This trip is a walk down the ancient history. Ajanta and Ellora caves, considered to be one of the finest examples of ancient rock-cut caves are located near Aurangabad in the state of Maharashtra. Adorned with beautiful sculptures, paintings and frescoes, Ajanta and Ellora caves are an amalgamation of Buddhist, Jain and Hindu monuments as the complex includes both Buddhist monasteries as well as Hindu and Jain temples. Some of the caves are dated back to 2nd Century BC.
Hampi, the city of ruins, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Situated in the depth of remote hills and valleys in the state of Karnataka, this place is a historical treat for travelers. Surrounded by around 500 ancient monuments, beautiful temples, bustling street markets, bastions, treasury building and captivating remains of Vijayanagar Empire, Hampi is a Historian's delight. Hampi is an open museum with hundreds of locations to explore and a favorite way to see the city from the perspective of its history.
Also visit the two of the most happening destinations of India – Mumbai & Goa. Mumbai is a striking paradox of chaos and hope, glamor and squalor, modernity and tradition, old and new, daylife and nightlife. Famously known as the City of Dreams, Mumbai – formerly known as Bombay – has a long colonial history. Today, Mumbai is a spectacularly blended melting pot of cultures and lifestyles. The city absorbs in everything into its fabric, making it its very own.
India's pocket-sized paradise - Goa is a kaleidoscopic blend of Indian and Portuguese cultures, sweetened with sun, sea, sand, seafood, susegad and spirituality. With a coastline stretching for over 100 kilometres, Goa has numerous beaches that draws in millions of visitors. A former Portuguese colony, Goa also boasts of lovely architecture from the colonial era with many churches and old Portuguese-style bungalows.
Arrive by flight at Mumbai. Welcome to the city that never sleeps! Pulsating, Alive, On the Move, Vibrant, Fun – this is Mumbai or as it is still frequently referred to – Bombay. Mumbai has the starkest contrast of life. It’s full of dreamers and hard-laborers, starlets and gangsters, stray dogs and exotic birds, artists and servants, fisherfolk and crorepatis (millionaires), and lots and lots of people. It has India’s most prolific film industry, some of Asia’s biggest slums (as well as the world’s most expensive home) and the largest tropical forest in an urban zone.
The private car will pick-up from Mumbai airport and transfer to the hotel. Evening at your leisure Overnight stay will be at hotel in Mumbai.
After breakfast, head out for Mumbai city tour. Visit Gateway of India, the most popular tourist attraction, it is the unofficial icon of the city of Mumbai and is a reminder of its rich colonial history as Bombay. Afterwards visit Taj Mahal Palace hotel, followed by Victoria Terminus station, a former name for the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST). It is a historic railway station built in 1887 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The marvellous structure is an awesome illustration of the Victorian-Gothic style of architecture in India. Then visit Dhobhi Ghat, this 140-year-old dhobi ghat (place where clothes are washed) is Mumbai’s biggest human-powered washing machine. Everyday hundreds of people beat the dirt out of thousands of kilograms of soiled Mumbai clothes and linen in 1026 open-air troughs. After that visit Mani Bhawan (Ghandhi house), Haji Ali and Jain temple. Then drive past Antilia, the private residence of the richest man of India (Mukesh Ambani). Valued at USD $ 2 billion, it is deemed to be the world's second most valuable residential property, after British crown property Buckingham Palace. Then drive past “Mannat” (Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s house).
Reach back at hotel by evening. Overnight stay will be at hotel in Mumbai.
After breakfast check out from the hotel. Private car will drop you at Mumbai airport. Board your flight for Aurangabad. Welcome to the Aurangabad, which was declared by the Government as the Tourism Capital of Maharashtra back in 2010. It is a famous tourist hub which greets its visitors with a richly woven tapestry of sights and sounds. From UNESCO World Heritage Sites to bustling markets brimming with delicate silk items and exquisite hand-woven garments, Aurangabad promises all tourists an exciting holiday experience.
Private car will pick you from Aurangabad airport and drop at the hotel. Check in at the hotel on arrival. In the evening visit local market area. Overnight stay will be at hotel in Aurangabad.
After breakfast head out for sightseeing. Visit Ellora Caves, Another World Heritage Site that the town boasts of, are the Ellora caves, that one must not miss while in Aurangabad. The sculptures here, represent elements of three religions and do so grandly and beautifully. Visit The Kailasha or Kailashanatha Temple, the largest monolithic rock-cut structure in the world located in Cave 16 of Ellora Caves. Carved out of single basalt rock from Charanandri Hills, it is one of the exceptional temples of India owing to its massive size, amazing architecture and fascinating carvings. Afterwards visit Ajanta Caves. Located around 99 km from the town of Aurangabad, lie the Ajanta Caves now included in the list of UNESCO World heritage Sites. Ajanta caves depict the Buddhist culture and their stories through various sculptures and paintings. It also takes you to the world of Jatakas. Situated in the Aurangabad district of Maharashtra, the Ajanta caves is a set of 30 rock cut Buddhist caves that date back to the period between 2nd century BC and 650 CE.
Reach back at the hotel by evening. Overnight stay will be at hotel in Aurangabad.
After breakfast check out from the hotel. Private car will drop you at Aurangabad airport. Board your flight for Mumbai. Private car will pick up you from Mumbai airport and drop at hotel. Check in at the hotel on arrival. Evening at your leisure. Overnight stay will be at hotel in Mumbai.
