South India Heritage Tour With Goa (Make Customise Tours)
Tour Route: Mumbai-Aurangabad-Goa-Badami-Paddakal-Aihole-Goa-Mumbai
Duration: 13 days
Day 01 - Mumbai/Aurangabad By Flight
Breakfast at the hotel.
Afternoon, transfer to thedomestic Airport to board your flight for Aurangabad.
Arrive Aurangabad & transfer to the hotel.
Rest of the at Leisure
Day 02 - Aurangabad
After breakfast, proceed for a full day sightseeing of Ellora& Aurangabad Caves.
Ellora Caves: Impressive in their own right is the rock-hewn temples and monasteries of Ellora that lie just 30 km away from Aurangabad city. In all, there are 34 cave temples, 12 Mahayana Buddhist caves (550-750 AD), 17 Hindu caves (600-875 AD) and 5 caves of the Jain faith (800-1000 AD) 22 more caves, dedicated to Lord Shiva, were recently discovered. Kailas Temple (cave16), the central attraction at Ellora, is the most remarkable. Chiseled by hand from a single massive rock, it includes a gateway, pavilion, courtyard, vestibule, sanctum, sanctorum and tower which bear testimony to the excellence of Dravidian art. It is believed to have taken 7000 laborers, working in continuous shifts and 150 years to build. Ever since the first European visitors in 18th Century, Ellora has attracted chroniclers, antiquarians, scholars and in more recent years, ever- increasing number of tourists.
Aurangabad Caves: The almost forgotten caves of Aurangabad lie just outside the city. Excavated between the 2nd and 6th century AD, they reflect TANTRIC influences in their iconography and architectural designs. In all there are nine caves which are mainly viharas (monasteries).
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Day 03 - Aurangabad
After breakfast, proceed for a full day sightseeing with excursion to Ajanta Caves.
Ajanta caves: Nestling in an inner fold of the Sahyardi hills, 100 km from Aurangabad in the shape of a mammoth horse- shoe, are the 30 rock-hewn caves of Ajanta. The Caves date from the 2nd century BC. Discovered in 1819 by a group of British army officers, these startling achievements took around 600 years to create. Carved with little more than a hammer and chisel, Ajanta, once the retreat of Buddhist monastic orders features several 'chaityas' (chapels) and 'viharas' (monasteries). The exquisite wall and ceiling paintings, panels and sculptures of Buddha's life are famous throughout the world as the earliest and finest examples of Buddhist pictorial art
Day 04 -Aurangabad
After breakfast, full day sightseeing of Daulatabad.
Daulatabad Fort: Once known as 'Devgiri', this magnificent 12th century fortress stands on a hill just 13 km. from Aurangabad. It was given the name Daulatabad, the 'city of fortune', by Muhammad Tughlaq, Sultan of Delhi. Initially a Yadav stronghold, it passed through the hands of several dynasties in the Deccan. One of the world's best preserved fort of medieval times, surviving virtually unaltered, Daulatabad yet displays the character that made it invincible.
This is a Fortress that was conquered only by treachery. A series of secret, quizzical, subterranean passages lie coiled like a python amidst the fort. Here flaring torches were thrust upon an unwary enemy. Or hot oil poured down his path, as he deliberated in the labyrinth. Also the heat from a brazier was blown into the passage by a process of suction suffocating the entire garrison within. The Fort itself lies in the body of an isolated hill; the steep hill - sides at the base falling so sharply to the moat that no hostile troops could scale the height.
The moat, 40 ft. deep with mechanical drawbridges teemed with crocodiles. A 5-kilometer sturdy wall, artificial scarping and a complicated series of defenses made Daulatabad impregnable. The 30-meter high Chand Minar (Tower) built much later with 3 circular galleries had a defensive and religious role in the fortress.
Day 05 -Aurangabad
After breakfast, visit BibiKaMaqbara & Panchakki. Bibi Ka Maqbara is situated about 5 kms from the Aurangabad city, the burial place of Aurangzeb wife, Rabia-Durrani. Aurangzeb's son built this monument in 1679 AD in memory of his mother Rabia-Durrani. It is an imitation of the TajMahal (among 7 new wonders of world) at Agra, it is also called as "poor man's TajMahal" owing to it being a poor replica of the Taj. Behind the tomb is located a small archeological museum.
The Panchakki (Water Mill) was built in the early years of the 17th century, by the Muslim Sufi Saint Baba Shah Musafir. The complex of Panchakki had been a place of external abode of the great Sufi Saints who gathered to India in 12th Cent A.D. The sufi's were the Muslim saints, influenced by the spiritual philosophy of the Vedanta, the Sufi movement in India is reminiscence of secularism. The Panchakki, is a calm and peaceful place that visualizes the life that existed in the medieval period. Visitors having sensitive imagination may hear the beats of drum and the humming noise of the people moving around the complex.
