Day 01 :
Firstly we are going to arrive at the Bangalore international airport to receive you and then we will transfer you to your hotel. After checking in to the hotel you will be spending the overnight there.
Day 02 :
Bangalore- Mysore (143 kms, 2hrs50mins)
Bangalore is a popular tourist attraction and also is the capital of Karnataka. It is referred to as the "Garden City" for the mesmerizing flowers and soothing greenery that provides an ethereal characteristic to this lovely city. The weather is an asset for this particular city, with extremely cool and pleasant summers and not at all chilly winters. Bangalore is a bustling cosmopolitan city and is a perfect fusion of different cultures and customs. The founder of the city is Kempe Gowda in 1537 and today it is one of the vibrant and colourful cities, with awesome and ancient arts that thrive along the Silicon Plateau of India. After the delectable breakfast you will proceed for a tour briefing provided by the staff of India Insight Tours and after that you will be set on the half day city tour of Bangalore. There are number of places to visit in the city of Bangalore and includes a lot of beautiful places.
You will be starting the tour with the Palace of Tipu Sultan or the Tipu Sultan Fort which was initially constructed by Kempe Gowda who was the founder of Bangalore. Later the fort was further extended by Tipu Sultan who was a great Emperor of Mysore. This fort is situated near the City Market and is one of the oldest fort and fort dates back to the year 1537. In this particular fort Hyder Ali who was the father of Tipu Sultan had imprisoned a whole lot of army officers along with David Baird. The Fort symbolises the struggle of the Mysore Emperor against the British rule.
Next we will be going to the Lal Bagh Botanical Garden which is believed to be of the royal origin and was firstly introduced as a private garden approximately in an area of 40 acres by Hyder Ali who was one of the most significant and worthy rulers of old Mysore in 1760. Initially the garden was designed in Mughal style and the model resembled of an extremely extensive garden which is at Sira in Tumkur near Bangalore and this garden was further enhanced and developed by Hyder Ali's son Tipu Sultan and was further developed by the British and Indian doyens of horticulture by addition of a variety of new plant species and also by extension of the area of the garden.
Sri Radha Krishna Chandra Temple is world renowned for having the ISKCON's largest temple complex. It was constructed by the Iskcon cult as a grand and magnificent shrine and was commonly known as the Iskcon Temple. This was located on the west of Chord Road in Bangalore which is an absolutely stunning colossal shrine and extends on seven-acres of 'Hare Krishna Hill'. This beautiful temple is said to be the one amongst the best shrines which were ever constructed by the ISKCON. Iskcon Temple is easily accessible since it has the facility of taking regular buses, local vehicles or by hiring taxis from the city of Bangalore.
After completing the visits we can further commence our drive to Mysore. In the way we will also be visiting the Shrirangapatnam which is an egg-shaped island and is formed by the two subdivisions of river Kaveri. It is also located in the district of Mandya. The whole town is surrounded by the River Kaveri and hence it resembles an island. The town is very important in terms of the historic, cultural and religious importance. History also says that Lord Buddha visited and has spent time on one of these islands which are believed to be near Shrirangapatnam.
After completing the visit we will be continuing our journey to Mysore. There you can check into the hotel. The rest of the evening you can explore the city as per your wish. We will then be staying overnight at the hotel.
Day 03 :
After having a sumptuous breakfast we will be having a full day city tour of the city of Mysore or more precisely the "city of Palaces", places which are worth visiting include the Mysore Palace which is one of the most grand and royal buildings. It is a sight worth visiting when it is illuminated on Sundays and also on the festive occasions. The interior of the Palace is well gorgeous and is worth visiting because of its big halls, beautiful paintings and architectural beauty. The palace is an excellent fusion of the Indo-Saracenic architecture. Next we will be visiting Dariya Daulat Bagh. This place is exquisite and on its top floor is the Tipu Sultan Museum. The museum is known to have a beautiful collection of Tipu memorabilia, marvellous European paintings and rare Persian manuscripts. The museum also has the famous painting called as the "Storming of Shrirangapatnam" which is an old oil painting by Sir Robert Ker Porter created by him in 1800. This historical painting basically portrays the doom of Shrirangapatnam on 4th May 1799. Tippu's men are believed to have given strong opposition to the British army and many British officers were clearly visible in the painting.
