India: The road less traveled

  • Tejashri
    Tejashri
  • 13 Days
  • India, Mumbai (ex Bombay)
  • From € 975

Mumbai * Aurangabad * Burhanpur * Maheshwar * Mandu * Ujjain * Bhopal * Agra * Delhi

The off beaten track through central India is a road less traveled. Feel the pulse of India and its people, its heritage and culture.

Traverse from the west to the north of India and experience the diversity of this magnificent country first hand. From the modern India in Delhi and Mumbai to the rustic romantic town of Mandu, the historic caves at Ajanta & Ellora to the river banks of the mighty River Narmada at Maheshwar, the devout center of Ujjain to the iconic Taj Mahal. Caves, cities, rustic towns, river banks and temples you will see everything on this tour.

Expect a little bit of solitude, beautiful sights and a lot of culture! 

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  • Arrive in Mumbai
    India, Mumbai

    Arrive at Mumbai International Airport. Following Customs, Immigration formalities and baggage collection, our Airport Representative will meet you as you exit the arrivals terminal building and will transfer you to your hotel.

    Upon reaching, check-in at the hotel.

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  • Mumbai
    India, Mumbai (ex Bombay)

    After breakfast proceed for a sightseeing tour of the city.

    You could start from the Gateway of India, the symbol of Mumbai. From here, take the ferry to the Elephanta Caves - a World Heritage site, famous for its 7th century Cave Temple. Later drive along the Marine Drive, the seafront boulevard. It is also called ‘The Queen's Necklace’ because of its U-shape and lit lamps in the evening. Also stop at the Jain temple, the Tower of Silence and finally the ‘Hanging Gardens’ which are built on the top of the tank in Bombay from where you have an amazing panoramic view of Marine Drive.

    Other suggested visits also include the Dhobi Ghats (the world's largest outdoor laundry) and Mani Bhawan (Gandhi Memorial).

     Note: Elephanta Caves are shut on Mondays; Jewish Synagogue is shut on Saturdays; Art Galleries are shut on Sundays: All the Museums in Mumbai shut down by 5:00 PM.

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  • Mumbai - Aurangabad - Ellora - Aurangabad
    India, Unknown city

    Early in the morning you will be transferred to the Domestic Airport to board a flight to Aurangabad.

    Upon arrival check-in at the hotel.

    In the afternoon proceed for a half day visit to Ellora Caves (closed on Tuesdays) and Bibi-ka-Maqbara.

    Ellora Caves are the finest example of cave temples. These 34 caves have intricate interiors and ornamental facades. Carved during the 350 AD and 700 AD the rock temples and monasteries represent three faiths – Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. The caves all face west so are best seen in the afternoon. Bibi-Ka-Maqbara is the Tomb of Begum Rabia Durrani, wife of Emperor Aurangzeb. The monument is an excellent example of Persian Architecture. Bibi-Ka-Maqbara is considered to be a poor imitation of the Taj Mahal in Agra

    Overnight at the hotel.

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  • Aurangabad - Ajanta Caves - Burhanpur
    India, Burhanpur

    This morning you will check out from the hotel and drive to Burhanpur. En-route make a stop at the Ajanta Caves (closed on Mondays) for witnessing the Buddhist Caves belonging to the period between 200 BC and 650 AD.

    The Ajanta caves survived hundreds of years in the Sahyadri hills to tell the story of a rich and glorious past from 200 BC to 650 AD.  These caves were built to offer seclusion to the Buddhist monks, who lived, taught and performed rituals in the Chaityas and Viharas, which were the seats of learning and cultural movement.  Ajanta offers rich tapestry of images that speak of places, royalty, culture and tales of everyday life of ancient India.

    Thereafter continue driving to Burhanpur.

    Upon arrival check in at the hotel.

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  • Burhanpur - Omkareshwar - Maheshwar
    India, Maheshwar

    In the morning drive to Maheshwar via Omkareshwar.

