- This is an excellent trip covering a large area from Mumbai across the Deccan plateau to Hyderabad and then back west and south to Goa. It was led by Sorab Jassawalla (AKA Jassa) who was one of the best leaders I've come across. He communicated well, was very friendly and looked after us with calmness and competence. Local guides were also very good.
The trip started in Mumbai which was wonderful - a complete buzz with loads of interesting things to see (the Gateway of India, the Slumdog Millionaire area) and good shopping. The caves at Ajanta and Ellora were fascinating with beautiful 5th C paintings and carvings of various eras. The amazing dome of Gol Gumbaz is the second biggest in the world and has a whispering gallery which puts St. Paul's completely in the shade.
The world heritage site of Hampi was an absolute highlight with stunning temples and beautiful carvings.
The morning visit to the caves above Badami was memorable with monkeys descending from the cliffs, a stunning view over the village and beaurtifully carved caves.
There were lots of other great sites. Highly recommended.
Published on: 16 April 2016