DECCAN ODYSSEYDay 01: Arrive Delhi
On arrival at Delhi airport, on completion with immigration, custom clearance and luggage collection please proceed to the exit look for Our representative in the arrival area- who will be holding a placard with guests name and transferred to the hotel (check in time 1400 hrs), You will be greeted with a traditional Indian welcome and escorted to your hotel. Delhi is India’s bustling capital city. New Delhi reflects the legacy the British left behind. The division between New and Old Delhi is the segregation between the capitals of the British and the Mughals respectively. This day will be spent at leisure to get acclimated to the time difference. Overnight in Delhi
After breakfast, proceed for a guided tour of. Enjoy a cycle rickshaw ride through the famous Chandni Chowk Bazaars, once the shopping avenue for Mughal royalty and the oldest marketplace of the city, once the shopping avenue for Mughal royalty and the oldest marketplace of the city. Drive past the Red sandstone walled Red Fort, also built by Emperor Shahjahan. Next proceed to visit Raj Ghat, the cremation ground of Mahatma Gandhi), The “Father of the nation”.
Afternoon, proceed for a guided tour of New Delhi visit Humayun’s Tomb, built by the orders of Humayun’s widow, Hamida Banu Begum, starting in 1562. It took 8 years for the tomb to get completed. The structure is built with red sandstone, whereas white and black marble has been used largely in the borders. Qutab Minar is built in Indo- Islamic style and has five stories. It is one of the highest stone towers in India and has a diameter of about 14.32 meters/47 feet at the base and about 2.75 meters/9 feet the top. Later drive past India Gate, The war memorial arch, India Gate, was built by the British in the honor of the 70000 Indian soldiers, who lost their lives in the First World War and Second Afghan War, Rashtrapati Bhavan (President Palace) and adjoining Government Buildings, Parliament house. End the day with the visit to the Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, once belonged to Raja Jai Singh of Amber (Jaipur) in the 17th century, known as Jaisinghpura Palace. In 1664, the Eighth Sikh Guru Har Krishan, stayed here and later died. – B Overnight in Delhi (Breakfast)
Morning after an early breakfast, check-out at 7 AM and later you will travel overland in a chauffeur driven car to Agra, a destination where successive Mughal Emperors left their architectural imprints – culminating with the magnificent Taj Mahal, creating one of ancient India’s greatest centers of art and culture. Upon arrival, you will be met by our Tour Guide and visit the Agra Fort. Agra Fort: The Fort was built by Akbar in 1565 and further developed by successive generations. This well-preserved fortress built of red-sandstone dominates a bend of the River Yamuna – with a magnificent view of the Taj. The interior boasts of many grand buildings which include the Royal Pavilions, the Diwan-e-Am [hall of public audience] and Diwan-e-khas [hall of private audience] – usually reserved for other Kings and Dignitaries. After sightseeing, you will be transferred to the Hotel.
In the evening, visit the Taj Mahal by sunset, when it’s bathing with the gold and pink hues of the sky, looking completely golden. Constantly changing color, with the sun’s changing position on the horizon; Taj is mesmerizing! Taj Mahal – a Monument of love from the Mughal Emperor Shāh Jahān which took 22 years to build and completed in 1653 AD, in memory of his beloved wife, Arjumand Bano Begum, also known as Mumtāz Mahal. . Visit Taj Museum, inside the complex [Taj Mahal closed on Fridays]. – B Overnight in Agra
Morning after an early breakfast, check-out at 7:00 AM and later you will be met by a our representative in the hotel lobby and assisted with a transfer to Agra Cantonment Railways Station to board the Train for Bhopal. On arrival, you will be assisted and transferred to hotel where you will freshen up, before stepping out to visit & experience the old town for a small glimpse of the city – B Overnight in Bhopal
After breakfast you will meet your local guide and head out for a more in-depth look at this fascinating city, with a visit to its crumbling Taj Mahal OR (Raj Bhawan), the famous mosque and the surrounding bazaar. After lunch you’ll then drive north to Sanchi to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Buddhist Stupas, and the ancient caves of Udaiguri. After sightseeing return back to hotel & retire for the day. – B Overnight in Bhopal
This morning after breakfast, you will then head out to explore this architecturally rich and diverse center. First you’ll be visiting the Old City. – B The principle landmark and the 16th century Charminar, which is houses Hyderabad’s oldest mosque. Then you explore the bazaars around the Charminar selling all manner of items from bangles to budgerigars and look around the Mecca Masjid, which can house 10,000 worshippers. From here you can grab some lunch then and head out of town to see Golconda Fort, which was the capital of Telangana until 1590 when a terrible drought forced the city’s move and the founding of Hyderabad. We then return to town, stopping en-route to wander around the serenely set Tombs of the Qutub Shahi Kings. Overnight in Hyderabad
Today check-out early in the morning with packed breakfast and later, you will travel by road in a chauffeur driven car to the neighboring state of Karnataka border – Bijapur with its dominating Islamic architecture. – B
