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Remains of a Temple in Hampi

Lost Empire of South & East India

Duration: 17 Days / 16 Nights

Destination Cover: Delhi/Hyderabad/Gulberga/Bijapur/Badami/Hospet/Hyderabad/Bhubhaneshwar/Konark/Puri

Spiritual Golden Triangle covers all the major pilgrimage destinations of North India like Vrindavan, Haridwar and Rishikesh where Krishna consciousness and Ganga bath enliven the spirit. Besides the tour also takes you to the most fascinating city of Jaipur and Agra where you can unfold the great historical past of India.
Day 1 - Delhi
Arrive Delhi International Airport in the morning. Our guide then drive you to the hotel. While driving to the hotel in Delhi, watch out for the amalgamation of urban and rural lifestyle in Delhi. Though it is a metropolitan city but it is a very common sight to see the milkman carrying milk to provide supplies to the Urban folks. On arrival, check into the hotel. A warm welcome at the hotel follows with very sumptuous meals. Later in the evening, we take you for shopping in Cannaught Place and board metro train for reaching Cannaught Place. Shop till you drop as this markets has all varieties of jeweleries and curios. Next we drive you back to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 2 - Delhi Sightseeing
Raj Ghat DelhiThis day is kept for sightseeing of Delhi. We start our tour with Qutub Minar - the tallest brick minaret in the world and see this monument from very close quarters. As we continue with our drive we reach Lotus temple where you get to spend some time in the silence of the temple. We then drive you straight to Humayun's tomb – another architectural marvel of India. Our next destination is Akshardam temple – a newly constructed majestic temple now considered as the best contribution of modern art. Having fully explored the temple, we drive pass through Rashtrapati Bhawan. Bypass the sprawling gardens of President's House and reach India Gate. By now it is lunch time ans so we take a quick break after which we resume sightseeing of Delhi. This time we start with Raj Ghat – the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi. We then drive you straight to Old Delhi for a rickshaw ride in Chadni Chowk. Shop in the busy markets of Chadni Chowk. Lastly, before returning to hotel, we take you to Red Fort where a light and sound show fascinates everyone there. The night's rest is at the hotel.
Day 3 - Delhi – Hyderabad
Morning, after breakfast we take you to the airport for boarding a flight to Hyderabad. On arrival, check in your hotel and later join in for a sumptuous lunch. Evenings will be occupied in quenching your shopping delight. Buy for rare and genuine pearls from the famous shops of Hyderabad as the city is world famous far its real pearl market. Your can also choose metal ware items for your house decoration or pick some Lac bangles studded with mirrors and beads just fabulous for your wrist. There are also other items like Meenakari that will take to your fancy. Return back to the hotel for overnight rest.
Day 4 - Hyderabad Sightseeing
Charminar HyderabadThis day is kept for full day city tour of Hyderabad. Morning after breakfast, we take you to Charminar. Watch out for this massive structure as it is built at the middle of four roads that race toward its four cardinal directions. Previously, this place was used as a school and for prayers at the mosque. We continue with our tour and visit Mecca Masjid – very close to Charminar. It is a grand edifice that is capable of accommodating ten thousand men. So, once in the mosque take pictures of this huge platform. We also take you to other mosques like the Jami Masjid and the Toli Masjid. Watch out for its large collection of antiques at Salarjung Museum as this museum is known to have preserved some the best antiques of the world. Evenings are booked for Golconda Fort – a massive fort structure, you will be absolutely amazed to see the security system of the fort. Watch the Light and Sound Show inside the fort premises that will take you to the glorious days of the rulers of Hyderabad. Return back to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 5 - Hyderabad – Gulberga (214 km)
