- a land where myriad holiday ideas take shape. In comparison to the wonders
of India, most holiday destinations pale into insignificance. India, as a
destination, defies description for it encompasses a world of contrasts and
excitement. To give you an idea of the magic that is India, a few
itineraries have been suggested to stir your mind
and fire your imagination. Each region of India has something exciting
and amazing to offer. In India, the holiday never ends. There is
so much to do, so much to participate in, that the visitor
can never exhaust the fun of outdoor activities that the country has to
offer. India is also the land that treats its guests as God,
"Atithi Devo Bhav".
Arrive Mumbai (Bombay).
Transfer to Hotel. Overnight stay at Mumbai.
Day - 02
Mumbai - Aurangabad
proceed for city tour of Mumbai (Bombay) covering Kamla Nehru Park, Hanging Gardens situated
on the slopes of Malabar Hill offering a panoramic
view of Marine Drive, Chowpatty Beach, Prince of
Wales Museum, Mani Bhawan, Dhobi Ghat, Gateway of
India & drive through the Crawford Market, Marine
Drive & Flora Fountain. Check-out at 1200 hrs.
Evening transfer to airport for Aurangabad flight.
Arrive Aurangabad and transfer to hotel. Overnight
stay at Aurangabad.
Day - 03
Full day tour of Ajanta
Caves. Ajanta Caves are 106 kms from Aurangabad &
date back to the 2nd century BC. The 30 rock hewn
caves are adorned with Buddhist sculpture and the
frescoes portray in epic form the religious and
secular life through eight centuries. Overnight
stay at Aurangabad.
Day - 04
Ellora Caves - Aurangabad - Mumbai
Morning visit Ellora
Caves (29kms) encompassing 34 rock cut shrines
representing Buddhist, Hindu & Jain art dating from
the 4th to 9th century A.D. The most remarkable
among them is the Kailash Temple, meant to be a
replica of Lord Shivas celestial abode–Kailash is
the best example of Rock cut architecture and an
engineering marvel. Check-out at 1200 hrs. Evening
transfer to airport for departure to Mumbai. Arrive
Mumbai and transfer to Hotel. Overnight stay at
Day - 05
Mumbai - Hyderabad
Depart Mumbai for Hyderabad. Arrive Hyderabad and
transfer to Hotel. Afternoon tour of Hyderabad.
Visit Charminar - Rectangular Four Arched Monumental
Gate often described as the -The Arch of Triumph of
the East, The Mecca Mosque & visit the Salar Jung
Museum - one man collection of Manuscripts, ancient
weapons, costumes & curios. Visit the High Court
buildings. Overnight stay at Hyderabad.
Day - 06
Day free or optional
tour to Golconda. Golconda Fort is situated on the
Western outskirts of Hyderabad. The fort built in
the 13th century, served the kings as a Stronghold,
Administrative Centre and Market Place. See the
expansive Roof Gardens. Also visit the Tombs of
Qutab Shahi Kings in a beautiful domed Mausoleum
surrounded by Gardens. The tombs follow certain
pattern with Hindu style ornamentation, while
important ones have their own Mosques. Overnight
stay at Hyderabad.
Day - 07
Hyderabad - Chennai
Morning transfer to
airport for Chennai (Madras) flight. Arrive and
transfer to hotel. Afternoon city tour. Visit the
Museum to see the Art and Bronze Gallery (Closed on
Fridays and Public holidays). Drive through the
Flower and Fruit market, High court, Fort museum,
Marina Beach, Santhome Cathedral and snake park.
Overnight stay at Chennai (Madras).
Day - 08
Chennai - Kancheepuram - Mahabalipuram
Full day tour of
Mahabalipuram & Kanchipuram. Kanchipuram (64 kms
from Chennai (Madras)) is the ancient capital of the
Pallavas famous as a city of 1000 Temples and still
has 124 shrines. The first temple dedicated to Shiva
was built in the 7th and 8th century and has
paintings on the walls. Temples of Ekambaswara,
Kailasanatha, Sri Kamakshi and Varadarajaswamy are
of interest. Kanchipuram is also famous for its
silks. The city of Mahabalipuram is famous for the
seven pagodas. Here on the seashore is an
interesting group of ancient rock hewn temples which
are the examples of Dravidian style of Architecture.
Overnight stay at Mahabalipuram
Day - 09
Chennai - Bangalore - Mysore
Drop at the airport.
Depart Chennai for Bangalore by flight. Arrive
Bangalore and transfer to Mysore. Enroute visit to
Srirangapatinam, the ruined capital of King Hyder
Ali and his son Tipu Sultan who lost in the 3rd and
final battle against the British forces. Visit his
summer palace, the fort, Sri Ranganathaswamy temple
and the gallows. Proceed on to Mysore. Arrive and
check-in Hotel. Evening visit to Brindavan Gardens.
Overnight stay at hotel.
Day - 10
Morning tour of Mysore.
Visit the palace of the Maharaja built in 1911-1912.
The palace is of harmonious syntheses of the Hindu
and saracenic styles of architecture with archways,
domes, turrets, colonnades and sculptures which are
magnificent. Visit the Art Gallery; drive upto
Chamundi hill to see Chamundeshwari Temple & a
panoramic view of Mysore. On the way back, see the
Nandi Bull. Afternoon visit to Somnathpur. Overnight
stay at Mysore.
Day - 11
Mysore - Belur - Halabid - Hassan
Full day tour of Belur
and Halebid. The Chenna Kesava temple of Belur built
900 years ago is an exquisite example of Hoysala
art. Halebid's 12th century Hoysaleswara and
Kedareswara temples are master pieces of Hindu art.
On the return, visit Sravanbelgola. At Sravanbelgola,
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 and honey once every 12
years. Overnight stay at Hassan.
Day - 12
Hassan - Bangalore
Drive to Bangalore. Day
at leisure for exploring this "Garden City". You
could visit the Lal Bagh with a variety of old
trees, fountains, lotus pools, terraces & an
assortment of tropical and sub-tropical herbs. Also
see the Maharaja's Palace and Government Buildings.
Overnight stay at Bangalore.
Day - 13
Bangalore - Mumbai (Flight)
Transfer to airport for
Mumbai (Bombay) flight. Arrive & transfer to hotel.
Rest of the day free Overnight Mumbai (Bombay).
Day - 14
Mumbai - Depart
Morning transfer to
airport. Depart for destination.