The drive will take most of the day and late in the afternoon you’ll have time to explore the magnificent Golgumbaz, which is the town’s largest monument having a 38 meter diameter dome – second only in size to St Peter’s Basilica in Rome; and the stunning Ibrahim Rouza Mausoleum, which is considered by many to be one of the most finely proportioned Islamic monuments in India. (B) Overnight in Bijapur
Morning after breakfast, you travel overland in a chauffeur driven car to Badami. – B
En-route, you will visit the Chalukya Dynasty’s wonderful 5th century Temples at Aiholé and the world heritage site of Pattadakal. Having checked into your hotel in the afternoon you will have a chance to visit the amazing Buddhist rock-carved Temples. Overnight in Badami
Morning after breakfast, check-out and visit Badami Archeological Museum & Agastyatirtha Tank and later, you’ll head on to yet to another world heritage site of Hampi, one of the most remarkable sites in India. – B Here you will check-in at the hotel and take your first look around yet another incredibly area. Rest of the day is at leisure in Hampi for own activities. Overnight in Hampi
Morning after breakfast, you will be met by our Tour Guide in the hotel lobby and proceed to explore the scattered ruins of the 15th Century city of Vijayanagar. – B You will visit the highlight of the Hampi ruins – the Vittala Temple, before the other main sights, which include the Elephant Stables and the Lotus Mahal before heading back into town. The afternoon is free to further explore the ruins at your own pace. Overnight in Hampi
Morning after breakfast, you will be driven to Hubli for an overnight transit halt between Hampi and Goa. – B Upon arrival, check-in at the Hotel and later, rest of the day in Hubli is at leisure for your own activities. Overnight in Hubli
After breakfast, you will be driven for the last leg of your fascinating Central India journey, west to the Goa coastline and the Arabian Sea.- B On arrival in Goa, you will be transferred to hotel and later, enjoy a well-earned stroll along the beach on your own. Overnight in Goa
Morning after breakfast, you will be met by our Tour Guide in the hotel lobby and proceed for local sightseeing in Goa. Variously known as “Pearl of the Orient” and a “Tourist Paradise”, the state of Goa is located on the western coast of India in the coastal belt known as Konkan. – B Goa is much more than just beaches and sea, the magnificent scenic beauty and the architectural splendors of its temples, churches and old houses have made Goa a firm favorite with travelers around the world. Visit Sri Mangesh Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva. The lovely temple attracts lots of devotees and the architecture of the temple follows every norm of the traditional Hindu architectural style. Visit the Basilica of Bom Jesus, located in Old Goa which was the capital city during the Portuguese rule. The Basilica of Bom Jesus is famous for the preserved mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier. He was the member of Society of Jesus and came to India with the Portuguese to spread Christianity. Also visit adjoining Cathedral, dedicated to St. Catherine of Alexandria. This magnificent edifice built in the 16th century under the Portuguese rule in India. Later, visit Mary Immaculate Conception, This church is supposed to be one of the earliest churches to be constructed in Goa. The beautiful Reis Margo church is a worth visit. Later, drive to Panjim City, the state capital of Goa and a cozy little town with beautiful painted houses. This town is also an ideal place for shopping.
Panjim city – is welcoming not only as a tourist site but appeals to tourists due to its features. Panaji has beautiful, red-roofed houses, built in Latin style. However, the city does not lack in modern infrastructure and you can find modern houses, well laid gardens, statues and avenues lined with Gulmohar, Acassia and other trees. The town has preserved its Portuguese heritage remarkably well and parts of it still consists of narrow winding streets, old houses with over-hanging balconies, red-tiled roofs and numerous small bars and cafes. Many signs in Portuguese are still visible over shops, cafes and administrative buildings.
Being the capital city of Goa, it is also the focal point of Goa Tourism, it is a small and beautiful city on the bank of River Mandavi. We will also visit Dona Paula view point, where the River Mandavi meets the Arabian Sea. It is a secluded bay of Dona Paula with a fine view of Mormugao harbor.
We continue and visit Miriam beach – one of the Goa beaches in North Goa near Dona Paula. Under the palm shade, Miriam beach is just 3 km away from capital city, Panjim.
Your last stopover is Dona Paula, the beautiful sunset point, named after Dona Paula de Menezes. This place is called the Lovers Paradise due to a myth that has been attached to this place. According to one legend, the Viceroy’s daughter jumped off the cliff and committed suicide, after facing objections from her family about her love affair with a poor fisherman. After sightseeing tours, we drive back to the hotel and later you will be left undisturbed to relax and retire for the day. Overnight in Goa
After a leisurely breakfast, walk down to the nearest beach and spend the entire day at leisure. [No Transportation OR Tour Guide required] – BOvernight at Goa
After a leisurely breakfast, check-out the room at 12:00 Noon. Later, you will be met by our representative in the hotel lobby.and assisted with a transfer to Goa Airport to board the Flight for your onward destination. – B