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Unknown Treasures Tour

This tour is for curious travelers because it is rich in unexplored paths. Visit the last stronghold of an Indo-Islamic civilization of Hyderabad. You will discover the incredible Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh which will allow you to feel the soul and rhythm of the enchanting nature. In the region of Bastar, tribal people, their traditions and culture are breathtakingly beautiful. Also a chance to experience some adventures in the jungle of Kipling in Pench National Park. This trip provides an overview of the life lived in harmony with nature, without artifice.

 

Itinerary:

 

Day 1: Delhi

A representative of Maharajah Driver will welcome you and transfer you to your hotel. Your driver will be at your disposal to accompany you to visit Humayun Tomb, Qutb Minar and the Lotus Temple.

 

Day 2: Hyderabad

Transfer to airport, flight to Hyderabad. Transfer to your hotel, the splendid Falaknuma Palace, former residence of the Nizam, built in 1884 and carefully restored by the Taj hotel group. First steps in the capital of a princely state ruled by the Nizams of 18 th century independence. Discovery of Charminar, Islamic arc of triumph which later became the emblem of the city.

 

Day 3: Hyderabad

Excursion to the ruins of Golconda, the seat of Qutb Shahi in the 16th century, conqueror of Persian origin whose power and wealth were legendary, mainly provided by the fabulous diamond mines in the region, to which we owe the famous Koh-i-Noor. Stop at the royal tombs and discover the Mecca Masjid, the second largest mosque in the country. Next stop,  Chowmahalla Palace, inspired by the residence of the Shah in Tehran . Visit the Laad Bazaar, main market of the old city, known ikats for its embroidered cotton, its jewelers, and merchants of beads and bangles, typical colorful bracelets.

 

Day 4: Raipur - Kanker

Transfer to airport, flight to Raipur route for the former princely State of Kanker. Arrival and check-in at the Kanker Palace, the family of Maharaja opened part of his private residence to visitors, informal elegance amidst many memories of its royal past. Once avid hunter, former Chief Kanker family became an environmentalist. Trophies of ancient times adorn the walls of the palace.

 

Days 5 and 6: Kanker

Days dedicated to meeting with local tribes. Discover their crafts, folklore and culture. Some tribes are still very primitive and the government does not allow to stay with them at night. Discover the local wildlife North Bastar, consisting of many Felines and migratory birds.

 

Day 7: Chhuikhadan

Departure for Chhuikhadan Palace, another beautiful and charming building. On route, visit the villages of the Gond tribe. Check into your hotel and visit the famous village for its weavers. In evening you can interact with family members and learn more about the history of this place.

 

Day 8: Pench National Park

Drive to Pench National Park. 299 km of  typical teak jungles of central India, one can observe large herds of gaur, sambar and spotted deer and the tiger, leopard and wolf of India, in addition to 285 species of birds . Pench National Park inspired Ruyard Kipling for his famous novel "The Jungle Book".

 

Day 9: Pench National Park

With Two safaris, you can discover this beautiful reserve, to stalk the famous Bengal tiger. One will be done on a 4X4 vehicle and another on elephant.

 

Day 10: Pachmarhi

Road to Pachmarhi, one of the most beautiful natural areas in India.  It's a plateau rising to over 1000 m, interspersed with gorges, waterfalls, rivers in the crystal clear water, steep peaks and forests enriched with fascinating wildlife. Every year during the Mahashivaratri, many holy places in Pachmarhi are animated with incredible fervor.

 

Day 11: Bhopal

Departure to Bhopal. This city offers a rare blend of Hindu and Muslim cultures. It is built on the edge of the Malwa plateau on a slope, as an amphitheater. It is generously endowed with landscaped gardens and swimming pools. Visit the Taj Ul Masjid, Moti Masjid, Birla Temple, Museum of Man and Upper Lake.

 

Day 12: Bhopal - Sanchi - Udayagiri - Bhopal

Day trip in the caves of Sanchi & Udayagiri. The Great Stupa at Sanchi was built in the 3rd century BC, during the reign of Emperor Ashoka. The unforgettable monument with its balustrade designed to prevent evil spirits from entering the sacred area and its doors carved with bas-reliefs representing the previous lives of Buddha is indeed a crucial milestone for further development of Indian art. The Udayagiri caves are another example of the reign of the Gupta dynasty. They followed the Jain and Hindu religions. Back to Bhopal in the late afternoon.

 

Day 13: Bimbekta - Ujjain - Amla

Road to Bimbekta and visit the caves listed in the UNESCO World Heritage, where hunters and gatherers narrated their lives via their cave paintings. Departure for Ujjain, one of the seven holy cities of Hinduism. This program will immerse you in a spiritual atmosphere in the city, with visits Mahakaleshwar temple dedicated to Shiva and Gopal temple dedicated to Krishna. After that, a ride to the ghats where, at dusk, the followers play cymbals and light fires. Then drive to Amla, this small typical village classified "heritage village". Stroll through the village and visit the Haat Bazaaar where you can visit the workshops of local artisans.

 

Day 14: Dhar

Drive to the amazing Jhira Bagh Palace where you will be spending the next two nights. Discover the sublime Lat Masjid and the fort.

 

Day 15: Dhar - Mandu - Dhar

Mandu is the former capital of the Sultanate of Malwa and an exceptional archaeological site. It is also called the City of Joy. With its warlike past history, this city reflects the Afghan architectural richness with a region dotted with palaces, mosques and monuments that you will get to experience: The huge Jama Masjid mosque dating from the fifteenth century. The palace of Prince Baz Bahadur, the last independent ruler of Mandu. The mausoleum of Shah Hoshang may be the oldest marble building in the country. Finally the romantic pavilion of Rupmati, which according to a romantic legend, Baz Bahadur built to convince the beautiful Hindu singer to come move in with him. Back to your hotel in Dhar.

 

Day 16: Maheshwar

Road to Maheshwar known throughout India for its beautiful saris, its ghats and temples. Overnight at Ahilya Fort, this authentic place, far from the tourist trail, combines luxury and tradition. The fort, built in 1766, is an enchanting palace beside the holy river Narmada, with a suite, eight double rooms and two beautiful tents, all furnished and decorated with antiques. A timeless experience and a princely welcome.

 

Day 17: Maheshwar

Your day begins with a ride on the Narmada river before landing on the ghats to visit workshops of weavers. The city is an important center of production of brocades and silk saris. The finely crafted temples of the city spark some interest, showing marble image of Goddess Parvati holding the child Lord Ganesha on her lap.

 

Day 18: Delhi - Indore

Transfer to Indore airport for flight to Delhi. Transfer to your hotel.

 

Day 19: Delhi

This morning, stroll through the bustling streets of Old Delhi, formerly known as Shahjahanabad. Visit the imposing Red Fort and the busy streets of Chandni Chowk market, the Jama Masjid (the largest mosque in India), ending with the colorful spice market - a sensory experience. In the afternoon, through the majestic boulevards of New Delhi, you will see India Gate. Transfer to airport and end of our services.

 

Price: on request

 

Included in the price:

Welcome and assistance in airport.

Transfers/Surface transports in the private AC car (Toyota Innova ).

Accommodation based on double occupancy & breakfast

Full board in the camps

Hotel taxes and services.

Insurances .

 

Not included in the price:

Other meals and drinks.

Entrance fees for temples, monuments and museums mentioned in the program.

Usual tips for guides and drivers.

Personal expenses. 

Domestic flights