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Deccan Heritage Tour

Ellora, Deccan region of India Decorative Stone work
 
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Duration
11 days
Date
10 – 20 Feb 2013
Price pp
£4,650
£3,995 excl. flight
Single supp.
£1,020
Flight time
9 hours

Includes a donation to the Deccan Heritage Foundation.

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  • Visit the celebrate caves at Ajanta and Ellora, with their spectacular wall paintings and sculpture
  • A rare opportunity to explore the island fort of Janjira and the majestic, but little visited Buddhist rock-cut sanctuary at Karla
  • Experience the diversity of the Deccan, the only area of India where an entire spectrum of civilisations can still be experienced including Buddhist, Jain, Hindu, Muslim, Christian and Jewish

Explore the Deccan region of India, an area littered with monuments of historical and architectural importance. Begin your journey in Mumbai before continuing to the remote and less visited regions of Alibag, Chiplun and Kolhapur. Then spend time in Aurangabad, the base from which the fascinating sites of Ajanta and Ellora can be explored.

Day 1  Mumbai – Arrive into Mumbai, meet the group and settle in.

Day 2  Mumbai – Spend the day exploring the Portuguese Fort on the Ulhas River and the Cave Temples at Kanheri.

Day 3  Mumbai/ Alibag – Travel by boat and coach to Alibag a little town previously a naval base. Spend the afternoon viewing 17th and 18th-century forts.

Day 4  Alibag/ Chaul/ Janjira/ Alibag – Discover the romantic ruins of Chaul, previously an important Portuguese port. The travel by boat to the impressive sea fort of Murud. On the way back to Alibag visit the mausolea of Janjira.

Day 5  Alibag/ Karla/ Bhaja/ Pune – Visit the amazing rock-cut Buddists temples of Karla and Bhaja. End your day in the charming city of Pune.

Day 6  Pune – Spend the day exploring Pune with visits to the city markets, palaces and museums.

Day 7  Pune/ Aurangabad - Visit some of the most innovative and poetic palace structures in India such as the Farah Bakhsh Bagh palace (1583) and a number of exquisitely decorated mosques and tombs, before proceeding to Aurangabad.

Day 8  Aurangabad – Travel to visit the monuments in and around Aurangabad, including the Buddhist cave-temples, the Bibi-ka Maqbara(1650-57), and the Panchakki water mill (17th-century).

Day 9  Aurangabad – Today will be an excursion to the cave temples at Ellora with further visits to temples and tombs of interest.

Day 10  Aurangabad – Wander at the fascinating wall paintings, architecture and sculpture of the Ajanta caves.

Day 11  Aurangabad/ Mumbai – Spend the morning at the impressive fort of Daulatabad, associated with all the important dynasties that ruled the Deccan. Travel back to Mumbai.

Day 12  Mumbai - Fly home or continue your journey in India.

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