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THIS HISTORIC TOUR begins in the former princely city of Hyderabad, a cornucopia of contrasts, rich in Imperial heritage and new age industry. A legacy of the decadent Nizams is the trade of pearls, gold, fabric and of course diamonds. Travel from this Islamic pocket in southern India to the intrinsically Hindu collection of temples at Badami, Aihole, Pattadakal and on to Hampi and the ancient Vijayanagar Empire to see some of India's most intricate historical stone carvings. At the end of your explorations through history, unwind awhile at Gokarna, at the tranquil beach resort, SwaSwara and rejuvenate your body and soul.
Diamonds & Dynasties
South India
14 Days
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Diamonds & Dynasties

Places & destinations covered in this tour
Hyderabad, Golconda Fort, Bidar, Gulbarga, Bijapur, Bijapur Gol Gumbaz Tomb, Badami, Aihole, Pattadakal, Temples Aihole, Temples Pattadakal, Hospet, Hampi, Goa

A historic tour of India rich in Imperial heritage
This historic tour begins in the former princely city of Hyderabad, a cornucopia of contrasts, rich in Imperial heritage and new age industry. A legacy of the decadent Nizams is the trade of pearls, gold, fabric and of course diamonds.

Travel from this Islamic pocket in southern India to the intrinsically Hindu collection of temples at Badami, Aihole, Pattadakal and on to Hampi and the ancient Vijayanagar Empire to see some of India’s most intricate historical stone carvings. At the end of your explorations through history, unwind awhile at Goa, renowned for its endless beaches, places of worship and world heritage architecture.
 
Plan for Diamonds and Dynasties of Southern India by Greaves

DAY 1 HYDERABAD
On arrival stay at the ITC Kakatiya hotel and spend a relaxing day at leisure.

DAY 2 HYDERABAD
Explore this wondrous capital, a 400 year-old metropolitan city teeming with bustling-bazaars and Muslim monuments.

DAY 3 HYDERABAD
Morning tour of Golconda Fort, once famed for its diamond mines it is the site of a strategic fort standing atop an isolated hill which dates back to the 13th century. Also visit the graceful clusters and gardens at Qutab Shahi Tombs.

DAY 4 HYDERABAD – BIDAR – GULBARGA
Morning travel by road to Gulbarga enroute visiting Bidar a tiny district steeped in history of India. On arrival into Gulbarga check-in at Sun International Hotel.

DAY 5 GULBARGA – BIJAPUR
Morning tour of Gulbarga. A Hindu city before the Muhammadan conquest, Gulbarga is a unique synthesis of two cultures. Afternoon travel by road to Bijapur and check-in at Hotel Shashinag Residency.

DAY 6 BIJAPUR
Explore Bijapur which has the second largest tomb in the world.

DAY 7 BIJAPUR – BADAMI
Morning travel by road to Badami and check-in at Hotel Badami Court. Badami also known as Vatapi, is rich with Hindu and Jain temples carved out of sandstone hills.

  DAY 8 BADAMI – AIHOLE – PATTADAKAL – BADAMI
Full day tour to the elaborate temples at Aihole and Pattadakal.

DAY 9 BADAMI – HOSPET
Morning travel by road to Hospet and check-in at the Royal Orchid Central, Kireeti Hotel.

DAY 10 HOSPET – HAMPI – HOSPET
A day discovering the ruins at Hampi, once the capital city of the Vijayanagara Empire, an Imperial city of India to rival Rome with its palaces, temples and sculptures.

DAY 11 HOSPET – GOA
Morning travel by road to the final destination of Goa, with its endless beaches and swaying palms. On arrival at Goa check-in at Vivanta by Taj Holiday Village Hotel.

DAY 12 GOA
Day at leisure for spending time on the beach, touring Goa on your own or relaxing at your resort hotel.

DAY 13 GOA – MUMBAI
After a morning at leisure, transfer to the airport for an afternoon flight to Mumbai. On arrival transfer to ITC Maratha Hotel.

DAY 14 DEPART MUMBAI
Transfer to the airport to connect to onward destination.

This is a suggested itinerary for travelling privately. Dates, duration, hotels and routing may be changed to personalise the tour to the travellers’ preferences and requirements. Please contact Greaves for further ideas on how to enhance this journey of India.

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