Madhya Pradesh Tour Packages

INDORE / MAHESHWAR / UJJAIN / BHOPAL / PACHMARHI / JABALPUR (07 NIGHTS / 08 DAYS)

Day 01
Arrive Srinagar by air and and drive direct to Pahalgam. A distance of about 110 kms will be covered in about 3 hrs. On arrival in Pahalgam transfer to hotel for overnight stay.

Indore : Upon arrival at Indore Airport / Railway Station. You will be transferred & check in at the hotel.

Indore:
Indore, largest city of Madhya Pradesh, is situated on the banks of the River Khan and Saraswati. Indore derived its name from the deity itself. Indore is known for its architectural splendor. Rani Ahilya Bai Holkar was a great architectural patron & spent a lot of money on the construction of many temples across the nation. Indore is well connected by road, rail and air. Indore is the most developed city of Madhya Pradesh. Due to its location on the southern edge of the Malwa plateau, it makes an excellent tourist destination. In the afternoon, proceed for City Tour of Indore visiting:

Rajwada:
Rajwada is the historical palace of the Holkars, built about two centuries ago. It is located just near the Chhatris in the main square. It is a seven storied structure, which stands in the centre of the city. It is a traditional blend of Maratha, Mughal & French Style of architecture. This Historic Palace was burnt 3 times in the past & was finally converted into a garden. In the year 2006, Maharani of Indore, H. H. Usha Devi Holkar, ordered the reconstruction of this palace in the same old style. Today the palace is used for holding art exhibitions & classical music concerts.

Kanch Mandir:
As the name suggest, the Kanchi Mandir is a temple which is entirely made of glass & mirrors. It is also called as the Seth Hukumchand Temple, as it was built by Sir Hukumchand Seth Jain from Jaipur, truly known as the Cotton King in the early 20th Century. It is primarily a Jain temple. The walls, floor, pillars ceiling, doors are entirely adorned with glass. This temple is located in close proximity to the Rajwada. It is decorated with thousands of mirrors of ceramic tiles. The most interesting thing in the temple is the delicately crafted Chinese lantern type glass lamps & the cut glass Chandeliers.The temple boast more than 50 murals depicting Jain Stories. The Kanch Mandir is a unique monument from rest of the monuments in the country.

Bada Ganpati:
The Bada Ganapati , as the name suggest is a massive temple idol of Ganapati. It is one of the biggest temple idols in the world & probably the world’s largest idol of the deity, measuring 25 feet from crown to foot. It was built in the year 1875, during the reign of Rani Ahilya Bai Holkar. The idol is made out of varied combinations like bricks, lime stone, masala made of Gud, methi dana, soil collected from seven moksha puris: Ayodhya, Mathura, Maya, Kashi, Kanchi, Avantika, and Dwaraka, mud from stables of horse, elephant and cow, the powder of Pancharatna : heera, panna, moti, manek and pukhraj (diamond, emerald, pearl, ruby and topaz) and the holy water from all major places of pilgrimage. The metalic frame is of gold, silver, copper, brass and iron. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 02
Indore to Maheshwar enroute Mandu (81 Kms / 1 ½ Hr)
After breakfast, depart by road for Mandu.

Mandu:
Mandu is also known as Mandavgarh. It was originally founded in the 10th century by the Parmar rulers, who made it their fort capital. Later it was conquered by the Delhi Sultans, who named it as Shadiabad, meaning “City Of Joy”. Mandu is famous for its amazing Fort. The fort is 82 Kms in perimeter & is considered to be the largest in India. It contains the ruins of Palaces, canals, baths, pavilions etc. Mandu has over 40 monuments which are divided into 3 main categories: The Central Village Group, The Royal Enclave Group & The Rewa Kund Group. The city is also famous for the legendary romantic tale of Rani Roopmati and Baz Bahadur. Proceed for City Tour of Mandu visiting:

The Darwazas:
The wall encompassing Mandu has 12 major gates or darwazas. The 45 km parapets of walls that encircle Mandu are punctuated by 12 gateways. The main entrance to the fortress city is called Delhi Darwaza, for which the approach is through a series of gateways well fortified with walled enclosures. The fortress city strengthened by bastions such as the Alamgir and Bhangi Darwaza, through which the present road passes. Rampal Darwaza, Jahangir Gate and Tarapur Gate are some of the other main gateways.

