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Trails of Ancient India

$2120

per person

The history of ancient India civilization starts from the prehistoric era to the recent colonial era of modern India. Explore what makes this vast country abundant and its nation so culturally diverse.

Step back into the prehistoric era to witness its rich heritage, centuries worth of passed-down traditions, and pre-historic customs. This journey will take you to remarkable pre-historic rock caves, solitary stone temples and monumental sculptures of Madhya Pradesh state in the heart of India that will simply have you inspired and craving for more. See prehistoric sketches and paintings as old as 10,000 years in the Bhimbetka rock caves. These truly remarkable sights will make wonderful stories and photos for long-lasting memories of your visit.

11 Days, 10 Nights: Mumbai, Aurangabad, Maheshwar, Indore, Ujjain, Bhopal


TRIP OVERVIEW (*UNESCO World Heritage Sites)

 ✦ Customizable Private Tour 
  • Mumbai City Tour
  • Elephanta Caves*
  • Gateway of India
  • Prince of Wales Museum
  • Hanging Gardens
  • Mani Bhavan (Gandhi’s Museum)
  • Haji Ali Dargah Temple
  • Crawford Market
  • Mahalakshmi Temple
  • Shri Siddhivinayak Temples
  • Ellora Caves*
  • Daulatabad Fort
  • Bibi Ka Maqbara
  • Ajanta Caves*
  • Maheshwar City Tour
  • Asigarh Fort
  • Omkareshwar Temple
  • Maheshwar Fort
  • Mandu City Tour
  • Jahaz Mahal
  • Hindola Mahal (Swing Palace)
  • Jahangir Mahal
  • Baz Bahadur Palace
  • Roopmati Pavilion
  • Street Dinner Experience
  • Mahakaleshwar Temple
  • Kal Bhairav Temple
  • Bhopal City Tour
  • Tribal Village Museum
  • Udayagiri Caves
  • Sanchi Stupa*
  • Bhojpur City Tour
  • Bhimbetka Rock Shelters*

WHY YOU’LL LOVE THIS TOUR

KAILASA TEMPLE
Step into the largest of the rock-cut Hindu temples at Ellora Caves.

A JOURNEY INTO THE PREHISTORIC PAST

Take an off-the-beaten-path journey to explore Bhimbetka rock shelters that are 10,000 years old, a 600 BC ancient walled city and 200 BC cave temples. Many of these were accidentally discovered in 19th century by British army officers.

LOVE AND ROMANCE MEMORIALS

The palaces, forts and mausoleums in this ancient land tell the stories of endearing mourning by a prince for his queen mother, and a sultan’s consort who poisoned herself after her sultan was defeated by a Mughal general.

INSPIRED BY THE TAJ MAHAL
The Bibi Ka Maqbara mausoleum was built in 1679 using mostly lime mortar and a few marble plinths and domes.
GRECO-INDIAN PAINTING
The caves’ interiors are lined with colorful paintings. Art influenced by the 4th Century BC expeditions of Alexander the Great.

PALEOLITHIC ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE

There are thousands of paintings that showcase India bison, rhinoceroses, elephants and tigers with scenes of hunting, battle and snapshots of daily life.


    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. The remainder of the day is free.
    2

    Mumbai | Elephanta Cave, City Tour

    Formerly known as Bombay, Mumbai today is the financial capital of India. We start the morning with a catamaran cruise across the harbor to explore the amazing Elephanta Island and its famous caves with carvings and sculptures that date back to 550 A.D.
    In the afternoon, enjoy a half-day tour starting at the Gateway of India, a monument that commemorates the landing of King George V and Queen Mary. Next, we visit the Prince of Wales Museum which houses many interesting artifacts. Then a drive down the seaside on Marine Drive to see the Hanging Gardens. Head to Mani Bhavan next, Gandhi’s home from 1917 to 1934, which is now a permanent museum and memorial to the Mahatma. Enjoy a photo stop at the dhobi ghats, popularly known as India's largest open-air laundry where thousands upon thousands of pieces of clothing are processed every day. Next, is the 19th century Haji Ali Dargah, an Indo-Islamic shrine that seems to float like a sacred mirage off the coast (not accessible during high tide or religious events). Take a stroll through the bustling Crawford Market, Mumbai's most famous and largest market, and the first building in the country to be lit by electricity in 1882.
    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

    THE GATEWAY OF INDIA
    This top tourist attraction is an arch-monument overlooks the Arabian Sea.

    ELEPHANTA ISLAND
    Stone carvings of Three-Faced Shiva.

    MANGO, MANGO
    If you’re here in Mumbai during alphonso mango season (May to June), you must try the delicious king of mangos.

    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 has one of the largest rock-cut monastery temple cave complexes in the world, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site (Closed on Tuesdays). After sightseeing at Ellora caves, we visit other historical monuments, Daulatabad Fort and Bibi Ka Maqbara (mini Taj Mahal). 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

    KAILASA TEMPLE
    Step into the largest of the rock-cut Hindu temples at Ellora Caves.

    DAULATABAD FORT
    These ruins of a magnificent hilltop fortress in Aurangabad was the capital of many Sultanates and dynasties.

    INSPIRED BY THE TAJ MAHAL
    The Bibi Ka Maqbara mausoleum was built in 1679 using mostly lime mortar and a few marble plinths and domes.

