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Majestic Ruins of Hampi – Where the Stones speak louder than Man

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6 Days/ 5 Nights
Hospet, Karnataka
Bijapur, Karnataka
Min Age : 18+
Tour Details

Experiece the glory of the Southern Kingdoms, with a tour of the medival heritage town of Hampi and the temples and caves of Badami, Aihole Pattadakal.

Formed by inspiring landscapes and ruins, the medieval heritage town of Hampi stands to tell tales of the once prosperous Vijaynagar Empire of the Deccan Plateau of South India. Set on the banks of River Tungabhadra, in the shadow of hills and majestic rock formantions, Hampi is home to more than 1600 surviving ruins. Described by UNESCO as an ‘austere, grandiose site’, the group of monuments at Hampi include forts, royal and sacred complexes, temples, shrines, pillared halls, mandapas, markets and memorials among others.

Today Hampi serves to be an important archaeological and religious site,predating to the Ashokan times and mentioned in the Ramayana and the Puranas.

Not far away, are the towns which illustrate the legacy of the Chalukyas. Aihole, Badami and Pattadakal, together forming a triad showcasing gorgeous temple architecture, stellar stone artwork, and experimental construction techniques.

Explore the beautiful towns before culminating the tour at Bijapur, a heritage city centric to numerous kingdoms through the ages and best known for its monumental architecture. 

 

Departure & Return Location

Hospet Junction Railway Station, Karnataka

Departure Time

3 Hours Before Flight Time

Price Includes

  • Accommodation with breakfast
  • All transportations in destination location
  • Airport transfers
  • Meals as per the itinerary
  • Sightseeing and excursions as per the itinerary

Price Excludes

  • Airfares
  • Any expenses of personal nature / room service fee / tips
  • Visa
  • GST if applicable
  • Cost of excursions, entrance fees, and guides availed by passengers other than those mentioned under tour inclusions

Things to carry

  • Comfortable clothing and shoes suitable for the destination
  • Sunscreen / sunglasses / umbrella
  • Hats / caps/ comfortable shoes
  • Identity documents and other travel documents (visa, if applicable)
  • Medication and first aid along with the prescription

For more details refer to Travel Planning Guide

What to Expect

Over the course of six days, visit heritage towns and cities, known for their remarkable art and architectue.

Experience masterpieces of ancient Indian heriatage as as you enjoy a coracle ride along the Tungabhadra and watch the glorious sunset from Matanga Hill. Navigate ancient markets and visit what is believed to be some of the oldest functioning temples in India as well as museums which host ancient paintings, sculptures and other historical artefacts.

Explore the rock cut temples of  Badami and the Buddhist, Hindu and Jain monumets of Aihole and Pattadakal. An epicentre of architectural and artistic experimentation, Aihole is a sight to behold, inspiring the monuments that were to come later at Pattadakal.

Monuments of note include the Duga Temple, the Ladkhan Temple, and the striking Ravana Phadi Temple (at Aihole) , the stunning Mallikarjuna and Virupaksha Temples ( at Pattadakal) and the not to mention the famous Boothnatha temple (at Badami).

Soak in the the heady remnants of the  Deccan’s Islamic era at Bijapur, now Vijapur, the city is home to monuments which seamlessly blend Persian, Ottoman Turkish and Hindu styles of architectur, clearly illustrated by the Gol Gumbaz, the Bijapur fort and the Jama Masjid.

Assuring a culturally rich experience, this tour will all but introduce you to the history and aesthetics of Karnataka’s Golden era, covering World Heritage Sites and taking you across illustrious kingdoms that date back to before the Medieval ages.

 

  • Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Hampi and Pattadakal.
  • Explore remenants of once thiving ancient settlements.
  • Experience first hand the grandeur of ancient Indian art and architecture.
Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Hospet - Hampi

After a beautiful scenic ride to Hospet, proceed to Hampi and check in to your accommodation.

Spend the rest of the day at leisure, exploring the town or alternatively, visit the Tungabhadra Dam.

(Overnight at Hampi)

Day 2Hampi sightseeing

Post breakfast, set out for a day trip to the World Heritage Site of Hampi.

Explore the remnants of the once mighty Vijayanagara Empire.

Visit what is believed to be the oldest functioning temple in India, the Sri Virupaksha Temple dating back to the 7 th century and the Lakshmi Narasimha Temple to see the largest monolith statue in Hampi (the statue of Ugra Narasimha). Pause at the Queen’s Bath, a royal bathing complex dating back to the days of the Empire.

Another key highlight of this tour is the monumental Vijaya Vittala Temple, which incidentally serves to be the largest of all historical ruins in Hampi. Make time to visit the Archaeological Museum a treasure trove of paintings, sculptures and other historical artefacts.

Be sure to indulge in a coracle ride along the Tungabhadra, allowing glimpses of ruins along the shores, this ride is sure to make a photographer’s paradise. End the day with a trek to Matanga Hill, offering wonderful vistas of the sprawling ruins of the Vijayanagara Empire, watching the sunset at its summit is quintessential to Hampi.

The rest of the evening can be spent shopping or at leisure.

Return to your accommodation for the night.

(Overnight at Hampi)

Day 3Badami - Pattadakal

Post breakfast at the hotel and set out to Badami, the erstwhile capital of the Chalukyas, famous for its rock cut temples and rugged landscapes of red sandstone. Built around Agastya Lake, the town of Badami is home to ancient shrines adorned with intricate sculptures, and a gorgeous museum curated by the Archeological Survey of India.

Exploring the beautiful little town, make way to Pattadakal.

Check in to the accommodation and head out to explore the heritage town. With an unique style of architecture, that dared to question the set rules and aesthetics of traditional architecture, Pattadakal managed to seamlessly blend the Dravidian style of South India and the Nagara style of North India. Declared a world heritage site, the town now stands an important example of Hindu and Jain society and culture in the Deccan, symbolic of the Chalukyan temperaments of integration and experimentation.

Return to your accommodation for the night.

(Overnight at Pattadakal)

Day 4Aihole - Bijapur

Post breakfast, head out on a drive to Aihole.

Home to ancient and medieval era Hindu, Jain and Buddhist monuments. Surrounded by farmlands and sandstone hills, with over 120 temples and caves spread along the shores of the Malabrabha River, Aihole, provides key insights into the culture and heritage of the Chalukyan Empire.

Late afternoon, leave to Bijapur, the city of victory, famous for it’s diverse history.

Upon arrival check in at the hotel. The rest of the day is to be spent at leisure.

(Overnight at Bijapur)

Day 5Bijapur sightseeing

Post breakfast set out to explore the city. visit monumental sites such as the Gol Gumbaz and Bijapur Fort. Both expansive as well as imposing the Fort and the Gol Gumbuz, are exemplary examples of the Indo- Islamic architecture in the region.
Visit the Ibrahim Rauza, is the mausoleum inspired by the Taj of Agra. The magnum opus of the time, it is expansive, symmetrical and intricately adorned with delicate carvings and inscription from the Quran.

Next stop by at the awe-inspiring Malik-e-Maidan, translating to “the monarch of the plains”, it is the largest scaled medieval cannon in the world, weighing up to 55 tons and 4 meters in length.

The evening is to be spent at leisure or alternatively, a tour of the Jama Masjid (the oldest and the largest mosque in South India) can be scheduled.

Return to your accommodation for the night.

(Overnight at Bijapur)

Day 6Departure

After a mouth-watering breakfast at the hotel, check-out and proceed for Bijapur Railway station for a return train to your destination.

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