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Madhya Pradesh Tour Packages ( 07 Nights / 08 Days )

Day 01

Indore : Upon arrival at Indore Airport / Railway Station. You will be transferred & check in at the hotel.

 

Indore:

Indore, largest city of Madhya Pradesh, is situated on the banks of the River Khan and Saraswati. Indore derived its name from the deity itself. Indore is known for its architectural splendor. Rani Ahilya Bai Holkar was a great architectural patron & spent a lot of money on the construction of many temples across the nation. Indore is well connected by road, rail and air. Indore is the most developed city of Madhya Pradesh. Due to its location on the southern edge of the Malwa plateau, it makes an excellent tourist destination.

Kanch Mandir:

As the name suggest, the Kanchi Mandir is a temple which is entirely made of glass & mirrors. It is also called as the Seth Hukumchand Temple, as it was built by Sir Hukumchand Seth Jain from Jaipur, truly known as the Cotton King in the early 20th Century. It is primarily a Jain temple. The walls, floor, pillars ceiling, doors are entirely adorned with glass. This temple is located in close proximity to the Rajwada. It is decorated with thousands of mirrors of ceramic tiles. The most interesting thing in the temple is the delicately crafted Chinese lantern type glass lamps & the cut glass Chandeliers.The temple boast more than 50 murals depicting Jain Stories. The Kanch Mandir is a unique monument from rest of the monuments in the country.

Rajwada:

Rajwada is the historical palace of the Holkars, built about two centuries ago. It is located just near the Chhatris in the main square. It is a seven storied structure, which stands in the centre of the city. It is a traditional blend of Maratha, Mughal & French Style of architecture. This Historic Palace was burnt 3 times in the past & was finally converted into a garden. In the year 2006, Maharani of Indore, H. H. Usha Devi Holkar, ordered the reconstruction of this palace in the same old style. Today the palace is used for holding art exhibitions & classical music concerts.

DAY 02

Indore to Maheshwar enroute Mandu (81 Kms / 1 ½ Hr)

After breakfast, depart by road for Mandu.

Mandu:

Mandu is also known as Mandavgarh. It was originally founded in the 10th century by the Parmar rulers, who made it their fort capital. Later it was conquered by the Delhi Sultans, who named it as Shadiabad, meaning "City Of Joy”. Mandu is famous for its amazing Fort. The fort is 82 Kms in perimeter & is considered to be the largest in India. It contains the ruins of Palaces, canals, baths, pavilions etc. Mandu has over 40 monuments which are divided into 3 main categories: The Central Village Group, The Royal Enclave Group & The Rewa Kund Group. The city is also famous for the legendary romantic tale of Rani Roopmati and Baz Bahadur.

The Darwazas:

The wall encompassing Mandu has 12 major gates or darwazas. The 45 km parapets of walls that encircle Mandu are punctuated by 12 gateways. The main entrance to the fortress city is called Delhi Darwaza, for which the approach is through a series of gateways well fortified with walled enclosures. The fortress city strengthened by bastions such as the Alamgir and Bhangi Darwaza, through which the present road passes. Rampal Darwaza, Jahangir Gate and Tarapur Gate are some of the other main gateways.

The Royal Enclave – Jahaz Mahal:

Jahaz Mahal or the Ship Palace was believed to be constructed in the 15th Century during the reign of Mahmud Shah I Khalji who ruled from the year 1436 to 1469. But, it is also said that the palace is commissioned by Ghiyas al-Din after succeeding his father. This palace resembles a ship which was built between two beautiful lakes, Kapur Talao to the east & Munj Talao to the west, to make it look like floating ship. It stands on the terraces of the adjoining Taweli Mahal. It is a royal pleasure to watch this boat floating on the lake on a moonlit night. Jahaz Mahal is a double storied, rectangular structure with 3 feet (0.86 meters) thick wall. There are numerous fountains and cascades built in the Jahaz Mahal which makes the palace more beautiful.

Hindola Mahal:

Hindola Mahal, literally means a "Swinging Palace" a name given due to its sloping side walls. It is a large meeting hall or durbar in Mandu city. The Hindola Mahal might have been built during the reign of Hoshang Shah about 1425 C.E. but may date to the end of the 15th century during the reign of Ghiyas al-Din. The Architecture of Hindola Mahal is unique with innovative construction and superb technique which invites thousands of tourists every year. It was constructed with sand stone with beautifully carved columns. The Hindola Mahal represents the architectural style of the Malwa period i.e. simplicity, uniqueness, and well-proportioned. The Hindola Mahal explores its architectural simplicity with minimal ornamentation and stands out boldly through massive inclined slopes. These elements make the Hindola Mahal a unique example of the Malwa style. In addition, the pointed arches on the building’s interior show how Malwa architecture was inspired by the Delhi styles.

