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Bangalore: Private Full-Day City Tour w/ Lunch

1. Bangalore: Private Full-Day City Tour w/ Lunch

In the morning after breakfast, you will be picked up between 8:30 – 9:00am, a chauffeur and guide will pick you up from the hotel for Bangalore sightseeing. With its beautiful gardens, boulevards, wonderful cinema and shopping complexes, the city is full of life and vigor. Start your tour by visiting the ISKCON temple which offers a truly commendable experience to visitors and devotees from a spiritual and architectural perspective. A happy blend of tradition and modernity, the temple is built in a neo-classical style. Later, proceed to the Tipu's Palace which has now been converted into a museum. The two-storied palace is entirely built of teakwood with exquisitely carved pillars, arches and balconies.  Afterwards, move on to visit the Lalbagh Botanical Gardens which houses over 1000 species of plants. You will also find a glass house inspired by the Crystal Palace of England which was built to commemorate the visit of Prince of Wales. After Lalbagh, enjoy lunch at Local Restaurant and then drive to Bangalore Palace. Bangalore Palace was built by Rev. Garrett, who was the first principal of the Central High School in Bangalore, now known as Central College. This tour only includes the outside view of Bangalore Palace. You will also drive past through High court, Cubbon Park & Vidhan Sabha to take a look at this magnificent building. Vidhan Sabha houses the legislative chambers of the state government and presently accommodates around twenty-two departments approximately. Later, visit the old Bull Temple and Gavi Gangadhareshwara. Bull temple is dedicated to a sacred Hindu demi-god, Nandi who is a close devotee and attendant of Shiva and is a fine example of Dravidian-style architecture. Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and was cut out from rocks in the 9th century but later renovated by Kempe Gowda. It houses a unique image of Agni, the God of Fire, probably the only one of its type in all of South India. After visiting the temples, you will be driven back to the hotel/ your residence. Tour order can be changed based on your hotel location.

Goa: Private Full-Day Sightseeing Highlights Tour

2. Goa: Private Full-Day Sightseeing Highlights Tour

Visit all the landmarks of Goa on this cultural and heritage sightseeing tour. Travel comfortably from one landmark to the next with a friendly local guide in a private air-conditioned car. Trace the history of Goa from its capital city and beautiful places of worship. Start your day with an early pick-up and head towards Panjim. Appreciate the significance of the Portuguese rule in Goa through the neighborhood known as Fontainhas, Asia's oldest Latin Quarter. Walk amongst the narrow winding lanes and remember to take photos against the bright yellow, green, blue and red walls. Next, head to the former capital Old Goa, now home to World Heritage churches. Marvel at the architecture of the Se Cathedral and the Church of St. Cajetan, and pay a visit to the Basilica of Bom Jesus. Next, visit the Mangueshi Temple, which is of great significance to the Hindu community. After a full day of culture, head to a Spice Plantation located in Southern Goa. Here, you will have a chance to taste a delicious buffet lunch of Goan food preparations. Walk through the Spice Plantation and gain more information on the different herbs and spices used in India. Relax in the green surroundings and peaceful outdoors away from the crowds and noises. At the end of the tour, you will be dropped back to your hotel.

Panaji: Heritage Walk through Goa's Latin Quarter

3. Panaji: Heritage Walk through Goa's Latin Quarter

Meet your guide at the Panjim Head Post Office near the Mala district of Panjim. Walk through the lesser-known but culturally-rich Fontainhas area of Goa, the oldest and largest Latin quarter in Asia. See heritage homes, appreciate Portuguese architecture, meet friendly locals, and experience the cultural side of Goa. Developed in the late eighteenth century, Fontainhas derived its name - "little fountain" in Portuguese - from the springs found at the base of the Altinho hills. A strong Portuguese influence still prevails in this neighborhood, evident from the architectural style and the road names. Begin your walk at Tobacco Square and trace the arrival of the Portuguese in Goa. Along the way, your knowledgable guide will be happy to share information based on your personal interests. Pass by the small Church of San Thome. Stop into the quaint 31st January Bakery for a quick bite. Take photos against the neighborhood’s colorful backdrop as you make your way to the Chapel of San Sebastian. Explore interesting buildings around Panjim Inn, Fundacao Orient, and Galerie Gitanjali. Lastly, visit a famous Goan musician and learn about the Portuguese influence on Goan music. Before heading back to the meeting point, you can stop by a studio which makes handcrafted ceramic souvenirs.

