Southern India Package - IOYO 52

07 Nights / 08 Days) Hyderabad - Gulbarga - Bijapur - Badami - Hospet - Goa

Day 01:- Hyderabad
Arrive Hyderabad and transfer to hotel. Afternoon visit the city. Visit Charminar - Rectangular Four Arched Monumental Gate often described as the -The Arch of Triumph of the East, The Mecca Mosque & visit the Salar Jung Museum - one man collection of Manuscripts, ancient weapons, costumes & curios. Visit the High Court buildings. Overnight Hyderbaad.

Day 02: Hyderabad Gulbarga
Morning drive to Gulbarga via Bidar. In Bidar visit the Fortress and its Palace, Mosques, a Madarsa or college and the royal tomb (Rangin Mahal). Arrive Gulbarga. Gulbarga was the capital of the Bahamani rulers from 1347 to 1428. The main attractions are the monuments belonging to the erstwhile Bahamani rulers. Gulbarga fort has 15 towers. The fort includes the Jama Masjid, said to have been built by a Moorish architect from Spain in the late 14th century on the lines of the great Cordoba Mosque in southern Spain. Other places of interest within the town are the imposing tombs of the Bahamani rulers, the Haft Gumbaz, the tomb of Khwaja Bande Nawaz (an important local Muslim saint) and the Sharana Basaveshwara temple. Overnight Gulbarga.

Day 03:- Gulbarga Bijapur
Morning drive to Bijapur. Bijapur was the capital of the Adil Shahi kings who have left a wealth of monuments. The most famous is the Gol Gumbaz whose dome is the second largest in the world. An acoustical phenomenon has resulted in a whisper into the dome on one side being magnified 12 times on the other side of the dome. Other buildings to see are Ibrahim Rauza, Gagan Mahal, Bara Kaman etc. Overnight Bijapur.

Day 04:- Bijapur Badami
Morning drive to Badami. Visit the Badami caves. Also known as Vatapi is rich with Hindu and Jain temples carved out of sand stone hills. The carved temples date back to the 6th century. Of these, three are Hindu and one Jain. Sculptured out of solid rock they are adorned with carvings. The Fort, on top of a hill encloses large granaries, treasury and a watch tower. The Malegitti Shivalaya temple set on the summit of a hill is built of stones without mortar. Overnight Badami.

Day 05:- Badami
Full day extrusion of Aihole and Pattadkal temple complexes. Aihole is the cradle of stone temple architecture of the southern Dravida School. The oldest temple, Lad Khan goes back to the 5th century A.D. There are 70 temples in this group. The Durga temple is noted for its sculptures. The Meguti temple is built of 630 small stone blocks. The Ravanaphadi Cave has some beautiful carvings. Pattadakal, referred to as Petrigal, reached its pinnacle of glory under the Chalukya kings from 7th to 9th centuries. The oldest in this group is the Sanghameswara Temple. The Mallikarjuna Temple has pillars depicting life of Krishna. Virupaksha temple has sculptures and panel scenes from the epics, the Ramayana and Mahabharata. The Papanatha Temple has impressive carvings on pillars and ceiling. Overnight Badami.

Day 06:- Badami Hospet
Morning drive to Hospet. Overnight Hospet.

Day 07:- Hospet

Full day excursion of of Hampi. The once beautiful capital city of Vijayanagar Empire - greater than Rome, had palaces, temples & sculptures, spread all over. The city was razed to the ground by the Sultanates of South in 1565. Some of the interesting ruins remaining are the Virupaksha, Vittala & Hazara Rama temples huge Ganesha and Narasimha images, the elephant stables, the Queen's Bath, carvings on the Ramachandra temple & Lotus Mahal. Overnight Hospet.

Day 08:- Hospet Londa Goa
Morning transfer to railway station to board the train to Goa. Arrive Goa. End of our services.