Bhopal, Sanchi & Bhimbetka
In the beautiful state of Madhya Pradesh lies the “City of Lakes” – Bhopal. This experience shows you the ancient monuments of this region, most derive back to the 3rd century BC and have a fascinating history. The itinerary starts in Bhopa. There you have the wonderful opportunity to explore the city, including one of the largest mosques in Asia: Taj-ul-Masajid. The next day, it will take you to the small village Sanchi and the Hindu cave temples of Udayagiri. Sanchi is characterised by the approximately 2,300-year-old Buddhist stupas, which are among the oldest surviving structures of them. The Stupas have been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1989, under the monuments are 8 of them, the best-known is probably the Great Stupa. 13 km away are the so-called “Gupta Temples” of Udayagiri, which are the most impressive monuments of Indian cave architecture. The third day will take you to the small village of Bhojpur and the place of discovery of Stone Age paintings: Bhimbetka. The main attractions of Bhojpur are the many Shiva, Parvati and Jain god temples. The shelters of Bhimbetka are 9000 years old paintings on rock overhangs and are noted since 2003 in the UNESCO world cultural heritage; it is said that the hero “Bhima” from the Indian epos Mahabharata resided there. It is an exciting extension to the secrets of Central India.
Day 1 – Arrival in Bhopal – via. Mumbai or Delhi
Today, the experience begins in the “City of Lakes” Bhopal, located in the central Indian state of Madhya-Pradesh. The chauffeur with private car picks you up after arrival and brings you to the wonderful Jehan Numa Palace. Similar to the history of the area, the palace presents a charming mix of colonial style, princely Indian culture and unexpected modernity. On request, you can also visit the sights of Bhopal. Among them: the artificial “Upper Lake”, the imposing Taj-ul-Masajid, the Lower Lake, the Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya, the Moti Masjid, the Gohar Mahal and the Archaeological Museum.
Day 2 – Bhopal – Excursion to Sanchi & Udayagiri
After breakfast, you will be picked up and driven to the impressive village of Sanchi. It is characterised by the approximately 2,300-year-old Buddhist stupas, which are among the oldest existing structures under them. These “stupas” are supposed to symbolise Buddha and his teaching, the Dharma. The archaeological site has been listed since 1989 on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Currently live about 8500 inhabitants there. The eight oldest stupas in Sanchi, as well as one of its famous pillars, were built during the reign King Ashoka of the Maurya dynasty. Among the 50 buildings, are also some temple and monastery complexes. Afterwards, it leads to the most impressive monuments of Indian cave architecture: the Hindu Temple of Udayagiri. They belong to the so-called “Gupta temples” and were built around the 4th – the 5th century. Most of the caves have no wall or ceiling decoration; the cult images that used to be there were probably made of wood, but they haven’t preserved.
Day 3 – Bhopal – Excursion to Bhojpur & Bhimbetka
On this day you make another two excursions, the first is in the small village of Bhojpur. In ancient times it was a not insignificant temple site on a rocky elevation above a medieval reservoir. On-site are famous monuments including the Parvati Shrine, the Bhojeshvara Temple and the Jain Temple. Continue to the place of discovery of Stone Age paintings: Bhimbetka. The shelters of Bhimbetka are 9000 years old paintings on rock overhangs and are noted since 2003 in the UNESCO world cultural heritage; it is said that the hero “Bhima” from the Indian epos Mahabharata resided there. The rock caves are located on the southern edge of the Vindhya mountains. The shelters were discovered as early as 1888 but were abstractly described in the 1950s.
Day 4 – End – Fly back to Mumbai or Delhi
This is an exciting experience in Central India, Madhya-Pradesh. The duration has been adjusted by us so, that you will be able to enjoy everything. Of course, you can change the itinerary individually to fit your plan. You can start this experience via. Mumbai or Delhi by plane. If you are looking for a trip to connect with this experience, it’s worth taking a look at our Luxury India Tours or simply creating your own journey.