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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

Countries Visited

India

Cities Visited

Bangalore , Goa , Hampi , Hassan , Mumbai

DAY 1, Wednesday - Depart for India
Depart for Bengaluru, India

DAY 2, Thursday - Arrive in Bengaluru
Welcome to India! Arrive in the city of Bengaluru, known as the "Silicon Valley of India," due to its role as India's center for high-tech industry. Transfer to your hotel, and spend the balance of the day is at leisure
Overnight: Bengaluru

DAY 3, Friday - Bengaluru City Tour
Take a morning city tour of Bengaluru to witness the spirited blend of modernity and tradition that characterizes the city. View the Vidhan Soudha from the outside, an iconic legislative building with its neo-Dravidian architecture, and Lal Bagh a historic botanical garden. Conclude at Gurudwara, a place of worship for the Sikh community. In the afternoon, visit the majestic Bengaluru Palace, reflecting the opulence of the Wodeyar dynasty. Explore the ornate interiors of the royal palace, adorned with intricate woodwork, and Victorian-era furniture. Marvel at the magnificent Durbar Hall, used for formal ceremonies. This evening, attend an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager at approximately 6 PM, followed by a light dinner
Overnight: Bengaluru
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4, Saturday - Channapatna Cocoon Market & Winery Visit, Srirangapatna, Mysuru
Depart Bengaluru this morning, and drive towards Mysuru. Along the way, stop in Channapatna to visit the cocoon market, followed by a winery tour. Learn about wine production in the region, witness the winemaking process, and conclude with wine tastings. After lunch on your own, resume your journey to Mysuru. Visit Srirangapatna and view its well-preserved monuments and historic sites. Upon your arrival in Mysuru, check into your hotel with time to settle in before dinner tonight
Overnight: Mysuru
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Sunday - Discover Mysuru, Home Hosted Lunch
Embark on a journey through the cultural heart of Karnataka with a morning city tour of Mysuru. Begin at the bustling local market, offering fresh produce, aromatic spices and traditional handicrafts. Next, visit the iconic Mysuru Palace, a masterpiece of Indo-Saracenic architecture and admire the palace's interiors embellished with elaborate carvings, and stained glass. Continue to Philomena Church, a towering Gothic structure gracing the city's skyline. Following a home hosted lunch, of local dishes, return to the hotel. In late afternoon, venture to the Chamundi Hills viewpoint. Later catch stunning views of the illuminated Mysuru Palace up close
Overnight: Mysuru
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 6, Monday - Golden Temple in Bylakuppe, Nagarhole
Today, journey to the enchanting Golden Temple in Bylakuppe, a Tibetan settlement in Karnataka. Admire the ornate and colorful Tibetan architecture of the temple. Take a stroll around the temple grounds, exploring the various shrines, and vibrant murals. Afterward, continue the drive to Nagarhole*. Upon arrival, check into your resort. Later, embark on a boat safari along the Kabini River to watch for wildlife that frequents the riverbanks. Return to the resort in time for dinner
Overnight: Nagarhole
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Tuesday - Nagarhole National Park Safari
Rise early for a morning jungle safari in Nagarhole* National Park. Board a safari vehicle, accompanied by a local naturalist guide. Be on the lookout for the elusive inhabitants of the jungle. Return to the resort for breakfast, and spend time at leisure. After lunch, set out for an evening jungle safari, or enjoy the various activities offered at the resort. This evening, watch a wildlife movie, followed by dinner
Overnight: Nagarhole
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Wednesday - Travel to Hassan, Temples of Halebid & Belur
Leave the wilderness of Nagarhole behind and drive to Hassan, known for its historic and architectural gems. Arrive and check into your hotel. Following lunch, immerse yourself in the cultural splendor by visiting two UNESCO World Heritage Sites. First on the itinerary is the Hoysaleswara Temple in Halebid, a marvel dating back to the 12th century, renowned for its magnificent architectural design. Next, proceed to the Chennakesava Temple in Balur, a masterpiece of Hoysala architecture. Stroll through the temple complex, marveling at the intricately carved sculptures that vividly depict scenes from Hindu mythology. Return to the hotel for dinner
Overnight: Hassan
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Thursday - Drive to Hampi
Today, depart the city of Hassan and head to Hampi. During the drive, the landscape transforms, offering glimpses of rural life. View farmers tending to their fields and traditional houses. Arrive in the afternoon, and check into your hotel. Later, watch the sunset from atop Malyavanta Hill, a perfect way to end the day. Return to the hotel for dinner
Overnight: Hampi
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10, Friday - Hampi's Treasures
Journey through the historic treasures of Hampi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the iconic Vithala Temple, and admire the ornate stone chariot, considered a symbol of the Vijayanagara Empire. Proceed to Virupaksha Temple, an ancient marvel dedicated to Lord Shiva before returning to the hotel. In the afternoon, head to Lotus Mahal with its unique Indo-Islamic architecture and venture to Rama Temple. This beautiful site is decorated with finely carved pillars and intricate sculptures depicting scenes from the Ramayana. Cap the day with dinner at the hotel
Overnight: Hampi
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11, Saturday - Aihole and Pattadakal en route to Badami
Your day of exploration begins with a drive to Aihole, often referred to as the birthplace of Indian architecture. View ancient temples and visit the impressive Durga Temple, noteworthy for its semi-circular apse. Continuing the drive, arrive at Pattadakal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a treasure trove of Chalukyan architecture. View some of the highlights of this ancient site, including Virupaksha Temple, Mallikarjuna Temple, and Papanatha Temple. Arrive in Badami in early afternoon. Later, discover the historic and architectural marvels of Badami
Overnight: Badami
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12, Sunday - Drive to Goa
This morning depart Badami, and embark on a long drive to Goa. The journey takes you through the rugged terrain of Karnataka and the coastal area of Goa. On arrival, in early evening, check into your hotel for dinner and overnight
Overnight: Goa
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 13, Monday - Goa Exploration
Explore captivating Goa, beginning with a visit to Dona Paula, an area known for its scenic views and Dona Paula Jetty. Next, head to Miramar Beach, a stretch of golden sand along the Arabian Sea, followed by Panaji City, the capital of Goa state. Experience the magnificent churches of Old Goa before touring a Spice plantation. Hear about the various culinary and medicinal uses of the spices. After lunch of traditional Goan dishes, visit the beautiful Mangeshi Temple. Enjoy the balance of your day at leisure to explore Goa on your own
Overnight: Goa
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 14, Tuesday - Flight to Mumbai & City Highlights
This morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Mumbai. Upon arrival, delve into the vibrant cityscape with a visit to Dhobi Ghat, a colossal open-air laundry where "dhobis" (washer people) meticulously hand wash laundry from across Mumbai. Witness the mesmerizing spectacle of rows of concrete troughs equipped with flogging stones-an unparalleled insight into the city's intricate workings. Pause at the tranquil ISKCON Temple before a scenic drive through colonial Mumbai, showcasing enduring structures from its colonial past. Tonight, attend dinner at the hotel
Overnight: Mumbai
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 15, Wednesday - Mumbai Sightseeing, Depart India
Begin the day with a picturesque boat ride from Mumbai to Elephanta Island. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Elephanta Caves, carved from solid basalt rock and steeped in Hindu worship. Marvel at the intricately carved shrines dedicated to deities, gaining profound insights into Hindu culture. Return to the city to visit the iconic Gateway to India Arch, a tribute to King George V's 1911 royal visit. Conclude the journey at the Mani Bhavan Mahatma Gandhi Museum, the epicenter of Gandhi's 1942 movement. In the evening, transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 16, Thursday - Return Home

