After breakfast, explore the city of Mumbai, the political capital of Maharashtra and the Commercial capital of India. Our itinerary includes the visit to Gateway of India, an imperial monumental archway in stone designed by Wittett in the 16th century, Prince of Whales Museum, Chowpatty Beach, Dhobhi Ghat and Marine Drive. Evening is your leisure to roam around of your own.
Later, visit to the Badami Caves. There are four caves. The first three belong to the Vedic faith and the fourth cave is the only Jain Temple in Badami. The first cave temple - past Shiva's door Keepers - and there he is the eighteen-armed Nataraj striking 81 dance poses. The largest and most ornamental is the third Cave temple dedicated to Vishnu. Here are some splendid carvings of the Hindu Pantheon, Narasimha - the half man and half lion avatar of Vishnu, Hari Hara, the composite god who is half Shiva a half - Vishnu.
Rest of the Day- is at leisure. Overnight will be at the hotel.
After breakfast drive to Hospet stopping at Aihole and Pattadakal enroute.
Aihole is the cradle of stone temple architecture of the southern Dravidian School. The oldest temple, Lad Khan goes back to the 5th century A.D. There are 70 temples in this group. The Durga temple is noted for its sculptures. The Meguti temple is built of 630 small stone blocks. The Ravanaphadi Cave has some beautiful carvings.
Pattadakal, referred to as Petrigal, reached its pinnacle of glory under the Chalukya kings from 7th to 9th centuries. The oldest in this group is the Sanghameswara Temple. The Mallikarjuna Temple has pillars depicting life of Krishna. Virupaksha temple has sculptures and panel scenes from the epics, the Ramayana and Mahabharata. The Papanatha Temple has impressive carvings on pillars and ceiling.
After sightseeing continue to drive towards Hospet. On arrival check into your hotel and relax.
Later take an excursion to Hampi, once beautiful capital city of Vijaynagar Empire was greater than Rome. Hampi ruins spread over an area of more than 26 sq. kms. Visit at some of the interesting ruins remaining Hazara Rama Temples, huge Ganesha & Narasimha images, the elephant stables, the queen's bath, and carvings on the Ramachandra Temple & Lotus Mahal.
After breakfast checkout and drive to Hassan en route stopover in Halebid, which is the ancient capital of Hoysala Empire. In Halebid we visit the Hoysalesvara Temple of 12th century where we see half-life size statues of Hindu deities.
After visit in Halebid we proceed to Belur. In Belur we visit the group of Chennakesava Temples, which are famous for its architecture and sculptures.India Tours, Visit India - India Travel
Later continue to drive to Hassan.
On arrival transfer to the hotel for overnight stay in Hassan.
Check-in the hotel there and fresh up for sightseeing in Mysore. Continue your city tour of Mysore by covering:
Mysore Palace Where the Maharajas lived. You can't miss the Palace at Mysore, for all roads lead to the Maharaja's Palace. Built in Indo-Saracenic style with domes, turrets, arches and colonnades, the Palace is a treasure house of exquisite carvings and works of art from all over the world.
Chamundi Hill Presiding deity; of Mysore. A well-known 335 metre-high landmark, Chamundi Hill can be reached by a 13 km road or by climbing up the 1,000 steps laid out by the Mysore Maharaja in the 17th century.
St. Philomena's Church A beautiful Gothic Cathedral, reminiscent of medieval architectural style. Stained glass windows and lofty towers make it an imposing structure.
Sri Jayachmarajendra Art Gallery A treasure house of masterpieces. The Jaganmohan Palace was converted into an art gallery in 1875 and exhibits paintings, which date back to that period. The artists of that time used natural vegetable and mineral dyes.
Later, get ready for your Day- excursion to Somnathpur and Srirangapatna.
SOMNATHPUR - Dedicated to the Lord Siva, the exquisitely carved, star-shaped temple with triple towers is a perfect example of Hoysala architecture. Beautifully sculptured images of gods, goddesses, and scenes from the epics, as well as the remarkably ornate ceilings in the pillared hall will take your breath away.
SRIRANGAPATNA - The Little Island Fortress Of Tipu Sultan, Who Was Once Known As The "Tiger Of Mysore". Visit the Summer Palace, The Daria Daulat, and the Beautiful Wall Paintings.
Evening return back to your hotel in Mysore and relax.
Continue your drive towards Bangalore. Upon arrival you will check into your hotel.
Later, proceed further for the half-Day- tour covering ISKCON temple - the Krishna Temple is a blend of Modern technology and spiritual harmony, Lalbagh - 240 acres of beautifully sculpted gardens, flowers abound, rare collection of tropical and sub-tropical plants, Vidhana Soudha - this massive building houses the state Legislature and the Secretariat,
Evening in time you will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight back home.