Central India,Madhay Pradesh and Gujarat tour, stretching itself in the span of 17 nights and 18 days will take you through some extremely popular regions of Central India as well as Gujarat. You will get a chance to explore popular tourist attractions along with world-renowned ancient temples of this region of India. You will cover destinations like Agra, Delhi, Ahmadabad, Bhopal and more. The day wise itinerary is given below:
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Day 01: Bhopal
Departure from the city of origin, Delhi/ Mumbai flight to Bhopal,Bhopal, The capital of Madhya Pradesh. The city surrounded by hills extends to two artificial lakes. The ancient part in a labyrinth of alleys, mosques and bazaars.on arrival transfer to hotel. Evening free for individual activities, overnight at the hotel.
Day 02 : Bhopal- Bhimbhetka – Bhopal
Morning breakfast and drive to famous Bhimbetka caves surrounded by the northern fringe of the Vindhyan ranges, are believed to have provided shelter to the primitive man. The caves or the rock shelters belonging to the Neolithic age number more than 600. Inside most of these caves are the paintings that depict, in vivid panoramic detail, the life of the pre-historic cave dwellers. The oldest paintings are believed to be up to 12,000 years old. Later back to Bhopal and We will visit the great Taj-Ul-Masjid mosque, the Moti Masjid and also the interesting Bharat Bhavan museum,overnight at the hotel.
Day 03 : Bhopal – Sanchi – Vidisha – Udaigiri – Bhopal
Morning take an excursion tour to Sanchi, Vidisha & Udyagiri. Located about 46 km northeast of Bhopal, the town of Sanchi is famous for the Buddhist works of art dating from the 3rd century BC to the 12th century AD. The ancient stupas, monasteries, temples, and pillars form a major source of attraction here. Of these, the most famous is the Sanchi Stupa 1, originally built by the Mauryan Emperor Ashoka. Later drive to Vidisha 10 kms from Sanchi, Vidisha or Besnagar as it was known then, was an important trade centre in Emperor Ashoka’s time. On his way to Ujjayani, when he was still a viceroy, he stopped here and married the daughter of a wealthy local businessman. The ruins of a 2nd century BC Brahmin shrine dedicated to Lord Vishnu, show traces of lime mortar – the earliest use of cement in India. Located at the confluence of the Betwa and Beas rivers, Vidisha was renamed Bhilsa by the Muslims, who built the now ruined Bija Mandal, a mosque constructed from the remains of Hindu temples and the Gumbaz-ka-Maqbara. Vidisha later passed on to the Malwa Sultans, the Mughals and then the Scindias. Later proceed to UDAIGIRI CAVES Just 5 kms from Vidashi is Udaigiri Groups of rock cut sanctuaries carved into the sandstone hillside form the Udaigiri Caves, There are 20 caves, out of which 18 are Hindu and the other 2 are Jain. An inscription in one of the caves indicates that they were produced during the reign of Chandragupta II, between 382-401 AD. The caves have been numbered, probably in the sequence in which they were excavated. Cave 5 depicts Lord Vishnu in a beautiful carving in his Varaha (boar) incarnation holding the earth goddess Prithvi on one tusk. Another large sculpture is that of a reclining Lord Vishnu. Cave 20 is particularly interesting, with detailed Jain carvings. On top of the hill are the ruins of a 6th century AD Gupta temple. Later early evening drive back to Bhopal for overnight.
Day 04: Bhopal – Ujjain – Indore (186 kms – 4 hrs)
Morning drive to Indore enroute visiting Ujjain – situated on the banks of the river Shipra, regarded since times immemorial as sacred. The belief in the sacredness of Shipra, has its origins in the ancient Hindu mythological tale of churning of the Ocean by the Gods and the Demons, with Vasuki, the serpent as the rope. The ocean bed first yielded fourteen gems, then Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth, and finally the coveted vessel of Nectar. Then began the wild scramble for immortality with the demons chasing the Gods across the skies, and in the process, a few drops were spilt, and fell at Hardwar, Nasik, Prayag, and Ujjayini. Hence the sanctity of the waters of the Shipra. Later proceed to Indore, on arrival transfer to hotel. Day free to relax for some time later visit City of Indore famous for its glass bangles and jewellery, Indore has some of the best architectural marvels that belong to the Holkar dynasty. The Rajwada or the Old Palace (a major centre of attraction), Lalbagh palace, (another architectural wonder), Kanch Mandir (a marvellous Jain temple), Chattri Bagh (the memorial with some canopies) and the Bada Ganapati (the largest Ganapati statue in the world) are some of the attractions you must visit in Indore. Moreover, Indore is famous as a shopper/’s paradise. The Khajuri Bazaar offers you unique shopping options of gold and silver work, cloth, leather work and traditional garments. Moreover, there are the Sarafa Market that specialises in snacks and jewellery and the Kasera Bazaar that specialises in metalwork where you can indulge in the variety displayed for selling. The Chanderi and Maheshwari silks of Indore are the other famous attractions of this city. Overnight in Indore.
