Spirit of India-Camping in Hampi Experience
Spirit Journeys Worldwide welcomes you to join our 8-days ultimate travelling camp, Hampi, India.
Delve into the glories of the ancient Vijayanagar Empire, with Camp Hampi. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Hampi, located on the banks of the Tungabhadra River, is truly a legacy in stone. The best way for the discerning and leisure traveller to explore these marvels is from the comfort and expertise of Camp Hampi. Enjoy a holiday of a lifetime, where legends come alive.
As the capital of a mighty empire from the fourteenth century A.D., Hampi’s past grandeur is immediately evident. A startling landscape of palaces, immense temples and urban ruins earned Hampi its world-acclaimed monikers ‘the city of victory’ and ‘best planned city.’ Built in the typical Dravidian style, its grand courtyards are enclosed by high walls, intricately carved and pillared halls and imposing gateways.
In the charming setting of the vast Deccan Plateau, discover the romance of ancient history. Find customised experiences and activities that suit your interests. Take leisurely walks around the camp to spot wildlife or watch gorgeous sunsets on hikes overlooking the stunning ruins of the old city. Listen to tales of the Vijayanagar Kingdom over a crackling campfire. Savour the flavours of the Deccan’s cuisine from our kitchen and immerse yourself in the timelessness of Hampi.
- Visit UNESCO World Heritage site of Hampi
- Visit the Daroji Sloth Bear Sanctuary
- Visit the village of Anegudi
- Visit Durga and Pattadakal Temple UNESCO heritage site
- 01 October’2018 to 15 July’2019
- 8 days/7 nights,
- Prices from 3299 pp/double occupancy
- Open to all levels
HOW TO BOOK or Further information
- Bangalore -The Lalit/Deluxe room
- Hampi -Kishkinda Camp/Luxury Suite Tent room
- Bangalore -The Lalit/Deluxe room
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Flights available on request – please contact us for a quote including flights|
|INCLUDED|| 07 nights accommodation on single / double sharing basis in above mentioned hotels or similar|
Accommodation on bed and breakfast basis in Bangalore while Hampi on full board basis (Breakfast,Lunch & Dinner)
All transfers & sightseeing tours by air-conditioned large vehicle (Toyota Innova or similar)
Personalised butler service
Assistance of agency representative during arrival & departure transfers at airports
Guided excursions as specified in the tour programmes
Still camera fees (not professional) as applicable
All applicable taxes including Government Service Tax
|NOT INCLUDE|| Prices do not include international or domestic airfares.|
Any optional tour mentioned in the itinerary.
Taxes not mentioned in the package inclusions and insurance.
Gratuities to service staff including local guides and drivers
Expenses of personal nature like telephone calls, laundry, special beverages, porterage at airports/ railway stations.
Professional still and video camera fee.
|Additional Information||Single Rooms at a supplement on request|
Day 1: Arrive Bangalore (-/-/-)
Overnight at The Lalit
Day 2: Bangalore - Hampi (B/-/D)
Morning: Drive to Kishkinda Camp, Hampi (approx 350 km / 7 hrs)
Today, following arrival at the luxurious Kishkinda Camp Hampi, relax and unwind in the comfort of your camp. Located in the vicinity of the UNESCO World Heritage site of Hampi. Later, you will be joined by one of the experience specialists who will take you through a list of activities that are part of your program.
Overnight at Kishkinda Camp, Hampi
Day 3: Hampi (B/L/D)
Start your day at the monolithic Ganesha temple with an introductory talk on Hampi by our excursion expert. An archway leads you to a mosaic of small shrines, temples, monoliths and a reservoir. Hemkuta Hill is the grand entrance inside the fortified city complex. It is a vantage point for a bird’s eye view of the fabled Virupaksha temple. A walk down the gentle granite slopes takes you to the Temple. This grand 8th century marvel is a standing testament to Hampi’s glorious past. Built in typical Dravidian style, the temple walls and pillars are embellished with elegant sculptures of gods, flora, fauna, celestial nymphs, amorous couples and motifs of religious importance. The next stop is the Laxmi-Narasimha Temple. Admire the tall 22-foot figure which has been painstakingly restored by the Archaeological Survey of India.
Return to the camp for lunch.
After lunch, drive to the urban site of Hampi. Visit the medieval royal chambers, palaces, step-wells, watchtowers, elephant stables and royal baths. The distinctive architecture reflects a subtle Islamic influence in its design of flowing arches, domes and heavily structured pillars within the regal enclosure. View the Mahanavami platform, Hazararama temple and the charming Queen’s bath. Return to the comforts of the camp for dinner.
Overnight at Kishkinda Camp, Hamp
Day 4: Hampi (B/L/D)
Enjoy a relaxed breakfast and get ready for a visit to the unique Daroji Sloth Bear Sanctuary, a short drive from the campsite, accompanied by your naturalist.
The sanctuary has become a successful and exemplary effort towards conservation of the seriously threatened sloth bear, and the population of the bears has significantly increased. The sanctuary is open scrub forest, red sandstone rocks, caves, huge boulders and large honeycombs hanging on rocks and trees. Other animals which share the sanctuary are leopards, pangolins, monitor lizards, peacocks and many species of butterflies.
