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India - Exploring The Deccan Plateau of India - Greaves India (15 days)

Greaves Tours LLC India

Mumbai (ex Bombay), India To Bangalore, India

Valid for Departures Now Through: 30 Sep 2019


Day 1
Mumbai (ex Bombay), India
Taj Lands End Breakfast

Day 1: Arrive Mumbai

On arrival stay at the Taj Lands End hotel. Day at leisure.

Day 2
Aurangabad, India
Vivanta by Taj Aurangabad Breakfast

Day 2: Mumbai - Aurangabad

Morning flight arrives Aurangabad and check in to Vivanta by Taj Aurangabad Hotel. Spend morning exploring the Ellora caves, dating back to the 4th and 9th centuries AD. Afternoon visiting BibiKa Maqbar and Panchakki

Day 3
Aurangabad, India
Vivanta by Taj Aurangabad Breakfast

Day 3: Aurangabad

Spend the day at the Ajanta caves adorned with Buddhist sculptures and frescoes.

Day 4
Hyderabad, India
Taj Falaknuma Palace Breakfast

Day 4: Aurangabad - Mumbai - Hyderabad

Fly to Mumbai and then to Hyderabad for a 2 night stay at the majestic Taj Falaknuma Palace Hotel.

Day 5
Hyderabad, India
Taj Falaknuma Palace Breakfast

Day 5: Hyderabad

Visit Hyderabad’s stunning sites, the Charminar, and Mecca Masjid and Salarjung Museum. Also drive out to the mighty Golconda Fort.

Day 6
Hospet, India
Royal Orchid Central Kireeti Hotel Breakfast

Day 6: Hyderabad - Hospet

Full days drive to Hospeti. On arrival stay at The Royal Orchid Central Kireeti Hotel.

Day 7
Hospet, India
Royal Orchid Central Kireeti Hotel Breakfast

Day 7: Hospet - Hampi - Hospet

Explore the ruins of Hampi, once one of the largest Hindu empires in the world. Board a private coracle and cross the Tungabhadra River seeing more of the ruins and aqueducts.

Day 8
Hospet, India
Royal Orchid Central Kireeti Hotel Breakfast

Day 8: Hospet - Hampi - Hospet

Today is spent seeing more of Hampi's exceptional ruins, including the carvings on the Ramachandra temple and Lotus Mahal.

Day 9
Chikmagalur, India
The Gateway Hotel K M Road Breakfast

Day 9: Hospet - Chikmagalur

A full days drive to the southern tip of the Deccan Plateau, arriving Chikmagalurand for a 2 night stay at The Gateway Hotel K M Road.

Day 10
Chikmagalur, India
The Gateway Hotel K M Road Breakfast

Day 10: Chikmagalur

Excursion to the fascinating early Hoysala temples at Belur and nearby Halebid.

Day 11
Mysore, India
Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Breakfast

Day 11: Chikmagalur - Shravanabelagola - Mysore

Continue southward to the 'Sandal wood' city of Mysore. En route visit the impressive hilltop monolithic statue at Sravanbelagola. Stay 2 nights at Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel.

Day 12
Mysore, India
Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Breakfast

Day 12: Mysore

A morning tour vists the ornate city palace and the top of Chaumundi Hill for panoramic views of the city. Stop to see Nandi Bull before returning to the city. Afternoon visit to the Hoysala Temple at Somnathpur.

Day 13
Bangalore, India
Taj West End Hotel Breakfast

Day 13: Mysore - Srirangapatnam - Bengaluru

This morning drive to nearby Srirangapatnam which boasts the ruins of Tipu Sultan's summer palace. Continue to the bustling city of Bengaluru and stay 2 nights at the Taj West End hotel.

Day 14
Bangalore, India
Taj West End Hotel Breakfast

Day 14: Bengaluru

Morning exploration of 'the Garden City'. Afternoon at leisure.

Day 15
Bangalore, India
None None

Day 15: Depart Bengaluru

Early morning departure for onward destination.

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The vast Deccan Plateau straddles a core area of central India. Having been the scene of countless battles, it has seen some of India's most remarkable empires flourish and decline. The rich architectural legacies of these mighty dynasties still remain today and are explored during the course of this journey which travels north-south across the heart of The Deccan.

Begin in Aurangabad at the Ajanta and Ellora caves. See the exceptional palaces of Hyderabad’s Nizams before visiting the remains of the great Vijayanagar capital at Hampi. Continue to the beautiful early Hoysala temples at Belur and Halebid prior to exploring Karnataka’s second largest city - Mysore where there is a treasure trove of monuments. All very different, they range from the Hoysala and Vijayanagar periods, through Tipu Sultan’s era, and culminate in the resplendent, Indo-Saracenic City Palace.

About Us

Complex and dazzling, the Indian subcontinent is a place where destination knowledge is paramount. With our help, travelling will be effortless and exciting. Greaves provides expert advice, tailor made itineraries and on-the-ground support. Greaves Travel employ a large network of dedicated tour specialists all of whom have extensive knowledge of the land, culture and language. Each itinerary is meticulously planned incorporating enchanting hotels and luxurious travel to ensure the discerning individual the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in the excitement, splendour and magic that is the fascinating Subcontinent.

