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Mysuru: Day Trip from Bengaluru

1. Mysuru: Day Trip from Bengaluru

Enjoy a memorable day trip from crowded Bengaluru to the city of royalty. Start early from your hotel and relax on a 3.5-hour drive to Mysore. Your friendly local guide will walk you through the splendid buildings of the Mysore Palace and the Gothic-inspired St. Philomena's Cathedral. You will also have a chance to visit the Chamundeshwari Temple, located atop the Chamundi Hills, for a fascinating history of the people of Mysore. Start your day trip with an early morning pickup from your hotel. Sit back and relax on your drive to Mysore, which will take approximately 3-4 hours (depending on your pick up location and road conditions). Mysuru, formerly known as Mysore, is famous for its World Heritage buildings. Your first stop is the magnificent Mysuru Palace. Home of the Wodeyar dynasty, this grand palace is embellished with stained glass, majestic wooden doors, and intricate mosaic tiles. A fine collection of armors, sculptures, and paintings add to the glamour. Spend up to 1.5 hours exploring the Palace with your guide, building up an appetite for a traditional vegetarian lunch at a local's favorite spot. Next, head to the Chamundeswari Temple, located atop a hill. Dedicated to a form of Shakti, the goddess is revered by Hindus across the region. The location offers stunning views of the Karnataka countryside. Lastly, visit the St. Philomena's Cathedral which was built in 1941. Constructed in a Neo-Gothic style, its architecture is said to be inspired by the Cologne Cathedral in Germany and is one of the tallest churches in Asia. At the end of the tour, drive back towards Bengaluru where you will be dropped off at your hotel around 6:30-7 PM.

From Bangalore: Taj Mahal Tour with Round-Trip Flights

2. 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

3. 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.

Shivanasamudra Waterfalls & Ancient Somnathpur Tour

4. Shivanasamudra Waterfalls & Ancient Somnathpur Tour

In the morning around 6:30 am, your chauffeur will pick you up from the hotel and drive to Shivasamudra falls situated on the banks of river Kaveri. It is the second biggest waterfall in India and also the location of one of the first Hydro-electric Power stations in Asia. The island, Shivasamudra, divides the river Kaveri into twin waterfalls named Gaganachukki & Bharachukki Falls. These magnificent waterfalls plunges 320 feet into gorge, breaking into a cloud of misty foam. The waterfalls are surrounded by the lush green hill forests of the Kaveri Wildlife Sanctuary. The spectacular waterfalls will certainly take your breath away. The sound of gushing waters has a soothing effect. Enjoy the calm and tranquil ambiance. The place is just picture perfect. Gaganachukki & Bharachukki Falls are at a distance of 13 km from each other. Later, drive to Somnathpur that was set up during the 13th century and was ruled by rich and powerful rulers. The Hoysalas were the last dynasty that ruled this region. They had played a major role in constructing temples in the region and surrounding places. Have a sumptuous lunch at a local restaurant. Later, proceed to visit the Chennakesava Temple, also known as a Keshava Temple. The temple is built on a star-shaped platform and has three carved pinnacles and shrines. The temple is dedicated to Lord Janardhana, Venugopala and Kesava. Somnathpur is also famous for sandalwood oil, incense sticks and other handicrafts. There are many local artisans that are involved in production of teak, ivory, rosewood and sandalwood carvings. Somnathpur is also famous for Mysore style painting of gods and goddesses. After your day tour, drive back to Bangalore. You will be dropped at the hotel. 

Full-day Private Sightseeing Tour of Bangalore

5. Full-day Private Sightseeing Tour of Bangalore

What better way to spend a day in India than on a day tour of thrilling Bangalore? Take this sightseeing tour to see the capital of the Indian state of Karnataka, located on the Deccan Plateau. This city is full of bustle, due to its number of well-recognized colleges and research institutions, software companies, aerospace and telecommunication companies, and defense organizations. You can experience day-to-day life in Bangalore as you travel to see its various sights. Breathe in the scents of flowers and water at Lal Bagh, a large botanical garden whose name translated means “The Red Garden”, and then visit Cubbon Park, a landmark “lung” area full of flora and fauna. While the gardens give Bangalore its nickname as “The Garden City”, you will also see many famous historic sights. The Nandi (Bull) Temple, built in 1537, is truly a sight to behold. This is said to house one of the largest Nandi murthi in the world, a huge statue representing the sacred bull. You will also see the imposing Vidhana Soudha, a massive, granite, Neo-Dravidian-style building that is the seat of the state legislature of Karnataka. As “The Garden City”, Bangalore has so much to offer. Take the opportunity to visit this unique green city and pay respect to its beautiful architecture and ancient monuments.

