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South-West India Tour Package

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July 24, 2019

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17 Days / 16 Nights
Mumbai, Hydrabad, Chennai, Mysore, Bangalore, Hampi, Badami, Bijapur, Goa and Mumbai
Itinerary

Day 1Arrival at Mumbai

After arrival at the International Mumbai airport, you will be transferred to hotel. Mumbai is the financial capital of India and with around 21 millions of inhabitants is the second largest city of the country after Delhi. It is even bigger than Kolkata and Chennai. Mumbai is the capital of the state Maharashtra. Located on the west coast of the Arabian Sea the city has more than 50 percent of India’s cargo go through the harbor, making it the busiest and largest harbor city of the Indian subcontinent. An overnight stay in Mumbai

Day 2Mumbai

After breakfast proceed for sightseeing tour of Mumbai covering Gateway of India, Prince of Wales Museum, Hanging Gardens on the slopes of Malabar Hills offering nice view of Marine Lines & Chowpatty Beach, Kamla Nehru Park, Mani Bhawan (where Mahatma Gandhi used to stay) and then to Dhobi Ghat. Also visit Afgan Church, Flora Fountain (Bombay nerve centre) and Colorful Crawford Market. An overnight stay in Mumbai.

Day 3Flight from Mumbai to Hyderabad

In the morning after breakfast, you will be transferred to airport to board the flight for Hyderabad. Later visit the Charminar- rectangular four arched monumental gate often described as “The Arch of Triumph of the East”, the Mecca Mosque and Salar Jung Museum – one man’s collection of manuscripts, ancient weapons, costumes and curios. Later drive past the High Court buildings. An overnight stay in Hyderabad.

Day 4Hyderabad

After an early breakfast, you will have a full day excursion to Golconda Fort. Golconda 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. Later visit the Usmansagar Lake – one of the most beautiful man-made lakes. An overnight stay in Hyderabad.

Day 5Flight from Hyderabad to Chennai and then drive to Tirupati (Approx 154 Kms - 4 Hours drive)

In the morning after breakfast, you will be transferred to airport to board the flight for Chennai. Arrive and drive to Tirupati transfer to hotel.Tirupati – one of the most important & the richest temple of the world. It is famous for the shrine of “Seven hills” of Tirumala which attract millions of pilgrims from all over India. Picturesquely situated amidst sacred waterfalls and tanks, the shrine presents a fine example of early Dravidian art. In front of it is the “Hall of Pillars” from where an attractive stepped way leads to the temple. An overnight stay in Tirupati.

Day 6Drive from Tirupati to Chennai

In the morning after breakfast, you will drive from Tirupati to chennai. Upon arrival in Chennai you will check into Hotel. Later you will go for Half day city sightseeing of chennai. Later, you will visit Museum to see the Art & Bronze Gallery. Drive through the Flower and Fruit Markets, High Court, Fort Museum, Marina Beach, San Thome Cathedral, the Theosophical Society and Snake Park. An overnight stay in Chennai.

Day 7Train from Chennai to Mysore

Early in the morning after breakfast, you will be transferred to railway station to board the train for Mysore. Arrive and transfer to hotel. Later a half-day sight seeing tour of Mysore visiting the Palace of the Maharaja built in 1911-12. The palace is a harmonious synthesis of the Hindu and saracenic styles of architecture with magnificent Archways, Domes, Turrets, Colonnades and Sculptures. Also visit the Art Gallery, drive upto Chamundi hill to see Chamundeshwari Temple & panoramic view of Mysore. On your way back see the Nandi Bull -a monolith structure. An overnight stay in Mysore.

Day 8Drive from Mysore to visit Sravanbelagola, Belur and Halebid.

Today after breakfast, you will have a full day excursion to Sravanbelagola, Belur and Halebid. At Sravanbelagola, hewn out of a single rock and visible from a distance of 25 kms is the statue of Lord Gomteshwara, which is bathed with milk, sandalwood, saffron once every 12 years. The Chennakesava temple of Belur built 900 years ago is an exquisite example of Hoysala art. Halebid’s 12th century Hoysaleswara and Kedareswara temples are masterpieces of Hindu art. An overnight stay in Mysore.

