Through the Heartlands

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india travel tour

Take a tour through the heartlands of India which is rich in history, culture, architecture and forest cover; perfect for those seeking the best of India outside of its usual routes.

Central India is home to the cultural heritage of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Islam. Innumerable monuments, exquisitely carved temples, stupas, forts and palaces are dotted all over the State.

Duration : 18 days
Route : Delhi → Agra → Orchha → Khajuraho → Bandhavgarh National Park → Sanchi → Ujjain → Mandu → Omkareshwar → Ajanta & Ellora → Mumbai

Itinerary

Days 1-2

Delhi
Located on the banks of Yamuna, Delhi is said to be one of the oldest existing cities in the world, along with Jerusalem and Varanasi. Over the millennia, Delhi is said to have been built and destroyed 11 times.

Start off with an early morning visit to the Red Fort and later walk over to the Jama Masjid and meander through the streets of Chandini Chowk. Catch the sunset at Humayun’s Tomb and Purana Qila.

Its popular attractions include Red Fort, Humayun’s Tomb, Jama Masjid, Qutub Complex, National Museum, Rajpath, India Gate, Purana Qila, Lotus Temple, Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, and Akshardham Temple.

Days 3-4

Agra
Visit the breathtaking Taj Mahal of Agra, built by former emperor Shah Jahan in honor of his true love. Later see the monumental 17th-century Red Fort, Shah Jahan’s Agra home.

The next day visit Fatehpur Sikri, once the capital of the Mughal Empire, which has a wonderful set of monuments including the Buland Darwaza, Fatehpur Sikri Fort, Tomb of Salim Chishti, and the Panch Mahal.

If time permits, add another day and visit Sikandara and Itimad-ud-daulah.

Days 5-6

Orchha
Stroll through rural areas largely untouched by modern life and explore the crumbling palaces and temples of Orchha that are scattered throughout the countryside. Take in the puja ceremony at Ram Raja Temple.

Days 7-8

Khajuraho
See beautifully preserved ancient temples featuring erotic carvings of the Kama Sutra.

Days 9-10 Bandhavgarh National Park
Venture deep into the wilderness of the Bandhavgarh National Park. With luck, spot tigers, wild boar, jackals and porcupines.

Day 11

Sanchi
A melting pot of Buddhist architectural wonders, expect to see fine examples of creative art and sculpture along with temples, monasteries and stupas on an exploration of Sanchi.

Day 12

Ujjain
Visit the holy city of Ujjain. Enjoy the serene vibe along the river banks.

Day 13-14

Mandu
Ramble through the walled enclosure has a large number of palaces, mosques, Jain temples of 14th century and other buildings.

Day 15

Omkareshwar
Omkareshwar, a holy place of great importance to Hindus, is home to See steep fort walls, ancient palaces and colorful bathing ghats.

Days 16-17

Ajanta and Ellora
Ajanta has an exquisite collection of detailed rock-cut caves and monasteries. Nearby Ellora Caves are home to the magnificent Kailasa Temple. Carved out of a single rock, it is the largest monolithic structure in the world.

Day 18

Mumbai
Discover Mumbai’s bustling markets and bazaars. Perhaps check out the Gateway of India or take a stroll along Chowpatty Beach at sunset, sampling delicacies from street stalls along the way.

Itineraries, North India, Uttar Pradesh

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