On arrival at Jabalpur airport / railway station you will be transferred to the hotel in Jabalpur. The original settlement in this area was ancient Tripuri and the rulers of this city, the Hayahaya, are mentioned in the Mahabharata. It passed successively into Mauryan and then Gupta control until, in 875 AD, it was taken by the Kalchuri rulers. Later enjoy a day excursion at Bhedaghat. Soaring in glittering splendour, the Marble Rocks at Bhedaghat rise to a hundred feet on either side of the Narmada. The serene loveliness of the scene is one of cool quiet, the sunlight sparkling on the marble-white pinnacles and casting dappled shadows on the pellucid waters. These white rocks with views of black and dark green volcanic seams are truly majestic, and produce a magical effect on moonlit nights. The holy river flows by tranquilly flanked by the towering cliffs which reflect in it like a mirror the changing moods of nature. A little distance away, it becomes turbulent as it plunges in a mighty water fall known as Dhuandhar.
Today drive to Khajuraho. The Khajuraho temples were built about 35 miles from the medieval city of Mahoba,the capital of Chandela dynasty, in Kalinjar region. In ancient and medieval literature, their kingdom has been called Jijhoti, Jejahoti, Chih-chi-to and Jejakabhukti. Khajuraho were mentioned by Abu Rihan-al-Biruni, the Arabic historian who accompanied Mahmud of Ghazni in his raid of Kalinjar in 1022 CE; he mentions Khajuraho as the capital of Jajahuti. The raid was unsuccessful, and a peace accord was reached when the Hindu king agreed to pay a ransom to Mahmud of Ghazni to end the attack and leave.
Today proceed to indulge yourself in the sensual temples of Khajuraho. The architectural style of the Khajuraho temples is very different from the temple prototype of that period. Each stands, instead of within the customary enclosure, on a high masonry platform. Combined with the upward direction of the structure, which is further accentuated by vertical projections, the total effect is one of grace and lightness, reminiscent of the Himalayan peaks. Each of the chief compartments has its own roof, grouped in such a way that the highest is in the centre, the lowest over the portico, a triumph of skill and imagination in recreating the rising peaks of a range. The temples of Khajuraho are divided into three geographical groups: Western, Eastern and Southern.
Today drive to Orchha. Orchha is a heritage town lost in time set on Betwa river at 15 kms from Jhansi. Fot is an attraction here. One crosses over on a footbridge for a leisurely walk.. The fort consists of several connected buildings erected at different times (Raja Mahal and the Jahangir Mahal). Chaturbhuj Temple is an old temple from the 9th century. Numerous cenotaphs or chhatris dot the vicinity of the fort and the Betwa river. Elsewhere about the town there is an unusual variety of temples and tombs.
This morning you will proceed to visit the famous Raj Mahal and Jahangir Mahal. The Rajmandir - built on a square base has plain external with projecting windows. The Jahangir Mahal, built to welcome the Mughal emperor Jahangir is the magnificent example of Hindu structural design. The other attractions include the Raj Mahal, The Sheesh Mahal, the chaturbhuj temple. Along with these there are numerous Chhatris of royals or cenotaphs dotting the banks of the river Betwa.
Today proceed to Gwalior. The entire city is a visual and aesthetic feast, for the builders of Gwalior were great architects. Take a walk through the streets of the city and you will discover old havelis with exquisitely carved doorways and windows; at almost every street crossing you will find statues of the Scindia family. Evening is at leisure.
Today enjoy tour of Gwalior’s local sightseeing. Some of the places of interests are Gwalior Fort, Sas Bahu Temples, Suraj Kund, Jas Vilas Palace, Man Singh and Gwalior State Archaeological Museum. Sightseeing in Gwalior is a magical trip into the centuries gone by Museums and art galleries are treasure houses and beautifully maintained palaces give the city it’s inimitable regal flavour.
This morning you will be transferred to Gwalior airport / railway station for your flight / train back home or your next destination. (B)
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Note - Above is a tentative itinerary.
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