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Central India Heritage with Agra and Aurangabad(14 Nights)

New Delhi, Agra, Dholpur, Khajuraho, Orchha, Bhopal, Maheshwar, Burhanpur, Aurangabad, Mumbai

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Holiday Overview

Ek Mukhi Datta Temple (Photo Courtesy: Nilrocks)
One of the Western Group Temples (Nivalink Trip Dated - 31 January 2005)
Taj from Metab Bagh
Taj Mahal
Fatehpur Sikri
Jama Masjid Agra (Photo Courtesy: Superka)
Humayun Tomb
Red Fort (Lal Quila)
Red Fort (Lal Quila) (Nivalink Trip Dated - 26 December 2014)

Central India Heritage with Agra and Aurangabad is a comprehensive itinerary that cuts across central India to cover significant heritage destinations of Delhi, Agra, Central India and Aurangabad.

Route

New Delhi(2) - Agra(2) - Dholpur(1) - Khajuraho(1) - Orchha(1) - Bhopal(3) - Maheshwar(1) - Burhanpur(1) - Aurangabad(2)

Summarised Itinerary
  • Day-1 Arrival at Delhi
  • Day-2 Explore Delhi UNESCO heritage sites
  • Day-3 Travel to Agra and visit Taj Mahal in evening
  • Day-4 Fatehpur Sikri Excursion and other visits in Agra
  • Day-5 Travel to Dholpur. Chambal Safari in evening.
  • Day-6 Travel to Khajuraho via Gwalior
  • Day-7 Travel to Orchha
  • Day-8 Take train to Bhopal
  • Day-9 Day visit to Sanchi Stupas
  • Day-10 Morning visit to Bhimbhetka Shelters and evening visit to lake and old city
  • Day-11 Travel to Maheshwar
  • Day-12 Travel to Burhanpur
  • Day-13 Travel to Aurangabad via Ajanta Caves
  • Day-14 Visit Ellora Caves and local visits
  • Day-15 Take a flight back to Delhi for onward journey
Sightseeing Summary

Agra - Jama Masjid Agra (1.40 kms), Agra Fort (4.00 kms), Taj Mahal (5.00 kms), Mehtab Bagh (6.00 kms), Fatehpur Sikri (37.00 kms)

Aurangabad - Panchakki (1.00 kms), Bibi Ka Maqbara (3.00 kms), Daulatabad Fort (16.00 kms), Ellora Caves (30.00 kms), Ajanta Caves (102.00 kms)

Bhopal - Bhimbhetka Caves (46.00 kms), Sanchi Stupa (46.00 kms)

Khajuraho - Khajuraho Group of Temples (0.50 kms), Light and Sound Show at Khajuraho (0.50 kms)

Maheshwar - Maheshwar Temples (0.50 kms)

New Delhi - Red Fort (Lal Quila) (5.00 kms), Humayuns Tomb (8.50 kms), Qutab Minar (18.00 kms)

Preferred Arrival /Departure Destination
Arrival - New Delhi Departure - Mumbai
Best Season to Travel
  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
  • Jul
  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec

Distances
  • New Delhi to Agra -210 kms (4 hrs)
  • Agra to Dholpur -56 kms (1.5 hrs)
  • Dholpur to Khajuraho -370 kms (8 hrs)
  • Khajuraho to Orchha -174 kms (4 hrs)
  • Orchha to Bhopal -355 kms (7 hrs)
  • Bhopal to Maheshwar -280 kms (6 hrs)
  • Maheshwar to Burhanpur -170 kms (4.5 hrs)
  • Burhanpur to Aurangabad -221 kms (5 hrs)
  • Aurangabad to Mumbai -374 kms (7 hrs)
Route

New Delhi(2) - Agra(2) - Dholpur(1) - Khajuraho(1) - Orchha(1) - Bhopal(3) - Maheshwar(1) - Burhanpur(1) - Aurangabad(2) - Mumbai

Detailed Itinerary

Day-1 Arrival at Delhi Arrival at Delhi. As International flights arrive in afternoon / evening, overnight stay near Airport. Delhi is capital of India, a popular arrival point for International travellers and a heritage destination in its own right being home to some Mughal era monuments that are recognised by UNESCO.

