Deccan Odyssey - Jewels of the Deccan

(9 days)

Mumbai, Badami, Aihole, Pattadakal, Hampi, Bijapur, Hyderabad, Mumbai

Bound on two sides by the Western and Eastern Ghats, the famous Deccan Region of India houses the most spectacular forms of flora and fauna known to mankind. The only thing better than their natural landscape, is the culture and heritage of the land. The whirlwind tour we organize is designed to make you fall in love. Soak in as much of the nature and tranquility you can before you have to head back to the hustle of regular life.

This tour is recommended for

Culture & Heritage
Family

At a Glance

Mumbai (1 night), Bijapur (1 night), Aihole (1 night), Badami (1 night), Hampi (1 night), Hyderabad (1 night), Hyderabad (1 night), Mumbai (1 night), Mumbai (0 night)


Tour Highlights

  • Revel in the life of the Nizams and Nawabs as you explore the culinary delights of the traditional kitchens of Royal Hyderabad
  • Escape the life you are used to in the crowded and enchanting bazaars while you hunt for authentic souvenirs and gifts.
  • Discover yourself by getting lost in the urban jungle of Mumbai
  • Visit the iconic destinations and World heritage sites as you tour with us
  • Stroll through the colorful and bustling bazaars of Hyderabad and pick up some souvenirs

Detailed Itinerary


Mumbai (1 night)

Days  ( 1 - 2 )

Mumbai

Mumbai

The Island city of Mumbai was originally an archipelago of Bombay Island, Colaba, Worli, Parel, Mazagaon, Mahim, and Old Woman's Island. The west coast based city capital of Maharashtra has a cosmopolitan way of life and hosts a number of beaches that attract tourists.

Apart from being known as the nucleus of Bollywood; Mumbai showcases distinctive architectural styles. Old buildings in the city are a merge of Gothic Revival and Indo-Saracenic styles making them an intriguing highlight for tourists.

Activities

Trip to India representative will meet you at the Mumbai airport and transfer to the pre-booked hotel.

Overnight at hotel.

Following day after breakfast proceed for a guided tour of city.

Late afternoon board the train at the Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus and begin your enchanting journey to Badami.

Welcome aboard the Deccan Odyssey.
Early this evening assemble at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus at approximately 1530 hours to complete the registration process and check in formalities for your Jewels of the Deccan journey, as you receive a traditional Indian welcome and enjoy a refreshing welcome drink.

After completion of all formalities, you will be shown to your delightful cabins. As you settle in, the Deccan Odyssey shall depart Mumbai for Bijapur in Karnataka.

Dinner on board

Overnight on Deccan Odyssey

 

Bijapur (1 night)

Days  ( 2 - 3 )

Bijapur

Bijapur

Located almost midway from Mumbai and Bangalore, Bijapur City is best known for its historical monuments and exquisite architecture that dates back to the time of the Adil Shahi dynasty.

Activities

Relish breakfast this morning as the Deccan Odyssey arrives at Bijapur, the historic capital of the Sultans of Deccan.

Established between the 10th and 11th centuries by the Kalyani Chalukyas, Bijapur changed hands often, passing into the hands of new conquerors and invaders. In the second half of 16th and early 17th century, under the aegis of the Adil Shahi dynasty, their capital city of Bijapur occupied a prominent place among the celebrated cities of India and even surpassed great cities of Delhi, Agra and Mughal India. Due to the secular nature and liberal patronage of the Adil Shahi Sultans, many scholars, poets, painters, dancers, calligraphers, musicians, Sufi saints and other men of arts flocked to Bijapur which also came to be known as the 'Palmyra of the Deccan'.

After breakfast, disembark and first head to the Gol Gumbaz, literally 'round dome', and the second largest tomb in the world; the mausoleum of Adil Shah, the Sultan of Bijapur, it is a structural triumph of Deccan architecture, with a circular gallery where the tiniest of whispers gets magnified owing to the unique acoustics of the dome.

Next, head to the Jumma Masjid, known as one of the first mosques in India and then onto Malik-e-Maidan, the largest medieval cannon in the world. Don't hesitate to make a wish here as legend has it that if you touch the gun and make a wish, it will come true!

Visit Mehtar Mahal, a 17th century ornamental gateway to a mosque. Then, drive to and explore Ibrahim Rouza, considered amongst the most elegant Islamic monuments in India; its 24m high minarets said to have inspired those of the Taj Mahal.

Return to the Deccan Odyssey for lunch on board as it departs for Aihole and Pattadakal.

