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Central India - Ancient Kingdoms & UNESCO Treasures

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Overview

From Madhya Pradesh in the north to Karnataka in the south, Central India offers the intrepid traveller some of the best experiences on the subcontinent. Boasting no fewer than seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites, some of the country’s best hotels and some of its finest architecture and cuisine, this is a region that offers up the quintessential India experience. Beginning in Mumbai, you’ll have an opportunity to explore something of the city's colonial heritage, before catching the train ...
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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Explore the colonial highlights of Mumbai & relax amongst the palms and beaches of Goa
  • Visit the UNESCO treasures at Mumbai, Bhopal, Hampi, Bhimbetka, Badami and Pattadakal
  • Enjoy walking and boat safaris in the remote Satpura National Park
  • Discover the Islamic heritage and breathtaking architecture of Hyderabad and Bijapur
  • Discover the spectacular 600 year old temples and monuments of the Vijayanagar Empire in Hampi
  • Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Sanchi, India’s oldest stone structure & Udayagiri caves

ITINERARY

This is a suggested itinerary. Our experts have all travelled widely in the region and will be happy to tailor any of our itineraries to suit your tastes, or build a trip from scratch.

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DAY 1: ARRIVE MUMBAI

DAY 1: ARRIVE MUMBAI

Arrive at Mumbai airport and transfer to your hotel. Discover some of the finest monuments of this great city, including the stunning Gateway of India, Gandhi Museum, Flora Fountain, Victoria Terminus and the Rajabai Clock Tower. Tiem permitting continue on to the vibrant Crawford Market, before making your way to Marine Drive, a beautiful promenade along the shoreline of the Arabian Sea. Time allowing enjoy the serenity of the beautifully manicured Hanging Gardens before later heading to Kamala Nehru Park to enjoy magnificent views.

Abode Boutique Hotel

DAY 2: MUMBAI - BHOPAL

DAY 2: MUMBAI - BHOPAL

Up early to catch the train from Mumbai to Bhopal this morning, where you will be collected by your driver and transferred to your lovely city centre hotel where there will be a chance to freshen up and have a swim before stepping out on an old town heritage walk.

Jehan Numa Palace
Breakfast

DAY 3: BHOPAL

DAY 3: BHOPAL

This morning set off north to Sanchi to visit this stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site. From here you will then continue on to the stunning Udayagiri Caves ("Risen Mountain"), one of India's most important archaeological sites and yet far less visited. Return to Bhopal where you can enjoy some lunch, before setting off to explore the old city.

Jehan Numa Palace
Breakfast

DAY 4: BHOPAL - SATPURA NATIONAL PARK

DAY 4: BHOPAL - SATPURA NATIONAL PARK

After breakfast you'll drive south towards Satpura, stopping en route to visit the second of six world heritage sites, the extraordinary rock shelter complex and Palaeolithic rock art at Bhimbetka. From here you will drive on to Satpura to stay at the wonderful lodge called Reni Pani. After lunch you'll head out, across the Narmada River, and into the park on your first jeep safari.

Reni Pani Jungle Lodge
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5: SATPURA NATIONAL PARK

DAY 5: SATPURA NATIONAL PARK

One of the great things about Satpura is that there is a multitude of ways to experience the park. This morning you might go for a boat ride up the Narmada River, or canoe deep into the river's creeks and inlets. You might go for a jungle walk deep into the bush and tiger territory. After around three hours you will return to the lodge for a bit of relaxation beside the pool, before heading back out in the late afternoon for another safari.

Reni Pani Jungle Lodge
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6: SATPURA - BHOPAL - HYDERABAD

DAY 6: SATPURA - BHOPAL - HYDERABAD

Today you will drive back to Bhopal where you can have an early lunch before being transferred to the airport for your flight to Hyderabad - the City of Pearls. Arriving in the late afternoon you will be picked up and transferred to your amazing hotel, which will be home for the next two nights.

Taj Krishna
Breakfast

DAY 7: HYDERABAD

DAY 7: HYDERABAD

This morning you will begin your tour at the Old City and the 16th century Charminar, which houses Hyderabad's oldest mosque. Then you can explore the bazaars around the Charminar and look around the Mecca Masjid, which can house 10,000 worshippers. From here you can grab some lunch then and head out of town to see Golconda Fort, which was the capital of Telangana until 1590 when a terrible drought forced the city's move and the founding of Hyderabad. You will then return to town, stopping en route to wander around the serenely set Tombs of the Qutb Shahi Kings.

