Bhopal Extension Tour Tour
Trip Highlights :- Bhopal (Lakes, Mosques, WHS Buddhist Stupas and Neolithic caves) |
Tour duration : 02 Nights / 03 Days
Bhopal : Bhopal is located in the heart of India and is the capital of Madhya Pradesh which is the mid most state of the nation and is also called the ‘heart of India’. Bhopal is blessed with natural beauty and pleasant climatic conditions. It consists of several natural and man-made lakes which get watered every year by the rainfall. These lakes are the main source of water supply in the city. Some of the prominent and important lakes of Bhopal are Upper Lake, Lower Lake and Manisha Lake. The prominent source of water in the city is upper lake or Bada Talaab – as referred by the locals. The rainy season of the city changes its climate and makes it a pleasant place to visit. This season is mostly preferred by tourists. There are several tourist attractions in and around Bhopal. Some of them are Bheem Baithika caves, Bhojpur temple, Sanchi Stupas, etc located around Bhopal, and the ones located in Bhopal are Taj-Ul-Masjid, Shaukat Mahal, Moti Masjid, Sadar Manzil, Bada Talaab, Van Vihar, Bharat Bhawan, Manav Sanghralaya, etc.
Arrive in Bhopal, meeting assistance and then transfer to hotel. Upon reaching your hotel, Check-in to your room/s. Bhopal city spreads over seven hills and around two lovely lakes. Named for its 11th century founder Raja Bhoj.
During the day time proceed for the excursion to Bhojpur, 28 kms southeast of Bhopal is 11th century massive but incomplete Shiva temple built during the reign of Raja Bhoja. It is remarkable for its soaring strength of line and elegant sculpture; it houses huge Lingam - a ritual phallic symbol. Thereafter proceed to Bhimbetka, over 500 painted Neolithic caves chronicle the life of prehistoric site hedged by the Vindhya Ranges. Bhimbetka consists of 600 rock shelters dating back to 5,500-1000 BC.
Drive back to Bhopal for overnight stay at hotel.
Morning breakfast at hotel and leave for excursion to Sanchi. Inspiring peace with its very name, Sanchi lies to the north east of Bhopal, UNESCO declared "the oldest Buddhist Sanctuary in the existence and a major Buddhist centre. Sanchi is an unmatched repository of Buddhist art and architecture.
Visit and see following places of interest:
Great Stupa no. 1: The oldest stone structure in India. 36.5 mt in diameter and 16.4 mt high, with a massive hemispherical dome, the stupa stands in eternal majesty, the paved procession path around it worn smooth by centuries of pilgrims.
The Eastern Gateway: Depicts the young prince, Gautama leaving his father's palace on his journey towards enlightenment and the dream his mother had before his birth. The Western Gateway: Depicts the seven incarnations of the Buddha. The Northern Gateway: Crowned by a wheel-of-law, this depicts the miracles associated with the Buddha as told in the Jatakas. The Southern Gateway: The birth of Gautama is revealed in a series of dramatically rich carvings.
Stupa no. 2: The stupa stands at the very edge of the hill and its most striking feature is the stone balustrade that rings it.
Stupa no. 3: Situated close to the great stupa. The hemispherical dome is crowned, as a mark of its special religious significance, with an umbrella of polished stone. The relics of Sariputta and Mahamogallena, two of the Buddha's earliest disciples, were found in its inmost chamber.
The Ashoka Pillar: Lies close to the Southern gateway of the Great Stupa, and is one of the finest examples of the Ashokan pillar and is known for its aesthetic proportions and exquisite structural balance.
The Buddhist Vihara: The sacred relics of the Satdhara Stupa, a few km away from Sanchi, have been enshrined in a glass casket on a platform in the inner sanctum of his modern monastery.
The Great Bowl: Carved out of one block of stone, this mammoth bowl contained the food that was distributed among the monks of Sanchi.
The Gupta Temple: In ruins now, this 5th century AD temple is one of the earliest known examples of temple architecture in India.
The Museum: The Archaeological Survey of India maintains a site museum at Sanchi. Noteworthy antiquities on display include the lion capital of the Ashokan pillar and metal objects used by the monks, discovered during excavations at Sanchi. Some of the earliest known stone sculptures in Indian art from the 1st to 3rd century BC.
In the evening return to Bhopal for overnight stay at hotel.
Early breakfast at hotel and check-out. This morning get ready for the sightseeing of Bhopal, the capital of Madhya Pradesh.
Visit Taj-ul-Masjid: one of Bhopal's more recent monuments began under Shah Jahan Begum who ruled from 1868 to 1901, but completed only in the 1970s. Amongst the largest mosques in the country, built by Shah Jehan Begum, Mosque constructed around a huge courtyard and a big tank in the centre. The gateway is double storeyed with four archways and nine cusped manifold openings that open in main prayer hall of the impressive Masjid. Eleven arches adorn the Quibla wall of the prayer hall. The pillars of the hall are heavily patterned with intricate designs and finally culminate topped with twenty seven ceilings. The octagonal mirrors rising to a height of eighteen storeys are a marvel in itself. The mosque is one of the most important Muslim landmarks in the city of Bhopal, and is multi-purpose as it is used as a Madarsa, an Islamic religious school during the day.
Upper and Lower Lakes: The Upper Lake is divided from the Lower Lake by an overbridge. M. P. Tourism’s Boat Club on the Upper Lake provides facilities for exciting trips by sail, paddle and motor boats.
Jama Masjid: Gold spikes crown the minarets of this beautiful mosque built in 1837 by Kudsia Begum.
Moti Masjid: Architecturally akin to Delhi's Jama Masjid, this imposing mosque was built by Sikander Jehan, daughter of Kudsia Begum, in 1860.
Shaukat Mahal and Sadar Manzil: Situated at the entrance to the Chowk area in the heart of the walled city, Shaukat Mahal is an architectural curiosity. Its mixture of styles in Occidental idioms sets it apart from the predominantly Islamic architecture of the area. It was designed by a Frenchman, said to be a descendent of an offshoot of the Bourbon Kings of France. Post Renaissance and Gothic styles are combined to charming effect here. Nearby is the elegant once-opulent Sadar Manzil, Hall of Public Audience, of the former rulers of Bhopal.
Gohar Mahal: Situated behind Shaukat Mahal on the banks of the Upper Lake is Gohar Mahal, which is an architectural gem dating back to the times of Kudsia Begum, also known as Gohar Begum, who built this sprawling palace in 1820. The Mahal is a magnificent expression of the fusion of Hindu and Mughal architecture.
After the tour, in-time transfer to airport to board flight for Delhi / Mumbai. Take connecting flight from international terminal for return journey.
End of our services
1. Accommodation in Double room in 05 Star or 04 Star category hotels on CP Basis (Room + Breakfast Basis) inclusive of all presently applicable taxes.
2. Welcome Garlanding upon arrival in India at Mumbai airport.
3. All Arrival / Departure transfers from airport to hotel and vice - versa
4. Monument entrance fees to places of visit as per the itinerary
5. Local English speaking Guide during the tour.
6. All Transfers, City sightseeing/excursions and long drives as per itinerary using chauffeur driven air-conditioned Car / Mini Van / Coach.
7. 01 bottle packaged drinking water per person per day
8. All presently applicable interstate & toll taxes
1. Return international air tickets from the city of origin.
2. Boat ride in lakes in Bhopal.
3. Travel Insurance and Indian Visa.
4. Personal expenses such as: Any Meals other than specified above / Drinks / Laundry bill & Telephone calls at hotel. Tips for Guides & Driver / Camera Fees at the monuments or any other expenses not included in the clause "inclusions".