Bundelkhand and the Princely States

At a Glance


The area known as Bundelkhand has its own natural grandeur. The vast plateau is broken up by the mighty Vindhya and Satpura ranges and streaked by meandering rivers. During the course of its varied and colorful history, there have been rulers of differing religious beliefs and the diverse mingling of Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, and Islam have given rise to the vibrant art and architecture, seen throughout this unique journey.

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The whole area envelopes you with the sense of a great past: its monuments telling stories of empires and kingdoms, of warriors and architects. With flying kept to a minimum, and incorporating the excellent trains operating in this area, you visit the incomparable Taj Mahal, the Scindia stronghold of Gwalior, the delightful little town of Orchha and the garden city of Bhopal.

The mysteries of Sanchi, Maheshwar, and Mandu will be revealed before heading to Dungarpur to relax a while. here you will also get the chance to see the old Juna Mahal Palace before your final destination of Udaipur set amidst the Aravalli hills of south Rajasthan, Udaipur (City of Sunrise) is a beautiful city regarded as one of the most romantic in India. Presenting an enchanting image of marble palaces, placid lakes, attractive gardens and green hills, it has been called “the Venice of the East”. 


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Depart from your chosen airport today bound for Delhi, arriving tomorrow. Speak to us about choices of airlines and departure airports.

DAY 02 – ARRIVE DELHI – Maidens Heritage Hotel
Arrive in Delhi today. VIP meet at the aircraft door, assistant through baggage control, then outside the airport to meet our local representatives, where you will be met at the arrivals door then transferred to your hotel.

Rest of the day is at leisure to relax after your flight.

DAY 03 – DELHI (B)
Today, after breakfast, you will enjoy a full-day private guided sightseeing tour of New & Old Delhi taking in all the major sights.

DAY 04 – DELHI TO AGRA (B) – The Trident Hotel
Drive to Agra (3.5 hrs) on arrival private guided sightseeing of the city concluding with a sunset visit to the famous Taj Mahal.

DAY 05 – AGRA TO GWALIOR (B) – Usha Kiran Palace
Today you drive to Gwalior (2.5 Hrs), the city offers a treasure of heritage in its palace, temples and monuments, where a rich cultural tradition has been interwoven into the fabric of modern life, where the past princely lives on in great palaces and their museums. Afternoon half-day sightseeing of Gwalior Fort, Gujari Mahal, the tomb of Mohammed Gaus and the Mausoleum of Tansen, the famous court singer of Akbar

DAY 06 – GWALIOR TO ORCHHA (B) – Amar Mahal
Drive to Orchha (3.5 Hrs) en-route visiting Sonagiri Jain Temples and Datia which have been mentioned in the Mahabharata as “Daityavakra”. The main historical monument here is the seven-storied palace of Raja Bir Singh Ju Deo, built atop a hill with a splendid view over a lake. A temple with Mughal style frescoes and the Gopeshwar Temple are other attractions here. It is also a pilgrimage spot for devotees of Siddhapeeth Shri Peetambara Devi.

On arrival in Orchha, check-in at your hotel.

You will be taken on a private guided tour of Orchha to include The Fort, Chhatris Cenotaphs, Jehangir Mahal, Ram Raj Temple and more.

Today we can also arrange a cooking class with a local lady called Vandana Dubey in her home. Bookings are required so; please advise us at the time of booking.

Orchha was founded in the 16th century by the Bundela Rajput chieftain, Rudra Pratap, who chose this stretch of land along the Betwa River as an ideal site for his capital. Afternoon visit the grandeur palaces and temples built by its Bundela rulers in the 16th and 17th Centuries Orchha

DAY 08 – ORCHHA TO BHOPAL (B) – Jehan Numa Retreat
Morning, transfer in time to Jhansi Railway Station to board train to Bhopal. Arrive at Bhopal, city of lakes and transfer to your hotel Jehan Numa Retreat located in Van Vihar National Park just 30 mins from the city centre; Bhopal was the only principality ruled by noblewomen for long periods, who contributed to the city’s architecture, more notably its mosques. Rest of the day at leisure to relax.

