Steeped in heritage, history and culture, this is a popular tour to India to step back in time and adventure through the historical heart of India. Here your journey will zigzag across a vast Indian region which has witnessed all the major influences that have borne fruit in India’s diverse culture possessing great unspoilt tracts, one of India’s best cultural triangle, the largest concentration of India’s tribal people. Rock paintings at Bhimbetka can be dated back to Stone Age and approximately 30,000 years. Bhopal is famous for its lakes and Sanchi for its UNESCO world heritage site known to preserve stupas from 3rd century BC, Ujjain for famous Jain temples, Dhar and Amla for its grand palace, Maheshwara for its temple and Indore for metropolitan culture. Yet for all that, it remains off the beaten track. All the more reason we think you’ll agree to explore it as you stay in some of the finest Heritage & Palace hotels of the region.
About TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS
The company with over 28 yrs old experienced team is committed to bringing the best in both quality and value to small group journeys, private car guided tours and tailor-made tours to India, Nepal and Sri Lanka.
Being a leading travel wholesaler we introduce travellers to the amazing culture and offer tours at unbeatable prices and with unparalleled comfort. For your protections TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS is approved Destination Management Company by Ministry of tourism Govt of India and member of IATA, AFTA, TCF, ATAC, IATO and PATA to name few. We are proud to say that our team is very experienced with in-depth knowledge of destination. Our reputation is built on providing world class service with real personal touches that make a difference to your holiday. We understand the importance of giving attention to even the smallest of details and care about the countries to which we take you and make sure that we have a positive effect on the environment. Respect for locals and their way of life is an essential part of travelling with TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS.
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Palace trail of Central India - 09 Days/08 Nights (Private Car Tour)
Day 01: Arrive Bhopal
Meet and assistance by TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS Tour Executive and transfer to the hotel for three nights stay at Bhopal.
Day 02: Sanchi Excursion
After breakfast proceed for half day excursion to UNESCO heritage site Sanchi known for its stupas, monasteries, temples and pillars dating back from the 3rd Century BC to 12 Century AD. Afternoon return back to Bhopal and enjoy city sightseeing tour and visit the famous Moti Masjid, Lakshmi Narayan Temple situated to the south of the Lower Lake, Tribal museum. (B,D)
Day 03: Bhimbhetka & Bhojpur
Today enjoy full day excursion tour to UNESCO recognized heritage site of Rock Shelters of Bhimbhetka, the site of south Asia's richest collection of prehistoric cave paintings and uncompleted 11th Century old Bhojeshwar temple. (B,D)
Day 04: Bhopal – Fort Amla
Today travel east of Bhopal to Fort Amla, en-route visiting temples of Ujjain. Ujjain is one of the seven holy city situated on banks of Shipra. The Fort has now opened a section for guests, giving them an opportunity to live the grandeur and the history. The stillness of the life, it's charming simplicity is a contrasting reflection on the present day world. Stay overnight at Fort Amla. (B,D)
Day 05: Fort Amla – Dhar
Today explore this small town on your own the village surroundings to witness real innocent village people in their simple lifestyle. Afternoon travel to Dhar and stay for three nights in the historical Jhirabagh Palace. (B,D)
Day 06: Dhar
Today after leisurely breakfast explore the rich heritage of city of Dhar visiting the Fort thought to be built by Mohammad Bin Tughlag in 12th Century with addition of ramparts and gateways till 18th century. Tomb of warrior saint Shaykh Changal, Lal Masjid, Bhojshala and Kamal Maula Mosque. evening free to explore the town. (B,D)
Day 07: Mandu & Maheswar Excursion
Today enjoy an excursion to ancient city of Mandu, once known as the 'City of Joy', and noted for its fine Hindu and Muslim architecture. Visit Jahaz Mahal – The Royal Harem , situated between two lakes is an architectural marvel as it looks like a ship floating in the water, Hindola Mahal or the swing Palace, Baz Bahadur’s Palace. Continue your journey to Maheshwar. Visit the Maheshwari textile weavers; the shop next to the workshop is great for souvenirs. Evening enjoy boat ride at River Narmada before returning back to Dhar for overnight stay. (B,D)
Day 08: Dhar - Indore
Today travel to Indore another ancient city but now buzzing metropolis and the largest city of the state of Madhya Pradesh. Afternoon, visit 200 year old Rajwada palace, Mirror temple, Central Museum and the neo classical wonder Lal Bagh Palace. Stay overnight at Indore. (B,D)
Day 09: Indore Departure
Enjoy your leisurely breakfast and tour finishes with direct transfer to Indore airport were you board flight to Mumbai or Delhi to connect your onward flight. (B)
Being a seasoned traveller ourselves we have discovered the travelling time is unpredictable sometime you reach a destination so late that you are tired to go out for dinner or search for a proper dinning place around the vicinity of your hotel which may become a chore during your holiday, hence we have removed the hassle by including most of breakfast and dinners in all our brochure tour packages.
