quite different from the other temples in Khajuraho. These are primarily dominated by the Jain temples. These include Parsvanath temple, Adinatha temple and the Ghantai temple. There is also a Brahma Temple which is said to be wrongly named and is believed to be actually dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is the only temple built in granite here.

In the afternoon leave for Orccha.

Orchha was founded in the 16th century by Rudra Pratap who was the Bundela Rajput chieftain. This is the land that portrays the splendor of the well-known Bundela dynasty. The place is situated at 16 km from Jhansi. It is surrounded by captivating hills and lush greenery.

Arrive and check in at hotel

Overnight stay.

 

5

Day : Orchha – Jhansi – Bhopal (15 KM, ½ Hour + Train – 4 Hours)

In the morning sightseeing tour of Orccha, we will visit Rai Praveen Mahal, which is famous for its enchanting beauty. The palace was constructed by Prince Inderjit Singh and is surrounded by beautiful gardens. The paintings on the walls of the central hall depict various moods of Rai Praveen, the paramour of Indrajit Singh, in different moods and poses.

Laxminarayan temple is the most important tourist attraction of the place. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Laxmi. It displays a unique style of architecture as it contains various elements which are seen in both forts and temples For example, along with a temple alter, there are slots for cannons which were used during the wars.The paintings on the walls are also unique,depicting scenes from the Ram Charitra Manas as well as the 1857 revolt of Indain soldiers against the Britishers.

Then we shall transfer you to Jhansi station to board a train to Bhopal.

Bhopal is the capital of Madhya Pradesh and was founded by king Bhoja of the Paramara dynasty (1000–1055 A.D.). It is also known as the City of Lakes as there are various natural as well as artificial lakes in the city.

Arrive at Bhopal station and transfer to hotel for check in and overnight stay.

 

6

Day : Bhopal – Bhimbetka – Sanchi – Bhopal (190 KM, 5 Hours)

In the morning visit Bhimbetka Caves

Bhimbetka Caves are located near Bhopal at a distance of 45 kms and serve as chronicles of Human history. The caves are famous for paintings that date back to prehistoric times. They also have Stupas that were made by Buddhist monks. A visit to the cave is like stealing a glimpse of the past thousand years. There are scenes of dance, rituals and hunts that are etched on the stone walls. The rocks of the caves have served canvas to many eras. Each generation has left their imprint on these rocky canvases which were discovered centuries later by a wandering archeologist.

Continue drive to Sanchi and Udaygiri caves.

Udaygiri is a group of 20 unique rock-cut caves which contain some of the oldest Hindu and Jain sculptures, inscriptions and wall paintings. Dating back to the 2nd century BC. These caves used to hold retreats for travelling Buddhist monks in the mighty kingdoms of Malad and Kalinga. The largest and most beautiful cave here is Rani Gufa. It is a double structure cut out to form an inverted U. The walls are adorned with beautiful sculptures and panels. These wall motifs on religious and royal scenes run all through Udaygiri walls.

Later visit Sanchi which is located 46 km north east of Bhopal. It is home to several Buddhist monuments dating from the 3rd century BC to the 12th century AD and is considered to be one of the most important places of Buddhist pilgrimage. The great Buddhist emperor Ashoka erected the Great Stupa here and several other stupas all over the country in order to spread Buddhism. These contain the mortal remains of Lord Buddha. The exquisite carvings on the doorway of the ‘Great Stupa’ depict in detail the significant episodes and miracles from Lord Buddha’s life and events depicted in the Buddhist Jataka stories.

Finally, return to Bhopal for overnight stay.

 

7

Day : Bhopal – Maheshwar – Mandu (340 KM, 8 Hours)

In the morning leave for Mandu.
En-route visit Maheshwar.

During the era of ancient Indian civilization,Maheshwar was a magnificent city. This beautiful temple town is situated on the banks of river Narmada and finds its name in the great Indian epics such as Mahabharata and Ramayana. The city is extremely popular for its beautiful handwoven saris.

Continue drive to Mandu and upon arrival check in at hotel.