Today you will take an excursion to Sanchi, one of the most important Buddhist sites in India. The sculptures here are full of vitality and freshness typical only to the beginning of a cultural era. The site consists of a hill crowned by a group of stupas, chaityas and monasteries, the earliest of which date to the 3rd century BC. Later, visit the Moti Masjid and the lakes of Bhopal town, then return to your hotel.

DAY 10 – BHOPAL TO MAHESHWAR (B) – Ahilya Fort
Drive to Maheshwar (6-7 Hrs). En-route visit Bhimbetka caves, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that has the largest collection of prehistoric art and architecture in India. n arrival, check-in at your hotel.

Late afternoon arrives Maheshwar, check-in at your hotel, rest of the day at leisure to relax.

DAY 11 – MAHESHWAR to  MANDU sightseeing (B)
Today visit Mandu, you will see the 10th century grandiose and impressive fort of Mandu. It has one of the best collections of Afghan architecture in India, also Jama Masjid, Baz Bahadur Palace and Hoshang Tomb

Today is a leisure day to explore Maheshwar on your own. We have arranged a boat ride on the Narmada River, then this afternoon visit some local weavers.

DAY 13 – MAHESHWAR TO DUNGARPUR (B) – Udai Bilas Palace
Drive to Dungarpur (7 Hrs) On arrival, check-in at your hotel. 

The unique Udai Bilas Palace in Dungarpur remains the Royal Residence and lies on the banks of the Gaibsagar Lake in the south-western reaches of Rajasthan. It dates back to the mid-19th century when Maharawal Udai Singhji II built a wing of bluish-grey local stone with exquisite architectural designs and edifices inside. The palace, with an air of faded grandeur, is replete with trophies which cover the walls and the old, hilltop palace has some of the most colourful and vibrant frescoes and miniature paintings. They remain in near perfect condition and are among the finest examples of their kind. With its lakeside position, it is a bird watcher’s paradise.

Rest of the day at leisure to relax.

Visit the Juna Mahal and make a visit to Deo Somnath Temple

Drive to Udaipur (2 Hrs). On arrival, check-in at your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.

After breakfast, you will start your half-day sightseeing tour of Udaipur with the City Palace and Museum. The largest palace complex in India, it is a blend of Mughal and Rajput influences. Also, see the 17th-century Jagdish Temple, drive around the Fateh Sagar Lake, and visit the Sahelion ki Bari (the Garden for the Maids of Honour), an ornamental pleasure garden with fountains and marble kiosks. Later visit the Bharatiya Lok Kala Mandir or the Folk Art Museum.

After lunch, enjoy a boat ride on the 4 km long and 3 km wide Lake Pichola offering spectacular views of the city. We will also visit the Jag Mandir Island with its exquisite Gul Mahal Pavilion. Jag Mandir is the other Island Palace, besides the renowned Lake Palace, near the southern end of the Lake Pichola. Prince Khurram (Shahjahan) sought asylum in Jag Mandir while he revolted against his father, Jahangir. The Palace was constructed between 1615 and 1622, during the reign of Maharana Amar Singh. His son, Maharana Jagat Singh, added some portions and named the whole Palace after his own name.

DAY 17 – UDAIPUR TO MUMBAI (B) – Trident Nariman Point
Transfer to the airport this morning for your flight to Mumbai. On arrival meet and transfer to your downtown hotel. This afternoon you are taken on a private guided tour of the city, depending on how much you want to see here is a list of the major sites.

The Gateway of India, Dhobi Ghat open-air laundry, Victoria Terminus train station, Colaba Market, Marine Drive, Chowpatty Beach, The Regal Circle, Bombay University, The Oval Maidan cricket ground, Mani Bhavan the focal point of Gandhi’s political activities in Mumbai, The Town Hall, The Municipal Building.

Add on an extra day in Mumbai to see more of what the city has to offer

We can also arrange a walking tour of the slums, Dharavi made famous in the film ‘Slumdog Millionaire’, or you may like to see how the famous dabbawalas deliver up to 200,000 lunch boxes each day. Or a trip out to see how Bollywood operates and watch some live filming

Today India bids you farewell with your transfer to the international terminal for your homebound flight.

