Gwalior, Palaces & Pageantry
|DAY 1 ARRIVE GWALIOR
Arrive Gwalior and transfer to the regal Taj Usha Kiran Palace hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.
DAY 2 GWALIOR – DATIA – SONAGIRI – GWALIOR
A two-hour drive brings you to Govind Palace at Datia, the seven-storeyed palace built entirely of stone by Raja Bir Singh Deo in 1614. Representative of one of the finest architectural examples of the Bundela period, the palace also houses the Bundela mural paintings and sculptures with an excellent view from the top.
Sonagiri (literally, the golden peak) is a place sacred to Digambar Jains. This is a place where King Nanganag Kumar achieved liberation from the cycles of life and death along with fifteen million followers. There are several white Jain temples scattered around Sonagiri. This sacred place is popular among devotees & ascetic saints to practice self-discipline, austerity, and to attain Nirvana (salvation).
Return to your hotel reflecting on the sights and sounds of the day.
|DAY 3 GWALIOR – DELHI
Enjoy a morning sightseeing tour of Gwalior city, the largest city in northern Madhya Pradesh. The strategically important fort at Gwalior dominates the city. Gwalior’s history is traced back to a legend in 8th century AD when a chieftain known as Suraj Sen was struck by a deadly disease and cured by a hermit-saint Gwalipa. In gratitude, he founded the city in his name. Many great dynasties ruled the city of Gwalior. With different dynasties, the city gained new dimensions from the warrior kings, poets, musicians, and saints who contributed to making it renowned throughout the country.
Sightseeing includes Jai Vilas Palace, the Man Mandir, The Fort, Temples of Sas-Bahu and Teli Ka Mandir. Gwalior is also the site of the tomb of Tansen, the musician extraordinaire of Akbar’s Court (one of his “nau ratan”, nine jewels). Gwalior retains a strong musical tradition, and continues to be an influential force in Hindu classical music.
Late afternoon transfer to Gwalior airport to board Air India flight, where on arrival, transfer to The Trident Gurgaon hotel where a room is available until late evening departures.
DAY 4 DEPART DELHI