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5 Senses Tours invites you to join this Bewitching Ruins Trail, a guided experiential tour to Hampi, Badami, Pattadakal, and Aihole. Key highlights include climbing the magnificent Chitradurga Fort, a visit to a unique Sloth Bear sanctuary, exploring the ruins of Vijayanagar empire at Hampi, hitting the Ramayana trail at Kishkinda, village experience at Anegundi, riding a coracle on the Tungabhadra River, and exploring the caves temples of Badami, Aihole, and Patadakal. Take this chance and enjoy your holiday!
You will stay overnight at a hotel in twin sharing basis. You can choose to stay on single occupancy or double occupancy.
Motorcycle enthusiasts can take the thrilling option of a guided motorcycle tour in a Royal Enfield Classic. 5 Sense Tours provides the legendary Royal Enfield Bullet Motorcycles for all tours. When it comes to stimulating all the senses, no other motorcycle comes even close to a Royal Enfield. The Enfield journey began in 1890 in the United Kingdom at Redditch, Worcestershire.
These motorcycles played a role in the world wars as well. Special models were built which had machine guns fitted into sidecars for shooting at low flying aircrafts and with the ability to be dropped along with a parachute of airborne troops. The Royal Enfield motorcycles have been selling in India ever since 1949 creating a record for the longest production run for a motorcycle.
The legendary “thump” is a unique experience and makes for a memorable ride. Possessed of a character, a world war era legacy, an old world charm and the legendary “thump”, Royal Enfield motorcycles are an ideal partner to undertake 5 Senses Tours.
While the recommended itinerary is mentioned below, this is a customizable tour where guests can decide the duration, departure points, nature of activities, and places to stay. This is an all-inclusive trip where5 Sense Tours takes care of transport, stay, all meals, activities, and the services of a full-time tour guide.
The tour starts from Bengaluru (other departures also available) at 7:00 a.m. You will reach Chitradurga after a drive of three and a half hours. After posting the lunch, you will leave for Hampi and check in to your hotel by the late evening.
You will visit a fascinating sanctuary for the Indian Sloth Bear at Daroji. Spread over 5500 hectares, Daroji Bear Sanctuary was created in 1994 and is the first of its kind in Asia. Other than 150 bears, other inhabitants of this reserve are leopards, hyena, jackals, wild boars, porcupine, pangolins, star tortoise, monitor lizard, mongoose, peafowls, partridges, painted spur hen, and quails.
You will post your lunch and after a bit of rest, you will head towards the royal structures of Hampi. Over the next couple of hours, you will explore the courts and military structures of the once mighty Vijayanagar Empire.
Today, you will spend the day walking around the sacred area along the Tungabhadra River. This region has held religious and cultural significance long before the Vijayanagara kings came here to establish their capital. Vijayanagara kings took this further by building beautiful temples and marketplaces to carry on commerce and trade. You will cover all the important monuments spread across the southern banks of Tungabhadra River.
Today, you will start early at daybreak at 5:45 a.m. You will ride to Anjanadri hill, the birthplace of Lord Hanuman, for a glorious sunrise. After the breakfast, you will start the tour of Kishkinda, the legendary monkey kingdom mentioned in the great epic the Ramayana. A guide will show you where all the key events of Ramayana happened at Kishkinda. He will tell you stories and legends pertaining to the places you will visit.
In fact, it is here at Rishyamukha hills that Lord Rama meets Hanuman for the first time as he is looking for his kidnapped wife, Sita. Pampa Sarovara is another highlight of this tour where Rama met the old woman Shabari who advised him to seek Hanuman. You will also see the legendary Sugreeva’s cave where an interesting episode happened in Ramayana which altered the course of events to follow.
Today, you will see the legendary cave temples built by the Chalukyas at Badami, Aihole, and Pattadakal. Dating back to the sixth century, these are considered one of the best remnants of temple art in India. After the breakfast, you do 150 kilometers to the erstwhile capital of the Chalukya Kings, Badami. Located in a ravine at the foot of red sandstone hills, Badami looks mesmerizing surrounded by the Agastya Lake.
