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Journey through History: Hyderabad to Goa via Gulbarga, Hampi & Badami

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Duration

10 Nights / 11 Days

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

10 people

Languages

English

Overview

Embark on a captivating journey through history on our “Journey through History: Hyderabad to Goa via Gulbarga, Hampi & Badami” tour. Begin in Hyderabad, exploring its rich cultural heritage and iconic landmarks. Traverse through Gulbarga, where ancient forts and tombs whisper tales of dynasties past. Discover the magnificent ruins of Hampi, a UNESCO World Heritage site, steeped in the grandeur of the Vijayanagara Empire. In Badami, marvel at the rock-cut temples carved into crimson cliffs, showcasing intricate Dravidian architecture. Conclude your expedition in Goa, unwinding amidst sun-kissed beaches and Portuguese colonial charm. This journey promises an unforgettable blend of cultural immersion and scenic beauty, revealing the diverse tapestry of South India’s historical wonders and coastal allure.

Highlights

  • 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 9 9 %

Itinerary

Day 1: Hyderabad

Arrive in Hyderabad and transfer to your hotel for check-in. Stroll along Necklace Road, a beautiful boulevard along the Hussain Sagar Lake, for an evening walk and local street food. Explore the Birla Planetarium and Science Museum, offering interactive exhibits and a spectacular view of the city.

Day 2: Hyderabad

Start the day with breakfast at the hotel before sightseeing. Visit Charminar, a historic monument and mosque known for its distinctive architecture and bustling markets. Explore Chowmahalla Palace, the former seat of the Nizams of Hyderabad, renowned for its exquisite architecture and grandeur. Visit Golconda Fort, a magnificent citadel known for its strategic location and unique acoustic system. Explore Salar Jung Museum, one of the largest museums in India, housing a vast collection of art, artifacts, and antiques from around the world. Visit Birla Mandir, a stunning temple made of white marble, offering panoramic views of the city. Walk through the Ramoji Film City, the largest film studio complex in the world, to get a glimpse of movie-making magic.

Day 3: Hyderabad - Gulbarga (280kms)

Start the day with breakfast at the hotel before departing for Gulbarga. Visit the Gulbarga Fort, a historic fortification with a blend of Hindu and Muslim architectural styles. Explore the Jama Masjid, an impressive mosque located within the fort complex. Visit the Khwaja Bande Nawaz Dargah, a prominent Sufi shrine attracting devotees from across the region. Explore the Sharana Basaveshwara Temple, dedicated to the saint and philosopher Basaveshwara. Stroll through the Government Museum, showcasing a variety of artifacts and historical items from the region.

Day 4: Gulbarga - Hampi (280kms)

Start the day with breakfast at the hotel before departing for Hampi. En route, visit the Daroji Sloth Bear Sanctuary, home to a significant population of Indian sloth bears. Arrive in Hampi and transfer to your hotel for check-in. Visit the Virupaksha Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the oldest functioning temples in India. Explore the nearby Hemakuta Hill, offering stunning views of the surrounding landscape and numerous ancient temples.

Day 5: Hampi

Start the day with breakfast at the hotel before sightseeing.
Visit the Vittala Temple, renowned for its iconic stone chariot and musical pillars.
Explore the Royal Enclosure, home to several important structures including the Mahanavami Dibba and the Queen’s Bath.
Visit the Lotus Mahal, an intricately designed pavilion with a unique blend of Hindu and Islamic architecture.
Explore the Hampi Bazaar, a bustling market area near the Virupaksha Temple, offering a glimpse into the local culture and crafts.
Visit the Sasivekalu Ganesha and Kadalekalu Ganesha, two large monolithic statues of Lord Ganesha.
Take a coracle ride on the Tungabhadra River to explore the ruins and landscapes from a different perspective.
Visit the Achyutaraya Temple, known for its grand architecture and beautiful carvings.

Day 6: Hampi - Badami (180kms)

Start the day with breakfast at the hotel before departing for Badami.
En route, visit the Pattadakal, a UNESCO World Heritage site renowned for its beautifully carved temples dating back to the 7th and 8th centuries.
Stop at Aihole, known as the "Cradle of Indian Architecture," to explore its ancient temples, including the Durga Temple and Lad Khan Temple.
Arrive in Badami and transfer to your hotel for check-in.
Visit the Mahakuta Group of Temples, a cluster of temples known for their unique architecture and serene surroundings.

Day 7: Badami

Start the day with breakfast at the hotel before sightseeing.
Visit the Badami Cave Temples, carved out of sandstone cliffs and adorned with sculptures of Hindu gods and goddesses.
Explore the Badami Fort, perched on a hilltop offering panoramic views of the town and surrounding area.
Visit the Agastya Lake, a picturesque body of water surrounded by temples and rock formations.
Explore the Banashankari Temple, dedicated to Goddess Banashankari and known for its annual fair and vibrant celebrations.
Visit the Archaeological Museum, showcasing artifacts and sculptures from the Chalukyan period.
Explore the Lower and Upper Shivalaya temples, offering stunning views and intricate carvings.
Visit the Bhutanatha Group of Temples, located on the banks of the Agastya Lake, known for their architectural beauty.

Day 8: Badami - Goa (250kms)

Start the day with breakfast at the hotel before departing for Goa. En route, visit the Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary, known for its rich biodiversity and lush greenery. Arrive in Goa and transfer to your hotel for check-in. Relax on one of Goa’s many beautiful beaches and enjoy the vibrant local culture.

Day 9: Goa

Start the day with breakfast at the hotel before sightseeing.
Visit the Basilica of Bom Jesus, a UNESCO World Heritage Site housing the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier.
Explore the Se Cathedral, one of the largest churches in Asia, known for its Portuguese-Gothic architecture.
Visit the Aguada Fort, a well-preserved 17th-century fort overlooking the Arabian Sea.
Stroll through the bustling markets of Panaji, the state capital, to experience the local culture and cuisine.
Explore the Mangueshi Temple, one of the largest and most visited temples in Goa, dedicated to Lord Shiva.
Visit the Ancestral Goa Museum, showcasing Goan heritage and traditional lifestyle.
Relax at Calangute Beach, known for its lively atmosphere and water sports activities.

Day 10: Goa

Start the day with breakfast at the hotel before exploring more of Goa. Visit the Church of St. Cajetan, inspired by St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, featuring Corinthian architecture and intricate details. Explore the Shanta Durga Temple, dedicated to the goddess Shanta Durga, known for its beautiful architecture and serene surroundings. Relax at one of Goa’s famous beaches, such as Anjuna or Baga, and enjoy water sports or simply unwind by the sea. Explore the Chapora Fort, offering stunning views of the coastline and surrounding areas. Visit the Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, a haven for bird watchers, located on the western tip of the Chorao Island along the Mandovi River. Enjoy a sunset cruise on the Mandovi River to experience the beautiful Goan landscape from the water.

Day 11: Goa - Departure

Start the day with breakfast at the hotel. Depending on your departure schedule, explore any remaining sights or indulge in some local shopping. Transfer to the airport for your onward journey.

Included/Excluded

  • Assistance on arrival at airport.
  • 10 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.

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