Satpura, Tigers and Heritage

Satpura, Tigers and Heritage
Duration: 9N/10D
Destinations Covered: Bhopal - Bhojpur - Bhimbetka - Pachmarhi - Bhedaghat - Kanha - Bandhavgarh - Khajuraho - Sanchi - Udaigiri – Bhopal

Day 1: Bhopal

Tour starts form Bhopal, the city of lakes. You will be picked up from the location of your choice in Bhopal and transferred to the hotel.

A half-day site seen is arranged in Bhopal. Bhopal city is also referred to as the City of Lakes because of the two beautiful lakes. The city has immense archaeological, historical and political importance attached to it. The origin of the city dates back to the eleventh century when Raja Bhoj founded the Bhojpal City. However the Bhopal of today was built during the eighteenth century by Dost Mohammed.

The site seen in Bhopal includes the visit to Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya, Bharat Bhawan and Van Vihar (Zoo).

Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya is a unique museum situated on a prehistoric site and the only museum in the world scattered with numerous prehistoric painted rock shelters. The cultural diversity and religion of India's tribes is highlighted in the museum. Tribal Habitat is an open-air exhibit; an entire fishing village has been replicated featuring Coastal Village with a Kerala snake boat, Desert Village from Rajasthan as well as a Himalayan Village. The museum is created in about 80 hectares of undulating land on the bank of upper lake of Bhopal.

In a short distance from the museum is the Bharat Bhawan, a complex that carters to an array of art forms, comprises a museum for the arts, an art gallery, a workshop for fine arts, a repertory theatre, indoor and outdoor auditoria, rehearsal rooms and libraries of Indian poetry and classical and folk music. It is designed by the renowned architect Charles Correa.

You will be staying in Bhopal tonight.

Day 2: Bhopal - Bhojpur - Bhimbetka - Pachmarhi

This morning we will drive towards Pachmarhi, which is about 195 kms from Bhopal.

On the way, we will stop over at Bhojpur to see the remains of magnificent Shiva Temple and Cyclopean dam dated 1010-53 A.D. The tiny village of Bhojpur is situated on the bank of river Betwa.

Our next stop will be at Bhimbetka, a world heritage site. The Bhimbetka rock shelters exhibit the earliest traces of human life in India; its Stone Age rock paintings are approximately 9,000 years old, making them among the worlds oldest.

We will reach Pachmarhi in the evening and check-in to a hotel. You may opt to spend rest of the evening strolling through the streets of Pachmarhi and look around the town. For your safety, we advice you not to venture in the jungle or cross the town limits in the night as the predators are on prowl once it is dark.

You will be staying overnight in Pachmarhi.

Day 3: Pachmarhi

After breakfast, enjoy full day Gypsy safari and visit Pandav gufa, Apsara Vihar, Rajat Prapat or Chouragarh, HandiKhoh, Priyadrashini, Gupt Mahadev and Mahadev Rajendra Giri.

You will be staying overnight in Pachmarhi.

Day 4: Pachmarhi - Bhedaghat - Kanha

After breakfast, you will depart for Kanha. On the way, we will stop at Bhedaghat to see the Marble Rocks Canyon. At Bedaghat, you will witness an awesome spectacle of nature where the majestic huge stones form a valley and the River Narmada silently makes its way through. The rocks rise to about hundred feet height on either sides of the River Narmada.

Later in the day you will begin your journey to Kanha. The drive to Kanha is picturesque and passes through several small towns and villages. You will reach Kanha in the evening.

You will be staying overnight in Kanha.

Day 5: Kanha

Today you will be visiting the Kanha National Park and surroundings. Experience the thrill of coming across a tiger roaming freely in the wilderness of its natural habitat. Witness, experience and appreciate the natural beauty and fascinating landscape of Kanha National Park.

You will be staying in Kanha tonight.

Day 6: Kanha - Bandhavgarh

After breakfast, you will depart for Bandhavgarh. In the evening, visit the national park and enjoy wildlife and amazing landscape of Bandhavgarh and surroundings.

You will be staying in Bandhavgarh tonight.

Day 7: Bandhavgarh - Khajuraho

After breakfast departure to Khajuraho. You will reach Khajuraho in the evening.

You will be staying in Khajuraho tonight.

Day 8: Khajuraho

This morning visit the western and the eastern group of temples in Khajuraho.

The Western group of temples is the best known, because it is to this group that the largest and most typical Khajuraho temple belongs. Kandariya Mahadeo, Chaunsat Yogini, Chitragupta Temple, Vishwanath Temple and Lakshamana Temple belong to the western group.

In the eastern group, the temples are the Brahma temple, which has a four-faced lingam, The Vamana temple which is embellished with images of ravishing apsaras at their alluring best; and finally the Javari temple, with its ornate gateway and lavish carvings.

You will be staying in Khajuraho tonight.

Day 9: Khajuraho - Sanchi

After breakfast departure to Sanchi. You will reach Sanchi in the evening.

You will be staying in Sanchi tonight.

Day 10: Sanchi - Udaygiri - Bhopal

This morning you will be visiting the Sanchi Stupas. Sanchi is unique for having the most perfect and well-preserved Buddhist stupas. The remains of Buddhist saints Sariputra and Mahamodgilya are also preserved here. The holy relics are displayed once a year, particularly, on the last Sunday of November during the annual Chetiyagiri Vihar festival.

After Sanchi, you will visit Udaygiri caves, about 15 kms from Sanchi, close to the town of Vidisha. Udaygiri caves are rock-cut cave shrines, dating from 320-600 A.D.

You will reach Bhopal in the evening.

Tour ends here.