Spend the evening marveling at the subtly changing shades of the formidable granite landscape as the Deccan Odyssey snakes its way through the Deccan plateau.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner on board

Overnight on Deccan Odyssey

 

Aihole (1 night)

Days  ( 3 - 4 )

Aihole

Aihole

Aihoḷe is a village having a historic temple complex in the Bagalkot district of Karnataka, India and located 510 km from Bangalore. It is known for Chalukyan architecture, with about 125 stone temples dating from 5th century CE, and is a popular tourist spot in north Karnataka. It lies to the east of Pattadakal, along the Malaprabha River, while Badami is to the west of both.

Activities

Rise early this morning, and after breakfast head out to explore the temples and ancient settlements of Aihole and Pattadakal, one of the world's largest temple complexes.

Aihole, is often called the cradle of Indian architecture. Explore a few of the over 70 rock cut temples constructed by the Chalukyan kings in a completely experimental style, with each temple different from the others in the complex and even from other temples in India itself.

Continue on to Pattadakal situated on the banks of the Malaprabha River and explore the architectural style here which combines South Indian (Dravidian) and North Indian (Nagara) forms. In fact this architecture can be seen to have influenced later architecture commissioned by the Hoysala and other dynasties.

Enjoy a packed lunch in the lawns at Pattadakal as you continue to take in the beauty of the architecture around you.

Thereafter drive to a little town called Guledgud, famous for its hand and power looms of ilkal and khann. Observe the process of weaving and head to an outlet where you can pick up lovely souvenirs to carry back home.

Return to the Bagalkot Station and board the Deccan Odyssey which will be stationed here for the night.

Breakfast , Lunch & Dinner on board

Overnight on Deccan Odyssey

 

Badami (1 night)

Days  ( 4 - 5 )

Badami

Badami

Most famous for its cave temples and architecture, Badami is a small town in the state of Karnataka that along with Pattadakal and Aihole come together to offer a whopping 150 gorgeous temples, each one more spectacular than the other.

Activities

This morning, after breakfast you will disembark and drive to Badami. Bright yellow sunflower fields and red-ochre hues from the sandstone hills, announce the arrival of Badami.

With your guide, explore its four cave temples that represent the secular nature of the Chalukyan rulers, with tolerance and religious beliefs inclined towards Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism. These cave temples overlook the 5th century Agustyamuni tank which has Shiva temples and a lovely museum on the other bank.

Drive to Badami Court for lunch; soak in the views of the red sandstone hills that stand guard to the place.

Visit a sculpting school and watch students at work as they deftly and skillfully create emotion out of stone. Continue to the Shiva Yoga mandir which specialises in the making of vibhuti, sacred ash, from cowdung. Thereafter visit a khadi manufacturing unit, a fabric popularised by Mahatma Gandhi during India's freedom struggle as a symbol of self-reliance, which even today remains the material of choice for India's political class.

Having taken in your fill of the rock cut caves and sculptured temples in Badami, return to the Deccan Odyssey.

This evening, enjoy a few Deccan specials for dinner.

Breakfast on board, Lunch at a local restaurant & Dinner on board <
Overnight on Deccan Odyssey

 

Hampi (1 night)

Days  ( 5 - 6 )

Hampi

Hampi

Considered to be one of the most famed tourist destinations in the state of Karnataka, Hampi was once the seat of the Vijayanagara Empire, the largest one in post-mogul India. The empire covered several states and left behind a legacy through gorgeous temples and structures.

Activities

This morning as you enjoy breakfast, the Deccan Odyssey rolls into Hospet. Today you will visit the iconic City of Victory, Hampi, a World Heritage site, famous for its splendid architecture, sculptures and their historical significance.

A short drive quickly changes your landscape from the city bustle to sentient massive boulders as you reach Hampi. Stop at the Narasimha statue and spend some time taking pictures and looking around.

Next head to the mustard Ganesh, located at the base of the Hemkuta hills, and quite a misnomer as the elephant God statue here is anything but small! Take in the breathtaking vistas around the hills with their little caves and alcoves. Walk the banks of the Tungabhadra River as you leave the Virupaksha temple on to the famed Vittala temple, the polar power sites of Hampi, one a living temple, the other a most extravagant architectural showpiece.
Take a break at the lovely sprawling Sloth Bear Resort for a leisurely lunch.

After lunch continue your exploration, reaching the Royal Center at Hampi. This area was the citadel of the Vijayanagara kings and encompasses courtly and military structures. Visit the Queens Bath, the Stepped Tank, the Mahanavami Dibba or great platform, where a ramp is available to reach its summit, the Hazararama Temple, the Queens Enclosure with its Lotus Mahal and the Elephant stables.

After a full day of visiting the wonders of Hampi, return to the Hospet station. Board the Deccan Odyssey for your onward journey to Hyderabad as you sit down at dinner.