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Terms & Conditions

Deposit Policy: Deposit payable at the time of booking is 25% of the Tour Cost. Domestic Airfare which may not be refundable, is due in conjunction with the deposit at the time you sign and submit the booking form. If the reservation is made within 90 days of departure the full amount is due.

Final Payment Policy: Balance of the tour price is due 90 days before departure. If a booking is made within 90 days of travel, full payment of the tour is required at time of booking.

Cancellation Policy For Land Tours:

Should it become necessary to cancel your itinerary at any time after it has been confirmed, the following cancellation fees will apply.

  • 90 days before travel: Total cost of deposit and domestic airfare
  • 60-89 days: 50% cancellation fees
  • 45-59 days: 75% cancellation fees
  • 01-44 days: 100% cancellation fees

Special cancellation terms may apply during festive periods.

Please note: Due to advanced deposit conditions imposed by some hotels, airlines, wildlife resorts and services, we may require a higher non-refundable deposit on certain itineraries. Special cancellation terms and fees may also apply. Our staff will inform you at the time of booking.

We cannot make sightseeing or transportation reservations without arranging the services of our representatives and hotel bookings.

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Payment Options: We accept American Express, Master Card, VISA, travel agency checks and wire transfers. Payments are processed within the United States in US dollars.

Prices: All prices quoted at time of proposal are subject to change until time of booking. A final tour price is given at the time of confirmation of the booking of hotels and travel services. Individual and itemized contract rates are not disclosed.

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By: Debby

Reviewed on: 05 Apr 2014

very attentive and always following up and there for every part of the multiple part trip. Excellent accomodations and service 
Travel Advisor:  Paula Kay Eastham
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Not Recommended


By: liliherz

Reviewed on: 16 May 2014

In sum,they work with the over 60 crowd & my trip fell short on many, many levels wasting not only money but my time.  Traveling 7-9 hrs by car to sight see for 3 hrs at the destination, in total, & spending 2 nights there!  As explained to me by the local contact, "we provide you with time to relax & enjoy the hotel."  1) if the hotels were nice/clean/decent I wouldn't mind relaxing after a long, hard day of touring, exploring. I did not travel around the world to relax in a hotel.  I don't understand how this company stays in business & has won the awards it claims.  I enjoyed 1/2 the guides.Luckily the driver was great since I spent most of my time with him.  To sum it up, I was highly suspicious of the itinerary pre-departure, and they were confirmed during my travels with unsolicited comments on it by various hotel staff and other locals who reviewed it.  Awful, just awful. Will be contacting AMEX-platinum member, to see what I can do.
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Excellent trip planner

By: Carol

Reviewed on: 01 Feb 2016

Lena planned our family trip to India on the Mumbai Express. When health issues forced my husband and I to cancel our trip, Lena got all the documents together for me to submit to our insurance company. Our son and daughter in law did take the trip and they loved it! Lena even called the tour operator to get them upgraded to our suite. Lena took it upon herself to call the airline and get our non-refundable tickets refunded! To me an excellent travel agent can not only create the perfect trip but will also be there for you when things fall apart.
Travel Advisor:  Lena Brown

Would use again.

By: Snowman

Reviewed on: 09 Oct 2017

They were punctual and very professional. We did not appreciate the side trip to the marble processing shop. This not only took away valuable time in our day but also was left feeling we had to purchase something we had no interest in. That left us with a “sour taste “ . No where in our itinerary was this mentioned.


By: Freddy🛳🕌

Reviewed on: 23 Nov 2017

They were amazing. Great buses. Awesome tour guides.
Travel Advisor:  Sue Pechtel

India, Nepal & Bhutan

By: Lensing

Reviewed on: 25 Nov 2017

We were very pleased with all aspects of the work done by Greaves. Their onsite representatives were excellent. They were always on time and had quality suggestions. The guides and drivers were very good in all aspects. I would definitely be pleased to suggest to friends that Greaves is high quality.
Travel Advisor:  Laila Smith

India # 2

By: India #2

Reviewed on: 26 Mar 2018

This was the second time we used Greaves. They were very helpful ( Rose, at the Chicago Office ) in helping us obtain our e-visas. We Really liked our driver Das, who stayed with us the whole trip - we would highly recommend him. Two of our guides were just so-so...Our guide in Kochin - was not that interested in going out of his way or showing his " passion " for his hometown. Our guide in Mumbai - was also not great - we thought she made a poor choice selecting a lunch restaurant and seemed to be more worried about herself. However, we had been to Mumbai before so we knew a lot and had free time the next day to do what we wanted. Our guide in the Tea Estates - Matthew was terrific!
Travel Advisor:  Gail Rosenberg

India Trip


Reviewed on: 10 Dec 2018

They where fabablous Every thing first class
Travel Advisor:  Karen Upchurch

Sri Lanka

By: Ed

Reviewed on: 28 Dec 2018

They picked an excellent driver. The hotels were most superior. It was nice that they connected me during the trip to see if everything well.
Travel Advisor:  Linda Van Buren