The Deccan Odyssey - Jewel of the Deccan
Route : Mumbai Bijapur Pattadakal Hampi Hyderabad Ellora Caves Ajanta Mumbai
Saturday - Depart Mumbai
MUMBAI: Departure in the evening from Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Mumbai.
Sunday - Bijapur
BIJAPUR: Arrive Bijapur, the historic capital of the Sultans of Deccan.
After breakfast board the bus to visit the Gol Gumbaz, the mausoleum of Adil Shah, the Sultan of Bijapur. Considered the second largest tomb in the world, it is a structural triumph of Deccan architecture, with a circular gallery where the tiniest of whispers gets magnified owing to the unique acoustics of the dome.
Later visit the Jumma Masjid, known as one of the first mosques in India and then onto Malik-e-Maidan, the largest medieval cannon in the world.
Also visit Mehtar Mahal, a 17th century ornamental gateway to a mosque; and the Ibrahim Rouza, considered amongst the most elegant Islamic monuments in India.
Return to the Deccan Odyssey for lunch on board as it departs for Aihole & Pattadakal.
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner on board.
Monday - Aihole & Pattadakal
AIHOLE & PATTADAKAL: After breakfast head out to explore the temples and ancient settlements of Aihole and Pattadakal, one of the world's largest temple complexes.
Aihole, is often called the cradle of Indian architecture. Explore a few of the over 70 rock cut temples constructed by the Chalukyan kings in a completely experimental style, with each temple different from the others in the complex and even from other temples in India itself.
Pattadakal architectural style combines South Indian (Dravidian) and North Indian (Nagara) forms. And this style influenced the later architectures commissioned by the Hoysala and other dynasties.
Lunch on Board & afternoon at leisure.
Enjoy Dinner on board Deccan Odyssey as it makes its way to Hampi.
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner on board.
Tuesday - Hampi
HAMPI: This morning arrive at Hospet.
After breakfast board the bus to visit the iconic City of Victory - Hampi, a World Heritage site, famous for its splendid architecture, sculptures and their historical significance.Stop at the Narasimha statue and spend some time taking pictures and looking around. Next head to the mustard Ganesh, located at the base of the Hemkuta hills, and quite a misnomer as the elephant God statue here is anything but small! Walk the banks of the Tungabhadra River as you leave the Virupaksha temple on to the famed Vittala temple, the polar power sites of Hampi, one a living temple, the other a most extravagant architectural showpiece.
Return to Deccan Odyssey for lunch.
After lunch, board the bus to visit the Royal Center at Hampi. This area was the citadel of the Vijayanagara kings and encompasses courtly and military structures. Visit the Queens Bath, the Stepped Tank, the Mahanavami Dibba or great platform, where a ramp is available to reach its summit, the Hazararama Temple, the Queens Enclosure with its Lotus Mahal and the Elephant stables.
Return to Deccan Odyssey for your onward journey to Hyderabad.
Dinner on board.
Wednesday - Hyderabad
HYDERABAD: Arrive at Hyderabad, the royal city of the Nizam.
After an early breakfast, board the bus to visit the Golconda fort. Originally a mud fort, the Golconda soon acquired impressive proportions after becoming the seat of power of the Qutub Shahi dynasty.
Return to the Deccan Odyssey for a little restand lunch on board.
After lunch visit the Falaknuma Palace and enjoy high tea at the palace.
Later explore the old city area of Charminar and its bustling bazaars. Standing tall in the centre of the city, Charminar is a global icon for Hyderabad and one of the most recognized structures of India. It is interesting to walk through and shop in the markets in the Charminar area, a busy bustling area. Walk through Laad Bazaar for the local jewellery, especially exquisite bangles, and to Pather Gatti for the famous Deccan pearls.
Return to the Deccan Odyssey for Dinner and a restful evening as Deccan Odyssey departs Hyderabad for Aurangabad.
Thursday - Aurangabad – Ellora Caves
AURANGABAD: Morning Arrival at Aurangabad station.
ELLORA CAVES: Proceed by road to visit the Ellora Caves, a World Heritage site, having 34 cave temples dedicated to three different religion- Hinduism, Buddhism & Jainism. The cave temples and monasteries at Ellora, excavated out of the vertical face of an escarpment, are 26 km north of Aurangabad. Extending in a linear arrangement, the 34 caves contain Buddhist Chaityas or halls of worship, and Viharas, or monasteries, Hindu and Jain temples. Spanning a period of about 600 years between the 5th and 11th century AD, the earliest excavation here is of the Dhumar Lena (Cave 29).The most imposing excavation is, without doubt, that of the magnificent Kailasa Temple (Cave 16) which is the largest monolithic structure in the world.
Return to Deccan Odyssey as it takes you to Jalgaon for a visit to the exquisite Ajanta Caves.
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner on-board.
Friday - Ajanta Caves
AJANTA CAVES: Alight at the Jalgaon Railway station.
Board the bus to reach Ajanta Caves.
Renowned Buddhist caves of Ajanta are World Heritage Site. Witness some of the finest paintings and sculptures of the second century AD. 'Bodhisattva Padmapani', 'Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara', The Birth of the Buddha' & 'Thousand Buddha's are a few amongst the many fine murals & sculptures. At noon board train at Jalgaon railway station.
Post lunch, disembark once more to visit a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi considered to be one of the most important thought leaders of not just India but the World. One can learn a lot from visiting the Gandhi Teerth which pays ode to the man who quoted "My religion is based on truth and non-violence.
Leisure Time onboard till evening.
Dinner on board.
Saturday - Arrival Mumbai
MUMBAI: Morning - Arrival at CST - Mumbai. Journey Ends.
Breakfast on board