7-Day Off-the-Beaten-Path South India Tour

7-Day Off-the-Beaten-Path South India Tour

By Lancy | Updated Sep. 8, 2022

Discover the Secrets of South India

This seven-day South India tour is markedly different from other group tours. The tour includes attractions such as the Ajanta and Ellora Caves and Hampi. It will take you deep down the cultural and religious history of South India.

Days

7

Price

US$1,656 p/p

Best For

Discovery-seekers

Best Time

Oct. to Mar.

Tour Highlights

Enjoy the amazing stone carvings in Ajanta Caves
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Enjoy the amazing stone carvings in Ajanta Caves
Enjoy the sculptures carved on mountain cliffs at the Ellora Caves.
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Enjoy the sculptures carved on mountain cliffs at the Ellora Caves.
Explore Mumbai, including landmarks like the Gateway of India.
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Explore Mumbai, including landmarks like the Gateway of India.
Get a basic understanding of Bollywood and Hindi cinema.
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Get a basic understanding of Bollywood and Hindi cinema.
Immerse yourself in the spirit of Hampi's Sacred Center and Royal Center.
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Immerse yourself in the spirit of Hampi's Sacred Center and Royal Center.
 
 
 

Itinerary Details

The itinerary as below is only suggested for your reference. You can choose to explore India in your own way. Just tell your travel advisor about your interests, requirements, and budget.

Day 1
Aurangabad Arrival

Your local guide and driver will escort you from the airport and transfer you to the hotel. The rest of the day is for you to spend as you wish.

Day 2
Enjoy the Ajanta Caves

Today, you will start your day by visiting the ancient Indian Buddhist art site — the Ajanta Caves. The drive will take about 2½–3 hours from Aurangabad. The Ajanta Caves are located in the Indian state of Maharashtra, facing Godavari River. The caves are famous for their mural art and represent one of India's unique artistic traditions known as rock-cut temples. Ajanta consists of 30 caves, filled with sculptures, wall murals, and ceiling paintings — all dedicated to the life of the Buddha.

Day 3
Explore the Ellora Caves, Mumbai Arrival

In the morning, your guide will accompany you to the Ellora Caves — one of the best rock-cut temple cave complexes in the world. The temples were cut from basaltic cliffs and have elaborate facades and interior walls. The most famous among these is the Kailasa Temple in Cave 16. Unlike other temples at the site, which were first delved horizontally into the rock face, the Kailasa complex was excavated downward from a basaltic slope and is therefore largely exposed to sunlight.

You will take a flight to Mumbai in the afternoon, where your new guide will take you around the city.

Day 4
Enjoy Mumbai for a Whole Day

Don't forget to visit the top tourist attraction in Mumbai — the Gateway of India. A prominent landmark in the city, the Gateway of India is a favorite gathering place for tourists and locals, bustling with photographers, tea vendors, and local food stalls.

Next, head off to the Prince of Wales Museum (now known as Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya), which was built following a visit by the Prince of Wales to India in 1905. As you pass by Marine Drive, you will see Flora Fountain, which is a representative architecture of Mumbai.

Later, visit the Dhobi Ghat (Indian laundry), where you can see hundreds of people beat the dirt out of thousands of kilograms of soiled Mumbai clothes and linen in 1026 open-air troughs.

In the afternoon, you will visit Bollywood, or the center of Hindi cinema. It is one of the largest film production bases in the world. You will visit the Bollywood Museum, watch a dance show, see actors' makeup rooms, etc. If you are lucky, you may even see some live shoots and take pictures with stars.

Day 5
Flight to Hubli and Leave for Hampi

Take a flight from Mumbai to Hubli in the morning, where you will meet your new driver who will transfer you to Hampi in about four hours. Once you reach Hampi, relax in the hotel.

Day 6
Group of Monuments at Hampi

Proceed to dig Indian treasure at Hampi — one of the most beautiful cities of the medieval world. There are two parts to Hampi: the Sacred Center and the Royal Center.

First, you will explore its Sacred Center, or, as it is popularly called, the Hampi Bazaar. Move on to visit Virupaksha Temple. The sculpture of Lord Shiva carved out of stone is the predominant feature of this spectacular temple. Built under the ruler Deva Raya II of the great Vijayanagara Empire, the temple is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Next, visit Hemakuta Hill, where you can enjoy the panorama of Virupaksha Temple. Don't miss the Vittala Temple for its unique architecture. Next, head off to Sule Bazaar, which was the most significant business center in ancient Hampi.

Next, discover Hampi's Royal Center. Enjoy the stunning carvings and a full view of the temple group in Mahanavami-diiba. Then head out to Zenana Enclosure, where you will see the Lotus Mahal. Climb up to the top to have a panoramic view of the 11 grand Elephant Stables. The most famous one is Queen's Bath, which will leave a lasting impact on you with its rich history and artistic carvings.

Day 7
Drive to Hubli Airport

Your driver and guide will see you off at Hubli airport. Have a safe trip to your home.

Price Includes

Price from: $1,656 (Tour code: gh-ah-in-79)

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One-to-one consultancy
Knowledgeable local guides
Knowledgeable local guides
Private drivers/driver guides and vehicles as listed
Private drivers/driver guides and vehicles as listed
Hand-picked hotels
Hand-picked hotels
Breakfasts and meals as listed
Breakfasts and meals as listed
Entry to all attractions on the itinerary
Entry to all attractions on the itinerary
Transportation as listed
Transportation as listed
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