Return to the camp for lunch.
In the afternoon, proceed to the tiny village and fortress of Anegundi, which literally means “Elephant Gorge” on the northern bank of the Tungabhadra River. Built in the 14th century, the remains of palaces, temples and massive walls still preserve the tales and legends of the area. Walk to the Kalyan Mahal which resembles the Lotus Palace of Hampi. Anegundi is known for its mud-plastered, thatched houses and several iconic sites and monuments, including Anegundi Fort and Anjaneya Hill. Later, proceed to an NGO working towards conservation, developing handicrafts, education and improving the socio-economic status of the local community. Return to camp for sunset cocktails and a culinary experience with our chef, sharing traditional local recipes.
Overnight at Kishkinda Camp Hamp
Day 5: Hampi (B/L/D)
Today, you have an early morning start with a sumptuous breakfast and a full day excursion. On arrival at Aihole, visit the Durga Temple built on a raised platform, columns holding the richly decorated, semi-circular sanctuary. The columns depict amorous couples in sensuous poses and guardians protecting the main sanctum. The interiors of richly carved niches depict various Hindu deities including Vishnu, Ganesha, Shiva and Durga. The inner sanctum is especially charming, with fine carvings. The temple complex also has two water cisterns (baolis/step-wells) and a museum. Later, proceed to the UNESCO World Heritage site, Pattadakal, a short distance away. The Pattadakal Temple complex is set in the middle of perfectly manicured gardens, which were built by the Chalukyan Kings for special private events, festivals and coronation ceremonies.
Enjoy a picnic lunch.
Drive to the Badami cave temple complex, which was carved out of red sandstone in the 6th-7th centuries. The entire complex is multi-layered, with temples on different landings between flights of steps. A set of steps takes us to an assembly hall and temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is supported by elegantly carved figures of celestial nymphs and guardians. Once we reach the top of the hill, enjoy an astonishing view of the entire Badami complex and the colossal manmade lake, Agastya. Return to the comforts of your camp in the evening.
Overnight at Camp, Hampi
Day 6: Leh (B/L/D)
Today is day to spend at your leisure.
Spend the day at leisure in the Kishkinda Camp Hampi. Explore the dramatic landscape and farmlands on cycles or enjoy some of the fascinating walking trails through the boulders and paddy fields spotting some unusual birds.
Optional activities suggested during your stay –
Birding on the backwaters of Tungabhadra
You have the flexibility to enjoy a half-day excursion, early in the morning, for an exciting day of exploring, walking and watching the local avian fauna. Your exclusive resident naturalist will take you for an adventurous trek along the backwaters of the Tungabhadra River, to see the glorious bird life of the region. The backwaters of the Tungabhadra serve as a perfect habitat for over 230 species of resident and migratory birds, including the greater flamingos. The monstrous boulders, ample sun and dry landscape, makes it the perfect habitat for the white-browed bulbul, grey-necked buntings, brown crake, black stork, Eurasian eagle owl, Asian paradise flycatcher and the painted spur-fowl. After a morning of excitement, return to the comfort of your camp.
Half-day excursion to the village of Sandur
You have the flexibility to enjoy a half-day excursion to the village of Sandur, for a glimpse into India’s nomadic past. Located at an hour’s drive from Camp Hampi, along the majestic landscapes of the Western Ghats, Sandur is home to nomads or Banjaras at the Kushal Kala Kendra. These nomads once roamed in great numbers, but economic pressures and mass settlement quickly found their gypsy ways going out of favour. Today, Hampi is one of the last few refuges in the country, working towards not only supporting them, but also working closely towards their development in modern society.
Observe gypsy women who have traded their nomadic life for a steady income, using their masterful skills of embroidery at Kushal Kala Kendra. Set up by the former king of Sandur to empower the local community of craftswomen, today it is a prolific crafts centre. This is a unique opportunity to interact, with one of the most beautiful sub-cultures of incredible India. Later return to the camp.
Overnight at Camp, Hampi
Day 7: Bid farewell to Kishkinda Camp, Hampi & Drive to Bangalore (B/-/-)
Morning: Drive to Bangalore (approx 350 km / 7 hrs)
Arrive Bangalore and check-in at hotel for 01 night stay
Overnight at The Lalit
Day 8: Depart Bangalore (B/-/-)
Morning: at leisure for independent activities (no vehicle at disposal)
Noon: Checkout of the hotel & transfer to the international airport to board flight to onward destination
- We strongly recommend the purchase of travel insurance
- Reservations during peak times (Christmas, New Year, National Holidays) may be subject to supplementary charges. Please contact us for trips over this period
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- Rooms at hotels are available only from 1400 on arrival day till 1200 on departure date. A supplement will be added if early check-in or late check-out is desired.
- If one or some proposed service(s) is (are) not available at the moment of booking, we will try to find other possibilities/options or other similar services (s) in order to avoid changes to the program.
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