November 7 – November 16, 2023
Join Ryan & Malaka Hilton for a special departure through Southern India
Go back in time to a more serene India and experience a land that is at peace with itself. Home to a deep sophisticated culture, incredible textiles and amazing cuisine, our version of a South-Indian tour takes you from the East to the West, covering the most iconic sights from Mumbai to Udaipur.
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November 7, 2023: Welcome to Mumbai!
For guests arriving today by air, check in this afternoon to your luxury hotel and enjoy your afternoon at leisure
November 8, 2023 – Mumbai Touring
Touring will begin by visiting the colorful Crawford Market, the ‘Dhobi Talab’ – the public laundry. We take a stop to see the Dabbawalas – the amazing lunch carriers that have won awards and been a case study at Harvard Business school. Visit Mani Bhavan, the residence of Mahatma Gandhi when he was in Mumbai.
We continue the tour with drive to Malabar Hill – the famous and posh residential area which is one of the most expensive real estate in the world. Stop at Hanging Gardens and drive past the Tower of Silence which is where the Parsee last rites are conducted. We then come to the area of Colaba and visit a couple of the best Art Galleries in the country showcasing some of India’s contemporary Art and Artists.
Lunch will be at one of Mumbai’s top restaurants followed by time for shopping.
November 9, 2023 Cochin
Arrive into Cochin from Mumbai by flight. Start with sightseeing of Cochin City visiting the Church of St. Francis – the First European Church in India where Vasco de Gama was buried in 1524. His body was later exhumed and moved to Portugal.
Next, visit the Mattancherry Palace locally known as the Dutch Palace and built by the Portuguese in 1555. The murals here are beautiful and depict Hindu Mythology in typical temple style.
Visit to the Jewish Synagogue and settlement – the Synagogue was built in 1568 and has exquisite ChineseTiles,BelgianChandeliers and ancient Scrolls of the Old Testament. Continue sightseeing visiting Mattacherry Palace locally known as the Dutch Palace and built by the Portuguese in 1555. Also the furniture and antique market near the Jewish part is very interesting and worth spending some time browsing.
This evening, enjoy a photo opportunity at the Chinese Fishing Nets, best at sunset.
November 10, 2023 – Cochin Today, enjoy a Full day backwater cruise with lunch on private houseboat
Houseboat tour in Cochin, India
November 11, 2023 – Hampi, India – Hampi is an ancient village in the south Indian state of Karnataka. It’s dotted with numerous ruined temple complexes from the Vijayanagara Empire. On the south bank of the River Tungabhadra is the 7th-century Hindu Virupaksha Temple, near the revived Hampi Bazaar. A carved stone chariot stands in front of the huge Vittala Temple site. Southeast of Hampi, Daroji Bear Sanctuary is home to the Indian sloth bear.
This evening we will drive to TungbhadraRiver..walk through Monoliths and temples carved out of the stones that have been magically placed over each other and enjoy a Coracle Boat ride on the River discovering hidden temples on either side of the River Bank.
Overnight at Evolve Back Hampi
Evolve Back Hampi
November 12, 2023 – Hampi Sightseeing
This morning we start with Sightseeing of Hampi include visit to the Bazaar, the temples, palaces which is set in the beautiful landscape with the hills and huge boulders surrounding the area near the Tungabhadra River. The ruins of the ancient Kingdom are spread over 26 Sq.kms and was described by the Portuguese traveler Domingo Paes as “being as large as Rome”. It is now part of World Heritage site.
Vijaya Vittala Temple: This wealthy architectural temple used to be constructed within the fifteenth century that has an expansive campus and several different Hampi temples, pavilions and halls. Like its title suggests, it is dedicated to Lord Vittala, probably the most incarnations of Lord Vishnu. The principal highlights of this temple are the marvelously carved pillars and a giant stone chariot. VijayaVittala Temple is assumed as an iconic location to discuss with within the entire state of Karnataka.
Archaeological Museum: It is one of the fundamental attractions at Hampi that houses a group of sculptures and diverse antiques. These kind of findings were saved via the British in elephant stables. The Archaeological Survey of India headquartered this museum and started moving the antiques in 1972. The museum is open throughout the week except on Fridays.
