This historic tour begins in the former princely city of Hyderabad, a cornucopia of contrasts, rich in Imperial heritage and new age industry. A legacy of the decadent Nizams is the trade of pearls, gold, fabric and of course diamonds. Travel from this Islamic pocket in southern India to the intrinsically Hindu collection of temples at Badami, Aihole, Pattadakal and on to Hampi and the ancient Vijayanagar Empire to see some of India’s most intricate historical stone carvings. Most of the monument visited in this tour is now UNESCO World Heritage Site and showcasing glorious past of the area. If you wish at the end of your explorations through history you can add to stay at Goa, renowned for its endless beaches, places of worship and world heritage architecture.
About TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS
The company with over 28 yrs old experienced team is committed to bringing the best in both quality and value to small group journeys, private car guided tours and tailor-made tours to India, Nepal and Sri Lanka.
Being a leading travel wholesaler we introduce travellers to the amazing culture and offer tours at unbeatable prices and with unparalleled comfort. For your protections TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS is approved Destination Management Company by Ministry of tourism Govt of India and member of IATA, AFTA, TCF, ATAC, IATO and PATA to name few. We are proud to say that our team is very experienced with in-depth knowledge of destination. Our reputation is built on providing world class service with real personal touches that make a difference to your holiday. We understand the importance of giving attention to even the smallest of details and care about the countries to which we take you and make sure that we have a positive effect on the environment. Respect for locals and their way of life is an essential part of travelling with TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS.
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Diamond & Dynasty of Deccan - 10 Days/09 Nights (Private Car Tour)
Day 01: Arrive Hyderabad
Meet and assistance by TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS Tour Executive and transfer to the hotel for two nights stay at Hyderabad.
Day 02: Hyderabad
Today start full day sightseeing of Hyderabad. Visit Charminar, Mecca Masjid - (A hundred yards southwest of the Charminar is the Mecca Masjid, so named because the bricks were brought from Mecca to build the central arch), Salar Jung Museum, this museum houses magnificent exhibits of European and Indian paintings and statuary, Tank Bund and Hussain Sagar lake. (B,D)
Day 03: Bidar – Gulbarga
Today travel to Gulbarga en-route visiting Bidar – a tiny district steeped in history. The Fort, the Cannons, Palaces in ruins, the magnificent tombs and the massive monuments, all combine to make a visit to the one-time capital of the Bahamani and Barid Shahi dynasties. Evening free to explore the town and stay overnight at Gulbarga. (B,D)
Day 04: Gulbarga – Bijapur
Enjoy city tour of Gulbarga and experience unique synthesis of two cultures. Visit Gulbarga Fort, the tomb of the great Sufi saint, Khwaja Syed Mohammead Gesu Daraz. Later continue to Bijapur, evening free to explore the town and stay overnight at Bijapur. (B,D)
Day 05: Aihole & Badami
Today visit Gol Gumbaz, the tomb of Mohammed Adil Shah, known to be the second-largest tomb in the world. Jumma Masjid, for being called one of the finest mosques in India before travelling to Badami en-route visiting Aihole as the "cradle of Indian architecture", Aihole has over 100 temples scattered around the village. Continue drive to Badami, stay overnight at Badami. (B,D)
Day 06: Pattadakal & Hospet
Morning visit North Fort, Banashakari and Mahakuta. After the short sightseeing of Badami proceed your drive to Hospet en route stop at Pattadakal situated on the bank of the Malarapbha river and has ten major temples representing early Chalukyan architecture. Later continue drive to Hospet. Stay overnight at Hospet. (B,D)
Day 07: Hampi Excursion
Enjoy excursion to Hampi UNESCO World Heritage site and ancient capital of Vijaynagara also known as ‘ THE FORT OF VICTORY – VIJAYANAGARA’, situated on the banks of the river Tungabhadra. Visit the Virupaksha Temple, rises majestically at the western end of a 670m long street that was once the famous Hampi bazaar and The Vitthala Temple Complex the 56 pillars in the main hall produce musical notes when struck. Stay overnight at Hospet. (B,D)
Day 08: Hospet – Dandeli
Today travel to Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary abounds with a richness of Flora and Fauna. Its richness and diversity offers ample opportunities to nature lovers to enjoy the captivating landscape. The sanctuary is generally undulating with steep slopes with picturesque deep river valleys and rich hilly forest terrain. Afternoon is free to explore surrounding areas and stay two nights at Dandeli. (B,L,D)
