LDV India

Fascinating Central India Tour

Duration: Long Duration
Route: Delhi - Gwalior - Shivpuri - Orchha - Khajuraho - Bandhavgarh - Kanha - Jabalpur - Pachmarhi - Bhopal - Sanchi - Bhopal - Delhi - Varanasi – Mumbai

Tour Description :

Central India also known as the heart of India is full the spectacular places to visit and have plenty of spenders that you can discover. LDV’s Fascinating Central India Tour is the ideal on to visit central India. You visit historical places that have lots of significance and discover the different legendary temples of this part of India. The tour starts at Delhi and covers Gwalior, Shivpuri, Orchha, Khajuraho, Bandhavgarh, Kanha, Jabalpur, Pachmarhi, Bhopal, Sanchi, Delhi, Varanasi and ends at Mumbai. This tour is highly recommended by our esteemed customers as it gives a journey through the colourful heart of our country and offers a diverse experience with an option of lots of different places to visit and connect to your inner spirituality too.


Day 01 / Arrival Delhi

Arrive Delhi. Meet assist at the airport & transfer to hotel. Night stay in Delhi.

Day 02 / Delhi Birla Mandir

After breakfast gear up for your visit of Old & New Delhi:

OLD DELHI - A sightseeing tour of Old Delhi would entail visiting the Raj Ghat - the memorial site where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated; Jama Masjid - the largest mosque in India.

NEW DELHI - An extensive sightseeing tour of New Delhi would include a visit to the Humayun's Tomb, the Qutub Minar, a drive along the ceremonial avenue - Rajpath, past the imposing India Gate, Parliament House, the President's Residence and would end with a drive through the Diplomatic Enclave. The evening is free to be spent at your leisure. Night stay in Delhi.

Day 03 / Delhi - Gwalior (By train Dep. 06 :15 hrs. Arrive. 09 : 31 hrs.)

Early morning transfer to railway station to board the train to Gwalior, gateway to Madhya Pradesh, by superfast air-conditioned train. On arrival in Gwalior railway station transfer to hotel. Later proceed for sightseeing includes an extraordinary fortress and its riches of ancient and medieval temples, mosques and palaces.Gujari Mahal is a monument to the love of Raja Mansingh Tomar for the intrepid Mrignayani a tribal Gujar Queen. Man Mandir Palace - Built between 1486 and 1517 by Raja Man Singh. Vast chambers with fine stone screens were once the music halls.The 9th century Teli Ka Mandir,towering a 1000 ft high, is a Pratihara Vishnu temple of a unique blending of architectural styles. Night stay in Gwalior.

Day 04 / Day excursion to Shivpuri

Morning proceed for Shivpuri 117 km southwest of Gwalior. A pleasant lake surrounded by gardens here has been a summer retreat for the Scindia royalty who wished to escape from the oppressive summers of Gwalior. Shivpuri houses a wildlife sanctuary and several hunting lodges. Near Shivpuri, ancient Jain temples scattered across a hilly slope glisten in the sun. Return to Gwalior. Night stay in Gwalior.

Day 05 / Orchha (approx. 112 km south of Gwalior)

After breakfast drive to orchha & transfer to hotel. Orchha: founded by Rudra Pratap, a Bundela ruler. The region is situated on the banks of the Betwa River. Later, Orchha was the capital of Bir Singh Deo (1605-1627) who built the Jahangir Mahal to please the Mughal emperor Jahangir. Close-by, near the border of Madhya Pradesh, is Datia, site of the 7-storeyed palace of Bir Singh Deo. Afternoon visit local sightseeing of Orchha - palaces of the Bundela rulers still retain their medieval grandeur. The palace walls are decorated with colourful frescoes executed in the manner of miniature paintings, and depict scenes from the popular legend of love between Radha and Lord Krishna. Night stay in orchha.

Day 06 / Orchha - Khajuraho (by car)

After breakfast visit the Ram Raja Temple, the only temple in India where devotees worship Lord Rama as a king, and Phool Bagh, an artificial cascade . Later drive to Khajuraho. On arrival in Khajuraho transfer to hotel. Khajuraho- the legendary temples of khajuraho are an incomparable experience. Acknowledged as one of the world’s artistic wonders, these temples dedicated to the Hindu pantheon of Gods are covered in carvings that are a paean to life and love. Night stay in Khajuraho.

