South India, South India Tour, Deccan India Tour

Deccan India Tour

(13 Days / 12 Nights)
(Mumbai-Goa-Hospet-Badami-Bijapur-Belgaum-Mumbai)

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Karnataka, an enchanting land abounding in scenic beauty, is rich in flora and fauna. It is a land of magnificent monuments, breathtaking hill stations, unspoilt beaches, thundering waterfalls, wildlife sanctuaries, coffee plantations, adventure activities, and colourful festivals thus providing visitors a stimulating experience. The development of temple architecture in Karnataka is about 2000 years old. During the Deccan India tour we visit some of the finest temple which South India has to offer like cave temples in Badami and Bijapur. Bijapur is still strongly Muslim in character and has many important monuments and historical ruins.

Day 01. Flight to India (Mumbai)
Around Midnight arrival in Mumbai. The cosmopolitan city Mumbai (formerly known as Bombay) is the main gateway for travellers to India. Mumbai is the capital of Maharashtra and second biggest city of India. Upon arrival, you will be met by an Indo Vacations representative and transferred to the hotel. 

Day 02. Mumbai  Excursion
Mumbai city is full of contrasts. Mumbai with its temples, cathedrals and mosques is a real cosmopolitan city of India. After having our breakfast we have sightseeing in Mumbai. Today in our sightseeing we visit the Gandhi Museum, Hanging Garden and Gateway of India. 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.

Day 03. Mumbai - Goa (by air) 
In the morning, transfer to the airport for the flight to Goa. Goa is a lush green paradise edged on the one side by the wooden foothills of the Sahyadri range and on the other by the Arabian Sea. Goa, a tiny emerald land on the West Coast of India, with its natural scenic beauty, attractive beaches and temples famous for its architecture has an ideal tourist profile. In the afternoon arrive at Goa. On arrival you will be met by our representative and transferred to hotel. Evening free for leisure.

Day 04. Goa
Today we spent our day at various beaches in Goa as the beaches of Goa makes Goa the premier beach vacation destination. The first beach stop over in Goa is Anjuna beach at North Goa. Anjuna Beach is famous for its fluorescent painted palm trees and infamous full moon parties. The people visit this beach to dance and lay on the beach slurping tropical fruit. Then we visit Dona Pauala Beach and Baga beach to make our tour a memorable one. Baga beach is an ideal place to view the sunset. Baga beach is basically an extension of Calangute beach. This beach lies in the lee of a rocky, wooded headland, making this beach marginally more varied and picturesque beach.

Day 05. Goa
Enjoy the full day at leisure on the beach.

Day 06. Goa - Hospet
Today after having breakfast we drive to Hospet. Hospet, a small dusty town in Northern Karnataka, was once the seat of the powerful Vijayanagar Empire. The main tourist attraction in Hospet is the Chitradurga Fort (290 km) situated at the foothills of a group of granite hills. This fort also known as the Fort of Seven Rounds, was built in the 17th century by the Nayak Poligars, the wealthy semi-independent landlords who fled south after the collapse of the Vijayanagar Empire in 1565. Haider Ali later crushed the Poligars and captured the fort. He replaced the mud fort with stone and later his son Tipu Sultan built a palace, granaries, oil pits, and a mosque in it.

Day 07. Hospet - Badami (about 130 kms)
Today we drive to Badami. Badami, the capital of the early Chalukyas, is picturesquely situated at the mouth of a ravine between two rocky hills. Badami is famous for its four cave temples. Overlooking the cave temples is a reservoir dotted with temples dedicated to Vishnu and Shiva. The Bhutanatha temples are also worth visiting temples. It is a temple that lend their name to the lake beneath the cave temples. 

Day 08. Badami
Today we visit the cave temples of Badami. Badami is famous for its cave temples - all hewn out of sandstone on the top of the hill. Badami is an interesting place to visit in Karnataka with its artificial lake, ancient temples, Museum and Hindu and Jain caves carved in the Sandstone hills. In this temple you will view the eighteen-armed Nataraja striking 81 dance poses. The largest and most ornamental is the third cave temple dedicated to Vishnu. 

Day 09. Badami - Bijapur (about 200 kms)
Today in the morning we drive to Bijapur. Bijapur was known as Vijayapura "The city of Victory" during the reign of Chalukyas. Bijapur is still strongly Muslim in character and it has many important monuments and historical ruins. In the afternoon we reach Bijapur. In the evening we visit the Ibrahim Roza. Roza means a garden. The square garden consists of 2 buildings, one houses the tombs of Ibrahim Adil Shah II and his family and the other one is a mosque. The tomb, evidently executed under the orders of Ibrahim Adil Shah (1580-1627) is noted for its striking symmetry of proportion, exquisite minarets cupolas, parapets and cornices and is supposed to have been an inspiration for the Taj Mahal at Agra

Day 10. Bijapur
In the morning we visit the Golgumbaz. Golgumbaz means the round tomb. It is the tomb of Mohammed Adil Shah (1627 -56), the seventh ruler of Adilshahi dynasty. This gigantic mausoleum took about 20 years to complete. The acoustical phenomenon of this dome is such that a sound is echoed eleven times over. Under the dome are the tombs of the Sultan, his two wives, his mistress Ramba, his daughter and grandson. The building complex includes a mosque, a Naqqar Khana, a gateway and a Dharamshala. The edifice in front of the tomb has been converted into a museum.

Day 11. Bijapur - Belgaum
In the morning after having breakfast we drive to Belgaum. Due to its proximity with the states of Maharashtra and Goa, Belgaum has acquired the cultural flavor of these states and blended it with the local Kannada culture to create a rich heritage, which is unique in its manifestation. Belgaum is not only famous for its history but also for its natural beauty. It is also known as Malendu or Rain Country. In the afternoon we visit the old stone fort. This fort was built in 12th century A D by the local Ratta rulers. This fort was renovated and built by successive rulers who ruled Belgaum from time to time. In the evening we visit the Belgaum's Watchtower and Sunset Point.

Day 12. Belgaum - Mumbai (by air)
In the morning after having the breakfast we drive to the airport for the flight to Mumbai. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the hotel. Rest of the day free for leisure. After Dinner we drive to the Airport.

Day 13. Flight to Home
Around Midnight flight to home destination.

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Our Services Include:
      Accommodation in double rooms on twin sharing basis with bath and WC in the
         chosen category. 
     
Rooms on the departure day.
     
American/continental Breakfast.
     
Services of qualified local guides (English speaking or languages of your choice)
         at every place of sightseeing.
     
All Transfers and departures on arrival and departure by Indo Vacations
         representative.
    
  All Transfers and Sightseeing throughout the tour by an air-conditioned Car with
         driver. For groups an individual air-conditioned bus (Except Standard Hotels) will be
        
provided.   

Exclusions:
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         beverages.
     
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