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Get Enchanted by the Ancient Historical Charm of Central India

A trip to Central India provides you with an excellent opportunity to see and experience India at its best. Madhya Pradesh and Maharshtra are two of the most visited states in the central part of India. On the one hand, the cities in Central India welcome you with the ancient Indian history captured by temple architecture. On the other hand, you will get to visit wildlife-rich national parks and sanctuaries. A lot of people think that they can travel to Central India on their own. Though you can do so, you might miss out on a lot of tourist spots that are hidden away from the main tourist trail. If you want to have a unique travel experience, you'll need to seek help from local specialists who have already explored every corner of the Central India. Look no further, we have a highly skilled team of travel guides and local specialists.

Our Central India tour starts with a wonderful sightseeing of such well-known cities as Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. Arrive in Delhi and go on a full day sightseeing of both Old and New Delhi. After visiting Agra, the City of the Taj, you will head straight to the cities of Jhansi and Orchha where you can see a host of palaces and temples. Then you will visit Khajuraho, the place that shelters the Khajuraho Temples, one of the finest examples of the Indo-Aryan architecture. The entire Khajuraho group of temples has been divided into Western Group of Temples and Eastern Group of Temples. Soak up the architectural charm of these temples and dig out the mythological history of India at Khajuraho before getting to the Panna National Park, situated in the northern part of the state of Madhya Pradesh in central India.

Explore the natural and historical beauty of Bhopal and then leave for an excursion to Bhimbetka, which has caves belonging to the Stone Age. Later travel to places like Jalgaon and Aurangabad in Maharashtra. Enjoy another excursion to the Ellora Caves, a huge collection of Buddhist, Brahmanical and Jain caves. Enjoy full-day sightseeing in Aurangabad before finally travelling to Mumbai for your flight back home. At Max Holidays, we always ensure that you get the most out of your Central India tour and return with lots of beautiful memories.

Detailed itinerary

Day 01 Arrive Delhi

You will be received at the Delhi international airport by Max Holidays representative, where he will meet and greet you, and assist you to transfer to your pre booked hotel for night stay.

Day 02 Delhi sightseeing

Our very knowledgeable guide will take you to discover the historical beauty of the city. The first sight will be Qutub Minar complex which houses many interesting monuments like Qutub Minar whose construction was started by Qutb al-Din Aibak by the end of the 12th century later it was completed by the Iltutmish. Near the Qutub Minar, Aibak also built a mosque called Quwat-ul-Islam. In the same complex also see Ilahi Darwaza, which was added as a gateway to mosque by Ala-ud-Din Khilji. After that, drive past Red Fort to reach Jama Masjid built by the “Engineer King” Shah Jahan. Spend some time in the bustling market near Jama Masjid called Chandni Chowk or Moonlight Square. Later drive to New Delhi part, where we will visit Humayun’s Tomb which was built by Akbar at the instance of his mother between 1565 AD -1580 AD. We drive past the Parliament house and President’s Palace, stopping at war memorial India Gate for photography. Overnight stay is at hotel.

Day 03 Delhi-Agra

After breakfast, we drive to Agra, which came into prominence with the Lodhi’s who made the seat of Government and the site of their treasury, however this treasury was raided by the Mughal ruler Babur who defeated Ibrahim Lodhi in the battle of Panipat and established his empire in 1526 AD. On arrival check in hotel and after wash and change, proceed with your guide for half day sightseeing of Agra Fort and Taj Mahal. Agra Fort built of red sandstone stands as a huge structure with gigantic walls, lofty gateways and octagonal towers was completed in eight years (1565-73).The Palaces within these forts were constructed on the hindu style with courtyards and pillars.

Followed by a visit to Taj Mahal, which has been described as a “tear on the face of the eternity” by great Indian Poet Rabindra Nath Tagore. It was built by Shah Jahan, the great Mughal ruler who is also referred as the “engineer King” for his beloved wife Mumtaj. Taj Mahal is symmetrical from all the four sides. The entire structure is made of white marble imbibed with some precious stones.

