While India's mélange of human cultures has long drawn the attention of historians and travelers, its gamut of wild habitats offers rare treasures for nature lovers too. This is a journey through the heart of India to explore old and new part of Delhi the capital city, the Taj Mahal in Agra exemplifies the art and architecture of the Mughals.
Moving on to Central India, from mountain forts of Gwalior to the Bundela murals of Orchha along with the erotic sculptures of Khajuaho and the thriving forest reserve of Bandhavgarh, there is plenty to see and do.
- Enjoy a fantastic tour with the services of an English speaking local guide for all sightseeing and all transfers will be in an air conditioned vehicle
- During the tour enjoy experiences such as a City tour of Old and New Delhi and Jeep Safaris along with much more
- Visit many of India's most famous monuments including the Taj Mahal, Presidential Palace, Agra Fort and much more sure to make for a holiday of a lifetime
- Departs: london
- Arrives: delhi, India
- Departs: delhi, India
- Arrives: london
Gems of Central India
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- Enjoy a fabolous India tour in comfort
- Enjoy various extras during this tour
- Visit many of India's most famous monuments
While India's melange of human cultures has long drawn the attention of historians and travelers, its gamut of wild habitats offers rare treasures for nature lovers too. This is a journey through the heart of India to explore old and new part of Delhi the capital city, the Taj Mahal in Agra exemplifies the art and architecture of the Mughals. Moving on to Central India, from mountain forts of Gwalior to the Bundela murals of Orchha along with the erotic sculptures of Khajuaho and the thriving forest reserve of Bandhavgarh, there is plenty to see and do.
Day 1 - Arrive Delhi
Upon arrival in Delhi, you will be met & assisted by our representative & will be transferred to your hotel.
Delhi is a cosmopolitan city that has a rich history stretching back thousands of years. It has been the capital of at least seven or eight great civilizations, and each of them has left monuments worth exploring.
Spend the rest of the day relaxing at the hotel or explore the surroundings on your own.
Overnight in New Delhi.
Day 2 - Delhi
Today after breakfast, you will be going for a full day city tour of Old and New Delhi. In Old Delhi you will visit the 17th century Jama Masjid and walk through the narrow, winding lanes of the colourful and bustling Chandni Chowk.
In New Delhi, You can drive past The Presidential Palace and all the government buildings. Also visit the glorious Qutab Minar and the 16th century Humayun's tomb, a precursor to the Taj Mahal.
Evening is at leisure. Overnight in New Delhi.
Day 3 -Delhi To Agra
Morning on time, connect your train to Agra.
Departure Delhi At: 0810 Hrs. By: Gatimaan Express
Arrival Agra At: 0950 Hrs. AC Chair Car
On arrival in Agra, you will proceed to visit Agra Fort with your tour guide, where the ageing Emperor Shah Jahan, imprisoned by his son, watched from a distance the fulfilment of his life's dream-the building of the Taj Mahal in memory of his beloved wife
After the tour, check-in at the hotel.
Agra came into the limelight during the rule of the Afghan King Sikandar Lodhi - who had made it the capital of his empire. Later in 1526 A.D., the Mughal Emperor Babar took upon himself the task for rendering Agra, a unique character and beauty of its own. The next few hundred years of Agra witnessed the rise of the pomp and pageantry of three great Mughal monarchs - Emperor Akbar, Jehangir and Shahjahan. In modern times, the city of Agra is a thriving carpet industry where you can also find leather workers, sandstone and marble sculptors, some of whom claim to be direct descendants of the craftsmen who had helped build the Taj Mahal.
In the evening proceed to visit the magnificent Taj Mahal. On the inner walls, jewel-like stones create beautiful designs in white marble. The Mughals perfected the art of embedding semi-precious stones into marble and the Taj is the finest example of this special process called pietra dura. It begins with a marble plate, varying in size. Then jewels are sliced paper thin and embedded in the marble with such precision that the joints are invisible to the naked eye.
Overnight in Agra.
Day 4 -Agra To Gwalior
Post breakfast, drive to Gwalior (120 kms / 03 Hrs).
Upon arrival in Gwalior, check-in at the hotel.
