MESMERISING MADHYA PRADESH

Madhya Pradesh is a multicultural historical state that has laid the foundation for the Indian civilization.  It has diverse offerings, temples, unrivalled wildlife, Buddhist cultural influence and a strong local heritage.

After experiencing the hustle and bustle of Delhi, fly to Bhopal and visit the ancient Buddhist sanctuary of Sanchi for spiritual orientation. You will smell the clean air of the hills once we start our drive to Raj hill station of Pachmarhi, a bird lover’s paradise, and then continue onto Satpura – one of the finest wildlife reserves in India. We will end the day with a rejuvenating stay at the beautiful Ahilya Fort located high above the serene Narmada River.

  • Great Stupa - ancient Buddhist monument. Sanchi, Madhya Pradesh, India

  • Belfry of Indore(Gandhi hall), Indore

  • View of Vindya mountain range from Sachi Stupa in Madhya Pradesh

  • Maheshwar ghat temple fort and palace on bank of river Narmada,Madhya Pradesh,India

  • Taj Ul Masajid is a mosque situated in Bhopal, India

  • Indian giant squirrel feeding in a tree showing incredibly long tail. These squirrels are about 3 feet long and reddish in colour

  • The Great Sanchi Stupa, Buddhist Architecture at sanchi, Madhya Pradesh, India

  • Beautiful Sunset view of satpura mountain range, View from Dhoopgarh, Pachmarhi, Madhya Pradesh, India

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Day 01

Arrive Delhi

Arrive into Delhi and stay for two nights at the Maidens Hotel or upgrade to the Imperial Hotel. Delhi is India’s capital and a city of diversity. Old Delhi – is a historic district of grand mosques, majestic forts, busy bazars and dilapidated monuments. In contrast to New Delhi, that has a modern skyline, variety of malls and restaurants along with old government buildings. It has wide tree-lined avenues and pretty whitewashed bungalows purpose-built in the 1930s by the British as a colonial capital and remains the epicentre of Indian political power. Delhi is crowded, colourful and beautifully chaotic.

Day 02

Delhi to Bhopal By Air

This morning we fly to the city of Bhopal and stay for two nights at the historic Jehan Numa Palace Hotel where all senses come alive. Capital of Madhya Pradesh, Bhopal has beautiful parks and palaces. Forward-thinking Muslim women ruled Bhopal.  The city quickly modernised with the establishment of an early postal system and comprehensive rail network.

Day 03

Bhopal Visit Sanchi

We take today to visit the oldest surviving Buddhist sanctuary in India, which was once the principal centre for Buddhism in the country.

It’s the Great Stupa, India’s finest Buddhist structure and one of the subcontinent’s oldest remaining religious monuments that define Sanchi. The stupa convenes at the heart of a reminiscent complex of temples and monasteries all of which exhibit a unique character. We conclude our day and visit the historical Taj-ul-Masjid mosque, Jama Masjid and Shaukat Mahal to satisfy our soul with tales and stories.

Day 04

Bhopal to Pachmarhi We cover approximately - 200kms

You would want to linger on in the cultural tales of Bhopal; but we make our way to Pachmarhi hill station, which was once the summer capital of the central provinces during the British Raj.

A sleepy town of graceful bungalows and stone churches, Pachmarhi retains a distinctive colonial atmosphere. Located in the heart of the Satpura Hills, the area around the town has a rich biodiversity and a staggering array of bird-life not commonly seen elsewhere in central India. Stay three nights at the Satpura Retreat Hotel or the Rock-End Manor.

Day 05

Pachmarhi

Starting at the Duchess Falls, take a guided morning walk to Mount Rosa. Passing waterfalls and rock-paintings, this is an ideal opportunity to encounter the flora and fauna in the areas around Pachmarhi. It is not uncommon to see tiger and leopard tracks as well as a wide range of bird-life including the black eagle and honey buzzard. In the afternoon visit the man-made Pandav Caves, protected monuments, which potentially date to the time of the Emperor Ashoka and end the day at Dhupgarh to enjoy sunset.

Day 06

Pachmarhi

We arrange an 8kms walk into the sal forests outside of Pachmarhi that will leave you refreshed. Beginning at Jatashanker Cave, there will be further chances to view some of the local wildlife including barking deer, gaur, tree shrew, sambar, the malabar giant squirrel and numerous vulture roosts.

Day 07

Pachmarhi to Satpura We cover approximately - 60kms

Walk to the butterfly garden in Panarpani on a trail where fresh tracks of tiger, leopard and sloth bear are often seen. On a good day, over fifty species of butterfly can be seen in the garden and is a must for any butterfly enthusiast. After lunch, we continue to Forsyth’s Lodge in Satpura National Park for a three-night stay. A relatively new reserve, Satpura is spread across mountains of the same name. Uniquely, Satpura is also the only tiger reserve that permits walking safaris, which are led by trained local guides.

Day 08

Satpura

We see a flawless backdrop of plateaus and hills at the highest part of the Deccan, the huge Tawa reservoir protects the entire northern flank of the park and sustains the perfect habitat for a plethora of bird species that the area is home to.

The thick forests of this unspoiled reserve also provide some of the finest tiger habitat in the subcontinent and, although these wonderful animals are present in good numbers, Satpura is home to a host of other rare species including sloth bear and leopard.

Day 09

Satpura

We see a flawless backdrop of plateaus and hills at the highest part of the Deccan, the huge Tawa reservoir protects the entire northern flank of the park and sustains the perfect habitat for a plethora of bird species that the area is home to.

The thick forests of this unspoiled reserve also provide some of the finest tiger habitat in the subcontinent and, although these wonderful animals are present in good numbers, Satpura is home to a host of other rare species including sloth bear and leopard.

Day 10

Satpura to Maheshwar We cover approximately - 380kms

We drive to the humble town of Maheshwar and stay three nights at the enchanting Ahilya Fort. One of central India’s best kept secrets, a stay at Ahilya Fort is something to be remembered. Largely constructed in the late 17th century, this converted fortress has changed little and continues to hold a commanding position high above the banks of the sacred Narmada River. Rooms are comfortable and captivatingly furnished and there are many nooks and crannies to explore.

Day 11

Maheshwar

Explore the fort and walk down to the riverside and the beautiful ghats to witness the timeless daily rituals of the local villagers. Followers of Lord Shiva revere the town and there are numerous shrines and temples that line the river’s bank. Maheshwar is also known for its Maheshwar sarees and are a thriving local industry.

Day 12

Maheshwar visit Mandu

Perched in a dominant position astride part of the Vindhya ranges, Mandu is an architectural masterpiece of understated Islamic style with many fine buildings spread over the site. With a history dating back to the early 6th century AD, Mandu’s heyday was during the medieval period under the Pathan sultans whose rule ushered in a period of peace and prosperity. Rightly famed for its Islamic architecture, explore Mandu’s many palaces, mosques and mausoleums.

Day 13

Maheshwar to Indore We cover approximately - 90kms

Indore to Mumbai – By Air

With everlasting memoirs we leave Maheshwar and transfer to the Indore Airport for the flight to Mumbai, where you will stay overnight at the Leela Kempinski Hotel close to the international airport.

One of the greatest cities of the world – Mumbai has grown from a small group of islands to India’s economic powerhouse and gateway to the world. Still growing fast, Mumbai is a combination of old and new, the chaotic and the peaceful, which draws tourists back time again to what is the most vibrant, bustling cities of the world.

Day 14

Depart Mumbai

Transfer back to the Mumbai Airport to catch the British Airways flight non-stop to the UK.

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