In the present day mandav area,Mandu is a city of ruins that is located on the western part of Madhya Pradesh. This ruined city is a celebration in stone of life and joy. It is a loving tribute shared between the prince Baz Bahadur and his gorgeous partner, Rani Roopmati. Mandu was originally fort capital of Parmar rulers. The fort house beautiful palaces like Jahaz Mahal, ornamental canals and exquisite baths. Every The stone structures of Mandu are considered ancient architectural marvels and are even studied in architectural schools in India.

Overnight stay

 

8

Day : Mandu

In the morning we shall go for sightseeing of the city.

Jahaz Mahal is a brilliantly carved palace that sits on a narrow strip of land between two lakes, Munj Talao and Kapur Talao. In the monsoon season, when the lakes are full with water, It looks as if the palace is floating on the waters of these lakes. The entrance of the rectangular structure has Gothic architecture. The palace boasts of three huge halls differentiated by corridors.

Hindola Mahal is a primeval edifice which was constructed under the rule of Ghiyas-ud-din’s supremacy. It is an ideal spot with wonderful sculptures.

Jami Masjid is a mosque that was built in 1454 by Mahmud Khilji, the 15th century Sultan of Delhi. The mosque projects a dome entrance hall and has beautiful landscaped gardens in the front. There are also two subsidiary entrances to the north, one of for the priests and the other one is reserved for the women.

Roopmati’s Pavilion is the most important tourist attraction in the city of Mandu. This pavilion is famous for the tragic love story of Prince Baz Bahadur and Roopmati. This pavilion is located on the hill top near the Baz Bahadur Palace. The corridors of the pavilion have arched openings. The western ledge of the pavilion contains a huge reservoir for rain water harvesting.

Overnight stay at hotel

 

9

Day : Mandu – Omkareshwar – Jalgaon (300 KM, 7 Hours)

In the morning leave for Jalgaon

En- route visit Omkareshwar

Omkareshwar is a Hindu temple dedicated to God Shiva. It is one of the twelve sacred Jyotirlinga Shrines of Shiva. It is located on an island on the Narmada River. This place has its own stories and legends to tell. This sacred place attracts thousands of pilgrims annually. The temple is a fine example of medieval Brahmin architecture.

Then proceed to Jalgaon.

Jalgaon is a city located in the Deccan plateau of the Indian subcontinent. The city is situated near the very famous Ajanta caves which is one of the most important tourist attractions.

On arrival check in at hotel for overnight stay.

 

10

Day : Jalgaon – Ajanta – Aurangabad (165 KM, 4 Hours)

In the morning leave for Aurangabad

Aurangabad is a gateway to the World Heritage Sites – Ajanta and Ellora caves. The city of Auranagabad is named after the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb. Stop en-route to visit Ajanta.

Ajanta has 29 Buddhist temples and monasteries that were built in the 2nd century BC. Ajanta Caves are testament to glorious past when Buddhism was its peak. These caves are mainly prayer halls and vihars. The ceilings on the walls have sculptures depicting scenes from Buddha’s life. To protect the caves from the damage from artificial light, the caves are dimly lit. They are even home to famous reclining Buddha. The caves were excavated in the 19th century.
Continue drive to Aurangabad for overnight stay at hotel.

 

11

Day : Aurangabad

In the morning we shall visit Ellora caves.

Ellora Caves have Buddhists, Jain, and Hindu rock cut temples and monasteries that were built in the 7th century. There are 12 Buddhist caves, 17 Hindu caves, and 5 Jain caves which were carved out of serene hills. The most beautiful is the Kailash temple which took 100 years to be carved out from a single piece of rock. Two carved columns and two elephants guard the entrance. The temple is surrounded by pillared corridors. The walls of the corridors are adorned with 6 to 7 feet high sculptures of different avatars of Shiva. Here you can find Shiva in every mood, from slaying demons to meditating posture. The famous carpenters cave has a sculpture of a seated Buddha.

Afternoon is free for independent activities.

Overnight stay.

 

12

Day : Aurangabad – Mumbai (By Flight – 45 Minutes)

Transfer to airport to board a flight to Mumbai.

