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Diamonds & Dynasties of Southern India (14 Days)

This historic tour will begins in imperial heritage city Hyderabad. Travel from this Islamic pocket in southern India to the intrinsically Hindu collection of temples at Badami, Aihole, Pattadakal, Hampi and the ancient Vijayanagar Empire to see some of India's most intricate historical stone carvings. Unwind awhile in Goa renowned for its endless beaches, places of worship and world heritage architecture. Witness the magic of Bollywood city Mumbai.

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$3,148

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Duration

14 days

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  • What's included :
    • 13x Breakfast
    • Accommodation included: 13 nights
    • Garland welcome and assistance of our office representative at airport
    • 13 Night accommodation in selected price category hotels or similar.
    • Deluxe Air-conditioned private vehicle from arrival till departure as per tour program
    • Monuments entrances and activities charges mentioned in the itinerary.
    • Applicable GST (Government taxes)
    • Bottled drinking water in car
    • Entry/Admission - Golconda Fort
    • Entry/Admission - Charminar
    • Entry/Admission - Salarjung Museum
    • Entry/Admission - Bidar Fort
    • Entry/Admission - Bahmani Tombs
    • Entry/Admission - Fort Bijapur
    • Entry/Admission - Gol Gumbaz
    • Entry/Admission - Group of Monuments in Pattadakal
    • Entry/Admission - Aihole
    • Entry/Admission - Badami Fort
    What's excluded :
    • Goa – Mumbai flight fare approx INR 5500 per person.
    • Meals other than mentioned in inclusions.
    • Expenses of personal nature like liquor, laundry, tips, telephone, fax, internet etc.
    • Anything not mentioned in inclusions.

  • Day 1: Hyderabad

    Pass By: Hyderabad, Hyderabad, Hyderabad District, Telangana
    On arrival at Hyderabad airport meet with our office executive assistance and transfer to hotel (hotels check in/ out time 1200hr afternoon, early check in subject to rooms availability). Rest time free for personal activities relax.

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: Overnight at hotel.

    Day 2: Hyderabad

    Pass By: Hyderabad, Hyderabad, Hyderabad District, Telangana
    Breakfast at hotel, explore this wondrous capital, a 400 year-old metropolitan city teeming with bustling-bazaars and Muslim monuments.

    Stop At: Golconda Fort, Ibrahim Bagh, Hyderabad 500008 India
    Visit Golconda Fort - renowned for its diamond mines that have given the world the famous Kohinoor and Darya-i-noor diamonds. The ancient fort complex of Golconda will charm you with its history, tinged with legends and anecdotes. Qutubshahi Tombs - the tombs differ in size but all are comparable to each other in architectural grandeur and beauty.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Charminar Road Char Lamar, Hyderabad 500002 India
    Charminar - built in 1591 by Mohammed Quli Qutub Shah, the fifth sultan of the Qutub Shahi dynasty of India. There are varying legends as to why he built the magnificent structure. One account says that the sultan built it in honor of his wife, Bhagyamathi (or Bhagmathi), together with the construction of Hyderabad itself.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Salarjung Museum, Osman Shahi, Gowliguda Kaman, Gowliguda, Hyderabad, Telangana 500024, India
    Salarjung Museum (Friday closed) - a treat for tourists, famous for having the largest antiques collection. Artefacts dating back to the first century can be found here. Established in 1951. Chowmohalla Palace (Friday closed) - once regarded as the center of Hyderabad, the magnificent Chowmahalla Palace was the seat of the Asaf Jahi dynasty where the Nizams entertained their official guests and royal visitors. Purani Haveli (Friday closed) - located to the the south of Salar Jung Museum, is the sprawling Haveli, built by the second Nizam for his son in 1777. A 240-foot long wooden chamber with some 150 walk-in-cupboards, arguably the world’s largest wardrobe.
    Duration: 3 hours

    Stop At: Birla Mandir, Naubath Pahad Kala Pahad, Nr. Hussainsagar Lake, Hyderabad 500004 India
    Birla Mandir - dedicated to the supreme incarnation of Lord Vishnu, Lord Venkateshwara. This temple’s marvellous beauty leaves you awestruck as does the legend associated with the God. A blend of various types of architectural styles, this temple is made of 200 tonnes of pure white Rajasthani marble.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at hotel.

