Places to visit: Mumbai – Hyderabad – Bijapur – Badami – Hospet – Dandeli – Goa – Mumbai
Duration: 12 Nights / 13 Days
Day 01: Mumbai
Arrive at Mumbai. The executives from India Holiday Packages transfer you to the hotel. Your vacation in India begins with an afternoon sightseeing tour of Mumbai covering the Gateway of India, Mani Bhawan or the Gandhi memorial (the former residence of Mahatma Gandhi converted into a museum cherishing his memories), Marine Drive, Juhu, Chowpatty Beach, Hanging Gardens and the Kamla Nehru Garden.
Day 02: Hyderabad
Board a flight for Hyderabad from Mumbai airport. Arrive at Hyderabad and board into hotel. In the afternoon, have a city sightseeing tour covering the Charminar, Hussain Sagar, Salar Jung Museum with its largest private collections of the Nizams. Other important tourist attractions in the city include State Central Library (one of the best libraries in India), Naubat Pahad (a hilltop tourist spot) and the Osmania University. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 03: Bijapur
Reach Bijapur while visiting Bidar enroute. Visit the fortress and its palaces, mosques, a madarsa or college and the royal tomb (Rangin Mahal). In Gulbarga see the Gulbarga Fort and Bahamani tombs known as ‘Haft Gumbaz’ or ‘Seven Domes’. Also visit Jama Masjid, the only mosque in India without an open courtyard. Return to Bijapur late in the afternoon. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 04: Badami
Move towards Badami in the morning. Arrive Badami and board at a hotel. Sightseeing tour of Bijapur in the afternoon include Gol Gumbaz, Mohammed Adil Shah’s Tomb with world’s second largest dome, Jama Masjid built in 1558-80 during the Bahamani period. Ibrahim Rauza (a tomb and a mosque), Mihatyar Mahal and Begum Mahal are other tourist places. Overnight stay at hotel in Badami.
Day 05: Badami
From Badami depart for a full day excursion to Aihole with most of the ‘Shikaras’ in Indo-Aryan style. Then visit the rock-cut temples followed by the temples of Pattadakal with large and decorative windows and pillared halls. Visit Virupakha Mallikarjuna and other prominent temples at Pattadakal. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 06: Hospet
Proceed to Hospet in the morning. Visit Fiva Caves, dedicated to Lord Vishnu, Shiva, Jains and Buddhists with frescoes and paintings. Also the two beautiful lakeside temples called Bhutnath Temples. Explore Badami’s rock cut shrines dating back to 6th and 7th century. Later drive to Hospet. Check in and overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 07: Hospet
Next day start with an excursion to Hampi, the once beautiful capital of Vijaynagar Empire. Visit the Lotus Temple famous for its incredible sculpture work, stone chariot and musical pillars. The Hazar Rama Temple is also another most important tourist spot. Overnight stay at Hospet.
Day 08: Dandeli
A morning drive takes you to Dandeli visiting the Jain temples at Lakundi and the cotton market at Gadag enroute. Arrive at Dandeli to visit a wildlife reserve. In the afternoon, enjoy a Jeep Safari in the wildlife sanctuary. Overnight stay at wildlife resort.
Day 09: Goa
After exploring the dense forests and the diverse wildlife in the park through Safari, drive to the holiday destination of Goa. Arrive at Goa and check in at hotel.
Day 10: Goa
The morning city sightseeing tour starts with Old Goa including Panaji, the capital of Goa. The centers of attraction at Goa also include Mapusa Bazaar, the oldest weekly fair on the Konkan Coast. Shri Mangesh Temple in Madgoa, Shri Shanta Durga Temple dedicated to Goddess of peace, Shanteri and Shri Ramanath Temple in the Shri Ramanath Panchayatan, a temple complex at Ponda make up the temples that act as the Goan landmarks.
Day 11: Goa
The day is free for leisure and holiday activities on the seashore.
Day 12: Mumbai
Board a flight for Mumbai from the Goa airport. Arrive at Mumbai where you are transferred to the hotel.
Day 13: Departure
The executive from India Holiday Packages assists you at Mumbai airport in boarding the flight for your onward destination or way back home.
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