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17 DAYS Best Of Madhya Pradesh Tour

Visiting Places :

Chitrakoot – Khajuraho – Bandhavgarh – Amarkantak – Jabalpur – Pachmarhi – Bhojpur – Bhimbetka – Bhopal – Sanchi – Udaigiri – Omkereshwar – Maheshwar – Mandu – Ujjain – Indore

TENTATIVE PROVISIONAL ITINERARY :

DAY 01 : HOWRAH – MANICKPUR

Departure Howrah Stn. at 17:45 hrs. by Shipra Exp.( Train No. 22912),
Please assemble by 17:00 hrs. under big wall clock at Howrah Stn. Platform No.8
Dinner packaet & bottled water will be served.
Overnight in Train

DAY 02 : MANICKPUR – CHITRAKOOT

On arrival at Manickpur Station transfer to Chitrakoot hotel.

Chitrakut: Situated in Banda District of Uttar Pradesh, on the banks of river Paisuni (Mandakini), Chitrakoot Dham is one of the most ancient holy pilgrim places of India. Goswami Tulsidas the creator of the epic “Shri Ramcharitmanas” spent many years on the soil of Chitrakoot sacred with the touch of the Lord’s feet. He composed many of his verses surrounded by Nature in its fullest splendor. Wrapped in peace and tranquility, broken only by the flutter of birds and the murmur of gushing streams, Chitrakoot is a symbol of Faith – dotted with myriad temples and filled with the reverberating sound of bells – truly, an Abode of the Gods.

After lunch visit Chitrakoot local sight seeing – Kam  adgiri, A forested hill of prime religious significance, this is believed to be the original Chitrakoot. The Bharat Milap Temple is located here. Pilgrims perform a ritual circumambulation of the hill to seek blessings. Sphatik Shila, This picturesque spot is marked by two immense rocks. It is believed to be the place where Lord Rama and Sita feasted their eyes on the beauty of Chitrakoot. Hanuman Dhara, Located on a steep hillside, it is approachable by a flight of 360 steps. Here, the waters of a natural spring cascade over an image of Lord Hanuman. Janki Kund, an unusual cave over the Mandakini, said to be the place where Sita bathed. Ram Ghat, Located on the banks of the River Mandakini, and center of ritual activity, this Ghat is the most frequented in Chitrakoot. The “Aarti” performed in the evening is particularly beautiful. Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 03 : CHITRAKOOT – KHAJURAHO
After breakfast, check out and transfer to Khajuraho hotel. Afternoon visit Khajuraho Temples. Overnight at the hotel.

Khajuraho: The fascinating temples of Khajuraho, India’s unique gift of love to the world, in the state of Madhya Pradesh, were built between 950 and 1050 A.D. It derives its name from the Khajur tree (the date palm tree), which can be found in abundance in the area. The divine sculptures in these temples are a tribute to Life itself, embodying everything that is sublime and spontaneous about it. With the wane of the Chandela Empire, these magnificent temples lay neglected, and vulnerable to the ravages of Nature. It was only in this century, that they were rediscovered, restored and granted the recognition that they justly deserve. Originally there were 85 temples, of which only 22 still exist. These magnificent temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu and the Jain Tirthankaras. The three main compartments are the entrance (ardhamandapa), assembly hall (mandapa), and the actual sanctum (garbha griha). The temples are grouped into three geographical divisions: western, eastern and southern.
04 DAY: KHAJURAHO – BANDHAVGARH
Early morning visit visit rest of the Khajuraho temples and later check out and drive to Bandhavgarh, on arrival transfer to the Jungle Lodge for relaxation. In the evening enjoy campfire and meeting with the jungle experts. Overnight at the lodge.