Special Value

  • A gift when you book your tour with us, a DVD film called ‘Mystic India.’
  • International flights included
  • VIP meet at aircraft door on arrival
  • Useful gift is given to you on arrival
  • Private arrival and departure transfers
  • Private car & driver for all road transfers
  • Snack Hamper, with juice and water in your private car
  • Mobile phone to use while in India to keep in contact with our local office and your driver
  • Meals as per itinerary (B = breakfast) (HB = breakfast, lunch or dinner) (FB = breakfast, lunch & dinner)
  • Private guide for sightseeing in all major cities
  • Entrances to all monument and places of interest included
  • Full day sightseeing of New & Old Delhi
  • Half day sightseeing of Agra City
  • Sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal
  • Explore Agra Fort
  • Explore Gwalior with it’s old Fort and Palaces
  • Explore Orchha
  • Visit the famous Sanchi Stupa near Bhopal
  • Visit the 15th century Jahaz Mahal in Mandu flanked by two lakes
  • Visit Bhimbetka caves, a UNESCO World Heritage Site near Bhopal
  • Visit the 10th century grandiose and impressive fort of Mandu also Jama Masjid, Baz Bahadur Palace and Hoshang Tomb
  • Boat ride and time to relax at Maheshwar
  • See the wonderful preserved murals and walls of Juna Mahal in Dungarpur
  • See the old Palace of Udaipur and the crystal collection
  • Boat ride at Lake Pichola

Our  Tour features the following locations

DELHI:  The largest mosque, the biggest temple, honky auto-rickshaws; it’s easy to distinguish Delhi. The city has been at the centre of the Indian civilisation for centuries and a major seat of power ever since the Mughals built their capital here. Modern Delhi presents a mix of colonial-era architecture, Mughal forts, and mausoleums, ancient bazaars, glitzy malls and world class restaurants. It often feels overwhelming, but given a chance, it always grows onto you. Be sure to visit Humayun’s Tomb, a 16th-century Mughal wonder inspired by the iconic Taj Mahal and Lodi Gardens, the best spot for sunsets in Delhi. There’s also the Hauz Khas Village, a throbbing hub that gained popularity with its Open Nights when those narrow alleys are transformed into cultural wonders, adorned with lights and decorated with streamers. There really is no better place to discover Delhi’s rich culture and mingle with its locals.

AGRA: Known for its stunning architecture, exotic history and magical views, the Taj Mahal attracts as many as 7 million visitors each year, and for a good reason. It is, after all, the monument of love! This iconic landmark is why people from all over the world visit Agra, but the city is also brimming with UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Mughal mausoleums, tombs, a beautiful fort and ancient bazaars. You’d expect to feel underwhelmed due to all that hype, but this magical city is everything you expect it to be. 

GWALIOR: The cultural capital of Madhya Pradesh might be most famous for that spectacular hilltop fort, once defined as ‘the pearl amongst fortresses in India’ by Mughal emperor Barbur, but it also promises an interesting experience, a weekend getaway that is full of beautiful temples, exquisite architecture, and historic palaces. The city may have lost out on some of its historic beauty and regalia, but it still hasn’t lost out on any of its appeal, something that is best seen in Jai Vilas Palace, the historic seat of one of the most revered families in the country.

ORCHHA: Located on the banks of the Betwa River, Orchha is essentially a medieval town that is known for its fantastic architecture, 16th-century palaces, and cenotaphs. Once a bustling capital of one of the most powerful kingdoms of Central India, modern-day Orchha is as laid-back and stress-free as they come, one of the best destinations to de-stress. There are some great homestays in the countryside and activities like trekking, rafting and cycling are sure to fill up your itineraries. The key attraction of this historic town is the Orchha Fort, home to three magnificent palaces. The Jahangir Mahal is famous for its strong masonry, the Raj Mahal for its beautiful murals and the Rai Parveen Mahal for its serene gardens. Other places of interest include the Raja Ram Temple, Laxminarayan Temple, and Phool Bagh.

BHOPAL:  Popular for two serene lakes flowing through its city centre, Bhopal is considered to be one of the greenest cities in the country. Full of mesmerising landscapes, lush hills and traditional charms, the city’s picturesque bazaars and colourful monuments have a way of taking your heart away. Popular attractions include the Laxmi Narayan Temple, Saukat Mahal, Moti Masjid and the Upper and Lower Lakes. The city is also a centre of tribal arts. A must-see near Bhopal is the Bhimbetka caves, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that has the largest collection of prehistoric art and architecture in India. Over the years, Bhopal managed to perfect its cuisine, mixing the best of Hindu and Muslim flavours in its kebabs and curries.

