The 23 days Central India Tour starts in Delhi and ends in Mumbai. You will be visiting the Tajmahal in Agra, the fort and museums in Gwalior, the erotic temples of Khajuraho, the temples of Orchha, the stupa in Sanchi, the temples of one of the most religious places in India – Ujjain, the ruins of Mandu and the famous UNESCO Heritage monuments – Ajanta Caves and Ellora Caves.
Day to Day Itinerary:
Day 1: Departure from Home Country.
Day 2: Delhi Arrival.
Red Fort, Delhi Sightseeing. Arrive Delhi. Transfer to hotel. Morning tour of Delhi. Visit Raj Ghat - the cremation sites of Mahatma Gandhi, Jama Masjid and drive past Red Fort and Chandni Chowk. Afternoon visit Qutub Minar built by Qutub-ud-Din Aibek in 1199, Humayun's Tomb, India Gate (War Memorial Arch), Lakshminarayan Temple - a modern Hindu Temple. Also drive past President's House, Parliament House, Government Secretariat Buildings and Connaught Place shopping center. Overnight Delhi.
Day 3: Delhi Alsisar/Mandawa.
Mandawa haveli, Mandawa Sightseeing. Drive to Mandawa or Alsisar. Visit the famous Shekhavati villages, full of beautiful frescoes, havelis and mansions. This entire area is like an open air gallery. Overnight in one of the villages. Overnight in Mandawa.
Day 4: Mandawa - Morning city tour. Shekhavati, Mandawa Sightseeing. More visits of Shekhavati (Dundlod, Nawalgarh, etc). Overnight Mandawa.
Day 5: Mandawa Bikaner.
Bikaner fort, Bikaner Sightseeing. Drive to Bikaner. Afternoon tour of this desert city. Bikaner is bolstered by imposing walls and has a 16th century fort housing old palaces, temples and a mosque. Founded by Raja Rai Singh, the fort is distinguished by its long range of 37 pavilions, a line of balconies and aerial windows of varying designs. An enormous arched doorway leads to the Joramal Temple. The royal chapel is Har Mandir where royal weddings and births were once celebrated. Overnight Bikaner.
Day 6: Bikaner Jaisalmer. Jaisalmer haveli, Jaisalmer Sightseeing. Drive to Jaisalmer. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight Jaisalmer.
Day 7: Jaisalmer.
Jaisalmer fort, Jaisalmer Sightseeing. Morning visit Jaisalmer. Visit the Fort, bazzars and the old mansions known as "havelis". People still live in these ancient buildings dating from 12th to 15th century. Every house has exquisite carvings and filigreed work. Overnight Jaisalmer.
Day 8: Jaisalmer Jodhpur.
Jaswant thada, Jodgpur Sightseeing. Morning drive to Jodhpur. Afternoon visit the Meharangarh Fort, situated on a low sandstone Hill, including Moti-Mahal and Phool Mahal. Also visit Jaswant Thada, an imposing Marble Memorium built in 1899 and the museum located in the Umaid Public Gardens. Overnight Jodhpur.
Day 9: Jodhpur Rohetgarh.
Meharangarh-fort, Rohetgarh Sightseeing. Drive to Rohetgarh. Check-in at the hotel. Drive through the country-side visiting various villages including Bishnoi Dhanis and watching local craftsmen. Overnight at Rohetgarh.
Day 10: Rohetgarh Kumbalgarh.
Kumbalgarh-fort, Kumbalgarh Sightseeing Morning drive to Kumbalgarh.
Kumbalgarh is about 85 km from Udaipur and is known for its 15th century Kumbalgarh Fort - the highest and considered as the most formidable in Rajasthan. Standing on a 1914 m high ridge the Fort provides a panoramic view of the countryside. Visit the historic town of Kumbalgarh and explore the magnificent Fort Complex - with beautiful palaces, gardens and temples. Overnight Kumbalgarh.
Day 11: Kumbalgarh Ranakpur Udaipur.
Ranakpur Temples, Udaipur Sightseeing. Morning drive to Udaipur visiting Ranakpur Temples enroute. Ranakpur - 98 km from Udaipur, the Jain Temples built in the 15th century are situated in the lovely valley of the Aravali. Its surrounding is quiet and picturesque. Ranakpur has grand structures and beautiful sculpture. There are 1444 pillars in the temple and none of them are similar. The magic of light and shade is really awe inspiring. Surya Temple and other Jain Temples are side attractions. Overnight Udaipur.
Day 12: Udaipur.