The Royal Enclave – Jahaz Mahal:
Jahaz Mahal or the Ship Palace was believed to be constructed in the 15th Century during the reign of Mahmud Shah I Khalji who ruled from the year 1436 to 1469. But, it is also said that the palace is commissioned by Ghiyas al-Din after succeeding his father. This palace resembles a ship which was built between two beautiful lakes, Kapur Talao to the east & Munj Talao to the west, to make it look like floating ship. It stands on the terraces of the adjoining Taweli Mahal. It is a royal pleasure to watch this boat floating on the lake on a moonlit night. Jahaz Mahal is a double storied, rectangular structure with 3 feet (0.86 meters) thick wall. There are numerous fountains and cascades built in the Jahaz Mahal which makes the palace more beautiful.

Hindola Mahal:
Hindola Mahal, literally means a "Swinging Palace" a name given due to its sloping side walls. It is a large meeting hall or durbar in Mandu city. The Hindola Mahal might have been built during the reign of Hoshang Shah about 1425 C.E. but may date to the end of the 15th century during the reign of Ghiyas al-Din. The Architecture of Hindola Mahal is unique with innovative construction and superb technique which invites thousands of tourists every year. It was constructed with sand stone with beautifully carved columns. The Hindola Mahal represents the architectural style of the Malwa period i.e. simplicity, uniqueness, and well-proportioned. The Hindola Mahal explores its architectural simplicity with minimal ornamentation and stands out boldly through massive inclined slopes. These elements make the Hindola Mahal a unique example of the Malwa style. In addition, the pointed arches on the building’s interior show how Malwa architecture was inspired by the Delhi styles.

Hoshang Shah’s Tomb:
The ancient hill fort of Mandu, dates back to AD 555. It is situated only 35 km away from the district headquarters, Dhar. The rock cut caves, namely, Lohani and Sat Kothari, are the earliest and rarer type of architecture amongst the over 60 structural monuments. The important ones are located in three groups, known as,1) Royal Complex 2) Hoshangh Shahs Tomb 3) Roopmati’s Pavilion. The monuments that the visitor must see in this Hoshang Shah Tomb area are:

1) Hoshangs Tomb, a mausoleum built entirely of marble, is the first marble structure of India. The Architecture of Hoshang Shah s Tomb bears complex marble lattice work, a well defined dome, and courts with massive porticos and big towers with overall rectangular shape. The marble construction was done in honor of Hoshang Shah who has significant position in the history of India. The building is the wonderful example of Afghan art and architecture.

2) Dharmashala within the Compound of Hoshang’s Tomb is situated to the west of Hoshang’s Shah’s tomb and annexed to it is a Dharamshala.

Jami Masjid:
Jami Masjid is located on the plateau of the Mandu and hold a prosperous history of the place and of the Islam in the by gone days. The Masjid was built by the rulers of Ghauri dynasty. The intricate marble work and its huge size will definitely give you the scope to unveil the mysterious past.The mosque remains quiet and tranquil as the mosque is not a historical monument only. The mosque was once a place for thousands of worshipers is now nothing but bears the history. The gigantic area depicts the capacity of accommodating an ample amount of worshipers. There are small chambers which were used for various reasons. The domes that are place are the trademark of Afghan architecture. There are two main entrances that invites tourist to explore the wonderful creation which stands high in prestige and honor of Ghauri dynasty.Apart from that there is a grand reservoir named Rewa Kund; the tank is well known for its holiness and for its piousness. You can also visit Dai Ka Mahal.

