Day 1 Arrive Mumbai
Arrive Mumbai by flight. Welcome to India! A country where hospitality is a way of life; to a culture steeped in tradition, a land where history lives in music and dance. You will be received at the airport in a traditional manner with garlands and proceed to your hotel.
Mumbai once used to be a cluster of seven islands of Colaba, Mumbai, Mazagaon, Old Woman’s island, Wadala, Mahim, Parel, and Matunga Sion, which were the homes of the Koli fishing community. Being situated on the western coast, it became an important trading center and port city after the English King Charles II gave it to the East India Company in 1668. The islands were named ‘Bombay’, meaning ‘good bay’ in Portuguese, by the Portuguese. In 1996, it was officially renamed Mumbai, the name being derived Mumbadevi, the goddess of the Kolis.
Overnight in Mumbai.
Day 2 Mumbai Sightseeing
Morning after breakfast excursion to Elephanta Caves (closed on Monday) enroute visit Gateway of India.
The Gateway of India is a treasured monument that was built to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary for the Delhi Durbar in 1911. It is complete with four turrets and intricate latticework carved into the yellow basalt stone.
Nine nautical miles across the sea from the Gateway of India lay Elephanta, also known as 'Gharapuri'. Visit this green island for the wonders of the 7th century, the painstakingly hewn rock-cut cave temple, dedicated to Shiva. The Maheshamurti panel in which Shiva is shown as a creator, protector and destroyer, is a sight that should be enjoyed at least once in a lifetime.
Afternoon drive past a popular sea front, Marine Drive is a winding stretch of road with tall buildings on one side and sea on the other. It was once called the Queen’s Necklace because of its curved shape. Tour continues with visit to Mani Bhawan & Hanging gardens. Mani Bhawan used to be the Mumbai residence of Mahatma Gandhi. one of the important places to visit in Mumbai. It has a reference library with over 2000 books and other of the Mahatma’s belongings. The Hanging Gardens or Ferozeshah Mehta Garden and Kamla Nehru Park are located opposite each other. Both the gardens provide lovely sunset views over the Arabian Sea. The latter has the famous “Old Woman’s Shoe” that is a delight to all children.
Also visit Dhobi Ghat - A unique feature of Mumbai, the dhobi is a traditional laundryman, who will collect your dirty linen, wash it, and return it neatly pressed to your doorstep. The clothes are soaked in sudsy water, thrashed on the flogging stones, then tossed into huge vats of boiling starch and hung out to dry. Next they are ironed and piled into neat bundles.
Dinner at hotel
Overnight in Mumbai.
Day 3 Mumbai – Nashik
Morning after breakfast drive to Nashik (Approx. 165 Kms / 4 ½ hrs drive). Upon arrival check in at hotel.
Wine educator will accompany the guest from Mumbai to visit the Napa valley of India - Nashik. Post checking into the hotel, the Wine Tour (Vineyard Discovery) will begin. Two prominent wineries would be covered on this day.
Nashik is often referred as India's very own Napa Valley. Under an azure blue sky and surrounded by picturesque Western Ghat mountains, Nashik is the home of some of the finest Indian wines. Warmer days and cooler nights, gentle slopes, fertile landscapes - all these make a perfect setting of a great wine country. Nashik is India's wine capital. Lavish vineyards and well-developed winery infrastructure make Nashik the perfect wine tour destination.
Dinner at the hotel.
Overnight in Nashik.
Day 4 Nashik
Post breakfast, you will be taken to two more chosen vineyards. Lunch is provided.
Afternoon proceed for local sightseeing visiting Muktidham temple, coin museum and Deolali camp.
Muktidham Temple - The temple is of pure white; the colour signifies holiness and peace. Muktidham is just 7km away from the city. The Temple is built with white makrana marble. The architecture of this temple is known to be very unusual. Eighteen chapters of the Gita are inscribed on the walls, which is a very unique style of this temple. A visit to this temple by Hindus is considered as a visit to the 4 dhams or holy centres.
Coin Museum - The museum has a fine collection of research and well-documented history of Indian currencies. Coin Museum was established in 1980 under the Indian Institute of Research in Numismatic Studies. This museum is the only museum of its kind in Asia. The environment of the museum is so cool, as it is located in the backdrop of the enthralling Ajneri Hill of Nashik.
Deolali Camp - Deolali Camp was established in 1861, which is one of the oldest military centers in India. Deolali market is famous for shoppings inside the military centre. On the nearby hill, there is Khandobachi Tekadi Temple. Exhausted and mentally stressed armies were sent to this place for giving rest during British time. The area surrounded with gardens, playgrounds and wide roads proves its uniqueness.
Overnight in Nashik.
Day 5 Nashik – Pune
Post breakfast drive to Pune, upon arrival, Check in at hotel.
Afternoon sightseeing of Pune visiting Shindyanchi Chhatri and Aga Khan Palace.
Shindyanchi Chhatri - Amongst the architectural prides of Pune, the memorial to the great warrior Mahadji Shinde, the commander-in-chief of the Maratha army, between the years 1760 to 1780 under the mighty Peshwas. The temple adorned with Rajasthani architecture is an imposing edifice situated at Wanowrie.
Aga Khan Palace - True to its name this place boasts Italianate arches and spacious lawns, an unlikely place for a prison but the Britishers interned Mahatma Gandhi and his wife Kasturba Gandhi here. The architecture of the palace will take you down memory lane, reminding you of the illustrations from fairy tale houses.
Overnight in Pune.
Day 6 Pune – Baramati – Aklunj
Morning after breakfast drive to Akluj (Approx. 173 Kms / 5 hrs drive) via Baramati.
Two picturesque wineries to be covered on this day with wine tasting.
