10 DAYS INDIA LUXURY TRIP
From SGD 3588
Embark on a luxury trip of India with all her magnificence and beauty. You will be visiting UNESCO Hertitage sites like Elephanta Caves, temple in Hampi and also witness the grandeur of architecture in Belur and Halebed. Not to forget the bustling cities of Mumbai, Bangalore and Mysore. A luxury trip in all covering incredible India.
Day 01: Arrive Mumbai
Arrive at Mumbai International airport.
On arrival and following your custom, immigration and baggage collection, you will be met by a representative waiting for you with a hand held signage bearing your name as you exit the arrivals terminal building. From here, you will be transferred to the hotel. Overnight in Mumbai
Day 02: In Mumbai
Following breakfast, walk to the jetty to board a cruise to Elephanta caves.
Proceed to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Elephanta Caves (closed on Monday), located on an island off the eastern-shore of Mumbai. An hour’s boat ride from the Gateway of India, will bring you to the Elephanta Island, where you get to see some beautifully carved sculptures, most of them dedicated to the Lord Shiva and his various forms.
Return to the hotel.
In the afternoon, proceed for a photo-stop at the largest open-air laundry – Dhobi Ghat, which is still popular with the citizens despite the advent of the washing machine! Continue onwards to the ancient Banganga Temple Complex, considered to be one of Mumbai’s holiest sites and the oldest surviving structure in the city. Walk about the small crumbling stone-turreted temples and flower-garlanded shrines that surround a rectangular pool of holy water. Return to the hotel.
Overnight in Mumbai
Day 03: Mumbai – Hubli – Hampi
Following breakfast, proceed for a walking and driving tour of Fort Bombay.
Some of the city’s kaleidoscope past has filtered into the present. Walking down any street in the heart of Mumbai, one can decipher the layers of history hidden behind the dusty facades and crowded signboards. The city’s architecture stands as a testimony to this change – a palimpsest used by each generation. Its long association with the British is reflected in the old world charm of its buildings made in the Indo-Saracen style of architecture that combined Gothic-like flamboyance with Muslim-Indian architectural features. Start the tour by walking towards theAsiatic Library (Town Hall), walking past the Horniman Circle, visit the Cathedral of St. Thomas, walk past Central Telegraph Office, High Court – whose viewing chambers are surrounded by Venetian style galleries decorated with exuberant carvings the Mumbai University – a majestic structure built in Italian & Gothic fusion style of architecture and the Rajabai Clock Tower 280 ft. in height commanding a fine view of the city. Under the clock tower is the Library that has undoubtedly some of the most exquisite stained glass windows in Asia.
Later, transfer to airport for flight to Hubli (AI 508 departing from Mumbai at 1525 hours and arriving in Hubli at 1635 hours, operates on Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday).
On arrival, drive to Kishkinda Camp, Hampi – (approximately 03 hours’ drive) relax and unwind in the luxury of your private environs. Later, you will be joined by one of our experience specialists who will take you through a list of activities that are part of your program.
Overnight in Hampi
Day 04: Hampi
Full-day shared activity included in your stay – visit the temples and ruins of Hampi Start your day at the monolithic Ganesha temple with an introductory talk on Hampi by our excursion expert. An archway leads you to a mosaic of small shrines, temples, monoliths and a reservoir. Hemkuta Hill is the grand entrance inside the fortified city complex. It is a vantage point for a bird’s eye view of the fabled Virupaksha temple. A walk down the gentle granite slopes takes you to the Temple. This grand 8th century marvel is a standing testament to Hampi’s glorious past. Built in typical Dravidian style, the temple walls and pillars are embellished with elegant sculptures of gods, flora, fauna, celestial nymphs, amorous couples and motifs of religious importance. The next stop is the Laxmi-Narasimha Temple. Admire the tall 22-foot figure which has been painstakingly restored by the Archaeological Survey of India.
Return to the camp for lunch.
After lunch, drive to the urban site of Hampi. Visit the medieval royal chambers, palaces, step-wells, watchtowers, elephant stables and royal baths. The distinctive architecture reflects a subtle Islamic influence in its design of flowing arches, domes and heavily structured pillars within the regal enclosure. View the Mahanavami platform, Hazararama temple and the charming Queen’s bath. Return to the comforts of the camp for dinner.
Overnight in Hampi
Day 05: Hampi
Free day. Optional Tours at extra cost available.
