Golden Triangle + Central India
Golden Triangle + Central India
Day 1: Arrive Delhi (By Flight)
Arrive at International airport, our representative will meet on arrival and after traditional welcome would assist you & transfer to hotel for check in. Overnight stay at Delhi.
Delhi is the capital city of India and is regarded as the heart of the nation. The city is popular for its enriched culture and heritage. The influence of religious diversity can be seen in the city along with the cultural impact of the Mughal, the ancient Indian and the British.
Day 2: Delhi (Sightseeing of Old Delhi & New Delhi)
After a leisurely breakfast, proceed for a sightseeing tour of Delhi. The capital city is divided into two sections popularly known as Old Delhi and New Delhi. Old Delhi is popular for its ancient culture and monuments along with its overcrowded gastronomically lanes. Sightseeing tour of Old Delhi includes Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk and Rajghat. The remarkable Indian Capital was architecturally designed by the British architect Edwin Lutyens and was named after him. Enriched with history and culture, the impressive avenues and imperial buildings. Sightseeing of New Delhi includes Humayun’s Tomb, Qutub Minar, India Gate, Gurudwara Bangla Sahib and drive through Rajpath, Parliament House, The President’s residence & Diplomatic Enclave. Visit the magnificent Lotus temple at the sunset are some of the major attractions of New Delhi. Overnight stay at Delhi.
Day 3: Delhi – Jaipur
After breakfast drive to Jaipur, the largest city and the capital of Rajasthan, is also referred to as Pink City. Built by Sawai Jai Singh, this place was India’s first planned city. With spectacular hilltops and stunning fortresses. On arrival, check-in at hotel and relax. Overnight stay at Jaipur.
Day 4: Jaipur (Sightseeing of Jaipur City)
After breakfast excursion to Amer Fort. Enjoy an intrepid Elephant ride ascent to the fort which displays a beautiful fusion of Mughal and Hindu panache. It is an old fort, built in 1592 by Raja Man Singh. Afterwards, move towards the City Palace where the Maharaja reigned from. This palace also includes the famous ‘Chandra Mahal’ and ‘Mubarak Mahal’, and other buildings which form a part of the palace complex. In the end, visit Jantar Mantar and Hawa Mahal, which again symbolise the classic Rajasthani architecture. Overnight stay at Jaipur.
Day 5: Jaipur – Fatehpur Sikri – Agra
After breakfast, drive to Agra and on the way visit to Fatehpur Sikri, fascinating ghost city built in the 16th century by Emperor Akbar the great. Fatehpur Sikri is the best example of the culmination of Hindu and Muslim architecture. Fatehpur Sikri Mosque is said to be a copy of the mosque in Mecca and has designs, derived from the Persian & Hindu architecture. Also visit Diwan-E-Aam, Diwan -E-Khas, Panchh Mahal, Buland Darwaza & Tomb of Saint Salim Chisti. Later continue drive to Agra, has a rich historical background, which is amply evident from the numerous historical monuments in and around the city. Agra came to its own when Shahjahan ascended to the throne of Mughal Empire. He marked the zenith of Mughal architecture, when he built the Taj in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. On arrival check in to the hotel and relax. Overnight stay at Agra.
Day 6: Agra
After breakfast proceed for day sightseeing of Agra city. Visit the legendary edifice, Taj Mahal (Closed on Friday). The construction of this marble masterpiece is credited to the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan who erected this mausoleum in memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died in A.D. 1630. The construction of Taj Mahal was started in A.D. 1632 and completed at the end of 1648 A.D.which. Apart from Taj Mahal, there is one another perfect monument, which is the Agra Fort, built by Akbar in Red Sandstone. Agra Fort worked both as a military strategic point as well as the royal residence. Ensconced within, is the magnificent Pearl Mosque, which is a major tourist attraction. After Agra Fort, visit BABY TAJ – The interiors of which are considered better than the Taj. Overnight stay at Agra.
Day 7: Agra – Gwalior
Morning: After breakfast drive to Gwalior on arrival check in at hotel
Afternoon: Visit Gwalior is synonymous with its Fort, one of the oldest in India. The Tomar King, Man Singh (1486-1516) built the Man Mandir, a six-towered palace decorated with perforated screens, mosaics, floral designs and mouldings in Hindu profusion. Man Singh also built the Gurjari Mahal, a turreted palace of stone – now an archaeological museum. The Fort also contains a mosque and 11th century temples. Outside the Fort, Gwalior offers the tomb of Muhammed Ghaus, a saint worshipped by the Moghuls and the tomb of Tansen, Akbar’s famed court musician. Overnight stay in Gwalior
Day 8: Gwalior – Bhopal
After breakfast transfer to Gwalior railway station to board Shatabdi express for Bhopal. Meeting and assistance on arrival & transfer to hotel. Rest of the afternoon is at leisure Overnight stay in Bhopal.
Day 9: Bhopal
After breakfast excursion to Bhimbetka, surrounded by the northern fringe of the Vindyan ranges. In the folds of its grassy slopes and rocky ravines, over 700 rock shelters have recently been discovered. Vivid paintings in panoramic detail are found in over 500 caves. These depict the life of prehistoric man, who in his resting hours, filled the surface of rocks with his paintings, generation after generation, tribe after tribe. Bhimbetka is a close encounter with the Stone Age.
