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Madhya Pradesh in central India 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 Forsyth's Lodge. (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. Overnight at The Claridges. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
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