Little Tibet

Tour Route:
Goa - Badami - Hospet - Goa
Duration:
5 Nights / 6 Days

Day 01: Arrival Goa

On arrival at Goa airport, you will be transferred to your hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02: Goa - Mini Tibet - Badami

Breakfast at hotel.
Morning leave by surface to Badami (235 Kms / 05 Hours approximately), enroute visit Little Tibet in Mundgod Village. Mundgod, The Mini Tibet of India is called Doeguling Tibetan Settlement. Today it is the repository of Tibetan life and culture. It showcases the life style and ambitions of the Tibetan refugees and reflects the gradual transformation of a traditional society into modernity. It has rightfully earned the name "Mini Tibet". The Tibetans set up the Doeguling Tibetan Settlement in Mundgod in 1966. Today, it is the largest concentration of Tibetan refugees in the world, exceeding thirteen thousand persons. Mundgod is an excellent Centre of monastic education. The Doeguling Monastic University, a replica of Tibet's reputed 500-years-old Doeguling Monastic University.
Continue your drive to Badami. Upon arrival check into your hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 03: Badami - Aihole - Pattadakal - Badami

Breakfast at hotel.
Morning leave for the visit of Aihole & Pattadakal.
Aihole (24 Kms from Badami) was the cultural capital of the early Chalukyas of Badami who ruled from Badami during 6th - 8th century AD. This village is of great architectural interest containing more than a hundred temples, built in different styles and period, aptly designated as `the cradle of Indian architecture' The archeological site museum (remain closed on Friday) comprises of stone sculptures of Brahmanical, Jaina and Buddhist faith, fragmentary carved architectural members, inscriptions, hero stones, sati stones etc.
Pattadakal (20 Kms from Aihole) is an art historians dream. It has a set of nine temples built almost a single file, showing the architects' desire for experimenting in various styles. Pattadakal represents the culmination of early Chalukyan art. Four of the temples here are in the south Indian Dravidian architectural style while four are in the north Indian Nagara style while Papanatha temple exhibits a hybrid style. The Virupaksha temple, probably the most beautiful of all temples here is in the south Indian style and is almost a replica of the Kailasanatha temple of Kanchipuram. There is also a Jain temple from the period of 9th century here at Pattadakal.
Return back to Badami (20 Kms) and proceed for the visit of Badami caves and archeological museum (remains closed on friday). The museum mainly comprises of pre-historic stone implements and sculptures, architectural members, inscriptions, hero stones etc. datable from 6th to 16th century AD. Overnight at hotel.

Day 04: Badami - Hospet

Breakfast at hotel. Morning leave for Hospet (120 Kms / 04 hours). Upon arrival at Hospet, check in at hotel. Afternoon at leisure or explore Hospet market. Overnight at hotel.

Day 05: Hospet - Hampi - Hospet

Breakfast at hotel.
Morning proceed for full day excursion tour of Hampi (World Heritage Site), 11 Kms from Hospet. Temples of the city are noted for their large dimensions, florid ornamentation, bold and delicate carvings, stately pillars, magnificent pavilions and a great wealth of iconographic and traditional depictions which include subjects from the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. The Vitthala temple is an excellent example of Vijayanagara style. Temple complex dedicated to Vittala, a form of the Hindu God Vishnu is an architectural highlight of Hampi. Krishna Temple, is dedicated to Lord Krishna, one of the tem incarnations of Lord Vishnu. Lakshmi Narasimha, this giant monolithic statue of the man-lion God is the largest icon of Hampi. Queen's bath, this structure belongs to the royal area of capital. Probably used by courtly ladies or the king himself, this looks like an indoor aquatic complex. A large veranda with protruding balconies all around faces the central pool. This is one of the typical example of the Indo-Islamic hybrid architecture. Lotus Mahal, this ornate structure was probably used by the military chief as his office or the queens of the palace as a pleasure pavilion. The pavilion spots Islamic architecture style arches and the roofs and base typical of Hindu.
Evening return back to hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 06: Hospet - Goa - Departure

Breakfast at hotel. Morning leave for Goa by surface (326 Kms / 08 Hours). Upon arrival at Goa transfer to airport to catch your connecting flight to next destination.