Day 07 / Khajuraho

The fascinating temples of Khajuraho, India's unique gift of love to the world, in the state of Madhya Pradesh, were built between 950 and 1050 A.D. The divine sculptures in these temples, are a tribute to Life itself, embodying everything that is sublime and spontaneous about it. The murals depict the life and times of the Chandelas, and celebrate the erotic state of being. They not only testify to the mastery of the craftsman, but also to the extraordinary breadth of vision of the Chandela Rajputs under whose reign, these temples were constructed. The temples are grouped into three geographical divisions : western, eastern and southern.

After breakfast explore the Western, eastern and southern temples of khajuraho while your guide explains the intricate meaning and legends behind each describable sculpture.

Western Group

Kandariya Mahadeo: This is the largest, and most typical Khajuraho temple. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, it soars 31 m high. The sanctum enshrines a lingam, while the main shrine is ornately carved and depicts various gods, goddesses, apsaras (heavenly maidens) in elaborate detail.

Chausath Yogini: The oldest surviving temple in the group (900 A.D.), this is the sole granite temple dedicated to Goddess Kali. Another Kali temple, which was originally dedicated to Lord Vishnu, is the Devi Jagdamba temple.

Chitragupta Temple: Dedicated to the sun-god, Surya, this temple faces eastwards to the rising sun.

Vishwanath Temple: The temple enshrines a three-headed image of Lord Brahma. Lions guard the northern entrance to the structure, while elephants flank the southern flight of steps that lead up to it. A Nandi bull faces the shrine.

Lakshmana Temple: The lintel over the entrance of this temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu, shows the holy trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva with Goddess Lakshmi, Vishnu's consort. The sanctum is adorned with a three-headed idol of Vishnu's incarnations, Narasimha and Varaha.

Matangeshwar Temple: This temple, which happens to be outside the precincts of the western group, is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It boasts of an eight feet high lingam. Eastern Group

Parsvanatha Temple: The largest in the group of three Jain temples, the Parshwanath image in this temple, was installed in 1860.

Ghantai Temple: This Jain temple has a frieze depicting the 16 dreams of Mahavira's mother, and a Jain goddess perched on a winged Garuda.

Adinatha Temple: The last of the Jain temples, is dedicated to the Jain saint, Adinatha, and is gorgeously adorned with sculptures of yakshis among others.

The three Hindu temples in this group are the Brahma temple, which has a four-faced linga, 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.

Southern Group

Duladeo Temple: Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the highlights of this temple are the sensuous images of the apsaras, and other exquisite sculptures. Chaturbhuj Temple: This temple sports a huge, elaborately carved image of Vishnu in the sanctum.

Night stay in Khajuraho.

Day 08 / Khajuraho - Bandhavgarh (By road) Approx. 271 kms. (06 hrs. drive)

Morning after breakfast drive to Bandhavgarh. Bandhavgarh is a new National Park with a very long history. Set among the Vindhya hills of Madhya Pradesh with an area of 168 sq miles (437 sq km) it contains a wide variety of habitats and a high density of game, including a large number of Tigers. This is also the White tiger country. These have been found in the old state of Rewa for Many years. Maharaja Martand Singh captured the last known in 1951. This white Tiger, Mohun is now stuffed and on display in the Palace of Maharaja of Rewa. Prior to becoming a National Park, the forests around Bandhavgarh had long been maintained as a Shikargah, or game preserve of the Maharaja of Rewa. The Maharaja and his guests carried out hunting - otherwise the wildlife was well protected. It was considered a good omen for Maharaja of Rewa to shoot 109 tigers. His Highness Maharaja Venkat Raman Singh shot 111 Tigers by 1914. Night stay in Bandhavgarh.

Day 09 / Bandhavgarh

Proceed for full day game viewing inside the jungle. (Two safaris with lunch break in-between). Night stay in Bandhavgarh.

Day 10 / Bandhavgarh - Kanha (by road 265 kms / Approx 6 hours)

After breakfast drive to Kanha.This is the place that has been described by RUDYARD KIPLING in his great book ""The Jungle Book"". Located in the Mandla district of Madhya Pradesh, Kanha National Park is a tiger reserve that extends over an area of over 940 square km. A horseshoe shaped valley bounded by the spurs of the Mekal presents an interesting topography. Steep rocky escarpments along the edges offer breathtaking views of the valley. Realizing the danger on the Tiger population in the country, the Government started the ""Project Tiger"" at Kanha and in 1974 the area was declared a Tiger reserve. The park is also the habitat of the high ground Barasingha. Arrive Kanha & transfer to hotel. Night stay in Kanha.