    4

    Aurangabad – Ajanta Caves

    After breakfast, we visit the famous caves of Ajanta. The 2nd century BC to 6th century AD Ajanta Caves are 29 rock-cut Buddhist cave monuments that pre-date Ellora Cave Temples (Closed on Mondays). According to UNESCO, these are masterpieces of Buddhist religious art that influenced Indian art that followed. 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

    AJANTA CAVES
    Abandoned in the 5th Century AD. The forest shielded the caves for 1,400 years until a British hunting party stumbled upon it in 1819.

    GRECO-INDIAN PAINTING
    The caves’ interiors are lined with colorful paintings. Art influenced by the 4th Century BC expeditions of Alexander the Great.

    BUDDHA STATUES
    Buddhist monks lived, studied and meditated in these caves. They also created the many wonderful paintings and sculptures here.

    5

    Aurangabad – Burhanpur

    After breakfast, hotel check out. Drive to Burhanpur and check-in at your hotel. This afternoon you may choose to visit few historic sites like original tomb of Mumtaz Mahal (Insight tips: Taj Mahal is not original tomb of Mumtaz Mahal).
    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

    Burhanpur - Omkareshwar – Maheshwar | Asigarh Fort, Omkareshwar Temple

    After breakfast, hotel check out.
    Today we 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. 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.
    Next on the list is a drive to a 15th century Asigarh Fort where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the lush green plains below it. We explore the ruined walls, temples and mosques to appreciate the Mughal style of architecture that is a fusion of Islamic, Persian, Turkish and Indian styles. We then head to Omkareshwar Temple on an island on Narmada River. The island resembles the shape of the “Om” symbol and the prominent Omkareshwar Temple houses one of the 12 sacred shrines of Shiva.
    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    Have fun on one of our travel tours with everything include lunches that are prepared and convenient for you. We take the stress away from our guests and allow your more time to really enjoy themselves.  Lunch  Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Dinner

    OMKARESHWAR HINDU TEMPLE
    Boats sail on the Narmada River to the island where the temple is located. The temple is of Gothic Islamic architecture.

    7

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

    After breakfast, hotel check-out. Visit Maheshwar Fort, dating back to16th century and is famous for its elegant architecture & spectacular view of the Narmada River. Continue to Mandu, a ruined fortress city that acted as an important military outpost. Enjoy its grand and beautiful architecture in a relaxed rural setting surrounded by stone walls dotted with gateways. Explore the Jahaz Mahal (Ship Palace), Hindola Mahal (Swing Palace), Jahangir Mahal, Baz Bahadur Palace and Roopmati Pavilion. Then end the evening with a Sarafa Bazaar Street Dinner experience. Sarafa Market in Indore city is a jewelry market by day and street food market by night.
    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

    JAHAZ MAHAL
    It was rumored this long ship-like palace was for a pleasure-loving sultan to house his harem of 15,000 maidens. Admire its lookouts, scalloped arches, airy rooms and beautiful pleasure pools.

    ROOPMATI PAVILION
    According to Malwa legends, sultan Baz Bahadur built it for his consort Roopmati. She poisoned herself after the sultan was defeated by Mughal invaders.

    8

    Indore – Ujjain – Bhopal | Hindu Temples

    After breakfast, check-out and drive to Ujjain.
    Ujjain is an ancient walled city dating back to 600 BC. It is near the Shipra River (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 shrines of Shiva. We then visit the Kal Bhairav Temple followed by an 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
    9

    Bhopal | Museum, Ancient Caves & Temple

    In the old city of Bhopal, admire Mughal and Islamic architecture as well as many interesting mosques, temples, palaces and Tribal Village Museum. Witness Udayagiri Caves that are twenty rock-cut from the early years of the 5th century AD. They contain some of the oldest surviving Hindu temples and iconography in India.
    Sanchi is our next destination and from here you will see the Sanchi Stupa, known as 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 also now deemed 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

    5TH CENTURY ROCK CARVING AT UDAYAGIRI CAVE
    The carving of Varaha (Boar) showcases the third of the 10 incarnations of the Hindu god Vishnu.

    SANCHI STUPA
    This domed building houses Buddhist religious relics.

    10

    Bhopal | Bhojpur, Bhimbetka Rock Shelters

    Visit Bhojpur for Bhimbetka rock shelters which are known for their magnificent prehistoric sketches and paintings. It comprises more than 600 caves and thousands of rock paintings. The earliest caves are 10,000 years old. This is truly a UNESCO world heritage site you won’t want to miss!
    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

    PALEOLITHIC ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE
    Thousands of paintings showcase Indian bison, rhinoceroses, elephants and tigers with scenes of hunting, battle and snapshots of daily life.

    11

    Bhopal | End of Tour

    After breakfast, the tour comes to an end. Transfer to Bhopal airport for your flight to Mumbai airport or Delhi airport and your flight home.
    Please inform us of your onward international or India domestic flight details in order to schedule your airport transfer.
    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

    We carefully handpick our hotels to ensure they provide you with the best comfort and experience. For Private Tours, you may request a specific hotel as one of the customizable options.

    DestinationComfort Class Premium Class Luxury Class 
    Mumbai
    • Zuhu Plaza
    AurangabadKeys Select Aures
    BurhanpurTapti Retreat
    MaheshwarNarmada Retreat
    IndoreRegenta Central
    BhopalCitrus Classic
     * 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
    Dates & Prices

     

    Dates & Pricing

    Private Experiences, daily departures except for Sunday, Friday

    YearTour DateComfortPremiumLuxury
    2020Oct 1 to Dec 20$2,120$3,030$3,055
    2021Jan 5 to Mar 31$2,120$3,030$3,055
     

    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 $300 per person is required upon booking and full payment to be made 60 days prior to departure date.
    • ‣ Monthly installment plan is available - please inquire.

    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