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Andhra Pradesh & Karnataka Tour

16 days  |  Starts : Hyderabad  |  Ends: Mumbai  |  from INR -------

Andhra Pradesh is a state bordering India’s southeastern coast. Tropical forests, rivers, hills and caves make it a popular ecotourism destination. Beaches line the Bay of Bengal, offering spots for swimming and surfing. Major cultural landmarks include Tirumala Venkateswara Temple, an ornate hilltop shrine to Hindu’s Vishnu, in the southern part of the state. It’s visited by tens of millions of pilgrims annually.


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Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrive Hyderabad

On arrival in Hyderabad, meet and assist at airport and transfer to hotel
Hotel check-in at 1400 hours
Rest of the day at leisure
Overnight: Hyderabad   |  Breakfast

Day 2 : Hyderabad

Following breakfast, proceed for sightseeing tour of Hyderabad visiting Char Minar, Mecca Masjid, Chowmohalla Palace, Qutub Shahi Tomb and Salar Jung Museum [Chowmohalla Palace, Qutub Shahi Tomb and Salar Jung Museum are closed on Fridays]

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Charminar :
With 56m tall minarets and 4 huge arches, the Charminar, often called the Arc de Triomphe of the East, was built between 1591 and 1612 by Sultan Mohammad Quli Qutb Shah. The Charminar, once the entranceway to the palace complex, is the symbolic centrepiece of the city. Today, this impressive landmark is surrounded by the lively and crowded bazaars and is illuminated at night.

Mecca Masjid :
Close to the Charminar is the Mecca Masjid, the largest mosque in south India, it can accommodate up to 10,000 people. Having been initiated by Sultan Abdulla Qutub Shah in 1614 it was completed by Aurangzeb when he annexed Golconda in 1692. This huge black granite building, with stucco decoration houses the tombs of the Asaf Jahi rulers and the Nizams of Hyderabad. The red bricks used on the entrance arches are, it is believed, made from clay brought from Mecca that was mixed with red colouring.

Chowmohalla Palace :
The seat of the Asaf Jahi dynasty, and once regarded as the centre of Hyderabad, the magnificent Chowmahalla Palace built over 200-years ago was the venue used by the Nizams when entertaining their official guests and royal visitors. Completed by Nizam Afzar-ud-Dawla Bahadur in 1869 but initiated by Nizam Salabhat Jung, the Palace took over 100 years to complete. Renowned for its unique style, which is a synthesis of many architectural styles and influences, this elegant Palace Complex has today been meticulously restored.

Qutub Shahi Tombs :
The final resting place of the Qutub Shah Kings, 12km from Hyderabad, the Qutub Shahi tombs are built on a raised platform with balustrades and beautiful minarets surrounded by well-maintained gardens. These tombs, a mixture of Persian, Pathan and Hindu forms are built from grey granite and embellished with stucco ornamentation. They are noted for the uniformity of the design, and for the exquisite onion shaped domes. The tomb of the 5th king of the Qutub Shahi dynasty who founded Hyderabad rises to a height of 42.5m, with a large dome and 28 open arches; undoubtedly one of the largest and most imposing tombs. Salar Jung Museum – The 36 halls of the Salar Jung museum display a large array of objects; all collected by Sir Yousuf Ali Salar Jung III the Wazir [Prime Minister] to the Nizam of Hyderabad, from 1899 until 1949. The Salar Jung Museum is quite possibly the largest one-man collection of objects d’art in India.

Overnight: Hyderabad   |  Breakfast

Day 3 : Hyderabad

Following breakfast, proceed for sightseeing tour of Golconda Fort
Golconda :
Famous for its diamond mines [from which the famous Kohinoor diamond of the British Crown was mined] Golconda, 10km west of Hyderabad is one of the greatest medieval fortresses in India. read more...

Initially built of mud in the 12th century it was later reinforced by the Bahmanis, who occupied the fort from 1363. The main structure is a huge citadel with 5km of double walls, 87 bastions and 8 huge entrance gates. The incredible acoustics of the Fateh Darwaza Victory Gate would enable the sound of a drum, bugle or a handclap, to be heard in the breezy Durbar Hall at the top of the fort. The extensive ruins of Golconda Fort bear witness to the engineering genius of the Qutub Shahi builders. Visit the Mortuary Bath, Armoury, the Women’s Palace, the Ambar khana, the Mahakali Temple and finally at the top, the Durbar Hall, which affords amazing views of the surrounding countryside from the roof.

