14 Nights 15 Days An expedition through Central India Tour

(Delhi – Agra – Bhopal – Indore – Mandu – Maheshwar – Burhanpur – Aurangabad – Mumbai)

Overview

This exquisite journey through Central India is an ideal way to explore the hidden gems of central part of India along with the two major metros in India. You will also visit the UNESCO world heritage site of Ellora caves.

Tour Highlights

  • Explore Old and New Delhi
  • Marvel the Taj Mahal of Agra
  • Visit the city of Bollywood
  • Enjoy local cuisines
  • Ancient architecture at Maheshwar
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Day 1   New Delhi

Day 1 New Delhi

Namaste! Welcome to India!
Our representative will meet you in the arrival area of the airport after you clear all immigration and custom formalities. Depart for your hotel where you will check in for your stay.

India’s capital and a major gateway to the country, contemporary Delhi is a bustling metropolis, which successfully combines in its folds - the ancient with the modern..

Optional – Private Evening Tour of Akshardham Temple with Musical Fountain Show (closed on Monday).

This tour takes you on a journey through the marvelous Akshardham Temple, where you’ll witness the enormity and beauty of this exceptional monument under the guidance and knowledge of an private expert guide. Visit the temple, appreciate its splendour, and watch the exceptional musical fountain show to experience Indian faith at its best.

Overnight in New Delhi

Day 2     New Delhi

Day 2 New Delhi

After breakfast, proceed for the full day city tour of Delhi including India Gate, Qutub Minar and Humayun’s tomb.

Drive Past Red Fort; visit Jama Mosque, Normal Rickshaw ride in the markets of old Delhi. Later visit Raj Ghat.

Optional –Unique Delights Special Cycle Rickshaw Ride In Old Delhi

You will be transported 400 years back and will ride on a rickshaw through the narrow lanes of Chandni Chowk known as The Moonlit Square of India. Witness the architectural marvels, the multi colour facades, beautifully decorated shops, ethnically dressed men and women and get bombarded by the cries of hawkers and fragrances emanating from the potpourri of eateries that line these historical alleys.

The total duration of the tour will be 3 hours – 3 hours 30 minutes. It is an extensive tour that covers 20 main sites which includes palaces, mansions, elegant shrines and colorful bazaars. This is a detailed tour with several stops and includes complimentary snacks. The tour ends at an Old Haveli (mansion) built in1860, which has a photo gallery depicting the lifestyle of Mughals and a small lounge to relax.

Or you might Opt for a Walking tour.

Optional – Unique Delights Nizammudin Basti Walk

Late afternoon, walk through Nizammudin basti (colony), a medieval settlement where the tomb of the famous 13th century Muslim Sufi Saint Nizammudin Auliya is located. An underprivileged young adult trained by a local NGO will conduct this tour.

Or you might Opt to visit the Kingdom of dreams:-

Optional –Visit to Kingdom Of Dreams (closed on Monday).

In the evening visit Kingdom of Dreams. This fabulous Kingdom brings to life a blend of India's art, culture, heritage, craft, cuisine and performing art...all with the technological wizardry of today. Nautanki Mahal showcases an extravagant cinematic and theatrical musical. Culture Gully is an elaborate culture, arts, crafts and Food Boulevard. Showshaa Theatre is a fabulous, colorful drama marquee spotlighting Indian mythology productions, a mock wedding show and the great Indian talent circus. Iifa Buzz is a glamorous Bollywood themed cafe. This is a destination in itself that is capturing the imagination of the world. Get ready for this century's most novel tourist destination, Kingdom of Dreams.

Overnight in New Delhi

Day 3     New Delhi – Agra

Day 3 New Delhi – Agra

Morning, you will be driven to Agra. Upon arrival, check in at your hotel.

Later, visit the massive Agra Fort which was originally started by Emperor Akbar in 1565, but his son, Jahangir, and grandson, Shah Jahan, later made valuable additions to it. It’s a citadel with marble palaces, ornate alcoves, and terrace pavilions.