Pre & Post Tour Accommodation
Do some exploring before the trip begins or add couple of nights after the tour to relax before boarding your flight. We offer competitive rates in all destinations- book in conjunction with your main tour - ask TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS or your travel agent.
Add-On (Short Tour packages)
Make the most of your time away - after all, you have travelled all that way. Our Add-On can be used as short breaks in their own right or as pre/post tour additions. With all arrangements made for you they are the perfect way to discover more of your destinations - ask TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS or your travel agent.
Private Car Tours
Our private car tour is not about leaving you alone to explore destinations or country; it’s all about giving you to opportunity to choose your own dates and travel at your own pace and leisure in your own private car with a driver. Your itinerary will be private, personalised and flexible which can be chosen from our selections or customised according to your request. Your private local English speaking guide will escort you in each destination during sightseeing tour, and when you want to explore the town on your own; you are absolutely free to do so.
Our Group and Private Car tours have been designed to feature a selection of the destination’s highlights, but they may not meet all of your requirements. At TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS we are proud to offer expert tailor-made services that enable us to put together your perfect holiday. Perhaps you would like to vary the standard of accommodation or modes of transport. On the other hand, you may want to create an entirely individual itinerary that includes destinations and experiences not covered in the featured itineraries. Whatever your needs, we are happy to design a personalised itinerary and quote without obligation.
“The Holidays you dream are the holidays we pack”
What better way to spend quality time with your loved ones than to get away from the daily hectic schedule and escape to a place of sheer relaxation and comfort.
A perfect family holiday is like a Pandora’s Box of excitement, relaxation, fun, good times and wonderful memories that will be cherished for a life time. Let us tailor your every wish for that ideal family time together, a dream come true and an experience that will be passed down from generations.
This itinerary can be customised to create your family holiday.
What Makes Us Different?
Being your Local Travel Wholesaler and one of the True Destination Specialists our team in Australia, New Zealand, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan and Myanmar ensures that every itinerary is well balanced and filled with amazing cultural experiences, breathtaking scenery and historical sites. Most must see and must do’s are included giving you opportunity to witness sights, taste delicious cuisine, visit bazaar for souvenirs, meet and experience life of locals at the same time have some free time to explore town the way you like.
Whichever itinerary you select all are included complete travel and transfer by charted air-conditioned vehicles, local English speaking guide, sightseeing, entrance fee to the monuments and parks, safaris, boat ride, elephant or camel or horse ride, cultural shows at the theatre or hotel, domestic airfare in economy class, train fare in best available air-conditions class and not to mentioned the current govt taxes of the county. For more details of inclusions please refer to the inclusions column of the itinerary.
All prices shown are on per person basis on twin/double and apply when you share room with travel companion. For single traveller we do offer single room and price is available on request.
You don’t need to worry about currency fluctuations. Once we receive your full payment, your land tour price is guaranteed and protected against any increases.
100% Protected Holiday
We are a member of IATA, TCF, ATAC and AFTA which ensure that your holiday is 100% protected.