DAY 03

Maheshwar to Ujjain Enroute Omkareshwar & Mamleshwar (113 Kms / 2 ½ Hrs)
Breakfast at the hotel.

Maheshwar:

Is the glorious city located on the River Narmada, which reveals the epics of Ramayana & Mahabharata. This temple town holds ancient position of importance by the Queen Rani Ahilyabai Holkar of Indore. Maheshwar has been a centre of handloom weaving since the 5th century. Maheshwar is the home of one of India's finest hand loom fabric traditions. Maheshwar is noted as a centre for weaving colourful Maheshwari saris. These cotton sarees are weaved with distinctive designs involving stripes, checks and floral borders. The hand looms also make fabric material used for making kurtas and other clothings.

Omkareshwar Temple:

Omkareshwar is a holy town. It is considered as one of the holiest Hindu pilgrimage sites in the nation. It is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas in India. It derives its name from the sacred Hindu symbol of Om. It is an island, shaped like Om, on the confluence of the rivers Narmada & Kaveri. A boat ride in Narmada River around the island of Omkareshwar is quite enjoyable. Omkareshwar draws hundreds of pilgrims every year from various parts of the nation.

Ujjain:

Ujjain is a historical city of Central India, situated in the Malwa region of Madhya Pradesh. Ujjain comes from Ujjainee in ancient times. It is situated on the Banks of the River Shipra. According to Hindu scriptures it was initially called Avantika. Ujjain is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas in India, is one of the seven blessed cities(Sapta Puri) of the Hindus, and the Kumbh Mela sacred festival is held there every 12 years. Since ages Ujjain has been a centre of religocultural activities of not only the nation but also of the whole world. Since ancient times the basic reference of Hindu panchang time, namely the prime meridian passes through Ujjain. For this reason it was an important referral point on the earth for the ancient astronomers. According to Mahabharata and other Puranas (Skand purana) the Ujjain city came into existence some 3000 yrs. ago. The archaeological evidence also supports this view.

DAY 04

Mahakaleshwar Temple to witness "Bhasm Aartl”:

Mahakala of Ujjain is known among the twelve celebrated Jyotirlingas in India. The glory of Mahakaleshwar temple has been vividly described in varoius puranas. The tradition of Mahakala in minds of the people is eternal Ujjain used to be centre point of the calculation of the Indian time and Mahaklala was considered as the distinctive presiding deity of Ujjain. The presiding deity of time, Shiva, in all his splendour, reigns eternal in Ujjain. One of the 12 Jyotirlingas in India, the lingam at the Mahakal is believed to be swayambhu (born of itself), deriving currents of power (Shakti) from within itself as against the other images and lingams which are ritually established and invested with mantra-shakti.

The Vedha Shala (Obervatory):

The observatory was constructed by Maharaja Sawai Raja Jaisingh of Jaipur in the year 1719, when he was in Ujjain as the Governor of Malva under the reign of King Muhammed Shah of Delhi. He was not only a brave fighter & a politician, but was also a exceptional scholar. He constructed observaries in Ujjain, Jaipur, Delhi, Mathura & Varanasi in India by permission of King Muhammed Shah. He set up new instruments in these observatories employing his skills. He made several changes in the main Astro – mathematical instruments by observing the activities of planets himself for eight years in Ujjain.

DAY 05

Ujjain to Panchmarhi Enroute Bhimbetka Caves (284 Kms / 6 ½ Hrs)
After Breakfast, depart by road for Panchmarhi enroute visiting Bhimbetka caves.

Panchmarhi:

A saucer shaped hill resort; Pachmarhi is often called as the queen of Satpura Ranges. Pachmarhi offers a variety of attractions ranging from ancient caves to beautiful monuments. This place was discovered by officer of the British reign, Captain James Forsyth in the year 1862. Pachmarhi became a hill station & sanatorium for British troops in the Central Provinces of India.

