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    The Deccan states are a stark contrast to those of North India, in terms of their culture, architecture, natural beauties and to some extent, their wildlife. The richly carved temples built by Hoysala kings, the beautiful gardens of Bangalore, the coffee estates of Chikmagalur, the rich wildlife of Kabini and the princely heritage of Mysore and Hyderabad are worth a visit.

    Code: Bespoke

    Duration: 10 Nights

    Destinations: Bangalore (2), Chikmagalur (2), Kabini (2), Mysore (1), Hyderabad (3)

    Theme: Heritage & Culture, Nature & Wildlife

    Experience Highlights:

    • Watch a Yakshagana performance in Bangalore and visit Cubbon Park and Lal Bagh.
    • Visit the Bangalore Fort and the Bull Temple to the south of the city.
    • Visit Shravanabelagola Jain Temple and the coffee plantations of Chikmagalur.
    • Go on safaris in the Kabini wildlife sanctuary.
    • Tour the Mysore Palace and the Ranganathaswamy Temple in Srirangapatanam.
    • Visit the Salar Jung Museum, Charminar, Mecca Masjid, the Paigah Tombs and Golconda Fort in Hyderabad.
    • Enjoy massage treatments and explore the wonder of Ayurveda.
    • Explore the night life and city restaurants in Bangalore and Hyderabad.
    • Enjoy a special welcome and farewell dinner.
    • Contact us for reservations & more details. All Experiences can be tailor-made to suit your interests and travel preferences...

    Day 1: Arrive Bangalore 
    Arrive at Bangalore Airport.

    Bangalore (Bengaluru), founded by Kempe Gowda, is a well-laid out city with many spacious gardens. Hence, it is known as the Garden City. It is also called the 'Silicon Valley' of India, because so many IT firms are based here. Although Bangalore is now dotted with pubs, discos and other modern hangouts, remnants of the old city are still visible.

    Upon clearing Customs and Immigration, our representative will meet you to extend a warm welcomepack including all necessary documentation as well as the travel plan, and assist with the check-in at the hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. In the evening, go for a Yakshagana performance - this is a style of musical theater popular in Karnataka, India, which begins at twilight with the beating of drums for an hour before the resplendently clad actors appear.

    Meals:: B D
    Day 2: Bangalore 
    Enjoy a relaxing, hour-long massage at the hotel.

    Proceed on a half-day tour of Bangalore with your guide. Visit the Bangalore Fort, built in the late 18th century, noted for its beautifully carved Islamic-style arches on the gate walls and the well-preserved Ganesha Temple within its precincts. Also visit the Bull Temple situated south of Bangalore, to view the massive 15-foot sculpture of the Basava or bull vehicle of Lord Shiva. Visit Cubbon Park, a beautiful 300-acre landscape laid out in 1864 that also includes the public library and a museum. The 240-acre Lal Bagh features the largest collection of rare tropical and sub-tropical plants and trees at least a hundred years old, as well as fountains, terraces, lotus pools, rose gardens, a deer park and a greenhouse. Drive past Vidhana Soudha, Bangalore’s most majestic-looking landmark, built in a neo-Dravidian style, which houses the Secretariat, the State legislature and several other Government offices

    In the evening we take you out to dinner to specialty restaurant, and show you the night life of the city. After a memorable evening retire to the comfort of your hotel.

    Meals :: B D
    Day 3: Bangalore - Shravanabelagola – Belur - Chikmagalur 
    After breakfast in the hotel, drive down to Chikmagalur (245 Kms/ 5 hours), with a brief photo-stop at the 17 m. (55 ft.) high, 10th-century Shravanabelagola Jain temple, where 500 rock-cut steps lead to the summit and the colossal nude statue of Bahubali, Lord Gomateshwara, selected as one of the Seven Wonders of India. Continue the drive to Hassan, for lunch at the Hotel Hoysala, after which you continue your drive to Chikmagalur. Upon arrival, you will be assisted with check-in by our representative.

    Meals :: B D
    Day 4: In Chikmagalur 
    Chikmagalur, a well-watered area surrounded by the Bababudan Hills, is known for its coffee plantations, waterfalls, forests and wildlife. After a leisurely morning, visit a coffee estate at Tipanhalli (15 km from the hotel), which includes a small coffee museum that features 1200 varieties of coffee beans and their evolution. Enjoy rest of the day at leisure at your resort, lazing in the lap of nature and tranquility will certainly be an uplifting and rejuvenating experience.

