Archaeological Tour of India
India is a historical country with its backdrops dating back to many centuries. During these years, a large number of places were found that are important for the archeological significance. In the Archeological Tour of India, we shall explore some of the majestic sights known for their historical relevance and prosperous culture. The detailed tour itinerary is explained below:
Day 01 :
Arrival at Delhi
Reach Indira Gandhi International Airport where our driver will be waiting for you. From here, ride into our car and check into a hotel. Overnight stay will be provided in the hotel.
Day 02 :
Delhi has quite a few places with historical importance. Start the journey with Purana Quila, one of the oldest forts in Delhi. The fort was built by Afghan King Sher Shah Suri during his reign in 1540. Fondly known as "Indraprastha", the old name of Delhi, the fort site its roots back to 5000 years till the time of Pandavas. Today, the fort is in ruins and an excavation was performed by the Archeological Survey of India that found its connection with centuries-old civilizations.
Later, visit Jama Masjid, the largest and one of the oldest mosques in India. The mosque was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in 1656. Nearby located is the Chandni Chowk, again the oldest marketplace in Delhi.
Other places we shall visit are Red Fort, a massive fort built during the Mughal Empire, Rashtrapati Bhavan, the residence of the president of India and the Parliament House. Drive past these building to proceed towards India Gate, a massive gate built in honor of the martyrs of Indian Armed Force.
While returning back to your hotel, Enroute visit Qutab Minar, the tallest minaret in India. Return to your hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 03 :
Delhi to Agra (by road, 203km/3 hours)
Early morning, checkout from your hotel and drive towards Agra. Upon arrival, check into your hotel and rest for the afternoon.
In evening, we shall explore some of the majestic sights in Old Agra. Established during the Mughal Empire, Agra is a historical town known for abundance of archeological attractions. The crowded yet well-established markets give you a glimpse of a city that has maintained its authentic beauty while taking the journey of development. Shop for some souvenirs like handicrafts, leather items or sweets, what Agra is globally recognized for.
Later, return to your hotel for your dinner and overnight stay.
Day 04 :
Your morning starts with a visit to Fatehpur Sikri, an ancient town that sometimes remained the powerhouse of the Mughal Empire. Established in 15th century by Mughal Emperor Akbar, the town served as the capital of the empire before being hit by a severe draught.
Legends say that the draught took thousands of lives and left the town in ruins. Those who survived left it overnight. Even today, the ruins of the marvelous buildings depict the phenomenon that this town used to boast. It is also believed that the town has a negative energy, because the souls of those who died still live here. Due to this reason, Fatehpur Sikri is also known as the Ghost Town.
After visit Fatehpur Sikri, return to Agra and explore the monument that has acquired its unique value on the tourism map of India. Taj Mahal, the marvelous monument is counted among the Seven Wonders of the World, and is also referred to as the Symbol of Love. The pure ambience, architectural beauty and historical significance of this monument make it a must-visit place for every tourist.
Nearby to Taj Mahal is the Agra Fort, yet another marvelous monument built during the Mughal Empire. The fort was built when the capital was moves from Fatehpur Sikri to Agra. Presently, the fort serves as a museum housing innumerable belongings of the erstwhile dynasty.
Day 05 :
Agra – Jhansi – Khajuraho
Checkout from your hotel in Agra and reach Agra Railway Station to catch Shatabdi Express for Jhansi. The train departs at 08:11 Hours and reach Jhansi at 10:00 Hours. From Jhansi, catch the train for Khajuraho.
Upon reaching Khajuraho, check into your hotel. Rest of the day is spent in your hotel in leisure.
Day 06 :
Khajuraho is an ancient town known for beautiful temples. The temples are included in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites for their archeological significance and unbelievable construction.
The temples of Khajuraho were built during 10th and 11th centuries by the Chandela Dynasty. They built a total of 85 temples but only 22 survive today. Each temple has a unique style of architecture&sculptures. However, these temples are mainly known for the erotic depictions.
The Parsavanatha Temple and Adinath Temple, dedicated to Jain Tirthankaras, are the most famous among all. Other noteworthy temples are Duladeo Temple and Chaturbhuj Temple.
Day 07 :
Khajuraho to Orchha
If we call Orchha the representative of archeology in India, the town will justify with this fame. Built during 16th century, the ancient town has a long list of historical attractions.
After checking into your town, we shall proceed to explore some of the most remarkable attractions in Orchha, including the Jahangir Mahal, Raj Mahal and Jai Praveen Mahal. There are dozens of Chhatris built in memory of the erstwhile rulers. Also, there are many temples such as Chaturbhuj Temple, Laxmi Narayan Temple and a few more.
