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Splendours of Central India

13 Days | 12 Nights

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India
New Delhi - Varanasi - Khajuraho - Orchha - Maheshwar

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Splendours of Central India
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Upon arrival in DELHI, you will be met by your guide and driver then transported to your hotel for check in. Depend on your actual arrival time, some soft sightseeing for an orientation tour is suggested.

Overnight in Delhi.
After a refreshing night’s sleep, start with sightseeing tour of this charming city. You will head out to visit the tomb of the Mughal Emperor, Humayun. The tomb, located in Nizamuddin East, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993, and was the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent.

After, visit Qutab Minar, a soaring 73 meter tower, and the tallest brick minaret in the world. It was built in 1193 by Qutub-ud-din Aibak immediately after the defeat of Delhi’s last Hindu kingdom, and is also a UNESCO World Heritage site. Next up is the Lotus Temple (closed on Mondays), the last of seven major Bahai temples, and built in 1986 out of pure white marble. Around the blooming petals are nine pools of water which light up in natural light.

After lunch, visit Jama Masjid (Masjid-i Jahan-Numa), the largest mosque in India, with its courtyard capable of holding 25,000 devotees. It was begun in 1650 by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, and more than 5,000 workers toiled for six years to complete it. At the center of New Delhi stands the 42 meter India Gate, an Arc-de-Triomphe-like archway in the middle of a crossroad. It was built as a memorial to the 70,000 India soldiers killed in World War I. The gate was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and completed in 1931.

After the gate, head to the Red Fort, constructed in 1648 by the 5th Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan, and the residence of the emperor for about 200 years, until 1857. The Red Fort’s innovative architectural style, including its garden design, influenced later buildings and gardens in Delhi. It was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007.

Overnight at hotel in Delhi.
MEALS
Breakfast
Following breakfast, our driver will transfer you to the airport to catch a domestic flight to the beautiful city of VARANASI. Upon arrival, transport with driver and guide will be arranged for you to the hotel for check in.

Later you will visit the beautiful temples of Sarnath which is the scared place where Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon to his five disciples, who was preaching the middle path for attaining “Nirvana”. The visit also includes other Buddhist monuments and edifices like Dhamek Stupa, Chaukhandi Stupa, Sarnath Museum and Mulagadha Kuti Vihar.

In the evening, witness the grand Aarti ceremony performed by several priests on the banks of River Ganges. Hear the majestic blended sound of Sanskrit mantras, drums, bells and cymbals. The rest of day is free at leisure.

Overnight in Varanasi.
MEALS
Breakfas
In the early morning, enjoy boat ride across the holy river Ganges. Visit the numerous temples alongside river Ganges and get a closer view of Hinduism being in Varanasi. Observe the daily life of the natives and see the people bathing in river Ganges and worshiping rising sun. This morning scene is really spiritual and looks a totally different world. After wards, we return to the hotel for breakfast.

After that, start our sightseeing tour of this charming city. Take a walk in the narrow street of Varanasi (Old Varanasi). Also visit Kashi Vishwanath Temple (or Golden Temple).

NOTE: People of other religion are restricted to enter the temple, only Hindus can enter.

The city tour also takes you to the famous Banaras Hindu University, one of the largest residential universities in Asia, with over 20,000 students. The university's main campus spread over 1,300 acres. The rest of the day is at your own leisure.

Overnight in Varanasi.
MEALS
Breakfast
Catch a domestic flight to the beautiful temple city of KHAJURAHO, a small town where tourism is the main source of earning for local people. Our Asia Senses travel guide and driver will be awaiting to escort you to the hotel. After checking in hotel, relax till noon.

In the afternoon, take a city sightseeing tour covering the world-famous temples. Start with a visit to World Heritage Site Western Group of Temples which contain the most accomplished Khajuraho temples with 84 towers, the Kandariya Mahadeva, dedicated to Lord Shiva and decorated with a profusion of sculptures with intricate details, symbolism and expressiveness of ancient Indian art. It is a magnificent peace of artistic sculptural work.

Afterwards, our guide will take you to the Eastern Group of Temples that house the largest Jain temple dedicated to Parsvanath. Then visit a local market for shopping (approx. 1 hour) and then transferred back to the hotel.

Overnight in Khajuraho.
MEALS
Breakfast
After breakfast at the hotel, drive to ORCHHA, a small village set among the hills, admire a valley formed by the crystal-clear waters of the Betwa River.

