The places you will visit in this South & West India 14 days cultural tour are the Bollywood city Mumbai + a travel package for Ajanta & Ellora + the Charminar city Hyderabad + Tamilnadu and Karnataka. Travel itinerary start from Mumbai and ends in Mumbai. By opting for deluxe hotels, the tour could be converted to a Luxury West and South India tour. The tour is a good combination of Ellora and Ajanta travel package along with Hyderabad and some important cities of Tamilnadu and Karnataka. You could extend the tour by staying a few nights in the end in Bangalore or Mumbai. If you are interested in Buddhism, you could stay a few extra days in Hyderabad and make an excursion to Nagarjunasagar.
Day 01 :- Arrive Bombay (Mumbai).
Arrive Mumbai. Transfer to Hotel. Afternoon city tour. Visit 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. Over-night Bombay
Day 02 :-Mumbai Aurangabad
Transfer to airport for Aurangabad flight. Arrive & transfer to hotel.
Day 03 :- Aurangabad Ajanta Caves Aurangabad
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 Aurangabad.
Day 04 :- Aurangabad Ellora Caves Aurangabad Hyderabad
Morning visit Ellora Caves (29 kms) 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 rail-station for Hyderabad night train. Overnight on board train.
Day 05 :- Hyderabad
Morning 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 Hyderabad.
Day 06 :- Hyderabad
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 Hyderabad.
Day 07 :- Hyderabad Chennai (Madras)
Morning transfer to airport for Chennai 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 Chennai (Madras).
Day 08 :- Chennai Mahabalipuram Kanchipuram Chennai
Full Day tour of Mahabalipuram & Kanchipuram. Kanchipuram (64 kms from Chennai) 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 Chennai
Day 09 :- Chennai Mysore
Morning transfer to rail-station for Mysore train. Arrive Mysore and transfer to hotel. Overnight Mysore.
Day 10 :- Mysore Belur Halebid Mysore
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 Mysore.
Day 11 :- Mysore
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 free. Overnight Mysore.
Day 12 :- Mysore 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 Bangalore.
Day 13 :- Bangalore Mumbai
Transfer to airport for Bombay flight. Arrive & transfer to city centre. Later transfer to airport for return flight. No hotel.
Day 14 :- Departure
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