Bombay with Goa and The Deccan

Duration:

14 Nights / 15 Days

Cities to visit:

Mumbai - Aurangabad - Hyderabad - Gulbarga - Bijapur - Badami - Hospet – Goa – Mumbai

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Day 01 : Bombay

Morning arrive Bombay. Meeting, assistance at airport and transfer to hotel( check-in time 12 noon ). Afternoon excursion to Elephant Caves, famous due to the four rock cut temples on the island of Elephanta. They are believed to have been cut out between 450 to 750 AD. 

 There is one main cave with a number of large sculptured panels all relating to Shiva, and a separate lingam shrine. Dinner and overnight at hotel. 

 Day 02 : Bombay - Aurangabad

After breakfast transfer to airport for flight to Aurangabad. On arrival transfer to hotel. PM. Excursion to Ellora Caves : Whereas the Ajanta caves are famous for its paintings the caves at Ellora are famous for its sculptures which is remarkable. In all there are 34 caves ; 12 Buddhist, 17 Hindu and the rest are Jain.

 Roughly the Buddhist caves are thought to date from 600 to 800 AD, the Hindus are around 900 AD while the Jain caves were not commenced until about 800 and were completed by 1000 AD. Caves 1 to 5 are Viharas and are simpler and less preserved. 6 to 8 are having large seated Buddha in the shrine. 

 Hindu caves are the most dramatic and impressive of the Ellora cave temples. In size design and energy Hindu caves are in a totally different league to the Buddhist or Jain caves. Dinner and overnight at hotel. 

 Day 03 : Aurangabad

After breakfast full day excursion to Ajanta caves. The Ajanta caves were before the Ellora caves and are all Buddhist. Their isolation has contributed the fine state of preservation in which some of the paintings remain to this day. Five of the caves are Chaityas or temples while the others are Viharas or monasteries. The caves date from 250 to 650 AD. 

 The cave paintings initially suffered some deterioration. After their rediscovery some heavy-handed artists conducted a meticulous restoration and they are carefully preserved since then. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

 Day 04 : Aurangabad - Bombay - Hyderabad

After breakfast transfer to airport for flight to Bombay. Change planes in Bombay for Hyderabad. Transfer to hotel. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel. 

 Day 05 : Hyderabad

Breakfast at hotel. AM. Excursion to Golconda Fort : the origins of the fort have been traced back to earlier Hindu periods of Deccan history when the Yadavas and later the Kakatiyas ruled this area. It remained capital for approx. 80 years when the court was moved to the new city of Hyderabad. The citadel itself is built on a granite hill 120 meters high and surrounded by battle-mented ramparts.

 The massive gates are studded with large pointed iron spikes. Unfortunately, many of the structures inside the citadel - the palaces, harems, arsenals, stables have suffered a great deal frompast sieges but you get a good impression how it looked like originally. One of the most remarkable features of this fort is its system of acoustics whereby the sounds of hand clapped in the Grand Portico can be heard in the Durbar Hall. The tombs of the Qutab Shahi kings lie in the outer perimeter wall of Golconda, they are fairly small but graceful structures surrounded by landscaped gardens. 

 PM city s/seeing of Hyderabad visiting Charminar standing in the heart of the old walled city. This huge triumphal arch was built by Mohd. Quli Qutab Shah to commemorate the end of plague in Hyderabad. 

 It is surrounded by lively bazaars. Macca Masjid is nearby considered to amongst the largest mosques in the world. Salarjung museum - this is India's answer to the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. 

 It contains 35,000 exhibits drawn from all corners of the world including sculptures, wood carvings, religious objects, miniature paintings, armours etc. Dinner and overnight at hotel. 

 Day 06 : Hyderabad - Gulbarga

After breakfast proceed to Gulbarga enroute visiting Bidar. Bidar : Bidar Fort , the site of the former capital of the fifteenth century Bahamani kings, is a creation that mixes the Hindu and Muslim influences that are so much a part of this city. Bahamani Tombs - The interior paintings are beautiful. A great sense of grandeur but poorly maintained.