Leave for the city sightseeing tour that awaits you. First, pay a visit to Jahangir Mahal, a 17th-century monumental palace in commemoration of Emperor Jahangir. Next we will visit Raj Mahal which is among the most visited palaces in Orchha. The 17th-century architectural design features various religious elements.

Continue on with your guide to the two-story brick palace of Rai Praveen Mahal. If time permits, you may also visit attractions such as Chaturbhuj Temple and Laxmi Narayan Temple. Return to your hotel in Orchha.

Overnight in Orchha.
MEALS
Breakfast
Today, we take a train towards BHOPAL, the capital city of the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. Bhopal is also one of India’s greenest cities. At Bhopal station you will be picked up by our Asia Senses representative who will be escorting you to the hotel for check-in.

After a short break, pick a visit to the Jama Masjid, built by Qudsia Begum, which has tall dark minarets crowned with glittering golden spikes. The Moti Masjid is patterned on Delhi's Jama Masjid. It has an impressive architecture and a wide courtyard with a shopping arcade. Also the Taj market surrounds its boundary walls.

Enjoy a walk into the bustling bazaars of old Bhopal before making a stopover at Bharat Bhavan, a multi-arts center that was designed by one of India's leading architects, Charles Correa. It houses a beautiful gallery, a fine art workshop, an open-air amphitheater, a studio theater and auditorium, museum of tribal and folk art, and libraries of Indian poetry and folk music.

Another outstanding feature of Bhopal is its two picturesque lakes. An over-bridge divides one lake into two the upper lower lakes. From the two high points of Idgah and Shamla enjoy a fabulous view of the sunset and of the twinkling city lights on the lakes.

Overnight in Bhopal.
MEALS
Breakfast
A full day excursion tour awaits you today. You will be picked up from your hotel in Bhopal city at 9:00 am and embark on a full-day excursion to Udayagiri Caves and Sanchi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

First you will visit SANCHI located 30 miles (45 km) northeast of Bhopal. It is a serene hill crowned by a group of stupas, monasteries, temples and pillars dating from 3rd century BC to 12th century AD. Sanchi is an ancient place of pilgrimage for Buddhists and its uniqueness lies in the fact that Buddha is not represented through figures, but through symbols. The lotus represents the Buddha's birth, the tree signifies his enlightenment and the wheel represents his attainment of nirvana (salvation). Buddha's presence is marked by the footprints and the throne. Sanchi was rediscovered by a British officer in 1818 and later in 1912 restoration work at the site was done in earnest.

After visiting Sanchi, get transported to the Udayagiri Caves, close to the town of Vidisha. The caves are an early Hindu ritual site located near Vidisha region. They were extensively carved and reworked under the command of Chandragupta II, Emperor of the Gupta Empire, in the late 4th and 5th century AD. These caves are currently a tourist site under the protection of the Archaeological Survey of India.

In the late afternoon, return to your hotel in Bhopal.

Overnight in Bhopal.
MEALS
Breakfast
This morning, you will be picked up from your hotel in the morning and driven to BHIMBETKA, the foothills of the Vindhyachal mountains where the Mesolithic era Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka are situated. There are around 750 Rock Shelters that are to be found on seven hills spread over an area of six miles. These caves contain the earliest traces of human life on the Indian subcontinent. Of the 750 Rock Shelters, 500 contain well preserved cave paintings that dates back 30,000 years ago.

After lunch drive to the town of BHOJPUR, a 45 minute drive away, and visit its celebrated Bhojeshwar Temple that is dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva. This 11th century temple houses one of the biggest lingas in India and it is made out of a single rock. For reasons that are still unknown, the construction of this temple was halted midway and it remains incomplete to date. One can see architectural plans engraved on the surrounding rocks and unfinished materials abandoned at the site. The architectural drawings carved on the rocks and the mason's marks have helped scholars understand the temple construction techniques of 11th-century India.

You will have chance to see here Cyclopean Dam with walking through large boulders. Also visit Jain Shrine which contains status of Mahavira & figures of Parsvanath. After exploring these places, sit back and relax on the drive back to your hotel in Bhopal.

Overnight in Bhopal.
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch
This morning, we will head toward INDORE, the largest and most densely populated city in central India, popular for its history, monuments, food and bazaars.

En-route halt at UJJAIN for a guided tour to visit some major tourist attractions like Bhartrihari Caves, an ancient site which has some interesting legends associated with it, Kaliadeh Palace, Mahakaleshwara Temple and Jantar Mantar Ujjain (or Vedh Shala).