Day 9Drive from Mysore to Bangalore (By road Aprrox 145 Kms, 4 Hrs Drive)

After breakfast, you will drive to Bangalore. On the way visit Srirangapatnam, 16 kms from Mysore. This fort was the stronghold of Tipu Sultan, son of Hyder Ali. Tipu fought a valiant battle against the British in 1799 before laying down his life. Among the many fort buildings till intact are Tipu’s airy summer palace and his tomb at the Darya Daulat Bagh (Garden). Also visit Sri Ranganatha Temple. An overnight stay in Banglore.

Day 10Sightseeing of Bangalore and board an overnight train to Hospet.

In the morning after breakfast, sightseeing tour of the “Garden City” which covers the Lal Bagh having variety of old Trees, Fountains, Lotus, Pools, Terraces and an assortment of Tropical Herbs and Sub-Tropical Herbs. Also visit the Government Buildings and the Maharaja’s Palace. Utilize rest of the day in shopping or personal activities. Later Evening drive to Railway Station to board overnight train to Hospet. An overnight in Train

Day 11Drive from Hospet to Hampi

Upon arrival at Hospet, you will drive to Hampi- the erstwhile capital city of Vijayanagar Empire which had Palaces, Temples and sculptures spread all over. The city was razed to the ground by the Sultanates of South in 1565. You will check in hotel at Hampi. Rest of the day at your discretion or you can explore group of monuments at Hampi. An overnight stay in Hampi.

Day 12Drive from Hampi to Badami (Approx 145 Km, 3 1/2 hours drive)

Early morning after breakfast and check out from hotel, you will drive to Badami. On Arrival Check into hotel
Set in beautiful countryside at the foot of a red sandstone ridge, the small rural town of Badami was once the capital of the Chalukyan. Empire covered much of the central Deccan between the 4th centuries AD. Here and nearby Aihole and Pattadakal, you can see some of the earliest and rock- cut caves. The forms and sculptural work at there sites provided inspiration for the later Hindu empires which rose and fell in the arrival of the Muslims. Though principally promoters of the vedic culture, the Chalukyans were tolerant of all sects, and elements of Shaivism, Vaishnaivism, Jainism and even Buddhism can be found in many of their temples. Badami was the Chalukyan capital from about 540 AD until 757 AD when the Chalukyans were overthrown by the Rashtrakutas. The surrounding hills are dotted with temples, fortifications, carvings and inscriptions dating not just from the Chalukyan period, but from other times when the site was occupied as a fortress. After it fell to the Rashtrakutsa, Badami was occupied successively by the Chalukyans of Kalyan (a separate branch of the western Chalukyan), the Kaachuryas, the Yadavas of Devagiri, the Vijayanagar Empire, the Adil Shahi kings of Bajipur and the Marathas. All these various rulers have left their mark at Badami, and there’s even a Pallava inscription dating back to 642 AD when their king, Narasimha Varman I, Briefly overwhelmed the Chalukyans and occupied Badami for 13 years before being driven out. An overnight stay in Badami.

Day 13Drive from Badami to Bijapur (Approx 135 Kms, 3 1/2 Hrs drive)

In the morning after breakfast, you will drive to Bijapur. Upon Arrival Check into hotel.Later after freshen up visit Bijapur.The city was the capital of the Adil Shah Kings who left a wealth of monuments. The most famous is the Gol Gumbaz whose dome is the second largest in the world. A whisper into the dome on one side gets magnified 12 times and on the other side of the dome is an amazing acoustical phenomenon. Other buildings to see are Ibrahim Rauza, Gagan Mahal, Bara Kaman etc. An overnight stay in Bijapur.

Day 14Drive from Bijapur to Goa (Approx 380 Kms, 11 Hrs Drive)

After breakfast you will proceed to Goa. Upon arrival you will be transferred to the hotel. The evening is at leisure. An overnight stay in Goa

Day 15Goa

In the morning after breakfast, half-day sightseeing tour of the slopes of Altinho Hill for a breathtaking view of Panjim and river Mandovi. Then, you will visit Dona-Paula for a view of India’s largest natural harbour-Mormugao. Afterwards visit old Goa and see the Basillica of Bon Jesus which contains the tomb & mortal remains of St. Francis Xavierh housed in a silver ornate casket, St. Cathedral- the biggest Church in the East, St. Cajetan- built like St. Peter (Rome), Church of our Lady Rosary and St. Monica. Rest of the day is at leisure. An overnight stay in Goa

Day 16Goa

The day is at leisure. An overnight stay in Goa

Day 17Flight from Goa to Mumbai

Morning transfer to airport to board the flight for Mumbai to connect the flight back home

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