    Omkareshwar one of the important pilgrimage centres, is situated on the island of Mandhata on the confluence of Narmada and Kaveri rivers. The holy shrine, Omkar Mandhata Temple, is one among the 12 Jyotirlinga shrines in the country dedicated to Lord Shiva. Thereafter continue to drive to Maheshwar which is another 70 kms away.

    Upon arrival check in at the hotel.

    This temple town of Maheshwar on the banks of the Narmada River is a few hours’ drive from Omkareshwar and Mandu. It finds its mention in the famous epics of Ramayana & Mahabharata by its old name ‘Mahishmati’. The Fort and temples here are worth the visit. Maheshwar is also famous for its unique sarees.

    Overnight at the hotel.

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  • Maheshwar
    India, Maheshwar

    This day is dedicated to exploring Maheshwar and enjoying solitude.

    Morning is at leisure.

    In the afternoon take a tour of the Ahilya fort and the palace which has exhibits of the Holkar family’s treasures and memorabilia, including a small shrine on a palanquin which is carried down into the town every year during the Dussehra festival. There is also a life size statue of Queen Ahilyabai. Also worth visiting are the Ghats along the river bank and the temples of Kaleshwar, Rajarajeshwar, Vithaleshwar and Ahilyeshwar, remarkable for their carved overhanging balconies and intricate doorways. Also enjoy a boat ride on Narmada River.

    Overnight at the hotel.

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  • Maheshwar - Mandu
    India, Mandu

    Today we will straightaway take you to Mandu. Upon arrival check in at the hotel.

    Fairy tale love story of a Muslim Prince with a local poor shepherd girl brings the mythological face to Mandu. Mandu, a small town on the edge of the Malwa Plateau, is surrounded by forests and has a historical significance. History is that the founder of this beautiful town was Raja Bhoj and this was once a popular royal retreat. Its Architectural marvel is the main attraction of this city with reminiscence of ancient architecture going way back to the 10th century. Mandu has the finest examples of Afghan architecture in India. The town is a monument of love, romance and affection as it is believed that this place is associated with the love legend of Prince Baz Bahadur and Singer Roopmati, the beauty of the city.

    Rest of the day is at leisure for you to relax at the place and enjoy peaceful moments.

    Overnight at the hotel.

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  • Mandu
    India, Mandu

    This day is dedicated to exploration of Mandu.

    Start with a visit to Jahaz Mahal (Ship Palace), an example of typical Indian romantic craziness, built between two beautiful lakes. Later, walk to Hindola Mahal (Swing Palace), named after the sloping sidewalls of the palace. Then visit Hoshang Shah's Tomb, one of the most refined examples of Afghan architecture and India's first marble structure. It is said that it served as a template for the construction of the Taj Mahal at Agra.

    In the afternoon visit Rani Roopmati's Pavilion a large sandstone structure originally built as an army observation post but was later turned into the residence of Rani Roopmati, the love interest of Baz Bahadur. It is said that it is from here she gazed at Baz Bahadur's Palace situated below at the banks of the Narmada river.

    Overnight at the hotel.

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  • Mandu - Indore - Ujjain
    India, Ujjain

    This morning we will take you to Ujjain, en-route stopping at Indore for sightseeing of the capital city of the state of Madhya Pradesh. Upon arrival check in at the hotel.

    In Indore visit the Lal Bagh Palace, which was once the residence of the Maharaja and now houses a museum and cultural center exhibiting sporting trophies, coins, miniatures, sculptures, paintings etc. Next visit the Kanch Mandir, an opulent 19th century Jain temple with interiors decorated with thousands of mirrors supplemented by ceramic tiles, cut glass Chandeliers and Chinese lamps! Then visit Rajwada Palace (also called as Holkar Palace) which is a remarkable mansion singing the glory of the stunning land. A beautiful blend of different architectural styles, Rajwada palace is a speaking edifice of a rich heritage.

    After the sightseeing tour of Indore, continue the drive to Ujjain. Upon arrival check in at the hotel.

    Overnight at the hotel.

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  • Ujjain - Bhopal
    India, Bhopal

    Proceed for a half day sightseeing tour of Ujjain in the morning today.

