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Central India Cultural Highlights

Duration
11 days / 10 nights
Price Per Person
Interests
Heritage
Destinations
India

Journey from Mumbai's Bollywood scene to the historic temples of Hampi via the Old Town of Hyderabad and the palaces of Bangalore. Our 11-day luxurious Central India Cultural Highlights itinerary takes you throughout the fascinating heart of this incredible, diverse country. 

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Highlights

  • Ellora Caves: This UNESCO-designated complex of magnificent Hindu and Buddhist temples and caves was cut from basaltic cliffs and known for its remarkable architecture and dramatic ornamentation.
  • Palatial Hotels: Stay where over a century of India's elite have stayed. Experience the lavish royal accommodations bedecked with vaulted ceilings, onyx columns, hand-woven silk carpets, and the finest collections of furniture.
  • Mumbai: This sprawling and diverse cosmopolitan has the world's most expensive home as well as Asia's biggest slums, and everything in-between. A true cultural melting-pot, the city offers British-era colonial buildings, markets, modern architecture, religious enclaves, museums, galleries, theaters, beaches, and more.

Day-by-Day

Day 1

Mumbai

Arrive in vibrant Mumbai, home of India’s exciting film and arts culture, and check into your luxury suite at the Taj Mahal Palace & Tower. You may rub shoulders with royalty and celebrities here, who are frequent guests of the palatial hotel. Settle in, adjust to your new surroundings, have a delicious dinner, and rest for your next few busy days.

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Why We Love This Hotel

Location: Located next to the Gate of India on the harbourside, this hotel provides guests with direct city access and water views.

History: This beautiful old building was completed at the turn of the 20th century and has housed dignitaries, royalty and VIPs for more than a hundred years.

Service: This iconic establishment has a long history of excellent service, with personal butlers assigned to guests for round-the-clock care.

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Taj Mahal Palace & Tower Preferred Hotel
Why We Love This Hotel

Location: This spectacular hotel is located on the exclusive Marine Drive, with stunning panoramas of the ocean and the glimmering shoreline.

History: Channeling high-end glamor and elegance, the hotel opened its adorned doors for guests in 2004.

Service: To provide the ultimate in customer service, the hotel offers a 24-hour spa, butler service, a concierge, travel desk and a business center.

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The Oberoi Mumbai Preferred Hotel

Day 2

Mumbai

Rise early this morning and get a glimpse of the city before dawnbreak. Witness a hive of activity as merchants, fishermen, deliverymen zip around in preparation for the day. Visit the Prince of Wales Museum, the city’s main museum, housing 50,000 exhibits of ancient Indian history. Next, head to a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Victoria Station, and the upmarket area of Malabar Hill.

Mumbai
Mumbai

Day 3

Mumbai

Today, you’ll take in some of Mumbai’s more modern arts, starting with the elegant National Gallery of Modern Art, and followed by a visit to the ever-flamboyant Indian take on Hollywood, Bollywood. Bollywood is the largest film producer in India, and indeed among the world’s largest as well.

Day 4

Aurangabad

Leave Mumbai today, embarking on a 6-hour drive to Aurangabad, a tourist hub filled with historical charm and UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Visit one such site today, the Ellora Caves, which are known for representing the epitome of Indian rock-cut architecture.

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About

Step into the Taj Residency Aurangabad, a sprawling, luxurious palace of a hotel located near the city center. The hotel features five acres of mani- cured gardens and 63 rooms and suites, all of which overlook either the pool or the garden, and each of which features climate control, in-room safes, plush, comfortable beds, modern décor, internet access, and ensuite bathrooms.

This accommodation has been personally vetted by the Remote Lands team and is the best available in the area. More information on this property is available on the “Hotels” tab at the top of the page.