Bhimketka Caves:

Bhimbetka Caves is located 46 Kms from Bhopal. It is the largest treasure house of prehistoric art in the country. Dr. V. S. Wakankar, of the most renowned of Indian archeologists, discovered these caves. These caves were noticed by him, while on his way to Nagpur in 1958. The word "Bhimbetka”, derived from "Bhim Baitka”, mythological connection. These caves are named after "Bhima”, one of the five Pandavas of Mahabharata. There are more than 600 caves in number. Bhimbetka is announced as the World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The Bhimbetka shelters exhibit the earliest traces of human life in India and deliver traces of dance from prehistoric times. A number of analyses suggest that at least some of these shelters were inhabited by hominids like homo erectus more than 100,000 years ago. Some of the Stone Age rock paintings found among the Bhimbetka rock shelters are approximately 30,000 years old (Paleolithic Age). The entire area is covered by thick vegetation, has abundant natural resources in its perennial water supplies, natural shelters, rich forest flora and fauna. Bhimbetka was first mentioned in Indian archeological records in 1888 as a Buddhist site, based on information gathered from local adivasis.

DAY 06

Panchmarhi
Breakfast at the hotel. Proceed for City Tour of Panchmarhi visiting

Handi Khoh:

About 4 kms. away from Pachmarhi, it is a deep valley. It inspires wonder and beauty together while presenting Natures scenery. Pachmarhi's most impressive narrow valley has a 300 feet high cliff and dramatically steep sides. Handi Khoh is endowed with marvelous scenery. The clinging rock face of this gulch is a haven of large beehives. Bounded by a deep woody forest, this lovely place is closely associated with Lord Shiva. The popular belief is that Handi Khoh was a lake earlier. An evil snake, which actually was a demon, was guarding the lake. Lord Shiva killed the snake and the fury of the divine battle dried up the water in the lake and the empty space assumed the shape of a handi (pot). The locals used to call it Andhi Kho that later took its present name. A magnificient ravine, Handi Khoh is a recommended place for those who love to be in a lonely place, where one could hear only the buzz of gushing water.

Pandava Caves:

Located on a small hillock, Pandava caves in Panchmarhi are believed to have been a shelter point of the Pandavas during their period of exile. Now a protected monument, Pandav caves have been carved out of a low hummock. These five caves also became a refuge to Buddhist monks in 1st century. Among the five caves, 'Draupadi Kuti' is the cleanest and most airy, and the dark one is called as the 'Bhim Kothari'. Though the archaeologist are of the view that these caves must have been constructed by Buddhist monks during the Gupta period, but the legend that the Pandavas had lived here has the popular appeal.

Apsara Vihar (Fairy Pool):

A natural bathing pool formed by a tiny waterfall, Apsara Vihar in Pachmarhi is located near the Pandav Caves. Though near the fall the pool is deeper, at the end it is shallow and this particular feature makes it a favourite picnic spot of tourists. The pool is easily accessible and an ideal place for safe swimming and diving. This pool is also known as 'Fairy Pool'. There is an interesting story. During the British reign, the English ladies used to come here for a good bathe and the locals used to peep through from the nearby bushes. Since the ladies are of white colour, the locals thought them to be fairy queens or apsaras and hence the name Apsara Vihar or Fairy Pool. Apsara Vihar is a lovely little shallow bathing pool and it is a recommended place for families with children.

DAY 07

Panchmarhi to Jabalpur
Breakfast at the hotel. Depart by road for Jabalpur.

Jabalpur:

Jabalpur is fast rising as a tourist destination, with various sightseeing options and places of interest. Narmada River flows through Jabalpur city. Jabalpur has lot many excursion places like Bhedaghat, Bargi Dam Water Sports, Ramnagar Fort Madla, Rock Paintings of Katni, Amarkantak Hills, Pench National Park, etc. Upon arrival, Check in at the hotel. In the evening visit:

Bhedaghat:

Bhedaghat is a small village about 25 kms from Jabalpur. It is a popular tourist spot close to Jabalpur. Here holy Narmada river passes through Marble rocks which offers chance to enjoy boating view the natural beauty of natural rock formations. Here mainly 3 spots are to be visited: Dhuandhar waterfall, Chousat Yogini Temple and Bhedaghat. They all are within radius of 3 kms and can easily be visited by tourists in a single trip. Whole are is part of Narmada valley which is rich in fossils. There are number of ghats in this region where scientists have found egg-shells of Dinosaurs. Bhedaghat is a must see & important tourist attraction in Jabalpur.

Dhaundhar Waterfalls:

The Dhuandhar Falls is located on Narmada River in Bhedaghat and are 10m high. River Narmada, making its way through the world-famous Marble Rocks, narrows down and then plunges in a waterfall known as Dhuandhaar. The plunge, which creates a bouncing mass of mist, is so powerful that its roar is heard from a far distance. The word Dhuandhar is derived from two Hindi words - Dhuan -(smoke) +Dhar (to own) meaning a waterfall which owns smoke (this smoke is formed by water vapours or the smoke cascade).

DAY 08

Jabalpur
After Breakfast, transfer to Railway Station / Airport for onward journey.