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Event Tag: Trikon #153
Event Name: Gandikota & Belum Caves Tour
Event Date: 26th to 29th January 2017
Event Cost: Rs. 4,950/- per pax
Total Seats: 30
Location: Andhra Pradesh
Nearest Town: Jamalamaddagu 
Grade: Easy
Category: Big Chutti Plans

Gigantic Gandikota – Grand Canyon of India – 13th century formation
Situated at Tenlangana, Gandikota is termed as the Grand Canyon of India. It is no less breathtaking as compared to the Grand Canyon in USA, and it goes one scale up if you were to imagine the backdrop holding a sprawling lush green backdrop surrounded by huge Rocky Mountains and beneath flows the Pennar River. Sit on the rock and capture the panoramic view as it’s an epic Geographical creation that will force you to give an awestruck view.

The Gandikota fort premises
The fort premises look ancient and rustic, all thanks to the promising huge walls that stand as the protector. Its huge gate and immersive structure has witnessed a lot in the past.

The Jama Masjid & Chaar Minar
Huge held constructions and little minarets at the entrance make both Jama Masjid & Chaar Minar a perfect backdrop and a spokesperson of historical evidences. Imagine yourself surrounded by the great some great music, sprinkling the melody of love.

Madhavaraya temple
Dedicated to Vishnu, Madhavaraya temple has protected some small statues and sculptures of Hindu Gods carved over the Gopuram and walls of the temple. Preserving the royal odyssey, every brick and sculptures becharms the magnitude of the old kingdom that once exists there.

Ranganatha Swamy Temple
The temple was very much ruined but the main sanctum stood on an elevated platform. Despite of withstanding and witnessing so much, this temple has yet not lost the shine and elegance.

The Granary
Once used for storing grains, the Granary has space for storing a lot of grains and many huge pillars stand erect.

The Royal Water Tank
It is a perennial spring irrigating some lime and plantain gardens. Just sit besides it and take a deep understanding of how useful it must be for ancient civilizations then.

Village
The local village is scarcely populated has a school, hospital and their own panchayats. Strolling around the village is permissible, it just adds up to the rustic charm. Remember those bullock carts and playing kids…Oh!! What a nostalgic feeling.

Jail & other view points
There exists an ancient jail, a few tunnels and many viewpoints that give different perspective of the Grand Canyon.

Mylavaram Dam & Pennar River View – Walk for 2 kms for strolling around the rivers and spending blissful time.

Bewildered Belum Caves – India’s Largest & Longest Caves - Walking through these underground caves will leave you thrilled and give you a bone chilling experience. There’s sufficient oxygen supply and orange rope lights to ensure you enjoy the caving experience. These natural caves were formed centuries ago when Chitravati River penetrated and emerged in making this Geographical mystery. Get to see pot holes and amazing formations all around the caves interiors. Along with geographical mysteries that leave you spellbound, this caves also seem to have historical importance. Many say that Jain Jains and Buddhists monks occupied these caves centuries ago for medidation. At the entrance itself, you’ll get to see a HUGE WHITE MAHAVIR STATUE. Inside the caves, Patalaganga is the key attraction and you have to go 150 ft under the ground level to see it. Cross narrow pavements and crawl around to see those amazing wonders.

Other formations and point to see
Mandapam
Banyan Tree Hall
Thousand Cobra Hoods
Meditation Hall
Saint Bed
Potholes up above

Sri Bugga Ramalingeswara Swamy Temple – Unveil Mythological Mystery – Located at the banks of Penna River, this historical temple dates back to 16th century. The temple has main entrances on South and West. The temple reflects the beautiful architecture designed by Ramachari with 650 members as a team for 21 years. There is a secret tunnel to Tirupati but now the entrance of the tunnel is closed. Locals believe that Shri Ram himself installed the Shiva Linga here.

