India – Deccan India tour
8 days from £705 per person Saving you £118 per person*
This itinerary isn’t set in stone. Pick, mix, swap however you like – your trip will be totally tailor made for you.
Day 1 Arrival in Bengaluru
A warm welcome to Bengaluru, where your guide will greet you at the airport with a flower garland and take you to your hotel.
Day 2 Bengaluru – Hospet
You’ve got a driving day ahead, so relax and watch the changing landscape between Bengaluru and Hospet, where you’ll check into your hotel for the night.
Day 3 Hospet – Hampi
You’ll be driven to Hampi, the ancient capital of the Vijayanagar Empire. You’ll have the day to see its many historical monuments, including beautiful temples, royal pavilions, treasury buildings and ancient market streets. Highlights include the Royal Enclosure, towering above the ruins, the Zenana Enclosure, which was reserved for the ladies of the royal household, and the ruined Palace of Vira Harihara.
Day 4 Hospet – Badami
Visit the village of Aihole, located on the banks of the Malaprabha River and marked by 125 temples. The temples, built in ancient rock-cut style, reflect Jain and Buddhist types of architecture. There’s more to see in nearby Pattadakal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site offering richly detailed sculptures and temples, some still used daily for worship.
You’ll finish the day at your hotel in Badami.
Day 5 Badami
Enjoy a day touring the city of Badami, famous for its four cave temples hewn out of sandstone on the slopes of a hill. The largest and most ornate is the third cave temple dedicated to Vishnu. Don’t miss the Bhoothnath temples that lend their name to the lake just beneath the cave temples. Grab a bird’s-eye view of Badami from the ruins of Badami Fort before heading back to the hotel for dinner.
Day 6 Badami – Goa
Take in the changing landscape on a long drive from Badami to peaceful Goa, where you’ll check in to your next hotel.
Day 7 Goa
After breakfast, you’re off to explore Old Goa, still the spiritual heart of Christian Goa. Its most famous building is the basilica of Bom Jesus, which contains the tomb and mortal remains of St Francis Xavier, credited with introducing Christianity to much of southeast Asia.
Move on to the old-world charm of Panjim, with its typical Portuguese architecture mirrored in the houses and villas spread along the River Mandovi. Look out for Panjim Church, Palácio Patriarcal (Bishop’s Palace) and Palácio Idalcão (the present Secretariat). You’ll also stop to browse the colourful fruit and vegetable market here.
Day 8 Farewell to India
Your magical journey comes to an end at Goa International Airport.
*Prices are based on private arrangements (not lower priced escorted tours with set dates). Quality three star accommodation is quoted here (unless mentioned otherwise), with breakfast included and other meals where mentioned. Mostly private transfers with an English speaking driver/guide and all activities mentioned, with top guides, are included. Domestic flights and transport all included from Day 1 to end point. Can be tailored to your needs, so prices could be lower for budget arrangements or higher for luxury.
International flight is not included