Roopmati Pavillion:
Roopmati Pavalion is located on the lofty hill to the south beyond the palace of Baz Bahadur stands. A closer examination of the building shows that it had under gone different phases of construction in different periods spread over 15th to 17th centuries AD. The original structure, as will be clearly seen from the east, consisted of a low but massive hall with two rooms at both ends. The walls have a sharp slope towards the base and the arches are rather heavy in proportion to their spans. The parapet above the walls also belonged to the original structure. This part of the building without the pavilions above thus belongs to the earliest stage and seems to have been built originally for maintaining an effective military watch over any possible enemy movement on this side of the fort, which falls down here abruptly to a depth of 365.8 m towards the distinctly visible Nimar plains below.The remaining part of the building was built along the western side of the plinth of the original block on the slope of the hill, so as to form a basement which has two prolonged projections, in the form of corridors, one going towards the west and the other, in the opposite direction, along the northern side of the block, towards the east. The corridors in the basement have a number of arched openings across their width to support the celings. The western projection contains a large cistern in which rain water was collected during the monsoon through a channel running from the roof to the reservoir below.

Rewa Kund Group:
The Rewa Kund is an artificial lake built by Baz Bahadur. It was equipped with a conduit to supply water to Rani Roopmati s palace. Today the site is known as a holy spot. The Rewa Kund is lined with masonry (stonework) from which steps go down to the water level. Above its north-western angle are some big rooms with arched openings looking like part of the pleasure resorts facing crystal waters of the tank. The variety in their pillars and arches suggests additional works that has been carried out here during different period of times. At the Northern end of the Kund was a water-lift to supply water to the nearby palace of Baz Bahadur. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 03
Maheshwar to Ujjain Enroute Omkareshwar & Mamleshwar (113 Kms / 2 ½ Hrs)
Breakfast at the hotel.

Maheshwar:
Is the glorious city located on the River Narmada, which reveals the epics of Ramayana & Mahabharata. This temple town holds ancient position of importance by the Queen Rani Ahilyabai Holkar of Indore. Maheshwar has been a centre of handloom weaving since the 5th century. Maheshwar is the home of one of India's finest hand loom fabric traditions. Maheshwar is noted as a centre for weaving colourful Maheshwari saris. These cotton sarees are weaved with distinctive designs involving stripes, checks and floral borders. The hand looms also make fabric material used for making kurtas and other clothings. After breakfast, proceed for excursion to:

Omkareshwar Temple:
Omkareshwar is a holy town. It is considered as one of the holiest Hindu pilgrimage sites in the nation. It is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas in India. It derives its name from the sacred Hindu symbol of Om. It is an island, shaped like Om, on the confluence of the rivers Narmada & Kaveri. A boat ride in Narmada River around the island of Omkareshwar is quite enjoyable. Omkareshwar draws hundreds of pilgrims every year from various parts of the nation.

Mamleshwar Temple (Jyotirlinga):
Mamaleshwar is one of the 12 Jyotitlingas, located on the opposite bank of Narmada Rivr to Omkareshwar Temple. Although Omkareshwar was famous temple, Mamaleshwar is the actual Jyotirling. Mamaleshwar temple is a very old temple. After taking a holy dip in Narmada river, One has to climb some steps up to reach this temple. Later in the afternoon, depart by road for Ujjain

Ujjain:
Ujjain is a historical city of Central India, situated in the Malwa region of Madhya Pradesh. Ujjain comes from Ujjainee in ancient times. It is situated on the Banks of the River Shipra. According to Hindu scriptures it was initially called Avantika. Ujjain is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas in India, is one of the seven blessed cities(Sapta Puri) of the Hindus, and the Kumbh Mela sacred festival is held there every 12 years. Since ages Ujjain has been a centre of religocultural activities of not only the nation but also of the whole world. Since ancient times the basic reference of Hindu panchang time, namely the prime meridian passes through Ujjain. For this reason it was an important referral point on the earth for the ancient astronomers. According to Mahabharata and other Puranas (Skand purana) the Ujjain city came into existence some 3000 yrs. ago. The archaeological evidence also supports this view.
Ujjain was on the trade route joining the north and the south, the east and the west and hence trade and commerce of this area was highly developed, Coins of different regions in the country have been found in and around Ujjain which proves that the traders and pilgrims from all over the world used to visit this ancient holy city situated on the bank of the pious river Shipra ruled by Mahakala the deity of the deities. There are some landmarks in Ujjain that can find place in the world map of tourism and attract thousands of piligrims and tourisits from all over the world every year. Ujjain has been thriving on pilgrims and tourists since ages and it is likely to be so. in future too. The following is a brief note containing information on the cultural and historical monuments of Ujjain. It throws light on the existing infrastructure available in the town and also covers the new proposals that would enable the township to meet the future need of the growing tourism in this holy heritage city. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 04
Early morning visit:

