Temples, churches and monasteries
Central India is home to some of most spectacular and diverse architecture and monuments in India, all steeped in rich history. On this journey we will visit multiple UNESCO World Heritage Sites. We'll begin at the Hindu/Buddhist/Jain rock temples in Ellora, the most splendid examples of rock-cut architecture on the continent, followed by the ancient Buddhist caves of Ajanta, filled with magnificent sculptures and paintings of Buddha. Goa offers a complete contrast, as we visit the medieval Christian churches of Old Goa, another World heritage Site, built by the Portuguese during their 451 years of rule. And perfectly interspersed between site visits, you'll have time to relax at the beautiful beaches of Goa.
Our Private Adventures in India
This adventure in Central India is designed to be taken as a stand-alone journey, or as part of an exploration of the entire country, combined with one of our North and South India itineraries. We're more than happy to help you combine this with any of our other itineraries, assist with internal flights between destinations, to help make your dream of India become a reality!
7 days easy to moderate touring
- Experience the contrasting religions and cultures of central India—from Indian Buddhist, Hindu, and Jain faiths to Portuguese Christianity
- Explore the Buddhist, Hindu, and Jain rock-cut cave temples of Ellora and of Ajanta, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites
- Visit the medieval churches in the Portuguese colonial town of Goa
Duration: 7 days Start Location: Mumbai End Location: MumbaiDownload Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Arrive in Mumbai
Arrive in Mumbai (formerly Bombay), India's largest city, and transfer to your hotel. The remainder of the day is free to rest after your long flight.
Day 2 : Aurangabad - Ellora Caves
Morning flight to Aurangabad to explore its many Mughul monuments, including the Bibi ka Maqbara, which was built in imitation of the Taj Mahal. In the afternoon drive to the Ellora Caves.
Day 3 : Aurangabad - Ajanta Caves
Drive to Ajanta to tour its magnificent, highly decorative caves.
Day 4 : Goa via Mumbai
Fly to Goa on the Arabian Sea, arriving in the afternoon. The rest of the day is free to relax or explore.
Day 5 : Goa
A sightseeing day to explore Goa and nearby Panaji.
Day 6 : Goa
Today is at your leisure to relax at the beautiful beach or explore the town on your own.
Day 7 : Mumbai - Depart
Fly to Mumbai and relax in day rooms at the hotel before catching homeward-bound flights in the afternoon.
DATES: Best time to go: January - March, October - December Departures: Private departures are available on the dates of your choice, pending availability. Call us for details.
Properties shown are representative of the accommodations we use on this trip, may not be inclusive of all accommodations we use, and are subject to change.
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