Taj Krishna
Breakfast

DAY 8: HYDERABAD - VIJAYAPURA (BIJAPUR)

DAY 8: HYDERABAD - VIJAYAPURA (BIJAPUR)

After breakfast you will drive to the neighbouring state of Karnataka and Bijapur with its dominating Islamic architecture. The drive will take most of the day and late in the afternoon you'll have time to explore the magnificent Golgumbaz, which is the town's largest monument having a 38-metre diameter dome - second only in size to St Peter's Basilica in Rome - and the stunning Ibrahim Rouza Mausoleum, which is considered by many to be one of the most finely proportioned Islamic monuments in India.

Kyriad Hotel By Citrus
Breakfast

DAY 9: VIJAYAPURA (BIJAPUR) - HAMPI

DAY 9: VIJAYAPURA (BIJAPUR) - HAMPI

This morning you'll drive on to Hampi. Here you will check into your hotel and take your first look around yet another incredibly area.

Boulders Hampi
Breakfast

DAY 10: HAMPI

DAY 10: HAMPI

Spend today exploring the historical wonders of Hampi. Hampi's spectacular ruins, decorated with the finest carvings, are associated with Kishkinda, the fabled monkey kingdom in the Ramayana. Early settlements here date to the 1st Century AD, but by 1300 Hampi was a stronghold of the Vijayanagara Empire, protected by the Tungabhadra River and surrounding hills. Discover the rare architectural gems like the 'musical pillared' Vithala Temple, the Virupaksha Temple, the Hampi Bazaar and the Monolith Bull, spread out across 26 square kilometres of evocative Indian plains.

Boulders Hampi
Breakfast

DAY 11: HAMPI

DAY 11: HAMPI

Today you will be collected from your hotel and taken for a second tour of Hampi, visiting the main sights in the royal centre and the sacred centre. In the morning you will visit the royal enclosure, the seat of power of the Vijayanagara kingdom, and the Queens Bath, believed to be constructed for the women of the royal family of Vijayanagara. After enjoying lunch at a beautiful spot by the river, in the afternoon you can continue to explore the Achutaraya Temple and enjoy a splendid view as you walk along the banks of the scenic Tungabhadra River.

Boulders Hampi
Breakfast

DAY 12: HAMPI - BADAMI

DAY 12: HAMPI - BADAMI

This morning you'll drive on to Badami stopping en route to visit the Chalukya dynasty's wonderful 5th century temples at Aihole and the UNESCO site of Pattadakal. Having checked into your hotel in the afternoon you will have a chance to visit the amazing Buddhist rock-carved temples.

Badami Heritage
Breakfast

DAY 13: BADAMI - GOA

DAY 13: BADAMI - GOA

After breakfast you will be picked up again for the last leg of your fascinating Central India journey, west to the Goa coastline and the Arabian Sea. On arrival in Goa you will transfer to your hotel and from here enjoy a well-earned stroll along the beach.

Alila Diwa Goa
Breakfast

DAY 14: GOA

DAY 14: GOA

Day is free to enjoy at leisure.

Alila Diwa Goa
Breakfast

DAY 15: DEPART GOA

DAY 15: DEPART GOA

Transfer to the airport in time to catch your onward flight.

Breakfast

SUGGESTED ACCOMMODATION

Luxury

Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience

Premium

Excellent standards without the big price tag

Mid-Range

Good quality service and overall comfort

Mid-Range

Good quality service and overall comfort

Luxury

Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience

Premium

Excellent standards without the big price tag

Luxury

Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience

Simple

No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Accommodation listed here is intended as a guide only, to give you a taste of what we can do. Our experts can tailor any aspect of this itinerary and accommodation to suit your budget and tastes.

GUIDELINE PRICE & WHAT’S INCLUDED

CENTRAL INDIA - ANCIENT KINGDOMS & UNESCO TREASURES (15 DAYS)

MEALS

As specified in the itinerary, sampling some of the country's finest cuisine.

TRANSPORT

Private air-conditioned vehicles with experienced, dedicated drivers.

ENTRANCE FEES

Tours and admission fees, including tickets specified in the itinerary.

EXPERT TEAM

Licensed English-speaking guides and a support team available 24/7.

ACCOMMODATION

As specified in the itinerary, using some of our favourite local properties.

ACCOMMODATION

Ultra - The best of the best, the ultimate indulgence
Luxury - Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium - Excellent standards without the big price tag
Mid-Range - Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple - No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

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This itinerary is aimed to give you an idea of what we can offer. The price shown above is based on two people travelling outside of peak periods. As this itinerary is only a suggestion and can be tailor-made to suit your interests and budget, your final price may differ.

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