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DURATION : 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
START POINT : Mustard Seed Ganesha, Hampi
PRICE : INR 2500 per person
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Hampi Tours
  • Duration: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Start Point: Mustard Seed Ganesha, Hampi
  • Price: INR 2500 per person

What makes Hampi unique?  Who built a magnificent medieval city here and why? What was social life of citizens of Vijayanagara?  

On this engaging Hampi tour we will explore the rich history of Vijayanagara empire, learn about unique architecture of various monuments, hear stories of victories and defeat. This is a tour for all history lovers. If you are looking for a well researched tour of Hampi that covers all the important monuments then this one is highly recommended. 

Hampi today is a protected UNESCO world heritage site, whose core zone is spread over an area of 42 square kilometers encompassing ancient temples, basements of palaces, remains of aquatic structures, ancient market streets, royal pavilions, bastions, royal platforms, treasury buildings and more. Within the core zone of the site there are several clusters of monuments, the most important amongst them are the Sacred Center, Urban Core, Islamic quarters, Kamlapura and Anegundi. On this Hampi Tour we will attempt to cover all the important monuments in the Sacred and Urban core areas. In the morning we will first cover the Sacred Center. Sacred Center as the name suggests is the religion center of Hampi, a number of ancient temples and structures are in this area. After lunch break we continue our exploration with the Urban Core area. This area was the Citadel of the Vijayanagara kings, it encompasses courtly and military structures of the core zone.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Well researched tour of Hampi conducted by top rated expert
  • Hear the origin story of Hampi & How the city came to be
  • How did the Kings built such a large city in the medieval times and why here?
  • Get unique perspective on social life of city inhabitants during 14th to 16th century
  • Learn about festivals they celebrated and rituals practiced
  • Explore important monuments of Hampi and learn about each ones function

MEET YOUR EXPERT GUIDE

Dodda Basava, fondly known as "Hampi Basava", is the backbone of Explore Hampi. For three generations his family has called Hampi thier home, living amongst the ruins of Hampi. He spent his childhood exploring every corner of Hampi with world renowned Archeologists, Epigraphists and Photographers who came to Hampi, assisting them and learning from them. All of this gave him the impetues and desire to pursue an education in History & Tourism. 

You will observe as you walk around in Hampi the respect and love locals show him. He cares deeply for his community, just as he cares about preserving the Heritage of Hampi. This has made him a worthy role model for the youngsters of his community. 

DETAILED ITINERARY

During the morning half of the day we will be exploring the riverside monuments of the Sacred Area. The lifeline of Hampi is the mighty river Tungabhadra. She is the basis and origin of everything in Hampi. She has witnessed the boulders hills form over millions of years, she has seen early humans settle on her banks, she has seen many a sages and mystics, she has seen the rise and fall of one of the greatest empires in India. On this tour get a glimpse into thousands of years of History as it unfolded on banks of this mighty river. Hear stories from mythology & local folklore. Learn about the rituals, festivals celebrated along the river. Learn about the birth of carnatic music and Haridasa movement. Visit the most beautiful and intricate of all temples in Hampi – Vijaya Vittala Temple & Stone Chariot.

Here are the places we will cover during the first half

  • Mustard Seed Ganesha 
  • Hemakuta Group of Monuments
  • Sri Virupaksha Temple Complex - Fresco Paintings, Three headed Nandi, Inverted pinhole image, Main Shrine, Temple elephant, Hampi Bazaar, Monolithic bull
  • Chakra Tirtha & Kodanda Rama Temple
  • Coracle Boat Ride on Tungabhadra River 
  • Kotilingam - Relief sculptures on boulders and Mandapas
  • Purandara Mantapa
  • Vittala Temple Complex - Gopura, Kalyana Mantapa, Mukha Mantapa with Musical Pillars, Sanctum, 100 pillared Mantapa

We then take an auto rickshaw to a restaurant where you can have lunch on you own.

During the second half of the day our focus will be the Urban Core of the medieval city. Here we have basements of palaces, administrative buildings, underground chambers, aqueducts, military structures etc. We will learn about social lives of people in the city through art, we will learn about festivals celebrated, irrigation and sanitation plans of the city. 

Important monuments covered during the second half

  • Queens Bath
  • Mahanavami Dibba 
  • Audience Hall
  • Stepwell Tank and Aqueduct systems of Royal Enclosure
  • Hazara Rama Temple - Royal Chapel
  • Lotus Mahal
  • Elephant Stables
  • Nobleman's Quarters viewing point

At the end of the tour we will arrange the autorickshaw to drop you to Kamalapur or Hampi Bazaar. 

This is an optional add-on to your Heritage Tour.  This is a great way to spend more time in Hampi - Witness a beautiful sunset and enjoy dinner with a local family.

  • After end of your full day tour we will stop at a local tea shop for some snacks
  • Then we will head to see the sunset away from the crowds
  • Post sunset we visit a local family that will be hosting us for dinner. 
  • While your dinner is being prepared you can explore the surrounding village on foot. 
  • After dinner you will be dropped back to your hotel or hospete.

BOOKING OPTIONS

DAY TOUR ONLY    -    INR 2500 per person

  • Expert Guide Services
  • Shared local transportation in Rickshaws during the tour based on the chosen route
  • Battery Cart Fee
  • Coracle Boat Ride 
  • Pickup/Drop from Hotel can be arranged on request. Cost will depend on location of hotel. 
  • If you book for 3 or more participants then pickup/drop will be complimentary. 

DAY TOUR + SUNSET WITH DINNER -  INR 3500 per person

  • Evening Snack and Tea Included
  • Dinner hosted by a local family at their home
  • Expert Guide Services
  • Shared local transportation in Rickshaws during the tour based on the chosen route
  • Battery Cart Fee
  • Coracle Boat Ride 
  • Pickup/Drop from Hotel can be arranged at extra cost. Cost will depend on location of hotel. 
  • If you book for 3 or more participants then pickup/drop will be complimentary. 

Frequently asked Questions

Detailed list of inclusions based on the Booking option chosen are detailed in the above section. 

  • Pickup and Drop from your Hotel is not included by default, you'll have to opt for the option and we will send you the quote for the same.
  • Entry fee to monuments is NOT included in the price. We do this so as to keep the price same for foreign and Indian nationals
  • Lunch is not included on this tour. We will recommend you a good place and take you there
  • Wear comfortable cotton clothes. Wear clothing that would cover your chest and shoulders. Wear bottoms that would cover up to your knees.
  • A cap or an umbrella to keep the sun out.
  • Sunglasses 
  1. Submit an enquiry by clicking on the button and providing us your details.  
  2. We will get back to you via email with payment options [Direct Bank Transfer, Credit Card or Paypal] and an invoice
  3. On completion of payment we will send you the final confirmation of the tour

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