Baramati (about 100 km from Pune) has recently become another wine destination with the opening of the spectacular estate and hospitality facility by Four Seasons Wines (USL). Many international award winning wines are produced at this facility. Without visiting this larger-than-life facility the Indian wine story would never be completed.
Upon arrival check in at hotel.
About 175 km southeast of Pune, Akluj is a part of the Deccan plateau. Nestled in the heart of Maharashtra's sugar belt, this magical place boasts of the Largest Winery Estate of India - Fratelli. The view from the hilltop of Fratelli vineyards provides a breathtaking experience that can easily be compared to many celebrated European wine destinations.
Overnight in Akluj.
Day 7 Akluj – Pune – Bangalore
Post breakfast to visit the largest single plot vineyard of India, before travelling back to Pune Airport ( Approx. 175 Kms / 3 ½ hrs drive) to board flight for Bangalore. Arrive Bangalore and then transfer to hotel.
Overnight in Bangalore.
Day 8 Bangalore
Day trip for Bangalore wine tour.
Leave for Nandi Hills for wine tour post breakfast. Lunch at a Golf Club.
Overnight in Bangalore.
Day 9 Bangalore – Mysore
Morning drive to Mysore (Approx. 145 Kms/ 3 ½ hrs drive). Upon arrival check in at hotel.
There after visit two wineries in Kaveri Valley .
Overnight in Mysore.
Day 10 Mysore Sightseeing
After breakfast, proceed for sightseeing of Mysore.
Mysore Palace Among the grandest of India’s royal buildings, this fantastic palace was the former seat of the Wodeyar maharajas. The old palace was gutted by fire in 1897; the one you see now was completed in 1912 by English architect Henry Irwin at a cost of ?4.5 million. The interior of this Indo-Saracenic marvel – a kaleidoscope of stained glass, mirrors and gaudy colours – is lavish and undoubtedly over the top. The decor is further embellished by carved wooden doors, mosaic floors and a series of paintings depicting life in Mysore during the Edwardian Raj era. The way into the palace takes you past a fine collection of sculptures and artefacts. Don’t forget to check out the armoury, with an intriguing collection of 700-plus weapons.
Chamundi Hill & Sri Chamundeswari Temple Chamundi Hill & Sri Chamundeswari Temple: At a height of 1062m, on the summit of Chamundi Hill, stands the Sri Chamundeswari Temple , dominated by a towering 40m-high gopuram (entrance gateway). It offers spectacular views of the city below.
Devaraja Market Dating from Tipu Sultan’s reign, this lively bazaar has local traders selling traditional items such as flower garlands, spices and conical piles of kumkum (coloured powder used for bindi dots), all of which makes for some great photo-ops. Refresh your bargaining skills before shopping.
After Mysore sightseeing proceed for Srirangapatna :
Srirangapatna - Steeped in bloody history, the fort town of Srirangapatnam, 16km from Mysuru, is built on an island straddling the Cauvery River. The seat of Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan’s power, this town was the de facto capital of much of southern India during the 18th century. Srirangapatnam’s glory days ended when the British waged an epic war again Tipu Sultan in 1799, when he was defeated and killed. His sword and the ring he wore in battle are now displayed in the British Museum in London. The ramparts, battlements and some of the gates of the fort still stand, as do a clutch of monuments.
Daria Daulat Bagh Set within lovely manicured grounds, Srirangapatnam’s star attraction is Tipu’s summer palace, 1km east of the fort. Built largely out of teak, the palace may not look like much from the outside, but the lavish decoration that covers every inch of its interiors is impressive. The ceilings are embellished with floral designs, while the walls bear murals depicting courtly life and Tipu’s campaigns against the British. There’s a small museum within displaying artefacts and interesting paintings.
Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple Constructed in 894 AD, this attractive Vaishnavite temple has a mix of Hoysala and Vijayanagar design. Within are cavernous walkways, pillars and the centerpiece 4.5m-long reclining statue of Ranganatha, a manifestation of Vishnu.
Gumbaz located within a serene garden, the historically significant Gumbaz is the resting place of the legendary Tipu Sultan, his equally famed father, Hyder Ali, and his wife. The interior of the onion-dome mausoleum is painted in tiger-like motif as a tribute to the sultan.
Jamia Masjid This cream-coloured mosque with two minarets was built by the sultan in 1787 and features an interesting blend of Islamic and Hindu architecture. Climb the stairs at the back for panoramic views of the site.
Return to hotel. Overnight
Day 11 Mysore – Bangalore Airport
Post breakfast drive to Bangalore airport for your flight to onward destination.
Ten nights’ as listed or similar
Air conditioned transport as per program appropriate for group size with driver
One time entrances to monuments as per program in Mumbai, Nashik, Pune, Mysore & Srirangapatnam including ferry charges etc.
Local English Speaking Guide in Mumbai, Nashik, Pune, Mysore & Srirangapatnam.
Guided tour in 9 wineries with wine tasting
Machan Lunch in Akluj (3 types of wine paired with food)
Lunch in York Winery & Tasting room (wine for food pairing on direct payment basis)
Lunch in Grover Zampa Vineyard in Bangalore (wine for food pairing on direct payment basis)
Presently Applicable Taxes
Warm welcome with fresh flower garlands at Mumbai International Airport
Daily one water bottle per person
(Note: Grape Stomping & Cellar/Barrel Experiences available and can be added in the tour on request)
Airfare, insurance or visa fees
Wine with meals (except specified)
Any meals except specified
Personal expenses, mini bar, table drinks etc.
Camera or video fee
Tips or gratuity amount.
Note there are certain public holidays in India where no alcohol can be served. Please check upon booking for 'dry days'.