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Home » Cultural Tours » Pearls of Central India

Pearls of Central India
Duration : 12 Nights / 13 Days
Destinations : Mumbai – Bhavnagar - Ahmedabad - Bhopal - Sanchi – Bhopal – Ujjain – Mandu – Maheshwar – Omkareshwar – Indore - Bhopal – Gwalior - Agra – Delhi

Day 01: Arrive Mumbai
Arrive Mumbai and you will be met and assisted by a Hansa Vacations representative at the airport and transfer to the hotel. Stay overnight at hotel in Mumbai.

Day 02: Mumbai
After breakfast enjoy a city tour of Mumbai starting with a boat ride to Elephanta Caves (closed on Mondays0 and witness the exquisite beauty of the temples carved out from rocks dating back to the 7th century. Later visit the Prince of Wales Museum (Closed on Mondays), Hanging Gardens and also visit one of the open-air laundries called Dhobi Ghat. Stay overnight at hotel in Mumbai.

Day 03: Mumbai – Bhavnagar (By Flight)
After breakfast our representative will transfer you to the airport to board the flight to Bhavnagar. Arrive Bhavnagar and transfer to the hotel. Bhavnagar is 5th largest city of Gujarat and is also known as the cultural capital. It is a coastal city located in the eastern coast of India, known as Kathiawar. Afternoon city sightseeing tour of Bhavnagar visit Takhteshwar Temple, Gandhi Smriti Museum, Clock Tower and Gaurishankar Lake. Stay overnight at hotel in Bhavnagar.

Day 04: Bhavnagar
Morning proceed for an excursion to Palitana which is one of the most famous Jain pilgrimage sites and a must visit for all tourists. The complex consists of Shri Adishwara Temple that boasts of being the first Jain apostle and attracts pilgrims in huge numbers. Return back to Bhavnagar and stay overnight at hotel in Bhavnagar.

Day 05: Bhavnagar – Ahmedabad (By Road);    Ahmedabad Departure (By overnight Train)
After breakfast drive to Ahmedabad. Arrive Ahmedabad and proceed for a city sightseeing tour of Ahmedabad, visiting the Calico Museum and other tourist attractions. In time our representative will meet and transfer you to the railway station to board the overnight train to Bhopal. Stay overnight on board the train.

Day 06: Arrive Bhopal
Morning you will arrive Bhopal and our representative will assist and transfer you to the hotel. After a brief rest take a city tour of Bhopal, visit Bharat Bhawan Museum, Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya (National Museum of Mankind), Laxmi Narayan Temple and Taj-ul-Masjid. Stay overnight at hotel in Bhopal.
Day 07: Bhopal – Sanchi – Bhopal (By Road)
After breakfast proceed for full day excursion to the famous Buddhist pilgrimage site of Sanchi. It is one of the most ancient and popular Buddhist monument in the country. The construction of Sanchi Stupa is considered to an engineering marvel. Though it has gone through a lot of wear and tear, it has stood the test of time and maintained its ancient glory till date. The stupa is known for its intricate carvings which provide an insight into the life of Lord Buddha. Stay overnight at hotel in Bhopal.

Day 08: Bhopal – Ujjain – Mandu
After breakfast depart for Mandu en-route visit Ujjain. Situated on the right bank of the river Shipra Ujjain is among the great ancient cities of India. It is a very holy city for the Hindus and also a site of the Kumbh Mela, when countless Hindu devout gather to offer prayers during the auspicious time. Continue drive to Mandu and check-in to the hotel. Stay overnight at hotel in Mandu.

Day 09: Mandu
After breakfast city sightseeing tour of Mandu, The Tomb of Hoshang Shah is the first monument of India built in Marble and one can see the finest example of Afghan architecture. It has a well proportioned domes, towers and intricate marble latticework. Next visit Jami Masjid. The construction of the Masjid (Mosque) was started by Hoshang Shah and was completed by Mahmud I. It is considered Mandu's most majestic building as it was modelled on the great Omayyed Mosque in Damascus. Delhi gate the main entrance to the fort was built in the year 1405-7. Ashrafi Mahal famous as The Palace of Gold Coins is located on the opposite side of Jami Masjid. It was built by Mahmud Shah Khilji as a school of Islamic study. The cells made for the resident students are still well preserved in the complex. Stay overnight at hotel in Mandu.

Day 10: Mandu – Maheshwar – Omkareshwar – Indore (By Road)
After Breakfast drive to Indore en-route visiting the famous temple towns of Maheshwar and Omkareshwar. Maheshwar is a small historical town on the banks of the river Narmada. It is the ideal place for all who are interested in architecture. Earlier known as Mahismati, the town of Maheshwar is referred to in the ancient Indian epics Ramayana and Mahabharata. Omkareshwar, the sacred island which is shaped like the holy Hindu symbols, 'Om', has drawn to it Hindu pilgrims from all over the country. And here, as in so many of Madhya Pradesh's sacred shrines, the works of Nature complement those of man to provide a setting awe-inspiring in its magnificence. Arrive Indore and check-in to the hotel. Stay overnight at hotel in Indore.

Day 11: Indore – Bhopal (By Road) Bhopal – Gwalior (By Train)
After breakfast drive to Bhopal railway station to board the superfast train to Gwalior. Arrive Gwalior and check-in to the hotel. Stay overnight at hotel in Gwalior.

Day 12: Gwalior – Agra (By Road)
After breakfast proceed for sightseeing tour of Gwalior known for its spectacular hilltop citadel. Within walls lie Jain statues, Rajput Palaces, Hindu temples and a Victorian school. Later drive to Agra and check-in to the hotel.  Stay overnight at hotel in Agra.

Day 13: Agra – Delhi (by road)
Early morning visit to Taj Mahal at sunrise. Taj Mahal is surely the most extravagant symbol of eternal love ever created by man. 20,000 men laboured for over 17 years to build this memorial to Shah Jahan's beloved wife. Return to hotel for breakfast followed by a visit to the massive Agra Fort built in Red sandstone and stands on the banks of the river Yamuna. The construction was started by Emperor Akbar in 1566, witness the grandeur of Diwan-I-Am (hall of public audience), a colonnaded hall of red-sandstone with a throne alcove of inlaid marble at the back where the Emperor heard public petitions. Afternoon depart for Delhi. Arrive Delhi and you will be met by a Hansa Vacations representative and transfer you to the airport to board the International flight back home.