Mesmerizing Central India
Package price 1814 per person sharing twin
Product Code : AGORA154
Madhya Pradesh is a historical state that has laid the foundation for the Indian civilization. It has diverse offerings, temples, unrivaled wildlife, Buddhist cultural influence and a strong local heritage. After experiencing the hustle and bustle of Delhi, fly to Bhopal and visit the ancient Buddhist sanctuary of Sanchi for spiritual orientation. You will smell the clean air of the hills once we start our drive to hill station of Pachmarhi, a bird lover’s paradise, and then continue to Satpura – one of the finest wildlife reserves in India.
Day 01; Arrive Delhi
On arrival at Delhi airport assistance & transfer to hotel.
Delhi is India’s capital and a city of diversity. Old Delhi – is a historic district of grand mosques, majestic forts, busy bazars and dilapidated monuments. In contrast to New Delhi, that has a modern variety of malls and restaurants along with old government buildings. It has wide tree-lined avenues and pretty whitewashed bungalows purpose-built in the 1930s by the British as a colonial capital and remains the epicentre of Indian political power. Delhi is crowded, colourful and beautifully chaotic. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02; Delhi - Bhopal (flight)
Breakfast at hotel, transfer to airport to board flight for Bhopal. On arrival assistance and transfer to hotel for two nights stay. Capital of Madhya Pradesh, Bhopal has beautiful parks and palaces, Forward-thinking Muslim women ruled Bhopal. The city quickly modernised with the establishment of an early postal system and comprehensive rail network. Visit the historical Taj-ul-Masjid mosque, Jama Masjid and Shaukat Mahal to satisfy our soul with tales and stories. Overnight at hotel.
Day 03; Bhopal - Full day excursion visit to Sanchi, Udayagiri Caves, Bhimbetka & Bhojpur.
Breakfast at hotel, today full day excursion to visit the oldest surviving Buddhist sanctuary in India, which was once the principal centre for Buddhism in the country. It’s the Great Stupa, India’s finest Buddhist structure and one of the subcontinent’s oldest remaining religious monuments that define Sanchi. The stupa convenes at the heart of a reminiscent complex of temples and monasteries all of which exhibit a unique character.
Udayagiri Caves early Hindu ritual site, 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. Udayagiri has a series of rock-shelters and petroglyphs, ruined buildings, inscriptions, water systems, fortifications and habitation mounds, all of which have been only partially excavated.
Further drive to visit The Bhimbetka rock shelters an archaeological site dating back to the Paleolithic age. They exhibit the earliest traces of human life on the Indian subcontinent, and show a gimps into the beginning of the South Asian during the Stone Age. Some of the shelters were inhabited by the homo erectus more than 100,000 years ago. Some of the stone age rock paintings found among the Bhimbetka rock shelters are roughly 30,000 years old.
Next proceed to Bhojpur and see its famous temple that is dedicated to Shiva. The temple houses one of the largest lingas in India and it's crafted out a single rock. Overnight at hotel.
Day 04; Bhopal - Pachmarhi (200kms/ 4hrs approx)
Breakfast at hotel make our way to Pachmarhi hill station, which was once the summer capital of the central provinces during the British Raj. Check in at resort for two night stay.
A sleepy town of graceful bungalows and stone churches, Pachmarhi retains a distinctive colonial atmosphere. Located in the heart of the Satpura Hills, the area around the town has a rich biodiversity and a staggering array of bird-life not commonly seen elsewhere in central India. Overnight at resort.
Day 05; Pachmarhi
Breakfast at resort. Starting at the Duchess Falls, take a guided morning walk to Mount Rosa. Passing waterfalls and rock-paintings, this is an ideal opportunity to encounter the flora and fauna in the areas around Pachmarhi. It is not uncommon to see tiger and leopard tracks as well as a wide range of bird-life including the black eagle and honey buzzard. In the afternoon visit the man-made Pandav Caves, protected monuments, which potentially date to the time of the Emperor Ashoka and end the day at Dhupgarh to enjoy sunset.
We arrange an 8kms walk into the sal forests outside of Pachmarhi that will leave you refreshed. Beginning at Jatashanker Cave, there will be further chances to view some of the local wildlife including barking deer, gaur, tree shrew, sambar, the malabar giant squirrel and numerous vulture roosts. Overnight at resort.
Day 06; Pachmarhi - Satpura (60kms/ 1.3hrs approx)
Breakfast at resort. Walk to the butterfly garden in Panarpani on a trail where fresh tracks of tiger, leopard and sloth bear are often seen. On a good day, over fifty species of butterfly can be seen in the garden and is a must for any butterfly enthusiast. After lunch drive to Satpura National Park and check in at a resort. A relatively new reserve, Satpura is spread across mountains of the same name. Uniquely, Satpura is also the only tiger reserve that permits walking safaris, which are led by trained local guides. Overnight at resort.