No Hidden Cost
We love transparency so the prices quoted by THO are almost all inclusive and help the traveller to budget their holidays accurately. All we ask you to do is relax and enjoy your holiday, knowing that all prepaid expenses have been included in your initial tour cost. For more details please refer to the tour inclusions.
Value for Money
Being a local Travel Wholesaler, our huge buying power help us pass the discounted rates to our clients. We also do FREE hotel upgrade at some destination as a gesture of appreciation to our valuable travellers. Apart from this our local team of experts add incredible value for your dollar.
Loyalty Rewarded 5% Off
Many of our clients choose to travel with us time and time again. As a valued client, we offer you a 5% discount off your second and onwards tour package. This offer applies only to the tour cost of your trip and conditions do apply. Speak to us for details when making your booking.
Multi Trip Discount 5% Off
If you have the time why not combine two or more of our tour and save? In any one holiday, we will discount your second and onwards trip by 5%. Tour package must be minimum 10 days or more from our brochure and discount applies on lowest price tour package. Discount does not apply to add-on pre & post accommodation, train journeys, flights and/or any small packages or services.
BIG SAVINGS when travelling with your friends and family
The advantage of a true specialist is their knowledge and confidence in assisting anyone who is not only keen to visit a destination but would also like to do things differently. Is there a special occasion? Do you want to experience a festival, lead a culinary adventure, organise a yoga and wellness group or cycle the off beaten tracks of India or Sri Lanka with people close to you? Or do you find parts of one of our tours appealing but want to alter dates or itineraries to better suit your groups’ needs?
Please contact us with your wish list and our team will be glad to tailor-make your special tour ensuring all possible activities and ideas are incorporated, making a unique group tour.
(Best suited discount will be offered and any discount can not be combined with any other discount or promotions)
24/7 Helpline and assistance by THO Local Offices
Apart from 24/7 helpline for emergency assistance; our guest relation manager will call you to make sure everything is going smoothly. Our 36 local network and associate office Manager will be there to assist you in every destination.
The tour packages are usually “Land Only” and do not include international flights. We therefore recommend that you contact us or your travel agent to book your flights well in advance of travel, when you can generally gain access to specials and discounted airfares. This will ensure you can travel on the days that suit you and your tour.
Travel insurance is compulsory on all of our journeys. Speak to us or your travel agent about comprehensive insurance to cover your travel arrangements. This must critically cover medical expenses in case of an emergency. Note that travel insurance automatically provided with credit cards generally does not provide adequate cover. Its your responsibility to ensure that you have appropriate and comprehensive travel insurance.
Our elderly travellers who are aged 70 years or more, or with a per-existing condition that affects their fitness to travel or any medical dietary requirement, must be advised at the time of booking. We recommend all travellers should visit their Doctor for these aforementioned purposes and/or to confirm that they are physically able to undertake the day-to-day requirements of the tour.
Type of Accommodation
As there is so much to see and do in India during the day therefore everyone deserves a good night sleep. We choose quality accommodation according to the category you are travelling in, based on providing a place of rest that offers not only comfort but also an authentic experience rather than staying in a hotel that could by anywhere in the world. Every hotel might be different according to location, amenities and services. While selecting hotel we consider great location, private bathroom facilities and air-conditioning to name few.
Comfort: 3 star hotels offering basic and clean private facilities.
Deluxe: 4 Star hotels, Palaces and Heritage properties offering above average to very good facilities.
Luxury: 5 star hotels, Palace and Heritage properties offering full range of facilities and exceptional services with unique feature.
The cities which do not have more choice of hotels, the best suitable category of hotel is provided.
It is also possible to take a combination of comfort, deluxe and luxury accommodation in one itinerary.
Nepal being adventure destination, choices of accommodation are limited hence basic 3* or best available hotel in the itinerary except at some location where 4* and 5* hotel options are offered.
In Bhutan itinerary basis 3* hotel accommodation is used unless requested.
Selecting Your Holiday Type
Most of our journeys are suited to those with normal fitness and mobility levels. To assist you in choosing a journey best for you we have graded our tours;
Easy Paced: These programs are set at a comfortable pace. Walking and climbing of stairs involved is generally in and around major tourist attractions though you may require walking from road till boat jetty while embarking or disembarking boats.
