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World Heritage Site Tour Madhya Pradesh India

 

World Heritage Site Tour Madhya Pradesh India: Overview

Madhya Pradesh state in Central India is a historical region which is also known as Heart of India. There is no state in India that is as diverse in terms of magnificent fort, Caves and palaces as Madhya Pradesh. Madhya Pradesh's trove of culture, traditions, music and dance can be easily through its monuments. Madhya Pradesh is a must-see state of India, brimming with startling, thought-provoking and, ultimately, unforgettable attractions. Its history goes back to the time of Ashoka, the great Mauryan ruler.

World Heritage Site Tour Madhya Pradesh India is an attempt to cover the most of the state's great historical attractions in a single go. In this tour package you will cover Heritage Forts, Palaces, Monuments and Caves.

Madhya Pradesh Heritage Destinations to be Covered in Package : Khajuraho, Mandu, Maheshwar, Sanchi, Orchha, Gwalior, Bhopal, Burhanpur, Shivpuri, Dhar, Indore

 

 

World Heritage Site Tour Madhya Pradesh India: Highlights

  • Fully Customized and Personalized tour program of 11 nights

  • UNESCO Sanchi Stupa

  • Bhimbetka Rock Shelters

  • Boat ride at Maheshwar

  • Popular Jyotirlinga Temple in Omkareshwar

  • Maheshwar - Temple town on the bank of river Narmada

  • Cover large number of historic monuments in Mandu

  • Lake city Bhopal with heritage sites

  • World heritage temple in Khajuraho

  • City of Lord Shiva - Shivpuri

  • Gwalior fort - one of the biggest fort in World




World Heritage Site Tour Madhya Pradesh India - Itinerary

Upon arrival in Indore, meet Incredible India Tour representative for an assisted transfer to the hotel. A half-day sightseeing is arrange in Indore and Indore city is known "Devi Ahilya Ki Nagri". After lunch you will visit for Indore attractions which include Rajwada Fort, Kanch Mandir, Lal Bagh Palace and Khajrana Temple. Later come back to hotel and overnight stay at Hotel.

Meal: Dinner

 

Lal Bagh Palace: Built between 1886 & 1921, the Lal Bagh Palace is one of the grandest monuments from the Holkar Dynasty, commenced by Tukoji Rao Holkar II, Spread over an area of 28 Hectares, this exquisite monument reflects the taste, grandeur & lifestyle of the Holkar Dynasty. The entrance gates are the replica of those at the Buckingham Palace. A bland of Italian Villa, French Versailles Palace, modern comforts Lal Bagh Palace is filled with an inexplicable sense of history. Now the palace is converted into a museum.

Rajwada Palace: Standing in the heart of a maker place, this two centuries old seven storied palace is a mix of Maratha, Mughal & French styles. Synonymous with the heart of the city it stands witness to the zealous. Holkar rulers of a bygone era. The lower three floors are made of stone & upper floors are made of wood. The Palace has been up in flames three times in its 200 years history. A serious fire in 1984 destroyed most of it, it is now not much more than a facade.

After breakfast check out from Indore Hotel and head towards Burhanpur which is a historical town on the north bank of the Tapti River, barely 20 km from the Maharashtra border. Enroute visit Omkareshwar which is a popular pilgrim destination, dedicated to lord Shiva in Madhya Pradesh state of Central India. After darshan of Jyotirlinga in Omkareshwar you will proceed for Burhanpur and have lunch on highway in any good dhaba or restaurant.

On second half you will reach Burhanpur and visit Asirgarh Fort, Faurkhi Mausoleum, Akbari Sarai and Black Mosque. After sightseeing come back to hotel and overnight stay at Hotel.

Meal: Breakfast & Dinner

 

Asirgarh :  It is a historical & strategically important fort about 14 miles far from Burhanpur, there is a historic, invincible fort at the top of a mound of satpura hills. This fort was considered very important in order to regulate southern part of India, as some historian addressed it with the name “the key of deccan” some author said that after conquering this fort, ways to seizing southern area or ‘Khandesh’ become more easier.There is a mosque, lord Shiva temple and one palace inside this fort to see. It is actually developed in 3 parts and each part have its own name. First part is called "Asirgarh", second part is "Kamargarh" and thrid part is called "Malaygarh".

 

Faurkhi Mausoleum: At the north of the town, where the king of the Farukhi dynasty buried down, a courtyard surrounded with couple of buildings called “Hazeerat-e-Farukhiya”. In that building there is two high spires, one mosque, and the spires of the building made by stone which is a great example of Mughal architecture and handicraft.

 

Akbari Sarai: Abdul-raheem-khan-khana built it in the period of Jahangir, in this same sarai the ambassador of British’s first king, sir Tomas Row stayed here at that time, an inscription at this sarai describes it all. There is a bath place of Abdul-raheem-khan-khana at the west side of this sarai.

 

Black Mosque: It considers being the oldest mosque of this town, Naseer Kha, The first emperor of Farukhi Dynasty built it using black stone.

After breakfast you will proceed for Mandu which is a historic city in Malwa plateau with large number of historic monuments. In past it is known by the name of Mandavgarh & Shadiabaad. It is a celebration in stone of life and joy called 'the city of joy’ by the muslim rules’s, Between 1401 and 1561 it was the capital of a Muslim state in the north of India.

