North Karnataka is a delight for history lovers. One of the oldest inhabited regions of the country, the landscape offers a myriad jigsaw of ancient and modern India. The journey takes one from the pre-historic rock shelters and paintings to the mythological Kishkindha of Ramayan and Mahabharat, further on to the epitome of the southern kingdoms – the Vijayanagar Empire giving way to the modern Deccan Sultanate of Bijapur – each era with its own aura and legends left behind in the stories told by the stones.
What to see and do
The weeklong road trip from Mumbai across the Deccan took us through several millennia of history. As we unravelled the historic and pre historic landmarks, glimpses of India’s glorious past and its shimmering present unraveled in front of us.
Itinerary: Sangli (day 1), Bijapur (day 2-3), Sandur (day 4-5), Badami (day 6), Belgaum/Kolhapur (day 7).