Mumbai is India’s largest Metropolis city. It is a metropolis of contrast with glitter and glue. The city was first founded by the Portuguese. The city is a well-known tourist hub and is known for its glittering nightlife. The city has turned itself from a small village to a commercial trading center. The city is the home of Bollywood film Industry, The industry which brings fashion, glamour and cinema together.

Arrive in Mumbai and transfer to hotel

In the afternoon leave for sightseeing of the city.

Gateway of India is an important landmark of the city that was built during the British era in the year 1923. The monument was originally built to honor the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to Bombay. The monument constitutes of a large arch and is built in yellow basalt stone to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to India in 1911. The structure is designed in Indo-Saracenic style.

Hanging Gardens is located on the Malabar hills. They are generally referred to as Oasis in tranquility. Bushes and shrubs take the shapes of animals and arches. They are well manicured lawns that attract numerous tourists. Below the ground are the hidden reservoirs and behind the trees are the hidden tower.

Prince of Wales Museum is an elegant building in Indo Saracenic design encircled by a small park. The central hall crowned by a dome welcomes visitors. There are three exhibition areas that were inaugurated in 1923. The museum features private possessions of the rulers. The first floor of the museum displays a collection of jewelry and weaponry. The museum also houses a large collection of paintings, stuffed animals and prehistoric stone tablets.

In the evening you are free for shopping and other activities.

Overnight stay.

 

13

Day : Departure

Transfer to airport to board a flight to onward destination with everlasting imprints of this mesmerizing tour in your mind.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Is this a group tour?

No, this is a private travel exclusively for you, your friends and family who may accompany you on the tour.

Is this trip possible for single traveler?

Yes, it is possible. But, the cost may be high in case of a single traveler. You may send us information in the form and we shall send you our best offer depending on number of persons in your group or for a single person.

May I choose dates according to my choice?

Yes, since this is a private tour, you may decide the dates as per your choice. Only in case of certain tours, we have to check if there are any operational difficulties for organizing a tour of your choice. Certain tours are not possible for particular period which we shall let you know. Besides, the cost may vary depending on seasonality.

Could you provide us international flights to India?

It is better if you could buy international tickets directly through your local agent or on internet. Although we can provide you international flight tickets, but you may a get a better deal locally.

Is visa service included in your cost?

No, you have to obtain visa on your own. The visa regulations will depend on your nationality. You may contact us for further details.

Is it possible to make extension or modify tours?

Yes, it is very much possible. You can extend your stay on arrival or departure or at any other place. You may also modify the tour. You may let us know your interest and we can send you modified tour itinerary with cost.

What’s included in the cost?

Our cost normally includes hotel accommodation with breakfast, private air-conditioned car with driver which includes fuel, parking and all taxes, entrance fee to monuments, train tickets if any, guided city tours in English or in other foreign languages, viz French, German, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Russian or other foreign languages subject to availability which we can notify at the time of reservation request. Our cost also includes some other services viz Elephant ride at Amer fort in Jaipur, camel safari in Jaisalmer and boat tour in Varanasi. We shall send you all details at the time of sending you quotation.
We may also include other services viz lunches, dinners or other services if you wish. We may also exclude guide service and entrance fee to monuments if you so wish.

Are domestic flights and trains are included in our cost ?

Train tickets are included in our cost. But, we give supplement cost for domestic flight tickets as these days, there are dynamic fares and these are not fixed. We send you indicative fare at the time of sending you quotation which is subject to change until issue of tickets with advance purchase for which we need payment from you to issue flight tickets. You may also purchase domestic flight tickets directly on your own if you prefer.

What kind of hotel accommodation is provided ?

We provide minimum standard (3 star or similar), superior (4 star or similar), deluxe (5 star or similar) hotels and the cost will depend depending on category of hotels. We can send you quotation for the category that you are interested in. We usually provide heritage or palace hotels which fit in your category of hotels. We may also mix the hotel category if you prefer and can also provide you rates based on hotels of your liking in all places if you like.

When do I have to pay?

We usually request 25% advance upon confirmation of our services unless otherwise informed at the time of sending you quotation. We shall send you all payment terms at the time of sending you our offer.

I am interested. What is next step?

