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Tour  Duration: 2 Nights /3 Days
Destinations Covered: Indore - Mandu - Ujjain - Dhar


Multiple Streams - Sacred Journeys into Secret India

Cultural Study Tour to Indore- Mandu, Ujjain, Dhar

Icon endeavors to unravel fascinating circuits in India that are normally not on the main tourist maps. The company also brings together in these cultural tours a weave of the multiple streams of India's rich and varied heritage. In this series of attempting to showcase fascinating tapestry of Indian Culture we present a weekend tour (2 nights and 3 days) of Indore, Ujjain and Mandu with our cultural historian Dr. Navina Jafa. Brief notes on the places are given below along with the details of logistics. Please register as soon as possible so as to make avail of the promotional fare. Some of the people who have taken this tour before have remembered as a memorable experience of their lives.

Day 1: Indore : This bustling and vibrant city derives its name from the 18th century Indreshwar temple and was the seat of the Holkars - the former rulers of this erstwhile state. The Holkars were Maratha clans belonging to the Western region of Maharashtra. Like the Rajputs in Rajasthan they imbibed European culture, and entwined it with their own regional cultural sensibilities. The tour will cover not only the main palace of the Holkars in Indore but also memorials, and temples.

Day 1: Ujjain: The town fallen from heaven to bring heaven on earth" wrote Kalidasa, the 5thc AD Sanskrit poet wrote about Ujjain. He added, "if heaven is a magnification of Ujjain, then it must be a very interesting place indeed. This is the home of Shiva the third God in the Indiantrinity in the form of as Mahakal, he who allocates the existential time of all cosmic manifestation". According to an ancient Hindu calendar, the first meridian of the planet earth passes through Ujjain, making Ujjain time the universal time coordinate. The river Shipra that passes through Ujjain is held as sacred as the Ganges. Ujjain is also one of the sites of the Kumbh Mela, the greatest religious congregation of the Hindus.

The tour will cover the temple of Mahakal, and few other fascinating religious places such as Siddhwat the legendary tree that is believed to possess extraordinary spiritual vibrations and holy men meditate under it while devotees worship it.

Night Stay at Heritage hotel :

Day 2: Mandu: Our main aim is to acquaint and guide the visitors of the rich history and architecture of Mandu which is indeed the supreme glory of Malwa with a long history and matchless architectural splendour. Its monuments can be favourably compared to monuments of Delhi and the Taj-Mahal of Agra. Lord Curzon found them more impressive than any other monument in India."The place and the monuments have been described in detail by the Mughal Emperor Jahangir in his auto-biography. Emperor Akbar also found them very impressive. Every British Viceroy and British residents during the British period invariably visited Mandu—the city of joy. The Mandu fort, palaces and tombs belong to the early Afghan archtecture in India. Bold, and severe they reflect a unique aesthetics of beauty and engineering skill. The tour will unravel along with the archtectural details legends and human stories associated with these deserted but extraordinary buildings.

Night Stay at Dhar: At a beautiful Heritage palace.

Day 3: Site seeing at Dhar, and cover the rest of Indore before departing for Delhi

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