Enroute Maheshwar which is a temple town on the bank of River Narmada, mentioned in the great Hindu epics ‘Ramayana & Mahabharata". After reach Maheshwar visit temples and Devi Ahilya Fort which is located on the bank of river Narmada.

 

After lunch at Maheshwar proceed for Mandu which is 40 km from Maheshwar. Before to being enter in Mandu, one has to cross many door during the way inside, like Alamgir, Bhangi darwaza, Dehli darwaza, Kabaani darwaza. Back of Mandu there are two main doors as Songarh darwaza & Tarapur darwaza. Then checkin to hotel and overnight stay at Hotel.

Meal: Breakfast & Dinner

 

Maheshwar Fort: It is a 16th century fort and is famous for its elegant architecture & spectacular view from Narmada River. It is located on the bank of river from where one can enjoy best view of river, boating, sunrise and sunset. This place was constructed by a greatest queen Ahalya Bai Holkar and was her residential place, a queen India ever had seen.

 

Baneshwar Mahadev Temple: It is a small temple on island at Narmada river. In middle of river it can be visited through boat-ride. It is believed that a heavenly line from North-star passes through this temple to the center of Earth. This single-celled shrine, rising atop on a rock was built by Anand Raj Parmar in 5th century.

After breakfast visit for Mandu sightseeing which include Jaami Mosque, Rani Roopmati Mahal and Asharfi Palace. After lunch at Malwa Resort you will again go for Mandu more sightseeing which are Jahaz Mahal and Baz Bahadur's Palace. Later come back to hotel and overnight stay at hotel.

Meal: Breakfast & Dinner

 

Jaami Mosque: Being similar to world famous Mosque in Damisq, Jaami Mosque is one of big and splendid Building in Mandu. Hosangshah started the construction of this Mosque, which is a finest example of Afgaani architecture, in 1554 AD, Mehmood Khilji completed the work. Overall the architecture of this building is fantastic, which the most wonderful thing to see about it is. The Jami Masjid shows how the rulers and builders of Mandu had visualized dignity and grandeur in architecture through simplicity, austerity and massiveness of construction.

 

Rani Roopmati Mahal: Rani Roopamati, also spelt as Rani Rupamati is very beautiful palace in mandu surrounded by greenery. Rani Roopamati mahal expresses the love story of Rani Rupamati and Prince Baaz Bahadur. Rani Rupamati was a singer and she belonged to hindu religion. Rani Roopamati and Baaz Bahadur fell in love with each other and got married according to Hindu and Muslim rites.

Adam Khan who got attracted with Rani Roopamati's charm and beauty, attacked Mandu and defeated Baaz Bahadur. Rani Rupamati, on hearing this poisoned herself. The Palaces and forts of Mandu still tell the love story of Rani Rupamati and Baaz Bahadur and helps in exploring the wonders of Mandu. This love story has marked itself in the pages of history and is repeated every time when someone comes to see the Palace of Mandu.

 

Jahaz Mahal : Although it is called a Ship Palace, it bears as much resemblance to a water craft as a rhinoceros did to the mythical unicorn; through the legendary one-horned horse was inspired by traveler’s tales of the Indian Rhino. But then the Afghans were never known for their sea-faring skills. They probably gave their pleasure palace its fanciful name because ships conjure up images of uninhibited fun away from the prying eyes of the mainlanders, the fact that the Jahaz Mahal had two large lakes on either side of it, added to the Afghan’s illusion that it resembled a ship. The narrow rooms at the far end were changing rooms from those who wanted to swim in the pillared pool at the northern end. The terrace above was for the festive parties, with superb view of the lake in front. It, too, had a smaller swimming pool at one end and pavilions for more intimate conversations.

Today after post breakfast you will proceed for Bhopal which is a capital city of Madhya Pradesh State where all important administrative headquarters of state are located. It is historic city with number of monuments and historical data.

You may have lunch on the way to Bhopal in any good Dhaba on Highway. After reach Bhopal check in to hotel and visit Moti Mahal, Taj-ul-Masajid, Moti Masjid and Birla Temple. Later in the evening, you may also opt to visit Chowk bazaar. In the heart of the city, the Chowk is lined with old mosques and havelis are reminders of a bygone era. The shops in its narrow alleys are treasure troves of traditional Bhopal crafts: silver jewelry, exquisitely fashioned beadwork, embroidered and sequined velvet fashioned purses and cushions. Later come back to hotel and overnight stay at Hotel.

Meal: Breakfast & Dinner

 

Moti Mahal : The Mahal was built by Sikandar Jehan Begum in 1847. It is a two storied building with a three storied gate with projected windows in two upper storeys. In the middle of the upper wall crown-like structures have been built stretching from one end to the other. One segment of the palace was used for residential purposes while the other segments were the Durbar Hall, auditorium, administrative block, store & archives.