Bandhavgarh National Park: Set amongst The Vindhya Hills in Madhya Pradesh, Bandhavgarh consists of 168 sq miles of Sal & a mixed forest with large stretches of Bamboo and Grassland to The North. One is genera lly lucky to view The Tiger, Gaur (Indian Bison) Chital, Chansingha ( Four horned antelope). This Park houses some 150 species of birds including the Blue Bearded bee eaters, White Browed Fantails, and The Malabar Hornbill. The Bandhavgarh Fort, besides offering breath taking views, houses a 35 ft reclining statue of Lord Vishnu and 10th Century Rock Images of the incarnation of the Lord.
Bandhavgarh, prior to becoming a National park, the forest around Bandhavgarh, had long been maintained as a Shikargah, or game preserve, of the King of Rewa. This Park is spread over an area of 437 sq. km. The terrain is made of rocky hills, sal forests and grazing areas, formerly agricultural land. One can enjoy viewing the wildlife by two ways to explore wildlife life adventure one is by Jeep Safari and another one if by Elephant Safari. Jeep safaris are undertaken during the early morning hours till evening with a naturalist. Elephant safari trips are organized for tiger tracking early in the morning. Today take a Jeep Safari to explore the wildlife to see Nilgai, Chausingha, Chital, Chinkara, Wild Boar and sometimes a Fox or Jackal. After Jungle safari return to the jungle resort and if time permits, visit Kalchuri Archeological remains, Bandhavgarh, is also famous for the archaeological remains of the Kalchuri period that have been found here.
DAY: 05 BANDHAVGARH NATIONAL PARK

Early morning take a jungle safari. Later return to the resort/lodge for breakfast. After breakfast, trek to Bandhavgarh Fort situated at the highest point of Bandhavgarh hills and believed to be around 2,000 years old.  Also study the water management system here. See the archaeological find of over 1000 years and study the unique topography of the Park from a birds-eye view, visit to the rural schools at Bandhavgarh. Evening recap of the day’s activity, walk through Medicinal Plant garden, study conservation practices such as solar cooking, solar water heating, vermiculture, and study the unique architecture of the Lodge, which is mud huts, and a unique Indian Village. A lecture on astronomy will follow, including stargazing with a telescope Overnight at the lodge.
DAY 06 : BANDHAVGARH – AMARKANTAK

After breakfast, drive to holy destination Amarkantak It is a hill station cum holy place for tourists. Geographically it is located on meeting point of Satpura & Vindhyachal hills. Its forest encompasses some rare plant species having high medicinal qualities. Holy river Narmada, also lifeline of Central India, has its origin here. Here we will visit ancient temples, river origin point and enjoy natural scenic beauty of surrounding hills & forests. It is not a big city so accommodation facilities are limited with some budget & standard category hotels and ashrams. Overnight at hotel in Amarkantak.
DAY 07 : AMARKANTAK- JABALPUR

In the morning after breakfast Amarkantak sightseeing – Temples of Amarkantak : There are about 24 temples in amarkantak including the ancient temples of Narmada Mai dedicated to the goddess Narmada and the temples of Devi Sati. The Trimukhi temples is dedicated to lord shiva is the oldest temples of amarkantak city. It was constructed by th ruler Karanchendi between 1042 – 1122. The Machendranathh and the Pataleshwar temples are prominent examples of the kalchuri art and expertise and after lunch checkout and drive to Jabalpur. On arrival jabalpur, transfer to the hotel for night stay.
DAY 08 : JABALPUR

After breakfast, take a city sightseeing tour of Jabalpur overnight night Jabalpur.

Jabalpur is famous for its Marble Rocks and for the city resting on the banks of the Narmada River.  It is also the birthplace of Mauveen! Morning visit Dhauladhar, a waterfall in adjoining part of Bhedaghat. Here one can observe the force of water flow and considered photogenic spot. Madan Mahal Fort & Balance rock, the fort is a pride of Jabalpur city. While going towards Madan Mahal fort, one can also see another piece of attraction “Balance rock” in bonus. Balance rock is a large piece of natural rock positioned over another rock occupying very less area. Visit Shiva temple and the most popular boating site of Jabalpur city,

Jabalpur was known as Tripuri and was governed by Hayahaya rulers. The ancient Indian epic of Mahabharata has references to this city. Later Jabalpur became a part of the great Mauryan and the Gupta Empires. From time to time, the Mughal rulers tried to overrun it. The legendary Gond Queen Rani Durgavati died fighting the Mughal forces led by the great Mughal Emperor Akbar. It finally fell to the Marathas in 1789 and was taken over by the British in 1817, when they defeated the Marathas.
DAY 09 : JABALPUR – PACHMARHI

After breakfast depart for Pachmari – Morning departure to Pachmarhi – Enroute sightseeing of Bhedaghat Dhundhar Water Fall and “Marble Rocks”. Arrival Pachmarhi. Evening is free for leisure. Night stay Pachmarhi.