    Day 3: Hyderabad - Bidar – Gulbarga (250kms/ 5hrs)

    Pass By: Bidar, Bidar, Bidar District, Karnataka
    Breakfast at hotel, drive to Gulbarga en route visiting Bidar.

    Stop At: Bidar Fort, Bidar India
    Bidar Fort - one of the magnificent forts in Karnataka built during the reign of the Western Chalukya dynasty which was established in 977 AD at Kalyani. The Bidar fort is a specimen of the Persian architectural style having 1.21 km in length and 0.80 km in breadth, with a quadrangular layout. Surrounded by three miles long walls and comprising 37 bastions, it is surrounded by a triple moat. There are seven gates in the fort.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Mahamud Gawan Madrasa, Centre Of The City, Bidar India
    Mahmud Gawan Madarsa - one of the major historical a beautiful structure situated between the Fort and Chaubara Clock Tower, an old Islamic university built by Khwaza Mahmud Gawan in 1472. Mahmud Gawan was a Persian merchant who arrived in the Bahamani Sultanate at around 1453 AD. Due to his honesty, simplicity and knowledge he impressed the Bahamani Kings. He ultimately reached to the post of prime minister and was much respected among the local population.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Bahmani Tombs, Ashtoor 4 Km From Bidar, Bidar India
    Bahmani Tombs - located at Ashtur are other important historical monuments in Bidar, after the Fort. The 12 tombs of Bahmani Sultans are located in the same compound. They are huge structures with beautiful arches, niches and lofty domes. Among all the tombs of Ahmad Shah Wali is most popular.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Pass By: Gulbarga, Gulbarga, Kalaburagi District, Karnataka
    Continue drive to Gulbarga check in at hotel.

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at hotel.

    Day 4: Gulbarga – Bijapur (152kms/ 3hrs)

    Stop At: Gulbarga Fort, Halbarga, Brhampur, Gulbarga, Karnataka 585101, India
    Breakfast at hotel city tour of Gulbarga a Hindu city before the Muhammadan conquest. Visit Gulburga fort - a leftover of the Brahmani era, which has stood with the time and is famous for its incredible architecture. It was originally built by Raja Gulchand. Later, 15 towers were added by Allah-ud-din Bahmani in the existing structure of the fort. The fort was built with well planning the canal was made around the fort so that it becomes difficult to the enemy. The fort contained 15 towers and 26 guns of which one was 8 metres long.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Jamia Masjid - Quila E Hasham, 585101, Gulbarga Fort, Halbarga, Brhampur, Gulbarga, Karnataka 585101, India
    Jama Masjid - a Mosque located in Gulbarga City, it is regarded as one of the most architectural mosques in its form and structure in South Asia. The arches design of Jama Masjid Gulbarga reflects in the interiors of Spanish Mosque of Hyderabad. These are only two mosques in India which have the similarity in interiors of the Great Cathedral–Mosque of Córdoba in Spain.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Pass By: Bijapur, Bijapur, Bijapur District, Chhattisgarh
    Afternoon drive to Bijapur check in at hotel. Overnight at hotel.

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at hotel.

    Day 5: Bijapur – Badami (120kms/ 3hrs)

    Stop At: Fort Bijapur, Godbole Mala, Vijayapura, Karnataka 586101, India
    Breakfast at hotel city tour of Bijapur visit Bijapur Fort - which has a plethora of historical monuments of architectural importance built during the rule of Adil Shahi dynasty. The Adil Shahi Sultans who ruled for nearly 200 years in Bijapur had expended their utmost authority, almost exclusively, on architecture and the allied arts, each Sultan endeavored to excel his predecessor in the number, size, or splendor of his building projects. As a result, the buildings seen in and around Bijapur Fort and the town have been rightly called as the Agra of South India.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Gol Gumbaz, Murud Janjira, Vijayapura India
    Gol Gumbaz - the second largest dome in the world. The Gol Gumbad is second in size only to St. Peter's Basilica, Rome. The Gol Gumbad is 124 feet in diameter. The architecture of Gol Gumbad is unique in the sense that the four minarets themselves are the staircases, leading to the top dome. Malik - e- Maidan - regarded as the biggest cannon ever made in the history of world, is located in Gol Gumbaz. Asar Mahal - Asar Mahal, built by Muhammed Adil Shah in late 1640s, used to serve as a Hall of Justice. Bara Kaman - an unfinished mausoleum of Ali Adil Shah II. The Ibrahim's Rouza - The Ibrahim Rauza was built by Ibrahim Adil Shah in the 15th century. It consists of mosque and tomb enclosed together in the square compound.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Pass By: Badami, Badami, Bagalkot District, Karnataka
    After sightseeing drive to Badami check in at hotel. Overnight at hotel.

