|Discover Deccan India Tour
Slightly off the beaten track, this tour takes in some of the most interesting sites of the Deccan. An area full of intriguing history: massive for tresses, wonderful sensitive Islamic architecture and some of the finest cave paintings, sculpture and art in the whole of India. Round off this fascinating tour with a relaxing stay by the white sands of Goa.
Destinations Covered: Hyderabad - Bidar - Gulbarga - Bijapur - Hospet - Hampi - Badami - Goa - Mumbai (Bombay)
14 Nights / 15 Days
Day 1: Arrive Hyderabad
Meeting and assistance on arrival at International airport & transfer to Hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: Hyderabad
In the morning visit the imposing Golconda Fortress City, founded originally by the 13th C Kakatiyas, and expanded by the Qutab Shahi Kings into a massive structure. The fort has incredible acoustics a handclap at a certain point beneath the dome can be heard almost a km away! Afternoon sightseeing of Hyderabad, including the Charminar, a masterpiece of the Qutab Shahis, Salar Jung Museum and the Laad Bazaar where just about anything can be purchased. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 3: Hyderabad Bidar (By Surface)
Morning after breakfast drive to Bidar. On arrival, check in at hotel. Sightseeing in the afternoon includes Bidar Fort with its imposing bastions and the Rangin Mahal a royal residence with elaborately carved wooden pillars. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 4: Bidar Gulbarga (By Surface)
Morning after breakfast drive to Gulbarga. On arrival, check in at the hotel. Afternoon sightseeing tour of Gulbarga. Massive guns one 25 foot long defended Gulbarga Fort. Inside see the Jumma Masjid, the tomb of the Sufi Saint Khwaja Syed Mohammed Gaus and the Dargah Library. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 5: Gulbarga Bijapur (By Surface)
Morning after breakfast drive to Bijapur. On arrival, check in at the hotel. Afternoon sightseeing of this historic city. Visits include the Gol Gumbaz (meaning round dome) the tomb of Mohammed Adil Shah, its central dome only surpassed in size by St Peters Basilica in Rome. The acoustics are phenomenal. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 6: Bijapur to Hospet (By Surface)
Morning after breakfast drive to Hospet. On arrival, check in at the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 7: Hospet Hampi Hospet
The Deccan, a wonderful mysterious almost magical land, strewn with monolithic granite boulders, is a worthy backdrop to the great ruined city, now fittingly a World Heritage site. Two full days sightseeing brings to life the golden age at its height in the reign of Krishnadevaraya 1509-1529. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 8: Hospet Hampi - Hospet
Visits include the Vittala Temple, its sculpture probably the defining moment of Vijaynagar art. Stop at Hampi Bazaar, now thriving and compare it with the Suke Bazaar, deserted, silent. Also visit the Royal centre with the Lotus Mahal and Elephant Stables. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 9: Hospet - Pattadakal - Badami (By Surface)
Morning after breakfast drive to Pattadakal, a World Heritage site, where temple development started in the early 3rd C. The main temple, the Virupaksha has wonderful, breathtakingly lifelike sculpture taken from the Ramayana and Mahabharata. At Aihole some of the earliest Hindu temple architecture is found and seen developing in intricacy. On arrival, check in at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 10: Badami
Famed for its cave complex, Badami was once the capital of the Chalukyan Empire. In cave one, dating back to 578AD there is a superb representation of the 18-armed Nataraja striking 81 dancing poses. Cave two, dedicated to Lord Vishnu sees him depicted in dwarf form, as a boar and as Lord Krishna. Cave three is the highlight a tour into the art and culture of the 6th C. Finally cave four started in the 6th C, is the only Jain cave, where carvings of Tirthankara Parshavanath (with a serpent) and Mahavira can be seen. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 11: Badami Goa (By Surface)
Morning after breakfast drive to Goa to round off the tour and spend a few days relaxing in Goa. On arrival in Goa, check in at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 12: Goa
Full day at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 13: Goa
Full day at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 14: Goa - Mumbai (Bombay) (By Flight)
Afternoon transfer from your hotel to airport to connect flight for Mumbai. On arrival, proceed straight from airport for a panoramic city tour of Mumbai. Later transfer to hotel for use of room until your departure transfer to international airport.
Day 15: Departure Mumbai (Bombay)
In time transfer from hotel to International airport to connect flight for onward destination / home.