Au Coeur de l'Inde - 13 days | 12 nights

Highlights of the programme :
  • The famous cave temples of Ellora are classified as World Heritage by UNESCO
  • Ajanta Caves which house some of the most exceptional paintings and Buddhist sculptures
  • Ujjain, one of the seven holy cities of Hinduism
  • Sanchi Buddhist monuments and listed as World Heritage by UNESCO

 


ITINERARY

Day 01 Mumbai
Arrive at Mumbai International Airport. Reception and transfer to the hotel. Overnight at hotel. 
Day 02 Mumbai - Aurangabad
In the morning, explore the caves of Elephanta Island accessible by boat. Great sanctuary lined with columns and statues dedicated to Shiva over 1,400 m² that dates back to the 7th century. In the afternoon, Mumbai, also known as Bombay, is the commercial capital of the country and the most populous city in all India with over 12 million inhabitants. It was at the Mumbai film industry, better known under the name "Bollywood" produces two to three films a day. Panoramic tour of Mumbai with the Prince of Wales Museum, the Gateway of India built in 1911 for King George during his visit. Mani Bhawan, the residence of Mahatma Gandhi, Marine Drive, which runs for miles along the sea. Then Malabar hills to admire the city. By late afternoon, transfer to the airport for flight to Mumbai Aurangabad. Upon arrival, transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 03 Aurangabad - Ellora - Aurangabad
Drive to visit the famous Ellora and cave temples of Ellora are classified as World Heritage by UNESCO. Carved out of volcanic rock located above the plain of the Deccan, the caves of Ellora, numbering thirty-four belong to the three major religions born in India: Buddhism, Jainism and Brahmanism. Fine example of religious tolerance, this set dates back to 8th century. The centerpiece is the Kailasha Ellora, carved in stone and dedicated to Shiva whose dimensions are impressive temple. Return to Aurangabad. Overnight at hotel.
Day 04 Aurangabad - Ajanta - Burhanpur
Road to the Ajanta caves which are home to some of the most exceptional paintings and Buddhist sculptures, the oldest dating back to the 2nd century BC. JC. At the time, it was a great monastic and academic center that could accommodate a hundred people but with the passage of Buddhism in India in the 7th century, the 29 caves of Ajanta were forgotten and were overgrown. Rediscovered by accident during a hunting party in the 19th century, work began to allow us to admire the beauty of the murals and the rich colors. Continue to Burhanpur, strategic town founded in 1400 and still retains many vestiges that testify to its brilliant past. Overnight at hotel. 
Day 05 Burhanpur - Maheshwar
Discover Burhanpur and its monuments: the Great Mosque Jama Masjid, Mughal palace erected Emperor Shah Jahan, builder of the Taj Mahal and the Muslim cemetery Dergarh E Hakimi. Continue to Maheshwar, legendary mid-city, mid-temple. It is a peaceful and spiritual city on the banks of the Narmada, one of the sacred rivers of India. Walking along the ghats, instead of prayers, devotions where a certain effervescence. Overnight at hotel.
Day 06 Maheshwar - Mandu
After breakfast, drive to Mandu. Visit Jahaz Mahal, the palace ship, 120 meters long and built for the harem of the emperor. Visit workshops of weavers. The city is an important center for the production of brocade and silk saris. Overnight at hotel.
Day 07 Mandu - Ujjain - Bhopal
Morning drive to Bhopal. Along the way, stop at Ujjain, one of the seven holy cities of Hinduism and one of the oldest cities of India. Every twelve years, the place there mingled Kumba, a huge pilgrimage with millions of pilgrims. Visit the temple dedicated to Krishna Gopal Mandir whose altar is covered with marble temple dedicated to Shiva Mahakaleswar where attendance is very important. Finally, the Jantar Mantar Astronomical Observatory, twin of the one in Jaipur. Continue to Bhopal, nice and green city founded by an Afghan in the early 18th century. The city kept and beautiful mosques in the old neighborhood, there is a lively bazaar. Overnight at hotel.
Day 08 Bhopal - Sanchi - Bhimbekta - Bhopal
Day dedicated to the visit Sanchi and its Buddhist monuments listed as World Heritage by UNESCO. Erected by Ashoka in the 3rd century BC. JC on a hill, stands the largest Buddhist stupa in India, the best specimen of Buddhist architecture. The dome contains Buddhist relics and is surrounded by porticos carved with great finesse. In the afternoon, excursion to Bhimbekta, another World Heritage Site declared. In the mountains, you will discover hidden, some 600 caves with rock paintings of hunting scenes and Palaeolithic (35,000 years ago). Back in Bhopal. Overnight at hotel.
Day 09 Bhopal - Orccha
In the morning, visit the Museum of Housing and Tribal in the afternoon, transfer to the station to catch the train to Jhansi. Upon arrival, reception and drive to Orchha. Check into your hotel. Overnight at hotel. 
Day 10 Orccha
The day is dedicated to the discovery of this ancient capital known for its temples and royal palaces. The greatness of this city, captured in stone, has survived the centuries without incident. Orchha is a beautiful city where you must discover all the palace, Jahangir Mahal and Raja Mahal, Pool Bagh, a garden along a pavilion where water fountains and freshen the air. Orchha is considered the jewel of Madhya Pradesh. Overnight at hotel.
Day 11 Orccha - Shivpuri - Gwalior
Morning drive to Shivpuri, the summer residence of the Scindia dynasty with his hunting preserve. In a beautiful garden of Mughal style totaled superb cenotaphs in white marble inlaid with lapis lazuli Scindia family. Continue to Gwalior. Often referred to as "the pearl of Hindustan" Gwalior is a fortress that evokes the magnificent Rajput chivalry. Although located in the state of Madhya Pradesh, Gwalior is wholly owned by the saga of Rajput chivalry by its citadel perched on a hill and its protected behind high walls palace. In the afternoon, stroll through the bazaar of Gwalior. Overnight at hotel. 
Day 12 Gwalior - Agra
Morning drive to Agra that flourished under the Mughal Empire when it was the capital. Emperor Akbar made it the center of its states. Visit the impressive Red Fort of Agra, the largest fort in India declared cultural heritage by UNESCO in 1983 true city within a city, the fort boasts jewels kept in small palaces. All of this majestic proportions, harmonious buildings and extreme refinement in the decoration of the courtrooms and the royal apartments. It will be worth it to be plundered of all its riches in the mid 18th century. Overnight at hotel.    
Day 13 Agra - Delhi
In the morning, visit the Taj Mahal, the mausoleum of Empress Mumtaz Mahal, the beloved wife of Emperor Shah Jahan, who died in 1630, The Emperor, mad with grief at losing his beloved, built this shrine to his memory. Called "poem in marble," it was completed in 1653 after 22 years of titanic work. It is the symbol of an era, a civilization of love crazy of an emperor for his wife highlighted in a wonderful setting. The tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah was built by Empress Nur Jahan in memory of his father. This monument is considered the precursor of the Taj Mahal. Drive to Delhi and panoramic tour of the capital of India has many faces. Old Delhi, the ancient city of the Mughal sultans steep streets teeming with people and New Delhi, the capital of the Indian Empire with wide tree-lined avenues designed and built by the British Edwin Lutyens as a garden city. Then drive to the Delhi International Airport for the return flight. 

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