Fateh sagar Lake, Udaipur Sightseeing Morning tour of Udaipur. Visit the City Palace, Jagdish Temple, drive around Fatehsagar Lake, Sahelion ki bari (Queen's resort for her friends) and Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandir (Folk art museum). Afternoon free. Overnight Udaipur.
Day 13: Udaipur Chittaurgarh.
Chittaurgarh fort, Chittaurgarh Sightseeing Morning proceed to Chittaurgarh. 113 km from Udaipur, the Fort of Chittor was originally built by mighty Bhim, one of the Pandava heroes of Mahabharata. Also visit the Vijay Stambh with nine storeys and 37 mts high built by Maharana Kumbha to commemorate his victory over the Muslim rulers of Malwa and Gujarat in 1440. Kirti Stambh, the Tower of fame 22 meters high is covered with figures from Jain Pantheon. Overnight Chittaurgarh.
Day 14: Chittaurgarh Kota. kota bunga bridge, Kota Sightseeing. Morning drive to Kota. Afternoon visits. Overnight Kota.
Day 15: Kota Ajmer/Pushkar.
Brahma temple, Pushkar Sightseeing. Drive to Ajmer/Pushkar visiting Bundi enroute. Bundi rises from a narrow gorge in rows of terraced gardens and arched Rajput houses like a two dimensional miniature painting imposed on the landscape. Visit the Palace with its intricate spy-holes, secret trap doors and under ground passages. Also see the spectacularly ingenious water supply system. Ajmer was founded by the Chauhan ruler, Aiaipal, during the 11th century and is dominated by the Taragarh Fort built by Prithviraj Chauhan. Visit the Tomb of the Sufi Saint, Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti at the Dargah Sharif. In Pushkar, visit the holy Lake and also the famous Brahma Temple. Pushkar is one of the holiest places for Hindus. Overnight Pushkar.
Day 16: Ajmer/Pushkar Samode.
Holy Lake, Samode Sightseeing. Drive to Samode. 40 Km north-west of Jaipur, now converted to a hotel, the old Palace of Samode surrounded by hills present a fairy tale picture. It has a most exotic hall embellished with paintings and mirror work. Overnight Samode.
Day 17: Samode Jaipur.
City Palace, Jaipur Sightseeing. Morning drive to Jaipur. Afternoon tour of Jaipur. Jaipur Rajasthan was given a colour coat of pink a century ago in honour of a visiting Prince. Built by Maharaja Jai Singh, the notable astronomer, this city is 260 years old. Visit Maharaja's City Palace, and the Observatory. Drive past Hawa Mahal and through the pink rose residential and business areas. Overnight Jaipur.
Day 18: Jaipur. Amber Fort, Jaipur Sightseeing. Morning visit the Amber Fort - the ancient capital of the State. Visit the Sheesh Mahal or the Hall of Victory glittering with mirrors. Afternoon free. Overnight Jaipur.
Day 19: Jaipur Karauli.
Madan Mohanji Temple, Karauli Sightseeing. Morning drive to Karauli. Afternoon visit to the bazzar and the City palace with its exquisite frescoes and stone carvings. Aarti at the Madan Mohanji Temple is worth the visit. Overnight Karauli.
Day 20: Karauli Gwalior.
Man Mandir, Gwalior Sightseeing. Morning drive to Gwalior. Afternoon visit the Man Mandir, Gujari Mahal (today an archaeological museum), The Fort, Temples of Sas-Bahu, Teli Ka Mandir, Jai Vilas Palace, Tomb of Gaus Mohammad and the Mausoleum of Tansen. Overnight Gwalior.
Day 21: Gwalior Agra. Sightseeing, Agra. Morning free. Afternoon drive to Agra. Overnight Agra.
Day 22: Agra. Taj Mahal, Agra Sightseeing. Morning city tour visiting the the world famous Taj Mahaland the Red Fort. Afternoon free. Overnight Agra. Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays.
Day 23: Agra Bharatpur.
Fatehpur Sikri, Bharaypur Sightseeing. Morning drive to Bharatpur enroute visiting Fatehpur Sikri built by emperor Akbar in 1569 AD and later abandoned due to scarcity of water. Visit the Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary in Bharatpur - one of the most spectacular water birds sanctuary features nesting indigenous water - birds as well as migratory water birds and water side birds. It is inhabited by sambar, chital, nilgai and boar. From October till December the indigenous water birds nest in the acacia trees, sarus cranes nest around the lake. From December on, the migratory geese, duck and cranes are the main feature of the sanctuary. Overnight Bharatpur.
Day 24: Bharatpur Delhi. Delhi Sightseeing. Morning drive to Delhi. No Hotel. Later airport in time for return flight.
Day 25: Departure.
Airfare is not included in the tour price.
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