Duration: 16 Nights / 17 Days Places to See: Mumbai - Hyderabad - Chennai - Mysore - Bangalore - Hampi
- Bijapur - Goa - Mumbai Day 1: Mumbai On
arrival - met, assisted and transferred to your hotel. Rest of the day at your
Day 2: Mumbai
For the day visit 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),
Colourful Crawford Market and Marine Drive.
Day 3: Hyderabad
You will be transferred to Hyderabad by flight. After lunch, we 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.
Day 4: Hyderabad
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.
Day 5: Chennai From
Hyderabad board the flight for Chennai. Arrive and check in hotel. For the day
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.
Day 6: Chennai
After breakfast, we take full day excursion of 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. Evening return back
Day 7: Mysore
Early morning board the train for Mysore. From Railway station, you will be
transferred to hotel. After lunch we take 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 magnificient
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.
Day 8: Mysore 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.
Day 9: Bangalore
After breakfast, we drive towards Bangalore. On the way we visit Srirangapatnam
,16 kms from Mysore. This fort was the stronghold of Tippu Sultan, son of Hyder
Ali. Tippu fought a valiant battle against the British in 1799 before laying
down his life. Among the many fort buildings till intact are Tippu 's airy summer
palace and his tomb at the Darya Daulat Bagh (Garden). Also visit Sri Ranganatha
Day 10: Bangalore
For the first half we take day 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
see the Government Buildings and the Maharaja's Palace. Utilise rest of the
day in shopping or personal activities.
Day 11: Hampi Proceed
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. We Check in hotel at Hospet (12 km from Hampi).
Rest of the day at your discretion or you can explore group of monuments at
Day 12: Hampi
Whole day we explore the wealthy monuments of Hampi. Evening return back to
hotel for overnight stay.
Day 13: Bijapur
Bijapur 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.
Day 14: Goa
After break fast we proceed to Goa. Arrive and check in hotel. For the day you
are free to relax.
Day 15: Goa
We start our half-day Sightseeing tour from the slopes of Altinho Hill for a
breathtaking view of Panjim and river
Mandovi. Then to Dona-Paula for a view of India's largest natural harbour-Mormugao.
Afterwards we visit old Goa and see the Basillica of Bom Jesus which contains
the tomb & mortal remains of St. Francis Xavierh housed in a silver ornate
casket , Se. 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
Day 16: Goa
Whole day free to explore its beaches or to relax.
Day 17: Mumbai
From Goa board the flight for Mumbai. Day will be kept free at your discretion
till the time of your departing flight. You'll be transferred to the Airport
for onward flight.
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