On arrival meet and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
After breakfast Old and New Delhi sightseeing. Old Delhi :-Visit Red Fort : Built in Red Sand stone between 1639 - 1648 AD, this imposing fort is 3 kms in perimeter with the height of the wall fluctuating from 18 to 30 m at places. Jama Masjid : Jama Masjid built in 1650 AD by Shah Jehan (the Vth Mughal Emperor) and completed in 1658 one of the Architectural beauty of the past, it is one of the largest mosques not only in Delhi but in India. Raj Ghat : The place where the father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi was cremated after his assassination in 1948. New Delhi :-Visit Humayun’s Tomb : Humayun's tomb was built in 1565 A.D by Hamida Banu Begum (Humayun's widow). Humayun's tomb is preceded by a tomb with blue dome. India Gate : India Gate is a 42 meters high stone arch of triumph. It bears the name of the 85,000 Indian Army Soldiers who died in the campaigns of World War I. Below the arch is the memorial to the unknown soldier. India Gate is surrounded by green grass lawns and trees. A place you should not miss. The Lotus Temple : Lotus Temple or the Bahai temple completed in 1986. Any adherents of any faith are free to visit the temple and pray or meditate silently according to their own religion. The structure is in lotus shape so it often called the lotus temple. Qutab Minar : It was built by Qutbuddin Aibak In 1199 AD, a base of 14.32 mtrs. it tapers to 2.75 mtrs. at a height of 72.5 meters , built to celebrate the victory of Muhammad Ghori over the Rajputs in 1192.Also visit Lakshmi Narayan Temple ( Birla Temple ), President’s House and Parliament House. Overnight at hotel.
DELHI – HYDERABAD
After breakfast transfer to airport to connect flight to Hyderabad. On arrival meet and transfer to hotel.
After breakfast drive to Gulbarga. On arrival check in at hotel.
Afternoon city sightseeing. Sannati – Sannati is a small village situated on the shores of the Bhima River in Chitapur Taluk. The Chandrala Parameshwari Temple, located in the village, is popular among tourists. Many excavations have been done by the Archaeological Survey of India, here. Various sculptures, tablets and terracotta items have been found in the excavation. This place is famous for the discovery of an ancient Buddhist Mahastupa. The Karnataka Government strives to establish the village as an International Buddhist Centre. Gulberga Fort – This fortwas originally built by 1347 by Al-ud-din Bahmani of the Bahmani Dynasty after he cut off his ties with the Delhi Sultanate; The Jami Masjid built later, within the fort, in 1367, is a unique structure built in Persian architectural style, fully enclosed, with elegant domes and arched columns, which is unlike any other mosque in India. It was built to commemorate the establishment of the dynastic rule of the Bahmani kingdom at Gulbarga fort between 1327 and 1424. It remained the capital of the Bahmani Kingdom till 1424 where after the capital was shifted to Bidar Fort, as Bidar had better climatic conditions.
Overnight at hotel.
GULBARGA – BIJAPUR ( 250 Kms / 05 hrs )
After breakfast drive to Bijapur. On arrival check in at hotel.
Afternoon city sightseeing. GOL GUMBAZ - The most important attraction of Bijapur is Gol Gumbaz, the largest dome in the world. The dome dominates of the entire area by its sheer size. With a diameter of 37 meters and height of 51 meters. The commemorative plaque of Muhammad Adil Shah (1627-56) is placed under the dome. Without any pillar for support, the dome is an engineering marvel. IBRAHIM ROZA - The most impressive structure in Bijapur is the Ibrahim Roza and the associated mosque. Tomb of the famous Adil Shahi Sultan Ibrahim II (1580-1627), the structure has attracted lavish praises of the art historians and common tourists alike. JAMA MASJID - Built in 1686, under Adil Shah I, the Jama Masjid of Bijapur is a sober and massive stately structure. The huge onion shaped dome of the Masjid rests on the beams of a majestic hall, divided into 45 compartments. The Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb added corridors on the northern and southern sides and a gateway on the eastern side. MALIK-E-MAIDAN - Malik-e-Maidan (monarch of the plains) canon, is one of the unusual attraction of Bijapur. Placed on the city walls, it is among the largest bell-metal canons in the world. The canon weighs 5,500 kgs and is 4.5 mts in length. Mounted by Muhammad Adil Shah at its present position, the canon remain cool even in summers. Overnight at hotel.
BIJAPUR – BADAMI ( 150 Kms / 03 hrs )
After breakfast drive to Badami. On arrival check in at hotel.
Afternoon city sightseeing. THE FIRST CAVE- The First Cave built in the 6th century, is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Shiva is depicted here with 18 arms, with all his paraphernalia like the cobra, the damru (a musical instrument, a dumbbell), , and a trishul (trident). Other important figures include Ardhnarishwara (the mythological figure personifying Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati as one), Harihara (another mythical character personifying Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu as one), and Nandi (the bull).THE SECOND CAVE- This cave is devoted to Lord Vishnu (the protector). King Kirtivarman I, who came to power in 567 A.D., ordered for the construction of this temple before AD 578. THE THIRD CAVE- The most remarkable of all the cave temples in Badami, the third one was built by Mangalesh, the father of Chalukyan School of archetecture. The temple has 61 steps. The artisans, took great freedom in artistically varying the designs of the pillars. THE FOURTH CAVE- With a hotly debated date of creation, the fourth cave is the latest among the rock-cut temples in Badami. The temple is the only one related to the Jain religion. THE FIFTH CAVE - The only natural cave out among the rock-cut caves in Badami, it is devoted to Lord Buddha. However, the architectural expressions of most of these caves are almost similar; none of them is particularly Hindu, Buddhist, or Jain even though they have been devoted to different sects. Overnight at hotel.