Aurangabad
Aurangabad

Day 5

Hampi

Head to Hampi today, home to the ruins of the ancient Vijayanagara Empire, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll fly to Hubli Airport and then drive three hours to Hampi. Check into your room at one of our two recommended luxury hotels, Hampi Boulders or The Hyatt Place. Once settled in, take in the exotic smells and sights of Paan Supaari Street, dedicated to the Indian traditional snack of betel leaf filled with a mixture of chopped or coarsely ground areca nuts and spices. Finish off with a visit to Matanga Hill, famous for its stunning views.

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Why We Love This Hotel

Design: The palatial architecture and regal interior furnishings are certain to make guests feel like royalty.

World-Class Service: Whether it’s the expertly led walks around the nearby ruins, the personal butler for suites and villas, or a private candlelit dinner served beside poolside, the service and attention to detail are guaranteed to amaze.

Spa: Reflections of ancient Indian royalty don’t end with the resort’s aesthetics and food, and instead extend to the traditional Ayurvedic wellness treatments available at the spa.

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Evolve Back Hampi Preferred Hotel

Day 6

Hampi

Take a peek into India’s past today with a tour of Hampi’s temples, many of which are decorated in fascinating ancient motifs and elaborate frescoes. Finally, if you happen to be visiting in November, take part in the Utsav Festival, Hampi’s largest festival, featuring music, dance and puppet performances, as well as fireworks and more.

Hampi
Hampi

Day 7

Bangalore

Take off for Bangalore today, well-known as the country’s information technology capital, and India’s third-largest city. Transfer to your hotel and become acquainted with your new surroundings.

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About

Set amidst twenty acres of gardens, this luxury hotel in central Bangalore was the city’s first hotel. Constructed in 1887, the Taj West End has been meticulously preserved throughout the decades, and remains a fine example of colonial-era luxury, opulence, and hospitality.

This accommodation has been personally vetted by the Remote Lands team and is the best available in the area. More information on this property is available on the “Hotels” tab at the top of the page.

About

For a glimpse of life as royalty, stay at the grand, palatial fortress that is the Leela. Set within nine acres of landscaped, manicured gardens punctuated with stone sculptures, lotus lily ponds, and waterfalls, each of the Leela’s 357 rooms feature broadband internet and wi-fi, a mini bar, in-room safe, satellite television, and plush beds.

This accommodation has been personally vetted by the Remote Lands team and is the best available in the area. More information on this property is available on the “Hotels” tab at the top of the page.

Day 8

Bangalore

Explore Bangalore today, on a tour that takes you to Lal Bagh, a botanical garden with India's largest collection of tropical plants; Dodda Basavana Gudi, also known as the Bull Temple, representing a sacred Hindu demi-god, and Bangalore Palace. Spend the rest of your day relaxing in the palatial surroundings of your hotel, or exploring the city as you like. 

Bangalore
Bangalore

Day 9

Hyderabad

Today you’re off to Hyderabad, where you’ll check in to your historic suite at the Taj Faluknama Palace. Get acquainted with the city by paying a visit to two of the city’s most important sites: the ruins of the capital of ancient Kingdom of Golkonda and one of the city’s oldest mosques, Mecca Masjid.

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Why We Love This Hotel

Location: This gorgeous palace is located 2,000 feet above Hyderabad; its lofty position in the clouds earning it the nickname “mirror of the sky”.

History: Falaknuma Palace was commissioned by a Hyderabadi nobleman back in the 19th century.

Service: Superlative service is provided by the Taj’s butlers, on hand 24/7 to assist guests.

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 Taj Faluknama Palace Preferred Hotel

Day 10

Hyderabad

After a leisurely breakfast this morning, take a stroll through Hyderabad’s historic Public Gardens, located in the heart of the city. These gardens are home to not only the State Legislature, but also an open-air theater. Wind up your time in Hyderabad with a tour of its Old City, before turning in for the night at your palatial hotel.

Hyderabad
Hyderabad

Day 11

Departure

On your final day of your Central India itinerary, fly to Mumbai and check-in for your flight to your next destination.

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