Day 09: Dandeli
Enjoy morning & afternoon safari at Dandeli National Park. Dandeli is a home of thousands of mammals, reptiles, amphibians and birds. The varied climate and landscape of this place make this land ideal for the wildlife. The rivers and dense forests play an important role in growth of animals in Dandeli National Park. The animals which are found here are Black Panther, Bison, Elephant and Tiger which is the largest living member of this Dandeli wildlife sanctuary. (B,L,D)
Day 10: Dandeli – Goa
After breakfast tour finishes with direct transfer to Goa airport where you can board your flight to Mumbai or Delhi to connected with your onwards flight. (B)
Being a seasoned traveller ourselves we have discovered the travelling time is unpredictable sometime you reach a destination so late that you are tired to go out for dinner or search for a proper dinning place around the vicinity of your hotel which may become a chore during your holiday, hence we have removed the hassle by including most of breakfast and dinners in all our brochure tour packages.
Pre & Post Tour Accommodation
Do some exploring before the trip begins or add couple of nights after the tour to relax before boarding your flight. We offer competitive rates in all destinations- book in conjunction with your main tour - ask TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS or your travel agent.
Add-On (Short Tour packages)
Make the most of your time away - after all, you have travelled all that way. Our Add-On can be used as short breaks in their own right or as pre/post tour additions. With all arrangements made for you they are the perfect way to discover more of your destinations - ask TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS or your travel agent.
Private Car Tours
Our private car tour is not about leaving you alone to explore destinations or country; it’s all about giving you to opportunity to choose your own dates and travel at your own pace and leisure in your own private car with a driver. Your itinerary will be private, personalised and flexible which can be chosen from our selections or customised according to your request. Your private local English speaking guide will escort you in each destination during sightseeing tour, and when you want to explore the town on your own; you are absolutely free to do so.
Our Group and Private Car tours have been designed to feature a selection of the destination’s highlights, but they may not meet all of your requirements. At TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS we are proud to offer expert tailor-made services that enable us to put together your perfect holiday. Perhaps you would like to vary the standard of accommodation or modes of transport. On the other hand, you may want to create an entirely individual itinerary that includes destinations and experiences not covered in the featured itineraries. Whatever your needs, we are happy to design a personalised itinerary and quote without obligation.
“The Holidays you dream are the holidays we pack”
What better way to spend quality time with your loved ones than to get away from the daily hectic schedule and escape to a place of sheer relaxation and comfort.
A perfect family holiday is like a Pandora’s Box of excitement, relaxation, fun, good times and wonderful memories that will be cherished for a life time. Let us tailor your every wish for that ideal family time together, a dream come true and an experience that will be passed down from generations.
This itinerary can be customised to create your family holiday.
What Makes Us Different?
Being your Local Travel Wholesaler and one of the True Destination Specialists our team in Australia, New Zealand, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan and Myanmar ensures that every itinerary is well balanced and filled with amazing cultural experiences, breathtaking scenery and historical sites. Most must see and must do’s are included giving you opportunity to witness sights, taste delicious cuisine, visit bazaar for souvenirs, meet and experience life of locals at the same time have some free time to explore town the way you like.
Whichever itinerary you select all are included complete travel and transfer by charted air-conditioned vehicles, local English speaking guide, sightseeing, entrance fee to the monuments and parks, safaris, boat ride, elephant or camel or horse ride, cultural shows at the theatre or hotel, domestic airfare in economy class, train fare in best available air-conditions class and not to mentioned the current govt taxes of the county. For more details of inclusions please refer to the inclusions column of the itinerary.
