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Between Delhi and Madhya Pradesh, the two states have a lion’s share of buildings and architectures reflecting the history of India. Delhi is the magnificent capital of India, with a very acute distinction between the new and the old city. While Old Delhi swarms with people in crowded streets and preserves much of the old-world rusticity, New Delhi is much more sophisticated and polished. However, both the parts boast of exquisite architectures that you will see on this tour.
After a tour of Delhi and a visit to the most wondrous Taj Mahal in Agra, you will head towards Madhya Pradesh. Your first attraction here will be the mind-blowing ravines of Chambal River. A boat ride on the Chambal River followed by a 5-hour long Safari of the Ravines will still feel to little to explore the vast expanse of this nature’s wonder.
Before your Madhya Pradesh holiday package ends, explore the city of Gwalior and all the major sightseeing attractions the historic city has to offer.
Delhi is not just the administrative capital of India. It is also home to a good many historical locations, being the seat of Delhi Sultanate, Mughals and then the British for a considerable period. After arrival at the Delhi airport and transfer to your hotel, rest and change for a city tour of the Indian capital in the afternoon. Stop at Qutub Minar and drive past Red Fort, India Gate and the Parliament, Supreme Court and the President’s House. In Old Delhi, enjoy the charm of the crowded streets and visit Jama Masjid and Chandni Chowk.
On the second day of your trip, Taj Mahal awaits you with all its spectacular grandeur and beauty. The eternal emblem of love and loss, and one of the Seven Wonders of the World, visiting Taj Mahal is an experience you will never quite forget. While in the city, also visit Agra Fort – the main residence of the Mughal Emperors till 1638. Agra Fort will mesmerise you with its magnificent Mughal architecture and the weight of time that its walls bear.
Next day, enjoy a lovely breakfast in your hotel in Agra and get ready for a quick drive to Dholpur, seat of a princely state founded by Jat ruler Mahrana Kirat Singh in 1806. Check into your hotel and make the best of an evening of leisure before a city tour tomorrow.
Dholpur is rich in unique ecological experiences for you to enjoy. Start the day with a visit to the Chambal River, mention of which can be found in Mahabharata as well. The best way to explore the unending flora and fauna that grows in and around the river is best explored in a boat safari in Chambal River. The safari is of one hour and the boat will take you quite far inside the river stream, so that you get to see the crocodiles, turtles and ghariyals as well as migratory birds in their natural habitat.
The Chambal belt is covered with crisscrossing ravines, the likes of which were once famous for its infestation of notorious dacoits. Now the ravines are safe enough for jeep safaris stretching over 4-5 hours.
Drive from Dholpur to Gwalior on the fifth day of your Madhya Pradesh holiday package and visit the triangle of Bateshwara, Mitawali and Padawali on your way there. Mitawali is where you will find the sacred Chausath Yogini Temple and Padawali is a fortress with a revered Shiva temple inside. Together with the huge temple complex of Bateshwara, dotted with more than 200 temples, these three places form an ancient triangle known to be home to a university more than 1000 years ago.
Reach Gwalior before nightfall and recharge yourself with a good night’s sleep before an extensive city tour of Gwalior the next day.
Gwalior is the city of immense historical importance and a colourful cultural cityscape. After a hearty breakfast at your hotel, set out for a tour of the city. Start by visiting the tombs of Ghaus Muhammad, the Muslim saint during the time of Babur, and Tansen, the musical maestro of Akbar’s court who could light up lamps and bring down rainfall with his alaaps, or so says the legend.
Follow that up by a visit to Jai Vilas Palace before lunch, and then proceed towards exploring the majestic and mighty Gwalior Fort and Man Singh Palace. Raja Man Singh was a fellow-gem of Tansen’s in Akbar’s star-studded court. Make time for Teli Ka Mandir and Sahastra Bahu Temple too, for adding a spiritual vibe to the day’s tour.
On your last day of Madhya Pradesh holiday package, drive via Sonagir and Datia and visit the Jain Temple and the seven-floored palace of Vir Singh there, respectively. Reach Jhansi Railway Station for your train to Delhi. Arrive at Delhi and meet with our tour operator, who will make sure you get transferred to the international airport at Delhi for your safe flight home.