Southern Sojourn 11 Days

An enchanting journey of Classical and Mystical India, a land of colors and diversified cultures, a region of overwhelming grandeur and pristine beauty. This journey takes you from the formidable and robust metro of Mumbai, to sculptures and colored frescoes preserved for over 2000 years at Aurangabad. It enchants you with  Majestic Architectural monuments and museums of Hyderabad. At Bangalore the silicon valley it offers the peace and tranquility at its various astronomical Gardens and lively bazaars. The tour finally takes you to    Chennai known for its Cathedrals, churches, Temples and diverse Indian culture with British Influence.


Day 01       Arrive Mumbai

On arrival a warm welcome by our representatives and transfer to hotel.

 

Day 02       Mumbai

Today morning proceed for an excursion of Elephanta Caves (Closed on Mondays), the caves contains a collection of rock art linked to the cult of Shiva. At Elephanta, Indian art has found one of its most perfect expressions, particularly the huge high reliefs in the main cave.  In the afternoon visit Mani Bhawan, a simple and charming museum dedicated to Maharma Gandhi, Dhobhi Ghat (open air laundry) and Gateway of India.

 

Day 03       Mumbai – Aurangabad

Fly to Aurangabad. On arrival you will be transferred to hotel.  Later proceed for guided excursion of extraordinary caves of Ellora, carved by Buddhist, Hindu and Jain monks between 7th and 13th centuries. Three million cubic feet of stone was chiseled away to create a giant monolithic temple considered one of the wonders of the ancient World Also visit Bibi ka Maqbara, built in 1678, the Bibi ka Maqbara is a son's loving tribute to his mother, Standing spectacularly on the lawns of the landscaped garden with ponds, fountains and water channels, the white marbled monument rises majestically in an intentional bid to copy and rival the world famous Taj Mahal of Agra.

 

Day 04        Aurangabad

Enjoy a full day tour of Ajanta caves. Visit the temples carved out of a horseshoe-shaped cliff by Buddhist monks. The caves are adorned by remarkable sculptures and vividly colored frescoes, which have been preserved for over 2,000 years.

 

Day 05       Aurangabad – Hyderabad

Fly to Hyderabad via Mumbai.  On arrival a warm welcome by our representatives and transfer to hotel.  In the afternoon visit Salagarjung Museum, the museum houses one of the biggest one man collection of antiques of the world. Charminar, built in 1501 as a talisman to stop a deadly epidemic, the Charminar offers a panoramic view of the city from its four (char) minarets. Meccan Mosque, the Mosque owes its name to the presence of the bricks in the structure, which were brought from the holy city of Mecca. The second largest mosque in the country, it has within its periphery the graves of the families of Asaf Jahi kings.

 

Day 06       Hyderabad

Proceed for an excursion of Golconda Fort.  The fort is famous for its acoustics, palaces, ingenious water supply system and the famous Fateh Rahben gun, one of the cannons used in the last siege of Golconda by Aurangzeb, to whom the fort ultimately fell. Qutub Shahi Tombs, the royal tombs of one of its kind in the world where an entire dynasty has been buried at one place.  Later visit Birla Temple, referred to as the mini Tirumala, the Birla Mandir is a pure white marble temple, dedicated to Lord Venkateshwara. Nizam‘s Museum, the old palace converted into a museum with fascinating collection The museum exhibits the gifts and mementos presented to the last Nizam on the occasion of the silver jubilee celebrations in 1937.

 

Day 07       Hyderabad – Bangalore

Fly to Bangalore.  A warm welcome by our representatives at the airport on arrival and transfer to hotel.  Later proceed for the guided tour of the city.  Visit Lal Bagh, a botanical garden which has over 1000 species of flora. Tippu’s Palace, built in 1791, Tipu Sultan’s summer retreat is a two-storied ornate wooden structure with fluted pillars, cusped arches and balconies. It now houses a museum that contains artefacts relating to the Hyder Ali-Tipu regime. Drive past Vidhan Soudha (state legislative Assembly) and High Court. 

 

Day 09       Bangalore – Chennai

Fly to Chennai.  A warm welcome by our representatives at the airport on arrival and transfer to hotel.  In the afternoon enjoy guided sightseeing tour of Chennai visiting Fort St. George; the fort occupies pride of place and prominence in Chennai. This bastion derived its name from St. George, the patron saint of England. The St. Mary’s Church, the oldest Anglican Church in India built in 1680 is situated here. The tombstones in its courtyard are some of the oldest British tombstones in India. Also visit Santhome Cathedral Basilica at the southern end of the Marina gets its name from St. Thomas, the apostle of Jesus who is believed to have come to India sometime during 52 A.D.  It is believed he was killed on St. Thomas Mount just outside the city in 78 AD and his remains interred in Santhome beach where a church was later built.

 

Day 10       Chennai

Today morning proceed for excursion of Mammallapuram, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is famous for rock temples of the Pallava Emperors of the 7th and 8th centuries. Perched on a rocky outcropping, the shoreline site offers a stunning vista. Mammallapuram contains nearly forty monuments of different types including an open-air bas-relief, which is the largest in the world.

 

Day 11       Depart Chennai

Early morning transfer to airport to board flight for your journey back home

End of Services


Land Cost: Excludes all long haul international flights to and from New Delhi


Dates April - September 2012 accommodation based on 2 sharing twin / double
First Class 4*        - £ 1,010 per person
Deluxe Class 5*     - £ 1,260 per person


Dates  October 2012 - March 2013
 accommodation based on 2 sharing twin / double
First Class 4*        -  £ 1,225 per person
Deluxe Class 5*     -  £ 1,480 per person

Service includes:
-         Accommodation on Twin sharing with daily breakfast
-         English speaking guide
-         Boat transfer for Elephanta Caves Mumbai
-         bottled water during tours
-         Transfers and sightseeing in private air conditioned vehicles as per programme
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         Elephant ride at Amber Fort
-         All applicable taxes

     
Service excludes:
-          International and Domestic flights not mentioned as included  (these will be quoted separately if requested)
-         Airport tax
-         Monument entrance fees (quoted separately)
-         Meals & Beverages
-         Tips
-         Any expenses caused by circumstances beyond our control
-         Any taxes or service charges enforced during travelling period will be the  responsibility of the traveller.
  
-         Other personal expense not mentioned as included 

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