Madhya Pradesh in central contains a number of hidden jewels including the silent Buddhist ruins at Sanchi, the abandoned citadel at Mandu and temple ghats that line the Narmada river at Maheshwar and Omkareshwar.
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On arrival transfer to the Trident Nariman Point for a 2-night stay. (N)
Explore colonial Mumbai and visit some of Mumbai's most celebrated sites, including the Gateway to India, the Victoria Terminus, Rajabai clock tower, the High Court and the Dhobi Ghat, a large open-air Laundromat. Finish the tour by visiting the bustling Chor Bazaar. (B)
Travel to Maheshwar, a historic fort-city on the banks of the River Narmada. Stay for 3 nights at the stunning Ahilya Fort. (B, L, D)
Day at leisure to explore the historic fort-city. Maheshwar has been a pilgrim centre since medieval times and first came to prominence in the 18th century. The Maheshwar Fort was strengthened and a number of Temples and Ghats were built along the banks of the River. (B, L, D)
Visit the ghost city of Mandu perched in the Vindhya ranges at an altitude of 600m. With this superb strategic position, Mandu became the fort capital of the Parmar rulers of Malwa and each of the structures is an architectural gem providing fine examples of Islamic architecture. (B, L, D)
Travel to Bhopal visiting Omkareshwar, a sacred Hindu island, en route. Omkareshwar is home to one of the 12 'Jyotirlingas' of Lord Shivawhich, and it is believed that the spiritually enlightened can see the Lingams as columns of fire. Spend 2 nights at Jehan Numa Palace. (B)
Today visit the stupas at Sanchi, first created by the Great Emperor Ashoka in the 3rd century BC. You will also be able to see monasteries, temples and pillars dating over a period of 1,500 years. (B)
En-route to Satpura, visit the Bhimbetka cave paintings set amid dense forest. Discovered as late as 1957 around a thousand shelters were discovered containing what are thought of as South Asia's richest collection of prehistoric paintings. Stay 3 nights at Denwa Backwater Escape. (B, D)
Explore Satpura by jeep, on foot and by boat. The most common way of seeing the park is via a jeep safari where you will be escorted by highly trained and expert naturalists in pursuit of tigers, sloth bears, leopards and many more species that live within the park. (B, L, D)
Travel to Orchha by train and car to visit the beautiful palaces and shrines.
Chatrabhuj, Lakshmi Narayan and Jehangir Mahal Palace are all still in fairly good condition and you can find fabulous views of the surrounding countryside. Overnight at the Amar Mahal. (B)
Travel to Gwalior, stopping en route at the stunning fort at Jhansi. Jhansi fort served as a stronghold of the Chandela kings in Balwant Nagar from the 11th through to the 17th century. Stay 2 nights at the Taj Usha Kiran Palace. (B)
Visit what is perhaps the biggest fort in India, the magnificent Gwalior fort. It stands on a sandstone hillock about 3 kilometres long and contains sculptures, temples and the charming sandstone Man Mandir palace. Afternoon at leisure. (B)
Take the train to Delhi andoOvernight at The Claridges. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
Ahilya Fort is an 18th century fortress converted into an award-winning hotel which has what is possibly the most dramatic setting of any Indian hotel. Perched on the edge of a cliff, enclosed within the massive walls of the fort, there are staggering views over the sacred Narmada River and the ghats immediately below. Built in 1766 AD, the fort is a charming property that has retained its regal elegance. It has 8 double bedrooms, 1 suite and 2 tents, each with their own private bathroom. Within the fort there are pretty courtyards and verandahs on different levels, linked by stone walkways. There is a large garden, plenty of hidden terraces and turrets, and a swimming pool. The chef produces delicious continental and Indian food. There is no formal dining room as breakfast tends to be a buffet served on the ramparts of the fort, overlooking the river; lunch is served in a shady, leafy...
The Amar Mahal is a simply converted palace property, which retains much of its original charm and character. With only 24 rooms, the hotel provides plenty of space for relaxation in its public areas and the restaurant offers a choice of...
Located within Satpura National Park, Denwa Backwater Escape is built within 4 hectares of forested land overlooking the mesmerising backwaters of the Denwa river. The lodge itself is built with local materials such as stone, baked tiles and hand-crafted wood to form a contemporary safari-style design. A range of activities are available such as cycling, village walks, night safaris, kayaking and boat safaris.
Features: 8 river-view cottages, 2 river-view treehouses, Wi-Fi, swimming pool, restaurant, bar.
Room amenities: Air conditioning, intercom, mosquito nets, tea & coffee...
The Jehan Numa Palace Hotel Bhopal lies nestled on the slopes of the Shamla Hills of Bhopal. Set in five acres of lush greenery and splashes of colorful bougainvillea the Jehan Numa Palace Hotel Bhopal makes for a delightful and charming get away.The Jehan Numa Palace Hotel Bhopal is a superb example of a medley of British Colonial, Italian Renaissance and Classical Greek Architecture. All guest-rooms have air conditioning, tea/coffee maker, dataport, hair dryer, mini bar and IDD telephone. The hotel also has a restaurant, swimming pool and tennis...
Set amidst nine acres of beautifully landscaped lawns, this regal palace, rich in history, is conveniently located just 25 km from Gwalior Airport, 3 km from the railway station and 1km from the market place. The Usha Kiran Palace was originally built as a palace for the royal visit of the King and Queen of England, and the building is still resplendent with stone carvings, filigree work and mosaic floors.
The hotel has 40 air-conditioned rooms, suites and villas, all offering luxurious style and comfort and a décor to complement the local culture. Guest amenities include verandas, satellite TV, telephone and mini bar and the views from each rooms are either of the palace grounds, Gwalior Fort or the Jai Vilas Palace.
The restaurant, overlooking the lush courtyard, serves a selection of Indian, Chinese and Continental cuisine. The courtyard café offers an al fresco dining...
The Claridges Hotel is centrally located in New Delhi close to historical landmarks, shopping centres and the business centre of the city. The property dates from the 1950s and offers guests an old world ambience that has been sensitively redefined with new age grandeur and hospitality. Accommodation is in 162 en suite and recently renovated air-conditioned rooms. Hotel facilities include a choice of dining outlets, a bar, swimming pool, health club and tennis...
Towering above the skyline and overlooking the Arabian Sea, the Trident Mumbai is located in the heart of Mumbai's central business district with the city's main shopping area only a short distance away. The Mumbai International Airport is an hour's drive from the hotel while the domestic airport is a 45-minute drive. The nearest railway links are 10-15 minutes from the hotel.
The hotel has 541 well-appointed guest rooms that are tastefully decorated. Superior rooms have a view of the Nariman Point business area and are equipped with air-conditioning, a work table, wireless Internet access, mini bar and tea/coffee making facilities. Premier rooms have views of either city or Arabian Sea views and suites face the ocean and have a separate living area. Trident Club rooms have panoramic views of the ocean and offer access to the Trident Club with express check-in, breakfast, high tea...
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XHT2017: 14 Nights
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Maheshwar is a historic fort-city on the banks of the River Narmada. The town has been a...
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One of the best kept secrets of central India, the Satpura National Park characterised b...