13 Days Itinerary Covering : Mumbai - Hyderabad - Gulbarga - Bijapur - Badami - Hospet - Hassan - Mysore - Bangalore
Embark on the Deccan Tour to witness for yourself what the region has to offer to its guests. Trailing through some of the most significant ancient cities, the Deccan Tour promises to give to you - a never before travel experience. Therefore from Gulbarga to Badami and from Hospet to Hassan, you will travel to all these places and much more.
The Deccan tour will begin from Mumbai, the financial capital of India. Once a small fishing village, Mumbai is today known as the city that never sleeps! On the first day, you will only arrive in the city and check into the hotel and spend the night in leisure and luxury. On the 2nd day of the trip, you will visit the Gateway of India and from there embark on an excursion to the Elephanta caves. You will also visit the Prince of Wales Museum and the Hanging Gardens to complete your trip in the city.
From Mumbai, travel into the capital city of Andhra Pradesh, Hydearabad and your first destination in the Deccan tour. By the time you will reach this place, it will already be time for lunch and therefore embark on your sightseeing tour around the city post lunch. Visit its attractions like the Mecca Masjid, the Salar Jung Museum, and the Falaknuma Palace.
Located at a distance of about 250 km, Gulbarga is known for the remarkable monuments housed in its midst. Founded by the Bahmani sultans, Gulbarga is best visited for the Jama Masjid, the Sharana Basaveshwara Temple, Sri Sai Baba temple, and Sri Ram Mandir. While traveling from Hyderabad to Gulbarga, you will also be taken to Bidar to visit the Bidar Fort and also the Bahmani tombs.
The drive from Gulbarga to Bijapur takes almost 4 hours. Therefore it is best advised that post-breakfast one should immediately start off the journey so as to reach the place well in time. This ancient city is divided into 3 areas or provinces namely the Cathak, Madash, and Bimanbut. Bijapur is known for its ancient monuments, mostly built around the time when Adil Shah ruled over it. Bijapur is also home to the grand Gol Gumbaz – the second-largest structure in the world to be supported without pillars.
South India is replete with ancient rock cut temples and intricately designed figurines that adorn its interiors as well as the exteriors. One of the foremost names in this list is that of Badami. This place is famous for a number of landmarks that are housed in its midst. The foremost to name in this order are: Dattatreya temple, Bhutanatha temple, Banshankari temple, and the Badami Fort.
Once a capital of the Chalukyas, Badami is a fascinating place to visit and no tour to the Deccan region could be complete without visiting this place. Once you have thoroughly explored this place, you will move on towards Hospet, the next destination of the South India tours. En route, halt at Pattadakal to offer your heartfelt prayers in the temples located here. A fine example of the Chalukyan architectural patterns, the monuments of Pattadakal include the Virupaksha temple, the Sangameshvara temple, the Mallikarjuna temple, and the Kashivishvanatha temple.
Hospet facilitates the sightseeing of Hampi in a major way. Nestled comfortably amidst the ruins of Vijayanagara, Hampi is a sleepy town mostly visited by tourists and devotees for housing the 'Virupaksha' temple. The historical significance of the group of monuments in Hampi has earned it a world heritage site status. After exploring through the length and breadth of Hampi, you will return back to Hospet for an overnight stay.
Post- breakfast leave Hospet for Hassan. The distance between the 2 places is almost 280 km and therefore will take you about 5 – 6 hours to reach there. On arriving in Hassan check into the hotel and retire for the day.
After early morning breakfast, visit Halebid and Belur, the twin towns located in the heart of the Hassan district. Once a capital of the Hoysala Empire, Belur exhibits great examples of Hoysala architecture – rock cut temples with intricate carvings in them. The foremost destination to visit here is the Chennakesava temple that is dedicated to lord Vishnu.
Located at a distance of about 16 km, Halebid also served as a capital to the Hoysala Empire. The Hoysaleswara temple, a world heritage site is the most popular attraction housed within this town.
On the eleventh day of the Deccan Tour, embark on sightseeing trips across the Mysore city. Noted for its festivals, its paintings and also its silks; Mysore is visited by tourists for the aforesaid and much more. Visit the Palace of Tipu Sultan, a marvelous specimen of the 18th century art and crafts of India. After this visit, proceed towards Somnathpur to treat yourself to the architectural marvels of the Hoysala temples housed here.
Post- breakfast you will head towards Bangalore, the last destination in the circuit. By the time you reach here and check into the hotel it will be lunch time. Therefore you can reserve the sightseeing tours in and around the city in the afternoon. The attractions that you can visit while here are: the Vidhan Saudha, the Bangalore Palace and Fort, Cubbon Park, and the Lal Bagh. You will stay in the Bangalore city for the night.
Today morning we shall take you for a tour to Amer Fort, and enjoy the joy ride on Elephant. In the afternoon, enjoy the local sightseeing tour which will cover City Palace, Royal Observatory (Jantar Mantar) and the Bazaar etc. Later relax in your hotel and spend overnight.
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