Hyderabad, Bijapur, Badami & Hampi Tour
Eight days private tour to Hyderabad, Gulbarga, Bijapur, Badami, Lakkundi, Gadag & Hampi. While in Hyderabad you will visit Golconda Fort, the Charminar, the Salarjung Museum. On the way to Bijapur visit Gulbarga Fort of the Brahmani era. In Bijapur visit Bijapur Fort, Gol Gumbaz, Ibrahim – Rauza & Jami Masjid all built during the rule of the Adil Shahi dynasty. In Badami visit ancient monuments at Pattadakal and Aihole (Both UNESCO World Heritage Sites). Further drive to Hampi via visiting Gadag & Lakkundi ruined temples in small villages. Explore Hampi an ancient village dotted with numerous ruined temple complexes from the Vijayanagara Empire. Accommodation with breakfast, transport by AC vehicle, entrances to monuments & English-speaking guide during sightseeing are part of the package tour.
Day 1: Hyderabad
On arrival at Hyderabad airport assistance & transfer to hotel (hotel check-in/ out time 12 pm). Rest time free to relax and personal activities. Overnight at hotel.
Day 2: Hyderabad (B)
City tour of Hyderabad a 400-year-old metropolitan city teeming with bustling-bazaars and Muslim monuments. City tour of Hyderabad, explore 400-year-old metropolitan city teeming with bustling bazaars & Muslim monuments. Visit Golconda Fort renowned for its diamond mines that have given the world-famous Kohinoor and Darya-i-Noor diamonds. The ancient fort complex of Golconda will charm you with its history, tinged with legends and anecdotes. Qutub Shahi Tombs a group of small and big mosques and tombs built by the rulers of the Qutub Shah dynasty on a raised platform and have a dome-shaped structure. Charminar built-in 1591 by Quli Qutub Shah is an identifying landmark of Hyderabad. It is also famous for the market that sprawls around it called Laad Bazaar. Salar Jung Museum (Friday closed) a treat for tourists famous for being the third-largest museum in the country, having the largest antique collection dating back to the first century. Chowmahalla Palace (Friday closed) the seat of the Asaf Jahi dynasty where the Nizams entertained their official guests and royal visitors. Birla Mandir made of pure white Rajasthani marble the temple beauty leaves you awestruck. Also, drive and pass Hussain Sagar Lake one of the largest man-made lakes renowned for its monolith of Lord Buddha placed right at the center of the lake. Overnight at hotel. Rest time free to relax. Overnight at hotel.
Day 3: Hyderabad – Bijapur (385kms) (B)
Drive to Bijapur. En-route visit the Gulbarga Fort a leftover of the Brahmani era, which has stood with the time and is famous for its incredible architecture. It was originally built by Raja Gulch and. Later 15 towers were added by Allah-ud-din Bahmani in the existing structure of the fort. The fort contained 15 towers and 26 guns of which one was 8 meters long. Jama Masjid a 14th-century mosque in Fort complex which marks the establishment of the Bahmani Kingdom in the Deccan. Jama Masjid Gulbarga along with the Spanish Mosque of Hyderabad (built inside Paigah Palace) are the two only Indian mosques that reflect the essence of Spanish architecture. They both have an interior similar to the Great Cathedral-Mosque of Cordoba in Spain. Sharana Basaveshwara Temple Built-in the twelfth century by the Lingayat saint Sharana Basaveshwara, this temple is a marvel of Hindu stone carvings. The pillars, walls, and towers of the site are covered with intricate carvings of Hindu gods, goddesses, demigods, damsels, animals, and events from local lore. Tomb of Sufi mystic Khwaja Bande Nawaz a unique confluence of religious diversity. The Persian, Indo-Saracenic and Arabic influences on the building are evident from the dome and towers that surround the tomb. Continue to drive to Bijapur check-in at the hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 4: Bijapur – Badami (120kms) (B)
Visit Bijapur Fort which has a plethora of historical monuments of architectural importance built during the rule of the Adil Shahi dynasty. The prominent attraction includes Asar Mahal built-in 1640 used to serve as a Hall of Justice, Bara Kaman the unfinished mausoleum of Ali Adil Shah II, Gol Gumbaz the second largest dome in the world, Jama Masjid noted for graceful twin minarets, Malik-e-Maidan the biggest cannon ever made in the history of world & Mehtar Mahal built-in 1620 the most elegant structure within the fort & the Ibrahims Rouza built in the 15th century. Late afternoon drive to Badami check-in & overnight at hotel.
Day 5: Badami (B)
Excursion to visit Aihole a historical site & home to over 125 beautiful Chalukyan temples and monuments from the 6th to 12th century. Few important monuments in Aihole include the Durga Temple, Lad Khan Temple, Ravanaphadi Cave Temples, Huchimalli Temple, Meganagudi Group Temple, Gowda Temple, and the Huchappayyagudi Temple amongst numerous others. And Pattadakal a treasure trove of Hindu and Jain temples complex built in the 7th and 8th century CE. The various temples that one must visit are Virupaksha Temple, Jain temple, Papanatha temple, Galaganath temple, and Sangameshwara temple. Also visit Badami Cave consist of four separate temples, each holding intricate carvings & depictions. Badami Fort perched on the top of a cliff accompanied by two Shivalaya complexes dating back to the 5th century & a watchtower atop the hill. And Agastya Lake surrounded by red sandstone temples. Overnight at hotel.
Day 6: Badami – Hampi (180kms) (B)
Drive to Hampi, en-route visit Gadag a place of historical importance, famous for its ancient Hindu & Jain temples and medieval architecture. Constructed between the 10th to 12th CE by the Kings of the Chalukyan Empire, the Trikuteshewara Temple is famous for its style of architecture and the temple has three Shivalingas carved out of a single rock. And Lakkundi heaven of ancient temples ruins and step wells. It is a place of antiquarian interest with more than 50 ancient temples scattered all over the village, 101 stepped wells built during the rule of the Chalukyas, Seuna, Kalachuris and Hoysalas. These temples are most famous for their ornate and elaborate furnishing. Arrive Hampi check-in & overnight at hotel.
Day 7: Hampi (B)
City tour of Hampi a UNESCO world Heritage site dotted with numerous ruined temple complexes from the Vijayanagara Empire on the bank of the River Tungabhadra. Although the city was destroyed by marauding Moghul invaders in the 16th century, much of it remains today. The vast site of monuments and ruins is a mute witness to an ear of glories, triumphs and tragedies. The ruins of Hampi are so majestic and imposing that they leave the visitor totally dumbfounded, awestruck, and humbled. Visit Hazara Rama Temple, Kings Balance, Mahanavami Dibba, Royal enclosures, Statue of Ugra Narasimha Temple, Virupaksha Temple, Vithala Temple Complex, Lotus Mahal & ASI Museum. Overnight at hotel.
Day 8: Hampi – Hyderabad (380kms) (B)
Drive to Hyderabad and drop off at your hotel or airport.
Specification: Hyderabad, Bijapur, Badami & Hampi Tour
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