Mahakaleshwar Temple to witness “Bhasm Aartl”:
Mahakala of Ujjain is known among the twelve celebrated Jyotirlingas in India. The glory of Mahakaleshwar temple has been vividly described in varoius puranas. The tradition of Mahakala in minds of the people is eternal Ujjain used to be centre point of the calculation of the Indian time and Mahaklala was considered as the distinctive presiding deity of Ujjain. The presiding deity of time, Shiva, in all his splendour, reigns eternal in Ujjain. One of the 12 Jyotirlingas in India, the lingam at the Mahakal is believed to be swayambhu (born of itself), deriving currents of power (Shakti) from within itself as against the other images and lingams which are ritually established and invested with mantra-shakti.
The idol of Mahakaleshwar is known to be dakshinamurti, facing the South. This is a unique feature, upheld by tantric tradition to be found only in Mahakaleshwar among the 12 jyotirlingas. The idol of Omkareshwar Shiva is consecrated in the sanctum above the Mahakal shrine. The images of Ganesh, Parvati and Karttikeya are installed in the west, north and east of the sanctum sanctorum. To the south is the image of Nandi. The idol of Nagchandreshwar on the third storey is open for darshan only on the day of Nagpanchami. On the day of Mahashivaratri, a huge fair is held near the temple, and worship goes on through the night.The Mahakaleshwar temple at Ujjain is located near a lake; it has five levels, one of which is underground.The temple itself is located in a spacious courtyard surrounded by massive walls. The shikhara is adorned with sculptural finery. Brass lamps light the way to the underground sanctum. It is believed that prasada offered here to the deity can be re-offered unlike all other shrines. Return back to the hotel for Breakfast. Later proceed for Half Day City Tour of Ujjain visiting:

The Vedha Shala (Obervatory):
The observatory was constructed by Maharaja Sawai Raja Jaisingh of Jaipur in the year 1719, when he was in Ujjain as the Governor of Malva under the reign of King Muhammed Shah of Delhi. He was not only a brave fighter & a politician, but was also a exceptional scholar. He constructed observaries in Ujjain, Jaipur, Delhi, Mathura & Varanasi in India by permission of King Muhammed Shah. He set up new instruments in these observatories employing his skills. He made several changes in the main Astro – mathematical instruments by observing the activities of planets himself for eight years in Ujjain.

Navagraha Mandir (Triveni):
A unique temple dedicated to the Planets of Our Solar system, Navgraha Mandir in Ujjain indicates that the planets need to be propitiated to avoid a negative influence. In India, Astronomy and Astrology adorned a pivotal role in the life of people of ancient times and the popular belief is that each planet exercises an influence on the lives of people. Present temple of Navagraha the nine planet on the Triveni ghat of Shipra is a prominent cemtre of attraction for the pilgrims. There ia a confluence of Khan river near Triveni ghat on the Shipra. The river is called Banaganga at nearby Indore. Some people named this river as Tungabhadra. Mythological sanctity of the invisible river saraswati associated with the story of Triveni Sangam is attributed to this place also. Large crowds throng the Navagraha temple on the new moon falling on Saturdays. Religious importance of this contemporary life although there is hardly any reference to this place in the ancient texts. Navagraha Mandir is located away from the old site of Ujjain Town.