SANCHI: Rising in the midst of beautiful plains and the serene countryside is one of the oldest and greatest Buddhist structures of India – the Sanchi Stupa. Emperor Ashoka embraced Buddhism in the year 262 BC repenting for the horrors of war and built this stupa near the birthplace of his wife. Today, this UNESCO World Heritage Site isn’t just any hemispherical structures that contain relics of Buddha. It is one that narrates the entire journey to enlightenment. Over the years, more monasteries, temples and an Ashokan pillar were also constructed in and around Sanchi and these relics from India’s ancient past are a source of amazement and awe for the global audience today.

MAHESHWAR: The riverside town of Maheshwar has been regarded for its spiritual significance, finding a place in scriptures such as Ramayana and the Mahabharata. The city saw great glory as Mahishmati at the dawn of the Indian civilisation and is long regarded for its ancient temples and ghats and a mighty fort complex, marvels narrating legends of India’s architectural brilliance. Sadhus and pilgrims still find their way to the holy banks of the Narmada River, but those brightly painted wooden houses truly steal the show. Don’t forget to check out those distinct hand-woven Maheshwari sarees while in Maheshwar.

MANDU: Mandu, you will see the 10th century grandiose and impressive fort of Mandu. It has one of the best collections of Afghan architecture in India, also Jama Masjid, Baz Bahadur Palace and Hoshang Tomb

DUNGARPUR: Dungarpur is as beautiful a place as any. It is a traditional Rajasthani excursion, one that takes you deep into that beautiful culture, introduces you to an untouched village and brings you closer to folk music and traditional dances. A trip to Dungarpur is characterised by the stunning Juna Mahal, a seven-storied wonder full of miniature paintings, intricate mirror work, and frescoes. Nature lovers are sure to have a blast at the Sitamata Wildlife Sanctuary, known for sightings of leopards, spotted deer, sambhar and giant flying squirrel. Most tourists visiting Dungarpur tend to stay at the Udai Bilas Palace, one of the premier palace hotels in the country with a great collection of classic cars. The palace grounds are among the top places to see migratory birds, and sightings of white painted storks, peafowl, grey hornbill and egrets are quite common. There are a few ancient ruins in the vicinity such as the 8th-century Arthuna temple and the 14th-century Rishabdeo temple that are worth exploring. The latter is particularly impressive, boasting of a semi-precious stone studded idol and stunning carvings.

UDAIPUR: Udaipur is considered to be the most romantic destination in India, and no matter how much you hear about this legendary city, it always manages to leave you stunned and speechless. The glittery Lake Pichola is as beautiful as they get and those temples, grand palaces, shimmering Havelis and colourful streets set the scene for one of the most memorable holidays of your life. You’d remember some of its sights from the 007 movie Octopussy when our hero swims up to a heavenly palace in the midst of an incredibly romantic lake. You’d expect a city so popular to lose its charm, but Udaipur holds onto its magic, that sense of mystery surrounding its monuments and palaces and the sense of tranquillity that simple boat rides on the lake are bound to offer. Udaipur also enjoys a lively arts scene, exciting shopping and delightful countryside destinations that promise memorable day tours.

MUMBAI: Mumbai the city of dreams. One of the best and most cosmopolitan cities of Asia. The commercial lifeline of India. Home to Bollywood, the second largest film industry in the world. A place where some of the biggest slums share the area with sprawling metropolises. The epicentre for fashion and Indian wine. A trip to Mumbai is everything you’d expect from a major metropolis, yet so much more. It’s a humbling experience, to say the least. But it’s also fascinating, edgy and exciting. Those colonial-era relics, incredible bazaars, hidden wine cafes and enclaves of peace and serenity really do have a way of putting you at ease.

What our clients say

Thank you very much, Sharon, for arranging our holiday to India. You were always there as a guiding hand and to make suggestions we had not even thought of. Your choice of hotels turned out to be exactly what we wanted. As you said, India is now under our skin and we shall return.

Karen & Vince – Somerset.


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