 

Taj-ul-Masajid : ‘The crown of Mosques’, said to be one of the three largest mosques of world & the largest in Asia, a assert also made by the Jama Masjid in old Delhi. Nawab Shah Jehan Begum started edifice this mosque in 1887 & it was still under erection when she dies 1901. After a trail off of seventy years, funds were again amassed to continue with the constructions of this magnificent building. A three days Ijtima congregation held here annually draws from all over the nation & abroad. The covered area of the mosque is over 80m by 30m & its minarets soar to over 67m. the open court in the mosque is about 107x107m in the area.

 

Moti Masjid : Moti means ‘A Pearl’. Masjid has the obligatory pool in the centre, an arched & pillared corridor on three sides & a beautiful white mosque in front. The Moti masjid was built by Nawab Sikandar Jehan Begum, daughter of Nawab Qudsia Begum, in 1860. Delhi’s Jama Masjid was completed in 1656, so this could have been patterned on the older mosque.

 

Laxminarayan Temple : This modern temple, built in the traditional style with bright touches in cream & red, is also known as the Birla Temple after the well-known family of industrialists who built it. In its well-maintained gardens, just before the entrance to the temple, is a Siva shrine to the left & one to Hanuman on the right.

This morning you will be visiting the Bhimbetka and Sanchi. After breakfast, we will be driving to Bhimbetka.

Bhimbetka is a World Heritage Site and is situated south of Bhopal. This is the site of the second oldest cave paintings in the World. The location is beautiful, along the Satpura range of mountains. The area around the caves is forested, which adds to the natural beauty. The Bhimbetka rock shelters exhibit the earliest traces of human life in India; its Stone Age rock paintings are approximately 9,000 years old, making them among the worlds oldest.

 

On the way, we will stop over to see Bhojpur temple. The tiny village of Bhojpur is situated on the bank of river Betwa. Bhojpur is famous for remains of magnificent ShivaTemple and Cyclopean dam dated 1010-53 A.D.

 

This afternoon you will be visiting the Sanchi stupas. Sanchi is 46 kms north east of Bhopal. It is unique for having the most perfect and well preserved Buddhist stupas. The remains of Buddhist saints Sariputra and Mahamodgilya are also preserved here. The holy relics are displayed once a year, particularly, on the last Sunday of November during the annual Chetiyagiri Vihar festival.  Overnight stay at Sanchi

Meal: Breakfast & Dinner

After breakfast you will start 375 kms journey towards Khajuraho which is a fascinating village with a quaint rural ambience and a rich cultural heritage. The fascinating temples of Khajuraho, are India's unique gift of love to the world, represent the expression of a highly matured civilization. Khajuraho temples were constructed between 950 and 1050 A.D. during the reign of Chandel Empire. Overnight stay at Khajuraho.

Meal: Breakfast & Dinner

This morning after breakfast visit western and eastern group of temples.

The Western group of temples is the best known, because it is to this group that the largest and most typical Khajuraho temple belongs. Kandariya Mahadeo, Chaunsat Yogini, Chitragupta Temple, Vishwanath Temple and Lakshamana Temple belong to the western group.

 

In the eastern group, the temples are the Brahma temple, which has a four-faced lingam, The Vamana temple which is embellished with images of ravishing apsaras at their alluring best; and finally the Javari temple, with its ornate gateway and lavish carvings. Overnight stay at Khajuraho.

Meal: Breakfast & Dinner

 

Kandariya Mahadeo: This temple is decorated with a profusion of sculptures that are among the greatest masterpieces of Indian art. Chaunsat Yogini: The only granite temple in the Khajuraho group ChitraguptaTemple - is dedicated to the Sun God (Surya), it faces eastward to the rising sun.

 

Matanageswara Temple: A temple dedicated to Shiva, a huge 8ft Lingam adorns the temple.

 

Lakshamana Temple: The oldest and finest of the western group of temples, named after the ruler that built the temple. The A horizontal beam over the entrance of this beautiful Vaishnavite temple shows the trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva with Lakshmi, Vishnus consort.

After breakfast, check out Khajuraho for a drive to Orchha. This is a medieval ghost village that was once the capital of the Bundela Rajas. Located alongside the banks of River Betwa, this village is an architectural gem, showcasing the ruined remains of ornate Rajput palace fort, temples, and riverside tombs or Chhattris. The palaces here offer impressive views of the countryside from the height.

The fort here displays a unique specimen of connected royal buildings erected at different times. Raj Mahal and Jahangir Mahal are the most famous. Raj Mahal with its Hall of Private Audience and Public Audience and royal chambers lures your heart at the first sight.

 

The 17th century temples are still in use and worshipped by thousands of devotees. After this enriching visit to the forgotten town of Orchha, return to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Meal: Breakfast & Dinner

Check out Orchha after breakfast and drive to Shivpuri which is a medium sized town at Northern part of Madhya Pradesh state in Central India. Its current name "Shivpuri" is derived from hindu god Lord Shiva. Simple meaning of "Shivpuri" is "City of Lord Shiva".  If we go by history of this town, its reference came in Mughal era when Mughal emperors use to visit dense forest of Shivpuri for hunting & camping. In year 1564, mighty mughal emperor Akbar captured herds of elephants for his stables and usage at his capital.

