MUMBAI AURANGABAD DECCAN TOUR
TOUR-09 Mumbai Aurangabad Deccan Tour-
DURATION: 07 NIGHTS / 08 DAYS
Destinations: Mumbai - Aurangabad - Bangalore - Mysore and Hassan.
About Aurangabad Deccan Tour
Deccan in west India is filled with surprises at every turn. There are many reasons why tourists visit the delightful region. There are beaches, heritage attractions, metropolitan cities and royal kingdoms in the region that add on to the enriching travel experiences. Enroute the Mumbai-Aurangabad Deccan Tour, one can never fall short of photogenic moments. Enjoy the best of travel in India during this delightful trip.
Day 1: MUMBAI
Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel. Mumbai (Bombay) - the "Gateway of India", a cosmopolitan city and the commercial capital of India. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2 : MUMBAI / AURANGABAD (day 2 on train devgiri exp)
Morning visit the Gateway of India, drive past the Victoria Railway Station to the Flora Fountain, the centre of Bombay's life. Also visit the Hanging Gardens, Prince of Wales museum, the Gandhi Museum and the Dhobi Ghats - the public laundry. In the evening, board train Devgiri Express dep. 21:00 hrs. Overnight on board.
Day 3 : AURANGABAD
Arrive Aurangabad at 04:05 hrs. This morning - visit the Ajanta caves. Buddhist monks spent centuries carving 29 caves into a horse-shoe shaped cliff on the Waghora river. Completed around the 7th century AD and lost for centuries to be rediscovered in 1819, these caves contain some of India's most magnificent paintings. Their murals exquisitely depict scenes from Buddhist legends and reveal telling details of the culture at the time they were painted. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 4 : AURANGABAD
Morning visit the Ellora temples. The temple's stonecutters removed an estimated 200,000 tons of rock to build the 34 caves. The highlight is the mighty Kailasa Temple. The temple measures about 55 yards cube of one piece of stone hewn from solid rock - top down now appears free standing. In the afternoon visit Aurangabad city where you will be visiting Aurangabad Caves, Bibi Ka Muqbara and Daulatabad Fort. Overnight at hotel.
Day 5 : BANGALORE
Morning take flight to Bangalore. Afternoon brief orientation drive through the city driving past the Vidhan Sabha, the Secretariat, gardens and the main shopping district. Evening visit the Lalbagh Garden. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 6 : BANGALORE / MYSORE
Morning drive to Mysore (140 kms /3 hrs) visiting en route the Somnathpur Temple, built around 1260 AD - the walls of this star shaped temple are covered with superb sculptures in stone depicting various scenes from the great epics - the Ramayana, the Mahabharata, the Bhagvad Gita and also of the life and times of the Hoysala kings. Mysore has a long history of eminent dynasties that ruled from here and created a city, that even today, is one of the finest in Southern India with tree-lined boulevards, beautiful gardens and stately palaces. Visit Sri Rangapatnam, the Summer capital of Tipu sultan also before reaching Mysore.
Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 7 : MYSORE
Morning tour of Mysore city. As the principal residence of a former royal family - Mysore offers palaces with a profusion of exquisite domes, arches and turrets. On Chamundi hill, we find the summer palaces and the 2000 year old temple of Chamundeswari, dedicated to the deity of the Mysore royal family. Nearby we see the 16 foot high monolithic sculpture of the Nandi bull adorned with garlands and bells. Afternoon, excursion to the summer palace of Karnataka's ruler, Tipu Sultan at Srirangapatnam and the Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, a popular place of pilgrimage for the Hindus. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 8 : MYSORE / HASSAN
Morning drive to Hassan (120 kms /3 hrs), en route see the 17 metre tall naked statue of Mahavira at Sravanbelgola, one of the tallest monolithic statue, oldest and most important Jain pilgrimage centres in India. Later visit Belur Temple - with it's exquisite temples. The Chenakeshava Temple is covered with intricate sculptures and friezes. Later visit the Halebid Temples. What astounds one about the Hoysaleswara Temple here is the wealth of sculptural detail. The walls of the temple are carved endlessly, yet no two facets of the temple are the same. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 9 : HASSAN / BANGALORE
Morning drive to Bangalore for your flight to your onward destination.
Tour & services Ends.