Queen’s bath: The Queen’s tub is a rectangular complicated encircled through a big water channel that can be crossed utilizing the bridge-like constitution. It is believed that the pool was once stuffed with aromatic water and flowers wherein royal females would bathe. The complete building has Indo-Saracenic style of structure and serves to be a nice picnic spot.
Virupaksha Temple: This attractive and fantastically carved temple serves as the primary middle of pilgrimage in Hampi. It is considered to be constructed somewhere across the 7th century beneath the reign of Vijayanagara rulers. It is a detailed UNESCO World Heritage web site for its principal historical significance.
Overnight at the Evolve Back, Hampi.
Vijaya Vittala Temple
November 13, 2023- Hyderabad
On arrival in Hyderabad, transfer to the beautiful and very Regal Faluknama Palace where accommodation will be reserved.
This evening a walk with the Hotel Historian and Librarian through the Palace followed by traditional Hyderabadi Dinner at the hotel.
At leisure at the palace Hotel.
Overnight at the Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad.
Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad
November 14, 2023 – Touring in Hyderabad
Start with a visit to Visit to the Golconda Fort in Hyderabad is located on a hill about 400 feet above the surrounding plain and has 10 kilometers long outer wall with 87 semi-circular bastions with cannons on few bastions, 80 gateways, 4 drawbridges and Royal apartments The main gate is called FatehDarwaza or the Gate of Victory. This door is 13 feet wide and 25 feet high and constellated with steel spikes, that used to protect it from the elephant attacks during wars. The main attraction here is the history of this kingdom and how its wealth grew from the famed “Golconda Diamonds”. Then tour the amazing fort and learn about the incredible acoustics. You can stand at one end of a long hall and hear a person on the other side whisper. The King sat in a window where he never saw criminals, but the voice was reflected and he could pass judgement- making sure “Justice is Blind”.
Next, do the highlights of Hyderabad with the amazing Charminar and the story of why it was built. Learn about the incredible pearl traders and the fact that it is still a leading center for them. Walk through the old Laad Bazaar, built with the future in mind, but still retaining the charm of the Nizam’s world.
The Salarjung Museum houses the biggest one-man collections of antiques in the world. The priceless collection represents a lifelong passion of Salarjung III, Prime Minister of Hyderabad from 1899 to 1949.The Museum boasts of a collection of Mughal Jade, a Koran with signatures of three Mughal Emperors, wonderful collection of Miniature paintings and collection of clocks musical clocks, miniature clocks, and grandfather clocks.
Evening at leisure.
November 14, 2023 – Udaipur
Famed as the City of Lakes, it stands true to its reputation. This enchanting city is made up of many shimmering lakes, the azure waters of which are bound by the verdant Aravali hills, laced with sprawling forts, magnificent palaces, and powerful temples. Founded in 1559 as the bastion of the Rajput kingdom of Mewar. Udaipur is steeped in a rich history interwoven with stories and legends of conspiracy, valor, sacrifice, and loyalty. Discover this “Venice of the East” with us for an unforgettable experience.
In the afternoon, go for a walk through the local market where few tourists go- it is really very simple, but buzzing with energy and all kinds of fresh food, spices, baskets and local street food being cooked. This is the essence of the city.
In the evening enjoy a private boat ride on glimmering Lake Pichola by sunset. Cruise past its stunning island palaces, including the ethereal Jag Mandir. Rows of charming havelis, both well-restored and crumbling, line the lake front, and behind this medieval façade stretches a maze of bustling and colorful shops and stalls.
Overnight at the Oberoi Udaivilas.
The Oberoi Udaivilas
November 15, 2023 Yoga & Touring in Udaipur
This morning option for Private yoga Class with an Expert Teacher OR Early morning Cycling around Fateh Sagar Lake.
Return to the hotel for breakfast.
Leave for the tour of The City Palace – the largest Palace complex in Rajasthan constructed on the side of Lake Pichola. The Palace is a conglomeration of buildings built by various Kings and it is evident in the different styles of buildings. Also visit with one of India’s most well known Artists at his home Studio OR visit a Miniature Art school.
Rest of the day enjoy the hotel and its fabulous services and facilities.
Overnight at the Oberoi Udaivilas.
Transfer to the airport for flight to Delhi to connect with the onward flight
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