After reach Shivpuri you will visit The Madhav Vilas Palace, Bhadaiya Kund, Shiv Chaturdashi and after lunch visit Sakhya Sagar Lake. In the evening come back to hotel and overnight stay at Shivpuri.

Meal: Breakfast & Dinner

 

The Madhav Vilas Palace : The Madhav Vilas Palace is just that run-of-the-mill yet immensely sophisticated edifice that every rule once built during his reign to show his wealth and clout.

 

Sakhya Sagar Lake: The Madhav National Park is flanked by the Sakhya Sagar Lake. It was created back in the 1920s on the Manier River in the district of Shivpuri. One can find a large number of reptiles, marsh crocodiles, Indian Pythons and Monitor Lizards in it.

 

Bhadaiya Kund: Bhadaiya Kund is a natural spring, known for high mineral content. Several tourists visit this picnic spot near Shivpuri, especially during the monsoon season.

 

Shiv Chaturdashi: This festival is celebrated with a lot of exuberance as Amarkantak witnesses saints from all over the country during the month of February-March. It is a delight to come visit this place during that time.

After breakfast checkout from Shivpuri and proceed for Gwalior which famous for its marvellous palaces, old temples and the medieval fort.  The city is also highlighted for its majestic history and rich cultural heritage. Known as the fort city, It is believed that the fort was described as the pearl amongst fortresses in India. This majestic hill that looks across the entire city, presents an enrapturing look to the scenic atmosphere of this exciting place.

After reach visit Gwalior Fort, Tomb of Ghaus Mohammad, Rani Lakshmi Bai Cenotaph and after lunch you may visit Sikh Gurudwara. By the evening you will come back to hotel and overnight stay at Hotel.

Meal: Breakfast & Dinner

 

Gwalior Fort: The Fort hill ascends 100 metres to less than 200 metres. The fort walls, which prolong around almost the entire hilltop, are 10 metres high & imposingly solid. underneath the walls the hill face drops absolute away to the plains. There are a number of things to see in & around the fort.

 

Sikh Gurudwara: Built in the memory of Guru Hargobind Singh, the 6th Sikh Guru, who was imprisoned here by Jahangir for over two years. To the west of the Gurudwara is a large tank, Suraj Kund, the original pond where Suraj Sen or Suraj Pal as he was later Known, was cured of leprosy by the Saint Gwalipa.

 

Tomb of Ghaus Mohammad: A sand stone mausoleum of the spiritual saint designed on earlier Mughal lines with finely carved jail screens. He played a key role in helping Babur, to win the fort.  

After leisurely breakfast, transfer to the Airport / railway st. for onwards journey.

Meal: Breakfast

Tour end



Best time to visit Madhya Pradesh

The best time to visit Madhya Pradesh is in the winter months, anytime between October to March. Bhopal has an extremely pleasant climate, so all times of the year are good to travel. Gwalior, Mandu, Indore and Jabalpur can be very hot in summer months with the mercury climbing as high as 40°- 42° Celsius. 

The best time to visit the National Parks in Madhya Pradesh differ slightly depending on which one you wish to visit: Bandhavgarh is good between November and June; for Kanha, the best time is February to June, though travellers would find the weather more comfortable during the cooler winter months of November to January. The parks are closed during the monsoon season from 1 July to 31 October, so plan accordingly.

 

Other Attraction in Indore

Kanch Mandir: Close to Rajwada, is a quaint Jain shrine, an architectural marvel in glass, created by Sir Seth Hukum Chand of Indore. Inside the temple, thousands of mirrors adorn the walls, ceilings, floors, Pillars & door knobs, Supplemented by colored patterned ceramic tiles, cut glass chandeliers & lantern type glass lamps. There are painting done in glass depicting scenes of conversion to Jainism & pictures of sinners belong tortured in the afterlife. Atop is a special glass chamber with the images of Lord Mahavira in plan black onyx & the use of glass creates such an effect that the statues are seen multiplied into an indefinite number.

 

Bada Ganpati: This temple housing perhaps the largest Ganesh idol in the world measuring 25 Fts from crown to foot is located at the western end of the Mahatma Gnadhi road. Built in 1875, it is made up of soil collected from the seven sacred cities of India namely Ayodhya, Mathura, Kashi, Kanchi, Maya, Avantika & Dwarka, powder of panch ratna-heera, panna, moti, manic & pukhraj, holy water from pilgrimages sites, bricks, lime stone & masal made of jiggery & methidana. Gold, Silver, Copper, Iron & Brass constitute the metallic frame.

 

Indore Museum: The museum near GPO on Agra-Mumbai road is one of the oldest one in the Malwa region comprising of seven art galleries. The Museum houses one of the finest collections of art & facts from medieval & pre-medieval periods. The exhibits include the finest collections of sculptures from Hinglajgarh in the Mandsaur district & range from early Gupta to Parmara times.

