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$900 Multi-day & Extended Tours

6 Night Expedition of the Bewitching Ruins of Hampi

Day 1 – Chitradurga, impregnable fort 7AM- We will reach Chitradurga after a drive of 3.5 hours. The fort has seven concentric fortification walls, 19 gateways, 38 posterior entrances, 35 secret pathways, four invisible passages, water tanks and 2000 watch towers! Post lunch, we leave for Hampi and check in to our hotel by late evening.Day 2 – Bear Sanctuary Hampi We will head towards the Royal structures of Hampi. Over the next couple of hours we will explore the courts and military structures of the once mighty Vijayanagar Empire. Post lunch visit a fascinating sanctuary for the Indian Sloth Bear at Daroji. Spread over 5500 hectares Daroji Bear Sanctuary is home to 150 Bears and other animals like  Leopards, Hyena, Jackals, Wild boars and many birds. Day 3  Sacred & Royal Trails in Hampi We spend the day walking around the sacred area along the Tungabhadra River. We will experience beautiful temples and market places which were built by Vijaynagara Kings to carry on commerce and trade.  Day 4 – Kishkinda (Ramayana) TrailToday we start early at daybreak at 545 am. We ride to Anjanadri hill, the birth place of  Lord Hanuman,  for a  glorious sunrise. After breakfast we visit Kishkinda, the legendary monkey kingdom mentioned in the great epic The Ramayana. Our guide will tell us stories and legends pertaining to the places we visit.Day 5 – Badami, Aihole & PattadakalOur destination will be the legendary cave temples built by the Chalukyas at Badami, Aihole and Pattadakal. Dating back to the 6th century, these are considered one of the best remnants of temple art in India. After breakfast we do 150 KMs to the erstwhile capital of the Chalukya Kings,  Badami. Located in a ravine at the foot of red sandstone hills Badami looks mesmerizing surrounded by the Agastya lake.  We ride from Badami to Aihole, located 34 KMs away. There are more than a hundred stone temples from 5th century onwards to see.  After Aihole, we move to Pattadakal located 14 KMs away. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is an epitome of the Visara style of architecture.  Day 6 – Village experience in Badami & Hampi tourWe spend the day at a leisurely pace around the  villages surrounding the ruins of Hampi. We will ride on bikes and bullock carts as we explore lakes, canals and Iron age cave paintings in Anegundi village and other parts of the countryside. You will also be able to look at the local handicrafts which keeps the livelihood going for these folks. Day 7 – Bangalore9AM- We commence the final leg of this tour after breakfast and drive 340 KMs.  We would reach Bangalore by 6 PM. End of Tour.

$125 Cultural & Theme Tours

Explore Badami, Aihole and Pattadakal from Hospet with brunch

You will be picked up from your hotel in the morning for the 3-hour drive to the town of Badami, situated at a distance of 80 miles from Hospet.Upon arrival in Badami, take brunch (beverage excluded) at a local restaurant. After brunch start your tour of the Cave Temples. The caves are situated on sandstone hills that surround Lake Agastya. There are four cave temples that are inter-connected through flights of stairs. The first cave temple is dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva, the second and third temples are of the Hindu God Vishnu and the fourth cave temple is dedicated to Lord Mahavira, the founder of Jainism. After the cave temples, visit the nearby Banashankari temple that dates back to the 7th century A.D.Next drive to the historic site of Aihole. Situated at a distance of 20 miles from Badami, the drive to Aihole takes around an hour. Aihole has over 120 stone and cave temples that range from the 4th to the 12th century A.D. Of these, around 100 temples are dedicated to Hindu Gods and the remaining are Jain or Buddhist temples. Climb up the Meguti Hill and visit the ancient Jain temple there. Next visit the 6th century rock-cut Hindu temple of Ravana Phadi. You can see the remains of stunning paintings on the ceiling and some great sculptures as you explore this cave temple. After Ravana Phadi cave temple, visit a few other ancient temples of the area before continuing your drive to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Pattadakal.The drive from Aihole to Pattadakal takes around half an hour. The temples of Pattadakal represent the peak of Chalukyan architecture and are a fusion of the North Indian Nagara and the South Indian Dravidian styles. There are a series of nine Hindu temples. The most prominent amongst them is the Temple of Virupaksha. This temple was built in the 8th century A.D. by Queen Lokamahadevi to commemorate her husband’s victory over the Pallava Kings of South India. The temple has intricate carvings and inscriptions and contains several beautiful sculptures of Hindu Gods. A Jain sanctuary is also present in Pattadakal.At the end of the tour you will be driven back to Hospet and dropped off at your hotel.