Gulbarga town is the best amalgam of Hindu and Muslim and is located in the northern extreme of Karnataka. Just after breakfast in the morning, we drive you to Gulberga en routing Bidar. Bidar is the capital of Brahmani Kingdom and has a splendid fort that houses Rangin Mahal, Gangan Mahal and Takhat Mahal. As we keep driving towards Gulberga we reach by late afternoon. In Gulberga, the Gulberga Fort is of prime importance and is the major attraction of the place. We also drive you to Khwaza Bande Nawaz Dargah – the venue of annual Urs is attended by nearly a thousand people. Don't miss to pray in the Dargah as it is said that by praying here we get all your wishes fulfilled. In the evening, we take you to Jumma Masjid – a huge fort with stilled domes and narrow entrances. Night is at a hotel in Gulberga.
Day 6 - Gulberga – Bijapur
Morning we drive you to Bijapur – previously the capital of Adilshashi dynasty. On arrival, check into hotel. Rest for a while and then we take you for a sightseeing tour of Bijapur. During our sightseeing we won't the miss the 16th century Bijapur Castle. This castle is located next to a wildlife sanctuary. So we also arrange for a jungle safari tour of the sanctuary that allows you to sight leopards, wild boar, blue bulls and spotted deer. Later, we bring you back to the hotel for overnight stay.
Day 7 - Bijapur
Gol Gumbaz at BijapurMorning, after breakfast, we start sightseeing of Bijapur. We first drive to Gol Gumbaz - the second largest tomb of the world. Capture the majestic tomb in your cameras. The pictures of this majestic tomb would not be enough as we then bring you to Ibrahim Roza – a beautiful tomb famous for its fascinating corridors. Next, we drive you to Jama Masjid and Gagal Mahal – two very impressive monuments built by the Mughal dynasty. Taj Bawdi – a water tank that has attractive scenic beauty, comes as the next excitement. Here, indulge in bird watching and then we take you to a very fascinating attraction of Bijapur - the Malik – E – Maidan - that is actually a medieval cannon 14-ft long and weighing 55 tons. Touch the cannon and make a wish and it is sure to come true. This is the legend of this cannon. Later return back to the hotel for overnight stay.
Day 8 - Bijapur – Badami
Morning, we drive you to Badami and on arrival check into a hotel. Have lunch and rest for a while. In the afternoon, we take you to Bhutanatha temple - 5th century CE shrine on the lakeside. We then drive you to Badami Fort. The ramparts of this fort has a huge granary and offers a panoramic view of the city below. So, have a gasping view of the city and walk into the granary to understand the way grains were stored during the medieval days. Having visited these destinations, return back to the hotel for the night's rest.
Day 9 - Badami
jain Statue Temple BadamiMorning we take you to the Cave Temples of Badami. This place is famous for its famous rock cut caves replete with carved pillars and bracket figures. Three of the temples are Brahmanical temples and the forth is Jain temple. Explore these temples and experience the magical serenity of the temples. We also take you to the Agasthya-Tirtha Lake located between the cave temples. Take a bath in the lake as this lake is known for its healing powers. Bhoothanatha and Malegitti Temples are our next destination. Here, the pillared hallway is ornamented with exquisite artwork and is the major attraction of this place. Return back to the hotel for overnight rest.
Day 10 - Badami – Hospet
Morning we take you to the Archaeological museum of Badami. Watch out for the various galleries of the museum where the masterpieces of collection include Lajja Gouri, animal figures, sculptures, inscriptions and figures of Siva and Bhairavi. We then drive you to Hospet – once the seat of power of Vijayanagar Empire and now a small town of Northern Karnataka. On arrival, check into the hotel. Night is at the hotel in Hospet.
Day 11 - Hospet - Hampi – Hospet
Virupaksha Temple Hampi
Morning we take you for sightseeing of Hampi. This place is recently declared as a world Heritage site for its ruins of erstwhile medieval Hindu Kingdom of Vijaynagar. Here, we take you to Virupaksha Temple – famous for its 120 ft tall tower, Ugra Narasimha – a tall monolith, Vithala Temple – with 56 musical pillars. We also take you to the temple of Malyavanta Raghunathaswamy. Watch out for this temple as it is built in Dravidian Style. Later, we drive you to the House of Victory and Hazara Ramaswami Temple – famous for the series of scenes on its inside walls from the Ramayana epic. In the evening, we drive you back to Hospet. On arrival, check into the hotel for overnight stay.
