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Madhya Pradesh Drive 2020

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Located in the heart of India, Madhya Pradesh is a magnificent state which is yearning to gain the attention of adventure seekers. No matter where you go, you will be welcomed with rich architecture, age-old history and beautiful landscapes. It is one of those rare states in India wherein a matter of days you can drive high up in the mountains, experience waterfalls, drive down into arid desert landscapes, go on a thrilling river rafting experience, explore the famous temples of Khajuraho and take a walk down the pages of history at the innumerable castles of Gwalior, Jhansi and more. If that is not enough, we will take you deep into the jungle for a wildlife safari at the famous Bandhavgarh National Park. Explore the heart of Incredible India on this first-ever road trip by Adventures Overland through Magnificent Madhya Pradesh!

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Date:
  • 11th Dec 2020 – 22nd Dec 2020
  • Duration:
  • 11 Nights / 12 Days
  • Distance:
  • 2400 km
  • Cost:
  • INR 1,35,000 + 5% GST Per Person
    (EMI Option Available)
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5
Day 6
Day 7
Day 8
Day 9
Day 10
Day 11
Day 12

Day 1

Delhi – Gwalior (350 Km)

Start your road trip on the outskirts of Delhi at a pre-decided location where all of us will gather to embark together on this journey. You will be introduced to your fellow travellers and handed radio sets with some quick instructions before we hit the road and take on the Yamuna Expressway towards Agra. Our first stop will be for breakfast. Here, you will be briefed about the coming days on the road, and after that, we will continue cruising through the Yamuna Expressway. After lunch in Agra, we will drive through the remoteness of the infamous Chambal Valley before concluding our first day in Gwalior. At night, we have planned a welcome dinner where you will get a chance to know your fellow participants as you wine & dine together.

Day 1 - Delhi – Gwalior (350 Km)

Day 2

Gwalior – Khajuraho (290 Km)

Take charge of your SUV, locked and loaded for an experience to remember as we start driving towards the heart of India! The drive today will take us through the picturesque countryside of Madhya Pradesh, and we will get a chance to drive through remote villages and arid landscapes. We will carry packed lunch with us and find a picnic spot somewhere in the middle of nowhere to make the most of the little moments at hand. By evening, we will reach Khajuraho, one of the most popular tourist destinations in India which is a proud, charming and endearing symbol of Madhya Pradesh. Enjoy the sights and sounds of this unique town and get some well deserved rest after a long day on the road.

Day 2 - Gwalior – Khajuraho (290 Km)

Day 3

Khajuraho

We are going to explore the famous Khajuraho Group of Monuments enlisted as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1986. Khajuraho has India’s largest collection of medieval Hindu and Jain temples, famous for their erotic sculptures. The temples are considered as one of the “Seven Wonders” of India and are believed to be the high point of Indian architectural genius during primitive times. The common perception is that the Khajuraho temples are rich in erotic and sensual sculptures, only around 10% of these sculptures depict sensuality, the rest of them display various aspects of daily life like farmers at work, musicians composing, women dressing up and more. After exploring and being awestruck by the temples, enjoy an evening of fine dining in your hotel and retire for the night.

Day 3 - Khajuraho

Day 4

Khajuraho – Bandhavgarh National Park (235 Km)

Having ticked off the temples of Khajuraho from our bucket list, we will start making our way towards Bandhavgarh National Park. We will drive through the town of Panna that is famous for its diamond mines. Keep a lookout for a diamond or two lying around on the roadside as we cross Panna and continue driving south-east towards our destination! We will stop for lunch somewhere in a local town and roll ahead at a leisurely pace taking in the sounds and smells of Madhya Pradesh. By evening, as we approach the Bandhavgarh National Park, you will be transported into a completely different world from the one you just left behind. Check into your lodge and soak in the sounds of the jungle as you get ready for an exciting wildlife safari the next day.

Day 4 - Khajuraho – Bandhavgarh National Park (235 Km)

Day 5

Bandhavgarh National Park

Are you game for a wildlife safari through the Bandhavgarh National Park? Don your safari hats and get those cameras ready as we board our open-top jeeps and go on a lookout for the incredible wildlife in this park. Bandhavgarh, a land of caves is undoubtedly the finest breeding grounds for tigers to strive a healthy population in the wild. There are around 39 caves in Bandhavgarh, but only ‘Badi Gufa’ is accessible for the tourists to take a glimpse. The density of the tiger population at Bandhavgarh (eight tigers per square km) is one of the highest in India, and it has a large breeding population of leopards, foxes, various species of deer and wild dogs. Spend the entire day in the wilderness and return to the lodge with memories, sights and sounds of the jungle.

Day 5 - Bandhavgarh National Park

Day 6

Bandhavgarh National Park – Jabalpur (175 Km)

After a relaxed breakfast in the lodge, we will leave the jungle behind and once again hit the highway towards Jabalpur. By now, you will be well-versed in following the convoy rules and talking on the radio would have become a natural extension of yourself! The leisurely drive to Jabalpur will conclude by lunchtime as we check into our hotel. After lunch at the hotel, we will go for an excursion to a town called Bhedaghat located around an hour’s drive from Jabalpur. Situated on the banks of Narmada River, the idyllic town of Bhedaghat is famous for many sights including the Dhuandhar Falls, Marble Rock, Chaunsath Yogini Temple and more. We will spend a few hours exploring Bhedaghat and return to Jabalpur by evening.