Overnight in Hampi
Day 06: Hampi-Chikamagalur
After a sumptuous breakfast, bid farewell to your Essential Hampi tour and proceed on your onward journey. Drive to Chikmagalur (07 hours’ drive approximately).
On arrival transfer to hotel.
Overnight in Chikmagalur
Following your breakfast, you will visit the Hoysala temple complexes at Belur and Halebid, some of the finest examples of Hindu artistic and cultural development in all of India. Typically, Hoysala temples are squat, star-shaped structures set on a platform to give them some height, and what they lack in scale compared to the soaring temples found elsewhere in India, they more than make up for in the sheer intricacy of their sculptures.
In the morning proceed to Belur-visit the Channekeshava Temple at Belur, the only one at the 3 major Hoysala sites still in daily use. It was begun in 1116 to commemorate the Hoysala’s victory over the Cholas at Talakad, and was worked on for over a century.
Continue on to the Hoysaleswara Temple at Halebid, set in well-tended lawns and gardens overlooking a small lake. Construction of this temple began around 1121, but despite 80 years of labour, it was never completed. However, this temple is easily the most outstanding example of Hoysala art, with every centimetre of the outside walls and much of the interior covered with an endless variety of Hindu deities, sages, animals and Hoysala rulers.
Later, drive to Mysore (approximately 3 hours 30 minutes’ drive). Arrive Mysore and check in to the hotel.
Overnight in Mysore.
Day 08: In Mysore
Post breakfast, visit theMaharajah’s Palace.
The Maharajah’s Palace, completed in 1912, dominates the centre of Mysore. The building is a synthesis of Hindu and Saracenic architecture, designed by Henry Irwin, a British Architect. It is topped with a single brass-plated dome, surrounded by turrets, giving it a fairytale appearance, which is further enhanced on holidays when it is lit up by 5,000 light bulbs. The interior is also lavishly decorated with stained glass, mirrors, pillars, paintings and jewels.
In the afternoon, proceed to Somnathpur.
You will proceed on a half day excursion to Somnathpur, located 38 km east of Mysore known for the Keshava Temple. Built in 1268 and dedicated to Lord Shiva, the temple is a marvellous example of Hoysala architecture. The walls of this star studded temple are covered with exquisite sculptures in stone depicting various scenes from the Ramayana and Mahabharata and the life and times of the Hoysala kings.
Overnight in Mysore
Day 09: Mysore-Bangalore
Following breakfast, drive to Bangalore (139 Kilometres/ approximately 04 hours’ drive).
En-route visit to the spectacular Island fortress of Srirangapatnam the former capital of two of south India’s most powerful 18th century rulers, Haider Ali and his son Tipu Sultan “The Lion of Mysore”. The fort was besieged and stormed by the British in 1782 and again in 1799. On the later occasion Arthur Wellesley, the future Duke of Wellington was present.
Continue your drive to Bangalore.
Bangalore, the capital of Karnataka, is a vibrant cosmopolitan city, a major industrial and commercial centre of the country. Bangalore is also known as the ‘Silicon Valley’ of the country, the nerve centre of India’s software industry. Despite being one of Asia’s fastest growing cities, Bangalore remains one of the most elegant metropolises in India. A well planned city, with tree lined avenues, a large number of parks, gardens and lakes.
On arrival, check in to the hotel.
In the afternoon, proceed for a half-day sightseeing tour of Bangalore City. Your tour of the garden city begins with a visit to Lalbagh, the botanical garden spread over 240 acres and having a wide variety of exotic trees and plants. Visit Tipu Sultan’s Palace – dating back to 1790 and made mostly out of wood, it was used as the summer residence of the legendary ruler Tipu Sultan. Continue to visit the Bull temple believed to have been constructed in the 16th-century it has been carved out of a single granite block. The tour gives you an opportunity to drive past the Government Secretariat, Vidhan Soudha (Legislature building) and Cubbon Park.
Overnight in Bangalore
Day 10: Depart Bangalore
In time, a representative will meet you at the hotel lobby and you will be transferred to the international airport to connect flight for your onward journey.
- 09 nights’ accommodation on twin sharing basis at above mentioned hotels
- Daily Breakfast
- Meals: 8B 3L 3D
- Transfers, sightseeing, excursions as per itinerary by air-conditioned AC Toyota Innova car.
- Entrances to monuments as per itinerary (one visit per monument are included)
- English speaking local guides during sightseeing as per the itinerary.
- All road taxes, parking fee, fuel charges, interstate taxes
- Goods and Service tax.