 

Other attraction in Mandu

Baz Bahadur's Palace: This double-storied palace entrance has tall, slim arches on the left. At the top there once ran a conduit, that carried water which was been lifted by animal powered Persian wheels from Rewa Kund to the pool that is virtually a court yard of the palace. Even if the nobles, their ladies, and their soft-footed servants waving peacocks fans and spraying rose water are not there the courts lined with the arcades serving the airy room makes this monument an graceful and a cool place which was built by the Sultan Nasirud-Din Khalji in 1508-9.in a short pair of 50 year, Mandu changed hands from many times from the Khiljis, rulers of Gujrat, Mughals , Sher Shah Suri and more. In the end with the title of Sultan Baz Bhadur Mlik Bayazid crowned himself as the ruler of Mandu.After been defeated by Rani Durgavati, he devoted himself to music later he also found his soul mate in the gifted and loving princess Roopmati.

 

Hindola Palace: This audience hall has sloping walls that resemble the trestles of a swing: ‘hindola’ means swing. For all its massive bulk it is esthetically austere as a monastic shrine with soaring windows filled with stone grilles. The external pillars aligned with the sloping walls are buttresses to counteract the thrust of the arches that once supported the high roof. Only the arches now remain to show where the roof once covered the great hall. In spite of Ghiyathud-Din’s apparent change of lifestyle, he could not abandon the women of his court; they wouldn’t know where to go if he died. The transverse projection to the far end of the hall seems to have been meant to provide safe access to the hall for the king and his women; a flight of sloping stages allowed women to be carried up in palanquins, or to ride up on horses and elephants.

 

Other Attraction in Bhopal

Bharat Bhavan : It is regarded as one of the most unique Institutes in India for the preservation of the traditional folk art & was designed by the internationally-famed architect Charles Correa. Much of this centre is below ground level, merging with the landscape. State Museum: This is among the best designed museum in India. Here there are reproductions of the now-destroyed Buddhist Bagh Cave paintings, 84 rare jaina bronzes of the 8th to 11th centuries. Avaloketeshwaras of Lamaism, Saivite sculptures & miniature paintings showing the graceful life styles of those distant days.

 

Van Vihar : It is actually, a large zoo with open & landscaped enclosures. A motor-road winds through it, along the banks of the Upper Lake. There is also a stretch of wet land in the Van Vihar populated by quacking, squawking, preening water birds like painted storks living in a sort of armed truce with crocodiles; a truce that is occasionally breached! Among the larger animals that can be seen from the road are bears, tawny tigers, their white cousins, leopards & their stately prey, sambar deer.

 

Boat Club : From the club, visitors can go out on the water in a Cruise Boat with two decks, or on one of their six speed boats or, if they feel up to it, or one of the 30 foot-powered pedal boats.

 

Other attraction in Shivpuri

Karera Bird Sanctuary: Ornithologists, rejoice! The most appropriate place for a bird lover in Shivpuri is the Karera Bird Sanctuary, situated about 55 km from the city of Shivpuri.

 

Panihar: Panihar is considered to be a holy bathing place in the district of Shivpuri, situated at a distance of around 20 km from Gwalior. It is regarded that once you take a dip here, you are washed off of all your sins and wrongdoings.

 

Madhav National Park: Spread over a sprawling area of 157 sq km in the district of Shivpuri, is the Madhav National Park. It is one of the major wildlife parks in the district.

 

Other attraction in Gwalior

Sas-bahu Temples: Here "Sas" means “Mother-in-Law” & "Bahu" means “Daughter-in-Law”. Sas-bahu temples stand close to the eastern wall about mid-way along that side of the fort. The two temples are similar in style & date from the 9th to 11th centuries. The larger temple has an ornately carved base & figures of Vishnu over the entrances. Four huge pillars carry the heavy roof.

 

Teli Ka Mandir: It is the loftiest building inside the fort campus, beyond the Suraj Kund Tank, this temple probably dated from the 9th century & has a peculiar plan & design. Its name "Teli" means "Oil merchant" and "Mandir" means "Temple". It is a East facing temple built on a squared shape with 60Feet on each side. The roof is Dravidian while the decorations, the whole temple is covered with sculptures, is Indo-Aryan. A Garuda tops the 10 metres high Doorway. This is the highest structure in the fort.

 

Chatarbhuj Temple: It is inside Gwalior fort campus. Chaturbhuj temple is excavated from a single solid rock. It is a good example of rock-cut art and architecture. It have all the required constituents of a perfect temple. Due to rock shape, sculptures might have faced restrictions during carving work due to which temple is not very symmetrical. Its sanctum is of 12 feet square room and portico is of size 10 feet by 09 feet.

World Heritage Site Tour Madhya Pradesh India - Itinerary

Upon arrival in Indore, meet Incredible India Tour representative for an assisted transfer to the hotel. A half-day sightseeing is arrange in Indore and Indore city is known "Devi Ahilya Ki Nagri". After lunch you will visit for Indore attractions which include Rajwada Fort, Kanch Mandir, Lal Bagh Palace and Khajrana Temple. Later come back to hotel and overnight stay at Hotel.

Meal: Dinner

 

Lal Bagh Palace: Built between 1886 & 1921, the Lal Bagh Palace is one of the grandest monuments from the Holkar Dynasty, commenced by Tukoji Rao Holkar II, Spread over an area of 28 Hectares, this exquisite monument reflects the taste, grandeur & lifestyle of the Holkar Dynasty. The entrance gates are the replica of those at the Buckingham Palace. A bland of Italian Villa, French Versailles Palace, modern comforts Lal Bagh Palace is filled with an inexplicable sense of history. Now the palace is converted into a museum.

