UNESCO World Heritage Tour

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Mumbai

Day 2: Sightseeing Mumbai

Day 3: Elephanta Island Caves

Day 4: Drive to Aurangabad (380 km, 6 hours)

Day 5: Visit Ajanta ( one way 106 km, 2 hours)

Day 6: Visit Ellora (one way 30 km, 1 hour)

Day 7: Drive to Bijapur (410 km, 7 hours)

Day 8: Sightseeing Bijapur

Day 9: Drive to Badami via Pattadakala (150 km, 3 hours)

Day 10: Drive to Hampi (150 km, 3 hours).

Day 11: Sightseeing Hampi

Day 12: Drive to Goa (345 km, 7 hours)

Day 13: Relax on the beach

Day 14: Drop at the Airport


We provide private car and driver. Pick-up and drop at the airport is free.

Mumbai- Aurangabad- Ajanta- Ellora- Bijapur- Badami- Hampi- Goa (13 Nights, 14 Days)

Mumbai- Aurangabad- Ajanta- Ellora- Bijapur- Badami- Hampi- Goa (13 Nights, 14 Days)

Details

Day 1: Arrival in Mumbai


Your driver will pick you up an Mumbai Airport ot train station and bring you to your hotel. Check-in and relax. 


Day 2: Sightseeing Mumbai


The day is reserved for sightseeing in Mumbai. Your driver will pick you up in the morning in your hotel and drive you through Mumbai to places you wish to visit. Start at Mahalakshmi Dhobi Ghat, Mumbai’s central laundry where 5000 men work on more than 800 pools to clean the laundry for hotels, restaurants, hospitals and private households. Go on to Malaba Hill to visit the Hanging Garden, or head on to Churchgate to meet the Dabbawallas. Don’t miss Marine Drive, the Art Galleries, Flora Fountain and the Gateway of India, where you might want to relax drinking a tea in famous Taj Mahal Palace. In the evening walk in the market in Colaba, and finish your day at the iconic Victoria Terminal illuminated with 16 million colourful lights. Your driver will bring you back to your hotel.


Day 3: Elephanta Island Caves


Your driver will bring you to Gateway of India, where the ferry boat starts for a full-day trip to Elephanta Island Caves, an UNESCO World Heritage site. The caves contain valuable collections of Indian Hindu temple art and are the most amazing temple sites in Mumbai. The labyrinthine network of subterranean caves, precious Shiva statues and other deities, shrines, pillars, courtyards and halls was carved out of rocks in high relief. Come back in the afternoon.


Day 4: Drive to Aurangabad (380 km, 6 hours)


Your will drive from Mumbai to Aurangabad today, which is the starting point for exploring the Ajanta and Ellora caves. After arrival, check-in your hotel and relax.


Day 5: Visit Ajanta ( one way 106 km, 2 hours)


Today you visit the Buddhist, Hinduism and Jainism caves of Ajanta. Your driver will bring you directly to the breathtaking temples, which were struck in a horseshoe-shaped canyon and used in the time from 200 BC until 650 AD. Admire the ancient carvings and paintings in a beautiful landscape. In the evening come back to Aurangabad. 


Day 6: Visit Ellora (one way 30 km, 1 hour)


In the morning you will be picked up and in about an hour drive to Ellora. There are 34 caves in total, created by monks from the three main religions in the country: Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. A cave stands out - the Kailash Temple. This temple is a unique large temple cut from the rocks in one piece. In the evening come back to Aurangabad, on the way visit Biwi Ka Makbara, the small Taj Mahal of Aurangabad.


Day 7: Drive to Bijapur (410 km, 7 hours)


You start early after breakfast for the long drive to Bijapur, also called the «Agra» of the South because of it’s muslimic character. Check-in to your hotel and relax.

Day 8: Sightseeing Bijapur

In Bijapur you will see the Gol Gumbaz Mausoleum with the second largest dome in the world (after Petersdom in Rome) as well as the Jama Masjid (Friday Mosque), which is one of the largest mosques in India in terms of area. Experience the typical everyday life in the local and very rural market around Sri Lal Bahadur Shastri Complex.


Day 9: Drive to Badami (150 km, 3 hours)


Today you will drive to Badami, and on the way through a beautiful landscape with red sandstone hills, pools of natural rocks and wide fields, your driver will stop at Pattadakala to visit the famous temples. Pattadakala was the scene of the elaborate coronation ceremonies of the Chaulikya rulers. With the construction of the imposing temples these kings tried to demonstrate their power.

After the visit your driver will bring you to your hotel, where you can refresh. In the afternoon you will visit Badami. The impressive cave temples here were dedicated to various religions, Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism. There are fascinating stone carvings, statues of gods, colonnades and depictions of Indian mythology. You will also see Bodnath temple. After the visit your driver will bring you back to your hotel.


Day 10: Drive to Hampi (150 km, 3 hours)


After breakfast you drive to Hampi and check in your hotel. After refresh in the hotel you can visit Vittala Temple with its impressive stone carvings and sculptures, richly decorated musical pillars and a stone chariot, one of the highlights to see in Hampi. Walk in the market. 


Day 11: Sightseeing Hampi


Rocks, temples and ruins are located in Hampi, in the southwest of India, embedded in rice fields. They tell of a lost Hindu empire.

One of the main attractions is the holiest of all temples, the Virupaksha Temple, which stands in the middle of the village. This Temple is still an important Hindu pilgrim destination and its 56 meter high temple tower can be seen from afar. Attractions include elephant stables, monolith statues, the Bath of the Queens, the Lotus Palace and many other temples. Hampi impresses not only with its ruins of the royal city, but also by the impressive landscape, the huge rock formations, the leisurely river and the lush green rice fields and palm groves.

Visit also the great statue of Narasimha and the Hazara Rama Temple. Also worth seeing is the dilapidated stone bridge on the Tungabhadra River, which once spanned the river.

Come back to your hotel in the evening.


Day 12: Drive to Goa (345 km, 7 hours)


Finally it is time to relax. Goa fulfills all the criteria for a tropical paradise . You can choose between quiet beach or party beach. Options in North Goa are Arambol, Mandrem, Morjim, Vagator, Anjuna , Baga, Calangute, Candolim or Aguada Beach. In South Goa options are Colva, Benaulim, Agonda, Butterfly, Cola, Paolem or Patnem Beach. 


Day 13: Relax on the beach


Relax on the beach.


Day 14: Drop at the Airport


If you don’t chose to stay longer at the beach, your driver will drop you at the Airport.