Ancient Temples in the Heart of India
Explore remarkable pre-historic rock caves, solitary stone temples and amazing monumental sculptures in Madhya Pradesh in the heart of India. Visit the 15th century ruins of Mandu and see amazing prehistoric sketches and paintings as old as 30,000 years in the Bhimbetka rock caves. Experience the influence of Hinduism, Islam and south India religions. Witness the history of the Maratha Empire that ended three centuries of Mughal (Persian) rule in India.
Discover the less traveled state of Madhya Pradesh that is home to so many UNESCO heritage sites and temples.
10 Days, 9 Nights: Mumbai, Aurangabad, Maheshwar, Indore, Ujjain, Bhopal
WHY YOU’LL LOVE THIS TOUR
Meet Up at Mumbai (BOM) | Arrival & Transfer
Mumbai | Elephanta Cave, City Tour
This morning, cruise across the harbor to explore the amazing Elephanta Island and its famous caves, with carvings and sculptures dating back to 550 A.D.
This afternoon, a half-day tour starting at the Gateway of India, a monument that commemorates the landing of King George V and Queen Mary. Next, visit the Prince of Wales Museum, which houses many interesting artifacts. Drive down the seaside on Marine Drive to see the Hanging Gardens.
Next, head to Mani Bhavan, Gandhi’s home from 1917 to 1934. It is now a permanent museum and memorial to the Mahatma. Enjoy a photo stop at the dhobi ghats, India's largest open-air laundry where workers pick up, wash, dry and deliver thousands upon thousands of pieces of clothing every day. The Haji Ali Dargah is a mosque and dargah (tomb) located on an islet off the coast of Worli in the southern part of Mumbai. Take a stroll through the bustling Crawford Market, Mumbai's most famous marketplace and the first building in the country to be lit by electricity in 1882.
See Mahalakshmi and Shri Siddhivinayak temples.
Return to the hotel and enjoy a relaxing evening.
Mumbai - Aurangabad | Ellora Caves, Daulatabad Fort, Bibi Ka Maqbara.
Proceed to the famous caves of Ellora. Ellora in Maharashtra is one of the largest rock-cut monastery temple cave complexes in the world, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It features Buddhist, Hindu and Jain monuments. There are over 100 caves at the site, all excavated from the basalt cliffs in the Charanandri Hills. 34 caves are open to public. All the Ellora monuments were built during Hindu dynasties, such as the Rashtrakuta dynasty which constructed part of the Hindu & Buddhist caves and the Yadava dynasty which constructed a number of Jain caves. After sightseeing at Ellora caves, we visit other historical monuments like Daulatabad Fort and Bibi Ka Maqbara.
Return to hotel, with the rest of the day free for your own activities.
Aurangabad – Ajanta Caves
Return to Aurangabad, with the rest of the day free to relax or explore Aurangabad city on your own.
Aurangabad – Maheshwar | Asigarh Fort, Omkareshwar Temple
Today explore the amazing forts and temples of Maheshwar. Maheshwar is believed to be built on top of an ancient city and has over 100 temples that tell the story of its history.
Drive to a 12th century Asigarh fort and then Omkareshwar, a famous Hindu temple that houses one of the 12 jyotirlingas of Shiva. The temple is on an island in River Narmada with a bird’s eye view of the “Om” symbol. In Omkareshwar, we will visit the prominent Omkar Mandhata Temple that dedicated to the Lord of Om sound.
Maheshwar is also a colorful city thanks to its long history of weaving. In fact, India’s finest hand loomed fabrics are woven here with very intricate and distinctive designs of stripes, checks and floral borders. So it’s a great place to buy a sari.
Maheshwar – Mandu - Indore | Fort and Palaces, Night Market
Visit Maheshwar Fort, this 16th century fort is famous for its elegant architecture & spectacular view from Narmada River. It was constructed by queen Ahalya Bai Holkar as her residence.
Continue to to Mandu.
Mandu is a ruined fortress city that is now abandoned but was once an important military outpost. Enjoy its grand and beautiful architecture in a relaxed rural setting. It's surrounded by stone walls dotted with gateways. It's also known for its Afghan architectural heritage. The imposing, centuries-old Jahaz Mahal (Ship Palace) stands between two lakes.
Explore the Hindola Mahal (Swing Palace), Jahangir Mahal, Baz Bahadur Palace and Roopmati Pavilion.
Sarafa Bazaar Street Dinner experience. Sarafa Market is a jewelry market by day and street food market by night and is located in central Indore
Indore – Ujjain – Bhopal | Hindu Temples
Ujjain is an ancient walled city dating back to 2000 BC. It is near the Kshipra River and is an important Hindu pilgrimage destination. The city is known for its centuries-old Mahakaleshwar Temple, a towering structure with a distinctively ornate roof and one of India’s 12 sacred Jyotirlingam sites.
We then visit the Kal Bhairava temple.
Afternoon drive to Bhopal.
Bhopal | Museum, Ancient Cave & Temple
Visit Tribal Village Museum.
Udayagiri Caves are twenty rock-cut caves from the early years of the 5th century CE. They contain some of the oldest surviving Hindu temples and iconography in India. They are the only site that can be verifiably associated with a Gupta period monarch from its inscriptions.
Sanchi is a rounded hill topped with some of India’s oldest Buddhist structures. Sanchi Stupa is the oldest stone structure in India, commissioned in the 3rd century BC. The relics of Lord Buddha are kept in the central chamber in this huge hemispherical dome shaped temple. After the 13th century, it was abandoned and forgotten until it was rediscovered in 1818 by a British army officer. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Bhopal | Bhojpur, Bhimbetka Rock Caves
Dates & PricingPrivate Group, Daily Departure
|Tour Date||2 Person *|
|Jan 10 to Dec 15, 2019. Jan 10 to Dec 15, 2020||$4,165|
‣ Domestic Airfare - Mumbai to Aurangabad Airfare from:$42. Bhopal to Mumbai Airfare from: $50 (Exact fare varies depending on actual booking date)
Booking Your FlightWe can find the best flights and airfares for your tour. Buying your own air tickets? No problem.
- ‣ 4 & 5-Star Hotel Accommodations
- ‣ Airport Transfers, Meet and Greet
- ‣ Daily Breakfast and Selected Meals
- ‣ English-speaking Local Guide
- ‣ Entrance Fees to Monuments
- ‣ Domestic/International Air Fares/Taxes to and from India
- ‣ Travel Insurance
- ‣ Medical Expenses
- ‣ Gratuities
- ‣ Laundry Service
- ‣ Telephone Calls
- ‣ Professional camera/video camera fees at monuments
- ‣ All the other services which are not mentioned in the inclusions