$94 Cultural & Theme Tours

Explore Badami, Aihole and Pattadakal from Hospet

You will be picked up from your hotel in the morning for the 3-hour drive to the town of Badami, situated at a distance of 80 miles from Hospet.Upon arrival in Badami, take brunch (own expense) at a local restaurant. After brunch start your tour of the Cave Temples. The caves are situated on sandstone hills that surround Lake Agastya. There are four cave temples that are inter-connected through flights of stairs. The first cave temple is dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva, the second and third temples are of the Hindu God Vishnu and the fourth cave temple is dedicated to Lord Mahavira, the founder of Jainism. After the cave temples, visit the nearby Banashankari temple that dates back to the 7th century A.D.Next drive to the historic site of Aihole. Situated at a distance of 20 miles from Badami, the drive to Aihole takes around an hour. Aihole has over 120 stone and cave temples that range from the 4th to the 12th century A.D. Of these, around 100 temples are dedicated to Hindu Gods and the remaining are Jain or Buddhist temples. Climb up the Meguti Hill and visit the ancient Jain temple there. Next visit the 6th century rock-cut Hindu temple of Ravana Phadi. You can see the remains of stunning paintings on the ceiling and some great sculptures as you explore this cave temple. After Ravana Phadi cave temple, visit a few other ancient temples of the area before continuing your drive to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Pattadakal.The drive from Aihole to Pattadakal takes around half an hour. The temples of Pattadakal represent the peak of Chalukyan architecture and are a fusion of the North Indian Nagara and the South Indian Dravidian styles. There are a series of nine Hindu temples. The most prominent amongst them is the Temple of Virupaksha. This temple was built in the 8th century A.D. by Queen Lokamahadevi to commemorate her husband’s victory over the Pallava Kings of South India. The temple has intricate carvings and inscriptions and contains several beautiful sculptures of Hindu Gods. A Jain sanctuary is also present in Pattadakal.At the end of the tour you will be driven back to Hospet and dropped off at your hotel

$453 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Private 5 days Hampi Badami and Aihole Tour from Goa

Day 01: Goa – Hospet At 8.00 am you would be picked up by our driver from your booked hotel in Goa. Board the air-conditioned car and leave for Hospet. The Goa to Hospet journey by road takes 8 hours. On arrival, you will be dropped at the booked hotel; check-in and enjoy an overnight stay.Day 02: Hospet – Hampi - HospetStart your day with delicious buffet breakfast at the hotel and then leave for Hampi with our private car with driver. Enjoy the journey from Hospet to Hampi located 12 kms away. Hampi will spellbind you with its glittering monuments at Vijaynagar Kingdom. You will find interesting things to see like the King’s balance scale where kings used to be weighed against the gold or grain, Queen’s Bath, Lotus Mahal, Elephant Stable, ancient temples and impressive monoliths.After the day tour you will be driven back to Hospet followed by a drop at the hotel.Day 03: Hospet – Badami Have breakfast and then we will continue our trip by going to the next destination, Badami. You will be transferred to Badami by an air-conditioned chauffeur driven car. On reaching, check-in at the hotel and get ready for the visit to ancient cave temples. The temples built in 6th century  are dedicated to Lord Shiva and Vishnu. The visit will complete by evening after which you will be dropped back at the hotel in Badami for overnight stay.Day 04: Excursion to Pattadakal and Aihole The day will be for same day trip to Aihole via Pattadkal. Aihole is known for cluster of ancient temples built close to each other. Some of the prominent temples are Durga temple, Ravala Phadi Cave Temple and Hutchmalli temple. Next, visit to Pattadkal is marked by ‘Group of Monuments’ comprising 10 Hindu and Jain temples. The temples are covered under UNESCO World Heritage sites. After the visits, drop back at hotel in Badami for overnight stay.Day 05: Badami - GoaHave breakfast and then check-out from the hotel. You will be transferred safely to Goa airport, which would be around 6 hours drive. Your Goa to Hampi tour with Badami and Aihole will hereby terminate.Important: In case of unavailability at specified hotel, we would offer an alternate hotel in similar category