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HIDDEN GEMS OF CENTRAL INDIA

An ideal tour if you wish to go off the beaten track but still experience stunning views, striking architecture, pristine nature and the faded grandeur of palace hotels. This tour takes in many World Heritage Sites including the Sanchi Stupa and the ancient caves at Ajanta and Ellora. It includes the newly opened, less explored tiger park at Satpura, against the backdrop of the Vindhya Hills, and the hill top ruins of Mandu, the "City of Joy", made famous by the grand romance between Sultan Baz Bahadur and his beloved consort Rupmati. Arguably one of the finest tours of the country, visiting some outstanding monuments in remote regions while staying in good quality accommodation including some beautiful character properties.

Day 1 Delhi
Arrive into Delhi and stay the night at the charming Scarlette Hotel, a small boutique hotel in French style; at leisure.

Days 2 & 3 Chambal
Leave Delhi by a private car for Jarar near Agra. Stay 2 nights at the Chambal Safari Lodge. Enjoy a boat ride on the Chambal River to spot gharials, dolphins and a variety of riverine birds; also visit the temples at Bateshwar.

Day 4 Gwalior
Drive to Gwalior for a night at the Usha Kiran Palace. See the Fort and the Scindia Museum.

Days 5 & 6 Orchha
Drive to Orchha. On your way visit Datia Fort, Sonagiri Jain Temples (with skyclad munis) and the historic Fort at Jhansi. Stay 2 nights at Bundelkhand Riverside Resort, on the Betwa River. Spend a day exploring the ruins of Orchha.

Days 7 & 8 Bhopal
Take a train from Jhansi to Bhopal. Stay 2 nights at the Jehan Numa Palace (or the idyllic Retreat). See Bhopal and Sanchi.

Days 9 & 10 Satpura
Drive to Satpura National Park. See the Paleolithic era Bhimbetka Caves and Bhojpur Temple en route. Stay at Reni Pani Jungle Lodge for 2 nights. Visit the park by jeep, possible elephant safari.

Days 11 & 12 Maheshwar
Drive to Maheshwar, stay two nights at Ahilya Fort; visit Mandu; enjoy a boat ride on the Narmada.

Day 13 Ajanta
Drive to Burhanpur and spend the night at the Tapti Retreat. Visit the Ajanta Caves - heritage Buddhist caves.

Days 14 & 15 Aurangabad
Drive to Aurangabad for two nights at Vivanta by Taj. Visit Ellora Caves, Daulatabad Fort and Bibi-ka-Makbara.

Day 16 Mumbai
Fly to Mumbai and take a connecting flight to your onward destination.

Price indication: $3200 to $4000 per person for a private tour for two.

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