Bangalore: Sightseeing Day Tour with Lunch

4. Bangalore: Sightseeing Day Tour with Lunch

The first stop of your Bangalore day tour is the 240-acre Lalbagh Botanical Garden. Home to more than 1,800 species of plants, shrubs, and trees, see why the garden serves as the lungs of the city and what makes it such a prominent landmark. Escape the concrete jungle of Bangalore as you take refuge here before heading to your next destination. Continue on to Bull Temple, dedicated to Nandi Bull the vehicle of Lord Shiva. Admire the temple's architecture and presence as one of the oldest temples in Bangalore that draws devotees from all over the country. Enter the temple to see the huge idol of Nandi Bull and learn about its mythical origins.  After the temple, visit Vidhan Soudha, one of the most famous buildings in Bangalore. As it houses the legislative chambers of the state government and is a working office, be impressed by the massiveness of the building while viewing it from outside. Hear about its construction and fine architectural details from your guide.  Head to the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) Bangalore temple cultural complex and learn about this interesting branch of the Hindu religion. Then go to Bangalore Palace which belonged to the Wodeyar Kings of Mysore. Built-in the Tudor style, the palace has fortified towers, battlements, and turrets. Its interior houses elegant wood carvings, floral motifs, relief paintings, and furniture in Edwardian and Victorian themes. Take an audio tour of the palace and hear in rich detail about the lives and times of the kings. During your tour, enjoy a stop for lunch that is included.

Bangalore: Full-Day Historical Guided Tour

5. Bangalore: Full-Day Historical Guided Tour

After hotel pick-up, stop at the ISKCON temple, a religious place known for its beautiful paintings and Vedic exhibitions. Do not forget to check out the artificial waterfall while you are here. Move on to the Tipu Sultan Palace to see the Indo-Islamic architecture, the famous painting of Tipu Sultan, and learn the history of the palace. Visit the Lalbagh Botanical Gardens to see 1000 species of trees, plants, and flowers, and the beautiful glasshouse, inspired by the Crystal Palace of England. Savor lunch at a local restaurant before your visit to Bangalore Palace, a Tudor-style architectural marvel, known for its graceful interior work. Check out the High Court, Cubbon Park, and the Vidha Sabha. See the highly popular Bull Temple dedicated to Nandi, believed to be a vahana (vehicle) of Lord Shiva, carved from a single rock. Visit the Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple, a religious place dedicated to Lord Shiva, before you head back to your hotel.

From Bangalore: Taj Mahal Tour with Round-Trip Flights

6. From Bangalore: Taj Mahal Tour with Round-Trip Flights

The day begins with early morning pickup at 5am from your hotel in Bangalore and heads to the airport for your flight to New Delhi which takes off at 7am. Enjoy a tasty breakfast on the flight and look out the window to admire views of the world below. Arrive in New Delhi where your driver is waiting to pick you up, then travel along the Speed Expressway directly to Agra. Meet your friendly guide in Agra and stop by a local restaurant for a hearty lunch to set you up for a day of exploring. After lunch, drive to India’s most famous and iconic landmark, the beautiful Taj Mahal. Upon arrival, immediately feel immersed in the peaceful atmosphere that emanates from the building. As you follow your guide around the Taj Mahal and learn about this UNESCO World Heritage Listed site, admire the building’s impeccable architecture, of which every corner, wall, and detail is beyond imagination. After an unforgettable tour of the Taj Mahal, hop in the car for the drive back to Delhi Airport. Board your flight to Bangalore at around 10pm and enjoy dinner on the plane. Upon arrival in Bangalore, your driver will be waiting in the arrivals lounge to drop you back to your hotel after a busy but worthwhile day.

Bangalore: Mysore Tour with Lunch and Guide

7. Bangalore: Mysore Tour with Lunch and Guide

The first stop is at the Summer Palace of Tipu Sultan, often called the Tiger of Mysore for his valiant fight with the British. Dariya Daulat Bagh, the Summer Palace of Tipu Sultan, is built in Indo-Sarcenic style and has a few magnificent murals depicting the war of Tipu with the British. The next destination is the notorious Bailey's Dungeon. Colonel Bailey's Dungeon is the famous dungeon where Tipu imprisoned several British Officers during the war. Tales about this notorious location will also be told throughout the tour. The magnificent Mysore Palace beckons you next. The Palace is a 3-storied stone structure, with marble domes and a 145-foot, five-storied tower. Your guided tour of the palace will take you through the Public Hall, Private Hall, Dolls Pavilion, and the Royal Wedding Hall. India’s first sand sculpture museum is the final destination on your tour. Conceived and built by Gowri, a leading sand sculptor, the sand museum took 4 months and 115 loads of construction sand to build. It is a unique museum where one finds the heritage of Mysore crafted into sand, and it is incredible to note that these marvelous pieces of art were made using just sand and water. After you have finished discovering this unique spectacle, you will be returned safely to your point of origin.