The water flows down through clay pipes based on the Siphon system from the distance of 11 km. This marvelous water mill wax designated to generate energy to turn the large grinding stone, serving as a flour mill
Day 06 - Aurangabad/Mumbai By Flight 9W2024(0810hrs/0855hrs)
Mumbai/Goa By Flight SG 803 (1150hrs/1300hrs)
After breakfast, transfer to the airport to board your flight for Mumbai.
Arrive Mumbai board your flight for Goa.
Arrive Goa at 1300hrs & transfer to the hotel.
Rest of the day at leisure.
Day 07 - Goa
After breakfast, visit Old Goa (including churches), Bregenza Pereira House in Candor, Panaji with Church of our Lady of the Immaculate Conception and Fointanhas District, Temples near Ponda (SriMangues and SriMachals).
Day 08 - Goa
After breakfast, visit South Goa sightseeing to visit Dona Paula, Miramar Beach, Old Goa Churches, Bom Jesus Basilica, Se Cathedral Ponda, Margaon City, Colva Beach.
Boat Cruise at Mandovi River!!!
Day 09 - Goa
After breakfast, visit North Goa sightseeing to Church of Mae De Deus at Saligao, Calangute Beach, Corjeun fort, Fort Aguada, Mayem Lake, Aldona Bridge etc..
Day 10 - Goa - Badami By Road (200kms/4 - 5 hrs)
After breakfast check out the hotel and drive to Badami, on arrival transfer to hotel.
Badami:The capital of the early Chalukyas, Badami is picturesquely situated at the mouth of a ravine between two rocky hills. It has four rock-cut cave temples, the largest being the third cave dedicated to Vishnu. Overlooking the temples is a reservoir, its banks dotted with temples dedicated to Vishnu and Shiva. The Bhutanatha Temples and the Museum set up by the Archeological Survey of India, are the other attractions
Afternoon, visit rock-cut caves of Badamionce the capital city of the Chalukyan Empire, rulers of the central Deccan from 4th - 8thcenturies AD. Set in a ravine, the site is surrounded by fortifications, but most famous of all is the carved and inscribed temples cut fromthe solid rock
Day 11 Badami
After breakfast, visit Aihole and Pattadakal,
Aihole-A tranquil village on the banks of the Malaprabha river, Aihole is acclaimed as the cradle of Hindu temple architecture. There are hundreds of temples in the villages and fields nearby. The most impressive one is the Durga Temple with its semicircular apse, elevated plinth, and the gallery encircling the sanctum. The Lad Khan Temple, which is one of the earliest temples, was originally a royal assemblyhall and marriage mantapa chosen as the abode of a Muslim prince, Lad Khan.The Huchimalli Temple with a sculpture of Vishnu sitting atop a large cobra, the Ravalphadi Cave Temple celebrating the many forms of Shiva, the Konti Temple Complex, the Umamaheswari Temple, the Jain Meguti Temple, and the twostoried Buddhist Temple are other sights worth seeing.
Pattadakal-with its beautifully chiselled temples, this World Heritage Site on the banks of the Malaprabha River bears testimony to the richness of Chalukyan architecture. Pattadakal reached its pinnacle of glory under the Chalukya kings and was once used as a ceremonial centre where kings were crowned and commemorated. It has a cluster of 10 major temples, each displaying interesting architectural features. At the entrance of the site, you can see the 8th century temples of Jambulinga, Kadasiddeshvara, and Galaganatha with their curvilinear shikaras or spires. The biggest temple, dedicated to Virupaksha, has a huge gateway, several inscriptions, and a profusion of friezes from the epics. Facing the temple is a pavilion containing a massive nandi. The Mallikarjuna Temple is similar in design to Virupaksha Temple, but smaller in size. The ornate Papanatha Temple is yet another impressive piece of architecture, with delicately chiselled ceilings and a 16-pillared main hall. The Sangameshwara Temple dating from the reign of King Vijayaditya is the earliest temple in this complex
Later visit Monolithic Caves, which is 70 ft in length. Pillars inside the temple are cut in clinical precision and designs denote flowers and geometrical figures. Evidences reveal, Mangalesha, uncle of Pulekeshi II, constructed
the cave temple in 578 AD. Each cave here indicatesthe architecture gradually evolved into perfection during heChalukyan dynasty. Sculptures here also tell theempire had given equal importance to all existing faiths of its time: Shaivism, Vaishnavism, Buddhism and Jainism
Day 12 Badami-Goa By Road (200Kms/4-5 hours)
After breakfast drive to Goa & transfer to the hotel.
Rest of the day at leisure at beach
Day 13 Goa/Mumbai By Fight S2 705 (1845hrs/1945hrs)
Morning at leisure.
Evening, transfer to the airport to board your flight for Mumbai.
Arrive Mumbai & transfer to the International airport to board your flight .
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