Moderate: These tours are not strenuous but you will require good amount of fitness as they may include days with long periods of walking or soft trekking, climbing of stairs, embarking and disembarking boats and where longer distances may be travelled by uneven roads.
Adventurous: These refer to programs where your physical fitness needs to be on highest level. Trekking, cycling, climbing, walking and more adventurous activities may be included.
Travelling In India
The key to travelling in India is patience! Distances can sometimes be vast, roads are often congested and rustic and time is not necessarily of the essence. With many different options of travel, each will bring with it a different perspective of this fascination country.
Our Small Group and Independent tours use a variety of transport options to get you from city to city. From Private car, deluxe charter coaches, to domestic airline and air-conditioned trains, you’ll be taken from hotel to hotel in comfort.
India has one of the largest rail networks in the world with over 60,000 kms of tract and 7,000 stations. Travelling by train in India can be an experience in itself and a wonderful way to get in touch with the locals.
Passport & Visas
India: Visa is required for all foreign nationals and you must obtain an Indian visa prior to leaving home as visa processing varies country to country. Passport must be valid for at least six months before you commence travel in India. Travel to Sikkim requires a special permit; application may be made when applying for a standard Indian visa at the local Indian High Commission.
As of 25 Sep 2013 nationals and passport holder of New Zealand, Singapore, Japan, Finland, Luxem Bourg, Philippines, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Indonesia and Myanmar can avail visa-on-arrival (VoA) facility upon disembarking at international airports Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Kochi and Trivandrum only. You will require to pay fee along with require documentation and is subject to verification and satisfaction of the Immigration. Please contact high commission of India for updated information.
Sri Lanka: Every tourist visiting Sri Lanka required visa prior to departure. Visa must be obtained atleast 01 months prior to arrival in Sri Lanka by visiting www.eta.gov.lk The Tourist visa is valid for stay within 30 days. Passport must be valid for at least six months before you commence travel to Sri Lanka. Fee will apply.
Nepal: Visa is required for all foreign nationalities and the best way to apply for visa is from the Royal Nepalese diplomatic missions in your home country. Tourist Visa also can be obtained on arrival. Passport must be valid for at least six months before you commence travel in Nepal. Fee will apply.
Bhutan: All foreign nationals require visa for Bhutan.
Visa can be arranged by TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS. To process this we require clear readable colour copy of passport (page containing passport no and face picture in JPEG or PDF format) and current colour passport photograph and at least 30 days prior to date of entry into Bhutan. Remaining validity of passport should be at least 6 months from the date of exit from Bhutan.
Tourism Council of Bhutan issues visa clearance letter closer to travelling date which we email or fax you or your local travel agent. Travellers are required to produce aforesaid visa clearance copy at the time of check-in for their flights while those entering Bhutan by surface via Phuentsholing or Samdrup Jonkhar, they are required to produce this Visa Clearance letter at the Immigration counter. Actual visa is stamped at passport on arrival in Bhutan.
Visa only service is not offered in Bhutan, you would have to book a service tour package from TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS that includes accommodation, guided tours, transfers etc
Myanmar: Visa is required for all nationalities.
Visa can be arranged by TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS. To process this we require international flight details, clear readable colour copy of passport (page containing passport no and face picture in JPEG or PDF format) and current colour passport photograph and at least 30 days prior to date of entry into Myanmar. Remaining validity of passport should be at least 6 months from the date of exit from Myanmar.
HOW TO BOOK
You can contact our associate travel agent, call our local office, email us or book online. Booking forms must be completed to ensure TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS has on file all the necessary information such as passport details, travel insurance policy details and emergency contacts etc. Travelers over the age of 65 and those with pre-existing medical conditions will also be required to provide a medical certificate to certify they are fit to travel. By booking through travel agent or online means you have read and agreed to the TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS booking conditions. For more detail please click here.
Team at TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS wishes you a wonderful holiday!!!