Day 07; Satpura
Breakfast at resort. We see a flawless backdrop of plateaus and hills at the highest part of the Deccan, the huge Tawa reservoir protects the entire northern flank of the park and sustains the perfect habitat for a plethora of bird species that the area is home to.
The thick forests of this unspoiled reserve also provide some of the finest tiger habitat in the subcontinent and, although these wonderful animals are present in good numbers, Satpura is home to a host of other rare species including sloth bear and leopard. Overnight at resort.
Day 08; Satpura - Maheshwar (380kms/ 6hrs approx)
Breakfast at resort, drive to the humble town of Maheshwar check in at hotel. Later visit Ahilya Fort one of central India’s best kept secrets. Largely constructed in the late 17th century, this converted fortress has changed little and continues to hold a commanding position high above the banks of the sacred Narmada River. Rooms are comfortable and captivatingly furnished and there are many nooks and crannies to explore. Overnight at hotel.
Day 09; Maheshwar
Breakfast at hotel. Explore the fort and walk down to the riverside and the beautiful ghats to witness the timeless daily rituals of the local villagers. Followers of Lord Shiva revere the town and there are numerous shrines and temples that line the river’s bank. Maheshwar is also known for its Maheshwar sarees and are a thriving local industry. Overnight at hotel.
Day 10; Maheshwar - Mandu (45kms/ 1hrs approx one way)
Breakfast at hotel, drive to visit Mandu. Perched in a dominant position astride part of the Vindhya ranges, Mandu is an architectural masterpiece of understated Islamic style with many fine buildings spread over the site. With a history dating back to the early 6th century AD, Mandu’s heyday was during the medieval period under the Pathan sultans whose rule ushered in a period of peace and prosperity. Rightly famed for its Islamic architecture, explore Mandu’s many palaces, mosques and mausoleums. Overnight at hotel.
Day 11; Maheshwar - Indore (90kms/ 3hrs approx) / Indore - Mumbai (flight)
Breakfast at hotel. With everlasting memoirs leave Maheshwar and transfer to the Indore Airport for the flight to Delhi. Arrival transfer to hotel near to airport, rest time free and easy to relax. Overnight at hotel.
Day 12; Delhi - Departure
Breakfast at hotel. As per flight schedule transfr to airport to board flight for onward destination.
Garland welcome and assistance on arrival at airport
02 Nights / 13 Days accommodation in offered hotels or similar (standard room)
Daily breakfast at hotel in each package price
Full board accommodation in Pachmarhi & Satpura National Park.
Deluxe Air-conditioned private vehicle with English speaking chauffeur as per tour program.
Shared gypsy safari in national park with naturalist as per program.
Monuments Entrances of sightseeing places mentioned in the itinerary
Activities charges mentioned in the itinerary.
Government licensed English speaking tour guide on sightseeing days (local guide in each city).
Applicable GST (government taxes).
Hotels used or similar
Delhi x 1 nights
3* - Madhuban Hotel/ Meridian Plaza
4* - The Royal Plaza/ Country Inn & Suite Saket
5* - Le Meridien/ The Claridges
Bhopal x 2 nights
3* - Lake View Ashok/ Hotel Grand Ashirwad
4* - Noor Us Sabha Palace/ Graces Resort
5* - Jehan Numa Palace/ Courtyard by Marriott
Pachmarhi x 2 nights
3* - Vanasthali Cottages/ Pachmarhi Foothill Cottages
4* - MPT Champak Bungalow/ MPT Glen View
5* - WelcomHeritage Golf View
Satpura x 2 nights
3* - MPT Tawa Resort, Tawa/ Anmol Resort & Garden
4* - Forsyth Lodge/ Pugdundee Safaris Denwa Backwater Escape
5* - Forsyth Lodge/ Pugdundee Safaris Denwa Backwater Escape
Maheshwar x 3 nights
3* - MPT Narmada Resort/ Gurukripa Hotel and Restaurant
4* - MPT Narmada Resort/ Gurukripa Hotel and Restaurant
5* - Ahilya Fort
Mumbai x 1 nights
3* - Hotel Suba Palace/ BW Hotel Sahil
4* - Sun-N-Sand Hotel/ Fariyas Hotel
5* - Trident Hotel/ ITC Grand Central
Any air fare
Camera charges at monuments.
Main Meals, Lunch or dinner unless mentioned
Expenses of personal nature like liquor, laundry, tips, telephone, fax, internet etc.
Or anything not mentioned above.