Day 08 :
Orchha to Bhopal via Jhansi
From Orchha railway station, catch the train for Jhansi. Upon arrival to Jhansi Railway Station, catch the train for Bhopal. After reaching Bhopal, check-into your hotel.
In evening, go out to explore some of the worth-vesting destinations in Bhopal. We shall visit the Taj-ul-Masjid, one of the largest mosques in Bhopal. The beautiful architecture makes it the "Crown of Mosques", and it's one of the must-visit destinations in Bhopal.
Other places to explore are Moti Masjid, Jami Masjid and Sadar Manzil. All of these monuments represent the historical significance and architectural value of the bygone era.
Day 09 :
Bhopal and the nearby areas of this city are full of history and archeological value. Places like Sanchi, Vidisha and Udaigiri Caves present the best of what archeologists try to find in any place.
Early morning, we shall go out to explore Vidisha, a town that boasts abundance of historical places. Found in the 5th century, the city has remained under the reigns of the Sungas, Nagas, Satvahanas and Guptas. All of these dynasties built many remarkable monuments here that are counted among the archeological gems today.
Later, we shall reach Udaigiri Caves, one of the most important archeological sites in India. The caves were built during the Gupta Dynasty with most of the work done by Chandragupta II during the 4th and 5th centuries. The caves are built by cutting the rocks and are decorated by intricate carvings and images.
Last destination of the day is Sanchi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is mainly famous for the great Stupas. Built during the reign of Ashoka the Great in 3rd Century BC, these constructions are one of a kind.
After visiting these places, drive back to Bhopal for an overnight stay.
Day 10 :
Early morning, we shall proceed for an excursion to Bhimbetka Rock Shelters. The place is encircled by the Vindhyas. Being the largest depository of antediluvian knacks in India, the place is a great picnic spot. It has a history dating back to 35,000 years back.
Drive back to Bhopal and visit National Museum of Mankind. Located on the Shamla Hills, the museum covers an area of 200 acres. It represents the tribal life of centuries back and showcases the ancient tribal culture.
Day 11 :
Bhopal to Ahmadabad via Mumbai
From Bhopal Airport, catch a flight for Mumbai. Upon reaching Mumbai, catch the flight for Ahmadabad. You reach Ahmadabad by 11:55 AM and will be transferred to your hotel upon arrival.
In the afternoon, go out to explore some of the most remarkable destinations in Ahmadabad. The journey starts with Sabarmati Ashram. The Ashram was setup by Mahatma Gandhi and he spent many years of his life here. A place with pure peace and sanity, the Ashram located on the banks of River Yamuna is a must visit place in Ahmadabad.
Later, we shall visit the Huteesinh Jain Temple, Sidi Sayed Mosque and Sarkhej Roja. All of these places are known for their beautiful architecture and high religious&historical value.
Day 12 :
The day starts with exploring Adalaj Vav, a step-well located 18km from Ahmadabad. Built by Queen Rudabai, this step-well is an architectural wonder. The well was used to store water as well as a meeting place due to the cool interiors.
Next destination is Patan, a place famous for the Patola Silk Sarees. The town has innumerable Jain temples, step wells and other worth visiting destinations. From here, drive towards Modhera Sun Temple. Built by King Bhimdev I in 1026, the temple is dedicated to Sun God. Along with being a place with high religious value, this temple also represents a fine work of architecture.
Later, return to your hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 13 :
This day will be spent in an excursion to the Harappan Settlement Excavation Site. The place dates back to the Indus Valley Civilization.
Our first destination, Lothal, has a massive dockyard covering an area of 37 meters by 22 meters. It's one of the greatest works of maritime architecture. Lothal is also famous for arterial streets, gold microbes, ivory workshops, potteries and underground sanitary drainage.
Day 14 :
Ahmadabad to Mumbai
From Ahmadabad Airport, catch a flight for Mumbai. Upon arrival to Mumbai, check into your hotel. Rest of the day is spent in leisure.
Day 15 :
The Mumbai Sightseeing starts with the Gateway of India. After visiting this destination, we shall drive towards Elephanta Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its 7th century cave temple. After that, we shall enter a restaurant for delicious lunch.
Post lunch; visit a colonial sojourn of the British Heritage. It's a great place to know the rich British history in India. Other places we shall visit are the Apollo Gate, the Church Gate and the Bazaar Gate. Next destination is St. Thomal Cathedrial, the first Anglican Church in Mumbai.
After visiting these places, return to your hotel for overnight stay.
Day 16 :
From Mumbai International Airport, catch your flight back to home or to your nest destination. The Archeological Tour of India ends here.
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Destinations Covered: Delhi - Agra - Jhansi - Khajuraho - Orchha - Jhansi - Bhopal - Mumbai - Ahmedabad - Mumbai
Tour Duration: 15 Nights 16 Days