Afternoon: sightseeing of Bhopal includes, Visit Sadar Manzil, an architectural curiosity; its mixture of styles sets it apart from the Islamic architecture of the area. Bharat Bhawan, a unique national institute which is a centre for the performing and visual arts. Jama Masjid, a beautiful mosque built in 1837 by Begum Kudesia. Taj-ul-Masjid – said to be the largest mosque in the country – has a broad facade, interarched roof, smooth marble floors and a specious courtyard. Moti Masjid, an imposing mosque built in 1860, Tagore Memorial, National Archives of India and Laxmi Narayan Temple. Overnight stay in Bhopal
Day 10: Bhopal – Sanchi – Udaigiri – Bhopal
Morning After breakfast full day excursion to Sanchi & Udaigiri caves.
Visit the Great Sanchi Stupa, the oldest stone structure in India. Begun by Emperor Ashoka, the stupa was completed by his successors in the 3rd and 2nd centuries B.C. The toranas (gateways) that surround the stupa are carved with scenes from the Buddha’s life and one of them depicts the seven incarnations of Buddha.
The Udaigiri Caves lie 13 Kms. from Sanchi. Carved into a sandstone hill, these rock-cut cave sanctuaries possess all the distinctive features that gave Gupta art its unique vitality, vigour and richness of expression.
Later return to hotel and overnight stay in Bhopal.
Day 11: Bhopal – Indore
After breakfast drive to Indore. On arrival check in at hotel. Afternoon sightseeing of Indore visit to the Krishnapura Chhatries are the exquisite cenotaphs of the Holkar rulers. The Lalbag Palace is an ostentatious blend of the baroque and renaissance styles with splendid rooms which have frescoed ceilings. The Kanch Mandir, a Jain Temple with mirror work on the walls, floor and ceiling reflecting minute detail. Overnight stay in Indore.
Day 12: Indore – Omkareshwar – Maheshwar – Indore
After breakfast full day excursion to Omkareshwar & Maheshwar
Omkareshwar – Situated at the confluence of the Narmada and Kaveri. Omkareshwar is set in picturesque surroundings, Another one of the twelve ‘Jyotirlingas’ is enshrined here in the temple of Shri Omkar Mandhata. Omkareshwar, the sacred island, shaped like the holiest of all Hindu Symbols. ‘OM’ has drawn to it hundreds of generations of pilgrims. Here at the confluence of the rivers Narmada and Kaveri, the devouts gather to kneel before the Jyotirlingas at the temple of Shri Omkar Mandhata.
Maheshwar – Situated on the bank of river Narmada. Maheshwar is significant for its many temples, bathing ghats and the exquisitely woven ‘Maheshwari Sarees. Maheshwar was a glorious city at the dawn of Indian Civilization when it was Mahishmati, capital of King Kartivarjun. This temple town on the bank o fhte river Narmada finds mention in the epics of RAMAYANA and MAHABHARATA. Revived to its ancient position of importance by the holkar queen Rani Ahilyabai of Indore. Maheshwar’s temples and mighty fort complex stand in quiet beauty. mirrored in the river below. Overnight stay in Indore.
Day 13: Indore – Mandu – Dhar
After breakfast drive to Dhar and on the way visit to Mandu.
MANDU – The City of Joy! The magnificent buildings (mid-16th century) with their pavilions, baths and terraces, stress the passions of the yesteryears when a poet-prince Baz Bahadur built this dream city for his beautiful consort, Rani Roopmati. Mandu is situated 2000 ft high in the Malwa Plateau. Visit the Jahaz Mahal (Ship Palace) a 120 metre long palace built between two artificial lakes, Hindola Mahal (Swinging Palace) with its trellised audience hall, Hoshang Shah’s Tomb, a marble edifice of delicate lattice-work, Jama Masjid, inspired by the great mosque of Damascus, Ashrafi Mahal – `the palace of coins’ conceived by Mahmud Shah Khalji as an academic institution for young boys, the 7-storied Tower of Victory only one storey of which has survived, and Rani Roopmati Pavilion – the queen’s retreat, perched on a hilltop looks down on Baz Bahadur’s palace. Later continue drive to Dhar and upon arrival check in at hotel. Overnight stay in Dhar.
Day 14: Dhar – Indore – Mumbai
After breakfast you will transferred to Indore Airport to board your flight to Mumbai. Meeting assistance on arrival and transfer to your hotel. Overnight stay in Mumbai
Day 15: Mumbai
Morning excursion to Elephanta caves
ELEPHANTA CAVES: An early morning excursion across the Mumbai harbour to 1200-year old Elephanta Caves housing some of the most beautiful rock-cuts of the period. The famous Trimurti sculpture of three-faced Shiva depicting his three aspects as Creator, Preserver and Destroyer is powerfully portrayed in the massive sculpture. Elephanta has been included in World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. Closed on Mondays and not available during the Monsoon.
Afternoon sightseeing of Mumbai. Visit Gateway of India, Mumbai’s principle landmark. This arch of yellow basalt was erected on the waterfront in 1924 to commemorate King George V’s visit to this colony in 1911. Drive past the Afghan Church. Secretariat of Maharashtra Government and along the Marine Drive which is fondly known as the ‘Queen’s Necklace’. Visit Jain temple and Hanging Gardens which offer a splendid view of the city, Chowpatty, Kamala Nehru Park and also Mani Bhavan where Mahatma Gandhi stayed during his visits to Mumbai. Drive past Haji Ali Mosque, a shrine in honour of a Muslim Saint on an island 500 m. out at sea and is linked by a causeway to the mainland. Stop at the ‘Dhobi Ghat’ where Mumbai’s ‘dirties’ are scrubbed, bashed, dyed and hung out to dry. Watch the local train passing close by on which the city commuters ‘hang out like laundry’ – a nice photography stop. Continue to the colorful Crawford market and to the Flora fountain in the large bustling square, in the heart of the city. Overnight stay in Mumbai.
Day 16: Mumbai Departure.
Today in time transfer to international airport to board your flight for next destination.