A Trip To The Heart Of India – Madhya Pradesh
Duration: 4 Nights / 5 Days
Places Covered: Bhopal – Udaigiri – Sanchi – Bhojpur – Bhimbetika – Pachmahri
The land of Madhya Pradesh is termed as the ‘heart of India’ not only because it is centrally located but also because it is home to all the various cultural heritages that Islam, Jainism, Buddhism and Hinduism have to offer. You will come across several significant monuments; stupas and temples that are intricately carved; and palaces and forts within the boundaries of the region. There is an equal amount of variation in the flora and fauna of the land. Despite being predominantly a plateau based area, it is filled with forests like the ‘Satpura’, the ‘Vindhya-Kaimur’, the ‘Baghelkhand’ plateau and the ‘Maikala’ ranges. This state offers a picturesque setting with meandering rivers, fascinating mountain ranges and large, dense forests that include a panoramic view of the wildlife here. Madhya Pradesh boats of being named the ‘Tiger State of India’ owing to favourable geographic and climatic conditions for the ‘Leo Tigers’, an endangered species. You can spot these amazing royal animals in the Vindhya-Kaimur hill ranges and the Mahanadi and Narmada river banks. This region also houses the largest tribal population concentration in India which is estimated to go well over 22 million. Thus, the land of Madhya Pradesh is compelling in every way for a visit.
About The Package:
Namaste India Trip organizes a special holiday package for travellers interested in visiting the forested land of Madhya Pradesh. This exclusive package gives you the opportunity to explore the various exquisite and historically significant monuments of this region including the Sanchi Stupa erected by Emperor Ashoka. You can also enjoy the beauty of nature as you move deeper into the forests and come face-to-face with the wildlife here. The natives of Madhya Pradesh along with the pre-historic caves of this area will also be covered in this trip. The professional touch of Namaste India Trip makes each and every tour package ideal for a traveller. All the important aspects of a trip are prioritized to the smallest detail for the comfort and safety of the customers. This well-established online travel agency also makes provisions for customizing the tour packages to fit your financial expenses so that you get to enjoy the trip without any problems.
Day 1- Bhopal Arrival and Sightseeing at Udaigiri and Sanchi:
You will be picked up by the Namaste India Trip representative from the nearest railway station/ airport and driven to Bhopal where you will be checked into a hotel. After breakfast and freshening up you will drive further to Sanchi which is 46km away from Bhopal (eastwards). Sanchi is a prime pilgrimage site for Buddhists where Ashoka the Great built a column and a stupa in the 3rd century. It was enlarged by other rulers later on and once Buddhism declined in India the place was nothing but ruins. In the 20th century the stupas were reconstructed and today a park plus museum stands here, being counted as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your next stop will be 18km from Sanchi at Udaigiri where you can visit the famous ‘rock cut’ caves constructed under the reign of the Guptas during the ‘Golden Age’. Post lunch you can get back to Bhopal to visit the ‘Government Archaeological Museum’, the ‘Van Vihar’, the ‘Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalay’. On the way back to the hotel you can photo-shoot at the VIP road, the ‘Gohar Mahal’ and the ‘Birla Mandir’ (Laxmi Narayan). Stay overnight at the Bhopal hotel.
Day 2- Bhojpur, Bhimbetika Visit and Leave for Pachmahri:
On day 2 post breakfast you will leave for Bhojpur which is 28km journey covered in an hour. The famous ‘Shiv Mandir’ here is said to possess the biggest ‘shivling’ in the entire globe. From here you will move onto Bhimbetika, 35km away. This place is surrounded by the Vindhyas and is known as the ‘Bhima’s Lounge’ (who was one of the five Pandavas in the Mahabharata epic). The gigantic rock-formations of this pre-historic site are supposed to have provided shelter to the ‘ancient tribes’ of this region. The shelters are found to be adorned with pictographic writings showing the times and life of the pre-historic dwellers of these caves. Next you will drive to Pachmarhi to view more of these pre-historic caves which are treasured as archaeological elements. Check into the hotel at Pachmarhi after a 4-hour drive. Stay the night in this hotel.
Day 3- Pachmarhi Visit:
On this day after a late breakfast you can leisurely get ready for local tourist spots including the ‘Pandav Caves’, the ‘Mahadev’, the parks and churches, the ‘Choura Garh’ and the ‘Handi Kho’. Get back to your hotel in Pachmarhi for a sumptuous dinner followed by night stay.
Day 4- Dhoop Garh Sightseeing:
On this day you will leave for the ‘Be Fall’ in Dhoop Garh with a towel and an extra pair of clothes. On the way you can stop at some of the places for viewing the amazing landscape. You will also cover Jatashankar on way and after a splendid time in the ‘Bee Fall’ you will get back to Pachmarhi to spend the night.
Day 5- End of Tour:
After a lovely breakfast at Pachmarhi you will be assisted back to Bhopal (270km/ 4 to 5 hours). From here you can leave for your destination with unforgettable memories.