Day 11 / Kanha

After breakfast proceed for full day game viewing inside the jungle. (Two safaris with lunch break in-between). Night stay in Kanha.

Day 12 / Kanha - Jabalpur (By road) 160 kms. drive Approx. 4 hrs. drive

After breakfast drive to Jabalpur. On arrival in Jabalpur transfer to hotel. Night stay in Jabalpur.

Day 13 / Jabalpur - Pachmarhi (By road) 230 kms. Approx. 5hrs. drive

After finishing the sightseeing drive to Pachmarhi : at 1100 metres above sea level, this the most exquisite all-season hill-resort of MP. The entire landscape of long pathways, wooded shades and rocky facades is strewn with history and mythology .Transfer to hotel. Night stay in pachmarhi.

Day 14 / Pachmarhi

After breakfast visit the 10,000 years old rock paintings in the caves of Mahadeo Hills. The Pandava Caves were the mythical home of the exiled Pandava princes during the Mahabharata era. Night stay in pachmarhi.

Day 15 / Pachmarhi - Bhopal (By road) 230 kms. Approx. 4 hrs. drive

After breakfast visit the sacred cave of Jata Shankar resembles the matted locks of Lord Shiva. Then Rajat Pratap, the 350-feet-high waterfall is honeymooners’ delight. There are many other exciting primitive temple sites and rock formations. After finishing the sightseeing drive to Bhopal & transfer to hotel. Night stay in Bhopal.

Day 16 / Bhopal

Morning after breakfast proceed for sightseeing of Bhopal offers an uncommon blend of Hindu and Muslim cultures, a unique web of northern and southern influences. Except the lake of Raja Bhoj, little remains of the ancient city. The city is built at the fringe of the Malwa Plateau on a slope, like an amphitheatre. It is generously endowed with landscaped gardens and pools. Night stay in Bhopal.

Day 17 / Day excursion to Sanchi

68 km north of Bhopal by car, a hill rises to pay obeisance to the oldest and grandest Buddhist edifice—the Sanchi Stupa—at its crest. Built by the emperor-turned-monk Ashoka of the Maurya Dynasty in the 3rd century BC, the Stupa is 16 metres high and 37 metres in diameter. The massive dome evokes rare serenity, and the encircling pathway with four entry points adds to the solemnity. Return to Bhopal before sundown. Transfer to hotel. Night stay in Bhopal.

Day 18 / Bhopal - Delhi (By flight)

Transfer to airport to board the flight to Delhi. On arrival in Delhi meet assist at airport and transfer to hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Night stay in Delhi.

Day 19 / Delhi - Varanasi (By flight)

Morning after breakfast transfer to airport to board the flight to Varanasi. Varanasi, said to be the India’s most sacred city situated on the western bank of the holy river Ganga. It is also the oldest living city in the world. As a place for devotion and worship, with hundreds of temples dotting the city, sunrise on the riverfront as seen from a boat can be a spiritually uplifting sight. It has a fascination uniquely its own, a quality of sublime beauty, a timeless eternal appeal. Varanasi is the city which cannot be described, only experienced. On arrival in Varanasi meet assist at airport and transfer to hotel. Evening view “Aarti” ceremony on the Ghats. Night stay in Varanasi.

Day 20 / Varanasi Gateway of India, Mumbai

Morning boat cruise at the river Ganges to observe the way of life of pilgrims by the Ghats. Later sightseeing of Varanasi (the oldest and holiest city of India) covering Temples, Aurangzeb's Mosque and one of the biggest university of India , excursion to Sarnath, 10kms. East of Varanasi, is one of the Buddhism’s major centers of India. After attaining enlightenment, the Buddha came to Sarnath where he gave his first sermon. Night stay in Varanasi.

Day 21 / Varanasi - Mumbai (By flight)

Morning after breakfast visit the deer park and the museum and later transfer to airport to board the flight to Mumbai. On arrival in Mumbai meet assist and transfer to hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Night stay in Mumbai.

Day 22 / Mumbai (Departure)

Morning after breakfast proceed for sightseeing tour of Mumbai covering Gateway of India, Prince of Wales Museum, Hanging Gardens on the slopes of Malabar Hills offering nice view of Marine Lines & Chowpatty Beach, Kamla Nehru Park, Mani Bhavan (where Mahatma Gandhi used to stay) and then to Dhobi Ghat. Also visit Afgan Church, Flora Fountain (Bombay nerve centre), Colourful Crawford Market and Marine Drive. Later transfer to airport to board the flight for your onwards journey.

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