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Goa Beaches with South India Tour
16 Nights / 17 Days
Mumbai - Hyderabad - Chennai - Mysore - Bangalore
- Hampi - Bijapur - Goa - Mumbai.
Day 1: Mumbai :
A fitting place to start.
On arrival - met, assisted and transferred to your hotel. Rest of the day
at your discretion.
Day 2: Mumbai :
The city of dreams.
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 :
Nijams rich legacy.
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 :
Uncovering the Mysteries of Golconda.
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
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 :
Sacred journey to Tirupati.
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 to hotel.
Day 7: Mysore :
Silk & sandalwood.
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 :
Sublime expressions of stone.
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 :
Passing through history.
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 Temple.
Day 10: Bangalore :
India's silicon valley.
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 :
A city that was.
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 Hampi.
Day 12: Hampi :
Conversation with the monuments.
Whole day we explore the wealthy monuments of Hampi. Evening return back
to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 13: Bijapur :
Gol Gumbaz - where the silence screams.
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 : Baywatch.
After break fast we proceed to Goa. Arrive and check in hotel. For the
day you are free to relax.
Day 15: Goa :
Rome in India.
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 at leisure.
Day 16: Goa :
Time out for leisure.
Whole day free to explore its beaches or to relax.
Day 17: Mumbai :
A fitting finale.
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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