Day 12 - Hospet – Hyderabad
Morning, after breakfast, we take you for sightseeing of Hospet - another archaeologically prominent site in proximity to Hapi. In Hospet the Chitradurga and Harihar villages are of prime importance. In Chitradurga we take you to the Fort of Seven Rounds. Watch this impregnable fort that is a military stronghold. We then drive you to Harihar village famous for the Hidimbeshwara Temple and the shrine of Goddess Uchchangtamma. In evening driving to the Railway Station of Hospet to board train for Hyderabad. Night is in the train.
Day 13 - Hyderabad – Bhubhaneshwar
Mukteswar temple - BhubaneswarMorning we reach Hyderabad and on arrival we take you to a restaurant for refreshment where you also get to try special cuisine of Hyderabad. Later, we drive you to the airport to board flight for Bhubhaneshwar. On arrival, check into the hotel and take rest. In the evening, we take you to Bhubhaneshwar State Museum that has preserved the ancient and rural remains of Orissa. Walk through all its galleries so as to understand the richness of Orissa. Later, we take you for shopping in Bhubhaneshwar. The government emporiums like Utkalika are the best from where you can buy Orissa Handicrafts Items, Tussar Silk and Gold Embroidery. After the shopping spree, we return back to the hotel for the night's rest.
Day 14 - Bhubhaneshwar
Morning, we take you for sightseeing of Bhubaneshwar. Bhubaneshwar being the land of temples is an exciting place for temple tour. We first take you to Lingaraj Temple, Mukteswar Temple and Parsurameswar Temple. Walk inside these temples and experience the sanctity of these temples. After the temple visit we engage in a luncheon. Then we start for a drive to Atri – famous for its Sulphur spring that is known to have medicinal powers. It is said a bath in the hot spring cures all diseases and ailments. We then continue with our drive so as to reach Khandagiri and Udaygiri – famous for its rock cut temples and now a famous World Heritage Site. Here, take pictures of the caves following which we take you to Dauli Hill that reminisces the memories of Kalinga war. Night is at the hotel.
Day 15 - Bhubhaneshwar - Konark – Puri
Jagannath_temple_puriMorning we drive you to Konark where you get to see the world famous Sun temple shaped in the form of a chariot and rested on huge carved wheels or Chakars. The best thing about this temple is the erotic sculptors ingrained on its walls. Another feature that attracts tourists to this temple is that the temple is designed in a way that it does not cast its shadow even in bright Sunlight. Once into this temple, look out for the huge elephants cut out of stones that further magnifies the temples beauty. We then take you to Konark beach where you can enjoy the cool breeze, walk on its beach and sight the glorious setting of the sun. Later, resume back to your journey as we drive you to Puri. On arrival, check in a hotel close to Puri Beach. Night is at the hotel in Puri.
Day 16 - Puri
Early morning, get to the beach of Puri where you get to see the Sunrise. The sight is breathtaking. Return back to the hotel for breakfast. Then visit Lord Jagannath Temple. This temple is the most pious temple of the Hindus and entering into its sanctums will surely make you feel blessed. Another great event of this temple is the Rath Yatra and visiting Puri during the Yatra is especially auspicious as you get to participate in the Yatra. Return back to the hotel for lunch. After lunch go to the beaches of Puri and engage yourself in adventure sports. Swimming, Para Gliding, Surfing, Scuba Diving are very common activities and apart from it you can also have sunbath. Spend time till evening on the beach and watch the sunset at Puri Beach. Also shop for handicraft items from the shops lined up on the beaches in the evening. Then return back to the hotel for overnight rest.
Day 17 - Puri - Bhubhaneshwar - Delhi – onwards
Morning, after breakfast, get ready for leaving Puri. We drive you to Bhubhaneshwar airport. On arrival board flight for Delhi. As the flight lands on IGI airport of Delhi, our representatives take you to the International airport from the domestic airport. Here, you board the flight back home. Our services end with your departure.

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