Next we will be clearly visiting the Chamundi temple which is on top of the Chamundi hills and is also said to be the most famous temple in Mysore because Goddess Chamundi or Chamundeshwari is the chief deity of Mysore. Initially the temple was not that big but over the past few centuries as a result of the extensions and patronages made by the Mysore Maharajas and are now quite big temple. In the olden days human and animal sacrifices were made on a regular basis but were stopped in the 18th century.
Further the Nandi Bull is very glorious and is incomparable to the amazingness of Nandi idols of Tanjore Brihadeeshwara temple and the Bull temple in Bangalore. There is also a small cave temple which is built in the devotion of the Lord Shiva which lies on the back side of Nandi statue.
Mysore zoological park or the Zoological Garden was formed out of a portion of the Summer Palace also termed as the Pleasure Palace and is located in the eastern part of the city. The zoo was named as Palace Zoo in the early years and was opened in 1892. Well in the starting the zoo was developed on 10 acres of the Summer Palace. Then the Maharaja hired Mr. G.H. Krumbeigal who was a famous German landscaper and a horticulturist who helped him to set up the zoo. As the Maharaja was an animal lover he took a lot of special care to make sure that all the enclosures for the animals were spacious and aesthetic.
We then visited the Brindavan gardens which are one of the most important and visited places in Mysore by locals and also by tourists. It is about 19kms from the heart of Mysore and all of these beautiful gardens are laid out below the Krishna raja Sagar dam built across the river Kaveri. These are the most popular gardens and are famous for the brightly dancing fountains that had come to life after the sunset. The Krishna raja Sagar Dam (KRS) also known as the Kannambadi to the locals and is a perfect example of impeccable engineering and is a tourist attraction in Mysore. Sir M. Vishveswariah was one of the India's finest engineers who built it in 1924. We could also explore the Deva Raj market.
After having numerous visits we would be returning to the hotel for an overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 04 :
Mysore/ Halebid/Belur/Hassan [120 kms 2 hrs 20 mins]
After a sumptuous breakfast we will be commencing our drive to Hassan. And en route we will be visiting a lot of places. We will first be visiting the city of Belur. Here we will be visiting the Chennakeshava temple and Veeranarayana temple. The Chennakeshava temple in Belur, Karnataka is a perfect prototype of the Hoysala temple architecture that leaves one spell-bound with its exquisite structure. The temple was constructed in 1117 AD by the Hoysala king Vishnuvardhan to commemorate his victory over the Cholas at the battle of Talakad. A combined effort of over hundred years of intricate and hard craftsmanship was spent in comleting the Chennakeshava temple and is decorated with various stories depicted from the Puranas, the Upanishads and the epics of Ramayana and the Mahabharata.
Halebid Temple was said to be constructed in the 12th century as the capital of the Hoysala. The Hoyasaleswara temple was also being built simultaneously by Ketamala and further attributed to Vishnuvardhana who was the Hoysala ruler at that time. It also enshrines Hoysaleswara and Shantaleswara which were named after Vishnuvardhana Hoysala and his wife, Queen Shantala since they built the temple. The Hoyasaleswara Temple in Halebid was built in the dedication to the Hindu God Lord Shiva. Tourist attractions in Halebid were mostly built up and constructed by the king Vishnuvardhan. The construction was said to be completed in C.E.1123.
Next, the Kedareswara temple which was said to be built in 1319 AD is now a collapsed structure which is now in ruins that has never ever been restored to its original shape. It has the most stylish and engraved walls and ceiling. The basement of the temple displays an array of sculptured friezes which completely highlights the stories depicted from the epics Ramayana, Mahabharata and the renowned Bhagavad Gita. After completing the visit we will continue our drive to Hassan. After arriving we will check in to the hotel.We will be staying overnight at the hotel.
Day 05 :
DISTANCE: 330 KMS DRIVING TIME: 07 - 08 HRS
After the delicious breakfast we will be commencing our drive to Hampi. After arriving Hassan we will be checking into the hotel. The rest of the day can be taken by you as free day or you can complete all your leisure activities. We will then be staying overnight at the hotel.
Day 06 :
After the delicious breakfast we will have a full day sightseeing tour of Hampi. Hampi which is also popular as Vijaynagar has been the core of a colossal empire. The magnificence of the city of Vijaynagar hailed from the 14th to the middle of the 16th century which highlighted its popularity.
