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Deccan Discovery... Archaeology, Ancient Temples & Train Journeys in South India

15 days from £4,940 per person

The Deccan is the cradle of some of India's greatest civilizations and is home to some of its most monumental and evocative religious sites. Until recently these treasures could only be witnessed by hardy travellers who were willing to put up with bad roads and basic hotels. With the arrival of Golden Chariot, one of India most luxurious trains this whole region has opened up and can now be explored in comfort and style.

This unusual cultural tour combines stays in hotels together with the Golden Chariot train and explores the varied topography of this region from its verdant coastal plains, lush coffee plantations and pristine jungles to its hilly boulder strewn plateaus, ending in a historical cliffside fort in northern Goa. Sites include the sandalwood city of Mysore, the Rajiv Gandhi National Park at Kabini, the scattered ruins of the mighty Vijayanagara capital in Hampi, as well as the world heritage sites at Badami and Pattadakal and the extraordinary Hoysala temples at Belur and Halebid.

This is purely a suggested itinerary, so it can be booked as it is or used as a starting point for creating your own luxury tailor-made holiday in India. If you'd like to see similar trips, take a look at our Epic Journey and Family Holiday collections; as well as our favourite Wildlife, Beach and Culinary Tour itineraries.


Itinerary details

15 days from £4,940 per person

Deccan Discovery Itinerary Deccan Discovery Itinerary
Deccan Discovery Itinerary 1 Deccan Discovery Itinerary 1
Deccan Discovery Itinerary 2 Deccan Discovery Itinerary 2
Deccan Discovery Itinerary 3 Deccan Discovery Itinerary 3
Kabini South India 1 Kabini South India 1
Orange County Kabini Kabini South India Orange County Kabini Kabini South India
Orange County Kabini Kabini South India 1 Orange County Kabini Kabini South India 1
Mysore South India 1 Mysore South India 1
Bangalore South India Bangalore South India
The Golden Chariot Bangalore South India The Golden Chariot Bangalore South India
Goa South India Goa South India
Tiracol North India Tiracol North India

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- Mr & Mrs Manson, North India
Everything you did for us whilst we were away was hugely appreciated, and Ampersand has been exemplary in every way. I'll always recommend you!
- Mr Richard Stoughton, Sri Lanka
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I had a very lovely time and was looked after splendidly. My first visit to India could not have been better, save for being longer! But I shall return at some point and I shall look to you to make the arrangements.
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So many highlights to choose from! The hotels were amazing but Maya Villa was a highlight… I loved just hanging out in the hammock reading my book and watching the peacocks chase the cows!
- Krista Weir, Sri Lanka
We had a wonderful holiday - everything was perfect. Thank you for helping us to make a thoughtful plan to enjoy and make most out of our trip. The places we visited, the guides, the transportation and driver, the hotels selected... Everything was great!
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