The cave temples are made of made of red sandstone and feature a hall with numerous pillars and a square shaped sanctum. Paintings cover the ceiling. A must look out is the pose of Lord Shiva and his consort Parvathi with a coiled serpent. An 18 armed Lord Nataraja in 81 dancing poses is the other item of interest. Badami is also famous for its inscriptions. An important inscription to look out for would be the first Sanskrit inscription in old Kannada script, on a hillock dating back to 543 Common Era.
You will ride from Badami to Aihole, located 34 kilometers away. There are more than a hundred stone temples from the fifth century onwards to see. Legend says it is at Aihole that Lord Parashurama washed his ax after killing all the Kshatriyas. After Aihole, you will move to Pattadakal located 14 kilometers away. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is an epitome of the Visara style of architecture. The grandest of all temples here is that of Virupaksha, built in the eighth century by Queen Lokamahadevi in 745 to commemorate the victory over the Pallavas of Kanchi.
After yesterday’s hectic day and marveling at the stone art, you will spend the day at a leisurely pace around the villages surrounding the ruins of Hampi. People have been living in this area for over 5000 years. You will get to see the life in a typical Indian village and experience the local culture which has not changed much for thousands of years. You will ride bikes and bullock carts as you explore lakes, canals, and cave paintings in Anegundi village and other parts of the countryside.
You will also be able to look at the local handicrafts which keep the livelihood going for these folks. A home cooked, sumptuous meal in a cave is also part of this day.
You will commence the final leg of this tour after the breakfast and come back to Bengaluru. The distance of 340 kilometers would be covered in eight hours including a lunch break. You would reach Bengaluru by 4:30 p.m. This is the end of the tour.
During this tour, you will visit Chitradurga Fort, Sloth Bear Sanctuary, the ruins of Vijayanagar empire, a village at Anegundi, and caves temples of Badami, Aihole, and Patadakal.
A combination of a music aficionado, a life skills trainer and an endurance motorcyclist. Vijay has over 8 years riding experience across all surfaces and is a professional motorcyclist. His passion and love for traveling and riding motorcycles has helped him organize and lead various tours and riding events. He loves the mountains and getting closer to mother nature. Safety is his key mantra for any ride. With him leading your tour, you can be rest assured that you’re in the safest of hands whilst enjoying the experience. His favorite quote is "Not all those who wander are lost".
The tour will take place in India.
Anegundi is an ancient town located five kilometers from Hampi and was better known as Kishkinda during the Ramayana times. Anjanadri hill located here is where Lord Hanuman was born. A coracle ride, in round baskets, is a popular way of exploring Hampi along the Tungabhadra River.
Chitradurga is an ancient town and was part of the Mauryan Empire under Ashoka the Great, in the third century before Christ. Chitradurga Fort covers an area of 1500 acres and its walls cover a distance of eight kilometers. The fort was built in stages between 14th and 18th centuries by different dynasties like the Rashtrakutas, Chalukyas, Hoysalas, and Nayaks.
It is a fascinating experience to explore this fort with its seven concentric fortification walls, 19 gateways, 38 posterior entrances, 35 secret pathways, four invisible passages, water tanks, and 2000 watch towers. Chitradurga hill also finds a place in the great epic Mahabharata. The battle between Bhima and the demon Hidimba is supposed to have happened here. Legend says that the boulders you see today were part of the arsenal used during that duel several millennia ago.
Hampi was the erstwhile capital of the great Vijayanagar Empire which flourished in the 14th, 15th, and 16th centuries. During its heydays, Hampi was the second largest city in the world after Peking. During the Ramayana era, Hampi was famous as Kishkinda the kingdom of monkeys. Today Hampi lies in ruins but looks timeless. It is fondly called the world’s largest open air museum.
Vijaya Vittala temple is a grand masterpiece constructed on a polyhedron foundation. The world renowned stone chariot made of rough quartz is located at the entrance. The musical pillars of the temple are one of the greatest work of art by mankind. Virupaksha temple from Hoysala times is another great price of temple architecture. The temple tower is a majestic 11 storeys tall.
Your delicious breakfast, lunch, and dinner included in the prices will be served every day. The local cuisine of the region is usually offered to you. In most places, both vegetarian and non-vegetarian would be offered while in a few, only vegetarian food is served.
Kempegowda International Airport
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Please book your flight to arrive at Kempegowda International Airport (BLR). Please contact 5 Senses Tours for more information.
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