After breakfast check-out from hotel and transfer to Mumbai airport. Take flight for Goa. Welcome to the "Miami of India"! A potpourri of Indian and Portuguese cultures, sweetened with sun, sea, sand, seafood, susegad and spirituality, Goa is India's small little paradise, and one of the most favorite weekend getaways. This former Portuguese enclave is the ultimate Party Zone of India. It is a lazy, hazy paradise and attracts tourist from all over India and a very large number of travelers from all over the world. The biggest draw of Goa is undoubtedly its virtually uninterrupted string of golden-sand beaches.
Private car will pick up from Goa airport and transfer to the hotel. Check-in at the hotel. The evening is at your leisure. Overnight stay will be at hotel in Goa.
After breakfast head out for local sightseeing tour to explore the charms & attractions of inland Goa. Start with visit to Aguada Fort, one of the largest and impressive forts preserved as one of the best known landmarks in Goan history. Afterwards visit Se Cathedral Church of Goa, located in old Goa, and is around 9 kilometers from the capital city Panaji. The Se Cathedral of Goa is dedicated to St. Catherine of Alexandria. Then visit The Basilica of Bom Jesus, part of the Churches and Convents of Goa (UNESCO World Heritage Site). This is one of the oldest churches in Goa and in India. Construction work on the church began in 1594. The church was consecrated in May 1605 by the archbishop, Dom Fr. Aleixo de Menezes. Afterwards visit Miramar Beach. A lovely Golden beach of soft sand girdled with palm trees facing the blue Arabian Sea, is the nearest to Panaji. In the evening hang out at Panjim Market. The handicrafts of the Goa are intricately beautiful, capturing the fancies of tourists and locals alike. Reach back at the hotel by late evening. Overnight stay will be at hotel in Goa.
This will be a free day. After breakfast the entire day is upto you. This day is for relaxing on the beach. Goa has a vast stretch of shorelines which forms a variety of beaches. The white sand beaches of Goa are a huge draw for tourists from all over India and around the world. You will find everything here from Golden sand, swaying palm groves, picturesque sunsets, water sports, shacks on the beach, seafood and drinks, parties, massage & yog. Some beaches are peaceful, laid-back, perfect for relaxation, while others are more happening places. From north to south, there are more than 30 beaches to choose from in Goa. Most of them have their own reputation and character.
Overnight stays will be at hotel in Goa.
After breakfast check out from hotel and head towards Badami. Once the capital of the mighty Chalukya empire, today Badami is famous for its magnificent rock-cut cave temples, and red sandstone cliffs that resemble the Wild West. While the dusty main road is an eyesore that will have you wanting to get the hell out of there, its backstreets are a lovely area to explore with old houses, carved wooden doorways and the occasional Chalukyan ruin.
Reach Badami by late afternoon. Check in at hotel on arrival. Evening is at your leisure. Dinner & overnight stay will be at hotel in Badami.
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
After breakfast morning at your leisure. In the noon check out from hotel and towards Hampi. The magnificent ruins of Hampi dot an unearthly landscape that has captivated travellers for centuries. Heaps of giant boulders perch precariously over kilometres of undulating terrain, their rusty hues offset by jade-green palm groves, banana plantations and paddy fields. Hampi ruins are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Situated in the shadowed depth of hills and valleys in the state of Karnataka, this place is a historical delight for travelers. Surrounded by 500 ancient monuments, beautiful temples, bustling street markets, bastions, treasury building and captivating remains of Vijayanagar Empire, Hampi is a treat for history lovers.
Reach Hampi by evening. Check in at hotel on arrival and relax. Dinner & overnight stay will be at hotel in Hampi.
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
After breakfast, set out for local sightseeing. Visit Hampi Group of Monuments. It became the centre of the Hindu Vijayanagara Empire capital in the 14th century. Chronicles left by Persian and European travellers, particularly the Portuguese, state Hampi was a prosperous, wealthy and grand city near the Tungabhadra River, with numerous temples, farms and trading markets. Visit Virupaksha Temple in the group of monuments. Built during the 7th century, the beautiful architecture and history of the temple has made it a UNESCO World Heritage site. Afterwards visit Vijaya Vithala Temple, an ancient monument that is well-known for its exceptional architecture and unmatched craftsmanship. It is considered to be one of the largest and the most famous structure in Hampi. The temple is located in the north eastern part of Hampi.
Reach back at the hotel by evening. Dinner & overnight stay will be at the hotel in Hampi.
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
After breakfast check out from the hotel and head back towards Badami. Check in at the hotel on arrival. Then set out for local sightseeing. Visit Badami Cave Temples, have simple exterior but their interiors have very ornate finishing. Entrance leads through a pillared verandah – mukha mandapa, pillars have square form in section. Three caves are adorned with a lavish frieze below the columns. The main hall of each temple – maha mandapa – is standing on massive columns. Afterwards visit The Bhutanatha group of temples. Located on the banks of Lake Agastya, Bhutanatha group of temples were built from local sandstone that is seen in South Indian style of architecture. These temples are dedicated to Bhutanatha, an incarnation of Lord Shiva. Then visit Agastya Lake. The lake is situated just below the cave temples. It is believed in the local folklore that lake has elements which have strange healing powers.
Reach back at the hotel by evening. Dinner & overnight stay will be at the hotel in Badami.
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
After breakfast check out from the hotel and head back towards Goa. The private car will drop you at Goa Airport by late afternoon. Catch your evening flight for Mumbai.
To all the good things, comes an end. Bid farewell with the memories of amazing fun-filled 13 days vacations at the Happening India (Mumbai & Goa), worth remembering for the lifetime!
Ajanta Caves are closed on Mondays and Ellora Caves are closed on Tuesdays.
Moods: Culture & Insight