Luxury Private Journey - Hidden Treasures of Inner India

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Day 01: Arrive Delhi Upon arrival in Delhi Airport you will be greeted by our representative and transferred to the hotel. Overnight Stay Hotel (B) Day 02: Delhi sightseeing After a relaxed morning, we set out in the afternoon to explore the pulsating capital city of India, where no less
  • Tour Type: Private Tour
  • Activities: City, Art, Local Culture, Horse Riding, Sightseeing, Journeys Collection
  • Places Visited:Madhya Pradesh (India), Maharashtra (India), Mumbai (India), Bhopal (India), India, Aurangabad (India), Varanasi (India), Uttar Pradesh (India)
  • Group size: 2 persons
  • Duration: 17 Day(s)

Your Tour

Day 01: Arrive Delhi

  • Upon arrival in Delhi Airport you will be greeted by our representative and transferred to the hotel. Overnight Stay Hotel (B)
Day 02: Delhi sightseeing
  • After a relaxed morning, we set out in the afternoon to explore the pulsating capital city of India, where no less than eight empires rose and fell over the span of five thousand years. Synonymous with power and imperial sovereignty, Delhi saw Hindu kings, Mughal emperors and the British Raj, all of whom established their empires here.
  • Begin exploring the city from Old Delhi, the Mughal capital established by Shah Jahan in 1638. Visit the famous Red Fort where we trade our car for bicycle rickshaws through the congested alleys off Chandni Chowk, one of India’s oldest and busiest bazaars. Next visit Raj Ghat, the Jama Masjid, one of the largest mosques in India and Shah Jahan’s last architectural triumph and finally visiting the Humayun’s Tomb. Overnight at your Hotel in Delhi. (B)
Day 03: Delhi-Varanasi (Flight)
  • This morning we fly to the city of Varanasi. Situated on the banks of the sacred Ganges River, Varanasi has been a center of learning and civilization for over 2,000 years. It is a holy city dedicated to Lord Shiva. Like Jerusalem, Rome, and Athens, it is one of the world's most ancient living cities.
  • Later in the day we set out on foot to explore the crumbling and enchanting alleyways of Old Varanasi, visiting temples and wandering through the bazaars that make this ancient city so fascinating. At sunset we’ll walk along Varanasi’s famed ghats (a series of steps leading down to water) and observe the evening aarti ceremony. In this cacophonous prayer ceremony, chanting priests line the banks of the Ganges performing ritual dances with bells and incense and hundreds of candles are lit and floated onto the river. Depending on our mood, we may even choose to witness the ceremony from the river itself, on board one of the many boats that that ply the waters along Varanasi’s shore. Overnight at the Hotel (B)
Day 04: Varanasi
  • This morning we rise early and take a sunrise boat ride on the Ganges. Here, pilgrims and devotees gather on the ghats to bathe in the sacred river as the city begins to come alive in the magical, misty light of dawn. Our journey takes us along Varanasi’s most holy ghats including Dasaswamedh, Manikarnika and Assi Ghat.
  • In the afternoon we take a short drive to Sarnath. It was here that Sakyamuni Buddha, after achieving enlightenment at Bodh Gaya, delivered his first message of the middle path to final nirvana. In the nearby museum we find the excavated pillars of Emperor Ashoka (304 B.C. -232 B.C.) Ashoka is widely considered the greatest Indian emperor of all time. His rule extended across India and present day Pakistan and Afghanistan. Wrought with guilt and despair after his brutal conquest of Kalinga, Ashoka adopted Buddhism. His great power and influence enabled him to propagate the tenets of this budding faith across Asia, the Middle East and all the way to Roman Empire. Along the way, Ashoka established splendidly inscribed pillars marking the significant sights in the life of Gautama Buddha. Overnight Stay Hotel (B)
Day 05: Varanasi-Khajuraho (Flight)
  • After a leisurely morning we depart for our flight to Khajuraho, a quiet little town that was once the religious capital of the Chandela Kings. The Chandelas were devout tantric Hindus and prolific patrons of religious architecture. They built numerous elaborate temples to serve as emblems of their piety and strength. The temples are well known for their lavish use of erotic carvings which Victorian Britishers described as “a little warmer than necessary.”
  • This afternoon we explore the magnificent and famous western temple complex of Khajuraho. Overnight at the Hotel. (B)
Day 06: Khajuraho –Orchha (175Kms /04hrs)