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at hotel.

    Day 6: Badami - Aihole - Pattadakal – Badami (39kms/ 1hrs One Way)

    Pass By: Badami, Badami, Bagalkot District, Karnataka
    Breakfast at hotel. Full day to visit Pattadakkal, Aihole & Badami.

    Stop At: Group of Monuments in Pattadakal, Pattadakal India
    Pattadakal is a historic site of ancient and medieval era, Buddhist, Hindu and Jain monuments from the sixth century through the twelfth century CE, though the most of the surviving monuments date from the 7th to 10th centuries. Pattadakal reached at the peak of glory under the era of Chalukya kings from 7th to 9th centuries. The Sanghameswara Temple is the oldest in this group. The Mallikarjuna Temple has pillars representing the life of Krishna. Virupaksha temple has panel scenes and sculptures from the epics, the Mahabharata and Ramayana. The Papanatha Temple has stunning carvings on ceiling and pillars.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Aihole, Bagalkot district India
    Aihole is a temple complex, the beautiful architecture of the place makes it a very popular tourist destination. There are 70 temples in this complex. The Lad Khan Temple is one of the major and oldest temples in the region of Aihole. Further, the Durga temple is famous for its incredible sculptures. The Meguti temple is a built of 630 small stone blocks, which makes it a worth exploring temple. The Ravanaphadi Cave has some beautiful carvings that attract tourists from around the world.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Badami Fort, Badami India
    Badami Fort the well-known archaeological site soaked in the history of the Chalukyas and the Pallavas known for its beauty and rich history. Nestled atop a cliff, the Badami Fort lies opposite to the famous Badami Caves. The fort’s location commands a magnificent view of the Badami town and its splendid structures. The Badami Fort is one such monument that stands as a mute witness to a culturally rich bygone era.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Pass By: Badami, Badami, Bagalkot District, Karnataka
    Back to your hotel in Badami for overnight stay.

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at hotel.

    Day 7: Badami – Gadag – Lakkundi – Hospet (130kms/ 3hrs Approx)

    Stop At: Gadag, Gadag, Gadag District, Karnataka
    Breakfast at hotel drive to Hampi en route visit Gadag & Lakkundi.
    Gadag Trikuteshwara temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva. The carved temple is in the town of Gadag It is dedicated to Shiva and has three lingas mounted on the same stone. There is a shrine dedicated to Saraswathi in this temple and it has carved columns. Lakkundi Full of ruined temples like Mallikarjuna, Virabhadra, Manikeshwara, Nanneshwara, Lakshminarayana, Someshwara, Nilakanteshwara and many more.
    Duration: 4 hours

    Pass By: Hampi, Hampi, Bellary District, Karnataka
    Continue drive to Hampi, check in at hotel. Rest time free and easy to relax. Overnight at hotel.

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at hotel.

    Day 8: Hospet & Hampi

    Stop At: Hampi, Hampi, Bellary District, Karnataka
    Breakfast at hotel, full day to visit Hampi, nestled within the ruins of medieval city of Vijayanagar in the state of Karnataka, on the banks of the Tungabhadra River. Set in a surreal and beautiful boulder-strewn landscape, Vijayanagara (the City of Victory) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and although the city was destroyed by marauding Moghul invader’s in the 16th century, much of it remains today. The vast site of monuments and ruins, a mute witness to an ear of glories, triumphs and tragedies. The ruins of Hampi are so majestic and imposing that they leave the visitor totally dumbfounded, awestruck and humbled.
    Duration: 8 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at hotel.

