Upon arrival you will be welcomed by our representative and transferred to hotel. Bangalore - Indias garden city is a delightful mix of the traditional and modern. Housing many fascinating legacies of richly carved temples, imposing mosques and trappings of a royal past. Bangalore today is a major industrial and commercial center and, is also well known for being the Silicon Valley of India because of the concentration of major IT companies here. Overnight at Bangalore.
Today tour of Bangalore - the tour begins with a visit to the visit the Government Museum and Venkatappa Art Gallery one of the oldest in the country, established in 1886, which is endowed with relics from prehistoric Mohenjodaro period. The tour concludes with a drive past the Vidhana Soudha, the High Court and the Nandi Bull Temple. Evening is at leisure. Overnight at Bangalore.
After breakfast we drive to Mysore. Enroute tour Srirangapatnam, once the summer palace of Tipu Sultan, is known for its fortress and tomb of the famous Warrior King. Continue your drive and check in. Evening is at leisure. Overnight at Mysore.
Today proceed for a sightseeing tour of Mysore. Upon a hill overlooking the city is the temple to Chamundeswari, its patron goddess. The major tourist attraction is the Mysore Palace, the beautiful profile of this walled Indo-Saracenic Palace, the seat of the Maharajas of Mysore, graces the city skyline, rebuilt in 1912. The Mysore Arts and Crafts Centre is famous for its fine craftsmanship in wood, ivory, sandalwood and silk. The tour also includes a visit to the Zoological Gardens and the St. Philomenas church, one of the largest churches in the country, built in the Victorian Gothic style. This evening drive 10 miles from Mysore to enjoy the beautiful and exquisitely illuminated Brindavan Gardens, sprawling amid gorgeous cascading fountains. Overnight at Mysore.
Today drive to Hassan. Enroute tour Sravanabelagola - the monk of the White Pond, the 17m tall naked statue of Bahubali said to be the world largest monolithic statue. It is one of the oldest Jain pilgrimage centres. Continue your drive and check in. Overnight at Hassan.
Bhutanatha Temple, BadamiAfter breakfast proceed on sightseeing tour of Belur - a star shaped temple with hand lathe-turned filigreed pillars and sculptures will take your breath away. It is the only Hoysala temple still in active worship. Friezes of charging elephants, each different from the other, mythological figures, military scenes, dancers and musicians, and elaborate decorative motifs charge the imagination. Later visit Halebeedu (Halebid) - 17 kms away the ancient capital of the Hoysalas, the temple perched on a star shaped base amidst lawns. Its walls are richly carved with an endless variety of Hindu deities, sages, stylised animals, birds, and friezes depicting the life of the Hoysala kings. Later return for overnight at Hassan.
Today we drive to Hampi - was the capital city of the powerful south Indian Vijayanagar Empire who ruled the south India during 14th to 16th century AD. The ruins of Hampi, as it is known today, is a vast open museum. There were opulent palaces, marvellous temples massive fortifications, baths, markets, aquaducts, pavilions, stables for royal elephants, and elegantly carved pillars. On arrival check in. Overnight at Hampi.
After breakfast visit to Hampi ruins - was the capital city of the powerful South Indian Vijayanagar Empire. The ruins of these historical monuments have stood the ravages of man and time and still evoke memories of the grandeur of a bygone era. The city is such that the pupil of the eye has never seen a place like it. There were opulent palaces, marvellous temples, massive fortifications, baths, markets, aquaducts, pavilions, stables for royal elephants, and elegantly carved pillars. Evening is free for leisure. Overnight at Hampi.
Today we drive to Badami - 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. It was the ancient capital of the early Chalukya kingdom. A number of richly carved monuments and caves belonging to Chalukyas, dating back to the 6th and 7th centuries can be found here. On arrival check in. Later visit rock cut cave temples, gateways, forts, inscriptions, sculptures that seem to come alive before your eyes. Climb a flight of steps to reach the ancient caves - all hewn out of sand stone on the precipice of a hill. Also a must see are Bhutanatha temples that lend their names to the lake just beneath the cave temples. Evening is at leisure. Overnight at Badami.
After breakfast proceed on an excursion to Aihole - witness the evolution of Hindu temple architecture from the early shrines of the Lad Khan Temple to more complex structures like that of the Meguti Temple. In the centre of the village is the famous Durgigudi temple, known for its semicircular apse and the outstanding carvings that crowd the colonnaded passageway. Later tour Pattadakal - another developing ground for Hindu temple architecture, was the second capital of the Badami Chalukyans, used specially for royal coronations. Evening is at leisure. Overnight at Badami.
Today we drive to Bijapur - the one time capital of the Adil Shahi kings (1489-1686) is dotted with mosques, mausoleums, palaces, fortifications, watchtowers, and strong gateways, with the massive Gol Gumbaz dominating the landscape for miles around. On arrival check in. Overnight at Bijapur.
Early today we tour Gol Gumbaz - gaze in wonder at this magnificent mausoleum of Mohammed Adil Shah in Bijapur It houses the world's second largest dome, in unsupported by pillars - an aquestic and architectural wonder. Ibrahim Raza - said to have inspired the Taj Mahal in Agra this palatial Mosque and tomb in Bijapur is very impressive. Malik-e-Maidan - This mammoth cannon, fourteen feet long and weighing about 55 tons, is an awe-inspiring sight. The Jumma Masjid spreading over an area of 116300 square feet is regarded as one of the finest mosques in India. The masjid carefully preserves a Quran with verses inscribed in letters of gold. Overnight stay at Bijapur.
Today proceed on a full day excursion to Ajanta caves - one of India s most impressive archaeological sites. Here Buddhist art attained its peak. The frescoes and wall paintings reveal a fascinating lifestyle. Thirty caves are carved out of a rocky gorge dating back to the 3rd century. The ornate facades and interior chambers are illuminated at all times of the day. Post lunch tour Ellora group of rock cut caves, the most magnificent is the Kailashanatha Temple (Cave 16), a Unesco World Heritage Site. The temple has actually been sculpted out of a single mountain, and it depicts Mount Kailasa, the sacred abode of Lord Shiva. Evening is at leisure. Overnight at Aurangabad.