01: Flight to India (Mumbai)
Around Midnight arrive in
Mumbai. Mumbai is the second
biggest city of India and is full of contrasts. Mumbai
with its temples, cathedrals and mosques is a real cosmopolitan
city of India. Upon arrival, you will be met by an Indo Vacations representative
and transferred to the hotel.
In the morning we will drive to Elephanta Caves. In Mumbai
we have a walk through the harbor area and visit the Gateway
of India built in 1927 by the English to commemorate the
visit of George 5th from England. Our sightseeing in Mumbai
includes the Gandhi Museum, Hanging Gardens.
03: Mumbai - Aurangabad (by air) - Ellora Caves - Aurangabad
In the morning drive to the airport for the flight to
After a short break we start an excursion to
Caves (7th - 10th century AD). The magnificent group of rock
temples of Ellora are a part of world heritage monuments.
Ellora group of temples represents the art and sculptures
of Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism, the three dominant religions
04: Aurangabad - Ajanta Caves - Aurangabad
After the breakfast we leave for
Ajanta caves (around
100 km). Of the thirty monuments at Ajanta, four caves
No 9,10,26 and 29 are sanctuaries or Chaitya containing
a Stupa at the centre of their apses. The rest are monastic
residences or Viharas. An Indian poet Kalidasa describes
these caves as the gem set of jewellery, rich furniture,
imposing architecture, natural scenery and fleeting expressions
on the faces.
05: Aurangabad - Hyderabad
In the morning after having breakfast we drive from Aurangabad
Hyderabad. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the hotel. Evening free
Today we will have sightseeing in Hyderabad. We will visit
Char Minar, Salarjung Museum and walk by the bazaars.
07: Hyderabad - Gulbarga (via Bidar)
In the morning after having the breakfast we will explore the Golconda fort dating back to the 13th century.
Then we will drive to
Gulbarga via Bidar. At Bidar we will visit with Rangin
Mahal, Sola Kamabah Masjid and the Gagan Mahal.
08: Gulbarga - Bijapur
In the morning we will visit Gulbarga a unique synthesis of two cultures.
Then we will visit the Fort. In the afternoon after having lunch we will leave for
We will have an overnight stay at Bijapur.
09: Bijapur - Badami
In the morning we will visit Gol Gumbaza. Gol Gumbaza is the first thing that is associated with
the city of Bijapur. Then we will visit Ibrahim Roza, Jumma
Masjid. Later we will drive down to Badami. Enroute we will visit Aihole
famous as the "cradle of Indian architecture",
Aihole has over 100 temples scattered around the village.
By the evening we will arrive in Badami. Badami is famous for it's four cave temples.
10: Badami - Hospet
In the morning we will visit cave temples. Then we will leave for
Hospet and enroute stop at Pattadakal. Pattadakal is situated on the
banks of the Malaprabha River and has ten major temples representing
early Chalukyan architecture. By the evening we will arrive in
11: Hospet - Hampi - Hospet
Today we will take a tour of Hampi or Vijayanagara, one of
the largest empires in the history of India - in ruins.
Then we will explore the ruined kingdom and return back to
12: Hospet - Mumbai
In the morning we will drive to Mumbai. On arrival in Mumbai,
you will be transferred
to the hotel. Rooms are available to get fresh and change
before we depart for the airport with the Indo Vacations representative.
The rest of the day at leisure.
Around midnight flight to home destination.
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