Day-2 Explore Delhi UNESCO heritage sites Explore Delhi to visit UNESCO recognised and other heritage sites such as Humayun Tomb, Red Fort, Qutab Minar etc.

Day-3 Travel to Agra and visit Taj Mahal in evening Travel to Agra (210 kms - 4 hrs), renowned for Taj Mahal, one of the 7 original wonders of the world and a renowned heritage destination.

Day-4 Fatehpur Sikri Excursion and other visits in Agra Take excursions to visit twin heritage areas of Fatehpur - Sikri and return to revisit Taj from Mehtab Bagh area or visit other heritage areas of Agra Fort / Jama Masjid. Guests with interest in bird watching may take a bird watching excursion to Bharatpur (62 kms - 1.5 hour).

Day-5 Travel to Dholpur. Chambal Safari in evening. Travel to Dholpur (55 kms - 1 hour), an area situated on the edge of Chambal river and renowned for its ravines and is a prime bird watching site and where one can site alligators. Take an afternoon boat safari in Chambal river.

Day-6 Travel to Khajuraho via Gwalior Travel to Gwalior (50 kms - 1 hour) and after visiting Gwalior Fort drive to Khajuraho (a renowned heritage destination renowned for its temples with carvings with erotic poses) to reach by evening. Visit evening light and sound show.

Day-7 Travel to Orchha Morning walk at Khajuraho to visit Temples and then proceed to Orchha, a riverside town with heritage character and good for a walk in evenings.

Day-8 Take train to Bhopal Travel to Jhansi (15 kms) for a train to Bhopal. Reach by afternoon.

Day-9 Day visit to Sanchi Stupas Day visit to Sanchi (46 kms - 1 hour), a renowned buddhist circuit destination, Return by late afternoon. Visit in evening by the lake.

Day-10 Morning visit to Bhimbhetka Shelters and evening visit to lake and old city Day visit to Bhimbhetka Rock Shelters and Bhojpur Shiva Temple (100 kms round trip). Bhimbhetka is a UNESCO renowned prehistoric caves and Bhojpur Shiva Temple has one of the tallest Lord Shiva lingams. Evening visit to old city area of Bhopal.

Day-11 Travel to Maheshwar Travel to Maheshwar (290 kms - 5.5 hours). Maheshwar is a renowned riverside town with many temples. Its also renowned craft centre.

Day-12 Travel to Burhanpur Travel to Burhanpur (180 kms - 4 hours). Burhanpur is renowned for a fort and totally offbeat character. Its a good stopover on the Maheshwar - Aurangabad route.

Day-13 Travel to Aurangabad via Ajanta Caves Travel to Aurangabad, a renowned heritage destination for being a base point to visit Ajanta and Ellora Caves. Enroute guests can visit Ajanta Caves, a UNESCO heritage site.

Day-14 Visit Ellora Caves and local visits Visit Ellora caves (40 kms - 1 hour) and other heritage monuments around Aurangabad such as Bibi Ka Maqbara (Taj Replica), Panchakki (Watermill) and Daulatabad Fort.

Day-15 Take a flight back to Delhi for onward journey Take a flight from Aurangabad to Delhi / Mumbai for taking an International flight back.

Detailed Sightseeing

Agra :

  • Jama Masjid Agra - Jama Masjid in Agra is opposite the Agra fort, is one of the larger mosques in India and a most visited monument after Taj Mahal and Agra Fort.

  • Agra Fort - Agra Fort is a UNESCO World heritage site and one of the most visited monuments after Taj Mahal. There are several areas to explore and a guided visit can take upto an hour and a half to explore. Diwan-e-aam, Diwaan-e-khaas, Khas Mahal (white marble palace, one of the best examples of painting on marble), Sheesh Mahal, Mina Masjid, Moti Masjid are some of the areas that are worth a visit.

