• Discover the striking monuments, ancient capitals and unique culture of the Deccan Plateau.
  • Wander amongst the unique landscapes and crumbling deserted ruins of Hampi.
  • Venture off the usual tourist trail to find the remote temples of Belur and Halebid.

The Deccan India (11D/10N)

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CityBangalore, Hampi, Hassan, Hubli, Mumbai, Mysore
ThemeAdventure, Arts & Culture, Off The Beaten Track

Day 01: Arrive Mumbai

Upon arrival, you will be met by our representative at the airport, who will escort you to the hotel for check in. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Overnight in Mumbai.


Day 02: In Mumbai (B)

After breakfast you will be picked up from your hotel for a half day sightseeing tour of the city.

Start with a stop at the Gateway of India located on the waterfront. It was designed by George Wittet to commemorate the visit of George V and Queen Mary in 1911.

Drive along Marine Drive and past Victoria Terminus, the most remarkable example of Victorian gothic architecture in India. Visit the Hanging Gardens, so named since they are located on top of a series of tanks that supply water to Bombay. See the Jain Temple, dedicated to Adishwara – the founder of Jainism. Built from marble more than 100 years ago it is larger than most of the Jain temples in the city. Finally, make a brief photo stop at Dhobi Ghat, Mumbai’s chaotic 140-year-old open-air laundry.

The rest of the day is at leisure.

Overnight in Mumbai.


Day 03: Mumbai – Bangalore (by flight) (B)

After breakfast take a flight to Bangalore. On arrival check in at the hotel.

The rest of the day is at leisure to relax or explore the city.

Overnight in Bangalore.


Day 04: Bangalore – Hubli (by flight) (only operate on Weekdays) (B)

After breakfast set off for a sightseeing tour of Bangalore, one of India’s most progressive and developed cities.

In the Bull Temple see the huge stone monolith of the celestial bull, Nandi, embellished with lavish flower garlands. Visit the Mysore Arts & Crafts Centre. Drive through Commercial Street past the magnificent Neo-Dravidian structure, Vidhana Soudha, the government secretariat. If time permits, walk through the Lal Bagh Botanical Gardens containing a variety of century-old trees, fountains, lotus pools and terraces. In the centre of the park is the Glass House where thousands of colourful fragrant flowers go on show ever year in January and August.

In the evening take a flight to Hubli, also known as Huballi. On arrival check in to the hotel.

Overnight in Hubli.


Day 05: Hubli – Hampi (170kms / Approx. 3.5hrs) (B)

In the morning, after breakfast, spend some time exploring Hubli.

Visit Utsav Rock Garden, a contemporary indoor and outdoor sculpture garden and museum. The park features thousands of sculptures, many of which are life size, depicting the old rural life and folk culture of Karnataka.

After the tour drive to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hampi, an ancient capital dotted with numerous ruined temple complexes from the Vijayanagara Empire.

On arrival check in at the hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight in Hampi.


Day 06: In Hampi (B)

After breakfast visit the stunning ruins of Hampi.

Once the rich and flourishing capital of the 14th century Vijayanagar Empire, the ruins of Hampi lie scattered over an unearthly landscape amidst giant boulders and vegetation. It is situated on the banks of the River Tungabhadra covering an area of 26 square kilometres. The crumbling ruins of palaces, temples and royal buildings stand testimony to the wealth and grandeur of the Vijayanagar Emperors.

The rest of the day is free at leisure.

Overnight in Hampi.


Day 07: Hampi – Hassan (330kms / Approx. 7hrs) (B)

After breakfast drive to Hassan and check in to the hotel.

The rest of the day is free to relax or explore the city. Hassan is noted for its enchanting natural scenic beauty, Hoysala architecture and sculpture.

Overnight in Hassan.


Day 08: In Hassan; Excursion Belur & Halebid (Approx.100kms) (B)

After breakfast set off for a full day excursion to Belur and Halebid.

Once the capital of the Hoysala Empire, today Belur is a quaint hamlet located on the banks of the River Yagachi. Visit the Chennakeshava Temple, a fine example of Hoysala architecture and a testament to the incredible artistry of the Dravidians. The facade of the temple is covered with intricate sculptures and friezes of elephants, sensuous dancers and episodes from the epics. Inside are hand-lathe-turned filigreed soap-stone pillars that glisten as if made from metal.

The temples of Halebid also bear testimony to the rich, cultural heritage of Karnataka. Visit the 12th century Hoysaleswara Temple. The walls of the temple are covered with an endless variety of gods and goddesses, animals, birds and dancing girls. This magnificent temple – guarded by a Nandi Bull – was never completed, despite 86 years of labour. The nearby Jain Basadi Temples are renowned for their highly polished and decorated sculptural pillars.

Overnight in Hassan.


Day 09: Hassan – Mysore (125kms / Approx. 3hrs) (B)

After breakfast check out and drive to Mysore. After checking in at the hotel the rest of the day is at leisure to relax or explore. This ‘Garden City’ is famed for its glittering royal heritage and magnificent monuments and buildings.

Overnight in Mysore.


Day 10: In Mysore (B)

After breakfast set off on a sightseeing tour of Mysore.

Visit Mysore Palace built in 1911-12 as the official residence of the royal family of Mysore. The exterior boasts archways, domes, turrets and colonnades, while the lavish Indo-Saracenic interior is a kaleidoscope of stained glass and mirrors.

Visit the Art Gallery, and then drive up to Chamundi Hill to admire the spectacular views of the city below. At the top of the hill is Chamundeshwari Temple and the monolith statue of Nandi the Bull. More than 350 years old, this is one of the oldest icons in Mysore. Also visit Somnathpur which is famous for its Keshava Temple.

The rest of the day is free at leisure.

Overnight in Mysore.


Day 11: Mysore – Bangalore (150kms/Approx. 3.5hrs); Bangalore – Mumbai (by flight); Leave Mumbai (B)

After breakfast drive to Bangalore for the flight to Mumbai. On arrival, transit to your onward flight.

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