Explore the striking monuments and intriguing history of the once powerful kingdoms of this region.
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Arrive and transfer to Taj Krishna for 2 nights. (N)
Morning visit to Golconda fort which protected the former capital of seven Qutb Shahi kings from 1518. In the afternoon take a "White Mughals" tour by visiting the most prestigious colonial era buildings in Hyderabad. Visits include Raymond's Tomb, the Holy Trinity Church and the Railway Station. (B)
Visit the ruins of the Bahamani kingdom in Bidar before reaching Lumbini's Grand in Gulbarga for a 1-night stay. Your sightseeing includes Bidar Fort with its imposing bastions; Rangin Mahal, a royal residence with elaborately carved wooden pillars and the Madarasa of Mahmud Gawan. (B)
Take a tour of Gulbarga, which has several grand monuments including Gulbarga fort, the Jami Mosque, which is built along the lines of the great mosque in Cordoba, and the Dargah of Bande Nawaz, a 15th century Sufi saint. Later travel to Bijapur for 2 nights in the Hotel Basava Residency. (B)
Explore Bijapur, home to some of the finest Islamic architecture in the Deccan.
The most striking of Bijapur's monuments is Golgumbaz, a vast whitewashed tomb built for Mohammed Adil Shah who is buried here together with his wife, daughter and favourite court dancer. (B)
Visit the ancient temples at Aihole and Pattadakal. Aihole was the first Chalukyan capital and is regarded the cradle of Indian temple architectural styles. Pattadakal, a world Heritage Centre, has ten major temples representing the early Chalukyan architecture. Stay overnight at the Badami Court. (B)
Visit Badami's rock-cut shrines, carved in the 6th century AD. The four caves overlook a man-made reservoir, with temples dedicated to Shiva and Vishnu dotted along its shores. Continue to Hospet and stay 3 nights at the Orange County Hampi. (B)
Visit the ruins of the Vijayanagar empire at Hampi, which was once the capital of one of the largest Hindu empires in Indian history. All of the superb ruins are set in a strange boulder-strewn landscape interspersed with groves of coconut palms (B)
Drive to Goa and stay 3 nights at Taj Holiday Village Resort & Spa. (B)
Days at leisure. (B)
Transfer to the airport and fly home. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
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