Mysore: 2-Day Palace and Gardens Tour from Bangalore

8. Mysore: 2-Day Palace and Gardens Tour from Bangalore

Your driver and guide will pick you from your Bangalore hotel after breakfast at around 8:00AM. You will venture towards Mysore, stopping to see the sights of the Srirangapatnam City known as an old capital city at the ruling time of Tipu Sultan. Your visit to Mysore will begin with the Dariya Daulat royal residence known as the "Summer Palace of Tipu Sultan", embellished with Mysore paintings, floral wall designs and ceiling art. The next spot you will visit is Gumbaz Srirangapatnam, before moving on to the oldest Ranganathaswamy Temple and the Tipu Sultan Mosque. After this visit, you will have a delicious lunch at a neighborhood restaurant (lunch is at your own expense). Following lunch, you will drive to Mysore, where upon arriving you will check-in to your hotel and enjoy a small refreshment. In the evening you will be taken for a trip to the Vrindavan Gardens, where you can appreciate the music and bright fountain show which will leave you feeling entranced. At the conclusion of your evening, you will dropped back to your hotel where you can enjoy dinner before retiring for the evening. The following morning after breakfast and hotel check-out, your transport and guide will take you on a drive towards the Chamundeshwari sanctuary, situated on Chamundi hill. Here you will be able to witness a seven-story Gopura designed with sculptures and advanced works of art. The sanctuary is committed to the goddess Chamundeshwari, and you can see the whole Mysore city from here, a view found by all to be enormously delightful. Following this, you will head towards the royal palace of Wodeyer Maharaja known as the Mysore Palace or Amba Vilas. This royal residence has been changed into a historical museum, which is filled with illustrious, important things such as paintings, adornments, outfits, souvenirs and other depictive things. After that, you will go to Saint Philomena's Church, where you will be able to appreciate this building's Neo-Gothic design. At the conclusion of your tour, you will be transported back to your Bangalore accommodation.

Bangalore: Private Car Hire and Driver with Flexible Options

9. Bangalore: Private Car Hire and Driver with Flexible Options

Charter a private, air-conditioned car with a professional chauffeur to make the most of your day in Bangalore. Choose from flexible options and pay according to your usage. Sit back and relax as you drive around the entire city according to your convenience, and make as many stops and visit as many places as you wish. Bangalore is the technological capital of India, also known as the Silicon Valley of India. With this private charter, take advantage of the opportunity to see all the city has to offer. Go sightseeing to iconic cultural and modern landmarks, or set off on a discovery of the city in the comfort of your car. Make sure to pay a visit to the Tipu Sultan Palace and Bangalore Palace. Nature lovers can visit the botanical gardens or the Bannerghatta National Park located close by. Get off the beaten track at the K.R. Market, one of the largest flower markets in Asia, or the Indian Music Experience Museum. Multiple car sizes, as well as time and distance options, are available for couples, families, or small groups. It is highly recommended that you start the tour before 8 AM or after 10 AM and plan a draft itinerary in advance to avoid driving back and forth through the heavy Bangalore traffic. Your driver speaks basic English and will be happy to help you with some local tips and itinerary.

Half-Day Cultural Tour of Bangalore

10. Half-Day Cultural Tour of Bangalore

Start you journey with hotel pick-up at around 9:00 in the morning as your guide and chauffeur awaits you. From here head to the neo-classical styled Iskcon temple. You'll stay here for 30 minutes after which you continue to the ornate teak-covered Tipu Sultan’s Palace. This historic two-story royal home was recently converted into museum, offering unique insight into Bangalore history. Stay here for 40 minutes. Visit the lush Lal Bagh Botanical Gardens, a facility that houses more than 1,000 unique floras. Your stay of time over here would be around 45 minutes as later you proceed to enjoy a local south Indian lunch. After lunch, admire the beauty of city’s Bangalore palace from outside. Before the tour ends, visit the Bull temple built in the Dravidian style into the surrounding rocks. After this your tour ends with hotel drop-off you are free to explore the city at your own.

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4.3 / 5

based on 12 reviews

Thank you for a great tour, Joe. Very much liked it and glad to have gotten a little taste of Goa and the churches. You are a great tour guide. Hope to do a longer Goa tour with you next time we visit!

Such splendid experience. Our guide was very knowledgeable and explained everything so nicely. Really put spirit into the beautiful architecture and history.

Wonderful tour guide. Very knowledgeable and helpful. The driver was wonderful as well and the car was clean and well maintained. highly recommend

I really enjoyed this tour! The driver Divaka and the guide prashant had put a lot of effort into it. We recommend!

All perfect. The driver was very professional and good. The clear guides in the explanations