    Meals :: B L D
    Day 5: Chikmagalur - Kabini 
    After an early breakfast, drive down to Kabini (240 Km / 4 hours approx.), visiting the Hoysala temples at Halebid en route. Kabini, considered one of the best wildlife sanctuaries in Karnataka, is known to possess the largest population of Asiatic elephants, as well as a wide variety of birds and other wildlife, including barking deer, chital, sambhar, panthers, sloth bears, leopards, gaurs, antelopes, crocodiles, tigers, cobras and pythons. It features 60 sq km of static water that bifurcates the national parks of Nagarhole and Bandipur.

    After lunch at your resort, proceed on a jeep safari into the Rajiv Gandhi National Park, accompanied by a trained naturalist, to observe various forms of wildlife in their natural habitat. In the late evening, enjoy the cultural activity planned by the hotel, followed by dinner.

    Meals :: B L D
    Day 6: In Kabini 
    Kabini is considered to be one of the best wildlife sanctuaries in Karnataka, famous for its spectacular bird life, by the backwaters of the Kabini River, a tributary of Cauvery. Kabini provides you a wonderful scenic view of greenery, full of life and natural beauty. Today early morning, go on a boat safari to observe a wide variety of water birds and marsh crocodiles. Return to the hotel for breakfast, after which you could opt to visit a tribal community living in the forest via a bicycle trail. Spend the afternoon at leisure and watch a wildlife movie in the evening.

    Meals :: B L D
    Day 7: Kabini – Mysore 
    After a leisurely breakfast, drive to Mysore (100 Kms / 2 hours approx.). Epitomizing the grandeur and glory of a bygone era, Mysore, the erstwhile capital of the Wodeyars, has always enchanted travelers with its quaint charm, rich heritage, magnificent palaces, silks and sandalwood, sprawling gardens, broad avenues and majestic temples. On arrival you are assisted with check in at the hotel.

    In the afternoon, tour the Mysore Palace, built in the early 20th century by Henry Irving. It is a fabulous domed, arched, colonnaded, and turreted structure with lavish interiors, decorated with frescoes, paintings, statues or delicate relief carvings. Italian crystal chandeliers, stained-glass windows, miles of white marble floors, and ceilings made from stained glass brought all the way from Glasgow, all add to the brilliance of this palace. The palace is illuminated every Sunday, a not to miss sight.

    Meals :: B D
    Day 8: Mysore – Srirangapatanam - Bangalore – Hyderabad 
    Spend the morning at leisure after breakfasting in the hotel. In the afternoon, drive to Bangalore (266 Kms/ 5 hours approx.), stopping en route at Srirangapatanam, to visit the Ranganathaswamy temple, a Vaishnavite center of pilgrimage built by rulers of the Ganga dynasty in the 9th century. On arrival in Bangalore, you will go to the airport, to board the Hyderabad flight.

    Hyderabad, known as the Pearl City, offers a variety of tourist attractions from heritage monuments, lakes, gardens and museums, to delectable cuisine and a delightful shopping experience. Hyderabad is a mixture of old-world charm and modernity, where science centers coexist with architectural glories of the past. Its cuisine, a mixture of Arabic, Turkish, Irani, Mughal, Telegu and Marathwada food, is typified in the Hyderabadi biryani.

    Upon arrival, you will be met by our representative, who will transfer you to the hotel for check-in.

    Enjoy a relaxing hour-long Aurvedic massage at the hotel.

    Meals :: B D
    Day 9: In Hyderabad 
    After breakfast at the hotel, tour Hyderabad, visiting the Salar Jung Museum, Charminar and Mecca Mosque. The city’s juxtaposition of old and new makes a walk in the street a memorable experience.

    The Salar Jung Museum, which is closed on Fridays, houses, one of the largest collections of antiques in the world, put together by one man, Mir Yousuf Ali Khan, Salar Jung III. The collection includes Persian carpets; Mughal miniatures; Chinese porcelain; Japanese lacquer-ware; famous statues, including the Veiled Rebecca and Marguerite and Mephistopheles; a superb collection of jade; daggers belonging to Queen Noor Jahan and the Emperors Jahangir and Shah Jahan; Aurangzeb’s sword and many other fabulous items.