Rest of the day at leisure

Overnight: Hyderabad   |  Breakfast

Day 4 : Hyderabad – Bidar – Gulbarga

Following breakfast, check-out from hotel and transfer by road to Gulbarga en-route visiting Bidar
Bidar city and fort are located on the edge of the Bidar platueau, the northernmost in Karnataka state. read more...

The plateau area, comprising low laterite hills, ends to the north at the Manjira River, a major tributary of the Godavari River. The Karanja River, a sub-tributary, drains the surrounding low-lying areas and feeds into the Manjiri River. The plateau has an altitude of 2,200 feet [670 m], and measures 22 miles [35 km] in length and 12 miles [19 km] in width at its broadest. The plateau encompasses a total area of 190 square kilometres [73 sq mi]. Bidar fort is built in the form of an irregular rhombus on the edge of the plateau with sheer walls built along the North and the East. The old fort of Bidar was captured in 1321-22 AD by Prince Ulugh Khan of the Tughlaq dynasty, who later on became Sultan Muhammad bin Tughluq of Delhi. With the establishment of the Bahmani Sultanate [1347], Bidar was occupied by Sultan Ala-ud-Din Bahman Shah. During the rule of Ahmad Shah I [1422–1486], Bidar was made the capital city of Bahmani Kingdom. Under Ahmed Shah's rule, the old Fort was rebuilt, and beautiful madrasas, mosques, palaces and gardens were raised. Firishta records that the reconstruction began in 1429 CE and ended in 1432 CE. As gunpowder had not yet been introduced into peninsular India, long and winding fort walls were constructed out of stone and mortar by Persian and Turkish architects, the stone being provided from the moat, which was excavated by Hindu masons.

On arrival in Gulbarga, check-in at hotel
Rest of the day at leisure with vehicle and driver at disposal [no guide]

Overnight: Gulbarga  |  Breakfast

Day 5 : Gulbarga – Bijapur

Following breakfast, check-out from hotel and proceed for sightseeing tour of Gulbarga
Chor Gumbad :
The beauty of Chor Gumbad, is not merely in its fine stucco, but its "environmental setting". The lone tomb is deliberately chosen to be built west of the Gulbarga fort, atop the hill. read more...

The tomb has some of the finest stucco on its ceilings and the jalis [now mostly broken]. Chor Gumabd does not house a grave, but is perhaps a victory monument. It is a unique and beautifully set piece of architecture. The tomb has an entrance to the east, facing the Gulbarga fort. The ceiling of the dome is decorated with a band of stucco scrolls, from which emerge large leaf shaped tree motifs filled with scrolls. There are steps that lead to an upper corridor screened by jalis [now mostly broken and vandalised], evidently meant for ladies of the Bahmani court. Further on the rooftop are chhatris, like miniature tombs on the four corners with domes and small corner minarets.

Gulbarga Fort – Places of religious importance in Gulbarga include the Khwaja Banda Nawaz Dargah, Sharanabasaveshwar Temple, Buddha Vihar and Sheikh Roza Dargah. Devotees from all over the world visit these places of worship every year.

Following sightseeing, transfer by road to Bijaypur
On arrival in Bijaypur, check-in at hotel
Rest of the day at leisure with vehicle and driver at disposal [no guide]

Overnight: Bijapur   |  Breakfast

Day 6 : Bijapur

Following breakfast at hotel, proceed for sightseeing tour of Bijapur
Bijapur – Built during the reign of Ali Adil Shah, Bijapur is home to some of the best mosques and mausoleums of the Deccan. The vast Gol Gumbaz, the tomb of Mohammad Adil Shah, has the second largest unsupported dome in the world, which is 44m in diameter. Other attractions include the Ibrahim Roza mausoleum of Ibrahim Adil Shah II and the Maik-e-Maidan, the largest medieval cannon in the world weighing approximately 55 tons and measuring 4.3m in length.

Rest of the day at leisure with vehicle and driver at disposal [no guide]
Overnight: Bijapur   |  Breakfast

Day 7 : Bijapur – Badami

Following breakfast, check-out from hotel and transfer by road to Badami
On arrival in Badami, check-in at hotel
In afternoon proceed for sightseeing tour of Badami read more...

Badami :
The Chalukyan capital from AD 543 to 757 Badami was known as Vatapi [a demon]. The town is built in a gorge, squeezed between sandstone hills and is dotted with white- washed houses. There is a busy bazaar and the town is rich with Hindu and Jain temples dating back to the 6th century, carved into the sandstone hills. Mallegitti Sivalaya Temple is 7th century and one of the finest examples of early south Indian temple architecture. Statues of Vishnu and Shiva decorate the outer walls. Situated high on a hill it is built of stones joined without mortar; the location provides stunning views of the town that is also home to a Medieval Sculpture Gallery.