All prices shown are on per person basis on twin/double and apply when you share room with travel companion. For single traveller we do offer single room and price is available on request.
You don’t need to worry about currency fluctuations. Once we receive your full payment, your land tour price is guaranteed and protected against any increases.
100% Protected Holiday
We are a member of IATA, TCF, ATAC and AFTA which ensure that your holiday is 100% protected.
No Hidden Cost
We love transparency so the prices quoted by THO are almost all inclusive and help the traveller to budget their holidays accurately. All we ask you to do is relax and enjoy your holiday, knowing that all prepaid expenses have been included in your initial tour cost. For more details please refer to the tour inclusions.
Value for Money
Being a local Travel Wholesaler, our huge buying power help us pass the discounted rates to our clients. We also do FREE hotel upgrade at some destination as a gesture of appreciation to our valuable travellers. Apart from this our local team of experts add incredible value for your dollar.
Loyalty Rewarded 5% Off
Many of our clients choose to travel with us time and time again. As a valued client, we offer you a 5% discount off your second and onwards tour package. This offer applies only to the tour cost of your trip and conditions do apply. Speak to us for details when making your booking.
Multi Trip Discount 5% Off
If you have the time why not combine two or more of our tour and save? In any one holiday, we will discount your second and onwards trip by 5%. Tour package must be minimum 10 days or more from our brochure and discount applies on lowest price tour package. Discount does not apply to add-on pre & post accommodation, train journeys, flights and/or any small packages or services.
BIG SAVINGS when travelling with your friends and family
The advantage of a true specialist is their knowledge and confidence in assisting anyone who is not only keen to visit a destination but would also like to do things differently. Is there a special occasion? Do you want to experience a festival, lead a culinary adventure, organise a yoga and wellness group or cycle the off beaten tracks of India or Sri Lanka with people close to you? Or do you find parts of one of our tours appealing but want to alter dates or itineraries to better suit your groups’ needs?
Please contact us with your wish list and our team will be glad to tailor-make your special tour ensuring all possible activities and ideas are incorporated, making a unique group tour.
(Best suited discount will be offered and any discount can not be combined with any other discount or promotions)
24/7 Helpline and assistance by THO Local Offices
Apart from 24/7 helpline for emergency assistance; our guest relation manager will call you to make sure everything is going smoothly. Our 36 local network and associate office Manager will be there to assist you in every destination.
The tour packages are usually “Land Only” and do not include international flights. We therefore recommend that you contact us or your travel agent to book your flights well in advance of travel, when you can generally gain access to specials and discounted airfares. This will ensure you can travel on the days that suit you and your tour.
Travel insurance is compulsory on all of our journeys. Speak to us or your travel agent about comprehensive insurance to cover your travel arrangements. This must critically cover medical expenses in case of an emergency. Note that travel insurance automatically provided with credit cards generally does not provide adequate cover. Its your responsibility to ensure that you have appropriate and comprehensive travel insurance.
Our elderly travellers who are aged 70 years or more, or with a per-existing condition that affects their fitness to travel or any medical dietary requirement, must be advised at the time of booking. We recommend all travellers should visit their Doctor for these aforementioned purposes and/or to confirm that they are physically able to undertake the day-to-day requirements of the tour.
Type of Accommodation
As there is so much to see and do in India during the day therefore everyone deserves a good night sleep. We choose quality accommodation according to the category you are travelling in, based on providing a place of rest that offers not only comfort but also an authentic experience rather than staying in a hotel that could by anywhere in the world. Every hotel might be different according to location, amenities and services. While selecting hotel we consider great location, private bathroom facilities and air-conditioning to name few.
Comfort: 3 star hotels offering basic and clean private facilities.
Deluxe: 4 Star hotels, Palaces and Heritage properties offering above average to very good facilities.
Luxury: 5 star hotels, Palace and Heritage properties offering full range of facilities and exceptional services with unique feature.
The cities which do not have more choice of hotels, the best suitable category of hotel is provided.
It is also possible to take a combination of comfort, deluxe and luxury accommodation in one itinerary.
