eccan Plateau, covering the south-central area of the country, boasts architectural legacy in form of some of the most striking monuments of India, including World heritage caves of Ajanta & Ellora. Added most attractive feature of this tour is the visits to small villages to see tribal life from very close and to learn about unique handicrafts, these villagers make in ethnic atmosphere. The hotels in the remote areas are modest but the experience is rewarding, ending with a few days of relaxation in Goa.
 
Day 01: MUMBAI: You are welcome in India. Met on arrival and transferred to your hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure.

Crawford Vegetable Market- Mumbai

 
Day 02: MUMBAI: Visit the highlights of Mumbai (Bombay) covering Prince Of Wales Museum, Hanging Gardens, Mani Bhavan, Dhobi Ghat, colourful bazaar of Crawford, and Afgan Church. 
   
Day 03: MUMBAI: Morning visit the Gateway Of India. Followed by Half-day trip to Elephanta Caves Island for astonishing ancient sculptures. Rest of the day is at leisure.
   
Day 04: AURANGABAD: Fly to Aurangabad. Later enjoy sightseeing tour of the city covering Dargah, Pan Chakki, and Bibi-ka-Maqbara- also known as 'poor man's Taj Mahal'.
   
Day 05: AURANGABAD: Daylong excursion to the world heritage Buddhist caves of Ajanta. These 29 caves, date from around 200 to 650 AD, are famous world over for its paintings.
   
Day 06: AURANGABAD: Morning visit world heritage cave temples of Ellora (date from 6th to 10th century AD). These temples are culmination of Deccan rock-cut architecture. In the evening board your train to Secunderabad.
   
 
Day 07: HYDERABAD: Arrive Secunderabad. Met on arrival & transferred to your hotel in Hyderabad. Afternoon visit Weekly Tribal Fair in a small village Palamkol. Bracelets, fish, pulses, cereals, tribal jewellery, and tribal bride & groom dressing scenes are the highlights of the fair.

Towers of Charminar, Hyderabad

 
Day 08: HYDERABAD: Full day city tour covering the massive Golconda Fort, Qutb Shahi Tombs, Falaknuma Palace, Charminar, Mecca Masjid, Salar Jung Museum, Birla temple, and Husain Sagar.
   
Day 09: HYDERABAD: Morning visit Bidri, Pearl workshops along with Banjara Embroidery within Hyderabad city. Rest of the day is free to explore colourful bazaar in the old city area- A pure Arabian experience.
   
Day 10: WARANGAL: Morning drive to Warangal. On the way visit living shrine of Vishnu at Yadagirigutta, and 2000-year-old living Shiva temple at Kolanpak. Also visit Pembarthy, famous for Brassware, to witness artisans at work in their ethnic village atmosphere.
   
Day 11: WARANGAL: Morning visit temples including 1000-Pillared living temple of Surya (the Sun God). Followed by a visit to 12th century Kakatiya Empire's fort ruins. Afternoon excursion to Palampet to visit 1213 AD Ramappa temple (star shaped living temple of Shiva).
   
Day 12: VIJAYWADA: Drive to Vijaywada, visiting on the way a small village of Kondapally, where the artisans work on light wood called puniki, to make human figures depicting different occupations in the village, birds, animals, methodical subjects with water colour paintings.
   
Day 13: VIJAYWADA: Morning enjoy city sightseeing. Afternoon excursion to the Narsimha temple at Mangalagiri, and ancient Buddhist centre of Amravati.
   
Day 14: HYDERABAD: Proceed to Hyderabad, visiting on the way Textile Village- Pochampally, famous for the Ikat fabric & Pochampally saris.
   
Day 15: BIDAR: Drive to the walled town of Bidar. After visiting the attractions of the town drive further to Gulbarga, visiting Lord Kalleswara shrine at Jalasangvi on the way. This shrine has some magnificent sculptures.
   
 
Day 16: BADAMI: Continue to Bijapur to visit famous monuments of Adilshahi dynasty, including the famous 17th century Gol Gumbaz. Drive further through rice fields to the small town of Badami, set in beautiful countryside at the foot of red sand stone ridge.

Gol Gumbaz tomb- the second largest freestanding dome in the world (second only to St Peters in Rome).

 
Day 17: BADAMI: Morning visit 6-7th century structural & rock-cut cave temples. Followed by a daylong excursion to s
  ee the world heritage temples of Pattadakal, and 4-6th century Chalukyan temples at Aihole. Evening free to explore narrow laneways of Badami.
   
Day 18: HOSPET: Drive to Hospet. Afternoon visit ruins of the town Vijaynagar, covering the famous 15th century living Virupaksha temple, and colourful Hampi Bazaar.
   
 
Day 19: HAMPI: Today's full day is reserved for the exploration of Hampi. Evening enjoy a fine view of sunset from Hemkuta hill.

Stone chariot in the court of Vithala temple, Hampi

 
Day 20: GOA: After an early breakfast, drive to Goa visiting Lakkundi temple enroute. Arrive & check in your hotel.
 
Day 21: GOA: Full day at leisure on the beautiful refreshing & health prone beaches of Goa.  
 
Day 22: GOA: Morning start your half-day sightseeing tour of old Goa to visit beautiful churches & cathedrals. Also enjoy Mandovi river cruise.
   
Day 23: MUMBAI (Bombay): Day at discretion in the tropical paradise, known as Goa. Evening flight to Mumbai. Arrive & directly transferred to International airport for your flight back home.
   
Day 24: MUMBAI: Fly back home.

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