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Glimpses of Karnataka

 
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Glimpses of Karnataka

Duration : 04 Nights / 05 Days
Destinations Covered : Bangalore-Mysore-Shravanabelagola -Belur-Halebid-Bangalore

Day 01. Arrive Bangalore by International flight

Meeting on arrival and transfer to  hotel.
 
Overnight at the hotel. 
 
Day 02 : Bangalore-Mysore drive, 130 km
Morning  city sightseeing tour of Bangalore.

Bangalore (renamed as Bengaluru) is  the capital city of  Karnataka state.  It is one of the most important metropolis of India, a vital centre of science, aeronautics, electronics and information and technology. The Lalbagh, one of the finest botanical Gardens of India, Cubbon Park laid in 1864 sprawling across 300 acres, Vidhana Soudha built in 1956 houses The State Legislature and Secretariat, Tippu’s Palace and Bull temple are the main attractions.

Afternoon drive to Mysore.  On arrival, check-in at the hotel. 

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 03 : Mysore
Morning city sightseeing tour.
The imperial city was the erstwhile capital of the Wodeyars.  It lies 770 m above sea level.   The  legend takes its name from a famous demon called Mahishasur, a great warrior who ruled as a tyrant until he was killed by the goddess Chamundeshwari.  A temple dedicated to the goddess, believed to be 2000 years is perched on a hilltop.  Nandi Bull, half day to the ill is a 4.8 meter monolith. Mysore is most famous for the imposing Royal Palace with a magnificent Durbar Hall, particularly splendid during the Dussehra Festival when the Maharaja’s   jewellery studded gold throne (weighing 200 kgs) is on display and the entire palace is decorated with lights.  Chamundeshwari temple perched on a hilltop is 2000 years old, Nandi Bull half way to the hill is a 4.8 metre monolith.
 
Afternoon visit Somnathpur Temple
Somnathpur, Built in 1268 AD is located 45 km from Mysore. The temple is best known for its Hoysala architecture.  Seated on a star shaped base, set on a chiselled plinth and guarded at internals by miniature elephants.  The temple wall depicts scenes from Ramayana, Mahabharta and Bhagvata, the three holy religious books of Hindus.
 
Day 04: Mysore-Hassan drive, 150 km
Morning drive to Hassan, Check-in at the hotel.
Afternoon visit Belur and Halebid temples, another classical example of Hoysala architecture.

Belur, 38 km from Hassan is located on the banks of the river Yagachi, it is known for The Chennakeshava Temple, one of the finest examples of Hoysala architecture.  It took 103 years to complete and the reason is evident.  The façade of the temple is filled with intricate sculptures and friezes with no portion left blank.  Elephants, episodes from the epics, sensuous, dancers they are all there – awe inspiring in their intricate workmanship.

The Hoysaleswra temple at Halebid is equally astonishing. Dating back to the 1121 C.E.the walls of the temple are covered with an endless variety of depictions from Hindu mythology, animals, birds and dancing figures. Yet no two sculptures of the temple are the same. This magnificent temple guarded by a Nandi Bull was never completed, despite it took over 86 years in construction.

Day 05: Hassan-Bangalore drive, 240 km (airport)
Drive to Bangalore visiting en-route Shravanabelagola.
Shravanabelagola is one of the most holy places for Jains.  The huge 17.7 metre (57 feet) high monolith statue of Lord  Bahubali (Gommateshwara),  stands on  the summit of the 143 metre granite Vindhyagiri Hill. This site was established in the 9th century. It is world’s tallest monolithic statue.  Every 12th year, The Mahamasthakabhisheka – a religious ceremony is held for 12 days when pilgrims from all over India throng this place to offer respect and prayers.  Tonnes of Milk is poured on the statute of the Lord, the anointing ceremony of the image.

On arrival in Bangalore, transfer to international airport for onward flight.

 

 

 

 

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