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Historic Caves, Fort Palaces & Arurvedic Retreat

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The private Historic Caves, Fort Palaces & Arurvedic Retreat tour will begin in Mumbai the commercial capital of India a bustling city with Bollywood industry. Explore magnificent monuments of colonial era and Historical Elephanta cave. Thereafter fly to Aurangabad gateway to Ajanta & Ellora Caves. Next fly to Hyderabad an imperial city with historic Golconda Fort & Salarjung Museum. Thereafter fly to Cochin gateway city for reaching to ayurvedic retreat for body, mind &soul treatment in natural environment.

Day 1: Arrive Mumbai

On arrival at Mumbai airport meet with our office executive assistance and transfer to hotel. (hotel check in / out time 1200hr afternoon early check in subject to rooms availability). Rest time free and easy to relax. Overnight at hotel.
Mumbai is a city that is disciplined by no time frame neither day nor night. Dazzling shopping arcades, exciting sport activity, nightclubs & discotheques, theatre, music & gourmet restaurants offers visitors a heady mix of all this and more.

 

Day 2: Mumbai

Breakfast at hotel, transfer to Gateway on India. From here cruise by motorboats to Elephanta Caves (Monday closed). A flight of 100 steps takes you to the top of the hill. These caves house rock cut temples dating back to the 5th century BC. Afterwards in the afternoon cruise back to Gateway of India and then city tour drive thrught Marine Drive one of the most beautifully laid boulevards in the city.

Parliament House the Maharashtra State Assembly (view from outside), Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, formerly Victoria Terminus, a UNESCO World Heritage Site (view from outside). Visit Dhobhi Ghat the city's famous open-air laundry in action, Prince of Wales Museum (Monday closed) a heritage museum comprises of a number of ancient artifacts. Mani Bhawan a Museum, Gandhi laid the foundation for many independence movements from here. Mount Mary Church, an ancient church, built in 1640 and then rebuilt in 1761, The Basilica of Our Lady of the Mount an important religious place in Mumbai. In the evening, visit Iskcon Temple dedicated to Lord Krishna, The architectural splendour of the ISKCON Temple is adorned with murals and sculptures. If time permits visit to Bandra and Juhu area where bollywood celebrity houses are located like Shahrukh Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Salman Khan etc. (can be seen from outside). Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 3: Mumbai – Aurangabad (flight)

Breakfast at hotel, transfer to airport to board flight for Aurangabad. On arrival assistance and transfer to hotel. 

Later excursion to visit Ellora, a UNESCO World heritage sites (Tuesday closed). It houses 34 monasteries and temples with some exclusive uninterrupted sequence of monuments that date back from 600 to 1000 AD. The temples of Ellora are dedicated to Brahmanism, Jainism, and Buddhism. It also has some of the excellent stonework depicting the legends related to Lord Shiva.

Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga, one of the 12 Jyotirlinga shrines mentioned in the Shiva Purana. The temple is an important pilgrimage site in Shaivism tradition of Hinduism, which considers it as the last or twelfth Jyotirlinga (linga of light).

On way back visit Daulatabad Fort one of the most powerful forts of the medieval Deccan. The defence system that made Daulatabad virtually impregnable comprises fortifications with double and even triple rows of massive walls.

Back to hotel in Aurangabad for overnight stay.

 

Day 4: Aurangabad – Ajanta (105kms/ 2 hrs approx one way)

Breakfast at hotel. Excursion to Ajanta Caves (Monday closed). The Buddhist Caves of Ajanta were discovered by the British officers in 1819 while tiger hunting. Ajanta Caves were first mentioned in the writings of the Chinese pilgrim Hiuen Tsang who visited India between A.D 629 and 645. The Caves at Ajanta are older than those at Ellora, which date from about 200 B.C to 650 A.D. Thirty beautiful Buddhist Caves with mesmerizing sculptures and paintings depicting Buddha's life as well the lives of the Buddha in his previous births. Five of these Caves are Chaityas (Place of worship) while the other twenty-five are Viharas (monasteries). Ajanta Caves are divided in two categories based on two schools of Buddhist thought - Hinayana Caves and Mahayana Caves.

After sightseeing drive back to Aurangabad.