Panchmarhi – An all-season hill tourist attraction, Pachmarhi nestles in Satpura ranges with its enchanting forest glades, giggling ravines and fascinating wildlife. It has its archaeological assets too. There are rock paintings, said to be dating back to thousands of years, in the caves of Mahadeo hills. Pachmarhi was discovered in 1857 by a Bengali lancer. The British developed it as a hill resort. The location has been named Priyadarshini Point.
DAY 10 : PACHMARHI

Full day Panchmarhi sight seeing, Pachmarhi is a hill station in Madhya Pradesh and is widely known as Queen of Satpura. It lies in Hoshangabad district and is located at an elevation of 3500 ft. in valley of Satpura Mountain-Ranges. Its name is derived from presence of 5 ancient caves. “Panch” means five and “marhi” means caves.
Pachmarhi Location : Pachmarhi is located on the northern slopes of the satpura range, pachmarhi the only hill station of madhya pradesh stands at an altitude of 1100 overnight Panchmari.

Places of Interest: Apsara Valley, Rajat Pratap Fall, Duchess Fall, Sunder Kund, Saunder’s Pool, Mahadeo Hills, Chhota Mahadeo, Chauragarh, Jata Shanker Caves.
DAY 11 : PANCHMARI – BHOJPUR – BHIMBETKA – BHOPAL

Early morning breakfast and check out from the hotel and drive to Bhopal. Enroute visit Bhojpur and Bhimbetka

Bhojpur -This place have the biggest shivling in world. After visiting temples, and enjoy to boat ride to cross river and visit another temple. After that depart to Bhimbetka just 45 minutes drive from Bhojpur, arrival Bhimbetka here superimposition of paintings shows that the same canvas was used by different people at different times. The drawings and paintings can be classified under seven different periods. After sightseeing of both the places depart to Bhopal on arrival Check in Bhopal hotel night stay.

Bhopal – The capital city of the largest state in India, Madhya Pradesh, is also known as the City of Lakes because of the two beautiful lakes that are situated in the center of the city. Bhopal is a beautiful city also famous for its mosques. The city of lakes, Bhopal, is divided as; Old Bhopal and New Bhopal. Both the new Bhopal and the old Bhopal are contradictory to each other. One of the greenest cities of India, it has wide, clean, well-lit roads lined with fiery, tall Gulmohar trees.
DAY 12 : BHOPAL – SANCHI –UDAIGIRI- BHOPAL

In the morning after breakfast Bhopal sightseeing – Laxmi Narayan Temple And Museum, Van Vihar, Upper And Lower Lakes. Situated behind Shaukat Mahal on the banks of the Upper Lake is Gohar Mahal, which is an architectural gem dating back to the times of Kudsia Begum, also known as Gohar Begum, who built this sprawling palace in 1820. The Mahal is a magnificent expression of the fusion of Hindu and Mughal architecture

After lunch proceed to sightseeing tour of Sanchi. The places worth visiting are Archaeological Museum – The most interesting pieces are the lion capital from the Ashoka pillar, a Yakshi hanging from a mango tree and a beautiful Buddha figure in red sandstone. Great Stupa – This is the finest work of art at Sanchi and amongst the finest examples of Buddhist art in India. After fhat move to Udaigiri, 18 kms away from Sanchi, famous for its rock cut caves built during the ‘Golden Age’ of Guptas. In the evening return to Bhopal for a night stay. Back to Bhopal, Overnight at the hotel.

Sanchi is known for its Stupas, monasteries, temples and pillars dating from the 3rd century B.C. to the 12th century A.D. The most famous of these monuments, the Sanchi Stupa 1, was originally built by the Mauryan Emperor Ashoka, the then governor of Ujjayini, whose wife Devi was the daughter of a merchant from adjacent Vidisha. Their son Mahindra and daughter Sanghamitra were born in Ujjayini and sent to Sri Lanka, where they converted the King, the Queen and their people to Buddhism.
DAY 13 : BHOPAL – OMKARESHWAR

After breakfast depart to Omkareshwar, The holy place comprises two lofty hills and is divided by a valley in such a way that it appears in the shape of the sacred Hindu symbol ‘Om’ from above. Visit one of the twelve throughout India, Shri Omkar Mandhata also visit Siddhanath Temple and 24 Avatars Overnight stay at Omkareshwar hotel.
DAY 14 : OMKARESHWAR – MAHESHWAR – MANDU – INDORE

Morning after breakfast today you will visit Maheshwar & Mandu and finally arrive Indore for night stay

Maheshwar – visit Rajgaddi and Rajwada A life-size statue of Rani Ahilyabai sits on a throne in the Rajgaddi within the fort complex. This is the right place to begin a tour of Maheshwar, for this pious and wise queen was the architect of its revived importance.  Also visit temples like Kaleshwar, Rajarajeshwara, Vithaleshwara and Ahileshwar.