Day 05: Indore – Omkareshwar – Maheshwar – Indore (90 kms – one way – 2 hours)
Morning take an excursion tour to Omkareshwar & Maheshwar. Located a few kilometers away from Indore town is a small island at the confluence of the Narmada and Kaveri rivers in the state. The island is shaped like the holy Hindu symbol ’Om’ and the Omkareshwar temple here is one of the many temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is made from local soft stone. The temple also holds importance as one of the 12 Jyotirlingams of India, attracting a good number of religious tourists every year. The island also has some other temples near the Omkareshwar temple. Later drive to Maheshwar 80 kms from here. The small town is famous for its fort and temples and also for the saris produced by the local weavers. Known as Maheshwari saris, the silk saris are intricately patterned and quite comfortable to wear. You can get some of the fine locally made saris from the local shops where the prices of these saris are comparatively cheaper. Later drive back to Indore for overnight.
Day 06: Indore – Dhar (60 kms – One & half hour)
Morning checkout and drive to Dhar, on arrival transfer to Jhira Bagh Palace which is 4 kms from Dhar. Later in the day visit Dhar the capital of Parmar Kings, among whom Bhoj was the most prominent. During the Muslim rule, Dhar was under the Sultans of Delhi. In the monuments one can see the combination of Hindu, Afghan and Mughal architecture. Bhoj Shala, Laat Masjid, the Fort and the lakes are the main tourist attractions. Overnight in Dhar.
Day 07: Dhar – Mandu (35 kms- One Hour) – Dhar
Morning checkout and drive to Mandu, on arrival transfer to hotel. Later in the day visit Mandu which has over 40 monuments to choose from. For convenience, these are divided into three broad groups: the Central Village Group, the Royal Enclave Group, and the Rewa Kund Group. You can easily spend all day in Mandu, wandering in and out of palaces, pausing to admire the beauty of the Champa Baoli, the former baths, and the huge 15th-century Jama Masjid, the finest example of Afghan architecture in India. Then there are the beautiful Jahaz Mahal (ship palace), where the architectural illusion is completed by the two surrounding lakes; the Hindola Mahal, or swing palace; the romantic Baz Bahadur’s Palace and Roopmati’s Pavilion; and Hoshang Shah’s Tomb, the final resting place of the founder of Ghuri Dynasty. Besides, there are many palaces, pavilions, and reservoirs where you can spend a leisurely day taking in the city’s rather turbulent history, which is not revealed by the monuments that speak of luxurious royal lifestyles. Overnight in Dhar.
Day 08: Dhar – Chota Udaipur – Vadodra (180 km – 3 to 4 hours)
In the morning proceed toward Gujarat, another India state. Stop at Chota Udaipur, passing through a very picturesque landscape. Thereafter proceed to Baroda now called Vadodra, the erstwhile capital of the princely Gaekwads, Vadodra is a graceful city of magnificient palaces, parks, temples and museums. Besides being an important industrial centre, Baroda is also known as the cultural capital of Gujarat. Day free to relax, overnight in Vadodra.
Day 09: Baroda – Ahmedabad (115 km – 2 hours)
In the morning sightseeing of Vadodra visiting the Museum with impressive collections of Art and Archaeology, Pratap Vilas Palace the erstwhile residence of the Royal family to see collection of old armory and sculptures in bronze, marble and terra cotta. Thereafter proceed towards Ahmedabad, graced with splendid monuments built by its founder in 15th Century. Ahmedabad , today is the capital of Gujarat, a very important commercial and cultural centre in western India. Ahmedabad played a prominent role during the freedom movement of India, being the centre of activities of Mahatma Gandhi for some years. Overnight in Ahmedabad.
Day 10 : Ahmedabad – Utelia (78 kms – 1 to 2 hours)
Morning visit the famous Sidi Sayyad’s mosque known for is exquisite stone window tracery that transforms a stone into a filigree. The Jama Masjid which stands on 26 pillars supporting 15 domes at varying elevations, the extraordinary Calico museum renowned for the large variety of high quality fabrics and the Sabarmati Ashram founded by Gandhi . In the afternoon we continue toward Utelia via Lothal, a place of tremendous archaeological significance, one of the sites associated with the famous Harappan era dating as far back as the 2nd millennium B C. Arrive Utelia and proceed to the Utelia Palace in indo-Saracenic architectural situated in the heart of a colorful village and offers a glimpse of rural life. Utellia was founded in 18th Century. Overnight in Utelia.
Day 11: Utelia – Palitana – Bhavnagar (123 kms – 3 hours)
In the morning depart for the religious city of Palitana famous for the ancient Jain temples. Perched atop the Shatrunjaya hills, there are 863 exquisite marble temples of great religious and artistic importance, containing arches, carved pillars and bejeweled idols. Some of these temples are more than 900 years old. Thereafter continue towards Bhavnagar, once the capital of the princely state now a coastal city. Overnight in Bhavnagar.