  • Taj Mahal - The Taj Mahal is often the reason to visit India. Its a monument built by Shahjehan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal and became symbol of love world over. Taj Mahal today is a major attraction and one of the original seven wonders of the world.

  • Mehtab Bagh - Mehtab Bagh overlooks The Taj Mahal from otherside of the river and offers excellent views. The Mehtab Bagh garden was the last of eleven Mughal-built gardens along the Yamuna opposite the Taj and the Agra Fort

  • Fatehpur Sikri - Built during the 16th century, the Fatehpur Sikri is one of the best preserved collection of Mughal architecture in India. Fatehpur Sikri often referred to as the lost city and has a number of monuments to visit.

Aurangabad :

  • Panchakki - 17th century water mill at 1 km from Aurangabad. Panchakki is renowned for its underground water channel, that traverses more than 8 kms.

  • Bibi Ka Maqbara - Situated about 3 kms from the city is Bibi Ka Maqbara, the burial place of Aurangzebs wife, Rabia-ud-Durrani alias Dilras Banu Begum. It is an imitation of the Taj at Agra and due to its similar design, it is popularly known as the Mini Taj of the Deccan.

  • Daulatabad Fort - Daulatabad is a 14th century fort at 16 kms from Aurangabad. Daulatabad was often referred to as Impregnable fort. Muhammad-bin-Tughluq succeeded the Khiljis at Delhi and seeing impregnable fort of Daulatabad, shifted the capital from Delhi in A.D. 1328. Daulatabad is a popular tourist visit option.

  • Ellora Caves - Ellora is set at about 30 kms from Aurangabad and is a World Heritage Site. Ellora represents the best of Indian rock-cut architecture. The 34 caves are structures excavated out of Charanandri hills. Buddhist, Hindu and Jain rock-cut temples and viharas and mathas were built between the 5th century and 10th century. There are 12 Buddhist, 17 Hindu and 5 Jain caves. It is a protected monument under the Archaeological Survey of India..

  • Ajanta Caves - The Ajanta Caves are a set of 30 rock-cut Buddhist cave dated from the 2nd century BCE to about 480 or 650 CE. The caves include paintings and sculptures that represent Buddhist religious art, with figures of the Buddha and depictions of the Jataka tales. Ajanta Caves is a UNESCO World heritage site

Bhopal :

  • Bhimbhetka Caves - Bhimbetka Caves situated 46 km south of Bhopal and is home to caves with prehistoric paintings.

  • Sanchi Stupa - Sanchi is just 46 km Bhopal and home to Buddhist heritage site and a UNESCO world heritage site. Its a major attraction for the Inbound and domestic tourists and a must visit for any heritage traveller.

Khajuraho :

  • Khajuraho Group of Temples - The Khajuraho Group of Monuments in Khajuraho is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. Khajuraho has the largest group of medieval Hindu and Jain temples, famous for their erotic sculptures. The temples are grouped into three geographical divisions: western, eastern and southern. The Khajuraho Group of Monuments has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is considered to be one of the "seven wonders" of India.

  • Light and Sound Show at Khajuraho - The Khajuraho temple complex offers a professional light and sound show every evening. The first show is in English language and the second one in Hindi. The show is about an hour long and covers the history, philosophy and the art of sculpting of these temples. It is held in the open lawns in the temple complex.

Maheshwar :

  • Maheshwar Temples - Maheshwar lies on the bank of Narmada river and is a pilgrim centre with more than 100 temples Sahastrarjun Temple, Rajrajeshwar Mandir, Kashi Vishwanath Mandir, Chaturbhuj Narayan Mandir, Ahilya Matas Chhatris,Chintamani Ganpati etc. Ek Mukhi Datta Temple is a relatively newly constructed temple constructed on riverfront area of 30 acres and Temple area of approx 10000 sq. feet.