*Due to local conditions, the timing and day of the safaris in Nagarhole may need to be rearranged.

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Inclusions

Package Includes

  • Small groups of maximum 22 travelers guaranteed
  • Flights New York-Bangalore, Mumbai-New York
    Other departure cities available. Please click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Intra-flight: Goa-Mumbai
  • 13 nights accommodations
  • 2 nights Bengaluru
  • 2 nights Mysuru
  • 2 nights Nagarhole
  • 1 night Hassan
  • 2 nights Hampi
  • 1 night Badami
  • 2 nights Goa
  • 1 night Mumbai
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 28 meals: 13 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 10 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned vehicles
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Comprehensive, guided sightseeing and entrance fees per itinerary
  • Active itinerary with unique cultural features
  • Tour Highlights

    Thanks to our small group size, we can get to the heart of our destination, visit places that other tours miss, and get to know the locals.

  • Thanks to our small group size, we can get to the heart of our destination, visit places that other tours miss, and get to know the locals.
  • Visit the majestic Bengaluru Palace, reflecting the opulence of the Wodeyar dynasty
  • In Srirangapatna, view the historic sites, offering a glimpse into India's past
  • Take a city tour of Mysuru, and learn about its rich history
  • Savor a home hosted lunch featuring authentic local cuisine
  • Explore the enchanting Golden Temple in Bylakuppe, a Tibetan settlement
  • Embark on a boat safari along the Kabini River in Nagarhole National Park
  • Marvel at Chennakesava Temple, a masterpiece of Hoysala architecture
  • Discover the historic treasures of Hampi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Stand before the commanding Gateway to India Arch in Mumbai
  • †Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

    *Not Included:
    Gratuities.


    Additional Information:
    Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers, but does include the flight Goa - Mumbai.


    Accommodation Details:
    Triple rooms cannot be accommodated on this program.

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    Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Mysore
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    The Serai Kabini
    This first class hotel is set along the Kabini River.

    Hoysala Village Resort
    This superior tourist class hotel is located a fifteen minute drive from the city center of Hassan.

    Heritage Resort Hampi
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    Heritage Resort Badami
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