Breakfast and Dinner on board, Lunch at the Sloth Bear Resort

Overnight on Deccan Odyssey

 

Hyderabad (1 night)

Days  ( 6 - 7 )

Hyderabad

Hyderabad

The capital city of the newly formed stat of Telangana in South India, Hyderabad is a thriving city best known for its thriving IT scene. Historically speaking, this city offers some charming amalgamations of Islamic culture as well as South India Hindu Culture.

Activities

This morning the Deccan Odyssey rolls into royal city of the Nizams, Hyderabad. Legends abound over how this capital of the Asaf Jahi dynasty came to be called Hyderabad. One of the more interesting ones is that it was named after Bhagmati, the Hindu wife of Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah, who converted to Islam and changed her name to Hyder Mahal.

Breakfast over, disembark and drive to visit to the weaving village of Pochampally, a cluster of about 80 villagers where weavers are striving to keep alive the art of the ikat or tie and dye weaving. One of these skilled artisans will demonstrate to you the uniqueness of the ikat weave which lies in the transfer of design and colouring onto warp and weft threads first and then weaving them together. The fabrics used are cotton, silk and seico, a mix of silk and cotton, with the colours being made from natural sources and blended together.

Return to Deccan Odyssey for lunch and a little rest before you disembark once again to explore the old city area of Charminar and the bustling bazaar there.

Standing tall in the centre of the city, Charminar is a global icon for Hyderabad and one of the most recognized structures of India. It was ostensibly built there by Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah to fulfill his vow of building a mosque if the plague epidemic ravaging the city ceased. It is interesting to walk through and shop in the markets in the Charminar area, a busy bustling area. Walk through Laad Bazaar for the local jewellery, especially exquisite bangles, and to Pather Gatti for the famous Deccan pearls.

Continue on to Falaknuma Palace, he name means "like the sky", as it stands tall, reaching for the clouds. Take a tour of this beautiful palace followed by a sumptuous high tea.

Return to the the Deccan Odyssey for dinner and a restful evening as you will be stationed at Hyderabad for the night.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner on board, High tea at the Falaknuma Palace

Overnight on Deccan Odyssey

 

Hyderabad (1 night)

Days  ( 7 - 8 )

Hyderabad

Hyderabad

The capital city of the newly formed stat of Telangana in South India, Hyderabad is a thriving city best known for its thriving IT scene. Historically speaking, this city offers some charming amalgamations of Islamic culture as well as South India Hindu Culture.

Activities

After a leisurely breakfast this morning, disembark and drive towards the epitome of Nizami culture and grandeur, Golconda. Originally a mud fort, it soon acquired impressive proportions after becoming the seat of power of the Qutub Shahi dynasty.

Explore the serene Qutub Shahi tombs, truly magnificent monuments erected in memory of the departed kings of Golconda that have stood the test of time and the vagaries of nature. Like the Gol Gumbaz at Bijapur, sounds resonate through the entire complex owing to the marvelous acoustics here.

Return to the Deccan Odyssey in time for lunch on board.

After lunch the afternoon is free to relax and enjoy the last leg of your journey as the Deccan Odyssey sets forth for Mumbai.

Enjoy a cocktail from our bar as you relax and catalogue your impressions of India gathered over your journey of the past few days.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner on board

Overnight on Deccan Odyssey

 

Mumbai (1 night)

Days  ( 8 - 9 )

Mumbai

Mumbai

The Island city of Mumbai was originally an archipelago of Bombay Island, Colaba, Worli, Parel, Mazagaon, Mahim, and Old Woman's Island. The west coast based city capital of Maharashtra has a cosmopolitan way of life and hosts a number of beaches that attract tourists.

Apart from being known as the nucleus of Bollywood; Mumbai showcases distinctive architectural styles. Old buildings in the city are a merge of Gothic Revival and Indo-Saracenic styles making them an intriguing highlight for tourists.

Activities

Early this morning, after breakfast, you will disembark at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai.

Bid farewell to the Deccan Odyssey as your royal passage through the grand vistas of India comes to an end.

Breakfast on board

On arrival Trip to India representative will meet you and transfer to the pre-booked hotel for overnight stay

 

Mumbai (0 night)

Days  ( 9 - 9 )

Mumbai

Mumbai

The Island city of Mumbai was originally an archipelago of Bombay Island, Colaba, Worli, Parel, Mazagaon, Mahim, and Old Woman's Island. The west coast based city capital of Maharashtra has a cosmopolitan way of life and hosts a number of beaches that attract tourists.

Apart from being known as the nucleus of Bollywood; Mumbai showcases distinctive architectural styles. Old buildings in the city are a merge of Gothic Revival and Indo-Saracenic styles making them an intriguing highlight for tourists.

Activities

In time transfer to airport for onward journey.

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Mumbai, Badami, Aihole, Pattadakal, Hampi, Bijapur, Hyderabad, Mumbai

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