Nepal being adventure destination, choices of accommodation are limited hence basic 3* or best available hotel in the itinerary except at some location where 4* and 5* hotel options are offered.
In Bhutan itinerary basis 3* hotel accommodation is used unless requested.
Selecting Your Holiday Type
Most of our journeys are suited to those with normal fitness and mobility levels. To assist you in choosing a journey best for you we have graded our tours;
Easy Paced: These programs are set at a comfortable pace. Walking and climbing of stairs involved is generally in and around major tourist attractions though you may require walking from road till boat jetty while embarking or disembarking boats.
Moderate: These tours are not strenuous but you will require good amount of fitness as they may include days with long periods of walking or soft trekking, climbing of stairs, embarking and disembarking boats and where longer distances may be travelled by uneven roads.
Adventurous: These refer to programs where your physical fitness needs to be on highest level. Trekking, cycling, climbing, walking and more adventurous activities may be included.
Travelling In India
The key to travelling in India is patience! Distances can sometimes be vast, roads are often congested and rustic and time is not necessarily of the essence. With many different options of travel, each will bring with it a different perspective of this fascination country.
Our Small Group and Independent tours use a variety of transport options to get you from city to city. From Private car, deluxe charter coaches, to domestic airline and air-conditioned trains, you’ll be taken from hotel to hotel in comfort.
India has one of the largest rail networks in the world with over 60,000 kms of tract and 7,000 stations. Travelling by train in India can be an experience in itself and a wonderful way to get in touch with the locals.
Passport & Visas
India: Visa is required for all foreign nationals and you must obtain an Indian visa prior to leaving home as visa processing varies country to country. Passport must be valid for at least six months before you commence travel in India. Travel to Sikkim requires a special permit; application may be made when applying for a standard Indian visa at the local Indian High Commission.
As of 25 Sep 2013 nationals and passport holder of New Zealand, Singapore, Japan, Finland, Luxem Bourg, Philippines, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Indonesia and Myanmar can avail visa-on-arrival (VoA) facility upon disembarking at international airports Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Kochi and Trivandrum only. You will require to pay fee along with require documentation and is subject to verification and satisfaction of the Immigration. Please contact high commission of India for updated information.
Sri Lanka: Every tourist visiting Sri Lanka required visa prior to departure. Visa must be obtained atleast 01 months prior to arrival in Sri Lanka by visiting www.eta.gov.lk The Tourist visa is valid for stay within 30 days. Passport must be valid for at least six months before you commence travel to Sri Lanka. Fee will apply.
Nepal: Visa is required for all foreign nationalities and the best way to apply for visa is from the Royal Nepalese diplomatic missions in your home country. Tourist Visa also can be obtained on arrival. Passport must be valid for at least six months before you commence travel in Nepal. Fee will apply.
Bhutan: All foreign nationals require visa for Bhutan.
Visa can be arranged by TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS. To process this we require clear readable colour copy of passport (page containing passport no and face picture in JPEG or PDF format) and current colour passport photograph and at least 30 days prior to date of entry into Bhutan. Remaining validity of passport should be at least 6 months from the date of exit from Bhutan.
Tourism Council of Bhutan issues visa clearance letter closer to travelling date which we email or fax you or your local travel agent. Travellers are required to produce aforesaid visa clearance copy at the time of check-in for their flights while those entering Bhutan by surface via Phuentsholing or Samdrup Jonkhar, they are required to produce this Visa Clearance letter at the Immigration counter. Actual visa is stamped at passport on arrival in Bhutan.
Visa only service is not offered in Bhutan, you would have to book a service tour package from TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS that includes accommodation, guided tours, transfers etc
Myanmar: Visa is required for all nationalities.
Visa can be arranged by TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS. To process this we require international flight details, clear readable colour copy of passport (page containing passport no and face picture in JPEG or PDF format) and current colour passport photograph and at least 30 days prior to date of entry into Myanmar. Remaining validity of passport should be at least 6 months from the date of exit from Myanmar.