Gopal Mandir:
Dwarkadhish Gopal Mandir at Ujjain is dedicated to Lord Krishna in blue form. Lord Krishna is the lover of milkmaids, the celestial herdsman and the great incarnation of Preserver of the Universe-God Vishnu. Gopal Temple in Ujjain presents a classic example of Maratha architecture. Built in the 19th century (about 250 year ago) Maharaja Daulat Rao Scindia’s Queen, Maharani Late Baijabai Sindhia (or Bayajibai Shinde), this huge temple is placed in the middle of a big market. Its strategic position in the heart of the city attributes the popularity of the temple. This temple is a marble-spired structure and the deity’s two feet tall statue is placed on a marble-inlaid altar with silver-plated doors. The door in the inner sanctum is the same door, which had been carried away by Ghazni from the Somnath temple. Mahadji Scindia recovered the door and now it has been installed in this temple.
The term 'Dwarkadhish' refers to Lord Krishna, who is regarded as the "Lord of Dwarka". As Dwarka is derived from 'Dwar', a door, and in ancient times its flourishing port was considered to be the gateway to the main land. As 'Ka' means 'Brahma' meaning, gateway to Moksha. It is called Dwarkamati and Dwarkavati. Being adopted home and capital of Shri Krishna after he gave up Mathura. It is held in such a high esteem as a place of Hindu pilgrimage that it is considered to be one of the four principal holy places of chardham, it is also known as Mokhsapuri.). Dwarkadhish statue is seated in this Mandir. It is also known Dwarkadish Gopal. It is a beautiful example of Maratha architecture. Mandirs open space and circular pathway is attractive and big. The steeple structure in Marble proves the fantabulous example of the architecture of Maratha. There is an outstanding statue of God Krishna in silver form with the height of 2 feet (half metre). The idol of God Krishna is placed on a marble-inlaid altar with the silver-plated doors. The Entrance of this Mandir is so much beautiful and it has jewels embedded in it.

Chintaman Ganesh:
Built around 11th century, this Ganesh stone temple is located in the middle of the market. The temple is built across the Shipra on the Fatehabad railway line.A marvelous shrine in white, the deity in this temple is believed to be Swayamabhu. The temple displays finely-carved stone pillars in the assembly hall which proves its age-old inviolability. Believed to be the hinderer of all obstacles, Lord Ganesh is the first to be worshipped God in the Hindu pantheon. The deity who is flanked by his consorts, Ridhhi and Siddhi on either side, imposes a feeling of peace and tranquility to the devotee. Devotees crammed to this holy place because the deity here is conventionally known as Chintaharan Ganesh meaning "the redeemer from worldly anxieties". The Ganesh idolenshrined here is supposed to be swayambhu - born of itself. The temple itself is believed to be of considerable antiquity. Riddhi and Siddhi, the consorts of Ganesha, are seated on either side of Ganesha. The artistically carved pillars in the assembly hall date back to the Parmar period. Worshippers throng to this temple because the deity here is traditionally known as Chintaharan Ganesh meaning "the assurer of freedom from worldly anxieties". Depart by road for Bhopal. Enroute visit Sanchi:

Sanchi:
Sanchi is famous in the world for stupas, monolithic Asokan pillar, temples, monasteries and sculptural wealth. Sanchi, variously known as Kakanaya, Kakanava, Kakanadabota and Bota-Sriparvata in ancient times, has a singular distinction of having remarkable specimen of Buddhist art and architecture right from the early Mauryan period (c. third century BC to twelfth century AD). It was Emperor Asoka who laid the foundations of a religious centre at Sanchi fascinated probably by the location of the hill or because of his Queen Devi, who was the daughter of a merchant of Vidisha. He erected the Great Stupa (Stupa 1) here after redistribution of mortal remains of Lord Buddha for erecting several stupas all over the country in order to spread Buddhism. This stupa was originally a low structure of brick, half the diameter of the present edifice hemispherical in shape with raised terraces at the base. It was enclosed by a wooden railing and a stone umbrella at the top. This Great Stupa served as a nucleus to the large Buddhist establishment during the later period.
During Sunga times, several edifices were raised at Sanchi and its surrounding hills. The Asokan stupa was enlarged and faced with stones and decorated with balustrades, staircases and a harmika on the top. The Great Stupa of Sanchi displays an austere grandeur and the exquisite carvings of the doorway depict in detail the significant episodes and miracles from Lord Buddha’s life and events depicted in the Buddhist Jataka stories. The reconstruction of Temple 40 and erection of Stupas 2 and 3 also seem to date back around the same time. From the 2nd to 4th century AD Sanchi and Vidisha came under the Kushanas and Kshatrapas and subsequently passed on to the hands of the Guptas. During the Gupta period some temples were also built and sculptures were added displaying the classical grace and simplicity of the era. Further, statues of Lord Buddha seated in the canopies facing the four entrances of the Great Stupa were also added. Sanchi too flourished during the 7th – 12th centuries A.D. when shrines and monasteries were continued to be added. Thus Sanchi displays harmonious co-existence of Hindu and Buddhist faiths. Since the 14th century, Sanchi remained deserted and uncared untill 1818 when General Taylor rediscovered the site. Sir John Marshall established an archaeological museum in 1919, which was later transformed into the present site museum at Sanchi. Presently under an UNESCO project Sanchi and Satdhara, a Buddhist site, 10 km south-east of Sanchi, is being further excavated, conserved and environmentally developed.