Visit Bibi ka Maqbara Built by Azam Shah in 1678, the Bibi ka Maqbara is a son's loving tribute to his mother. Due to its similar design standing spectacularly on the lawns of the landscaped garden with ponds, fountains and water channels, the white marbled monument is popularly known as the mini Taj of the Deccan. Panchakki which literally means 'Water Mill'. It receives water from an underground channel, with its source being 6 km away in the mountains. An artificial waterfall has been created near the mill, through which this water is discharged on to the wheel to power the flourmill and grind grain for the pilgrims. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 5: Aurangabad – Hyderabad (flight)

Breakfast at hotel, transfer to airport to board flight for Hyderabad. On arrival assistance and transfer to the hotel. Day free & easy for visiting the local market and individual activities with your driver. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 6: Hyderabad

Breakfast at hotel, explore this wondrous capital, a 400 year-old metropolitan city teeming with bustling-bazaars and Muslim monuments. Visit Golconda Fort renowned for its diamond mines that have given the world the famous Kohinoor and Darya-i-noor diamonds. The ancient fort complex of Golconda will charm you with its history, tinged with legends and anecdotes. Qutubshahi Tombs the tombs differ in size but all are comparable to each other in architectural grandeur and beauty. Charminar built in 1591 by Mohammed Quli Qutub Shah, the fifth sultan of the Qutub Shahi dynasty. The Mecca Mosque the biggest mosque in Hyderabad and lies 100 yards south-west of Charminar. The hall is 67 metres by 54 metres and 23 metres high. The roof is supported by 15 arches, five on each of the three sides. The western side is blocked by a high hall to provide the Mehrab.

Chowmohalla Palace (Friday closed) once regarded as the center of Hyderabad, the magnificent Chowmahalla Palace was the seat of the Asaf Jahi dynasty where the Nizams entertained their official guests and royal visitors. Purani Haveli (Friday closed) located to the the south of Salar Jung Museum, built by the second Nizam for his son in 1777. The sixth Nizam Mir Mehboob Ali Khan spent most of his life here. He built a 240-foot long wooden chamber with some 150 walk-in-cupboards, arguably the world’s largest wardrobe. Salarjung Museum (Friday closed) a treat for tourists famous for being the third largest museum in the country, having the largest antiques collection dating back to the first century. Established in 1951, the museum was under Mir Yousuf Ali Khan, better known as Salar Jung.

Birla Mandir dedicated to the supreme incarnation of Lord Vishnu, Lord Venkateshwara. This temple’s marvellous beauty leaves you awestruck as does the legend associated with the God. A blend of various types of architectural styles, this temple is made of 200 tonnes of pure white Rajasthani marble.
Hussain Sagar Lake one of the largest man made lake situated at the confluence of Hyderabad, Secunderabad and Begumpet. It is a sprawling artificial lake that holds water perennially. Its uniqueness lies in the fact that it connects the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad.

Rest time free and easy to relax. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 7: Hyderabad - Cochin (flight) / Cochin - Kalari (100kms/ 2hrs approx)

Breakfast at hotel transfer to airport to board flight for Cochin. On arrival at Cochin airport meet your driver and transfer to Kalari check in at Ayurvedic Retreat for next six night. Dinner & overnight at hotel.

 

Day 8: Kalari Kovilakom

Ayurvedic Treatment, all meal & ovrnight at Kalari Kovilakom.
Kalari Kovilakom - a restored, 19th century mansion offers a program of only the most traditional Keralan Ayurvedic treatments. Ayurvedic herbs and ingredients used in the facility are sourced locally – many even from Kalari Kovilakom’s own on-site gardens – while expert therapists offer complete, full-body care, from customised vegetarian meals and purifying baths to massages, medicines, and other treatments. Mindfulness, awareness, a therapeutic engagement of the senses and an inward integration of the body, mind and spirit aspects of the Ayurvedic healing process are what one gains at Kalari Kovilakom.

 

Day 9: Kalari Kovilakom

Ayurvedic Treatment, all meal & overnight at Kalari Kovilakom.

 

Day 10: Kalari Kovilakom

Ayurvedic Treatment, all meal & overnight at Kalari Kovilakom.

 

Day 11: Kalari Kovilakom

Ayurvedic Treatment, all meal & overnight at Kalari Kovilakom.

 

Day 12: Kalari Kovilakom

Ayurvedic Treatment, all meal & overnight at Kalari Kovilakom.

 

Day 13: Kalari Kovilakom - Cochin/ Coimbatore (flight)

Breakfast at hotel, transfer to either Cochin or Coimbatore airport to board flight for onward destination.

Private airport transfer with assistance of office executive.

12 Night accommodation in selected category hotels or similar.

Daily breakfast at hotels

Deluxe air-conditioned private vehicle with English speaking chauffeur as per tour program.

Monuments entrances of sightseeing mentioned in the itinerary.

English speaking tour guide on sightseeing days (local guide).

Bottled water in car

Applicable GST (government taxes).

Any air fare

Camera charges at monuments 

Main Meals, Lunch or dinner unless mentioned

Expenses of personal nature like liquor, laundry, tips, telephone, fax, internet etc.

Or anything not mentioned above.