    The Charminar is as much signature symbol of Hyderabad as the Taj Mahal is of Agra. Mohammed Quli Qutb Shah, the founder of Hyderabad, built Charminar, a mosque, in 1591 at the centre of his city as a charm to ward off a deadly epidemic raging at that time. It is illuminated in the evenings and there are plans to pedestrianize the area around the monument.

    Mecca Masjid, so called because the bricks for the central arch came from Mecca, is located two hundred yards southwest of the Charminar. The Qutb Shahis never finished building the mosque, which was completed by Aurangzeb in 1694.

    Meals :: B D
    Day 10: In Hyderabad 
    After a leisurely breakfast in the hotel, visit Golconda Fort with your guide. The fort, which is a majestic monument on the western outskirts of the city, was built by the Qutub Shahi kings. Its diamond mines were famous—the Kohinoor came from these mines. Also visit the Qutub Shahi Tombs, which are a perfect blend of Indian and Persian architectural forms, and are constructed in gray granite decorated with exquisite ornamentation.

    Later visit the Paigah Tombs, where the sons-in-law of the Nizams of Hyderabad are buried. These are unique specimens of extraordinary artistry, visible in the wonderfully inlaid mosaic work. Spend the rest of the day at leisure or explore the local bazaar.

    In the evening a we take you out you for dinner and shows you the night life of the city. Retire to the comfort of your room after a memorable evening.

    Meals :: B D
    Day 11 Hyderabad 
    After breakfast, spend a leisurely morning. In Afternoon spend time at some spectacular malls finishing last minute shopping.

    Early evening we take you for a farewell dinner. Later transfer to the airport to take your flight back home.

    Meals :: B D
    Contact us for reservations & more details. All Experiences can be tailor-made to suit your interests and travel preferences…
    Day City Luxury Deluxe Superior
    1BangaloreThe OberoiVivanta by TajThe Park
    2BangaloreThe OberoiVivanta by TajThe Park
    3ChikmagalurThe SeraiThe SeraiGateway Hotel
    4ChikmagalurThe SeraiThe SeraiGateway Hotel
    5KabiniOrange CountryThe SeraiThe Serai
    6KabiniOrange CountryThe SeraiThe Serai
    7MysoreThe Windflower Resort & SPAThe Windflower Resort & SPAFortune Park JP Palace
    8HyderabadFalaknuma PalaceTaj KrishnaTaj Banjara
    9HyderabadFalaknuma PalaceTaj KrishnaTaj Banjara
    10HyderabadFalaknuma PalaceTaj KrishnaTaj Banjara
    Contact us for reservations & more details. All Experiences can be tailor-made to suit your interests and travel preferences...
    :: Mesmerizing Triangle

    Delhi—home to several empires—Turkish, Mughal and British; Agra—seat of Mughal power well into the 17th century and Jaipur—the Pink City, built by Maharajah Jai Singh, designer of several observatories. These three cities provide a vivid illustration of the culture that developed under Delhi’s Turkish sultans, Agra’s Mughal emperors and Jaipur’s Rajput kings, who finally made peace with the Mughals.

    Duration: 5 Nights

    Destinations: 2 Nights Delhi, 1 Night Agra, 2 Nights Jaipur

    Theme: Heritage, Culture & Cuisine

    :: Kerala – God’s Own Country

    At one time the favourite destinations for Arab and European merchants in the spice trade, Kerala has much to offer in its rich culture, natural beauty, wildlife sanctuaries and traditional systems of health and wellness. Cochin, as the first port of call for spice merchants, offers much in its wealth of architectural remains; Kumarkom is a part of the interlocking system of rivers and lakes through which you can wander on a houseboat and Periyar gives you the opportunity to view the elephants closely and may be the elusive Indian tiger in the wild.

    Duration: 5 Nights

    Destinations: 1 Night Cochin, 1 Night Kumarakom, 1 Night on Houseboat, 2 Nights Periyar

    Theme: Culture, Nature, Wildlife & Wellness

    :: Glimpse of Sri Lanka

    Colombo’s varied architecture, the remains of the ancient Kings of Sri Lanka in Kandy, the fortified city of Galle and the beaches of Bentota—all are worth a glimpse.

    Duration: 5 Nights

    Destinations: 2 Nights Colombo, 1 Night Kandy, 2 Nights Bentota (Day trip to Galle)

    Theme: Heritage, Culture & Nature

    Contact us for reservations & more details. All Experiences can be tailor-made to suit your interests and travel preferences…