Heritage India Tours
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Hampi is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India located near Hospet town in the Karnataka state. Hampi is charismatic even in its ruined state, attracting thousands of visitors every year. Vast stretches of boulder-strewn hills make the backdrop of Hampi unique. Dotted around the hills and valleys are 500 plus monuments. Among them are beautiful temples, ruins of palaces, remains of aquatic structures, ancient market streets, royal pavilions, bastions, royal platforms, treasury buildings… the list is practically endless. Hampi is a backpacker’s paradise, the same way a pilgrim’s delight.
Trip Schedule :
Day 1 – Start at 10 pm by AC Sleeper bus reach Hospet by 9 AM on Day 2 and check in the hotel
Day 2 – Visit Hampi post lunch till 7 PM, evening return to hotel
Day 3 – Start at 8:00 AM after breakfast, visit sites at Hampi till 2:30 PM. Lunch and return to hotel for rest and pack. Depart Hospet 6:15 PM to reach Pune 5 AM on Day 4
Naneghat is a mountain pass in the Western Ghats range near Junnar in Pune district of Maharashtra, India. The pass was extensively used as a trade route between Kalyan and Junnar. The name ‘Nane’ means coin and ‘Ghat’ means mountain pass. This pass is traditionally known as ‘Naneghat’
Kukadeshwar Temple is located at the origin of river ‘Kukadi’. This temple was created around 12th Century CE. Though reconstructed it shows the original structure. The Heritage Expert will provide you information related to the site and history attached to it.
Trip Schedule: Start at 7:00 am, Breakfast en-route, Tea Break, Visit Naneghat, Kukadeshwar, Lunch, Visit Temple at Ozar, Tea Break, return to Pune by 7:30 PM. Ongoing discussion with the Heritage Expert en route
Pandavleni comprises of a group of 24 Buddhist caves carved between 1st Century BCE & 6th Century CE and bears witness to the tussle of the Satavahana and the Western Kshatrapa rulers over the acquisition of this area during the first century CE. Situated 8 Km south of Nashik, the caves are located in the mountains of Trirashmi.
The Gondeshwar Temple, a beautifully carved temple dating back to 12th century CE is located 30 km South-east of Nasik at Sinnar. Weathered by the wind and the sun for centuries, Gondeshwar is actually a “Panchayatan Temple”, meaning it consists of a group of 5 temples with one main shrine surrounded by 4 subsidiary shrines
Trip Schedule: Start at 7:00 am, en-route breakfast, visit Sinnar Temples, Lunch, Triyambakeshwar Temple post lunch, Evening Tea Break, Stay at Nasik Next morning visit Pandav leni Lunch, Return Pune by 7 PM. Ongoing discussion with the Heritage Expert on Caves in India.
Elephanta caves are a network of sculpted caves located on the Elephanta Island approx 11 Km east Apollo Bundar on the Mumbai Harbour. The island, located on an arm of the Arabian Sea, consists of two groups of caves—the first is a large group of five Hindu caves, the second, a smaller group of two Buddhist caves. The Hindu caves contain rock cut stone sculptures, representing the Shaiva sect, dedicated to the Lord Shiva.
The rock cut architecture of the caves has been dated to between the 5th and 8th centuries, although the identity of the original patron is still a subject of debate. The caves are hewn from solid basalt rock. All the caves were also originally painted in the past, but now only traces remain.
Trip Schedule: Start at 7:00 am, en-route breakfast, visit Elephanta Caves, Lunch, Evening Tea Break, Return Pune by 8 PM. Ongoing discussion with the Heritage Expert on Caves in India.
The Buddhist caves at Bhaja -Karla is extremely important sites that date back to 2nd century BCE. There are Viharas (residential cells for the monks) and Chaityas (prayer halls). They have located just 3 km away from the old Pune Mumbai Highway amidst green surroundings. The chaityagriha at Karla is considered as one of the largest Buddhist chaitya halls in India created during Satavahana’s rule. Karla is one of the best examples of rock-cut architecture and art. Some of its 2000-year-old wooden beams are still alive.
Trip Schedule: Start at 7:00 am, en-route breakfast, visit Bhaja Caves, Lunch at MTDC resort, Visit Karla Caves post lunch, Evening Tea Break, Return Pune by 8 PM. Ongoing discussion with the Heritage Expert on Caves in India.
“Kanheri” also known as’ Krishnagiri or Kanhagiri in inscriptions and ancient literature since the rock was black, was a major monastic settlement in India’s Western Region. It slowly evolved into an educational center, subsequently as an educational center and a Vajrayana Buddhist Center during the period from 1st Century BCE up to 13th Century CE. There are around 129 Buddhist Caves with master pieces of sculptural art and a well-designed water management system. Chinese monk traveler Xuanzang (Hiuen Tsang) had visited the monastery in 7th Century CE and is reported to have carried a wooden image of Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara to China along with numerous Sanskrit Buddhist manuscripts.
Trip Schedule: Start at 7:00 am, en-route breakfast, visit Kanheri Caves, Lunch, Visit Sanjay Gandhi National Park post lunch, Evening Tea Break, Return Pune by 8 PM. Ongoing discussion with the Heritage Expert on Caves in India.
