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Duration: 5 Days
Distance Cycled: 150Km
Previously known as the imperial city of Vijayanagara, loosely translates to “The City of Victory” and quite literally from being the capital of South India’s largest, wealthiest, and most powerful kingdom. Now declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site titled as the “World’s Largest Open Air Museum”, the ruins of over 20 elaborate temples, palaces and medieval city structures between Hampi and Badami bear testimony to a flourishing empire from the era of dynasties. Join us in trailing this boulder-strewn topography flanked by the Tungabhadra River and leading to Vatapi (Badami) via the quaint countryside, cotton, paddy and corn fields. En route you may even get a chance to share a “majjige”(buttermilk) and “Rotti”(flat bread) a generous farmer may offer us.
It’s this unadulterated warmth and joy the people of North Karnataka exude that makes this trail a great real world experience of Karnataka. This is a 5 day trail through picturesque valleys where large boulders form cascades and rapids. We trail through mythical landscapes imbued with the presence of Gods, Goddesses and heroes linked with ancient legends. For a cyclist in you, you will experience stretches that challenge your limits, sceneries that indulge your senses and interactions with the locals that expose you to their culture and way of life.
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This expedition is for anyone with a keen interest in History exploring and truly “Travelling” into the time of legends, to hear of their stories and their struggles. Every year the excavations around Hampi reveal an new story and a fresh insight into the dominance of the Vijayanagara Empire.
Physically this is NOT an INTENSIVE Trail making it doable for anyone who is initiated to cycling and is keen of exploring and riding with a group of like-minded people can sign up. The terrain in Hampi and Badami ranges from flat grounds to moderate climbs. Distances pedaled daily will range between 40 to 60 kilometers on a rolling terrain that combines relatively flat sections with rolling terrain.
You will be required to practice some cycling before joining this trail. Our trail leaders will aquatint you with the necessary practice to put in to ensure you enjoy and not endure the trail.
Please read the Cancellation Policy thoroughly before you make a booking.
The expedition starts from Bangalore with an overnight drive or train ride to Hampi, a traveler’s hub with rustic charm and quaint history lined streets, burgeoning with bazaars that echo the voices of a thriving trade suburb of peninsular India. On this expedition our travellers get an insight into the historical, mythical, geological and religious past of one of India’s most admired kingdoms.
Today we reach Hampi early morning and cross the river on boats to Anjunadri where will check-in to our hotel and freshen up. We’ll cycle to out to a hiking spot post lunch and ride/drive back. We’ll spend the night in a simple/quaint backpackers homestay with a view of paddy fields and boulder hills.
Accommodation Type: Homestay
Today we cross the river on boats with our cycles and explore the once prolific empire of Vijayanagara. We begin the trail from the Virupaksha Temple and find our way through the ruins as our expert guide relives the story of geological wonders from the formation of rocks in Hampi to the stories of faith, betrayal and conquests through the dynasties.
Accommodation Type: Hotel/Home Stay
Rise and shine, wake up to an early morning and ride out to Badami through quaint villages and farms. Apart from delighting your senses with great views leading to the open black soil fields closer to Badami, we’ll also try our hand at the local cuisine with a simple yet very nourishing lunch, true to its local style at a “Lingayath Khanavali”. Once at Badami you’ll try your hand at some rock climbing guided by expert national level climbers. Tonight you will stay in luxury at the Badami Court hotel.
Accommodation Type: Hotel
Today we ride out to explore the erstwhile city of Badami. Fought over by the Chalukyas, Pallavas and the Rashtrakutas for power and territory. This now obscure agrarian village is a delight to explore as you ride past ruins still nestled within. Ready yourself for the magnificence of Badami caves, Bhutanatha Temples, the revered Mahakuta filled with urban miracles, Aihole, Pattadakal (coronation stone). Delight your taste buds to some local cuisine and spend the evening by the campfire sharing stories and experiences with fellow travellers.
