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VIJAY NAGAR EMPIRE TRAIL
The tour covers some lovely sites, ancient and medieval, that are off the beaten tracks and is for someone who has already seen some of India and wants to explore further. It takes you into the wilderness on a white water chase as well as wildlife watch before leaving you somnambulant on some of the best stretches of sun and sand you will ever see.
Start your journey in Hyderabad,a vibrant city of minarets and modern high - rise buildings. History has been kind to this region. Each successive dynasty has added to the vast store of material heritage. The small towns of Gulbarga, Bijapur, erstwhile capitals of empires, contain some outstanding architectural gems. Marvel over the second largest dome in the world, the Gol Gumbad and the delicate beauty of mosques, palaces and tombs; several temples, some structural and others rock-cut, from the 6th and 7th centuries, that crowd the site at Badami, Pattadakal and the better known Aihole; the most famous site, of course, is the one at Hampi.
From the man-made to the natural – ride the white waters of the river Kali as it rushes down the Western Ghats. The surrounding forest is full of birdcalls that invite identification before you proceed to Goa to laze on the beach with a bottle of feni.
Jewels of Information:
The Hoysala dynasty that ruled in southwestern India in the12th to the 13th centuries left a remarkable legacy of temples and city sites.. Combining north and south Indian traditions with outstanding grace they are characterized by intricate detail in the sculpture that forms the basis of profuse and exuberant ornamentation.
Day 01 Arrival
Reception and welcome at Hyderabad followed by transfer to your hotel.
In the evening watch the famous sound and light show at Golconda Fort.
Day 02 HYDERABAD
The entire day is devoted to the city – both the old and the futuristic new one.
Day 03 HYDERABAD –GULBARGA
In the morning drive to Gulbarga. Both the town and the fort have much worth seeing.
DAY 04 GULBARGA-BIJAPUR
Visit the capital city of the Adil Shahi rulers of medieval India in southern Karnataka.
DAY 05 BIJAPUR-BADAMI
Drive to Badami to view the rock cut temples and the fort opposite.
DAY 06 BADAMI
Full day excursion to see Aihole and Pattadakal temples.
DAY 07 BADAMI-HAMPI-HOSPET
Explore the World Heritage Site of Hampi, one time capital of the Vijayanagar kingdom, situated about 13 kms from Hospet.
DAY 08 HOSPET-DANDELI
Travel to Dandeli for white water adventures on the river Kali and camp overnight.
DAY 09 DANDELI
A predawn safari into the jungle in open jeeps is one of the best times for spotting wild life. Later, after breakfast, go out onto the river in local boats of bamboo and tanned buffalo hide to bird watch, and watch out for crocodiles!
DAY 10 DANDELI-GOA 11 and 12
A morning’s drive brings you to Goa. Check in for three nights
DAY 11 & 12 GOA-BOMBAY
Complete leisure on the golden beach of Goa.
DAY 13 GOA-BOMBAY
Fly to Mumbai and urban life.
Day 14 BOMBAY
The day is divided between a tour of the city and an excursion out to the caves at Ajanta.
DAY 15 Departure
Transfer to the airport in time for your flight out.