  • After breakfast drive to Orchha - a quiet outpost situated on an island of rock protected by a loop of the Betwa River. The numerous temples and palaces are testaments to the unique Bundela Rajput style of architecture. The elegant Jehangir Mahal resembles an M.C. Escher drawing or a Jorge Luis Borges story more than the familiar styles of earlier palace architecture.
  • Arrive Orchha and check-in at hotel. Afternoon visit Orchha village, Jehangir Mahal, Raj Mahal and Ram Raja temple which dates back to the 17th century. Overnight stay at the hotel. (B)
Day 07: Orchha –Jhansi -Bhopal
  • This morning we board the train to Bhopal from Jhansi. Bhopal is also known as the Lake City or City of Lakes for its various natural as well as artificial lakes and is one of the greenest cities in India. Upon arrival we are transferred to the hotel. After lunch we set out the trip for the visit of Bhimbetka, famous for its caves and rocky terrain of dense forest and rocky cliffs. The mystic beauty of nature is reflected in the rock shelters that belong to the Neolithic age. The major attractions in these caves are the paintings that depict in panoramic detail the life of the pre-historic man. Declared as a world heritage site by UNESCO, the region is abundant with archaeological treasure of this region. The painting varies from Paleolithic, Mesolithic, Chaleolithic, and the medieval times. After sightseeing of the caves we return back to Bhopal. Overnight in Bhopal. (B)
Day 08: Bhopal- Excursions to Sanchi
  • This morning visit Sanchi, the oldest surviving Buddhist sanctuary, and principal centre for Buddhism in India until the 12th century. The site consists of stupas, monolithic pillars, temples and monasteries, all in different states of conservation and dating from the second century BC onwards. A world heritage, Sanchi is one of the most evocative places in India. Evening at leisure. Overnight at the hotel. (B)
Day 09: Bhopal- (180Kms /04hrs) -Ujjain-Indore (65Kms /1 ½ hr)
  • We will begin our day with drive to holy city Ujjain situated on the banks of the river Shipra and has been regarded since times immemorial as sacred. The belief in the sacredness of Shipra, has its origins in the ancient Hindu mythological tale of churning of the Ocean by the Gods and the Demons. Ujjain is most visited by devotees for two reasons – the Jyotirlinga housed in the Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga temple and the Kumbha Mela that is celebrated once in twelve years. After sometime spent on sightseeing we will proceed to Indore. (65kms/01:30hrs). Overnight At the hotel. (B)
Day 10: Indore - Maheshwar  (91Kms /2 ½ hr)
  • Today we drive down to Maheshwar, a temple town on the banks of the river Narmada, is now synonymous with the exquisitely delicate cotton and silk blend handloom saris woven by its people. However, back in time, at the dawn of the Hindu civilization, Maheshwar was a hotbed of culture, religion and politics.
  • Enoy the ancient craft in Maheshwar revived by the Holkars and now a famous and thriving cottage industry. In the evening enjoy boating through the vivid moon-lit on river Narmada serenaded by floating musicians. Overnight stay hotel. (B)
Day 11: Maheshwar - Excursions to Mandu  (65Kms /One-Way)
  • Mandu-An evocative lost city of Malwa Sultans is a 15th century marvel of early Islamic architecture, set amongst forests and ravines at the edge of the Malwa plateau. The architect of the Taj Mahal drew inspiration from the tomb of Mandu's ruler Hoshang Shah. His successor Ghiyassuddin expelled all men from Mandu, and lived in the Ship Palace, surrounded by 14,000 women. Today Mandu is an abandoned town, but its many buildings are in good repair and well worth a visit. Return to Maheshwar and remaining day at leisure. Overnight at the hotel. (B)
Day 12: Maheshwar – Omkareshwar – Maheshwar
  • Omkareshwar is the home of one of India's most famous Shiva temples, the Mandhatta Jyotirling located on an island in the middle of the Narmada River. Vedic texts however site the true Shiva shrine across the river at Mamaleshwar; the devout Ahilya Bai Holkar respected these texts and endowed the Mamaleshwar shrine with land. Omkareshwar is an excellent place to experience the hustle and hum of traditional Hindu India. Overnight at hotel. (B)
Day 13: Maheshwar-Aurangabad (315Kms /07hrs)
