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Cultural Journey: Bijapur and Badami Exploration


3 Nights / 4 Days

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

10 people




Embark on a captivating journey through history with the Cultural Journey: Bijapur and Badami Exploration. Starting in Hyderabad, travel to Bijapur, renowned for its stunning Adil Shahi architecture, including the awe-inspiring Gol Gumbaz and Ibrahim Rauza. Continue to the ancient city of Badami, nestled among rocky hills, where you will explore the intricate cave temples of Badami, the historic temples of Aihole, and the exquisite group of temples at Pattadakal. This tour combines architectural wonders with the rich cultural tapestry of Karnataka, offering a profound insight into the region’s glorious past. Experience the serene beauty and historical grandeur that define Bijapur and Badami, creating an unforgettable journey through time.


  • This is a private tour/activity only for your group.
  • Enhanced cleaning/ traveler safety.
  • In-depth cultural experience.
  • Flexible sightseeing & stopover.
  • Most travelers can participate.

Bulk discount (by Percent)

Bulk discount adult
# Discount group From adult To adult Value
1 Discount on 2-person group 2 2 %
2 Discount on 3-person group 3 3 %
3 Discount on 4-person group 4 4 %
4 Discount on 5-person group 5 5 %
5 Discount on 6-person group 6 6 %
6 Discount on 7-person group 7 7 %
8 Discount on 8-person group 8 8 %


Day 1: Hyderabad - Bijapur (385kms)

Depart from Hyderabad in the morning and embark on a scenic drive to Bijapur, known for its splendid architecture and historical significance under the Adil Shahi dynasty. Enroute, stop to visit Bidar, famous for its imposing Bidar Fort, a formidable citadel showcasing Persian and Indian architectural styles. Explore the ancient monuments and gardens within the fort complex, including the Mahmud Gawan Madrasa, an exemplary blend of Indo-Saracenic architecture with intricate stone carvings and geometric patterns. Continue the journey to Bijapur, where you'll check-in at your hotel and relax after a day of exploration.

Day 2: Bijapur - Badami (120kms)

Begin your day with a visit to Gol Gumbaz, an architectural marvel and the largest dome in India. Explore its unique whispering gallery where even the faintest sound echoes multiple times, and climb to the top for panoramic views of Bijapur cityscape. Visit Ibrahim Rauza, a stunning mausoleum known for its Indo-Islamic architecture, intricate calligraphy, and serene ambiance. Admire the symmetrical layout, ornate arches, and serene reflection pools. Explore the Malik-e-Maidan, the largest medieval cannon in the world, located near the massive Upli Buruj watchtower. Learn about its historical significance and impressive craftsmanship. In the afternoon, visit the Bara Kaman, an unfinished mausoleum of Ali Adil Shah II, featuring massive arches and a quiet, contemplative atmosphere amidst its surrounding gardens.

Day 3: Badami

Begin your exploration with a visit to Aihole, often called the "Cradle of Indian Architecture." Marvel at its ancient temples like Lad Khan Temple, known for its unique architecture and intricate carvings depicting scenes from Hindu mythology. Explore the Durga Temple, a fine example of early Chalukyan architecture with its apsidal plan and intricate sculptures. Proceed to Pattadakal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its group of 8th-century temples, representing a harmonious blend of North Indian Nagara and South Indian Dravidian architectural styles. Admire the Virupaksha Temple, Mallikarjuna Temple, and Papanatha Temple, each adorned with elaborate sculptures and detailed carvings. Return to Badami and explore the Badami Cave Temples, carved into the cliffs of red sandstone overlooking the Agastya Lake. Marvel at the intricate carvings and sculptures dedicated to Hindu deities such as Shiva and Vishnu, showcasing the rich cultural heritage of ancient India.

Day 4: Badami - Hyderabad (380kms)

Depart from Badami in the morning, reflecting on the architectural splendors and cultural richness experienced in Bijapur, Bidar, Aihole, Pattadakal, and Badami during your journey back to Hyderabad. Enroute, enjoy the scenic drive back to Hyderabad, reminiscing about the historical sites and diverse architectural styles encountered on this enriching city break tour.


  • Assistance on arrival at airport.
  • 3 Nights' accommodation in 4-star hotels.
  • Daily breakfast and meal as per day plan.
  • Private air-conditioned deluxe car for airport transfer, sightseeing and excursion as per program.
  • English speaking tour guide on sightseeing days (local guide in each city), as per program.
  • Monument entrances and activities charges mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Bottled drinking water in car.
  • Government taxes.
  • Any flight tickets.
  • Camera charges at monuments.
  • Expenses of personal nature like liquor, laundry, tips, telephone, fax, internet etc.
  • Gratuities & optional activities.
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions.

Tour's Location


What is the standard of the hotels on this tour?

Hotels used or similar for 3 nights accommodation

3 Star Hotels
Bijapur x 2 nights: The Fern Residency/ Kyriad Hotel Vijayapura by OTHPL
Badami x 2 nights: Badami Court/ Clarks Inn

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