Rajwada Palace: Standing in the heart of a maker place, this two centuries old seven storied palace is a mix of Maratha, Mughal & French styles. Synonymous with the heart of the city it stands witness to the zealous. Holkar rulers of a bygone era. The lower three floors are made of stone & upper floors are made of wood. The Palace has been up in flames three times in its 200 years history. A serious fire in 1984 destroyed most of it, it is now not much more than a facade.

After breakfast check out from Indore Hotel and head towards Burhanpur which is a historical town on the north bank of the Tapti River, barely 20 km from the Maharashtra border. Enroute visit Omkareshwar which is a popular pilgrim destination, dedicated to lord Shiva in Madhya Pradesh state of Central India. After darshan of Jyotirlinga in Omkareshwar you will proceed for Burhanpur and have lunch on highway in any good dhaba or restaurant.

On second half you will reach Burhanpur and visit Asirgarh Fort, Faurkhi Mausoleum, Akbari Sarai and Black Mosque. After sightseeing come back to hotel and overnight stay at Hotel.

Meal: Breakfast & Dinner

 

Asirgarh :  It is a historical & strategically important fort about 14 miles far from Burhanpur, there is a historic, invincible fort at the top of a mound of satpura hills. This fort was considered very important in order to regulate southern part of India, as some historian addressed it with the name “the key of deccan” some author said that after conquering this fort, ways to seizing southern area or ‘Khandesh’ become more easier.There is a mosque, lord Shiva temple and one palace inside this fort to see. It is actually developed in 3 parts and each part have its own name. First part is called "Asirgarh", second part is "Kamargarh" and thrid part is called "Malaygarh".

 

Faurkhi Mausoleum: At the north of the town, where the king of the Farukhi dynasty buried down, a courtyard surrounded with couple of buildings called “Hazeerat-e-Farukhiya”. In that building there is two high spires, one mosque, and the spires of the building made by stone which is a great example of Mughal architecture and handicraft.

 

Akbari Sarai: Abdul-raheem-khan-khana built it in the period of Jahangir, in this same sarai the ambassador of British’s first king, sir Tomas Row stayed here at that time, an inscription at this sarai describes it all. There is a bath place of Abdul-raheem-khan-khana at the west side of this sarai.

 

Black Mosque: It considers being the oldest mosque of this town, Naseer Kha, The first emperor of Farukhi Dynasty built it using black stone.

After breakfast you will proceed for Mandu which is a historic city in Malwa plateau with large number of historic monuments. In past it is known by the name of Mandavgarh & Shadiabaad. It is a celebration in stone of life and joy called 'the city of joy’ by the muslim rules’s, Between 1401 and 1561 it was the capital of a Muslim state in the north of India.

Enroute Maheshwar which is a temple town on the bank of River Narmada, mentioned in the great Hindu epics ‘Ramayana & Mahabharata". After reach Maheshwar visit temples and Devi Ahilya Fort which is located on the bank of river Narmada.

 

After lunch at Maheshwar proceed for Mandu which is 40 km from Maheshwar. Before to being enter in Mandu, one has to cross many door during the way inside, like Alamgir, Bhangi darwaza, Dehli darwaza, Kabaani darwaza. Back of Mandu there are two main doors as Songarh darwaza & Tarapur darwaza. Then checkin to hotel and overnight stay at Hotel.

Meal: Breakfast & Dinner

 

Maheshwar Fort: It is a 16th century fort and is famous for its elegant architecture & spectacular view from Narmada River. It is located on the bank of river from where one can enjoy best view of river, boating, sunrise and sunset. This place was constructed by a greatest queen Ahalya Bai Holkar and was her residential place, a queen India ever had seen.

 

Baneshwar Mahadev Temple: It is a small temple on island at Narmada river. In middle of river it can be visited through boat-ride. It is believed that a heavenly line from North-star passes through this temple to the center of Earth. This single-celled shrine, rising atop on a rock was built by Anand Raj Parmar in 5th century.

After breakfast visit for Mandu sightseeing which include Jaami Mosque, Rani Roopmati Mahal and Asharfi Palace. After lunch at Malwa Resort you will again go for Mandu more sightseeing which are Jahaz Mahal and Baz Bahadur's Palace. Later come back to hotel and overnight stay at hotel.

Meal: Breakfast & Dinner

 

Jaami Mosque: Being similar to world famous Mosque in Damisq, Jaami Mosque is one of big and splendid Building in Mandu. Hosangshah started the construction of this Mosque, which is a finest example of Afgaani architecture, in 1554 AD, Mehmood Khilji completed the work. Overall the architecture of this building is fantastic, which the most wonderful thing to see about it is. The Jami Masjid shows how the rulers and builders of Mandu had visualized dignity and grandeur in architecture through simplicity, austerity and massiveness of construction.

 

Rani Roopmati Mahal: Rani Roopamati, also spelt as Rani Rupamati is very beautiful palace in mandu surrounded by greenery. Rani Roopamati mahal expresses the love story of Rani Rupamati and Prince Baaz Bahadur. Rani Rupamati was a singer and she belonged to hindu religion. Rani Roopamati and Baaz Bahadur fell in love with each other and got married according to Hindu and Muslim rites.