  • The route will take you through Asirgarh Fort, one of the most strategically important forts in all of central India, past Burhanpur where Mumtaz Mahal was buried at the Gardens of Zainabad before being moved to Agra and the Taj. Though Aurangabad is home to several medieval ruins from tombs to palaces, it vehemently boasts of some of the most magnificent and well-reserved cave temples in the world. These UNESCO World Heritage Sites were carved out of the relatively soft volcanic rock of the region, resulting in unparalleled intricacy in design and the zenith of rock-cut architecture in India. These are the Ellora Caves, decorated with fine sculptures, namely the awe-inspiring monolithic Kailasa Temple and the Ajanta Caves, world renowned for its well preserved murals dating back to the 2nd century B.C. beautifully narrating tales from the life of Sakyamuni Buddha.
  • Over the course of the next two days, we will embark on an in-depth exploration of these two spectacular cave complexes which will shed light on some of India’s earliest and most prolific inhabitants. Overnight at the Hotel. (B)
Day 14: Aurangabad –Excursion to Ajanta Caves (120Kms /03hrs-One Way only))
  • After an early breakfast we will depart for a full day excursion to Ajanta Caves. This sprawling cave complex, cut into the face of a horseshoe-shaped gorge, lay hidden for centuries, concealed by jungle growth, until they were ‘rediscovered’ by John Smith of the 28th Madras Cavalry in 1819. Mr. Smith stumbled upon one of the caves while on a tiger hunt! Archaeologists suspect that the caves were abandoned around 500 A.D. and this long period of isolation contributed to the outstanding preservation of the wall paintings.
  • The Ajanta Caves span two historic periods – the first during the Hinayana phase of Buddhism (2nd -1st century B.C.) in which Buddha was not represented in the human form but by symbols only, such as the Wheel of Law or the Bodhi Tree.
  • There are 30 caves at Ajanta, which follow no particular chronological order. Overnight at the Hotel. (B)
Day 15: Aurangabad–Excursion to Ellora Caves (35Kms /01hr).
  • This morning we will visit the Ellora Caves. Ellora consists of 34 monasteries and temples carved between the 6th and 10th centuries A.D., the approximate time that the Ajanta caves were abandoned. Ellora combines the works of India’s three most influential religions – Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism. It is a magnificent testament to the harmonious co-existence and interconnectedness of these ancient religions. The 12 Buddhist caves are the oldest and most austere. The 17 Hindu caves are the most striking. They were constructed at a time when Hinduism was beginning to supplant Buddhism and reassert itself as the dominant religion in India. The five Jain temples, while not as grand, reflect their philosophy of asceticism and appreciation of intricate detail.
  • The finest of the caves here is the Hindu Kailasa Temple. It is the world’s largest monolithic sculpture.
  • Following the visit to Ellora, we will return to the hotel for lunch and some time to relax before our early evening flight to Mumbai. Upon arrival in Mumbai you will be transferred to the hotel by our representative. Overnight in Mumbai. (B/L)
Day 16: Mumbai
  • Mumbai is one of the most cosmopolitan cities of India, teeming with 19th century British structures that rival many in England itself. The impressive Town Hall with its Doric façade is a good example, and the nearby St. Thomas Cathedral is the oldest church in the city. The cathedral has some of the best marble statues sculpted by leading European artists of the 19th century. Another wonderful gothic building is the Victoria Terminus, built on the site from where the first train in India departed (1854). On the harbor waterfront is the Gateway of India, built in 1927 to commemorate the visit of King George and Queen Mary at the Delhi Durbar held in 1911. After sightseeing through the city you have sometime to explore the bustling streets of Mumbai. Overnight in Mumbai. (B)
Day 17: Mumbai Departure
  • Time transfer to the airport to catch the flight for onward destination.

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Tour Cost Includes:


  • 16 Nights  accommodation on single room/ twin sharing  basis with early check-in facility
  • Daily Breakfast only
  • All Meals in Maheshwar
  • All transfers, tours, sightseeing by chauffeur driven AC car as per the program.
  • Professional English Speaking Guide during the sightseeing tour
  • AC Chair car /Executive Class  train tickets for the sector Jhansi-Bhopal
  • Boat ride in  Varanasi and Maheshwar
  • All applicable  taxes including  govt. services  taxes of 2.58%

Tour Cost Excludes:
  • Any International & Intra-India Air Fare
  • Items of personal nature like Porterage charges, tips, Gratuities etc.
  • Meals other than specified in "Cost include" column


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