Day 1. To Delhi
Fly from London to Delhi on British Airways or Jet Airways direct flight.
Day 2. Delhi
Morning arrival in Delhi. Afternoon sightseeing of fascinating Old Delhi including an exhilarating cycle rickshaw ride to the Jama Masjid through the bustling Chandni Chowk and it’s back roads, which were the centre of the city Shah Jehanabad in the Mughal times. Finally continue onto the Raj Ghat- Mahatma Gandhi’s cremation site, before returning to the hotel. Two nights at Hotel Maidens.
Day 3. Delhi
Morning sightseeing of dynamic New Delhi including the impressive Humayun’s Tomb, Qutab Minar and the India Gate. Afternoon at leisure.
Day 4. To Gwalior
Early morning Shatabdi train to Gwalior. Afternoon Gwalior sightseeing including Gwalior Fort considered to be the finest example of Hindu architecture in North India. Also visit the Jai Vilas Palace & Museum and Tombs of Ghaus Mohammed and Tansen, the former, noted in particular for its fine sandstone screen work. Evening Son et Lumiere show at the Fort. Overnight at the Usha Kiran Palace.
Day 5. To Bhopal
Morning Shatabdi train to Bhopal. Afternoon sightseeing of Bhopal including Taj-ul-Masjid Mosque said to be the largest Mosque in Asia and Dhai Seedhi Masjid believed to be Bhopal’s oldest masjid. Two nights at the Jehan Numa Palace.
Day 6. Bhopal
Morning excursion to Sanchi Stupa- a World Heritage site, originally commissioned by the Emperor Ashoka the Great in the 3rd C. BC. Afternoon excursion to Bhimbetka with its ancient cave paintings some thought to be 12,000 years old. They depict an amazing wealth of information about the life and death of early man.
Day 7. To Indore
Morning drive to Indore. Afternoon visit the Kanch Mandir an exceptional Temple with every part of the interior - floors, ceilings, walls, doors and pillars ornamented with mirrors of all sizes and shapes. Overnight at the Rashid Kothi.
Day 8. To Dhar via Mandu
Drive to Dhar, en route visit the vast deserted Fort of Mandu including the Royal Enclave, Village and Rawa Kund Buildings. Mandu is known for its fine architecture, it celebrates in stone the life and love of the poet-prince Baz Bahadur for his consort, Rani Roopmati. Overnight at the Jhira Bagh Palace.
Day 9. To Maheshwar
Drive to Maheshwar and relax in the delightful Ahilya Fort – perhaps walk to the beautiful ghats and explore the lovely Temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. Two nights at Ahilya Fort.
Day 10. Maheshwar
Day at leisure to enjoy the beauty of the 250-year-old Ahilya Fort perched high above the Narmada River. Stroll around the gardens, swim in the pool or take a boat ride along the sacred River.
Day 11. To Aurangabad
Drive to Aurangabad. Three nights at the Taj Residency.
Day 12. Aurangabad
Full day Ajanta excursion where the exquisite 2000 year old Buddhist paintings will transport you back through the centuries, bringing to life a bygone age of wonder.
Day 13. Aurangabad
Morning sightseeing of the vibrant, exotic Hindu sculpture and charismatic Buddhist art work at Ellora - the Jain caves are ascetic with intricate detailing. The spectacular work will feast the senses particularly the stunning Kailasanatha Temple. Afternoon enjoy sightseeing of Aurangabad.
Day 14. To Mumbai
Fly to Mumbai in the morning. Afternoon sightseeing of this pulsating city including the Prince of Wales Museum, Crawford Market and Dhobi Ghats. Overnight at the Marine Plaza Hotel.
Day 15. To London
Fly to London on direct British Airways or Jet Airways flights.
Suggested extensions: Goa, The Hill station of Matheran
(Various other extensions are available on request)
Per Person on a Double/ Twin share basis £2,298.00
International & internal flights in economy class.
Accommodation with en-suite facilities.
Daily breakfast throughout. Indore & Maheshwar on Full Board.
Services of English speaking guide during sightseeing
Transfers as per the itinerary by air-conditioned vehicles.
Excursions, sightseeing and entrance fees as per the itinerary.
Full ATOL Bonding.
Any optional Excursions.
Any expenses of a personal nature.
With love from India....Gwalior
The shops in Gwalior are a treasure trove of souvenirs. Hunt for gorgeous lacquer ware, dolls, hand woven carpets, wall hangings, jewellery and the famous Chanderi Saris. Other delights include Dokra figurines and Tribal jewellery.
The Jai Vilas Palace in Gwalior has two chandeliers, each weighing a bulky seven tonnes (7,000 kg each), and said to be the largest in the world. In the dining hall, a delightful mechanical silver toy train chugs merrily around a track, on the long dining table delivering liqueurs and cigars to the guests!