Bounded by the Western Ghats and the Eastern Ghats, the Deccan Region of India is home to plentiful flora and fauna and also an exotic cultural heritage that people from all over the world come to treat their eyes to. The Jewels of the Deccan, spanning over 8 days and 7 nights, begins from Mumbai and takes you on a whirlwind tour across popular destinations in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. Read the itinerary given below for your kind perusal.
- Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Sites- Aihole, Badami, Hampi and Pattadakal.
- Experience the culinary delights of the Nizams of Hyderabad.
- Walk through the bustling bazaars of Hyderabad and pick up souvenirs.
Day 1 :
Upon you arrival at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in Mumbai, board the train and start your journey towards Badami, famous for its rock-cut caves. Dinner and overnight stay on board the train
Day 2 :
Upon your arrival at Badami, de-board the train and embark on a sightseeing tour of Pattadakal and Aihole-known for its ancient settlements and beautiful temples. The temple complex at Aihole and has the potential to be included as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The village has 125 temples segregated into 22 groups by the archaeological department. On the other hand, Pattadakal is famous for the monuments built during the reign of Chalukya dynasty. Post sightseeing, return back to the train for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 3 :
In the morning, disembark the train and visit the rock-cut caves and sculpted temples in Badami. Some popular monuments include Badami Fort, Malegatti Shivalaya, The Dattatreya Temple, The Mallikarjuna Temple and the temple of Banashankari. Post sightseeing, return to the train and depart for Hospet.
Day 4 :
Today, Deccan Odyssey will take you to the hot spots of Hospet. Start by visiting Hampi, the famous City of Victory. The city is located within the ruins of Vijayanagara, the former capital of the Vijayanagara Empire. Here you’ll get to see important palaces and impressive temples such as Virupaksha Temple, Vittala Temple and Krishna Temple. Post sightseeing, return back to Hospet for dinner and travel down to Bijapur.
Day 5 :
On the day 5, Deccan Odyssey will bring you into the heart of Bijapur, the historic capital of the Sultan of the Deccan. De-board the train and embark on a sightseeing tour of Bijapur which include visits to Gol Gumbaz, Ibrahim Rauza, Malik-e-Maidan, Gagan Mahal and Saat Khabar. Post sightseeing, return to the train for onwards journey, Dinner and overnight stay onboard the train in Bijapur.
Day 6 :
Today, in the morning, disembark the train and visit Hyderabad, the Royal City of the Nizams. Later, take an excursion to Pochampally, the place popular for its Pochampally Ikat style saris and threads. In the evening, visit the famous Charminar and explore the sights and sounds of Hyderabad on foot. Later, return back to the train for dinner and night stay.
Day 7 :
In the morning, embark on a sightseeing tour to explore the magnificent ruins of the Golconda Fort. Golconda is located 11 kms west of Hyderabad. In the afternoon, the train chugs its way towards Mumbai.
Day 8 :
On the 8th day, you will return back to Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, where your journey comes to an end.