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Historical Indian Architecture Tour
Duration:          13 Nights / 14 Days
Places Covered: Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bijapur, Badami, Hospet, Hassan,
(Belur, Halebid & Shravanabelagola) Mysore & Bangalore

Day 01: Arrive Mumbai
Arrive Mumbai, the gateway of India. On arrival transfer meet & agreet at the airport & transfer to the hotel check in & overnight at hotel.

Day 02: Arrive Mumbai
Later in the evening proceed for a half-day sightseeing tour of of the city. Visit Gateway of India-uilt to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to India in 1911. The Prince of Wales Museum. This museum stands not too far from the Gateway of India. It has a priceless collection of art, sculpture, china and other antics. Carefully presereved, this mid-Victorian Gothic style building built in 1904 with beautiful gardens surrounding it, is worth visiting in Mumbai Hanging gardens-One gets a panoramic view of parts of the city from these parks situated at the height of Malabar Hill. When seen at night, the view of street lights of Marine Drive resemble a dazzling bejewelled "Queen's Necklace". Crawford Market- is situated to the north of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus of Mumbai. It is counted in the midst of the popular shopping areas of the city. Crawford Market has been built as per the Norman and Gothic style of architecture. At a height of 50 feet above its ground is a porthole awning, which brings sunlight into the market. Marine Drive-Marine Drive is a 3-kilometre-long boulevard in South Mumbai in the city of Mumbai. It is a 'C'-shaped six-lane concrete road along the coast, which is a natural bay. The road links Nariman Point to Babulnath and Malabar Hill. Marine Drive is situated over reclaimed land facing west-south-west. The bay is part of the Arabian Sea. Return to the hotel for overnight stay.

Day 03: Mumbai-Hyderabad: (Flight)
After breakfast today you will visit Elephanta Caves. Leave by motor launch and go across the harbour to the world famous Elephanta Caves, 1200 years old and dedicated to Lord Shiva. The famous sculpture signifying the Trinity of the Creator, the Preserver and the Destroyer is situated here. In the afternoon take a flight to Hyderabad. On arrival met & assist & transfer to the hotel & check-in. Visit Golconda Fort in the late afternoon. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 04: Hyderabad
Morning sightseeing of Hyderabad. Visit Salarjung Museum-ne of the oldest Museum of Hyderabad is the third largest museum in India housing the biggest one-man collections of antiques in the world. It is well known throughout India for its prized collections belonging to different civilizations dating back to the 1st century. Mecca Mosque- Mecca Masjid - (Mosque) Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad, India is one of the oldest and the biggest mosques in India. Built by Sultan Muhammad Qutb Shah, the 6th Sultan of Hyderabad began building it in 1617 under the supervision of Mir Faizullah Baig and Rangaiah Chowdary. Then proceed for sightseeing of Bangle Bazaar, Chowmohollo Palace and Charminar- One of the most important landmarks of Hyderabad with four graceful minarets. The monument was built by Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah in 1591 to commemorate the eradication of plague, shortly after he had shifted his capital from Golkonda to what now is known as Hyderabad. In the evening if interested one can visit Sound and Light show. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 05: Hyderabad-Bijapur (390 kms/7 hrs)
Breakfast at Hotel. Check-out and drive to Bijapur. check-in at hotel and rest of the day free to relax. Overnight at hotel.

Day 06: Bijapur-Badami (119 kms/2.5 hrs)
Morning visit to Bijapur Dome, one of the 2nd largest in the world. In the afternoon drive to Badami. On arrival hotel check in. Overnight at hotel.

Day 07: Badami (Excursion to Patadakal & Aihole)
Breakfast at Hotel. Today you'll have a day excursion to Patadakal & Aihole. They were built in the early years of Chalukya's dynasty. Aihole is the cradle of stone temple architecture of the Southern Dravida School. The oldest temple, Lad Khan goes back to the 5th century A.D. There are 70 temples in this group. The Durga temple is noted for its sculptures. The Meguti temple is built of 630 small stone blocks. The Ravanaphadi Cave has some beautiful carvings. Pattadakal, referred to as Petrigal, reached its pinnacle of glory under the Chalukya kings from 7th to 9th centuries. The oldest in this group is the Sanghameswara Temple. The Mallikarjuna Temple has pillars depicting life of Krishna. Virupaksha temple has sculptures and panel scenes from the epics, the Ramayana & Mahabharata. The Papanatha Temple has impressive carvings on pillars and ceiling. Overnigh at Hotel.

Day 08: Badami-Hospet (133 kms/2.5 hrs)
After breakfast drive to Hospet. Rest of the day free to relax. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 09: Hospet
After breakfast proceed for sightseeing. Visit to once beautiful capital city of Vijayanagar Empire - greater than Rome, had palaces, temples & sculptures, spread all over. The city was razed to the ground by the Sultanates of South in 1565. Some of the interesting ruins remaining are the Virupaksha, Vittala and Hazara Rama temples huge Ganesha and Narasimha images, the elephant stables, the Queen's Bath, carvings on the Ramachandra temple & Lotus Mahal. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 10: Hospet –Hassan (350 kms/7 hours)
After breakfats drive to Hassan. Visit Belur and Halebid temples. There are more than 150 temples, each bearing a masterpiece of sculpture, mainly based on Chalukyan style, but enriched with decorative creation. They are built on a star shaped pedestal and one centered around a pillared hall. The walls and niches are filled with genius and delicate work. The Chenna Kesava temple of Belur built 900 years ago is an exquisite example of Hoysala art showing variety of ornamental details and minute delicate carvings on the pillars and panels. Halebid's 12th century Hoysaleswara and Kedareswara temples are masterpieces of Hindu art. Overnight at hotel.

Day 11: Hassan-Mysore (119 kms/2.5 hors)
After breakfats drive to Mysore, the sandalwood city enroute visit Shravanabelagola, a Jain pilgrim centre. In the Afternoon proceed for a sightseeing of Mysore. On arrival hotel check in & later visit to the Mysore Palace, Chamundi Hills, Devraj market and the beautiful Brindavan Gardens. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 12: Mysore
After breakfast proceed for day excursion to Srirangapatna and Somnathpur. The places includes of mausoleum of Tippu Sultan, Sangam & Fort-is from here that Tippu launched his attack against the Britishers & Ranganathaswamy Temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 13: Mysore –Bangalore (145 kms/3 hrs)
Drive to Bangalore, the garden city and now know for Information Technology Park. In the afternoon proceed for a half-day sightseeing of Bangalore covering Cubbon Park- Cubbon Park is situated near Gandhi Nagar in Bangalore. Dating back to the year 1864, the park was laid by Sir Mark Cubbon, the then viceroy of India. Infact, the park has been named after him only. Lallbagh Botanical Garden: This is not an ordinary Garden, Hyder Ali, the Emperor of Mysore, laid down the foundation of the Lal Bagh Botanical Gardens in the 18th century. The gardens were later completed by his son, Tipu Sultan. Vidhana Soudha- Vidhana Soudha counts amongst the most impressive as well as the most magnificent buildings in the Bangalore city of India. It is mainly famous for hosing the Legislative Chambers of the state government. Overnigt at Hotel.

Day 14: Bangalore Departure
Breakfast at hotel. Later check-out of the hotel and transfer to the Airport to connect flight to onward destination.