Day 12: Bhavnagar to Diu 230kms; approx 5hrs of drive
Next day we hit the road for Diu, the enchanting beach city. On reaching, check into hotel. You have the entire day to spend at leisure and laze away your time on the scenic beaches of Diu. Dinner and night stay at hotel.
Day 13: At Diu
Next day, after breakfast we set out to explore the famed Horse shoe beach and Nagoya beach which give you ample scope to relax and indulge in some exciting water sports. Afterwards we move on to visit Diu Fort, Diu Museum and St Paul’s Church.
Day 14: Bhavnagar to Sasan Gir 125 kms; approx 3hrs drive
Next morning, we leave for Sasangir, the famous dwelling place to the very rare Asiatic Lions. Reach Sasan Gir;Gir National Park which is home to the famed Asiatic lions. The sanctuary consists in dense deciduous forests and grasslands which offer a congenial natural habitat not only to lions but also to other animals such as Leopards, Nilgai, Chital, Hyena, Sambar etc and birds such as peacocks, painted sand grouse etc. check into hotel and evening safari.Dinner and night stay at hotel.
Day 15: Gir – Gondal – Wankaner (225 km / 5 hrs)
after breakfast, you can check out from the hotel in gir and drive to Gondal. On arrival visit to Naulakha palace will be organized, here you can see a huge collection of vintage cars of the Gondal Royal Family.lunch and drive to wankaner upon arrival at Wankaner, check-in at the hotel and visit the Wankaner Palace Museum .Return to the hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 16 :Wankaner-Dasada-Little Rann of kutch( 160km,2.5 hrs)
Drive from wankaner to Dasada passing picturesque old towns and villages. Visit Vadiara and Kharapat Rabaris, Jaths, Bajanias, Mirs and other semi-nomadic communities in and around the Rann. Stay at Rann Riders, an eco-resort designed using local materials and handicrafts to resemble a village.in evening enjoy safari to Little Rann Of Kutch. The Little Rann Of Kutch: The highlight of this sanctuary is the Asiatic Wild Ass or ‘Gudkhur’ that is endemic to the region & is one of the most endangered species in the world. Other mammals that could be seen are nilgai, black buck antelope, chinkara gazelle, Indian wolf, Indian desert foxes, jackals & lesser cats. Also is a paradise for bird watchers.The key dryland birds are Mcqueen’s houbara bustard, chestnut bellied & spotted sandgrouse, Indian coursedr, 13 speices of larks & sparrow larks, 5 of quails (including buttonquails), thick-knee, desert warbler, desert & variable wheatear, aquila eagles, short toed snake eagle, six species of falcon & three harriers. Five species of vulture have been recorded. Apart from all these you can hope to see greater & lesser flamingo, three speices of pelican, spoonbill, demoiselle & common cranes, and a number of ducks in flocks of several thousand during winters. Return to Dasada for an overnight stay.
Day-17: Dasada -Patan– Modera-Dasada
Today morning drive (1.30 hrs.) to Dasada / Modera, Modhera: The Sun temple of Modhera is one of the finest examples of Indian architecture of its period. Built in 1026 A.D. the temple is dedicated to the Sun-God, Surya and stands high on a plinth overlooking a deep stone-steeped tank. Every inch of the edifice, both inside and outside is magnificently carved with Gods and Goddesses, birds, beasts and flowers. Sun Temple of Modhera was built by King Bhimdev I (1026-27) and bears some resemblance to the later and far better known, Sun Temple of Konark in the state of Orissa, which it predates by some 200 years. Like that temple, it was designed so that the dawn sun shone on the image of Surya, the sun God, at the time of the equinoxes. The main hall and shrine are reached through a pillared porch and the temple exterior is intricately and delicately carved. As with the temple of Somnath, this fine temple was ruined by Mahmud of Ghazni.
Patan: Home of the famous patola silk saris, Patan is a beautiful old town with Jain temples and carved wooden houses. Rani ki vav (step well) is an excellent example of subterranean architecture of Gujarat. The exclusively carved side walls, pillars, beams, series of steps & platforms lead to the elaborately carved water well. Every surface is adorned with finely chiselled sculptures of maidens & Hindu deities, religious motifs & geometrical patterns. back to Dasada for an overnight stay in a hotel.
Day-18: Dasada – ahmdabad (70km)
Drive to ahmdabad for catch your departure flight.
Central India MP and Gujarat tour, stretching itself in the span of 19 nights and 20 days will take you through some extremely popular regions of Central India as well as Gujarat. You will get a chance to explore popular tourist attractions along with world-renowned ancient temples of this region of India. You will cover destinations like Agra, Delhi, Ahmadabad, Bhopal and more.