DAY 1 ARRIVE
Welcome to India. Meeting and assistance on arrival
at the airport and transfer to the hotel.Overnight at the
2 IN MUMBAI
Morning after breakfast transfer to Gate way of India
to take a Motor Launch to Elephant Caves
– the 7th century sculptures of manifestation
of Shiva, containing beautiful carvings, sculptures,
and a temple to the Hindu God, Lord Shiva. These caves
are thought to date back to the Silhara kings belonging
to the period between 9th - 12th centuries. With the
Brahminical resurgence during the reign of Gupta dynasty
in 3rd century AD, these great cave dedicated to Lord
Shiva exploded into existence at
Elephanta. Legends and history suggest that the great
warrior prince of Chalukya dynasty Pulkesin ll raised
the shrine to celebrate his victory. Historians also
suggest that the Kalchuri King Krishnaraja built these
caves in 6th century ADAfternoon city tour of Mumbai
city visiting Prince of Wales Museum (closed on Mondays),
Fish Aquarium, Jain Temples, Hanging Gardens on the
slopes of Malabar Hills offering nice view of Marine
Lines and Chowpatty Beach, Kamla Nehru Park and Marine
drive. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 03 Mumbai
Morning after breakfast departure transfer to the airport
to board flight to Hyderabad. Assistance on arrival at the
airport transfer to the hotel.Rest of the day free of leisure.Overnight
at the hotel.
Day 04 Hyderabad
Morning after breakfast excursion Golconda Fort
– Once famed for its diamond mines (from
which the famous Kohinoor diamond of the British crown was
mined) is the site of a strategic fort dating back to the
13th century. This invincible fort has an extraordinary
acoustical system and massive battlements.
Usmansagar Lake –
One of the most beautiful man-made lake.Krishna river is
Nagarjunakonda associated with the famous Buddhist scholar
of 2nd century, Nagarjuna. It was an important Buddhist
monastic institution and has stupas with handsome sculptures
shoeing scenes from the life of Buddha. The Indian Archaeologists
have salvaged the precious ruins from their ancient site,
lifting them atop a hill and setting them up in a Vihara
style museum. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 05 Hyderabad
– Bidar - Gulbarga
Morning after breakfast departure by surface to Gulbarga
en route visiting tiny district of Bidar, The capital of
the Bahamani kingdom and later the Barid Shahi dynasty,
Bidar has many places of architectural and historical interest.
The Bidar Fort with five darwazas (gates) leads into a town
nestled within the ramparts. Rangeen Mahal, once the royal
residence, has elaborately carved wooden Pillars, Persian
couplets engraved in encaustic tiles and exquisite mother-of
pearl inlay work. The Madrasa of Mohammed Gawan and the
tombs of the Bahamani and Barid kings deserve a visit.upon
arrival check in at the hotel. Rest of the day free of leisure.
Overnight at the hotel.
06 Gulbarga - Bijapur
Morning after breakfast departure by surface to Bijapur.
Upon arrival check in at the hotel. Afternoon sightseeing
tour of Bijapur capital of the Adil Shahi kings, experienced
a great deal of architectural activity under the Adil
Shahi dynasty between 10th and 11th centuries. Visit
Gol Gumbaz - It Contains the mausoleum
tomb of the Mahammed Adil Shahi (1626-56 AD), the
seventh ruler of dynasty, and is the fourth largest
dome in the world.This has the floor area of 1700
sq.m, a height of 51 m. and diameter 37 m. The walls
are three meter thick.Ibrahim
It was probably the inspiration for Agra's Taj Mahal.It
is a delicately designed structure. Malik-I-Maidan
- An enormous cannon, 14 feet-long and weighing
55 ton, it is one of the largest bell metal guns in
the world. A unique feature is that it is always cool,
even under blazing sun and when tapped gently it tinkles
softy like a bell. Mehtar Mahal - 1 Km,
this finely wrought gateway to the mosque is an excellent
example of the Indo-Saracenic style of architecture.