HOW TO BOOK
You can contact our associate travel agent, call our local office, email us or book online. Booking forms must be completed to ensure TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS has on file all the necessary information such as passport details, travel insurance policy details and emergency contacts etc. Travelers over the age of 65 and those with pre-existing medical conditions will also be required to provide a medical certificate to certify they are fit to travel. By booking through travel agent or online means you have read and agreed to the TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS booking conditions. For more detail please click here.
Team at TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS wishes you a wonderful holiday!!!
Day 01: Arrive Hyderabad (By Flight: TBA)
Upon arrival you will be welcomed by our Tour Manager at the airport lounge with a TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS signboard. Transfer to hotel. Overnight at Hyderabad. (No Meals)
Day 02: Hyderabad
Morning after breakfasts proceed for a guided sightseeing tour of Hyderabad. Visit: Charminar -(The Charminar is as much the signature of Hyderabad as the Taj Mahal is of Agra or the Eiffel Tower of Paris. It is a magnificent square edifice of granite, built upon four grand arches facing North, South, East and West). Visit Mecca Masjid - (A hundred yards southwest of the Charminar is the Mecca Masjid, so named because the bricks were brought from Mecca to build the central arch), you then proceed to see the magnificent Salar Jung Museum - (A collection of art objects by Nawab Salar Jung III, this museum houses magnificent exhibits of European and Indian paintings and statuary), Tank Bund - (Hyderabad's most popular promenade, the Tank Bund dams, the Hussain Sagar lake, on which stands the world's tallest monolithic statue of the Buddha. the statue stands at 58 feet (18 m) and weighed 350 tons. A concrete platform measuring 15 feet (4.6 m), now referred to as the "Rock of Gibraltar “ was constructed in the middle of Hussain Sagar to aid in erecting the statue. Hussain Sagar also lines 33 statues of famous personalities of the state. Overnight at Hyderabad. (B,D)
Day 03: Hyderabad – Bidar (Approx. 140 Kms/03 Hrs) & Bidar – Gulbarga (Approx. 110 Kms/02 Hrs)
Morning after breakfast drive to Bidar – a tiny district steeped in history. The Fort, the Cannons, Palaces in ruins, the magnificent tombs and the massive monuments, all combine to make a visit to the one-time capital of the Bahamani and Barid Shahi dynasties. Proceed to Gulbarga, check into the hotel. Evening stroll around the small city. Overnight at Gulbarga. (B,D)
Day 04 Gulbarga – Bijapur (Approx. 150 Kms/03 Hrs)
Morning after an early breakfast proceed for the sightseeing of Gulbarga: - Hindu city before the Mohammedan conquest, Gulbarga is a unique synthesis of two cultures. We will start our tour with the Fort. The most important monument in Gulbarga is probably the Khwaja Bande Nawaz Dargah. The tomb of the great Sufi saint, Khwaja Syed Mohammead Gesu Daraz. After sightseeing proceed to Bijapur. Upon arrival, check into the hotel. Evening at Leisure. Overnight at Bijapur. (B,D)
Day 05 Bijapur – Badami via Aihole (Approx. 132 Kms/03 Hrs)
Morning after breakfast proceed for a short drive to the Gol Gumbaz, the tomb of Mohammed Adil Shah, boasts of the second-largest tomb in the world. Jumma Masjid – has been called one of the finest mosques in India. Later drive to Badami en-route visiting Aihole as the "cradle of Indian architecture", Aihole has over 100 temples scattered around the village. Continue drive to Badami, the capital of early Chalukyas is picturesquely situated at the mouth of a ravine between two rocky hills. Check into the hotel. Afternoon we make a short drive to visit the Cave temples – dedicated to Vishnu and Shiva. Climb a flight of steps to reach the ancient caves – all hewn out of sand stone on the precipice of a hill. Overnight at Badami. (B,D)
Day 06: Badami – Hospet via Pattadakal (Approx. 240 Kms/06 Hrs)
