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Heritage Havens: From Hampi & Badami Ruins to Aurangabad, Ajanta & Ellora Caves

Product Code : AGORA939

Embark on an extraordinary journey through time with our "Heritage Havens" tour, tracing the footsteps of ancient civilizations from the iconic ruins of Hampi and Badami to the architectural wonders of Aurangabad, Ajanta, and Ellora Caves. Unveil the secrets of Virupaksha Temple and the Royal Enclosure in Hampi, then delve into the rich history etched in the intricate Badami Cave Temples. Venture to Bijapur's Gol Gumbaz and Sholapur's historic gems before reaching the cultural hub of Aurangabad. Explore the mesmerizing rock-cut sculptures of Ajanta and the grandeur of Ellora's caves, concluding a journey that seamlessly blends the past with the present in a tapestry of heritage havens.

 

Day 1: Arrival in Hubli - Transfer to Hampi (170kms)

Upon arrival at Hubli airport, meet your designated driver, well-versed in the region's history, who will provide not just a transfer but a personalized introduction to the upcoming journey. Enjoy a refreshing welcome drink as you settle into the comfortable vehicle. The 170-kilometer journey to Hampi unfolds through picturesque landscapes, with the driver offering insights into the cultural nuances and landmarks along the way.

 

Day 2: Explore the Marvels of Hampi

After a restful night in the heart of Hampi's charm, wake up to the aroma of a specially curated breakfast at the hotel. Energized and ready for exploration, delve into the architectural wonders that Hampi holds. Your day will be a seamless journey through time as you visit Virupaksha Temple, Vittala Temple with its iconic stone chariot, the Royal Enclosure, Elephant Stables, Hazara Rama Temple, Matanga Hill for panoramic views, Achyutaraya Temple, the regal Queen's Bath, and the delicate Lotus Mahal.

 

Day 3: Hampi's Hidden Gems, Angadi Village, and Coracle Ride

The day starts with a leisurely breakfast at the hotel, setting the tone for an immersive experience. Dive deeper into Hampi's treasures, exploring the intricacies of Achyutaraya Temple, the royal opulence of Queen's Bath, the graceful architecture of Lotus Mahal, and the musical pillars of the Vitthala Temple complex. Witness a mesmerizing sunset from the elevated Hemakuta Hill. A detour to Angadi village offers an authentic glimpse into local life, complemented by a serene coracle ride on the Tungabhadra River, providing a unique perspective of the historic surroundings. Explore the ancient site of Anegundi, where tales of the past come to life.

 

Day 4: Journey to Badami (170kms)

Following a delightful breakfast, embark on a scenic drive to Badami. En route, your knowledgeable driver will share insights into the rich history and significance of the region. In Badami, immerse yourself in the captivating stories etched in the intricate Badami Cave Temples, the historical significance of Aihole, and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Pattadakal, showcasing the pinnacle of temple architecture.

 

Day 5: Badami to Bijapur to Sholapur (220kms)

Start your day with a sumptuous breakfast at the hotel, providing the fuel for a day filled with architectural marvels. Journey to Bijapur, where you will marvel at the towering Gol Gumbaz, the serene beauty of Ibrahim Rauza, and the intriguing Jod Gumbaz. The day's exploration continues to Sholapur, where the evening will be spent in the comfort of your hotel, reminiscing about the day's discoveries.

 

Day 6: Sholapur to Aurangabad (310kms)

Begin your day with a delectable breakfast at the hotel, prepared with local flavors. Dive into the historical and cultural gems of Sholapur, including the spiritual ambiance of Siddheshwar Temple, the serene beauty of Siddheshwar Lake, and the commanding presence of the iconic Bhuikot Fort. Later, embark on a scenic journey to Aurangabad, where you'll check into the hotel, allowing the day's experiences to settle in.

 

Day 7: Aurangabad to Ajanta Caves Excursion (100kms one way)

Savor a delightful breakfast at the hotel, setting the stage for a day of exploration. Embark on an excursion to the ancient Ajanta Caves, marveling at the intricate rock-cut sculptures that tell tales of centuries past. Return to Aurangabad for a comprehensive city tour, covering the architectural beauty of Bibi Ka Maqbara, the engineering marvel of Panchakki, historical landmarks, and the vibrant markets that add a touch of local flair.

 

Day 8: Aurangabad to Ellora Excursion (60kms one way)

After a satisfying breakfast, embark on a journey to explore the awe-inspiring Ellora Caves, the spiritual significance of Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga, and the formidable Daulatabad Fort. Your knowledgeable guide will unfold the fascinating history and architectural marvels of the region. Return to Aurangabad, where the day concludes with a visit to the lesser-known but equally captivating Aurangabad Caves.

 

Day 9: Aurangabad Departure

Breakfast at hotel. On the final day, as per your flight schedule, our dedicated representative will ensure a seamless transfer to the airport. Bid farewell to the incredible journey that unfolded the historical and cultural tapestry of Karnataka and Maharashtra, carrying with you memories of authentic experiences, breathtaking landscapes, and the warmth of the people you encountered along the way.

 

Note: You can also commence your journey in Aurangabad and conclude at Hubli Airport, enjoying the same captivating itinerary, inclusions, and price.

8 Nights' accommodation in selected price category hotels (sharing double/ twin room).

Daily breakfast at the hotels.

Private air-conditioned car/van for airport transfers, sightseeing, and excursions as outlined in the program. On disposal service from pick up till drop off at the airport.

English-speaking tour guide on sightseeing days (local guide in each city).

Monument entrances and activity charges specified in the itinerary.

Bottled drinking water in the car.

Applicable government taxes.

 

Hotels used or similar for 8 nights accommodations:

3 Star Standard Hotels:
Hampi (3 Nights): Malligi Hotel/ Clarks Inn
Badami (1 Night): Badami Court/ Clarks Inn
Sholapur (1 Night): Kyriad Hotel Solapur by OTHPL
Aurangabad (3 Nights): The Fern Residency/ Amarpreet Hotel

4 Star Hotels:
Hampi (3 Nights): Royal Orchid Central Keerti / Heritage Resort
Badami (1 Night): Morpho Banashree Resort/ WADA1
Sholapur (1 Night): Balaji Sarovar Premiere
Aurangabad (3 Nights): Lemon Tree Hotel

5 Star Hotels:
Hampi (3 Nights): Evolve Back, Hampi
Badami (1 Night): Morpho Banashree Resort/ WADA1
Sholapur (1 Night): Balaji Sarovar Premiere
Aurangabad (3 Nights): Vivanta Aurangabad/ WH Rama International

Flight tickets to and from the destination.

Camera charges at monuments, if applicable.

Meals other than those mentioned in the inclusions.

Personal expenses such as liquor, laundry, tips, telephone, fax, internet, etc.

Gratuities and optional activities.

Anything not explicitly mentioned in the inclusions.