Karnataka – Andhra Pradesh Tour

11 NIGHTS – 12 DAYS

BANGALORE –MYSORE – HASSAN –HAMPI – BADAMI – BIJAPUR – GULBARGA – BIDAR – HYDERABAD

This tour takes you to fascinating heritage sites with some great monuments that India has to offer. You should be prepared for travelling by road for long hours and at few places, the accommodation may not be of high quality. But if you are a traveller and have zeal to visit beautiful places, then the beauty of places that you will visit will more than compensate for the discomfort. Srirangapatanam, the historical capital of Tipu Sultan, the temples at Belur and Helebidu, the ruins of great Vijayanagar empire at Hampi, the cave temples of Badami, Historic temple complex at Aihole, the temples of 7th and 8th century at Pattadakal, the Gol Gumbaz in Bijapur, one of the most formidable forts at Bidar are magnificent heritage sites in Karnataka. Towards the end, visit Hyderabad, known for its glorious past and rich history .

1

Day:

BANGALORE

Arrival at Bangalore airport and transfer to hotel.

Start city tour visiting Lalbagh – 240 acres of beautifully sculpted gardens, flowers abound, rare collection of tropical and sub-tropical plants.

Also visit Vidhana Soubha which houses legislative assembly of the state is one of the most impressive modern buildings not only in Bangalore city but in entire India. It is spread in 60 acres. Although its architecture is based on Dravidian style but it has modern designs.

Later return to hotel for overnight stay.

2

Day:

BANGALORE – MYSORE (140 KM, 3 HOURS)

After breakfast proceed to Mysore. Known for its magnificent palaces and majestic buildings, sprawling gardens and tree lined boulevards, shimmering silks and sandalwood, the ‘City Royale’ always figures in the tourist’s itinerary.

Stop en-route to visit Srirangapatna – Island fortress of Tippu Sultan. It was the historic capital of Tippu Sultan known for his struggle against British Empire. This island comprises of various religious and historic monuments. The spiritual sanctity of its religious landscape mixes well with the nostalgic air of its valor past.

Continue drive to Mysore and check in at hotel.

In the evening visit Chamundi Hill – perched atop a hill – the 4.8m tall monolith of Nandi and the gigantic Mahishasura statue are great attractions of this place.

Return to hotel for overnight stay.

3

Day:

MYSORE

After breakfast proceed for full day sight-seeing of Mysore.

Visit Maharaja Palace – the palace is a splendid structure in the Indo-Saracenic Style. It has many attractions and most notable among those are a magnificent gold throne displayed during the Dasara celebrations and an art gallery which houses an excellent collection of ceramics, sandalwood, ivory, stone, antique furniture and ancient musical instruments.

Also visit St. Philomena’s Church – this imposing Gothic structure with beautiful stained glass windows and lofty towers is a must see.

Later on in the evening visit Brindavan Gardens after sundown, when musical fountains and colored lights transform this place into a magical fairyland.

The famous Gardens are located just a level below the dam. These are undoubtedly best example of illuminated terrace gardens in the country. It displays an orientation of Mughal patterns-with garden paths and a shimmering necklace of fountains.

Overnight stay.

4

Day:

MYSORE – HASSAN (120 KM, 3 HOURS)

Morning breakfast, check out and proceed to Hassan,
En-route visit Shravanabelagola which is world famous for the monolithic naked statue of Lord Gomateshwara, the 75 feet tall standing atop one of the hills. Gommateshwara Mahabali is magnificient both in form and valour.and munificiet in prayer and deed. The statue was carved out of the black granite and is a picture of serenity and composure.

Then drive to Hassan and check in at hotel.

Afternoon tour of Belur which was the early capital of Hoysala empire and visit Chennakeshava Temple which houses sculptures showcasing variety of ornaments, the doorways, the ceilings. The birds, the animals, dancers and other figures are fully decorated as if they are full of life and vigour with lot of action and movements.
Then visit Halebid, the ancient capital of the Hoysalas, formerly known as Dwarasamudram (Gateway to the seas). The temples here represent one of the most artistically excited periods of Hindu cultural development. Shiva Temple is the best example, nearly complete in 1142, although construction continued for many more generations. On the southern entrances of the temple, are two small Nandi ( bulls ) shrines. These are elaborately carved, sporting jewellery and garlands.

Overnight stay.

5

Day:

HASSAN – HOSPET ( HAMPI ) (360 KM, 7 HOURS)

Early morning breakfast, checkout and proceed to Hospet, a satellite town built during the reign of Krishnadevaraja. This is a typical town of Karnataka situated 13 km from Hampi.