Evening is free for own activities.Overnight at hotel.

Day 04 Agra – Jhansi - Orchha

Morning after breakfast, you will be driven to Agra railway station to board Shatabdi train to Jhansi. On arrival you will be met by our representative and drive straight to your hotel in Orchha - set on the bank of the Betwa River.

The places of interests are Jahangir Mahal which was built by Bir Singh of Bundela dynasty in the 16th century. Also visit Ram Raja temple where lord Rama is worshipped as a King. Overnight stay is in one of the resort.

Day 05 Orchha - Khajuraho

Morning, we head to see the splendour of erotic temples of Khajuraho built by Chandellas from 950-1050 AD. The temples of Khajuraho are superb instances of Indo- Aryan architecture. On arrival in Khajuraho, check in hotel.

After check-in, we leave for the temple tour of Khajuraho with our guide. The temple complex is segregated in Western & Eastern block of temple.

Western Group of Temple : A boundary wall surrounds and protects the temples within this large rectangular complex and there is only one entry point. Here at the Western Group you will see some of the most sensational temples in the world.

Eastern Group of Temple : A kilometer towards the east from the western group of Temples is the khajur sagar and the old village of Khajuraho. On one of the paths to the village is a modern whitewashed structure with a large orange - red statue within. The statue is still worshipped but is one of the oldest images to be found in khajuraho.he images is of hanuman, the monkey king who assisted Ram (of the Ramayana) through his travails in exile.

Overnight stay is at hotel.

Day 06 Khajuraho – Panna National Park – Satna – Bhopal (Overnight Train)

After breakfast drive to Panna National Park - A prime tiger-land Located in Vindhyan Hills in northern Madhya Pradesh. Panna Tiger Reserve is just 25 km from Khajuraho-a mere half an hour drive. Tiger sighting is always a matter of chance but regular sightings are reported. Cheetal, Sambar, Nilgai, Chinkara, Chowsingha, Langoor, Wildboar, Jackal, are frequently sighted.

Evening transfer to Satna railway station to board overnight train to Bhopal.

Day 07 Arrive Bhopal (By overnight train)

On arrival you will be met by our representative who will escort you to your hotel. After lunch, spend the day at leisure. Explore the natural and historic beauty at your own. Overnight stay is at hotel.

Day 08 Bhopal – Bhimbetka

After breakfast, we leave for an excursion to Bhimbetka, the place which will take you to early Stone Age almost 35000 years back. It is covered with Vindhya mountain ranges and it has been discovered that there are almost 600 rock shelters. The Stone Age artists have painted these caves depicting their feelings like hope and fear. Some has brilliantly displayed the wild as well as tamed animals; it also shows the scenes of daily household chores. Later return to Bhopal for half day sightseeing of the city. Places of interest are Taj-up- Mashed (means the crown of Mosques, displays a good example of Mughal architecture), Shaukat Mahal and Sadar Manzil are the combination of Mughal and Hindu architecture, built in 18th century, Moti Masjid or the mosque of pearls was built in the 18th century by Sikandar Begum, daughter of Qudsia Begum, who was first woman ruler. Also visit the upper and lower lakes.Night stay at your hotel.

Day 09 Bhopal – Sanchi – Indore

Today morning, we leave for Indore one of the largest city of Madhya Pradesh, en route visiting Sanchi. The Stupa of Sanchi is the best specimen of the Buddhist architecture; it was erected by Ashoka in the 3rd century BC which was later enlarged on in the Sunga period. This stupa consists of the hemispherical dome containing the Buddhist relics. From here, continue our drive to Indore. On arrival check in hotel for night stay.

Day 10 Indore - Mandu

After breakfast at the hotel, we leave for half day sightseeing of Indore. Visit Rajwada (Old Palace). This 200 year old palace was built by Holkar dynasty is a combination of Maratha, French and Mughal architecture. Another palace to be visited is Lalbagh Palace which was constructed to celebrate the special occasions. Kanch Mandir or the temple made out of glasses also holds attraction for its visitors. Later drive to Mandu, and check into the hotel. Rest of the day is free to relax at your hotel.

