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Ahilya Fort

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The sense of a great past envelopes you in the former Central Provinces of India. This vast area is filled with monuments telling stories of empires and kingdoms and of warriors and architects.

Explore the varied and cultural history, famous temples, great forts and small villages of Central India.

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Day 1 - Fly from London
Fly overnight from Heathrow to Delhi.
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Day 2 - Arrive Delhi
Arrive in Delhi where you are met and transferred to your hotel and assisted with check in. There is an orientation tour of New Delhi including visiting Qutab Minar Tower, the Tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayan and driving past the imposing India Gate. [B]
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Day 3 - Train to Gwalior
Take a Shatabdi Express train to Gwalior. The princely past lives on in this city with many treasures in its palaces, temples and monuments. Spend the afternoon on a half day guided sightseeing tour. Stay for a night at Taj Usha Kiran Palace. [B]
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Day 4 - Khajuraho
This morning drive to Khajuraho, the capital of the Chandela dynasty (a six hour journey). The unique temple architecture here speaks about the artistic patronage of the Chandela Rajput kings of Central India during the 10th-11th centuries. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Stay at The Lalit for two nights. [B]
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Day 5 - Khajuraho
This morning, visit the magnificent richly carved temples of Khajuraho, beautiful examples of Indo Aryan architecture, featuring exquisitely carved exotic sculptures. Spend the afternoon at your leisure. [B]
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Day 6 - Orcha
After breakfast drive to Orchha (a three and a half hour journey), founded in the 16th century by the Bundela Rajput chieftain Rudra Pratap. During the afternoon, visit the old palaces and temples. This evening take a stroll down to the square and see the night market of Orchha. Spend the night at the Amar Mahal. [B]
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Day 7 - Train to Bhopal
Take the Shatabdi Express train to Bhopal. Bhopal was once ruled by noblewomen, who contributed to the city’s architecture, more notably seen in its mosques. Stay at the Jehanuma Palace for two nights. [B]
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Day 8 - Bhopal
Enjoy a full day sightseeing in Bhopal. [B]
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Day 9 - Drive to Maheswar
This morning drive to the temple town of Maheshwar (a six hour journey). The temples and ghats in the city give Maheshwar town different hues of a bygone era. Present from the time of the Malabharata and Ramayana (great Indian epics), this historical town has a rich history still resonating from the temples. Stay for two nights at Ahilya Fort. [B]
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Day 10 - Excursion to Mandu
Today take a morning tour of Maheshwar visiting the palace and the fort. You will also visit the Ghats along the river bank and the Maheshwar temples, remarkable for their carved overhanging balconies and intricately worked doorways. During the afternoon you will enjoy an excursion to the impressive 10th century fort of Mandu, home to one of the best collections of Afghan architecture in India. [B)
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Day 11 - Maheshwar
Relax at the hotel or explore the local rural life in the villages around Maheshwar and Omkareshwar. [B]
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Day 12 - Fly to Mumbai
Drive to Indore to take the flight to Mumbai. Overnight in Mumbai. [B]
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Day 13 - Fly to London
Fly back from Mumbai to London. [B]
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