Location : In Western India on the coastal edge of Arabian Sea
Popular As : Commercial capital of India and Home to Bollywood
Established By : First Portuguese and then by Britishers
Major Attractions : Marine Drive, Elephanta Caves, Chowpatty Beach elephant caves tour
As you arrive at Mumbai airport you will meet with a traditional 'Welcome' by our representative who will transfer you to the pre-booked hotel for rest and overnight stay. You are then taken for a city tour that covers places like Gateway of India, Elephanta Caves, Marine Drive and Prince Wales Museum-one of the most eclectic museums in India, Hanging Gardens, Victoria Rail Terminus. . Last but not the least a drive along Chowpatty Beach, where exuberance and excitement rule the roost.
Return back to hotel in the evening for dinner and overnight stay.
Today Morning after hearty breakfast take a half day excursion to Elephanta Caves. 9 Kms by sea from Gateway of India. We also drive through the Marine Drive, which runs along the shore of the Arabian Sea from Nariman Point past Chowpatty Beach to the foot of Malabar Hill. A ferry ride across the harbour takes you to Gharapuri - the local name for Elephanta. The elephant now rests at the entrance of the Victoria Gardens in Mumbai. In the Evening we will take you to Bangalore by flight Known as The garden city. The spacious city has many magnificent structures full of historic & modern architecture. The majestic Vidhana Soudha, a magnificent post-independence structure housing the State legislature & Secretariat, stands in the center of the city with its attractive dome & galleries.
Famous For : Mysore Palace, Sandalwood Articlesrt-crafts-guide
Distance : 130 kms from Bangalore India Tours, Visit India - India Travel
Best Time to Visit : October (During Dussehra Festival)
Half Day Tour
On the 3nd day after your tea and breakfast the itinerary includes a tour of Tipu Sultan Palace; the layout of the palace gives the idea of the ethnic Mughal lifestyle. Next you visit Vidhan Sabha that houses the State's Legislature and Secretariat, the Nandi Temple that is one of oldest temples in India and is popularly known as the Bull temple. the Lal Bagh Garden, name Lal Bagh has been given to it for the wonderfully bloomed red roses that remain blooming all through the yeartipu sulatan. Haider Ali started building this garden in 1760 After you go back to the hotel and freshen up the itinerary includes a trip to the Mysore Palace, which was once the residence of the Woodeyars. It has always enchanted its admirers with its quaint charm, rich heritage, magnificent palaces, beautifully laid-out gardens, imposing buildings, broad avenues & sacred temples.
On the 4th day the itinerary includes a tour of the exclusive locales of Mysore. Visit Brindavan Gardens, dancing musical fountains on the terraces of Krishna Raja Sagara Dam, is a vast stretch of the most delicately planned symphony in architecture, horticulture, engineering & aesthetics. Srirangapatnam has a number of magnificent monuments that are important tourist destinations and are well worth a visit. You must have been longing to visit such as the Shri Jayachama rajendra Art Gallery that is housed in the Jagmohan Palace and has a collection of exquisite paintings dating back to the year 1875. St. Philomena's Church that was built in the Gothic style is one of the largest churches in India.
Depart from Mysore and proceed to Hassan and visiting the famous tourist attractions that fall en route such as the Sravanabelogola that is renowned for the 17m high statue of Lord Gomateshvara a top the Indragiri Hill. After breakfast, Spend your day in Hasan sightseeing that involves detailed excursions to Behur and Halebid. We also visit the Hoyasaleshwara Temple at Helebid, built by Kettuvallam, during 1121 AD. Dedicated to Lord Siva has two shrines connected by pillared walls & in each shrine is a Lingam Hoyasaleshwara & Shanthaleshwara. While away a lazy evening shopping at the colorful local markets.
Speciality: Hassan in Karnataka is the oldest town of Hoysala Empire of 11th to 13th century AD in India.
Tourist Attractions: Antique temples like - Shravanabelagola, Belur and Halebid
In the morning after breakfast we will take to Hospet - the World Heritage Center, is the most beautiful and evocative of all the ruins of Karnataka. once a beautiful capital city of Vijaynagar empire, in ancient days was known as Nagalapura. The city was razed to the ground by Sultan of South India in the year 1565.
Location : Northern Karnataka India Tours, Visit India - India Travel
Famous For : Tungabhadra Dam, Chitradurga Fort
Distance : 340 kms from Bangalore
Best Time to Visit : September to February
After having breakfast, Spend your entire day touring Hampi and Vijaynagar.Visit Hampi. The once beautiful capital city of Vijayanagar Empire - greater than Rome, had palaces, temples & sculptures, spread all over. We will also visit the ruins of the Virupaksha Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva & Pampadevi. This is the only temple that is still used for worship. visit to Kings Palace, Mahanavami Dibba, Queens Bath - This structure has a very plain exterior but the interior is stunningly ornate, with graceful arched corridors, projecting balconies and lotus-shaped fountains that used to spout perfumed water for the ladies of the court. You may also visit to Lotus Mahal - An elegant example of the fusion of the Hindu and Muslim styles of architecture, Elephant Stables - An imposing edifice with arched entrances and many domes that once housed the magnificent state elephants. Pushkarni, Hazara Rama Temple and many more.
Return back to hotel and Relax overnight in Hospet.
Day 08 : Hospet - Badami via Pattadakkal & Ajhole (180km - 04 hr)ajhole
Morning breakfast and check out and proceed to Badami. En route we will visit Pattadakkal & Ajhole. Pattadakkal, World Heritage centre & has 10 major temples representing the early haulakya architecture the biggest temple dedicated to Virupaksheshvara, has a huge gateway & several inscriptions.On arrival check in to the Hotel and relax. Badami is founded by Pulakesi I, ruler of the Chalukyas, the town is located at the foot of a rugged, red sandstone outcrop that surrounds Agastya tirtha water reservoir on three sides & is known for its rock-cut cave temples, sculpted between 6th-8th centuries AD.
In the morning take a hearty breakfast and get ready to explore Badami, There are many temples dating from the Chalukyas period in Badami. Visit to Badami Caves Picturesquely situated at the mouth of a ravine between two rocky hills, the exquisite sculptures and the rust red sandstone cliffs of Badami tell many a tale of yore. There are carved images