The city of Gwalior is famous as an ancient seat of culture with a colourful history going back to the 6th century. A multitude of reigning dynasties, of the great Rajput clans of the Pratiharas, Kachhwahas and Tomars have left indelible etchings of their rule in this city of palaces, temples and monuments. Gwalior's tradition as a royal capital continued until the formation of present day India, with the Scindias having their dynastic seat here. The magnificent mementoes of a glorious past have been preserved with care, giving Gwalior an appeal unique and timeless.
Afternoon, visit the magnificent Gwalior Fort, built in the 8th century AD by the Rajputs.
Overnight in Gwalior.
Day 5 -Gwalior To Orchha
This morning after breakfast proceed to Orchha, visiting Datia Fort & Temples enroute (125 kms / 03 Hrs).
Upon arrival at Orchha you will check-in at your hotel.
Orchha was founded in the 16th century by the Bundela chieftain, Rudra Pratap Singh, who built this new capital on large wooded islands on the River Betwa. Today, remains of the fort and palaces speak eloquently of Orchha's time of glory, of its splendid legacy of art and culture.
Spend the evening at leisure. Overnight in Orchha.
Day 6 -Orchha To Khajuraho.
Today morning after breakfast, visit Orchha which is a marvelous example of a medieval Fort Palace. Within the turreted walls are gardens, gateways, pavilions and temples, near the confluence of the Betwa and Jamni rivers.
The Raj Mahal with its Hall of Private Audience exemplifies Bundela Rajput architecture. Despite the neglected appearance, there are some beautiful murals on the ceilings and walls of both religious and secular themes. The Jahangir Mahal was built in the 17th century and synthesizes both Hindu and Muslim styles.
Afterwards, drive to Khajuraho (175 kms / 03 Hrs). On arrival in Khajuraho, check-in at the hotel.
Khajuraho was founded in the 9th and 10th century by the rulers of the Chandela Dynasty, and influenced by Tantrism. Eroticism becomes a theme of philosophical interest and the aim is sublimation of sexual relationship in the Sexual act or " Maithun", women being regarded as the incarnation of the divine energy or "Shakti". It is also possible that the carvings of Khajuraho were influenced by "Kama Sutra", the famous treatise on erotic arts written by Vatsyayana in the time of the Guptas.
Evening is at leisure. Overnight in Khajuraho.
Day 7 -Khajuraho To Bandhavgarh
Today morning after breakfast, proceed to visit the Western temples of Khajuraho. Among the western group of temples, the most famous is the Kandariya Mahadev temple, 32 meters high with a fantastic range of sculptures including sensuous themes. Other temples include the Chaunsat Yogini, which is a granite temple, the Devi Jagdambe temple dedicated to the Mother Goddess, the Chitragupta temple, dedicated to Surya the Sun God, etc.
Later, drive to Bandhavgarh (250 kms / 05 Hrs). On arrival, check-in at the hotel.
Bandhavgarh National Park, situated amid the airy Vindhya hills of Madhya Pradesh, has established a reputation as one of the best places in India to observe Tigers. The 105 square kilometres of park area, open for tourists is estimated to have a population of 22 tigers, a density of one tiger for every 4.77 square kilometres.
Spend the evening at leisure. Overnight in Bandhavgarh.
Day 8 - Bandhavgarh
Early morning, you will proceed for a shared jeep safari in the jungle in the quest of tigers.
You will return to hotel for buffet breakfast and spend the morning at leisure. After having lunch at the hotel, you will again head to the jungle for afternoon shared jeep safari.
(Afternoon safari's does not operate on all Wednesdays)
Evening will remain at leisure. Dinner & overnight in Bandhavgarh.
Day 9 - Bandhavgarh To Jabalpur To Delhi
This morning after breakfast, drive to Jabalpur airport to connect your flight to Delhi (200 kms / 05 Hrs)
Departure Jabalpur At: 1420 Hrs. By: AI 9618
Arrival Delhi At: 1550 Hrs. Economy.
Upon arrival at Delhi airport, transfer to the hotel. Check-in at the hotel.
Evening is at leisure. Overnight in Delhi.
Day 10 - Departure Delhi
Today morning after breakfast, you will be assisted & transferred in your private car to connect your flight back home.
END OF TOUR
£1479 per person
Your holidays include:
- Representation Services