Satpura, Pachmarhi, Sanchi & Bhopal Tour Itinerary
1N Bhopal | 1N Sanchi | 2N Satpura | 2N Pachmarhi
From the inspiring love legends of Mandu to the formidable regality of Gwalior, from the civilization testimonies of Bhimbetka to the architectural eroticism of Khajuraho, from the spiritual mysticism of Omkareshwar and Chitrakoot to the unblemished biodiversity of the national parks at Kanha and Bandhavgarh, Madhya Pradesh is a microcosm of “Incredible India”.
Meet and greet with our representative at Bhopal railway station / airport.
Board our vehicle & proceed for your hotel in Bhopal.
Freshen up & proceed for local sight seeing.
Split by a pair of lakes, Bhopal is two cities within a city. Two starkly contrasting cityscapes.
Towards the North you have the old city, a fascinating area of mosques, serpentine alleys, chowks, milling crowds, exotic havelis and crowded bazaars.
South of the two lakes is the new Bhopal. Modern, with wide roads, upmarket shopping complexes, and plush hotels and restaurants nestled comfortably in the Arera and Shamla Hills, which overlook the lakes and the old city beyond. The central district is known as New Market.
Both Bhopal enamor you in their own way and vie to bring out the child within you.
Post b’fast, c/out & proceed for “Bhojpur temples” ( 30 kms | 50 mins drive ).
Bhojpur is situated on the Betwā River, 28 km from Bhopal & takes its name from king Bhoja (reg. c. 1000–1055 CE), the most celebrated ruler of the Paramāra dynasty. Bhojpur is famous for the incomplete Bhojeśvar temple dedicated to Shiva. The temple houses one of the largest liṅga-s in India, 5.5 m (18 ft) tall and 2.3 m (7.5 ft) in circumference. It is crafted out a single rock. The building is under the protection of the Archaeological Survey of India.
Later, proceed for Udayagiri caves ( 90 kms | 2 hrs drive ).
The Udayagiri Caves are twenty rock-cut caves near Vidisha, Madhya Pradesh from the early years of the 5th century CE.They contain some of the oldest surviving Hindu temples and iconography in India. One of India’s most important archaeological sites, the Udayagiri hills and its caves are protected monuments managed by the Archaeological Survey of India.
Udayagiri caves are notable for the ancient monumental relief sculpture of Vishnu in his incarnation as the man-boar Varaha, rescuing the earth symbolically represented by Bhudevi clinging to the boar’s tusk as described in Hindu mythology ( Cave No 5 ).
Should you wish, you can have lunch at the discreet MPT Jungle Camp, Udaygiri.
Proceed for Sanchi ( 10 kms | 20 mins drive ).
Arrive Sanchi & after c/in, proceed for local sight seeing.
The town of Sanchi is synonymous with Buddhist Stupas – hemispherical structures typically containing relics of the Buddha or his followers. The Stupas of Sanchi were constructed on the orders of Emperor Ashoka to preserve and spread the Buddhist philosophy. Sanchi has been protecting these beautiful and sacred architectural wonders, just the way these wonders have been safeguarding ancient history and art of the Mauryan period.
The numerous stupas, temples, monasteries and an Ashokan pillar have been the focus of interest and awe for global audiences as well. In fact, UNESCO has given the status of ‘World Heritage Site’ to the Mahastupa.
After a refreshing breakfast, proceed to visit the “Bhimbhetka Rock Shelters”, a UNESCO World Heritage site ( 90 kms | 1.5 hrs drive ).
An archaeological treasure, Bhimbetka has around 243 rock shelters. The paintings found in the rock shelters here have a striking resemblance to the ones discovered in Kakadu National Park in Australia; to the cave paintings of Bushmen in Kalahari Desert and Upper Palaeolithic Lascaux cave paintings in France.
Cave paintings dating back to approximately 30,000 years. Rock shelters that were home to humans, millennia ago. And a rich flora and fauna surrounding these, indeed, make Bhimbetka a gift to us from our earliest ancestors.
A walkthrough these ancient naturally carved rocks surrounded by dense forests of Bhimbetka will bring alive child-like wonder in you.
Bhimbetka is inside Ratapani Sanctuary and has a sole food joint called Hotel Highway Treat managed by Madhya Pradesh Tourism.
Later, proceed for Madhai ( Satpura National Park ).
Arrive Satpura National Park, c/in & the day at leisure.
Later, in the evening, at around 5 pm, board our customized vehicle & proceed for a night safari which lasts till 9 pm. This activity offers a bespoke experience to observe nocturnal creatures in their natural habitat.
Overnight Satpura National Park.
Early morning, you will be met by our associate who will assist you to reach the boat jetty, board the speed boat & cross the Denwa river. After the necessary forest formalities, board our customized 4×4 vehicle to explore the flora & fauna of Satpura National Park
Avail the morning safari in the core area.
Madhai is located at the entrance of the most exquisite and beautiful forests in India – Satpura. Few places in the world can compete with its raw wilderness, absolute tranquillity and the air of mystique. It delights you with its rich wildlife, sprawling meadows, unending backwaters and spell-binding views that leave you awestruck and get you to be completely in sync with the magic of nature.
In the evening, you will taken to the jetty for an exclusive canoe ride on the Denwa river.
Each canoe can accommodate 2 guests & 1 naturalist who would be describing the flora & fauna of the park. During this time of the year, the river is a primary habitat of migratory birds & a canoe ride is a wonderful way to be close to them. You will also be taken deep inside the forest & you can witness wildlife too.
Rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight Satpura National Park.
Early morning, you will be joined by the forest rangers who will take you for an out of the world “Forest Walk” experience in the dense woods of Satpura National Park.
At the rest point, you can have breakfast & witness crocodiles lazying around in the sun.
Perhaps Satpura is still the only Park where a jungle walk is allowed in the core area.
Later, we drop you at Pipariya railway station ( 50 kms | 1.2 hrs drive ) to catch your flight for home feeling contented about a memorable holiday spend at “Madhya Pradesh : The Heart of Incredible India”.
Later, proceed for Pachmarhi ( 50 kms | 1.2 hrs drive ).
On the way, get refreshed at the MP Tourism Mid Way restaurant at Matkuli & also enjoy a scenic view of the Pachmarhi hills from “View Point”.
Arrive Pachmarhi, c/in at your resort & the day at leisure.
After a refreshing breakfast, hop in our customized 4×4 all terrain vehicle to explore Pachmarhi.
Situated at 1100 m, Pachmarhi, designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve is also popularly known as ‘Satpura ki Rani’ (Queen of Satpura), sits beautifully, embellished by nature and history, amidst the Satpura range. Legend says the Pandava brothers visited Pachmarhi during their exile.
This beautiful region in the hills, was discovered by Captain James Forsyth in 1857. This most popular hill station of Madhya Pradesh is a treasure with ancient caves of the Buddhist era residing in harmony with serene waterfalls.
Pachmarhi is sure to make you feel calm, the way you felt when you put your bare feet on the garden grass for the first time, as a child.
Later in the day, we drop you at Pipariya railway station ( 50 kms | 1.2 hrs drive ) to catch your flight for home feeling contented about a memorable holiday spend at “Madhya Pradesh : The Heart of Incredible India”.