Major Attractions
Gandikota – Penna Gorge View Point
Gandikota Fort - Historical Structures
Penna River & Mylavaram Dam
1.5 Km Belum Caves Walk (Total Caves area 3 km)
Formations & Geographical miracles of Caves
13th Century Ram-Shivlinga Temple

Day 0 - 26th Jan 2017 Thursday
Board Train for Gandikota (Chennai Express 11041)
14.00– CST
14.12 – Dadar
14.38– Thane
14:58– Kalyan
18:00 - Pune

Day 1 - 27th Jan 2017 Friday
Arrive at Andhra Pradesh at 8.30 am (Muddanuru)
09.00 am – Leave for Gandikota
10.00 am – Reach Hotel and Freshen up (Hotel Haritha)
10.30 am – Enjoy relishing South Indian breakfast
11.30 am – Explore Gandikota fort and Historical Monuments (30 seconds from Hotel)
01.30 pm – Come back to hotel and enjoy lip-smacking lunch
03.00 pm - Stroll around the village and visit the Mylavaram Dam and Pennar River
04.00 pm – Sunset view from Grand Canyon
05.00 pm – Relax and spend leisure time at Hotel
07.00 pm – Night strolling around Gandikota Village
08.00 pm – Dinner – Veg & Non Veg
09.30 pm – Play games, share stories and enjoy fun time with the group
10.00 pm – Off to bed

Day 2- 28th Jan 2017 Saturday
09.00 am – Get and freshen up
10.00 am – Breakfast
10.30 am – Check out & Leave for Belum caves
01.00 pm – Reach Belum Caves and start exploring
01.30 pm - Caving and thrilling walk 150 ft beneath
02.00 pm – Come out of the caves and explore surroundings
02.30 pm – Have delicious Veg & Non Veg Lunch 
03.30 pm – Start for Bugga Ramalingeswara Temple
04.30 pm – Reach the Temple and start exploring 
05.30 pm – Start return journey towards station 
06.00 pm – Reach Station (Tadipatri) 
06.39 pm – Board Mumbai express

Day 3- 29th Jan 2017 Sunday
09:30 am – Reach Pune
12:17 pm – Reach Kalyan
12:39 pm – Thane
01:02 pm – Dadar
01:35 pm - CST
Trip ends at Sunday Afternoon

Inclusions
Train Travelling Mumbai to Mumbai in Non A/C Sleeper Coaches
Triple Sharing Accommodation at A/C Heritage Hotel (10 minutes walking distance from Gandikota fort)
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner on Day 1 & Breakfast , Lunch on Day 2
Local transport for visiting other places

Exclusions
Meals during train journey
Personal expenses like soft drinks & water bottles
Anything not mentioned in the above inclusions

Things to Carry
ID Card
2 ltrs water
Camera (Optional)
Enerzyl Powder or Glucon D powder
Snacks & Biscuits
Extra Pair of Clothes
Clean napkin or small towel
Rain coat/ Poncho/ Wind cheater (Avoid umbrella)
Cap, sunglasses, scarf
Haversack or Backpack (No sling bags)
Please carry medicines if you need any
Hand Sanitizer

IMPORTANT
Avoid wearing precious Jewelry while trekking, as Travel Trikon won’t be responsible for any losses for the same.
This is a backpacking trip, so at times we might have to rely on Public transport for covering short distances
Rs. 3,000 needs to be deposited for booking which is non refundable. Rest of the payment to be done 14 days before the event start date.

Consuming liquor or any kind of Alcoholic substance is prohibited. Carrying any kind of substance that’s illegal is not allowed. Smoking is strictly not allowed. Anybody found smoking or consuming alcoholic drinks will be expelled from the event without refund.

Fitness & Health – Though trekking is a fun-filled activity, it demands good amount of physical fitness. If you are under medication, please carry your medicines. During the trek, leaders will have over the counter medication for temporary treatment, so do give a heads up to them if you need any medical assistance.

Net Banking - You have an option to pay Rs.3000 in part to book a seat now. However , full payment will be needed atleast 15 days prior to the event date for confirmation.

Account Details
Bank Name: ICICI Bank
Account ID: 698505600192
Account Type: Current Account
Account name: TRAVEL TRIKON
Branch: Lower Parel , Mumbai
IFSC Code : ICIC0006985

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Please expect a delay in response for any queries on Saturday & Sunday as Travel Trikon Team will be travelling to some or the other event. Thanks for your understanding & co-operation.

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