Day 05:
Ujjain to Panchmarhi Enroute Bhimbetka Caves (284 Kms / 6 ½ Hrs)
After Breakfast, depart by road for Panchmarhi enroute visiting Bhimbetka caves.

Panchmarhi:
A saucer shaped hill resort; Pachmarhi is often called as the queen of Satpura Ranges. Pachmarhi offers a variety of attractions ranging from ancient caves to beautiful monuments. This place was discovered by officer of the British reign, Captain James Forsyth in the year 1862. Pachmarhi became a hill station & sanatorium for British troops in the Central Provinces of India.

Bhimketka Caves:
Bhimbetka Caves is located 46 Kms from Bhopal. It is the largest treasure house of prehistoric art in the country. Dr. V. S. Wakankar, of the most renowned of Indian archeologists, discovered these caves. These caves were noticed by him, while on his way to Nagpur in 1958. The word “Bhimbetka”, derived from “Bhim Baitka”, mythological connection. These caves are named after “Bhima”, one of the five Pandavas of Mahabharata. There are more than 600 caves in number. Bhimbetka is announced as the World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The Bhimbetka shelters exhibit the earliest traces of human life in India and deliver traces of dance from prehistoric times. A number of analyses suggest that at least some of these shelters were inhabited by hominids like homo erectus more than 100,000 years ago. Some of the Stone Age rock paintings found among the Bhimbetka rock shelters are approximately 30,000 years old (Paleolithic Age). The entire area is covered by thick vegetation, has abundant natural resources in its perennial water supplies, natural shelters, rich forest flora and fauna. Bhimbetka was first mentioned in Indian archeological records in 1888 as a Buddhist site, based on information gathered from local adivasis.
The rock shelters and caves of Bhimbetka have a number of interesting paintings which depict the lives and times of the people who lived in the caves, including scenes of childbirth, communal dancing and drinking, and religious rites and burials, as well as the natural environment around them. The oldest of all the paintings dates back to around 12,000 years back, while the most recent once is around 1000 years old. Out of the many caves in Bhimbetka, only 12 caves are open for visitors. In the afternoon, proceed for Panchmarhi. Upon arrival, Check in at the hotel Overnight at the hotel.

Day 06:
Panchmarhi
Breakfast at the hotel. Proceed for City Tour of Panchmarhi visiting

Handi Khoh:
About 4 kms. away from Pachmarhi, it is a deep valley. It inspires wonder and beauty together while presenting Natures scenery. Pachmarhi's most impressive narrow valley has a 300 feet high cliff and dramatically steep sides. Handi Khoh is endowed with marvelous scenery. The clinging rock face of this gulch is a haven of large beehives. Bounded by a deep woody forest, this lovely place is closely associated with Lord Shiva. The popular belief is that Handi Khoh was a lake earlier. An evil snake, which actually was a demon, was guarding the lake. Lord Shiva killed the snake and the fury of the divine battle dried up the water in the lake and the empty space assumed the shape of a handi (pot). The locals used to call it Andhi Kho that later took its present name. A magnificient ravine, Handi Khoh is a recommended place for those who love to be in a lonely place, where one could hear only the buzz of gushing water.

Jata Shankar Caves:
A holy place of Shaivite tradition, Jata Shankar in Panchmarhi is a natural Cavern which houses a natural Shivalingam under the shadow of massive rock. The stone formation in the cave resembles the hundred headed divine snake Seshnag. Jata Shankar cave is the place where Lord Shiva supposed to have concealed himself from Bhasmasur. It is from the loose boulders of this cave that the Jambu Dwip stream originates. The loose rocks of this sacred cave looks like the matted hair of Lord Shiva, hence this place is renowned as Jata Shankar. A gigantic rock lynching perilously between the wobbly walls of the cave is an unforgettable scene. This marvelous place is a feast for devotees as well as picnickers.