We will first be visiting the Lotus Mahal which is quite an amazing pavilion which was further located in the protected area surrounded by walls of zenana near Hazara Ram Temple. The pavilion is named so because of a lotus bud that is carved on its dome and vaulted ceiling. It represents a perfect fusion of Indo-Islamic architecture and it is believed to be employed by the women of the royal family living in the Queen's Palace to disport themselves along with their protected enclosure. The structure was later developed as a model for the Mughal monuments in Agra with some modifications.
Next we will be visiting the Queen's Bath which is a 15-metre square bath and is completely surrounded by the gallery, verandas and a lot of overhanging Rajasthani balconies. There is a minor waterfall inside the bath which once sprouted cool and perfumed water that flowed out through an underground drain. This is open where you can see the sky and it is carefully shielded on all sides.The bath was a symbol of celebration, relaxation and opulent life which was a complete life motive of Hampi.
Hazara Rama Temple is believed to be one of the most grand and beautiful work that you will find in Hampi. There is a lot of carvings on the outer walls of the temple which are not a common occurrence in the structures of Hampi. The beautiful carving basically depicts and portrays various scenes from the Ramayana. This is why the temple depicts its name as 'Hazara Rama Temple'. The temple is completely deserted but is also believed to be the private place for royal family to worship.
The Narasimha temple is believed according to be the inscriptions found on the statue of Lakshmi Narasimha which was also called as the Ugra Narasimha. This was built in the year 1528 during the rule of Krishnadevaraya. Ugra Narasimha was a huge statue and completely rises to a height of 6.7 meters. The huge statue of Lord Narasimha sits on the top of a coiled snake or more precisely Adishesha. The impeccable artistry of the statue is completely mesmerizing and unbelievable. The statue is purely carved out of granite which is a very hard substance. It is said that the artist could not totally manage the sensitive and delicate carvings on granite. That is why they made the statue extremely gigantic so that the carvings can be done easily. There was also a small figure of Lakshmi sitting on the lap of the statue which came loose. This figure of Goddess Lakshmi is now kept in Kamalapura Museum.
Vitthal temple has been one of the reasons why Hampi is completely famous all over the world. This is why it is the most splendidly carved building which you will ever see. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and was completed in the year 1565 which was almost five decades after Krishnadevaraya started its construction. The main attraction in this temple is the Stone Chariot which is standing in the courtyard and also possesses a 56-pillared hall. It is also said that the pillars produce musical sounds when they are stroked. The temple is situated to the east side of main market of Hampi. Sunset at Hampi really sparkles and brings out the temple. After visiting we will return back to the hotel. We will then be staying overnight at the hotel.
Day 07 :
Hampi/Badami [147 kms, 04 hrs approximately]
After having a delicious breakfast we will be commencing our drive to Badami. After arriving we check in to the hotel. After giving a quick wash and changing we will have a half day city tour of Badami.
Badami temple caves are the rock cut temple caves which are four caves among which three belongs to the category of Brahmanical temples and the fourth one is a Jain temple. The caves are also numbered numerically in their chronological order. The first cave has an exquisite sculpture of the eighteen-armed Lord Nataraja or the dancing Shiva which is quite resplendent in eighty one different Mudras or hand movements. The hollow in the control back wall which is basically a square shaped sanctum and also enshrines the Shiva-linga. Cave number two of Badami caves is dedicated to lord Vishnu whose depicted in various incarnations like Varaha (boar) and Vamana (dwarf). You will also notice the walls and ceilings of the caves that display carvings of Vishnu in eternal sleep, Shiva, Brahma and the eight Dikpals or the presiding deities of the 8 directions.
Pattadakallu is the second capital of the Chalukyan Kingdom. It is located in North Karnataka's Bagalkot district on the banks of the river Malaprabha. It is approximately 22 km away from Badami and 514 kms away from the city of Bangalore. Pattadakal portrays the Badami Chalukya art in its full bloom. These temples were built in the seventh and eighth centuries. There are total ten temples including a Jain Basadi of Rashtrakuta times and is also surrounded by numerous small shrines and plinths. After completing the tour we will be returning back to the hotel. We will be staying overnight at the hotel.
Day 08 :
Badami/Goa (Check out time 1200 hrs, 250 kms, 5 hrs 15 mins approximately)
After having the breakfast we will be commencing drive to Goa. After arriving we will be transferring you to the hotel.
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Destinations Covered: Bangalore - Mysore - Halebid - Belur - Hassan - Hampi - Badami - Goa
Tour Duration: 7 Nights 8 Days