Adam Khan who got attracted with Rani Roopamati's charm and beauty, attacked Mandu and defeated Baaz Bahadur. Rani Rupamati, on hearing this poisoned herself. The Palaces and forts of Mandu still tell the love story of Rani Rupamati and Baaz Bahadur and helps in exploring the wonders of Mandu. This love story has marked itself in the pages of history and is repeated every time when someone comes to see the Palace of Mandu.

 

Jahaz Mahal : Although it is called a Ship Palace, it bears as much resemblance to a water craft as a rhinoceros did to the mythical unicorn; through the legendary one-horned horse was inspired by traveler’s tales of the Indian Rhino. But then the Afghans were never known for their sea-faring skills. They probably gave their pleasure palace its fanciful name because ships conjure up images of uninhibited fun away from the prying eyes of the mainlanders, the fact that the Jahaz Mahal had two large lakes on either side of it, added to the Afghan’s illusion that it resembled a ship. The narrow rooms at the far end were changing rooms from those who wanted to swim in the pillared pool at the northern end. The terrace above was for the festive parties, with superb view of the lake in front. It, too, had a smaller swimming pool at one end and pavilions for more intimate conversations.

Today after post breakfast you will proceed for Bhopal which is a capital city of Madhya Pradesh State where all important administrative headquarters of state are located. It is historic city with number of monuments and historical data.

You may have lunch on the way to Bhopal in any good Dhaba on Highway. After reach Bhopal check in to hotel and visit Moti Mahal, Taj-ul-Masajid, Moti Masjid and Birla Temple. Later in the evening, you may also opt to visit Chowk bazaar. In the heart of the city, the Chowk is lined with old mosques and havelis are reminders of a bygone era. The shops in its narrow alleys are treasure troves of traditional Bhopal crafts: silver jewelry, exquisitely fashioned beadwork, embroidered and sequined velvet fashioned purses and cushions. Later come back to hotel and overnight stay at Hotel.

Meal: Breakfast & Dinner

 

Moti Mahal : The Mahal was built by Sikandar Jehan Begum in 1847. It is a two storied building with a three storied gate with projected windows in two upper storeys. In the middle of the upper wall crown-like structures have been built stretching from one end to the other. One segment of the palace was used for residential purposes while the other segments were the Durbar Hall, auditorium, administrative block, store & archives.

 

Taj-ul-Masajid : ‘The crown of Mosques’, said to be one of the three largest mosques of world & the largest in Asia, a assert also made by the Jama Masjid in old Delhi. Nawab Shah Jehan Begum started edifice this mosque in 1887 & it was still under erection when she dies 1901. After a trail off of seventy years, funds were again amassed to continue with the constructions of this magnificent building. A three days Ijtima congregation held here annually draws from all over the nation & abroad. The covered area of the mosque is over 80m by 30m & its minarets soar to over 67m. the open court in the mosque is about 107x107m in the area.

 

Moti Masjid : Moti means ‘A Pearl’. Masjid has the obligatory pool in the centre, an arched & pillared corridor on three sides & a beautiful white mosque in front. The Moti masjid was built by Nawab Sikandar Jehan Begum, daughter of Nawab Qudsia Begum, in 1860. Delhi’s Jama Masjid was completed in 1656, so this could have been patterned on the older mosque.

 

Laxminarayan Temple : This modern temple, built in the traditional style with bright touches in cream & red, is also known as the Birla Temple after the well-known family of industrialists who built it. In its well-maintained gardens, just before the entrance to the temple, is a Siva shrine to the left & one to Hanuman on the right.

This morning you will be visiting the Bhimbetka and Sanchi. After breakfast, we will be driving to Bhimbetka.

Bhimbetka is a World Heritage Site and is situated south of Bhopal. This is the site of the second oldest cave paintings in the World. The location is beautiful, along the Satpura range of mountains. The area around the caves is forested, which adds to the natural beauty. The Bhimbetka rock shelters exhibit the earliest traces of human life in India; its Stone Age rock paintings are approximately 9,000 years old, making them among the worlds oldest.

 

On the way, we will stop over to see Bhojpur temple. The tiny village of Bhojpur is situated on the bank of river Betwa. Bhojpur is famous for remains of magnificent ShivaTemple and Cyclopean dam dated 1010-53 A.D.

 

This afternoon you will be visiting the Sanchi stupas. Sanchi is 46 kms north east of Bhopal. It is unique for having the most perfect and well preserved Buddhist stupas. The remains of Buddhist saints Sariputra and Mahamodgilya are also preserved here. The holy relics are displayed once a year, particularly, on the last Sunday of November during the annual Chetiyagiri Vihar festival.  Overnight stay at Sanchi

Meal: Breakfast & Dinner

After breakfast you will start 375 kms journey towards Khajuraho which is a fascinating village with a quaint rural ambience and a rich cultural heritage. The fascinating temples of Khajuraho, are India's unique gift of love to the world, represent the expression of a highly matured civilization. Khajuraho temples were constructed between 950 and 1050 A.D. during the reign of Chandel Empire. Overnight stay at Khajuraho.

