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Expedition: Andhra Pradesh and Telangana

Trip No. 5967

Delhi - Vizag - Srikakulam - Araku - Padua - Vijayawada - Kondapalli - Ghantasala - Guntapalli - Warangai - Hyderabad - Nagpur - Tadoba

From a religious studies perspective, we know India primarily as the birthplace of Buddhism, which spread from there to East and Southeast Asia with today's strongholds of China (including Tibet), Japan, Korea, Myanmar and Thailand as well as the largest Hindu population on earth. But despite the fact that most Muslims in the region now live in Pakistan, many still live in Andhra Pradesh and the newly founded (and split off from Andhra Pradesh) Telengana. A really multi-religious area, which is also home to many tribal cultures that bring their beliefs in people and spirits into the culture of the two states. Certainly one of the most pristine regions of India. From time to time we will have to compromise when it comes to travel comfort on our new 16-day expeditions, but we often move off the beaten track and are amply rewarded by encounters and experiences. In between, Hyderabad, which has grown into a multi-million dollar city, and finally a safari, which will hopefully allow us to experience great sightings of tigers in the Tadoba Tiger Park. And on the second day of the trip a completely different animal sighting: a turtle fossil that is worshiped as the second incarnation of Vishnu - one of the highest Hindu deities. Without a filter - pure India!

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Itinerary:

16 day tour

Day 1: outward flight

Departure from Frankfurt, scheduled flight with LUFTHANSA to Delhi.

Day 2: Delhi - Vizag - Srikakulam

Arrival in Delhi early in the morning and transfer to the nearby airport hotel. In the morning our onward flight to Vizag (Visakhapatnam), a port city in the state of Andhra Pradesh - from here we set off for today's destination Srikakulam (118km, approx. 3 hours). We visit the Buddhist site Thotlakonda Hinayana and the Shri Kurmam Temple - here a fossil turtle is worshiped as the second incarnation of the deity Vishnu. In the afternoon we visit another Buddhist site - Shalihundam, from the 2nd century.
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Day 3: Srikakulam - Araku

On our way to Araku (270km, approx. 6 hours) we visit the Mukhalingam temple. This temple is dedicated to the deity Shiva and is an important pilgrimage site for devout Hindus in Andhra Pradesh. On our way further we visit the Andhra Paroja tribal villages, where the people live mainly in houses made of palm leaves.
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Day 4: Araku

Today we have a day trip to Nandapur. Here we get to know the tribe of Odisha Paroja who visit the weekly market in Nandapur. In the village of Subai we see ancient Jain ruins from the 11th century AD. and then drive to the villages of the Odisha Paroja and Kondh tribes.
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Day 5: Araku - Padua - Vizag

In the morning we visit the coffee museum (the only one in all of India), where we can fortify ourselves with a coffee. We continue to Padua, here we visit the weekly market on the border between Andhra Pradesh and Orissa. On the way to Vizag we visit the Borra caves. With a depth of 80m, they are the deepest caves in India (150km, approx. 3 hours).
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Day 6: Vizag - Vijayawada - Kondapalli

In the early morning our flight to Vijayyawada and on to Kondapalli (100km, approx. 2 hours). Here we visit the imposing Kondapali Fort. The fort was built in the 14th century and was inhabited until the end of the Mughal rule in the 18th century.
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Day 7: Vijayawada - Ghantasala - Guntapalli - Vijayawada

Today a full day excursion to Ghantasala and Guntapalli (220km, approx. 4 hours). Ghantasala was once a thriving city of Indo-Roman trade and an important religious center. The Buddhist relics and Hindu structures still show the past glory of this place. In Guntupalli we see two Buddhist caves and the Chaitya hall with its carved stone entrance.
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Day 8: Vijayawada

Today we visit the Amravatii stupa. It is believed that the site was built in phases between the 3rd century BC. And was built in 250 AD. In addition to the stupa, the site also has an archaeological museum. In the afternoon we explore the surrounding villages.
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Day 9: Vijaywada - Warangal

On our way to Warangal (250km, approx. 5 hours) we visit the villages of the Konda Reddy and Koya tribes.
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Day 10: Warangal

Today we visit the Warangal Fort and the Temple of the Thousand Pillars. The fort has existed since the 12th century when Warangal was the capital of the Kakatiya dynasty. The fort has four gates known as Kakatiya Kala Thoranam, which originally formed the entrances to the now destroyed Shiva temple. The Thousand Pillar Temple was built by Rudra Deva in 1163 AD and reflects the architecture of the typical Chalukyan style.
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Day 11: Warangal - Hyderabad

We set off for Hyderabad (200km, approx. 4 hours). On our way to the capital, the newly created state of Telangana in 2014, we visit the villages of the Lambadi tribe.
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Day 12: Hyderabad

We have a whole day to explore the metropolis of Hyderabad. On our city tour we visit the historic Charminar building, the Qutubshai tomb, the Salarjung Museum and the Golkonda Fort.
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Day 13: Hyderabad - Nagpur - Tadoba

In the very early morning our flight to Nagpur in the state of Maharastra. After our arrival drive to the Tadoba Tiger Reserve (160km, approx. 3 hours). In the afternoon our first jeep safari in the park.
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Day 14: Tadoba

A safari awaits us in the morning and in the afternoon. The national park offers very good chances of sighting tigers, but is also home to a variety of other animals such as leopards, sloth bears, hyenas, wild dogs and various species of deer.
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Day 15: Tadoba - Nagpur - Delhi

This morning there is also the opportunity to see tigers on a safari. At noon drive to Nagpur (160km, approx. 3 hours) and flight to Delhi. After our arrival, rooms are available to us in an airport hotel so that we can freshen up.
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Day 16: Departure

Return flight to Frankfurt with LUFTHANSA.

Highlights:

  • New 16-day expedition through the two southeast Indian states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana
  • from Hindu temples to Buddhist sites, from Muslim monuments to tribal cultures in the remote landscapes of the southeastern region of India
  • a tour for India advanced and connoisseurs
  • on our journey we seek as much contact as possible with traditional tribes
  • detailed tour of the metropolis of Hyderabad
  • At the end of the trip, a detour to Maharasthra with a visit to the less well-known Tadoba Tiger Park including a safari
  • Early booking discount (2%, see page 10)

Hotel overview

placehotelovernight stays
DelhiRED FOX AEROCITY ***1
SrikakulamHOTEL BLUE EARTH ***1
ArakuHARITHA HILL RESORT **2
VizagNOVOTEL VARUN BEACH ****1
VijayawadaTHE GATEWAY ****3
WarangalHOTEL SUPRABH **2
HyderabadFORTUNE PARK VALLABHA ****2
TadobaTIGER KING RESORT ***2
DelhiRED FOX AEROCITY ***1

Included in the tour price

  • Scheduled flights with LUFTHANSA from / to Frankfurt including taxes and fees
  • domestic Indian flights including the airport taxes incurred
  • domestic German rail journey Rail & amp; Fly (2nd class)
  • Overnight stays in hotels according to standard (country category) according to tour itinerary or equivalent
  • Meals see tour itinerary (B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner)
  • Transfers, sightseeing, sightseeing and adventure programs including entrance fees
  • a travel guide of your choice
  • continuous, German spr. Expedition leader from / to Delhi

Not included in the tour price

Visa: Visa: Required for India. We recommend using a visa service or applying for a visa online (currently 80 USD).

Desired services

  • connecting flights within Germany: 90, - €

  • Minimum number of participants: 8
  • Maximum number of participants: 12