 The tomb of Ahmed Shah-al-Wali Bahamani is 107 feet high and built on a square plane, no external decoration but interior was once quite colourful. All other tombs are quite attractive. Evening arrive. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

 Day 07 : Gulbarga - Bijapur

Breakfast at hotel. AM. Visit of Gulbarga : the town was the Bahamani capital from mid 14 till mid 15th century until it was transferred to Bidar. Its old fort is in a much deteriorated state, but has a number of interesting buildings inside. 

 The Jama Masjid inside the fort is reputed to have been built by a Moorish architect in imitation ofthe great mosque in Cordova. The mosque is unique in India with a huge dome covering the whole area, foursmaller ones at the corners 75 still smaller all around. PM. Proceed to Bijapur.Dinner and overnight at hotel.

 Day 08 : Bijapur

Breakfast at hotel. Full day sightseeing of Bijapur. The city is the Agra of the south of India, full of ruined and still intact gems of the 15th to 17th century Muslim architecture, mosque, mausoleums, palaces and fortifications. Like Agra, it has its world famous monuments. 

 Golgumbaz : This enormous structure with its vast hemispherical dome, said to be the world's second largest. 

 Brahim Roza : constructed at the height of Bijapur's prosperity. Unlike Golgumbaz it is impressive for its immensity and here the emphasis is on elegance and delicacy. Jama Masjid, The Citadel are other attractions. 

 Dinner and overnight at hotel. 

 Day 09 : Bijapur

Breakfast at hotel and proceed to Badami. PM. Visit of Badami : A charming village and the former second capital of the Chalukyas, is nestled between the red sandstone hills. The cave temples of Badami are astounding . 

 All these temples are hewn out of solid rock, some as early as AD 550. Their setting is magical : carved into hills above a lovely reservoir with quaint, tiny temples dotting the edge. 

 The four most important caves follow a set plan : a verandas with pillars, a hall with columns, and a small cell to enshrine the deity. Though the exteriors appear simple, with borders of grotesque dwarfs, the int eriors are remarkable. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

 Day 10 : Badami

Breakfast at hotel. AM. Excursion to Aihole. At Aihole, which was the capital between 4th and 7th century, you can see the Hindu temple architecture in its embryonic stage. From the earliest Ladkhan Temple to the later and more complex structures like the Kulingudi and Durgigudi temples. 

 The Durgigudi is particularly interesting and probably uniquein India. Most of the temples here are in good state of preservation. PM. 

 Excursion to Pattadkal, this town reached the height of its glory during the 7th and the 8th century when most of the temples were here built. It was not only thesecond capital of BadamiChalukyans, but the place whereall coronations took place. 

 The most important monuments here, the Lokeshwari or Virupaksh temple, is a huge structure with sculptures that narrates the episodes from the Hindu epics, Ramayana and Mahabhrata. 

 It also throws the light on the social life of Chalukyans. Dinner and overnight at hotel. 

 Day 11 : Badami - Hospet

Breakfast at hotel and proceed to Hospet. PM. Visit of Hampi ( Vijayanagar ) : Hampi is the shell of a colossal empire. The traveller’s then found it "as large as Rome" and "the best provided city in the world". The Virupaksha Temple, dedicated to Shiva and now considered the most sacred structure in Hampi, is still active. On the surrounding hills are more temple complexes. Vitthala temple complex is the highest glory of Vijayanagara architecture. Dedicated to Vishnu, the alled rectangular courtyard contains the renowned chariot with lotus-shaped wheels : the entire vehicle intricately carved from a single granite stone. 

 Hazara Rama Complex, in a rectangular compound is dedicated to Vishnu. It was for the private worship of the king. Dinner and overnight at hotel. 

 Day 12 : Hospet - Goa

After breakfast proceed to Goa. Lunch will be enroute. Evening reach Goa. Dinner and overnight at Beach Resort. 

 Day 13 : Goa

Breakfast at resort. Days at leisure. Dinner and overnight stay.

 Day 14 : Goa

Breakfast at resort. Days at leisure. Dinner and overnight stay.

 Day 15 : Goa - Bombay- Europe

Breakfast at Beach Resort. AM. At leisure. PM. transfer to airport for flight to Bombay. 

 On arrival transfer to hotel for dinner. Immediately after dinner transfer to international airport for flight to Europe.

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