Rest of the day at leisure with vehicle and driver at disposal [no guide]

Overnight: Badami  |  Breakfast

Day 8 : Badami – Aihole – Pattadakal – Badami

Following breakfast at hotel, proceed for same day excursion to Temples in Aihole and Pattakadal
Pattadakal :
A UNESCO World Heritage site, and the second capital of the Chalukyan kings, Pattadakal is 14 kms from Badami and 32km from Aihole. The majority of the town’s temples are clustered together and display both south Indian Dravida and north Indian Nagara styles of architecture. The large and impressive Virupaksha and Mallikarjuna temples typify the Davida style, whilst the Vishveshvara Temple is typical of the north. read more...

Aihole :
Known as the cradle of Hindu temple architecture, Aihole is 4 kms from Badami, and 32 kms from Pattadakal. The town was the first Chalukyan capital and site of the first built, rather than carved, temples. Meguti Temple is one of the oldest dated temples in India and one of over 140 to be found in the town. Early temples are simple with heavy flat roofs, yet they are decorated with pierced stone windows and sculptured images of rosettes and friezes. All of which are beautiful and have a lovely lightness of touch. The elaborate Durga and Lad Khan Temples are particularly well known; and interestingly the Durgigudi Temple is named after the nearby Durga Fort, not after the Hindu Goddess.

Rest of the day at leisure with vehicle and driver at disposal [no guide]

Overnight: Badami   |  Breakfast

Day 9 : Badami – Hampi

Following breakfast at hotel, check-out from hotel and transfer by road to Hampi
On arrival in Hampi, check-in at hotel
In afternoon, proceed for sightseeing tour of Hampi

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Hampi :
With its monopoly on the trade of cotton and spices was incredibly wealthy. With ornate palaces plated in gold, opulent temples and markets full of luxury goods the seat of the Vijayanagara Empire rivalled Rome in its grandeur. Known as Vijayanagara [‘the town of victory’] the bolder strewn site was strategically chosen and the ingenious skill of the master craftsmen’s architecture blended their buildings into the landscape. Destroyed by the Deccan Sultans in 1565, the 26sq km site sits on the banks of the Tungabhadra River and is one of India’s most impressive historical sites. Notable amongst the many ruins are the Virupaksha Temple with its 9-storey gopuram and the Vitthala Temple dedicated to Vishnu. It is now a World Heritage Monument. The Queens bath that measures an impressive 15m long has interesting stuccowork around it and was filled from beautiful lotus shaped fountains. Also impressive is the 2-storey Lotus Mahal in the Zenana screened off by high walls, the Hazara Rama Temple in the Royal Enclosure and the 14th century Vaishnavite Narasimha Temple.

Overnight: Hampi   |  Breakfast

Day 10 : Hampi

Following breakfast at hotel, proceed for second sightseeing tour of Hampi
Rest of the day at leisure with vehicle and driver at disposal [no guide]
Overnight: Hampi  |  Breakfast

Day 11 : Hampi - Goa

Following breakfast at hotel, check-out from hotel and transfer by road to Goa
On arrival in Goa, check-in at hotel
Rest of the day at leisure
Overnight: Goa   |  Breakfast

Day 12 : Goa

Following breakfast at hotel, full day at leisure to relax on various beaches of Goa
Overnight: Goa   |  Breakfast

Day 13 : Goa

Following breakfast at hotel, full day at leisure to relax on various beaches of Goa
Overnight: Goa  |  Breakfast

Day 14 : Goa – Mumbai

Following breakfast at hotel, morning at leisure
Later check-out from hotel and transfer by road to Goa Airport to board IndiGo Airlines flight to Mumbai
[Please note IndiGo Airlines is a low cost carrier, meals and drinks are available onboard on direct purchase]
On arrival in Mumbai, meet and assist at airport and transfer to hotel
Rest of the day at leisure
Overnight: Mumbai   |  Breakfast

Mumbai

Following breakfast at hotel, proceed for sightseeing tour of Elephanta Caves by shared boat [Elephanta Caves are closed on Mondays]
Elephanta Island – A heavily forested Island ten km from Bombay Harbour, the island was originally known as “Gharapuri" [City of forts]. read more...

