Cultural Madhya Pradesh

DAY 1: Arrive Gwalior
Welcome to Gwalior, the city of true royals. On arrival at airport / railway station in Gwalior,
You will be welcomed by our representative and transferred to your hotel.
In the afternoon, enjoy a half day city tour visiting the massive sandstone fort doting the city skyline, the 9th century Teli Ka
Mandir and the 11h century Sas Bahu ka Mandir.
Overnight in Gwalior

DAY 2: On to Orchha (235 kms / approx. 5 hour drive)
After breakfast, depart for Orchha. En route visit the Phool Bagh, Dinman Herdaul's Palace, Sunder Mahal and the Cenotaph built in the memory of the rulers of Orchha. On arrival, check-in to your hotel.

Later, visit Jehangir Mahal built by Raja Bir Singh Ju Deo, Raj Mahal and Chaturbhuj temple. Orchha's fort complex, the entrance of which is a multi-arched bridge, has three impressive palaces placed in an open quadrangle
The first of these is the Jehangir Mahal, built by Raja Bir Singh Ju Deo in the 17th century, to mark the occasion of Emperor Jehangir's visit to the city. Fragile chhatries and ornate trellis work heighten the effect of artistic richness. The Raj Mahal was built by Madhukar Shah, the religious predecessor of Bir Singh Ju Deo. One of the city's greatest attractions is the Chaturbhuj Temple, which is situated right opposite the Raja Mahal. Dedicated to the four-armed deity, Chaturbhuj (Chaturbhuj literally means four-armed), the temple has
plenty of light and space inside, a feature unusual for a Hindu temple.
Overnight in Orchha (B)

Day 3: On to Khajuraho (178 kms / approx. 5 hour drive)
Early morning, drive to Khajuraho. On arrival, check-in to your hotel.
In the afternoon, proceed on a temple tour visiting the Kandariya Mahadeo Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The other temples of interest are Chausath Yogini, Chitragupta etc. each with its own history and presiding deity. The most awesome and the largest temple in Khajuraho, Kandariya Mahadev Temple, is built in around 1025-1050 AD. A typical sandstone structure, the temple is dedicated to Shiva with a linga at the center of the Garbha Griha.
Chausath Yogini, is the oldest surviving temple in the group (900 A.D.), this is the sole granite temple dedicated to Goddess Kali. Only 35 of the original 65 cells remain and no image of Kali has survived not surprisingly, since this is the earliest surviving shrine of the group dated to 900 AD. Another Kali temple, which was originally dedicated to Lord Vishnu, is the Devi Jagdambe temple.
An ancient shrine, dedicated to Lord Surya, Chitragupta Temple faces eastwards to the rising sun. A 11th century old monument this temple enshrines an impressive 5 ft high image of Lord Surya in a standing posture driving a chariot of seven horses. Fabulously carved walls, which depicts voluptuous and full figured sura-sundaris, erotic couples, image of lord Vishnu in the 11 headed forms, Chitragupta Temple really provides a rare feast to the viewer.
Overnight in Khajuraho (B)

Day 04: Khajuraho - Excursion to Panna National Park (60 kms / approx. 2 hour drive)
Today, proceed to Panna National Park near the Ken River with its deep gorges, tranquil valley and dense teak forests.
The region, famous for its diamond industry, is also home to some of the best wildlife species. If you are lucky, you could sight tigers and panthers along with herds of chinkara, sambar and several other wildlife species. The spectacular Pandav Falls en route and other waterfalls in the area are popular picnic spots.
Evening free for shopping at the local markets.
Overnight in Khajuraho

Day 05: Depart
After breakfast, depart for your onward journey with sweet memories of “CULTURAL MADHYA PRADESH”

Inclusions
• Accommodation in the hotels on twin sharing basis.
• Transportation - Entire round trip Ex - Gwalior by a PVT air-conditioned car. Vehicle is as per the itinerary and not on disposal basis.
• Meals: Daily buffet breakfast as per the itinerary.
• Travel Insurance.
• All currently applicable taxes i.e. Hotel tax and Transportation tax.

Exclusions:
• Airfare/train fare/bus fare
• Items of personal nature viz, tips, porterage, room service, laundry, mineral water, alcoholic or non alcoholic beverages, phone calls, additional sightseeing tours and excursions not included in the itinerary, still or video camera fees etc.
• Any increase in fuel cost, government taxes, entrance fees, intra and interstate taxes etc, the tour price will be amended in accordance.
• Entrance fees and guide charges wherever applicable.
• Any items / services not specifically mentioned in the 'Tour Price Includes' column.
• Supplement charges applicable for Long weekends and festivals.
• 3.50% Govt. Service Tax.


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A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine.

I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents. I should be incapable of drawing a single stroke at the present moment; and yet I feel that I never was a greater artist than now.

When, while the lovely valley teems with vapour around me, and the meridian sun strikes the upper surface of the impenetrable foliage of my trees, and but a few stray gleams steal into the inner sanctuary, I throw myself down among the tall grass by the trickling stream; and, as I lie close to the earth, a thousand unknown plants are noticed by me: when I hear the buzz of the little world among the stalks, and grow familiar with the countless indescribable forms of the insects and flies, then I feel the presence of the Almighty, who formed us in his own image.

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