BADAMI – HOSPET ( 170 Kms / 3 hrs )
After breakfast drive to Hospet. On arrival check in at hotel.
Afternoon city sightseeing. HAMPI – Hampi is a world Heritage Site and the erstwhile capital of the Hindu kingdom of Vijayanagar. A living testimony to the greatness of a bygone era, this ruined town is guarded by rivers and granite ridges. The travellers from Europe who visited the place at the height of Vijayanagar Empire wrote that the city was as large and as beautiful as Rome and hesitated to describe its grandeur for fear of it being thought fabulous. Most of the tourist centres in Hampi can be divided under two broad regions, the Hampi Bazaar area and the Royal Centre. QUEEN’S BATH – This 15-metre square bath is encircled is enclosed with gallery, verandas and overhanging Rajasthani balconies. The minor waterfall inside the bath was once poured with cool, perfumed water that flowed out through an underground drain. Open to sky and carefully shielded on all sides, the bath was a celebration of relaxed and opulent life which was also the leitmotif of Hampi.
KING’S BALANCE - Situated near the Vithala Temple, the King’s Balance has a golden past. According to legend, this balance was used to weigh the rulers against gold, jewels, and food that were later distributed to the Brahmins. VITHALA TEMPLE - It was built in the 16th century and displays the architectural splendor acquired by the artisans of Vijayanagar Empire. There are beautiful carvings on the walls of the temple and its columns are so balanced that they have musical qualities.
RAGHUNATH TEMPLE - Located on a hilltop, the Raghunath Temple is known for its Dravidian style, excellent views from the rock above at sunset, and tranquil environment. VIRUPAKSHA TEMPLE - One of the oldest monuments in the town, this 15th-century Virupaksha Temple is part of the Hampi Bazaar area. The principal deity is Virupaksha, one of the many forms of Lord Shiva. Rising to a height of 50 metres from the ground, the temple belongs to the later Vijayanagar period, though many shrines inside the temple are much older. ACHYUTRAYA TEMPLE - It is a large temple complex dedicated to Lord Vishnu, whose image has been shown in a reclining position on the coils of a snake (Sheshnag). Overnight at hotel.
HOSPET – HASSAN ( 350 Kms / 7 hrs )
After breakfast drive to Hassan. On arrival check in at hotel. Overnight at hotel.
After breakfast full day excursion to Belur & Halebid.
Belur - is a small town located on the banks of River Yagachi. Belur was the early capital of the Hoysala Empire. Belur is considered as the Banaras of South and is thus also known as Dakshina Varanasi. The main attraction in Belur is the Chennakeshava temple complex dedicated to Lord 'Chennakeshava' (handsome Vishnu) temple. It was built by King Vishnuvardhana of Hoysala Dynasty in the Dravidian Style. It is about one hundred feet high and has a magnificent gateway tower. There are many subsidary shrines around the main temple.They conceived their shrines as star-shaped structures and not the usual cubical form. In this concept of the stellate, the main temple at Belur, is a show-stealer.
Halebid - Ketumalla, the chief of staff of Hoysala Kingdom, built this temple during 1121 A.D and attributed to his king, Vishnuvardhana and queen, Shantala Devi. Even then it is learnt that it took 105 years to complete. If one stands on the platform of the temple and sees around he will see the hills opposite and two big bulls facing the temple and Ganesha figure on the south. Late evening return to Hassan. Overnight at hotel.
After breakfast drive to Mysore visiting Sravanabelagola enroute. Sravanabelagola is one of the most important Jain tirth (a sacred place) of the Jains in South India. It is a place of great importance from the point of pilgrimage and also archeological and religious heritage. The place derives its name from the point that Shravana or Shramana means a Jain ascetic and Belagola or Biliya Kola means white pond.
On arrival check in at hotel.
Afternoon city sightseeing. Visit Mysore Palace, Chamundi Hills, Brindavan Garden and St. Philimena;s Church. Overnight at hotel.
MYSORE – BANGALORE ( 150 Kms / 03 hrs )
After breakfast drive to Bangalore. On arrival check in at hotel.
Afternoon city sightseeing. Tipu Sultan's Summer Palace - was built in 1791. It is located near K.R Market, is a two-storied ornate wooden structure with exquisitely carved pillars, arches and balconies. It houses a museum that contains artifacts relating to the Hyder-Tipu regime. Bangalore Palace - (1862) is located near Mekhri Circle and Cantonment Railway station and is built to look like a smaller replica of the Windsor Castle in England.
Mayo Hall - was designed in memory of the Lord Mayo and is regarded as one of the finest designs of British architecture. Overnight at hotel.
On time transfer to airport to connect onward flight.