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Trails of Ancient India

$4165

per person

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  ✦  Customizable Private Tour

WHY YOU’LL LOVE THIS TOUR

Reclining Buddha in Ajanta Cave

Ajanta Caves

Jain Temple

Jahaz Mahal

Paleolithic Archaeological Site

Ancient Stone Monument in Khajuraaho

Sanchi Stupa

Gateway of India is a top attraction in Mumbai

 

Elephanta Island

 


THE JOURNEY

 


Tour Plan

Hotels
Dates & Prices

    1

    Meet Up at Mumbai (BOM) | Arrival & Transfer

    Upon arrival at Mumbai airport, you'll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Relax and enjoy the hotel for the remainder of the day.
    2

    Mumbai | Elephanta Cave, City Tour

    Formerly known as Bombay, Mumbai is a sprawling metropolis on the Indian Ocean. It is the financial capital of India.
    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.
    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast
    3

    Mumbai - Aurangabad | Ellora Caves, Daulatabad Fort, Bibi Ka Maqbara.

    After breakfast check-out from the hotel and transfer to Mumbai Airport to fly to Aurangabad. Transfer to the hotel, check-in and refresh yourselves.
    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.
    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast
    4

    Aurangabad – Ajanta Caves

    After breakfast we visit the famous caves of Ajanta. The Ajanta Caves are 29 rock-cut Buddhist cave monuments in the Aurangabad district of Maharashtra state. According to UNESCO, these are masterpieces of Buddhist religious art that influenced Indian art that followed. The site is a protected monument in the care of the Archaeological Survey of India, and since 1983 the Ajanta Caves have been a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
    Return to Aurangabad, with the rest of the day free to relax or explore Aurangabad city on your own.
    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast
    5

    Aurangabad – Maheshwar | Asigarh Fort, Omkareshwar Temple

    After breakfast, check out.
    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.
    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast
    6

    Maheshwar – Mandu - Indore | Fort and Palaces, Night Market

    After breakfast, check-out.
    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
    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast    Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Dinner
    7

    Indore – Ujjain – Bhopal | Hindu Temples

    After breakfast, checkout and drive to Ujjain.
    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.
    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast
    8

    Bhopal | Museum, Ancient Cave & Temple

    In the old city of Bhopal, admire Mughal and Islamic architecture as well as many more interesting mosques, temples, palaces and museums.
    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.
    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast
    9

    Bhopal | Bhojpur, Bhimbetka Rock Caves

    Visit BhojpurBhimbetka rock caves are known for its magnificent sketches and paintings dating back to the pre-historic times. It is also a UNESCO world heritage site
    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast
    10

    Bhopal | End of Tour

    After breakfast, drive to Bhopal airport for your connecting flight to Mumbai airport or Delhi airport. The tour comes to an end.
    Please inform us of your onward international or India domestic flight details.
    Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast
    Overview
    Hotels
    Dates & Prices

    Hotel Information

    DestinationComfort Class Premium Class Luxury Class 
    MumbaiCallCall
    AurangabadCallCall
    MaheshwarCallCall
    IndoreCallCall
    BhopalCallCall
    Hotels mentioned are subject to availability at the time of reservation. 

    Accommodation Classification

    • COMFORT ⭐⭐⭐- 3-Star Hotels or Equivalent Accommodations
    • PREMIUM ⭐⭐⭐⭐- 4-Star Hotels or Equivalent Accommodations
    • LUXURY ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ - 5-Star Hotels or Equivalent Accommodations
     
    Overview
    Tour Plan
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    Dates & Pricing

    Private Experiences

    YearTour DateComfortPremium
    2019Jan 10 to Dec 15Call$4,165
    2020Jan 10 to Dec 15Call$4,165

    Private Tour Price Details

    • ‣ Prices are in USD and are inclusive of all applicable taxes but do not include airfare.
    • ‣ Prices are per person based on double occupancy. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply during applicable major holidays. Special rates for single travelers or larger groups are available on request - please inquire.
    • ‣ Note that tour prices vary according to season. If your tour straddles two seasons then each portion will be priced according to that season.

    Deposit

    • A deposit of $500 per person is required upon booking. Full payment to be made 70 days prior to departure date.

    Flight Add-On

    • ‣ We work with all major airlines for the best routes and competitive pricing.
    • ‣ The nearest airport is BOM(Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport).
    • ‣ Contact us for more details and pricing.
     

    Inclusions

    • ‣ Airport Transfers, Meet and Greet
    • ‣ Hotel Accommodations
    • ‣ Daily Breakfast and Selected Meals (See tour plan for details)
    • ‣ English-speaking Local Guide
    • ‣ Entrance Fees to Monuments & Attractions per Itinerary

    Exclusions

    • ‣ International and Domestic Air Fare
    • ‣ Travel Insurance
    • ‣ Medical Expenses
    • ‣ Visa Fee
    • ‣ Gratuity
    • ‣ Personal Expenses

    Overview
    Tour Plan
    Hotels