Overnight stay at hotel.

6

Day:

HAMPI

After breakfast drive to Hampi. It is located on the banks of the Tungabhadra River with a backdrop of majestic rock boulders and was the capital of the Vijayanagara Kingdom.

Visit 15th century Chandramauleshwar Temple is centrally located in Hampi and is one of the site’s most prominent architectural buildings.

Vithala Temple is noted for its extraordinary pillars with the animated carvings on it. A set of pillars, known as ‘musical pillars’ resonates when tapped.

Also visit Virupaksha Temple, Lotus Mahal, Sule Bazaar, Achutaraya Temple, Queen’s bath and Elephant Stables.

Return to Hospet for overnight stay.

7

Day:

HAMPI – BADAMI (165 KM, 4 HOURS)

After breakfast proceed to Badami. Upon arrival check in at hotel.

Afternoon visit Badami Caves – Picturesquely situated at the mouth of a ravine between two rocky hills, the exquisite sculptures and the rust red sandstone cliffs of Badami tell many a tale of yore, North Fort – This is the largest enclosure, including two major platform structures, an underground chamber which must have served as a treasury or private audience hall, several other platforms, Banashankari – is a quaint hamlet taking its name from the goddess Banashankari. Built in the Dravidian style, the temple is dedicated to Banashankari, a form of Parvati.

Overnight stay.

8

Day:

BADAMI

Morning breakfast and proceed for a day excursion to Aihole and Pattadakal.

Aihole was the first capital of the early Chalukyas and is famous as the Cradle of Indian Temple Architecture. The temples here date back to as early as 6th century. It has over125 temples which are all intricately carved and rich in detail. The famous among these are LadKhan Temple, Drug (fort) Temple, Ravalphadi Cave Temple, Konti Temple Complex, Jain Meguthi Temple which are few not to be missed.

Pattadakal – A World Heritage center has 10 major temples representing early Chalukyan architecture. It represent high point of a diverse art as here is a display of harmonious blend of architectural forms from northern and southern India in the 7th and 8th centuries under the Chalukya dynasty. An impressive series of nine Hindu temples, as well as a Jain sanctuary, can be seen there. One masterpiece which clearly stands out is the Temple of Virupaksha, built by Queen Lokamahadevi to celebrate her husband’s victory over the kings from the South.

Return to Badami for overnight.stay.

9

Day:

BADAMI – BIJAPUR (135 KM, 4 HOURS)

Morning departure for Bijapur and upon arrival check in at hotel.

Afternoon go for city tour of Bijapur which is known for its medieval monuments and for their architectural excellence, including the world famous Gol Gumbaz. Most of the monuments of Bijapur are built by the Adil Shahi rulers between 15th and 17th century.

Visit the much visited dome of Gol Gumbaz which is second in size only to St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome. It was built by Muhammad Adil Shah in the year 1656 for the singular purpose of burying his mortal remains. It is considered to be an architectural feat as the dome stands unsupported by pillars. Its most remarkable feature is the ‘Whispering Gallery’ because even the finest whisper or sound made in it is heard from side to side and even a single loud clap is distinctly echoed over ten times.

Overnight stay.

10

Day:

BIJAPUR – GULBARGA (145 KM, 4 HOURS)

Morning drive to Gulbarga to visit Khwaja Bande Nawaz Durgah, the tomb of the great Sufi saint Syed Mohammad Gesu Daraz (1320-1422), one of South India’s holiest Muslim shrines, the Durgah is a unique example of communal harmony. The annual urus held at the Durgah is attended by thousands of devotees including both Muslims and Hindus. The dargah library contains nearly 10,000 books in Urdu, Persian and Arabic on subjects ranging from history and philosophy to religion and literature.

Also visit Gulbarga Fort which was originally built by Raja Gulchand, a feudatory of the Orangal Kakatiyas. Today, it is in a dilapidated state, but it has a number of historical buildings inside including the Jama Masjid, reputed to have been built during the late 14th or early 15th century and it imitates the great mosque in Cordoba, Spain.

Overnight stay.

11

Day:

GULBARGA – BIDAR –HYDERABAD (235 KM, 6 HOURS)

Morning leave for Hyderabad.

En-route visit Bidar fort which was built in the 8th century and later renovated again in the 14th century. You can still see the ruins of the bastions and gates, royal baths and kitchens, audience halls, and pleasure pavilions.