Day 1, Arrive/Bhopal
On arrival you will be welcomed by our Tour Executive at the airport lounge with TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS signboard. Transfer to hotel where you will receive a traditional welcome with Garland while hotel formalities are completed. Stay overnight in Bhopal.
Day2: Bhopal/Sanchi /Bhopal
After breakfast proceed for half day excursion to UNESCO heritage site Sanchi known for its stupas, monasteries, temples and pillars dating back from the 3rd Century BC to 12 Century AD. Sanchi situated 44 kms east is UNESCO heritage site. The site of Sanchi comprises a group of Buddhist monuments (monolithic pillars, palaces, temples and monasteries) all in different states of conservation most of which date back to the 2nd and 1st centuries B.C. It is the oldest Buddhist sanctuary in existence and was a major Buddhist centre in India until the 12th century A.D. Afternoon return back to the city doing city tour visiting the famous Moti Masjid. This beautiful mosque has some great carving on each piece of stone added. Muslims out here come everyday and pray with deep devotion. Continue visiting Lakshmi Narayan Temple situated to the south of the Lower Lake, the temple is devoted to Vishnu and his wife Laxmi it is also called the Birla Mandir. Before returning back to hotel visit the Tribal museum. Overnight Bhopal. (B,D)
After breakfast leave for full day excursion tour to Rock Shelters of Bhimbhetka the site of south Asia's richest collection of prehistoric cave paintings and Bhojpur. Rock Shelters of Bhimbhetka are UNESCO recognized heritage site prehistoric caves that preserve some fascinating paintings dating back to Palaeolithic times. On your way back to Bhopal you can check out the impressing Bhojeshwar temple (Shiva temple, Bhojpur) that began its construction in the 11th century but was never completed. It boasts of the largest Shiva-linga in India. Return back to hotel. Overnight stay at Bhopal. (B,D)
Day4: Bhopal/Ujjain/Fort Amla
After breakfast travel east of Bhopal, 200km to Fort Amla enroute visiting temples of Ujjain .Ujjain is one of the seven holy city situated on banks of Shipra. Ujjain is situated on the banks of the river Shipra, regarded since times immemorial as sacred. Continue your journey to Fort Amla.On arrival check into Fort Amla. Fort Amla. established by the descendents of Bappa Rawal, the Amla riyasat boasts of a proud heritage. The Fort is an architectural delight to behold with bold sweeping arches and long open terraces. With a peaceful atmosphere, it is a perfect getaway close enough to major towns (Indore- 120kms; Ratlam-45kms and Ujjain-45kms) to be easily accessible. The Fort has now opened a section for guests, giving them an opportunity to live the grandeur and the history. The stillness of the life, it's charming simplicity is a contrasting reflection on the present day 24/7 world. Overnight stay at Fort Amla. (B,D)
Day5: Fort Amla
Today the guests can go on walks exploring the village surrounding, the fort, and participate in the activities that thrill city slickers like milking cows, harvesting crops . Overnight at Fort Amla. (B,D)
Day6: Fort Amla/Dhar (150 kms)
Proceed to Dhar, once the princely state of Madhya Pradesh ruled by Puars, entitled to 15 gun salutes. It is picturesquely situated among lakes and trees surrounded by barren hills, and possess, besides its old ramparts, many interesting buildings, some of them containing records of cultural, historical and national importance. Arrive and check in at Jhirabagh Palace a 19th century Royal Palace built by the Puar Kings, it was one of the first buildings to come up in art Deco style in India. Arrive and check in at the hotel. Afternoon proceed to explore the rich heritage of city of Dhar visiting the Fort thought to be built by Mohammad Bin Tughlag in 12th Century with addition of ramparts and gateways till 18th century. Tomb of warrior saint Shaykh Changal, Lal Masjid, Bhojshala and Kamal Maula Mosque etc. Stay overnight at the hotel in Dhar. (B,D)
Day 7: Dhar – Mandu - Maheswar- -Dhar (approx distance 72 kms one way/ approx travel time 2 hrs one way)
