India Cultural Tour with Goa
Nights / 17 Days
Mumbai - Hyderabad - Chennai - Mysore - Bangalore - Hampi - Bijapur -
Goa - Mumbai
Day 1: Mumbai
On arrival - met, assisted and transferred to your hotel. Rest of the
day at your discretion.
Day 2: Mumbai
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.
Day 3: Hyderabad
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
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
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
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
Day 7: Mysore
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.
Day 8: Mysore
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.
Day 9: Bangalore
In the morning 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.
Day 10: Bangalore
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
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
Whole day we explore the wealthy monuments of Hampi. Evening return back
to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 13: Bijapur
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
Day 14: Goa
In the morning after breakfast we proceed to Goa. Arrive and check in hotel. For the
day you are free to relax.
Day 15: Goa
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
Whole day free to explore its beaches or to relax.
Day 17: Mumbai
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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