Cultural Retreat - Hampi

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Cultural Retreat - Hampi

Hampi was one of the richest and largest cities in the world during its prime. It is located within the ruins of the Vijayanagara Empire. Hampi continues to be an important religious centre, housing the Virupaksha Temple and several other monuments belonging to the old city. Hampi has various notable Hindu temples with some vedanta mythology inside the temples, some of which are still active places of worship. The serene position next to the river and the magical atmosphere that surrounds the temples and ruins, makes Hampi one of the most fascinating historical sites of India.

Day 1

Hubli Airport / Hubli Railway station / Hospet Railway station – Hampi (Hubli – Hampi approx. 170km/3hrs) & (Hospet –Hampi approx. 15Km/25min)

As you arrive at Hospet / Hubli Railway station or Hubli airport, you drive directly down to Hampi. Here, you check into a hotel and during the day, enjoy sightseeing. Check out the ancient ruins across the region and explore the local bazaar. Lounge by the riverside, stroll alongside the Tungabhadra and towards the end of the day enjoy the beautiful sunset across Matanga Hill.

Hampi’s ruins:

For those who don’t know, Hampi is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It comes with high historical value and is regarded as India’s Pompeii. Hampi is also the safest place for women who travel alone. You should be able to see the numerous ancient Hindu temple ruins and a regal structure from the Vijayanagara dynasty, which existed around 1500 CE.

Matanga Hill:

The view from atop the hill is clearly breathtaking. It feels almost surreal when you visualise all of Hampi from there including the bazaar, Virupaksha Temple, Anjaneya Hills, scattered boulders and lush-green paddy fields.

(Sightseeing depends upon the arrival time)

Overnight in Hampi.

Meals –Dinner

Hampi - Badami - Hampi

Your assisted driver will pick you up from your hotel in Hampi some time between 6:45 and 7 AM. In transit, you can have your morning meal at perhaps the best bistro. You will first visit Aihole, explore the Ravanphadi caverns and temples such as the Durga, Jyotirlinga, Galaganatha and Chakra gudi. Thereafter you will visit Pattadakal to explore the UNESCO World Heritage Temple complex. Further down, you get to see the Jambulinga and Mallikarjuna temples, as well. Have your lunch and then explore the cavern sanctuaries of Badami. With this your Full Day Tour of Badami, Pattadakal and Aihole will end and you will be dropped off at your hotel in Hampi by late evening.

Also known as Aryapura, Aihole village is a historical site that at one time hosted medieval era Hindu, Jain and Buddhist cultures. You will find several monuments here that date back from the 6th through the 12th Century CE. From here to get to the highest point of Meguti Hill to visualise some neolithic dolmens.

Built some time in 550 AD, Ravana Phadi is one of the earliest buildings in the area and the temple is primarily made out of sandstone. The carefully-preserved structure has a distinctive element - a large flat field in front of it.

Galaganatha Temple - The famous Shiva Galageshwar Temple situated along the Tungabhadra river, was built during the rule of the Western Chalukyas.

Durga Temple - 8th Century Temple, originally dedicated to Surya has relief panels depicting Vedic deities and others.

Jyotirlinga Temple - Dates back to the 6th and 11th centuries built during the early Chalukya rule is mostly in ruins. The complex has around 16 monuments and a stepwell.

Chakra Gudi - A 9th Century Temple located on the southern end of the Durga temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The architecture is Nagara style with a large Mandapa and round pillars.

Pattadakal - The place is a pinnacle of diverse art where you can explore architecture built during the Chalukya Dynasty roughly between the 7th and 8th Century. You will visualise merged architectural sites from North and South India.

Mallikarjuna Temple - Built under the reign of Vira Narasimha II, king of the Hoysala Empire by Harihara Dhannayaka in the year 1234 AD, the Archaeological Survey of India has declared it as a monument of national importance.

Badami - Formerly called Vatapi, Badami is located in the Bagalkot district of Karnataka.Get ready to ascend to the sandstone subterranean sanctuaries of Badami. Investigate and revere the enormous engravings of deities. Following that, you will have a leisurely stroll around the Bhoothanatha Temple complex and Agastya Lake. Your Full Day Tour of Badami, Pattadakal, and Aihole comes to a conclusion at this point, and you will be dropped off at your Hampi hotel by late afternoon.

Overnight in Hampi .

Meals – Breakfast, Dinner

Day 2
Day 3

Hampi Sightseeing 9:00 AM to 01:00 PM – SACRED AREA

The morning portion of the day will be spent touring the Sacred Area's riverfront monuments. The powerful river Tungabhadra serves as Hampi's lifeblood. She is the foundation and source of all things in Hampi and has witnessed the arrival of prehistoric humans on its banks, the many sages and mystics, and the emergence and collapse of one of India's greatest empires. Learn about the Haridasa movement and the beginnings of carnatic music. Visit the Vijaya Vittala Temple, the most exquisite and gorgeous temple in Hampi and the Stone Chariot, which is a major attraction.

Here are the places we will cover during the first half

01:00 PM to 02:00 PM – LUNCH BREAK

Lunch is not included in the package cost and you can pay what you eat for directly at the restaurant.

02:00 PM to 04:30 PM – ROYAL URBAN CORE

Focus will shift to the royal Urban Core of the mediaeval city. Here, you can find some underground chambers, aqueducts, palace basements, administrative buildings, military installations, and more.Through art, we will learn about the city's irrigation and sanitation systems, celebrated events, and residents' social lives.

Overnight in Hampi.

Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

Hampi – Hospet / Hubali Airport

After breakfast, check out from the hotel and drive to Hospet Railway station.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 4

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