    Day 9: Hospet – Goa (300kms/ 6hrs)

    Pass By: Goa, Goa
    Breakfast at hotel, drive to Goa the final destination, with its endless beaches and swaying palms. On arrival at check in at hotel. Rest day free for personal activities relax.

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at hotel.

    Day 10: Goa

    Stop At: Goa, Goa
    Breakfast at hotel. Full day city tour of Goa visiting North Goa Churches & South Goa Temples. Basilica Of Bom Jesus - A World Heritage Site which preserved the body of St. Francis Xavier was constructed around 1695. Se Cathedral Largest church in Asia, giant bells and exquisite architecture. Se Cathedral of Goa is dedicated to St. Catherine of Alexandria. Church of St. Francis built between 1517-1521 AD a stunning and charming building, architecture has a combination of Hindu and Christian elements. Church of St Augustine Ruins 46 meter high tower, the church was built in 1602 with the combined efforts of 12 Augustinians. They also built a convent besides the church. Church of Marry Immaculate Conception one of the most famous landmarks of Goa. This church is supposed to be one of the earliest churches to be constructed in Goa.
    Duration: 6 hours

    Stop At: Goa, Goa
    Visit South Goa Shree Manguesh Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located on a hillock surrounded by lush green hills. Though small, it has an air of distinctive elegance. Its lofty white tower at the entrance is a countryside landmark. Shree Mahalsa a short distance away from the Shri Mangueshi temple, the deity worshiped here is an attribute to Vishnu. Rest time free and easy to relax.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at hotel.

    Day 11: Goa

    Pass By: Goa, Goa
    Breakfast at hotel, day at leisure for spending time on the beach, touring Goa on your own or relaxing at your resort / hotel.

    Pass By: South Goa District, South Goa District, Goa
    Optionally visit South Goa Temples, Old Portuguese Manor (without guide).

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at hotel.

    Day 12: Goa – Mumbai (Flight)

    Pass By: Goa, Goa
    Breakfast at hotel transfer to airport to board flight for Mumbai.

    Pass By: Mumbai, Mumbai, Maharashtra
    On arrival assistance and transfer to hotel. Rest time to explore the city with your driver. Mumbai is a bustling city that blends the old with the new. See the stark contrast of this wealthy city, with its palm-lined streets, art deco homes and fashionable shopping areas amid the chaos of daily life, where cows roam the streets and wallas (local tradesmen) ply their trade.

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at hotel.

    Day 13: Mumbai

    Stop At: Mumbai, Mumbai, Maharashtra
    Breakfast at hotel, transfer to Gateway of India and board a ferry from here to The Elephanta Caves, an island 11kms from Mumbai, proud to be a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Return to Gateway of India and begin the city tour of Mumbai. Visit fascinating 'Getaway of India' that gives you a ringside view of the 'madness and magic' of MUMBAI - the living city that 'never sleeps'. Visit Includes Dhobi Ghat, Mani Bhavan, Marine drive, Drive passes High Court, Prince of wales Museum, University, Flora fountain, Visit to Crawford Market & Victoria terminus now CST, Babulnath Temple, Banganga tank.
    Duration: 8 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at hotel.

    Day 14: Depart Mumbai

    Pass By: Mumbai, Mumbai, Maharashtra
    Breakfast at hotel, transfer to airport to board flight for your onward destination.

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    No accommodation included on this day.
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    • Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Hyderabad India
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    Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods. Price using 5 star hotels 4/1/2021 - 9/30/2021
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    Price using 4 star hotels 9/26/2020 - 9/24/2022
    Monday - Sunday:12:00 AM - 11:30 PM
    Price using 3 star hotels 9/26/2020 - 9/24/2022
    Monday - Sunday:12:00 AM - 11:30 PM
    Return Detail :
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    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 3 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Face masks provided for travelers
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
    If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
    If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

Language

English

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

10

Organised by Agora Voyages OPC Pvt. Ltd.

Activity ID: V-135633P94

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