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Jewels Of The Deccan Odyssey
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Jewels of the Deccan Odyssey

11 days & 10 nights, Private Journey

Mumbai, Bijapur, Aihole, Pattadakal, Hampi, Hyderabad, Ellora Caves & Ajanta Caves

Journey through the Deccan plateau on India's premier train, the Deccan Odyssey. Explore the architectural wonders of the Adil Shahi dynasty of Bijapur and the legacy of the Chalukyan kings in Aihole and Pattadakal. Delve into the powerful Vijayanagara Kingdom in Hampi, see the contrasting styles of the Qutb Shahi dynasty of Golconda and the Asaf Jahi in Hyderabad, and visit the fantastic UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the sacred Ajanta and Ellora Caves.

  • Day 1
    Arrive Mumbai

    Upon arrival in Mumbai, you will be escorted to your hotel.

    The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai - 2 Nights
  • Day 2
    Mumbai

    Explore Mumbai's kaleidoscopic past and vibrant present as you see some of the landmarks today. Visit India's largest open-air laundry and stroll through a bustling Crawford Market. Mumbai carries the flavor of its long association with the British and there is an old-world charm in its Indo-Saracenic, Gothic and Muslim buildings.

    The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai (B)
  • Day 3
    To Bijapur

    After breakfast this morning, set sail to visit the spectacular 6th-century city of caves on Elephanta Island, which display an incredible collection of rock art dedicated to Shiva. This evening, you will be transferred to Mumbai's Chattrapati Shivaji Terminus to board your train.

    Deccan Odyssey - 7 Nights (B, D)
  • Day 4
    Bijapur

    After breakfast, discover the beautiful mausoleum of Adil Shah. Next, visit the Jumma Masjid, one of the first mosques in India. Continue to Fort Bijapur to see the Malik-e- Maidan, the largest medieval cannon in the world. Explore Ibrahim Rouza, whose soaring minarets are said to have inspired those of the Taj Mahal.

    Deccan Odyssey (B, L, D)
  • Day 5
    Aihole and Pattadakal

    Rise early this morning to explore Aihole, which is often called the cradle of Indian architecture. Explore a few of the over 70 rock-cut temples - all of them different - constructed by the Chalukyan kings. Continue to Pattadakal and marvel at the architectural fusion of South Indian and North Indian forms, which resulted in some stunning temples. After lunch on the train, choose to embark on an optional tour to the weaving village of Guledgud or a visit to the rock-hewn caves of Badami.

    Deccan Odyssey (B, L, D)
  • Day 6
    To Hampi

    Disembark to visit the iconic City of Victory, Hampi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its splendid architecture and sculptures. See several massive statues this morning, gaze at the breathtaking vistas, and explore the Virupaksha and Vittala temples. After lunch on board the train, continue your exploration of Hampi with a visit to the Royal Center, which was the citadel of the Vijayanagara kings.

    Deccan Odyssey (B, L, D)
  • Day 7
    To Hyderabad

    After an early breakfast this morning, disembark and drive toward the epitome of Nizami culture and grandeur, the Golconda Fort. Originally a mud fort, it soon acquired impressive proportions after becoming the seat of power of the Qutub Shahi dynasty. Return to the Deccan Odyssey for lunch and to rest. Alternatively, embark an optional shopping tour this morning in Hyderabad, which is known for its pearls and jewelry. Return to the Deccan Odyssey for lunch and to rest. Enjoy lunch in the city, have high tea in Falaknuma Palace, and explore the bustling bazaars of the Old City.

    Deccan Odyssey (B, L, D)
  • Day 8
    To Aurangabad / Ellora Caves

    Arrive in Aurangabad, the gateway to the exceptional Ellora Caves, where, in the seventh and eighth centuries, sacred Buddhist, Jain and Hindu cave temples were hewn from the rock. One of the masterpieces of this site is undoubtedly the 90-foot-tall Kailasa temple, which was meant to be a replica of Shiva's celestial abode on Mt. Kailash.

    Deccan Odyssey (B, L, D)
  • Day 9
    Ajanta Caves

    This morning, enjoy an excursion to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Ajanta Caves, home to exquisite ancient murals and sculptures that depict the life of Buddha. Carved out of the solid rock with little more than a hammer and a chisel, artisans excavated chapels and monasteries where the Buddhist monks lived and taught. Following lunch on board the train, disembark to visit a stirring memorial to Mahatma Gandhi.

    Deccan Odyssey (B, L, D)
  • Day 10
    To Mumbai

    This morning, arrive back in Mumbai where your journey comes to an end. Upon arrival, you will be escorted to your hotel.

    The rest of the afternoon is at leisure.

    The Leela Mumbai (B)
  • Day 11
    Depart Mumbai

    Today you will be escorted to Mumbai International Airport for your onward flight.

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