The hill city of Mandu is just 33 km away (1 hr). You can explore here the ruins of the beautiful, ancient city of Mandu, once known as the 'City of Joy', and noted for its fine Hindu and Muslim architecture. Mandu is an ancient town and history suggests it began as a fortified town as early as 6th century BC. Mandu came in prominence in 10th century AD and under the various Muslim rulers developed as the Capital of Malwa Region. Morning proceed for an excursion of Mandu & Maheshwar. Jahaz Mahal – The Royal Harem , situated between two lakes is an architectural marvel as it looks like a ship floating in the water, Hindola Mahal or the swing Palace, Baz Bahadur’s Palace etc are some of the interesting sights at Mandu. Continue your journey to Maheshwar. Maheshwar was a glorious city at the dawn of Indian civilization when it was Mahishmati, capital of king Kartiviryarjun. This temple town on the banks of the river Narmada finds mention in the epics of Ramayana and Mahabharata. Revived to its ancient position of importance by the Holkar queen Rani Ahilyabai of Indore. Maheshwar's temples and mighty fort-complex stand in quiet beauty, mirrored in the river below. Today, Maheshwar is also known for its distinctive hand-woven sarees called Maheshwari. visit the Maheshwari textile weavers; the shop next to the workshop is great for souvenirs. Visit the Ghat of the city, named after the various dynasties are the other characteristic features that give Maheshwar a distinctive look. A true reflection of the rural India, these Ghats present a vivid picture of a perfect religious Indian city. Also visit the temple by the Ghats of Narmada River where the pilgrims and holy men spent hours in silent meditation. Evening enjoy boat ride at River Narmada before returning back to Dhar. Stay overnight at Dhar. (B,D)
Day8: Dhar /Indore (70 kms/1.5 hrs)
Morning drive to Indore – the largest city of the state of Madhya Pradesh.There are different theories explaining the origin of the city's name. According to the most popular theory, the present name of the city derives from its earlier name Indrapur in 1716, which was named after Lord Indra, the chief temple deity of Indreshwar temple in the city. The temple is said to have been constructed in 10th century by Parmar king Bhoj. During the Maratha reign, the city was renamed as "Indur" which is still used by local Marathi community. This name was eventually transliterated as "Indore" during the British rule in India. Arrive and check in at the hotel. Afternoon proceed for the sightseeing tour of the city's main landmark the 200 year old Rajwada palace. Take a tour of the mirror temple known for its beautiful interiors of multicolored glass mosaic, Central Museum of Indore which houses a magnificent album of terracotta, old coins, paintings, shields, armours etc and the neo classical wonder Lal Bagh palace. Overnight stay at Indore. (B,D)
After breakfast day is spent at leisure. Later in time transfer to airport to board domestic flight for onward journey. (B)
2014 - 2015
Make this your Family Tour - Child under 5 years old stays free.
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Grade: Easy Paced
Accommodation in hotel with private facility
Private air-condition vehicle with Chauffeur
Meals as specified (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Services of an English speaking guide at Bhopal, Indore, Ujjain, Omkareshwar and Maheshwar
Entry fee/Monument entrance charges
Arrival Departure Assistance
All current applicable taxes
Any international or domestic airfares
Train fares other than specified in the what's included section
Airport taxes, visa & passport fees
Extra baggage charges
Early check in or late check out
Meals other than specified in the what's included section
Tips & gratuities
Travel & medical insurance
Camera & video permits
Expenses incurred due to flight / train cancellation or delay
Any expense of a personal nature, like drinks, laundry, telephone calls, mini bar, postage etc
Any optional excursion or tour
Entry charges at monuments/forts etc
Any other expense not mentioned in the what's included section
Country Visited: India (Capital: New Delhi)
Overland travel by private air-conditioned car with driver
Itinerary can be customised to suit your requirements
Order sightseeing may vary according to local conditions
Normal Hotel check-in/out 1200 hours
Currency: Indian Rupee (INR)
Electricity: Current is 220V, 50Hz -Type C (European 2-pin), Type D (Old British 3-pin)
Time Zone: GMT +5.5 hours
Ask for pre and post accommodation