Among the congregation of royal palaces here, the Rangin Mahal stands out for its sheer elegance and exquisite carvings,fascinating glazed tile mosaics and mother-of-pearl decorations which bear the hallmarks of Persian architecture. Used as the royal residence, this magnificent palace was built by Ali Shah Barid in the 16th century
Also visit Solah Khamba Mosque, built in 1327, which is another prominent structure inside the fort.

Later proceed to Hyderabad and after arrival check in at hotel for overnight stay.

Today, Hyderabad is the capital of the new born Indian state of Telangana as well as de jure capital of Andhra Pradesh. The City of Nizams as Hyderabad is also known reflects a perfect blend of old and new, the traditional and modern. Here skyscrapers are alongside heritage monuments. Once known for pearl and diamond trade, it is now grown as one of majoe IT hubs.

12

Day:

HYDERABAD

Morning city tour of Hyderbad.

Start sight-seeing tour by first visiting Charminar, built by Mohammad Quli Qutub Shah in 1591, it was said to be the centre around which Hyderabad was once built. The Charminar is a squarish structure with its four towers facing all the four directions, each measuring 20 meters in length. The first floor was used as a madarsa and a mosque.

Also visit Salar Jung Museum which has the largest one-man collection of antiques in the world, exhibiting over 35,000 objects of art such as Chinese Porcelain, Aurangazeb’s Sword, Sculpture, Indian paintings and Persian carpets.

Later visit mighty Golconda Fort, a majestic monument on the outskirts of Hyderabad city, speaks of a great cultural heritage of 400 years. The fort is famous for its military architecture, built to withstand enemy attacks of any kind. In fact, it is not one structure but actually four forts are linked together. The commanding structure consists of a number of gigantic gateways. The fateh darwaza or victory gate is well known for its acoustics properties. Here even a slight sound can be heard as far as the Balahisar Baraderi. This acted as a danger sign for the local people in case of an enemy attack during in that period. A climb of 380 steps takes you to the top of the fort from where you can enjoy breathtaking view of the surroundings.

Evening transfer to airport to catch flight for onwards destination.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Is this a group tour?

No, this is a private travel exclusively for you, your friends and family who may accompany you on the tour.

Is this trip possible for single traveler?

Yes, it is possible. But, the cost may be high in case of a single traveler. You may send us information in the form and we shall send you our best offer depending on number of persons in your group or for a single person.

May I choose dates according to my choice?

Yes, since this is a private tour, you may decide the dates as per your choice. Only in case of certain tours, we have to check if there are any operational difficulties for organizing a tour of your choice. Certain tours are not possible for particular period which we shall let you know. Besides, the cost may vary depending on seasonality.

Could you provide us international flights to India?

It is better if you could buy international tickets directly through your local agent or on internet. Although we can provide you international flight tickets, but you may a get a better deal locally.

Is visa service included in your cost?

No, you have to obtain visa on your own. The visa regulations will depend on your nationality. You may contact us for further details.

Is it possible to make extension or modify tours?

Yes, it is very much possible. You can extend your stay on arrival or departure or at any other place. You may also modify the tour. You may let us know your interest and we can send you modified tour itinerary with cost.

What’s included in the cost?

Our cost normally includes hotel accommodation with breakfast, private air-conditioned car with driver which includes fuel, parking and all taxes, entrance fee to monuments, train tickets if any, guided city tours in English or in other foreign languages, viz French, German, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Russian or other foreign languages subject to availability which we can notify at the time of reservation request. Our cost also includes some other services viz Elephant ride at Amer fort in Jaipur, camel safari in Jaisalmer and boat tour in Varanasi. We shall send you all details at the time of sending you quotation.
We may also include other services viz lunches, dinners or other services if you wish. We may also exclude guide service and entrance fee to monuments if you so wish.

Are domestic flights and trains are included in our cost ?

Train tickets are included in our cost. But, we give supplement cost for domestic flight tickets as these days, there are dynamic fares and these are not fixed. We send you indicative fare at the time of sending you quotation which is subject to change until issue of tickets with advance purchase for which we need payment from you to issue flight tickets. You may also purchase domestic flight tickets directly on your own if you prefer.

What kind of hotel accommodation is provided ?

We provide minimum standard (3 star or similar), superior (4 star or similar), deluxe (5 star or similar) hotels and the cost will depend depending on category of hotels. We can send you quotation for the category that you are interested in. We usually provide heritage or palace hotels which fit in your category of hotels. We may also mix the hotel category if you prefer and can also provide you rates based on hotels of your liking in all places if you like.