Day 6 - Bandhavgarh National Park – Jabalpur (175 Km)

Day 7

Jabalpur – Pachmarhi (265 Km)

Today, we are going to complete one week on the road and what better way to celebrate our journey than to drive high up in the mountains towards the little-known hill station of Pachmarhi. Known as the queens of Satpura, Pachmarhi is located at an altitude of 3500 ft above sea level, tucked away in the valley of Satpura ranges. The drive to Pachmarhi is going to be one of the most beautiful and memorable drives of our road trip as we witness mystifying waterfalls, enchanting valleys and lush green mountains along the way. As you soak in the fresh air, you will feel that mother nature herself is opening arms and welcoming you into the wonderful world of Pachmarhi.

Day 7 - Jabalpur – Pachmarhi (265 Km)

Day 8

Pachmarhi

Today is going to be the most exciting day of the entire journey as we go out to explore the jewels of Pachmarhi, the only hill station of Madhya Pradesh! There is a lot to see and do in Pachmarhi. It encompasses pristine waterfalls, meandering rivers, densely covered national parks, ancient caves and historic monuments which can make a memorable escapade. We will go on a small trek to explore the hidden but famous waterfalls known as the Bee Falls. We will also explore the famous caves known as the Pandava Caves, which has a mythological significance in Indian history as it is believed to be the abode of Pandavas during their exile. The rest of the day will be spent exploring this idyllic hill station slowly at our own pace.

Day 8 - Pachmarhi

Day 9

Pachmarhi – Sanchi (220 Km)

Two days in the mountains can never be enough, but we have miles to go before we sleep! We will make an early start and drive towards Sanchi, where we will walk down memory lane, one more time. Upon reaching Sanchi by early evening, we are going to visit the world-famous Sanchi Stupa, also known as the Great Stupa at Sanchi. It is the oldest stone structure in India and was originally commissioned by emperor Ashoka the Great in 3rd century BC. It is decorated with some of the best Buddhist artworks in the world and continues to inspire awe even today as it sits on top of a hill surrounded by the remains of smaller stupas, monasteries, and temples.

Day 9 - Pachmarhi – Sanchi (220 Km)

Day 10

Sanchi – Orchha (300 Km)

It is going to be a long day on the road so wake up early, have a quick breakfast and hit the road towards Orchha. We will arrive by evening and get a few hours to explore this historic town located on the banks of the Betwa River. Explore the famous monuments of Orchha that continue to retain their original grandeur even to this day. Here, you will find some of the most fascinating temples, palaces and monuments such as the famed Chhatris of Orchha – cenotaphs that were constructed in honour of its erstwhile rulers. You can also visit the Laxmi Narayan Temple exhibiting a unique architectural style, which is a mix of a fort and a temple and the Jahangir Mahal, built in honour of the Mughal Emperor Jahangir.

Day 10 - Sanchi – Orchha (300 Km)

Day 11

Orchha – Agra (255 Km)

Can you believe it that we are already on the last driving day of our journey? But before we hit the road, we will pay a visit to the Raja Ram Mandir, the only temple of Lord Rama in India where he is still worshipped as a King and that too in a palace! After visiting the temple, our convoy will start rolling for one last time as we drive towards Agra. We will reach Agra by evening, and after some rest, we will get together for a farewell dinner. All good things come to an end and so must the Magnificent Madhya Pradesh Drive. Spend the evening reminiscing about the days gone by and enjoy the evening with your new friends who were strangers not so long ago!

Day 11 - Orchha – Agra (255 Km)

Day 12

Agra – Delhi (230 Km)

“Travel! As much as you can, as far as you can, as long as you can. Life’s not meant to be lived in one place.” The last day of the journey here, and it’s time to head back to Delhi or your chosen destination. We are certain you cannot fathom how swiftly the last 10 days went by. You will be hugging the same people today who were introduced to you at the beginning of the journey. Bid adieu to the team and your mates with whom you have now created some great memories, full of thrill and adventure. But not all farewells have to be lasting, and we promise to lend our hand again when you seek to explore another fascinating part of Incredible India or any other corner of the world.

Day 12 - Agra – Delhi (230 Km)

Cost

INR 1,35,000 + 5% GST Per Person (EMI Option Available)

Trip Inclusions

  • Accommodation on twin occupancy (2 participants sharing 1 room)
  • Meal – breakfast, lunch, tea and dinner
  • Route planning
  • Activities and visits to make the experience truly memorable
  • Back up team with a crew vehicle equipped with GPS, emergency food supplies and first aid kit
  • Road book, map, wireless radio set for every vehicle
  • Local guidance from experts
  • Limited stock of chocolates, snacks, water and soft beverages for every vehicle
  • Entry fee

Trip Exclusions

  • Domestic / International flight ticket
  • Vehicle and fuel
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Insurance and documentation cost such as travel insurance, visa applications etc
  • Vehicle servicing, repairs, toll taxes, traffic fines
  • Any cost arising out of unforeseen circumstances like ill-health, vehicle breakdown or repairs, damage accruing from bad weather, etc.
  • Additional accommodation charges due to unforeseen delays in the journey
  • Any charges for carrying video camera or still camera
  • Any hotel, subsistence or other cost incurred prior to the official start date of an expedition and after the official end date of the expedition
  • 5% GST

Cancellation Policy

  • 25% of the tour cost will be charged if the booking is cancelled anytime after confirmation till 10th October 2020
  • 50% of the tour cost will be charged if the booking is cancelled between 11th October – 31st October 2020
  • 75% of the tour cost will be charged if the booking is cancelled between 1st November – 10th November 2020
  • 100% of the tour cost will be charged if the booking is cancelled post 11th November 2020

Refund Policy

  • In case of cancellation, the refund will be made in 07-10 working days as per the cancellation policy and subtracting 5% GST on the deposited amount.
  • The refund will be made to the same account/mode through which transfers have been received.
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