Further, proceed to see the Taj Mahal (Closed on Friday). The monument's splendour is simply undeniable and creates an air of romance throughout the city. The decadent and sophisticated culture of the Nawab still permeates Agra and gives the city a unique Mughal character that some say make it more Indian than New Delhi.

Overnight in Agra

Day 4     Agra – Bhopal

Day 4 Agra – Bhopal

After an early breakfast, assisted transfer to railway station to board train to Bhopal.

Lunch will be on-board
Bhopal, the capital of Madhya Pradesh state, is a fascinating amalgam of scenic beauty, old historic city and modern urban planning. Originally founded by Raja Bhoj in 11th century, the present city was re-established by an Afghan soldier, Dost Mohammed (1707-1740). His descendants build Bhopal into a beautiful city.

Arrive Bhopal and be met & transferred to your hotel for check in.

Late afternoon, proceed for the sightseeing tour of Bhopal visiting the Laxmi Narayan temple, Birla museum (Closed on Monday), Tribal Museum (Closed on Monday), the Taj-ul-Masjid, the Moti Masjid and photo stop at Sadar Manzil.

Overnight in Bhopal

Day 5   Bhopal – Sanchi excursion

Day 5 Bhopal – Sanchi excursion

After breakfast, proceed for an excursion to Sanchi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

It hosts several Buddhist monuments dating from the 3rd century BC to the 12th century AD and is one of the important places of Buddhist pilgrimage. The 'Great Stupa' at Sanchi (a World Heritage Site) is the oldest stone structure in India and was commissioned by Emperor Ashoka in 3rd Century BC.

Overnight at Bhopal

Day 6    Bhopal – Bhimbetka excursion

Day 6 Bhopal – Bhimbetka excursion

After breakfast, proceed for an excursion to Bhimbetka to see the amazing Cave rock shelters.

Bhimbetka Rock Shelters – Enclosed by the northern tassel of the majestic Vindhyas, Bhimbetka is characterized by rock-strewn topography with thick woods and wrinkled precipices. One of the most primitive dwellings of human race, Bhimbetka boasts of a history of 35000 years old.

After getting over with sightseeing of Bhimbetka, drive back to Bhopal for night stay.

Overnight in Bhopal

Day 7   Bhopal – Indore

Day 7 Bhopal – Indore

After breakfast, drive to Indore. En-route, stop in Ujjain to visit Mahakal Temple and Shipra Ghat.

Ujjain is an ancient city of central India, in the Malwa region of the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, on the eastern bank of the Kshipra River. In ancient times the city was called Ujjayini. As per epic Mahabharata Ujjayani was the capital of Avanti Kingdom.
Resuming drive, arrive in Indore and check in at hotel for your stay.

Overnight in Indore

Day 8   Indore – Mandu – Dhar

Day 8 Indore – Mandu – Dhar

Post breakfast you will proceed for half day sightseeing tour of Indore covering the Lal Bagh Palace (Closed on Monday) and the Kanch Mandir.

Later drive to Dhar en-route visiting Mandu.

Mandu sightseeing will include Jahaz Mahal, Hoshang Shah’s Tomb, Jama Masjid, and Rani Rupmati’s Pavilion.

Overnight at Dhar

Day 9     Dhar – Maheshwar

Day 9 Dhar – Maheshwar

After a leisurely breakfast, you will drive to Maheshwar. Arrive and check in at Hotel.

Day is at leisure to relax at hotel or to pursue independent activities like optional:-

• Visit Rehwa Society, an NGO founded by the Holkars in 1978 to give women employment and to create the world famous gossamer Maheshwari Textiles.
• Visit The Ahilya School, started by Prince Holkar 25 years ago
• Take a boat tour to view either sunset at Baneshwar Temple or Bird watching.
• Take a stroll along the riverbank to see a riotous patchwork of colours on laundry day.

