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The Lost Empire (12 Nights / 13 Days)

Mumbai – Hyderabad - Gulbarga - Bijapur - Badami – Hospet - Hassan – Mysore - Bangalore

Day 01/ Arrival Mumbai
Arrive Mumbai, meet assist at the airport and transfer to hotel.Mumbai Once a tiny island covered by palm trees was used to belong to the native koli fisher-folk, who still live here in their little villages surrounded by huge skyscrapers. In the seventeenth century the Portuguese came and dotted the island with several forts, which is also present today. In 1661, Mumbai was finally ceded to Charles II of England and eventually became one the largest ports in the British Empire. Night stay in Mumbai.

Day 02/ Mumbai
After breakfast proceed for sightseeing tour of Mumbai covering Gateway of India, Prince of Wales Museum, Hanging Gardens on the slopes of Malabar Hills offering nice view of Marine Lines & Chowpatty Beach, Kamla Nehru Park, Mani Bhawan (where Mahatma Gandhi used to stay) and then to Dhobi Ghat. Also visit Afgan Church, Flora Fountain (Bombay nerve centre), Colourful Crawford Market and Marine Drive. Night stay in Mumbai.

Day 03/ Mumbai – Hyderabad (by flight)
After breakfast transfer to airport to board the flight for Hyderabad, Arrive Hyderabad and transfer to hotel. Afternoon half day city tour of Hyderabad visiting the Falukuma Palace, Mecca Masjid, the Salar Jung Museum and the splendid Charminar. Night stay in Hyderabad.

Day 04/ Hyderabad – Gulbarga (by road) en route visit Bidar Fort and the Bahmani tombs
After breakfast drive to Gulbarga enroute visit the 15th century Bidar Fort and the Bahmani tombs. Arrive Gulbarga, transfer to hotel. Later proceed for city sightseeing tour of Gulbarga visiting 15th century Jama Masjid. Night stay in Gulbarga.

Day 05/ Gulbarga - Bijapur (by road)
After breakfast drive for Bijapur & transfer to the hotel. Later proceed for sightseeing tour of Bijapur visiting Mohammad Adil Shah built Bijapur during the 17th century, also visit the Gol Gumbaz or the round dome. This structure has the largest dome unsupported by pillars to be found in India and the second largest in the world. Post visit Ibrahim Roza, a beautiful tomb built by Adil Shah II for his queen. Night stay in Bijaipur.

Day 06/ Bijapur – Badami (By road) en-route visit Aihole
After breakfast, drive to the early 6th century temples of Badami ,en-route visit Aihole as the "cradle of Indian architecture", Aihole has over 100 temples scattered around the village. Arrive Badami and transfer to hotel. Later visit to Badamai to the rock cut caves, the Mahakuteshwara Temple and the Northern Fort. Night stay at Badami.

Day 07/ Badami – Hospet (By Road)
After breakfast drive to Hospet and take rest at Pattadakal situated on the bank of the Malarapbha river and visit ten major temples representing early Chalukyan architecture. Night stay in Hospet.

Day 08/ Hospet
After breakfast, visit Hampi or Vijayanagara. Hampi was the capital of the last and the most famed Hindu kingdom of Vijaynagar, the largest empire in post-mogul India, covering the present-day Indian states of Karnataka, Andhra and Maharashtra. Hampi is located in the central part of the state of Karnataka.
Hampi is famous for its ruins belonging to the erstwhile medieval Hindu Kingdom of Vijaynagar and is declared a World Heritage site. The Hindu style of architecture found at Hampi reflects the splendor of the Vijaynagar Empire. Night stay in Hospet.

Day 09/ Hospet – Hassan (By Road )
After breakfast drive to Hassan. Arrive Hassn & transfer to Hotel. Night stay in Hassan.

Day 10/ Hassan – Mysore (By road)
After breakfast sightseeing tour of Belur and Halebid. Belur and Halebid for a glimpse of Hindu temple art at its glorious best. In the 16th century, Belur-Halebid (both towns are spoken of in the same breath) were at the heart of the throbbing Hoysala empire. The Hoysalas were huge patrons of art and architecture and built massive temples that have survived the ravages of time. Some of the sculptures are so exotic, erotic and eloquent - that you expect them to speak or move. Later drive to Mysore, arrive Mysore & transfer to hotel. Night stay in Mysore.

Day 11/ Mysore
After breakfast, visit Sir Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery – Housed in the Jag Mohan Palace, this gallery has a collection of exquisite paintings dating back to 1875. St. Phenomena's Church – Built in the Gothic style, one of the largest churches of the country. Chamundi Hills – Right on the top of the hill, Brindavan Gardens – Witness the exuberant beauty of Brindavan Gardens. Night stay in Mysore.

Day 12/ Mysore - Bangalore (enroute visiting Sirangapatnam)
After breakfast drive to Bangalore enroute visiting Sirangapatnam - capital of warrior – King Hyder Ali & his son Tipu Sultan, has magnificent monuments .Set & refresh in hotel then drive to Mysore Palace : Once the residence of the Woodeyars, Built in 1912 in the Indo – Saracenic style, this palace exudes a grandeur that is unmatched. The Golden royal Elephant, the Durbar hall.. Arrive Bangalore and transfer to hotel. Night stay in Bangalore.

Day 13/ Bangalore- Departure (By Flight)
After breakfast proceed to visit the city of Gardens: Vidhan Sudha – It houses the State's Legislature and Secretariat, Nandi Temple - One of Oldest temple, popularly known as the Bull temple, etc. Later transfer to airport to board the flight for onward journey.

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