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. (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 Heritage Resort 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 Vivanta by Taj Holiday Village. (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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The Hotel Badami is located 2 kilometres from the railway station and is a short drive from the fabulous cave temples. This simple hotel has 27 air-conditioned rooms; facilities include a swimming pool and a multicuisine restaurant.
Built among 3 hectares of mango and coconut plantations, Heritage Resort Hampi is a modern hotel located just a few kilometres away from the Hampi ruins in a tranquil setting.
Features: 40 rooms, outdoor swimming pool, Wi-Fi, games room, spa, restaurant.
Room amenities: Tea & coffee facilities, minibar, air conditioning, television, safe, hairdryer, en suite...
Set in close proximity to Gol Gumbaz, the 17th-century mausoleum of Sultan Muhammad Adil Shah, Hotel Basava Residency is a tourist class hotel. This modest hotel features simple yet comfortably furnished rooms and suites, all with air conditioning and en suite facilities. The hotel's facilities include a restaurant that serves local as well as international cuisine and a conference room. The hotel does not serve...
Conveniently located in the heart of Gulbarga town centre with easy access to all the tourist sites, Lumbini's Grand is a modest tourist-class hotel offering 378 simply furnished, air-conditioned rooms with en suite facilities. There are three restaurants including a speciality vegetarian restaurant.
Please note that Lumbini's Grand does not serve any alcoholic beverages. This hotel is one of the best available in the region but it should be regarded as...
The Taj Krishna is situated in the Hyderabad’s prestigious Banjara Hills district, and is close to both the business and shopping centres. The hotel has 257 rooms and suites, and facilities include a fitness centre, tennis court, and a swimming pool. Three restaurants offer a choice of Continental, Indian and Chinese cuisine, and the Pastry Shop located off the lobby offers a choice of pastries, cakes and confectionery...
Situated next to Sinquerim Beach, the Taj Holiday Village is spread over 28 acres and built to resemble a Goan-Portuguese village, with terracotta-roofed cottages, landscaped gardens and exotic charm. It is an hour's drive from the airport.
Scattered under palm trees, amidst acres of landscaped gardens, are 56 rustic cottages, which either stand alone or in clusters of 2, 4, 6 or 8, giving a total of 142 rooms, including nine villas. Some cottages are around the swimming pool and restaurants, some offer panoramic sea views and some face the gardens offering privacy and solitude. All have a modern bathroom with a bathtub, DVD player and LCD TV as well as many other modern amenities. Most cottages also have a hammock, garden furniture with parasol and deck chairs.
Restaurant options include beachfront seafood dining, a multi-cuisine restaurant serving Continental, Indian and Goan...
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JOH2017: 12 Nights
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