Day 11 Mandu – Jalgaon

Morning after breakfast, discover the forts and palaces in the city of life and joy - Mandu. Mandu is a tribute to the love of Baz Bhadur and his better half Rani Roopmati. Here we will visit Jahaz Mahal which means ship palace, built by Ghiyas-ud –din Khilji as his harem between the two artificial lakes, Munj Talao and Kapur Talao. Hindola Mahal which means swinging palace, was an audience hall, built during Ghiyas-ud –din Khilji reign. Places of interest here are Champa Baoli, Dilawar Khan's Mosque, the Nahar Jharokha (tiger balcony). Visit Rewa Kund a water reservoir was constructed by Baz Bhadur to provide adequate water to Rani Roopmati Palace. Also visit Baz Bhadur’s Palace. Later drive to Jalgaon also known as The Banana capital, as has a vast production of Bananas. On arrival, check in hotel for night stay.

Day 12 Jalgaon - Aurangabad

Morning, we visit Omkareshwara temple in Jalgaon, dedicated to Lord Shiva and Parola Fort. Later drive to Aurangabad wonderful and en route visiting Ajanta caves which are the best examples of rock cut architecture, sculpture and paintings. There are thirty caves at Ajanta, some of them are single storied, and some are double storied while there are others which are over three storeys. Some caves are Viharas or monasteries for the monks to live while others are Chaitya- grihas or sanctuaries for the monks to worship their deities in perfect seclusion, and calm, and quiet atmosphere. Later drive to Aurangabad and check in hotel. Night stay at hotel.

Day 13 Aurangabad Sightseeing – Ellora (Excursion) - Aurangabad

Morning breakfast at the hotel and later leave to Ellora to see the caves which are about thirty four in number. Curiously enough some are Buddhist caves, some Brahmanical while the others are Jain caves. These caves were excavated for the use of the monks during the rainy season. As such they are made in ideal natural surroundings far from the madding crowds. Return to Aurangabad to see Bibi ka Maqbara which is a tomb of Aurangzeb’s wife Begum Rabia Durani. Also visit Daultabad Fort and Aurangabad caves. Evening, we return to hotel for night stay.

Day 14 Aurangabad-Mumbai by Flight

Today morning you will be transferred to the airport to board your flight for Mumbai. On arrival you will be received by our representative, who will assist you to your hotel. Later after wash and change enjoy the sightseeing of Mumbai. Visiting the Elephanta caves, Gateway of India, Prince of Wales museum whose architecture is the collaboration of Gothic and Moorish styles houses a remarkable collection of the artifacts of Indus Valley Civilization dating back to 2500 BC. Next stop will be at a Gateway of India which is very near to the museum. It was built in the year 1911 to welcome King George and Queen Mary.

Day 15 Leave Mumbai

Today in the meantime you will be transferred to the International airport to board your flight back to home.

What’s Included

Airport Services

Private air conditioned car with driver Company staff for airport assistance

Accommodation

14 nights in handpicked hotels

Meals

14 Breakfasts

Transport

All ground transport for sightseeing trips, AC chair car train travel

Guides / Escorts

Expert local tour guides for sightseeing tours

Activities

Boat ride, Sound & light show

Other inclusions

Govt of India taxes and Company service charges

What’s not included

Flights

International or domestic flights are not included

Travel insurance

Please carry a valid travel insurance

Visa

Visa fee and charges

Entry Tickets

Monument and museum tickets

Meals

Meals not specified

Personal expenses

Any kind of personal expenses/bills

Accommodation Style

Accommodation style

14 nights in some beautiful hotels though out the trip. Enjoy travelling in local trains. Stay in some small but beautiful hotels and some luxury hotels.

At almost all places in the itinerary single rooms are available and if you are travelling solo, please ask our experts to design your stay and cost calculations accordingly for you.

Remark : At some select locations in this tour, you can opt to stay in high end hotels at an additional cost.