Forts are the gateways to our history. And one such that can boast of an interesting past is the medieval fort of Janjira that stands on a rocky outcrop near the mouth of Rajpuri Creek. Never once conquered by the enemies of those who ruled here because of its unique location, it is spread over 22 acres and has 19 towers and a huge number of turrets, each of which had a cannon installed on it, some of which have remained intact.
Kuda caves are a group of 26 rock cut caves at Janjira Creek made for Buddhist Mendicants in the 1st Century BC to 3rd Century CE with additions of Buddha Sculpture in 6th & 7th Century CE. The ancient rock cut architecture in the caves is worth the watch
Trip Schedule: Start at 7:00 am, en-route breakfast & tea break in Tamini Ghat, Konkani/ Malvani Lunch, Evening Tea Break, free time at Diveagar beach, stay overnight, take a launch to visit Janjira Fort next morning, lunch, Return Pune by 7 PM. Ongoing discussion with the Heritage Expert on Forts & Monuments in India.
Akluj Fort was built by Yadav king Raja Singhan in the 13th century. Evidence shows that, after Yadavas it was ruled by Mughals and Britishers. Evidences also shows that in 1679 Dilerkhan and Chhatrpati Sambhaji Maharaj stayed in the fort of Akluj for 4 months. Bajirao Peshwa II also stayed for three months in this fort, when he was dismissed from Peshwai by Britishers in 1802.
Ardhanari Nateshwar Temple is located at Velapur, 32 km from Pandharpur. The temple was built by Bramhadev Rana and his brother Baidev Rana during the reign of the Yadav ruler Ramchandradev in the 12th century. The temple enshrines an idol of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. The carved image of Nandi rests at the feet of the Lord. There is a holy water tank in the courtyard. There are also a few more worth visiting temples at Velapur.
Trip Schedule: Start at 7:00 am, en-route breakfast, visit Akluj Fort, Lunch, Visit Temples at Velapur post lunch, Evening Tea Break, Return Pune by 7 PM. Ongoing discussion with the Heritage Expert on Temples & Monuments in India.
There is no other fort that can compare with Raigad in Maharashtra, not only because of its impressive fortification, & for being the capital of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, but also for the fact that the steep climb to reach it or even a ride on the rope way is an experience that you will never forget in your lifetime. This impregnable fort was captured by Shivaji Maharaj in 1656 which subsequently saw his crowning in 1674.
Trip Schedule: Start at 7:00 am, en-route breakfast & tea break in Tamini Ghat, Lunch, visit Raigad Fort, Evening Tea Break with snacks, Return Pune by 9 PM. Ongoing discussion with the Heritage Expert on Temples & Monuments in India.
Rajgad (literally meaning Royal Fort) is one of the forts in the Pune district of Maharashtra state in India. The fort is 4600 feet above sea level. Formerly known as Murumdev, it was the capital of the Maratha Empire during the rule of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj for almost 26 years, after which he moved the capital to Raigad Fort.
The fort is located 60 km to the south west of Pune, about 15 to 16 km west of Nasrapur, in the Sahyadri range. The highest part of the fort has remains of palaces, water cisterns, and caves. The main entrance door is known as the Maha Darwaja. This fort is built on the hill called Murumbadevi Dongar (Mountain of the Goddess Murumba). Rajgad boasts of the highest number of days stayed by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj on any fort.
Trip Schedule: Start at 7:00 am, en-route breakfast reach Vill Pali, start a 3hrs climb, Lunch, visit Rajgad Fort, Return to base at Ganjawane, Evening Tea Break snacks, Return Pune by 9 PM. Ongoing discussion with the Heritage Expert on Forts.
Beginning with the 2nd-century B.C.E, and continuing into the 6th century CE, the paintings and sculptures in the caves of Ajanta and Ellora, inspired by Buddhism and its compassionate ethos, unleashed a surge of artistic excellence unmatched in human history. A set of 29 caves, Ajanta is among the finest examples of some of the earliest Buddhist architecture, cave paintings, and sculptures. These caves comprise Chaitya halls or shrines, dedicated to Lord Buddha and Viharas or monasteries, used by Buddhist monks for meditation and the study of Buddhist teachings
The cave temples and monasteries at Ellora, excavated out of the vertical face of an escarpment, are 26 km north of Aurangabad. Sculptors, inspired by Buddhism, Jainism and Hinduism, created elaborate rock carvings. Extending in a linear arrangement, the 34 caves contain Buddhist Chaityas or halls of worship, Viharas or monasteries and Hindu and Jain temples
The Janjira Island Fort is an architectural marvel, situated deep in the sea about 3 km from the coastal town of Murud and it takes about 40 minutes by ferry from Dighi. Though the Arabian Sea crashes relentlessly all around the fort, its impregnable walls continue to stand strong and tall at 40 feet high, even at full tide. Overwhelmed by this experience when we enter the fort, there is an Arabic inscription on a marble plaque which provides a clue to the time period i.e. Hijri year 1111 or 1694 CE.
Trip Schedule: Start at 7:00 am, en-route breakfast reach Tamini Ghat, tea break, reach Dighi, launch- Janjira Fort, Dighi, en –route lunch, start for Pune, evening tea & Reach Pune by 8 PM. Ongoing discussion with the Heritage Expert on Forts and Pilgrimage Sites.