Morning after breakfast, start your tour of Badami. Visit North Fort, Banashakari and Mahakuta. After the short sightseeing of Badami proceed your drive to Hospet en route stop at Pattadakal situated on the bank of the Malarapbha river which has ten major temples representing early Chalukyan architecture. Later continue drive to Hospet. Upon arrival check in at hotel. Hospet is the nearest small market town, and a base for seeing Hampi. Evening if the time permits visit The Tungabhadra Dam (6 kms). Overnight at Hospet. (B,D)
Day 07: Hospet – Hampi – Hospet (01 hr drive one way)
Morning set your turn for an excursion to Hampi - also known as ‘ THE FORT OF VICTORY – VIJAYANAGARA’, situated on the banks of the river Tungabhadra in the region of Bellary, is a vast site of monuments and ruins, a mute witness to an era of glories, triumphs and tragedies. The ruins of Hampi, are so majestic and imposing that they leave the visitor totally dumbfounded, awestruck and humbled. Visit the Virupaksha Temple, rises majestically at the western end of a 670m long street that was once the famous Hampi bazaar. This is the only temple at Hampi that is still used for worship. The most splendid monument of Hampi is undoubtedly The Vitthala Temple Complex. The 56 pillars in the main hall produce musical notes when struck. Hampi is full of such surprises. Evening return back to Hospet. Overnight at Hospet. (B,D)
Day 08: Hospet – Dandeli (Approx. 226 Kms/04 ½ Hrs)
Morning after breakfast further drive down to Dandeli National Park - Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary abounds with a richness of Flora and Fauna. Its richness and diversity offers ample opportunities to nature lovers to enjoy the captivating landscape. The sanctuary is generally undulating with steep slopes with picturesque deep river valleys and rich hilly forest terrain. Upon arrival, check in at the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at Dandeli. (B,L,D)
Day 09: Dandeli
Morning & afternoon safari at Dandeli National Park. Spotting herds of wild elephants, deer and predators catching their prey in their natural habitat is much more exciting than watching a wildlife documentary on television. Dandeli is a home of thousands of mammals, reptiles, amphibians and birds. The varied climate and landscape of this place make this land ideal for the wildlife. The rivers and dense forests play an important role in growth of animals in Dandeli National Park. The animals which are found here are Black Panther, Bison, Elephant and Tiger which is the largest living member of this Dandeli wildlife sanctuary. The other are gaur, sambar, spotted deer, mouse deer, wild boar, wild dog, mongoose, porcupine, jackal, languor, the sloth bear also known as the labiates bear. Overnight at Dandeli. (B,L,D)
Day 10: Dandeli – Goa drop (Approx. 125 Kms/03 Hrs)
After breakfast at the hotel, drive to Goa & drop at the hotel. (Hotel: TBA) (B)
2014 - 2015
Make this your Family Tour - Child under 5 years old stays free.
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Grade: Easy Paced
Accommodation in hotel with private facility
Private air-condition vehicle with Chauffeur
Meals as specified (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Services of an English speaking guide at Hyderabad
Entry fee/Monument entrance charges
Jungle activities at Dandeli
Arrival Departure Assistance
All current applicable taxes
Any international or domestic airfares
Train fares other than specified in the what's included section
Airport taxes, visa & passport fees
Extra baggage charges
Early check in or late check out
Meals other than specified in the what's included section
Tips & gratuities
Travel & medical insurance
Camera & video permits
Expenses incurred due to flight / train cancellation or delay
Any expense of a personal nature, like drinks, laundry, telephone calls, mini bar, postage etc
Any optional excursion or tour
Entry charges at monuments/forts etc
Any other expense not mentioned in the what's included section
Country Visited: India (Capital: New Delhi)
Overland travel by private air-conditioned car with driver
Itinerary can be customised to suit your requirements
Jama Masjid and Taj Mahal is closed on every Friday
Order sightseeing may vary according to local conditions
Normal Hotel check-in/out 1200 hours
Currency: Indian Rupee (INR)
Electricity: Current is 220V, 50Hz -Type C (European 2-pin), Type D (Old British 3-pin)
Time Zone: GMT +5.5 hours
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