Pandava Caves:
Located on a small hillock, Pandava caves in Panchmarhi are believed to have been a shelter point of the Pandavas during their period of exile. Now a protected monument, Pandav caves have been carved out of a low hummock. These five caves also became a refuge to Buddhist monks in 1st century. Among the five caves, 'Draupadi Kuti' is the cleanest and most airy, and the dark one is called as the 'Bhim Kothari'. Though the archaeologist are of the view that these caves must have been constructed by Buddhist monks during the Gupta period, but the legend that the Pandavas had lived here has the popular appeal.

Apsara Vihar (Fairy Pool):
A natural bathing pool formed by a tiny waterfall, Apsara Vihar in Pachmarhi is located near the Pandav Caves. Though near the fall the pool is deeper, at the end it is shallow and this particular feature makes it a favourite picnic spot of tourists. The pool is easily accessible and an ideal place for safe swimming and diving. This pool is also known as 'Fairy Pool'. There is an interesting story. During the British reign, the English ladies used to come here for a good bathe and the locals used to peep through from the nearby bushes. Since the ladies are of white colour, the locals thought them to be fairy queens or apsaras and hence the name Apsara Vihar or Fairy Pool. Apsara Vihar is a lovely little shallow bathing pool and it is a recommended place for families with children.

Bee Falls (Jamuna Prapat):
A spectacular fall in the stream, which provides drinking water to Pachmarhi, Bee Falls presents a picturesque look. One of the most beautiful waterfalls of Pachmarhi, this charming water stream, which is also called as Jamuna Prapat, flows and jumps into the valley and makes a buzzing sound. This magnificient cascade fills ever-lasting memories when one stays under its cold, fresh and pure water. Adventure buffs can enjoy a challenging walk over the rocks and stones from Apsara Vihar to the bathing pools at the top of Rajat Prapat through Jamuna Prapat. Other interesting attraction of this magnificient waterfall is the bathing pools that lie above the falls. This spectacular fall offers a wonderful holidaying in a solitary ambience.

Chauragrah Peak:
Situated at an altitude of 1326 m, Chauragarh Peak presents beautiful scenes of dense forest, valleys and hills. Chauragarh is one of the famous pilgrim centers in Pachmarhi. On the top of the hill is situated a holy shrine of lord Mahadev. To reach the top of the summit, one has to climb 1250 steps. On the day of Maha Shivratri, which depicts the holy matrimony of Lord Shiva with Parvathi, this temple will be full of devotees. People attending this festival carry trishuls with them as a mark of respect to Lord Mahadev. After a strenuous journey, one can relax at the Dharmasala by watching the beautiful landscape and the pretty surroundings.

Duchess Falls:
One among the beautiful cascades in Pachmarhi, Duchess Falls lies in the lap of the majestic Satpura range. The gorgeous waterfalls stumble down in three different cascades and a strenuous trek of 4 km is required to reach at the base of the first cataract. The awe inspiring Duchess Falls feverishly crashes down over hundred meters creating a raucous roar. The surrounding area of the waterfalls provides a number of clear puddles where swimming is quite safe and enjoyable.

Mahadeo Hill:
Sandstone hills situated in the northern part of the Satpura Range at an altitude of 1363 m, Mahadeo hill in southern Madhya Pradesh is famous for the ancient shrine of Lord Shiva. This holy shrine holds an imposing idol of Lord Shiva and a fabulous Shivalingam. A hill with deep gorges and steep, Mahadeo hill is regarded as a holy place over centuries. A cave on the eastern portion of this majestic hill presents beautiful cave paintings. Inside the cave is located a holy pond, where the devotees take a religious dip. The serene premises of this holy shrine is crowded with millions of devotees on Mahashivaratri day. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 07:
Panchmarhi to Jabalpur
Breakfast at the hotel. Depart by road for Jabalpur.