Mandu the city of joy, is full of legends of love and glory, visit several noteworthy palaces and pavilions some of which are Ashrafi Mahal, Rewa Kund Group, Hindola Mahal (swinging Palace). Jahaz Mahal, Hoshang Shah’s Tomb, Jami Masjid, and Nikanth Maha . After that drive to Indore. Overnight Indore hotel.
DAY 15 : INDORE – UJJAIN – INDORE RAILWAY STATION

After breakfast take a sightseeing tour of the Indore city visiting the Rajwada or the Old Palace (a major centre of attraction), Lalbagh palace, Kanch Mandir (a marvellous Jain temple), Chattri Bagh (the memorial with some canopies) and the Bada Ganapati (the largest lord Ganesha statue in the world). Later drive to Ujjain known for being one of the four centers of Kumbha Mela on arrival take a sightseeing tour visiting Mahakaleshwar Temple, the Gopal Mandir or the Ganesh Temple, the temple of Har Siddhi Mata (the family goddess of king Vikramaditya) and the Vedha Shala (Veda School). Later in the evening you will be transferred to Indore Railway Station for your final departure to Kolkata by Shipra Superfast express (Train no.22911) at 23:00 hrs.

Indore: Planned and built by Rani Ahilyabai, the brave Holkar queen, Indore lies to the extreme west of Madhya Pradesh on the banks of the rivers Saraswati and Khan, which unite at the centre of the city. The bustling and vibrant city, 186 km from Bhopal, derives its name from the 18th century Indreshwar temple. The history of Indore is inseparable from the history of the Holkar State. The founder of the House of Holkars was Malhar Rao Holkar, born in 1693 AD. His soldierly qualities brought him to the forefront under the Peshwa and he was rewarded with the gift of territories comprising the Indore region. His grandson, on whose death, without issue, his mother, Maharani Devi Ahilya Bai ascended the throne, succeeded Malhar Rao.

DAY 16 : 18 OCT, 2015 – IN TRAIN

DAY 17 : 19 OCT, 2015 – ARRIVE HOWRAH STN.

Arrive in the morning 08:30 am. At Howrah Station with a everlasting sweet memory (Tour End)

TOUR PRICE : PER PERSON ON TWIN/TRIPLE SHARE BASIS

SENIOR CITIZEN @ Rs.34500/- + GST 5%

GENERAL TOURIST @ Rs.35500/- + GST 5%

SINGLE SUPPLIENTARY Rs.7500/-

PAYMENT TERMS :– Booking money Rs.5000/= within next 30 days Rs.10000/- Balance amount to be paid 30 days prior to journey date.

TOUR PRICE INCLUSIONS:

  • Return Rly. 3AC fare in Superfast Express Ex-Howrah
  • Accommodation in deluxe ac/non ac rooms
  • All meals – Bed Tea, Buffet Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Train food will be served as per availability from Rly. Pantry/canteen
  • All transfers and sightseeing by a luxury ac coach
  • Daily bottled mineral water per person
  • 24 hours services of Discovery Tour Manager during tour

Exclusions :

  • Entry fees to sight seeing places & local guide charges
  • Tips to driver, guide & hotel restaurant staff
  • Any expenditure related to personal nature
  • Anything not mentioned under inclusions

 

CANCELLATION POLICY:

  • 30 days before date of group departure = 25% of the Tour Cost.
  • 30 – 15 days before date of group departure = 50% of the Tour Cost.
  • 15 – 07 days before date of group departure = 75% of the Tour Cost.
  • Below 07 days of date of group departure = 100% of the Tour Cost.

NB : Due to any force measures like political unrest, bandh, train delayed, natural calamities etc. any unutilized services is not refundable and not adjustabe

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