KARNATAKA GALLIVANT BUDGET TOUR PACKAGE
10 Nights / 11 Days
Tour south central India with stopovers in some great tourist highlight spots - steeped in ancient history, Gulbarga and Bijapur offer some off-the-beaten-path monuments while the hills of Hassan and Mysore provide a respite from the heat of the plains, Badami and Hospet have great caves and rock walls to explore. One state with a lot of diversity - from the rural areas to busy metropolis' - gallavanting around Karnataka has never been so much fun!
Itinerary Route: Hyderabad - Gulbarga - Bijapur - Badami - Hospet - Hassan - Mysore - Bangalore
Day 1: Hyderabad Arrival
You will be greeted by a Tour Packages India Representative and then driven to your hotel where you'll spend the next two nights. Spend the evening in leisure.
Day 2: Hyderabad
Spend the day sightseeing. Hyderabad has a rich history and some exquisite architecture such as the famous Charminar - the iconic Hyderabad monument, the Mecca Masjid - one of the biggest and oldest mosques in the country, the Golconda Fort - with a 10 km boundary wall, the Birla Mandir - on top of Naubat Pahad Mountain affording great views of the city
Day 3: Hyderabad to Gulburga via Bidar (214 km / 5 hour drive)
Bidar (elev. 2,200 ft) rests on a plateau overlooking the Manjira River Valley. Home to the largest Sikh temple in Karnataka, its main attraction is the Bidar Fort built in the 8th century. Another site of interest is the Madrassa of Mahmud Gawan and the Chowbara, which is a 71 foot-tall tower located in the center of town from where one can see the entire city. After your Bidar visit, continue on to Gulbarga where you'll spend the night.
Day 4: Gulbarga to Bijapur (140 km / 3 hour drive)
Spend the morning touring Gulbarga stopping off at the Indo-Saracenic style tomb of the great Sufi saint, Khwaja Bande Nawaz Dargah. Also view the famous Gulbarga Fort before continuing on Bijapur
Day 5: Bijapur to Badami (135 km / 3 hour drive)
Take the morning to tour Bijapur - see the Gol Gumbaz with the largest dome next to St. Peter's Basilica in Rome and visit the Whispering Gallery, visit Malik-e-Maidan (The Monarch of the Plains) - the largest medieval cannon in the world weighing 55 tons with a nozzle fashioned after a lion's head, see Gagan Mahal - the Sky Palace, and the 85-foot tall Lord Shiva Statue. Later, drive to Badami where you'll spend the night.
Day 6: Badami to Hospet (190 km / 4 hour drive)
Take the morning to tour Badami.. Pay a visit to the spectacular Badami Caves with their intricate carvings. These ancient caves house the magnificent images and sculptures of Hindu and Jain Gods while also forming an important pilgrimage destination. The exquisite architectural work has made this one of the most popular tourist attractions in Karnataka. Also take time to explore other parts of Badami such as the Badami Fort and Agasthya Tirtha, an artificial lake. After touring Badami, continue on to Hospet.
Day 7: Hospet/Hampi
Hampi is the medieval capital of the Hindu empire Vijayanagara (the City of Victory). With more than 500 monuments dotting the surrounding area, Hampi occupies a place among UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Included are beautiful temples, basement of palaces, remains of aquatic structures, ancient market streets, royal pavilions, bastions, royal platforms, treasury buildings plus many more.
Day 8: Hospet to Hassan (262 km / 6 hour drive)
Spend the morning driving to Hassan where you'll spend the night. Take a tour of Belur and Halebid, home to more exquisitely carved temples from the 12th and 13th centuries. Belur is famous for its Hoysala architecture - the Temple of Lord Channakeshava is embellished with carvings that have few equals in the world. The front of the temple is adorned with intricate sculptures, friezes with elephants, sensuous dancers and episodes from the epics.
Day 9: Hassan to Mysore (140 km / 4 hour drive)
Driive down to Mysore - the capital city of Karnataka which has always enchanted with its quaint charm, rich heritage, magnificent palaces, beautifully laid-out gardens, imposing buildings, broad shady avenues and sacred temples. There's an old world charm about the city that brings tourists back year after year. Spend the afternoon sightseeing making Mysore Palace your first stop. Built in Indo-Saracenic style with domes, turrets, arches and colonnades, the palace is a treasure house of exquisite carvings and works of art from different parts of the globe. Try to arrange to be there on Sunday when the Palace lights up at night with 97,000 light bulbs!
Day 10: Mysore
A tour of the city "don't miss" is St. Philomena's Church - one of the largest cathedrals in India and constructed in medieval architectural style. Also, Jaganmohan Palace - another favorite - was converted into an art gallery in 1875 and exhibits paintings which date back to that period. The artists of that time used natural vegetable and mineral dyes and the famous traditional Mysore 'gold leaf ' paintings are also exhibited in the gallery. Take a trip up Chamundi Hill to view the grande monolithic bull statue, Nandi, as well as the 2,000 year old Chamundi Hill Temple. A 7-story, 40 meter high tower dominates the temple and offers panoramic views of the city. Spend the night.
Day 11: Mysore to Bangalore for Departure
You'll be driven up to Bangalore to your point of departure.
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