We also visit Bade Ganeshji Ka Mandir Temple which houses a massive statue of the elephant-headed God of Wisdom and Prosperity, Ganesha. This god is considered to be the most benevolent God that blesses his followers with wealth and prosperity. After visiting these places, continue to Indore. Upon arrival in Indore, transfer to hotel for check in.

Overnight in Indore.
MEALS
Breakfast
Today, take an early morning drive straight to the ancient city of MANDU, a fortress town well known for its architecture.

After reaching Mandu, check-in to the hotel and go out for sightseeing. There are many attractions of Mandu which allure tourists to visit here all year. Some of these attractions include Jahaz Mahal (or Ship Palace), Jami Masjid, Hindola Mahal, Baz Bahadur’s Palace, Rewa Kund and many more. All the monuments of Mandu present a unique architecture which gives them an elegant touch.

OPTIONAL: In the evening enjoy Sarafa Bazaar, Khau Galli night tour for experiencing local Indore delicacies for dinner.

Overnight in Mandu.
MEALS
Breakfast
Today, take a visit to temple town of MAHESHWAR. This peaceful riverside town is popular for making unique and delicate cotton and silk blend handloom saris. It is also known for its spiritual importance, which is mentioned as Mahishmati in the famous Hindu epics Ramayana and Mahabharata. The major temples to visit in Maheshwar include Ahilyeshwar Temple, Jaleshwar Temple and the Rajarajeswara Temple.

After lunch, drive to OMKARESHWAR (90kms / 02:00 hours) then visit temples of Omkareshwar. It is popular for having Jyotirlinga temple known as Mamaleshwar Temple which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. After this, also visit Varhdheshwar Temple which is another beautifully carved temple and piece of art. After that, check-in at the hotel for some rest and relax. In the evening, you can stroll around the town for the own exploration.

Overnight in Omkareshwar.
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch
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Narmada Resort Omkareshwar
After breakfast, our guide will transfer you to Indore Airport to board domestic flight to Delhi from where you can catch a flight back your home.
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Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

New Delhi
21ºC
15mm

Varanasi
23ºC
22mm

Khajuraho
24ºC
19mm

Orchha
24ºC
17mm

Maheshwar
29ºC
6mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

New Delhi
23ºC
11mm

Varanasi
26ºC
9mm

Khajuraho
27ºC
8mm

Orchha
27ºC
8mm

Maheshwar
32ºC
0mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

New Delhi
30ºC
15mm

Varanasi
33ºC
11mm

Khajuraho
33ºC
8mm

Orchha
33ºC
8mm

Maheshwar
36ºC
1mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

New Delhi
36ºC
3mm

Varanasi
38ºC
3mm

Khajuraho
39ºC
1mm

Orchha
38ºC
2mm

Maheshwar
40ºC
1mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

New Delhi
40ºC
12mm

Varanasi
41ºC
10mm

Khajuraho
42ºC
1mm

Orchha
42ºC
5mm

Maheshwar
42ºC
6mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

New Delhi
39ºC
44mm

Varanasi
39ºC
96mm

Khajuraho
39ºC
79mm

Orchha
40ºC
94mm

Maheshwar
38ºC
105mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

New Delhi
35ºC
217mm

Varanasi
33ºC
299mm

Khajuraho
32ºC
310mm

Orchha
33ºC
287mm

Maheshwar
32ºC
239mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

New Delhi
33ºC
271mm

Varanasi
32ºC
290mm

Khajuraho
31ºC
301mm

Orchha
31ºC
309mm

Maheshwar
30ºC
200mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

New Delhi
33ºC
114mm

Varanasi
32ºC
208mm

Khajuraho
32ºC
207mm

Orchha
32ºC
177mm

Maheshwar
32ºC
197mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

New Delhi
32ºC
27mm

Varanasi
32ºC
37mm

Khajuraho
32ºC
24mm

Orchha
33ºC
37mm

Maheshwar
34ºC
32mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

New Delhi
28ºC
4mm

Varanasi
28ºC
8mm

Khajuraho
29ºC
13mm

Orchha
29ºC
5mm

Maheshwar
32ºC
7mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

New Delhi
23ºC
7mm

Varanasi
24ºC
5mm

Khajuraho
25ºC
7mm

Orchha
25ºC
6mm

Maheshwar
30ºC
7mm

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