Overnight at Maheshwar

Day 10   Maheshwar – Omkareshwar excursion

Day 10 Maheshwar – Omkareshwar excursion

After breakfast, proceed for an excursion to Omkareshwar, one of the main Hindu pilgrimage attractions.

Omkareshwar lies at the meeting point of the rivers Narmada and the Kaveri and is in the shape of Hindu Om symbol.

Overnight at Maheshwar

Day 11    Maheshwar - Burhanpur

Day 11 Maheshwar - Burhanpur

Have a leisurely breakfast and relax at the hotel. Afternoon, you will drive to Burhanpur.

Burhanpur is famous for its Muslim monuments, Sikh Temples, Dargah and for its fine cloth manufacturing, Gold-wire drawing and other allied industries and crafts.

Arrive and check in at Hotel. Evening is at leisure.

Overnight at Burhanpur

Day 12   Burhanpur – Aurangabad

Day 12 Burhanpur – Aurangabad

After breakfast, you will drive to Aurangabad en-route visiting the famous caves of Ajanta (Closed on Monday). This is a rock-cut monument dating back to the 2nd century B.C., containing paintings and sculpture considered to be among the very earliest masterpieces of Buddhist religious art.

Resuming drive, reach Aurangabad and check in at hotel.

Overnight at Aurangabad

Day 13    Aurangabad – Mumbai

Day 13 Aurangabad – Mumbai

After breakfast, visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ellora (Closed on Tuesday), which represents the epitome of Indian rock-cut architecture. The Buddhist, Jain and Hindu caves at Ellora are considered to be the finest in India and date between 600 and 1100 AD.

On your return, check out and be transferred to airport to board flight to Mumbai.
Mumbai is the Gateway to India, commemorated by a monument of that name built to mark the visit of King George and his consort, Mary. Today, Mumbai is India’s premiere commercial and financial city and is ever on the move.
Arrive Mumbai and be transferred to your hotel for check in.
Overnight at Mumbai

Day 14   Mumbai

Day 14 Mumbai

After breakfast, proceed to Elephanta Caves (Closed on Monday)dating back to the 7th century, situated 9Km off the coast of Mumbai and an hour’s ride by motor launch from the Gateway of India.

Afternoon, proceed for half day city tour of Mumbai. The tour includes a visit to the Gateway of India-erected to commemorate the landing of King George V and Queen Mary in 1911; the collection of Indian painting and sculpture at the Prince of Wales Museum (Closed on Monday), drive past Marine Drive, Chowpatty Beach, the Meticulously Hanging Gardens of Malabar Hill, the Tower of Silence – a circular raised structure used by Zoroastrians for exposure of their dead and the Crawford Market.
Overnight in Mumbai

Day 15   Mumbai

Day 15 Mumbai

Today after breakfast you will be transferred to the International Airport for your onward journey with a bunch of enthralling and mesmerizing memories of your tour.

Travel Insurance

Yes. All Zigi Tour’s guests are required to purchase travel insurance prior to their India tour. Your leader will record your insurance details on the first day.We have negotiated very special rates with our colleagues at Holiday Extras – with no upper age limits and no medical declaration for UK tours.

To obtain a quotation simply call them on 0800 2800 104 – Please ensure you quote our special price code Q4228

Dust Masks

Unfortunately pollution is a global phenomenon. It is advisable to carry dust masks if you are sensitive to dust or may have conditions like asthma, etc.

Charcoal Tablets

They’re an incredibly effective way of stopping diarrhoea and preventing dysentery (Delhi Belly). It quickly absorbs the toxins or pathogens that are causing the problem and keeps you strong.

Passport Pouch

A pouch to keep your personal belongings like passports, loose money, personal medications, Photo ID, etc. is strongly recommended.

Camera

India is a place of endless eye candy and spectacles that you won’t see anywhere else. Naturally a camera comes in handy.

Power adapter

It is important to carry international travel adapters to charge your electronic items such as laptops , phones, toothbrush, tablets, etc

Sunscreen

A good sunscreen is strongly advised to protect your skin from tropical weather.