Madhya Pradesh, a large state in central India, retains landmarks from eras throughout Indian history. Begun in the 10th century, its Hindu and Jain temples at Khajuraho are renowned for their carvings of erotic scenes, most prominently Kandariya Mahadeva, a temple with more than 800 sculptures. The eastern Bandhavgarh and Kanha national parks, noted Bengal tiger sanctuaries, offer guided safaris.
Arrive Indore, transfer to your hotel. Later this afternoon proceed on a sightseeing tour of the 200 year old Rajwada of Holkar, continue to Lalbagh Palace and the Kanch Mandir.
Today you proceed on a day’s excursion to Ujjain (56 kms / 1-2 hrs), one of the holiest cities in India. Ujjain is also renown as one of the four centres of the Kumbha Mela. Visit the Mahakaleshwar Temple, the Gopal Mandir, the temple of Har Siddhi Mata (the family goddess of King Vikramaditya) and the Vedha Shala.
This morning you visit the Omkareshwar temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva and is one of the 12 jyotirlingams. From here you proceed to Maheshwar, the small town famous for its fort, temples and Maheshwari saris.
Today you will visit Mandu, the city of Joy. Visit the palaces, tombs, temples, and a fort that once were the monsoon retreats of the Mughal Emperors. You will also visit the beautiful Jahaz Mahal, the Hindola Mahal, the romantic Baz Bahadur’s Palace and Roopmati’s Pavilion.
This morning you will be transferred by road to Bhopal (186 kms / 3-4 hrs) a historic city built by Raja Bhoj. This afternoon you will tour Bhopal and visit the Jama Masjid, the Laxmi Narayan temple & Museum, and The Bharat Bhavan Center for Creative and Performing Arts
Today you proceed on an excursion to Sanchi, known for its stupas, monasteries, temples and pillars dating from the 3rd century B.C. to the 12th century A.D. The most famous of these monuments, the Sanchi Stupa 1, was originally built by the Mauryan Emperor Ashoka.
Transfer for your onward journey.