    A great devout center on the banks of river Shipra, Ujjain, in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh is regarded as a sacred place since time immemorial. A holy city, which finds its mention in the ancient Hindu scriptures as Avantika, Ujjain is positioned in equal terms with other major religious centers. It is also one of the four places where the Kumbh Mela is held.

    Your tour includes a visit to the Mahakaleshwar Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, the Harsiddhi Temple, the Ghats on river Shipra, Kal Bhairav Temple and Sandipani Ashram. (Note – Non Hindus may not be allowed to enter certain areas of the temples, best to check locally before starting the sightseeing tour).

    In the afternoon drive to Bhopal. Upon arrival check in at the hotel.

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  • Bhopal
    India, Bhopal

    This morning proceed for a full day excursion to the Sanchi Stupa located 48 kms north of Bhopal.

    Sanchi hosts several Buddhist monuments dating from the 3rd century BC to the 12th century AD and is one of the most 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. Its centre was a simple hemispherical brick structure built over the relics of Buddha. It was crowned by the Chatra, a parasol -like structure symbolizing high rank, which was intended to honour and shelter the relics. The construction work of this stupa was overseen by Ashoka's wife, Devi herself. In the 1st century BC, four heavily carved ornamental Gateways and a balustrade encircling the whole structure was added.

    Return to Bhopal in the evening. Overnight at the hotel.

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  • Bhopal - Agra
    India, Agra

    Proceed for a half day sightseeing tour of Bhopal. During the tour visit the Taj-ul-Masjid, One of the largest and most elegant Muslim mosques. Moti Masjid a lovely shrine in Bhopal is a significant landmark in the history of Muslim women in India. Sadar Manzil is a graceful building of the princely era, located at the Chowk area of Bhopal. Sadar Manzil is located close to Gohar Mahal which with its exceptional architecture and artistic beauty attracts large number of people.

    In the afternoon, we will transfer you to Bhopal Railway Station to board a train to Agra.

    Upon arrival at Agra, check-in at the hotel.

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  • Agra - Delhi
    India, Delhi

    In the morning, proceed for the sightseeing of Taj Mahal (closed on Fridays) and Agra Fort.

    Enjoy a short ride on a Tonga (horse-driven carriage) from the parking area to gate of Amarvilas, beyond which we will go via ADA transport till the monument gate.

    The most famous Mughal architecture in Agra is Taj Mahal(closed on Fridays). Besides the Taj, the Agra Fort (also called the Red Fort) makes an interesting sight. Other major attractions include the tomb of Mirza Ghiyas BegJama Masjid, and Akbar’s tomb at Sikandra, Rambagh, the Mughal Garden and Dayal Bagh Temple. Besides the historical monuments, one can also explore Agra’s rich heritage of handicrafts in its markets.

    Then you will be transferred to the Delhi International Airport (203 kms/ 05 hrs) to board your flight for the onward journey.

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  • GST (Government Service Tax)
  • Wet tissues on arrival in India
  • Traditional meet and greet
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  • Train rides
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  • Guide services
  • Insurance
  • Visa Fee
  • Personal expenses and tips
  • International flights and airport taxes
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The rates quoted above are per person basis in EURO & valid for 02 persons travelling together.

No services are held. All arrangements are subject to availability upon receipt of your completed booking.

All the visits and sightseeing tours mentioned in the itinerary are suggestions and not included in the cost.

All journey times are approximate and dependent on road conditions.

Check-in & out time at all envisaged properties is 1400 hrs & 1200 hrs respectively.

Please note the names of the hotels mentioned in the above offer only indicate that our rates are based on the tariff of the respective hotels. It is not to be construed that accommodation is being held at these hotels unless and until confirmation is received from the respective hotels and is communicated to you.

These costs are based on all existing Government taxes and are subject to change. If the Govt. revises any taxes then it will be charged as per actual.

We shall not be responsible for any delay, change or alternate in the itinerary due to weather conditions, political or local strikes, flight cancellations or any unforeseen circumstances. The additional expenditure incurred will be in the addition to the cost.

Any increase in the present applicable entrance fees to the monuments shall be advised to you separately and charged as per actual.

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