When do I have to pay?

We usually request 25% advance upon confirmation of our services unless otherwise informed at the time of sending you quotation. We shall send you all payment terms at the time of sending you our offer.

I am interested. What is next step?

Click here to send us information of your trip and we shall send you soonest possible.

Why State Express

Established in 1980, State Express has been providing most reliable services to travelers all over the world for last 35 years. We are renowned for our customer first approach and unobtrusive efficiency which ensures the highest levels of customer satisfaction. We have been awarded several times by State Government for being best Tour Operator. All aspects of our tours have been carefully researched and then designed to give ultimate experience to travelers. Let our travel knowledge help you to create a wonderful experience, whether on one of our tour itineraries or a tailor made tour itinerary made exclusively for you to give you an unforgettable holiday.

Our people make the difference

Our success has been possible because of our people who are our biggest asset. We have a team of highly dedicated, sincere, hardworking who work with integrity that has made State Express one of the leading and most reliable tour companies in India. They not only have expertise and experience to meet any requirement, they also speak foreign languages and trained to offer only the best and leave nothing to chance. We know that travel to Indian sub-continent is a dream of many of our guests and our team does everything possible to make their dream true and give them an experience of their lifetime.

Our infrastructure

We have complete infrastructure to provide you best rate and services to you. We are an IATA approved and authorized agents for all domestic airlines and Indian Railways. We have our own cars vans and coaches with experienced drivers. We have multi lingual staff to ensure that our guests do not face any language problem. We also have associate offices in all major tourist centers to provide assistance in shortest possible time.

Our fleet of vehicles & drivers

We undoubtedly have one of the best and most modern fleet of cars, vans, 4X4s and large coaches. Surface travel is a very important aspect in India as you spend lot of your time while travelling on the road and therefore given us an edge over other tour companies who have to rely on other transport companies to provide this service to their clients. We have our own garage and all our vehicles are well maintained to give you hassle free journey.

Besides having the best fleet, it is our drivers who truly make the difference as they play a crucial role in making a tour successful. Even if you stay in best of the hotels and travel in most comfortable and luxurious vehicles, if you do not have a good driver, it may spoil your experience. We have our team of drivers who are part of State Express and have been working with us for years and they are trained, dedicated and motivated to take care of our guests and make them comfortable. That is the reason that more than 90% of our guests thank us and appreciate them after returning to their home.

Our choice of hotels

We take utmost care in selection of hotels that we recommend to our clients and include in our list of suggested hotels. We inspect these hotels regularly to be sure of their quality of product and services. We give lot of emphasis on the location and the people who run those hotels. We want to give you clients an experience of heritage and palace hotels which are unique and not available in other part of the world.

Our tour itineraries

All our tour itineraries are designed by experts to give you an opportunity to see most wonderful sites in number of days at your disposal at the same time giving you time to explore the places in your own way. We have a number of itineraries to choose from which covers all India, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Tibet. We also include mode of travel and approximate time taken between places to ensure that you do not have any surprises during the tour. Our specialists will also work with you to create an itinerary of your choice either by modifying our readymade tour itineraries or prepare an exclusive tailor made tour for you based on your interest and liking keeping in mind local conditions.

24 X 4 assistance during the tour

We provide you clients real 24X7 assistance during the tour. This is not a marketing gimmick but we have someone in our office always to assist you in case of any emergency anytime. We also provide cell phone numbers of our executive who you may contact even during odd hours when you need them for anything urgent. We have associate offices in all major cities of India to provide you assistance in minimum possible time.

Response time

We know that response time is key to our success and we value it a lot. Even at initial stages before reservation, you will get replies from us in not more than 24 working hours. We shall always be there whenever you need us during the tour.

Personalised Service

Apart from professional service, we believe in emphasising on personalised service. That is to make our guests feel at home in a foreign country and also feel that they have friends here who they can trust for any need. Our customer executives remain in constant touch with our guests during the tour to give them comfort and trust that we are always with them.

Good value for money

We know that there are so many travel companies providing their services and unless we provide good value for money to our clients, they will not be satisfied. Our own fleet of cars, vans and coaches and best special discounted rates with hotels due to our volumes enables us to offer value for money.

Call us at +91 11 47674000+91 11 47674000 or email us on info@statexp.in for all the details on this itinerary and what is included in your tour. We shall be glad to make any amendments in the tour if you so wish and send you our best quotation and details of the tou to suit your budget and interest.

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