Jabalpur:
Jabalpur is fast rising as a tourist destination, with various sightseeing options and places of interest. Narmada River flows through Jabalpur city. Jabalpur has lot many excursion places like Bhedaghat, Bargi Dam Water Sports, Ramnagar Fort Madla, Rock Paintings of Katni, Amarkantak Hills, Pench National Park, etc. Upon arrival, Check in at the hotel. In the evening visit:

Bhedaghat:
Bhedaghat is a small village about 25 kms from Jabalpur. It is a popular tourist spot close to Jabalpur. Here holy Narmada river passes through Marble rocks which offers chance to enjoy boating view the natural beauty of natural rock formations. Here mainly 3 spots are to be visited: Dhuandhar waterfall, Chousat Yogini Temple and Bhedaghat. They all are within radius of 3 kms and can easily be visited by tourists in a single trip. Whole are is part of Narmada valley which is rich in fossils. There are number of ghats in this region where scientists have found egg-shells of Dinosaurs. Bhedaghat is a must see & important tourist attraction in Jabalpur.

Dhaundhar Waterfalls:
The Dhuandhar Falls is located on Narmada River in Bhedaghat and are 10m high. River Narmada, making its way through the world-famous Marble Rocks, narrows down and then plunges in a waterfall known as Dhuandhaar. The plunge, which creates a bouncing mass of mist, is so powerful that its roar is heard from a far distance. The word Dhuandhar is derived from two Hindi words - Dhuan -(smoke) +Dhar (to own) meaning a waterfall which owns smoke (this smoke is formed by water vapours or the smoke cascade).

Marble Rocks:
The Marble Rocks is an area along a river in central India near . The river has carved the soft marble, creating a beautiful gorge of about 3 km in length. They are a popular Indian tourist destination. The local marble is mined and carved into various figures and transported all over India. The Marble Rocks are a gorge along part of the Narmada River’s 1,077 km path through Madhya Pradesh. The white marbles are predominantly rich in magnesium and are closer in hardness to soap stone. This softness allows them to be carved easily using just a scalpel. The area is also rich in blue and brown colored marble.
The area has many tourist activities. There is a cable car to take visitors across the gorge, row boats for guided tours of the river downstream of the falls, and many small shops filled with crafts made from the local materials.

Chaunsat Yogini Temple:
Chaunsat Yogini Temple is located near the famous Marble Rocks in Jabalpur & it is dedicated to Mother Goddess in the form of “Chausat Yogini” shrines & it dates back to 8th to 12th Century A.D. In the darkness along the gushing course of the Narmada River, a top a hill in the silence of the moonless night a lamp is lit. The fire of the lamp lights up the faces of 64 Yoginis within the walls of this great temple of Goddess. Chausath Yogini temple complex is an open sky circular courtyard atop a hill. It is dedicated to Goddess Durga. Right in circular fashion is a row of idols of attendants of Goddess Durga called Yoginis. Lord Shiva temple is in the center. The lawa stone idols were plundered and disfigured by Moghul invaders.
Chausath Yogini temple complex are ruins of ancient dynasties that ruled Jabalpur. The temple in the center dedicated to Lord Shiva and his consort Goddess Parvati was built by the Kalchuri dynasty in the 10th century AD. The idols of Yoginis are exquisitely carved and exhibit marvelous iconography in spite of being disfigured by the Moghul invaders. There are in total sixty four statues, but most of them have been plundered.
About hundred and fifty steps lead to the complex which dates back to 1000 AD. The courtyard offers panoramic view of the Gorge at River Narmada and the surrounding landscape. The Gond Rulers of Central India were regular visitors to the complex during their rule. An inscription commemorating the visit of Gond Queen Durgavati can be seen in the sanctorum. A short distance from Marble Rocks, one can easily visit and observe the marvelous complex while on tour. Most of the visitors to Marble Rocks and Dhuandhar Falls visit the Chausath Yogini Temple. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 08:
Jabalpur
After Breakfast, transfer to Railway Station / Airport for onward journey.
Bhimbetka Caves
Chausat Yogini Temple
Royal Enclave Jahaz Mahal
Sanchi Stupa
Maheshwar Narmada
Darwazas Mandu
Gopal Mandir
Hindola Mahal
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Indore Rajwada
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Pandav Caves
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