Bangalore And Beyond (5n/6d)

The Mysore Palace, built in a mix of Indo-Saracenic styles

The Mysore Palace, built in a mix of Indo-Saracenic styles

Day 01 –  Arrive Bangalore
Upon arrival at Bangalore International Airport you will be met, assisted and transferred to your hotel. Arrive and check-in at the hotel.

Day 2: Bangalore –Mysore [Approx. drive 3 hours]
Morning after breakfast, drive to Mysore. Arrive and check-in at the hotel. Afternoon, proceed for half a day city tour of Mysore, visit Mysore Palace, the beautiful profile of this walled Indo-Saracenic Palace,  graces the city skyline. Since the earlier palace was burnt down in 1897, current palace also known as the Amba Vilas Palace. Construction was commissioned in 1897 and it was completed in 1912 at a cost of 4.2 millions in Indian Rupees.  The former maharaja is residing at the rear of this palace. Inside is a Kaleidoscope of stained glass mirrors gilt and colors. The palace even has a selection of temples within its grounds. Later we drive to Chamundi Hills – overlooking Mysore from the 1026 meter summit of the Chamundi Hill. Sri Chamundeswari Temple is dominated by a towering seven storeys, 40 meters high Gopuram or tower. The goddess is the family deity of the Maharajas and the people of Mysore. On our return from the temple, visit the famous five-meter tall Nandi [Shiva’s Bull] carved out of solid rock in 1659. It is one of the largest in India and is visited by many pilgrims.

Day 3: Mysore:
Morning after breakfast, proceed for excursion to Somnathpur [33 kms. east of Mysore]. Built around 1260 AD during the heyday of the Hoysala Kings, these are beautiful temples with superb sculptures in stone forming one part of the triangle at Belur & Halebid near Hassan. Also visit Srirangapatnam, from where Tipu Sultan ruled most of the South India in the 18th century. His defeat by the British marked the beginning of British Raj era in South India. In the evening return to Mysore for overnight stay.

Day 4: Mysore- Hassan [Approx. drive: 4 hours]
Morning after breakfast, drive to Hassan. En-route, visit Sravanabelagola [monk of the white pond]. This is one of the oldest and most important Jain pilgrimage centers in India, and the site of the huge 17 meters high naked statue of Bahubali, said to be the world’s tallest monolithic statue. Continue drive on to Hassan. On arrival, check-in at the hotel . Afternoon, visit the Belur & Halebid temples. The Hoysala temples of Halebid and Belur along with the one at Somnathpur are the cream of one of the most artistically exuberant periods of Hindu cultural development. Their sculptural decoration rivals that of Khajuraho and Konark. The construction of the Hoysaleswar Temples at Halebid began around 1121 AD.

Day 5: Hassan – Bangalore [Approx. drive 4 hours]
Morning is at leisure. Afternoon, drive to Bengaluru, arrive and check-in at the hotel.

Day 6: Bengaluru:
Morning after breakfast, proceed for full day city tour of Bangalore, the capital city of Karnataka and popularly known as the ‘garden city of India’, Bengaluru is probably the most cosmopolitan and advanced city of India, famed for its latest fashion trends, pubs, nightclubs, large shopping malls etc. While in Bengaluru visit several beautiful gardens and museums. Visit The Vidhan Soudha – Parliament Building, Cubbon Park, Ulsoor Lake, Lal Baugh gardens, Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum. Evening you will be met by our representative and transferred to airport to board the flight for onward destinations.

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