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Bhopal Holidays

Sample Itinerary - REF INDIA 2309

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The grand entrance into Delhi's famous Red Fort

Day 1: Delhi

(5 PEOPLE) Welcome to the start of your voyage of discovery through 'Incredible India'! The five of you will be met at Delhi International Airport by our friendly local team and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure to explore or relax as you like.

India Gate

Day 2: Delhi

(5 PEOPLE) This morning, our Welcome Meeting takes place. Well then enjoy a morning sightseeing tour of Old Delhi, taking in the impressive Red Fort, Jama Masjid - India’s oldest and largest mosque. This afternoon we further enhance your exploration of this busting city with an afternoon guided journey through the New Delhi area the highlights will include India gate a drive past parliamentary buildings and President's house, a guided visit to Humayun's tomb then concluding with sightseeing to UNESCO World Heritage Site Qutub minar.

The lofty Red Fort in Delhi

Day 3: Delhi - Jaipur

(5 PEOPLE) Today, we drive 5 hours to Jaipur. Affectionately known as the Pink City as Maharaja Ram Singh had all of the Old City painted a welcoming pink in 1876 to herald a visit by the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII), it is also the bustling capital of the state of Rajasthan. Arriving here, enjoy some downtime to explore at leisure.

Jantar Mantar Observatory in Jaipur

Day 4: Jaipur

(5 PEOPLE) This morning you will have to look out for the snake charmers that dot our route, as we travel to the 16th century Amber Fort. An exotic elephant ride transports us to the lofty fort, where we'll enjoy a tour of this Rajput extravaganza. This afternoon enjoy journey of discovery through the historic pink city of Jaipur we start with a photo stop in front of Jal mahal (lake palace) thereafter visit the ancient astronomical observatory of Jantar mantar and then a guided tour of the city palace complex with it’s fascinating nooks and crannies.

Taj Mahal & camels

Day 5: Jaipur - Agra

(5 PEOPLE) En route to Agra, we visit Fatehpur Sikri, former imperial capital of the great Mughal emperor Akbar. Built between 1569 and 1585, it has been deserted for more than four centuries, by all accounts abandoned in 1600 due to a meagre supply of water. In Agra, we visit the impressive Agra Fort before touring the legendary Taj Mahal and witnessing a glorious golden sunset. Built by Emperor Shah Jahan in loving memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz, who tragically died in childbirth in 1631, the Taj Mahal in Agra is described as the most extravagant monument ever built for love and remains one of India’s most enduring symbols.

The sunsets over the Mosque in the Taj complex

Day 6: Agra - Bhopal

(7 PEOPLE) 2 PEOPLE joining need to be at the groups of fives hotel for no later than 7 am. Today we will transfer all of you to the station in time for the Bhopal Shatabdi express - 2002 at DEP0832 - ARR1430 hrs. Arriving in Bhopal our friendly local rep will transfer you to your hotel.

The minaret of Moti Masjid Mosque in Bhopal. Photo credit to Carol Mitchell.

Day 7: Bhopal

This morning we head out of the city around 40km to visit Sanchi. Sanchi is famous for its Stupas, monasteries, temples and pillars standing tall from the 3rd century B.C. to the 12th century A.D. Returning to Bhopal, enjoy time for lunch then a later afternoon/evening tour of the city. Highlights will include, the Taj-ul-Masjid which is the largest mosque of India, the the chowk at the heart of the old city, The Lakshmi Narayan Temple (or the Birla Mandir) and more depending on level of interest.

Taj-ul-Masjid Mosque in Bhopal. Photo credit to tjollans.

Day 8: Bhopal - Jabalpur

Enjoy a full day excursion to visit the fascinating tour of Bhojpur and Bhimbedhtka cave shelters/temples that are exhibiting the earliest traces of human life in the Indian subcontinent with amazing paintings, the oldest of which are 30,000 years old! This evening back to the station for the Jan Shatabadi Express - DEP1730 - ARR 2250 to Jabalpur. Arriving here, our local rep will assist you to your hotel.

Jabalpur river

Day 9: Jabalpur - Bandhavgarh NP

This morning we make our way by private car into Tiger Country. Arriving here, check into your lodge. This afternoon enjoy your first game drive in the National park to hopefully spot a tiger or two.

A scratch post for tigers in Bandhavgarh National Park

Days 10-11: Bandhavgarh NP

Bandhavgarh is set amidst the Vindhyan ranges. Claiming to have the highest density population of Bengal tiger in India, coupled with a population of leopard, nilgai, jackal, wild boar, sloth bear, gaur, sambar deer and colourful bird life, game drives are often peppered with sightings. For today and tomorrow enjoy morning and afternoon game drives in shared jeeps.

Young deer

Day 12: Bandhavgarh NP - Khajuraho

Bright and early this morning we have a six hour drive through interesting scenery to Khajuraho - home of the resplendent Hindu temples which were built during the Chandela dynasty over a 100 year burst of creative genius from 950-1050 AD. After check in, enjoy a tour of these amazing temples.

The magnificent erotic temples of Khajuraho

Day 13: Khajuraho - Orchha

When ready today we drive onward to Orchha. Situated on the banks of the River Betwa, Orchha is set amongst a wonderful complex of well-preserved 16th century temples and palaces. Enjoy time to explore at your leisure.

Jehnagir Mahal

Day 14: Orchha - Delhi

Morning a guide will show you around some of the ancient buildings of the town. Later off to the station in Jhansi for the Bhopal Shatabdi express - 2002 DEP1745 - ARR2240 hrs to Delhi. Arriving in Delhi you will taken to your hotel, by our friendly local team.

Raj Ghat

Day 15: Delhi

Sadly your voyage through 'Incredible India' comes to an end, we will be sure to transfer you to Delhi airport in time for your flight home.