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Why State Express

Established in 1980, State Express has been providing most reliable services to travelers all over the world for last 35 years. We are renowned for our customer first approach and unobtrusive efficiency which ensures the highest levels of customer satisfaction. We have been awarded several times by State Government for being best Tour Operator. All aspects of our tours have been carefully researched and then designed to give ultimate experience to travelers. Let our travel knowledge help you to create a wonderful experience, whether on one of our tour itineraries or a tailor made tour itinerary made exclusively for you to give you an unforgettable holiday.

 

Our people make the difference

Our success has been possible because of our people who are our biggest asset. We have a team of highly dedicated, sincere, hardworking who work with integrity that has made State Express one of the leading and most reliable tour companies in India. They not only have expertise and experience to meet any requirement, they also speak foreign languages and trained to offer only the best and leave nothing to chance. We know that travel to Indian sub-continent is a dream of many of our guests and our team does everything possible to make their dream true and give them an experience of their lifetime.

Our infrastructure

We have complete infrastructure to provide you best rate and services to you. We are an IATA approved and authorized agents for all domestic airlines and Indian Railways. We have our own cars vans and coaches with experienced drivers. We have multi lingual staff to ensure that our guests do not face any language problem. We also have associate offices in all major tourist centers to provide assistance in shortest possible time.

Our fleet of vehicles & drivers

We undoubtedly have one of the best and most modern fleet of cars, vans, 4X4s and large coaches. Surface travel is a very important aspect in India as you spend lot of your time while travelling on the road and therefore given us an edge over other tour companies who have to rely on other transport companies to provide this service to their clients. We have our own garage and all our vehicles are well maintained to give you hassle free journey.

Besides having the best fleet, it is our drivers who truly make the difference as they play a crucial role in making a tour successful. Even if you stay in best of the hotels and travel in most comfortable and luxurious vehicles, if you do not have a good driver, it may spoil your experience. We have our team of drivers who are part of State Express and have been working with us for years and they are trained, dedicated and motivated to take care of our guests and make them comfortable. That is the reason that more than 90% of our guests thank us and appreciate them after returning to their home.

Our choice of hotels

We take utmost care in selection of hotels that we recommend to our clients and include in our list of suggested hotels. We inspect these hotels regularly to be sure of their quality of product and services. We give lot of emphasis on the location and the people who run those hotels. We want to give you clients an experience of heritage and palace hotels which are unique and not available in other part of the world.

Our tour itineraries

All our tour itineraries are designed by experts to give you an opportunity to see most wonderful sites in number of days at your disposal at the same time giving you time to explore the places in your own way. We have a number of itineraries to choose from which covers all India, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Tibet. We also include mode of travel and approximate time taken between places to ensure that you do not have any surprises during the tour. Our specialists will also work with you to create an itinerary of your choice either by modifying our readymade tour itineraries or prepare an exclusive tailor made tour for you based on your interest and liking keeping in mind local conditions.

24×7 assistance during the Central India tour

We provide you clients real 24×7 assistance during the tour. This is not a marketing gimmick but we have someone in our office always to assist you in case of any emergency anytime. We also provide cell phone numbers of our executive who you may contact even during odd hours when you need them for anything urgent. We have associate offices in all major cities of India to provide you assistance in minimum possible time.

Response time

We know that response time is key to our success and we value it a lot. Even at initial stages before reservation, you will get replies from us in not more than 24 working hours. We shall always be there whenever you need us during the tour.

Personalised Service

Apart from professional service, we believe in emphasising on personalised service. That is to make our guests feel at home in a foreign country and also feel that they have friends here who they can trust for any need. Our customer executives remain in constant touch with our guests during the tour to give them comfort and trust that we are always with them.

Good value for money

We know that there are so many travel companies providing their services and unless we provide good value for money to our clients, they will not be satisfied. Our own fleet of cars, vans and coaches and best special discounted rates with hotels due to our volumes enables us to offer value for money.

Call us at +91 11 47674000 or email us on info@statexp.in for all the details on this itinerary and what is included in your tour. We shall be glad to make any amendments in the tour if you so wish and send you our best quotation and details of the tou to suit your budget and interest.

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