Captured in 1535 from the Sultan of Gujarat, the Portuguese, upon discovering the huge elephant sculptures and rock hewn caves renamed the island Elephanta. Carved during the Golden Age of the Guptas and inspired by the worship of Shiva, the many sculptures and wall panels are all beautifully executed. The centre-piece of the temple, Mahesvara, the Lord of the Universe, is 6m high. Representing the triple aspects of Shiva as the Creator, the Preserver and the Destroyer, this sculpture is hewn from a single rock. Elephanta is reached by motor launch, a 1-hour journey each way.

Later proceed for sightseeing tour of Mumbai visiting Gateway of India, Prince of Wales Museum, Mani Bhavan, Dhobi Ghat and Victoria Terminal [Prince of Wales Museum is closed on Mondays]

Visit the Gateway of India, built to commemorate the visit of King George V in 1911 then drive past the famous Dhobi Ghats en route to the Afghan Church at Colaba. Next, visit the Prince of Wales Museum. Indo-Saracenic in style this beautiful building was designed by George Wittet. Rajabhai, the Clock Tower, in the grounds of Bombay University, the High Court and Victoria Terminus [popularly known as "V.T" it is the largest railway station in India] are all Bombay landmarks, classically Gothic in style they should not be missed. Following the shoreline of Marine Drive proceed to the Jain Temple at the top of Malabar Hill; with superb carvings on its exterior, this temple is a colourful, quiet and atmospheric place. Climb to the upper storey to see the masked monks tracing symbolic patterns in powder and ash before the image of God. Continue past the Hanging Gardens and the Parsi Towers of Silence before visiting the Kamla Nehru Park, which was laid out in memory of Jawaharlal Nehru's wife. Drive past Haji Ali Tomb, located in the sea then visit the Mani Bhavan, Gandhi's residence when he visited Bombay. There is a beautifully crafted tableau of 28 panels, depicting key events in the great leader's life. The re-creation of the simple rooms he occupied provides an insight into this legendary figure whose influence is still very much alive.

Rest of the day at leisure

Overnight: Mumbai   |  Breakfast

Day 16 : Depart Mumbai

Following breakfast at hotel, morning at leisure
Hotel check-out at 1200 hours

Old and New Delhi - The magnificent Red Fort, India's largest mosque Jama Masjid, and Gandhi's crematorium Raj Ghat
The Pink City of Jaipur - The lofty Amber Fort, regal City Palace and ancient observatory of Jantar Mantar
Fatehpur Sikri - An ancient abandoned Mughal city
Agra - The beautiful Agra Fort and the Mughal mausoleum known as Baby Taj
The spectacular Taj Mahal - India's most famous monument in all its glory at sunset
An exotic elephant ride into Jaipur's Amber Fort - just like the Raj would have done
India's rural Shekhawati region famed for its beautiful Rajasthani architecture and classic havelis
Diwali - Celebrate Diwali at Birla Temple in Jaipur and later enjoy a special dinner in the city
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Included

15 breakfasts
Meeting and assistance on arrival and departures
Hotel accommodation in 01 twin / double and 01 single room in standard / base category rooms at mentioned hotel
Daily buffet breakfast at all hotels
Chauffeur driven air-conditioned Toyota Innova car for all transfers, excursions and sightseeing tours
Traditional Indian welcome with garlanding on arrival
All applicable monument entrance fees during sightseeing at each city for single visit only
Services of English speaking local guide for sightseeing and excursions
Supply of mineral water [02 bottles of 250 ml per person per day] in vehicle during city tours / intercity travel
All currently applicable taxes

Not Included

Expenses of personal nature like laundry, telephone, fax, internet, beverages, camera / video camera fee at monuments, medical expenses, airport departure tax etc.
Local payments in domestic currency, such as tips and gratuities
Lunch / dinner at hotels unless specified
India visa fees
Travel insurance
Any other services not mentioned in price inclusions above

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Tour Details
Starts
Delhi
Ends
Delhi
Hotel Rating
3 - 4 star & heritage hotels
Meals
Breakfast: 7
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Our guide, Yusef, was terrific. He was extremely knowledgeable, gracious, and helpful. He was well organized and the arrangements were excellent.

Similarly, the driver, Mr Singh was excellent. The bus should have curtains to provide shade from the sun.

I would have liked less time in Delhi and more in Jaipur. The hotels improved during the tour, I believe a higher class Delhi hotel for an increase in cost would be well received by future guests, we thought the Delhi hotel acceptable, but could have been improved.

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