New Delhi :

  • Red Fort (Lal Quila) - The Red Fort or Lal Qila was started in 1638 by Shah Jahan and completed in 1648. The Red Fort was the seat of Mughal power from 1639 to 1857.The red sandstone walls of the fort vary from 18m to 33m and the fort covers over 2 kilometers. This is UNESCO World heritage site

  • Humayuns Tomb - Humayuns Tomb is a lofty mausoleum set in a square garden. The tomb was constructed with white marble and red sandstone, and was designed as a prototype of the Taj Mahal in Agra. It is an excellent example of Mughal architecture. The tomb was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993. Humayuns Tomb is one of the most visited monuments and has kind of become must visit. Isa Khans Tomb is a popular monument that is also visited alongwith.

  • Qutab Minar - The Qutub Minar is a UNESCO world heritage site and was completed in the 13th C. The Qutub Minar rises over 230 feet in the air, has five stories and is covered with intricate carvings. The carvings feature the history of Qutub and inscriptions from the Koran. The Complex is also home to Imam Tamims Tomb and Alai Minar. There is a large garden around it as well for tourists to spend some time to marvel at the monument.

Destination Overview

Mumbai - Mumbai is financial capital of India and a major International airport, second only to Delhi in terms of flight connectivity. Mumbai is a major business hub for trade in Asia and a transit point for others destinations in India such as Goa, Kerala, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh.

New Delhi - Delhi is the capital city of India and a major International arrival point and a major tourist destination. Red Fort, Qutab Minar, Lotus Temple, Jama Masjid, India Gate, Birla Temple, Mughal Gardens, Lodi Gardens, Rail Museum, Doll Museum, Zoological Park etc remain major tourist attractions of Delhi.

Agra - Agra is home to Taj Mahal, a mughal era monument that is considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Agra forms a part of the Golden Triangle circuit Delhi-Jaipur-Agra which is the most visited tourist circuit in India.

Dholpur - Dholpur is a renowned heritage getaway by the Chambal River, 56 kms South of Agra, renowned for its bird watching safaris in Chambal River and heritage monuments.

Khajuraho - The Khajuraho group of monuments has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is considered to be one of the "seven wonders" of India

Orchha - Orchha lies on the Betwa River, 15 km. from Jhansi in Uttar Pradesh.Orchha is one of the most charming heritage villages in India.

Bhopal - Bhopal is the capital of the of Madhya Pradesh also known as the Lake city as its landscape is dotted with a number of natural lakes. It is visited for its monuments that highlight Islamic architecture and lies in close proximity to Saanchi (46 km), a Buddhist heritage site.

Maheshwar - Maheshwar is a riverside pilgrim centre and has been a center of handloom weaving since the 5th century renowned for its colorful maheshwari saris.

Burhanpur - The City Burhanpur is renowned for its Muslim monuments,Gurudwara of Sikh Religion, Dargah-e-Hakimi of Dawoodi Bohra sect.

Aurangabad - Aurangabad is situated at about 400 km from Mumbai and 350 km Pune. Its a major industrial town and a renowned heritage center in the Buddhist circuit

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Distances
  • New Delhi to Agra -210 kms (4 hrs)
  • Agra to Dholpur -56 kms (1.5 hrs)
  • Dholpur to Khajuraho -370 kms (8 hrs)
  • Khajuraho to Orchha -174 kms (4 hrs)
  • Orchha to Bhopal -355 kms (7 hrs)
  • Bhopal to Maheshwar -280 kms (6 hrs)
  • Maheshwar to Burhanpur -170 kms (4.5 hrs)
  • Burhanpur to Aurangabad -221 kms (5 hrs)
  • Aurangabad to Mumbai -374 kms (7 hrs)

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Bhopal Getaway

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Distances
  • New Delhi to Agra -210 kms (4 hrs)
  • Agra to Dholpur -56 kms (1.5 hrs)
  • Dholpur to Khajuraho -370 kms (8 hrs)
  • Khajuraho to Orchha -174 kms (4 hrs)
  • Orchha to Bhopal -355 kms (7 hrs)
  • Bhopal to Maheshwar -280 kms (6 hrs)
  • Maheshwar to Burhanpur -170 kms (4.5 hrs)
  • Burhanpur to Aurangabad -221 kms (5 hrs)
  • Aurangabad to Mumbai -374 kms (7 hrs)

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