Explore the striking monuments and intriguing history of the once powerful kingdoms of this region.
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Fly to Hyderabad. (N)
The city still embodies a culture of gracious living, gourmet cooking and stylish dressing, visible in the lifestyles of the Nawabs of the Deccan, descendants of the Nizam whose wealth once made him the richest man in the world. Arrive and transfer to Taj Falaknuma Palace for 2 nights. (N)
Morning visit to Golconda fort, the capital of seven Qutb Shahi kings from 1518, which protects the eighty-two beautiful Qutub Shahi Tombs set amid peaceful gardens. Afternoon visit to the museum and labyrinthine streets of Lad bazaar with its array of wedding bangles, rosewater, herbs and spices, silver work, antiques, fabrics and pearls. (B)
Visit the ruins of the Bahamani kingdom in Bidar before reaching the Sun International hotel in Gulbarga, the first capital of the Bahami Kingdom from 1347 to 1525. (B)
Take a tour of Gulbarga, which has several grand monuments including Gulbarga fort, a magnificent structure with 15 towers and 26 guns, 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. Drive to Bijapur for 2 nights in the Madhuvan hotel. (B)
Explore Bijapur, home to some of the finest Islamic architecture in the Deccan. Golgumbaz, the most famous and striking of Bijapur's monuments, was 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. Stay overnight at the Badami Court hotel in Badami, a small rural town set in beautiful countryside. (B)
Visit Badami's rock-cut shrines which originate from the 6th century. Continue to Hospet and stay 3 nights at the Royal Orchid Central. (B)
Visit the ruins of the Vijayanagar empire at Hampi. The surreal boulder-strewn landscape, on the southern banks of the Tungabhadra river, is dotted with the impressive ruins of more than 500 monuments, including beautiful temples. The fortification's walls enclose magnificent palaces, royal apartments and treasury buildings. Enjoy walks amid the palace complexes and breath taking views from the hilltop shrines. (B)
Drive to Goa and stay 3 nights at Vivanta by Taj Holiday Village. (B)
At leisure. (B)
Fly, via Mumbai, to London. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
Based in 4- or 5-star accommodation, or the best available elsewhere.
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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.
The Hotel Sun International is a modest tourist class hotel in Gulbarga. All guestrooms are air conditioned, have private en suite facilities and are simply furnished. Facilities at the hotel include a dining room that serves Indian food and a bar on the lower ground floor that is hugely popular with the local population, but restricted to male guests staying at the hotel.
This hotel is one of the best available in this region; however, it should be regarded as simple and...
The Hotel Madhuvan International is located on the station road with a view of the monumental Gol Gumbaz. The hotel has 36 guest-rooms with cable television, telephone, air-conditioning and en-suite bathroom. Services include 24-hour room service, restaurant, bar, coffee shop, internet access and currency...
The Royal Orchid Central, Kireeti, a modern contemporary style hotel is set in the town of Hospet, a short drive away from the historic ruins of Hampi. The 135 rooms and suites are tastefully decorated and comfortably furnished with all essential modern conveniences. The hotel offers a choice of dining options including a coffee shop that serves international delicacies and a speciality restaurant serving oriental cuisine. Other facilities at the hotel include a bar, swimming pool, spa and fitness...
A rare blend of Italian and Tudor architecture, Taj Falaknuma Palace was originally the royal guesthouse of Nizam of Hyderabad. Ten years of sensitive restoration have converted the property into a palatial luxury hotel. The hotel features 60 stylish rooms and suites overlooking the gardens and two speciality restaurants, an outdoor pool and luxurious Jiva...
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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