Meal: Breakfast & Dinner

This morning after breakfast visit western and eastern group of temples.

The Western group of temples is the best known, because it is to this group that the largest and most typical Khajuraho temple belongs. Kandariya Mahadeo, Chaunsat Yogini, Chitragupta Temple, Vishwanath Temple and Lakshamana Temple belong to the western group.

 

In the eastern group, the temples are the Brahma temple, which has a four-faced lingam, The Vamana temple which is embellished with images of ravishing apsaras at their alluring best; and finally the Javari temple, with its ornate gateway and lavish carvings. Overnight stay at Khajuraho.

Meal: Breakfast & Dinner

 

Kandariya Mahadeo: This temple is decorated with a profusion of sculptures that are among the greatest masterpieces of Indian art. Chaunsat Yogini: The only granite temple in the Khajuraho group ChitraguptaTemple - is dedicated to the Sun God (Surya), it faces eastward to the rising sun.

 

Matanageswara Temple: A temple dedicated to Shiva, a huge 8ft Lingam adorns the temple.

 

Lakshamana Temple: The oldest and finest of the western group of temples, named after the ruler that built the temple. The A horizontal beam over the entrance of this beautiful Vaishnavite temple shows the trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva with Lakshmi, Vishnus consort.

After breakfast, check out Khajuraho for a drive to Orchha. This is a medieval ghost village that was once the capital of the Bundela Rajas. Located alongside the banks of River Betwa, this village is an architectural gem, showcasing the ruined remains of ornate Rajput palace fort, temples, and riverside tombs or Chhattris. The palaces here offer impressive views of the countryside from the height.

The fort here displays a unique specimen of connected royal buildings erected at different times. Raj Mahal and Jahangir Mahal are the most famous. Raj Mahal with its Hall of Private Audience and Public Audience and royal chambers lures your heart at the first sight.

 

The 17th century temples are still in use and worshipped by thousands of devotees. After this enriching visit to the forgotten town of Orchha, return to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Meal: Breakfast & Dinner

Check out Orchha after breakfast and drive to Shivpuri which is a medium sized town at Northern part of Madhya Pradesh state in Central India. Its current name "Shivpuri" is derived from hindu god Lord Shiva. Simple meaning of "Shivpuri" is "City of Lord Shiva".  If we go by history of this town, its reference came in Mughal era when Mughal emperors use to visit dense forest of Shivpuri for hunting & camping. In year 1564, mighty mughal emperor Akbar captured herds of elephants for his stables and usage at his capital.

After reach Shivpuri you will visit The Madhav Vilas Palace, Bhadaiya Kund, Shiv Chaturdashi and after lunch visit Sakhya Sagar Lake. In the evening come back to hotel and overnight stay at Shivpuri.

Meal: Breakfast & Dinner

 

The Madhav Vilas Palace : The Madhav Vilas Palace is just that run-of-the-mill yet immensely sophisticated edifice that every rule once built during his reign to show his wealth and clout.

 

Sakhya Sagar Lake: The Madhav National Park is flanked by the Sakhya Sagar Lake. It was created back in the 1920s on the Manier River in the district of Shivpuri. One can find a large number of reptiles, marsh crocodiles, Indian Pythons and Monitor Lizards in it.

 

Bhadaiya Kund: Bhadaiya Kund is a natural spring, known for high mineral content. Several tourists visit this picnic spot near Shivpuri, especially during the monsoon season.

 

Shiv Chaturdashi: This festival is celebrated with a lot of exuberance as Amarkantak witnesses saints from all over the country during the month of February-March. It is a delight to come visit this place during that time.

After breakfast checkout from Shivpuri and proceed for Gwalior which famous for its marvellous palaces, old temples and the medieval fort.  The city is also highlighted for its majestic history and rich cultural heritage. Known as the fort city, It is believed that the fort was described as the pearl amongst fortresses in India. This majestic hill that looks across the entire city, presents an enrapturing look to the scenic atmosphere of this exciting place.

After reach visit Gwalior Fort, Tomb of Ghaus Mohammad, Rani Lakshmi Bai Cenotaph and after lunch you may visit Sikh Gurudwara. By the evening you will come back to hotel and overnight stay at Hotel.

Meal: Breakfast & Dinner

 

Gwalior Fort: The Fort hill ascends 100 metres to less than 200 metres. The fort walls, which prolong around almost the entire hilltop, are 10 metres high & imposingly solid. underneath the walls the hill face drops absolute away to the plains. There are a number of things to see in & around the fort.

 

Sikh Gurudwara: Built in the memory of Guru Hargobind Singh, the 6th Sikh Guru, who was imprisoned here by Jahangir for over two years. To the west of the Gurudwara is a large tank, Suraj Kund, the original pond where Suraj Sen or Suraj Pal as he was later Known, was cured of leprosy by the Saint Gwalipa.

 

Tomb of Ghaus Mohammad: A sand stone mausoleum of the spiritual saint designed on earlier Mughal lines with finely carved jail screens. He played a key role in helping Babur, to win the fort.  

After leisurely breakfast, transfer to the Airport / railway st. for onwards journey.

Meal: Breakfast

Tour end

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