Overnight at the hotel.
Day 07 Bijapur
Morning after breakfast at the hotel drive to Badami upon
arrival check in at the hotel. Later sightseeing tour Badami
- the capital of the Chalukyas is located picturesquely
at the mouth of a ravine between two rocky hills. Badami
is the home to Rock-cut caves, gateways, forts, inscriptions,
sculptures etc Overnight at the hotel.
Day 8 IN
Morning after breakfast at the hotel. Full day excursion
to Pattadakal – one of the world heritage sites. It
has 10 major temples representing early Chalukyan architecture.
The prominent among these are the Virupaksha, Mallikarjuna,
Papanatha temples etc. Return to Badami. Rest of the day
free of leisure. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 09 Badami
Morning after breakfast departure by surface to Hospet enroute
visiting Aihole. Almost over one hundred temples dot this
small village with intricate carvings, rich in details,
which are now a mute witness to a bygone era. Among the
most important temples of Aihole is the Lad Khan temple,
which dates back to 5th century. Other prominent temples
are the Durga temple, Hutchimalli temple, the Ravalphadi
temple – which dates back to the 6th century, and
the Konthi temple complex. Later continue on to Hospet.
Upon arrival check in at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 10 Hospet-Hampi-Hospet
Morning after breakfast Drive to Humpi Full day sightseeing
tour of Hampi – the erstwhile capital of the Vijayanagar
Empire. Among the attractions of Hampi are the Virupaksha
temple, The Vithala temple complex and the famous Stone
Chariot with stone wheels that actually move. Also see the
King’s Balance, the Queens bath, the imposing Elephant
stables, and the Hazara Rama temple. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 11 Hospet
– Hampi – Hospet (Hampi Fesitival)
Morning breakfast at the hotel. Full day excursion Humpi
to enjoy dance, drama, music, fireworks, puppet shows and
spectacular processions.later drive back to Hospet. Overnight
at the hotel.
Day 12 Hospet
Morning after breakfast departure by surface to Hassan.
Upon arrival check in at the hotel. Rest of the day free
of leisure . Overnight at the hotel.
Day 13 Hassan
– Belure – Halebid – Mysore
Morning after breakfast departure by surface to Mysore en
route visiting Belure & Helebid. Belur, once the capital
of this great empire is just 42 kilometers from Hassan town.
visiting the Chennai Kesava Temple at Belur
built 900 years ago and the 12th century Hoysaleswara and
Kedareswara temples at Halebid . Upon arrival
check in at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Morning after breakfast at the hotel. Full day sightseeing
tour of Mysore City The Palace of the Maharaja built
in 1911-12. The Palace is of harmonious syntheses
of the Hindu and saracenic style of architecture with
archways, dome turrets, colonnades and sculptures,
which are magnificent. Visit the Art Gallery, drive
up to Chamundi Hill to see the Chamundeshwari Temple
and a panoramic view of Mysore. On your way back,
see the Nandi Bull. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 15 Mysore – Bangalore
Morning after breakfast departure by surface to Bangalore
en route visiting Srirangapatnam –
once the capital of Hyder Ali and his sonTipu Sultan.
The temple of Lord Srirangapatnam is, said to have been,
built by the Chieftain Thirumalaiah in 894 AD. Upon
arrival check in at the hotel. Rest of the day free
of leisure. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 16 Bangalore
Morning after breakfast sightseeing tour of Bangalore city
Bangalore city – the Garden City of India visiting
the Lal Bagh which has a variety of old Trees, Fountains,
Lotus Pools, Terraces and an assortment of tropical herbs
and sub tropical herbs. Also see the Govt. buildings and
the Maharajas Palace. Late afternoon departure transfer
to the airport to board flight to Mumbai. Assistance on
arrival at the airport and transfer to the International
airport to board flight back home.