Accommodation Type: Hotel
Post a relaxed breakfast at the hotel, we will drive out to Hospet by lunch time, post lunch we drive back to Bengaluru. Our expected time of arrival in Bengaluru is around 10 P.M. We bid goodbye to our new found friends and fellow travellers with hope and cheer for another Unventured journey.
Explore the region at the pace of a pedal trailing this boulder-strewn topography flanked by the Tungabhadra River and leading to Vatapi (Badami) via the quaint countryside, cotton, paddy and corn fields. Enroute you may even get a chance to share a “majjige” (Buttermilk) and “Rotti” (Flat bread) a generous farmer may offer us.
This 5 day trail begins and ends in Bangalore and includes about an approximate 150 kms of cycling over the 5 days. We’ve packed the right mix of cycling, leisure and exploration. You will experience stretches that challenge your limits, sceneries that indulge your senses and interactions with the locals that expose you to their culture
Difficulty Level: Moderately challenging due the altitude and weather conditions
Our Hampi and Badami trail is Not Intensive trail with the exception of 1 days ride from Hampi to Badami. The tour itself is a good blend of stories from the bygone era of one of India’s richest empires and the story of may empires that ruled the region and their interests in art and architectures that are now stories etched on stone. The Hampi and Badami trail is ideal for anyone who has a keen interest in exploring the historical and cultural past of the region and wish to do it in an off the bean path way. You will be covering about 150Km by cycle over 5 days, trailing through quaint countryside roads, ruins, villages and farms soaking in the life of the locals. What’s more our tour leaders will explode you to cultural, historical, gastronomical and natural essences of the region.
This tour is graded medium-low intensity in terms of distance and gradient climbing, since most of the rides will be done on 100% tarmac roads. We suggest that our guests start mountain biking in their own home country a few weeks before this trip. This is to ensure you take away unfamiliarity with mountain bikes that occur due to lack of practice, physical unpreparedness and you don’t hold up the other prepared participants. This tour will include a personal guide, mechanic and a designated driver.
Your tour will be supported with cycles; these are 24 speed American made, well maintained mountain bikes of good quality. You will also have a well-trained mechanic accompanying you, and a full repair kit with essential spares. We will also be carrying a back-up cycle along the expedition; just so that nobody misses out on the riding experience should his or her bike have a serious breakdown.
Our food menu is based on fresh food to provide three nutritious, plentiful and tasty meals daily.
A full sized first aid kit including oxygen canisters will be carried during the trip. Our tour leaders have appropriate wilderness first-aid training and are experienced in dealing with a range of medical problems associated with adventure travel. We also recommend that you bring your own personal medication, sunscreen and multi-vitamin tablets (just in case).
We are obsessed with the safety of our guests and as an adventure expedition the risk of injuries is higher than most other travel journeys. We follow a strict guideline in controlling and managing the pace of the group and discipline. We are well versed with the challenges faced by travelers on this stretch and also have in-depth information on possible places to reach out to for medical aid in the event of an emergency. You will be instructed each day on the trail, what to expect, do’s and don’ts so you do not put your lives at risk and affect the fellow travellers’ tour experience.
While we indemnify ourselves and our staff from the legalities of any accidents that may occur “Declaration” document; we genuinely are worried about your safety and security, we want you to follow the safety guidelines and leave your other worries with us and take to travel the Unventured way.
Our crew comprises of professional guides mostly locals dedicated to providing the best experience. Tour crew will provide you with essential support.
It is very likely that the times you spend with them – walking, talking, playing games – will be among the most memorable memories of the expedition.
Accommodation will be in basic hotels and home stays with good hygienic bathrooms offered on a twin-sharing basis.
A team of 10-12 riders will be supported by one TT with a carrier that will carry both the riders and bikes along with a spare cycle and lunch packs and water. Through the day this vehicle will ride with the riders.
|24th Dec – 28th Dec 2018||Available|
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