Bangalore: Sightseeing Day Tour with Lunch

6. 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.

Day Excursion of Belur, Halebeedu & Shravanabelagola

7. Day Excursion of Belur, Halebeedu & Shravanabelagola

Early morning around 6.30 am, the chauffeur and guide will pick you up from your hotel  for the tour. During this trip you will visit the Hoysala period temples of Belur, Halebeedu and witness Asia’s tallest monolithic stone statue of Gomateshwara at Shravanabelagola, which is a prominent Jain pilgrimage center. After reaching Yediyur village, enjoy your breakfast. The you will drive to Shravanabelagola, famous for the greatest statue of Lord Gomateswara, situated at the famous Manjunath Temple in Dharmasthala. Visit the shrine of Lord Bahubali. The statue symbolizes renunciation, self-control, and subjugation of ego as the primary steps towards salvation. Afterwards, have a sumptuous lunch at a local restaurant, and then drive to Belur which is located in Hassan district. Visit the Chennakeshava temple which is a fine example of Hoysala architecture. It was consecrated by the famous Hoysala King Vishnuvardhana to mark his victories in 1116 AD against the Cholas.   Later, drive to Halebeedu, which was the ancient capital of Hoysala dynasty. 'Halebeedu' actually means 'ruined city' as it was ruined by the Moghul sultanate twice. Visit the famous Hoysaleshwara temple which comprises of two shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva. Hoysaleshwara and Shanthaleshwara are the two deities in this temple. The walls of the temple consist of carvings of different deities of Hindu mythology and stories from Mahabharata, Ramayana and Puranas. Then it's time to drive back to Bangalore and your hotel. 

Bangalore: Full-Day Historical Guided Tour

8. 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.

Bangalore: Walking Tour of Fort, Palaces, and Market

9. Bangalore: Walking Tour of Fort, Palaces, and Market

Meet your guide at the meeting point at the designated time. Dive straight into the history of the city as you navigate the streets. The bustling market areas with narrow streets are bursting with stories that reflect the real soul of Bangalore. Depending on the starting time of the tour, have an indulgent breakfast or snack of the locals' favourite Masala Dosa and South Indian Filter Coffee. With a true Bangalorean as your guide, navigate the older parts of the city as you learn about its origins, including the fascinating history of Tipu Sultan and the British. Explore some of Bangalore's oldest neighbourhoods. Enjoy delicious snacks for a memorable day to an area often ignored by other travellers. Proceed to KR Market, which is one of the largest wholesale market places in India. Walk through the busy market as you take in the smells and sights of colourful flowers and fresh produce. Next, head to the ruins of the Bangalore Fort, built in the 1700's and compare it the paintings done by the British in the same period. Our final stop will be the Summer Palace of Tipu Sultan. Marvel at the teak wood columns and the influence of the Indo-Islamic culture on the frescoes. Learn about the maze-like dungeons designed for defence strategy. At the end of the memorable walking tour of Old Bangalore, your guide will assist you with booking a taxi or finding public transport for you to head back.

Hampi 2-Day Sightseeing Tour from Goa

10. Hampi 2-Day Sightseeing Tour from Goa

Spend time in Hampi, a magnificent city of ruins on the UNESCO World Heritage list, on a 2-day trip from Goa. During your tour, you will visit this city located in the state of Karnataka beside the Tungabhadra River. Enjoy valuable insight into the history of the area as you learn about the artistic excellence and power of the former rules of Hampi, once the capital of the Vijaynagara Empire. Detailed Itinerary Day 1: Goa - Hampi In the morning you will be picked up from Goa and make the drive to Hampi. Upon arrival, check into a 4-star hotel. Take a walk along the Tungabhadra River toward the Hampi market, which you will have time to explore. Then enjoy free time and spend the night in Hampi.  Day 2: Hampi - Goa (Meals: B) Wake up early for a trip to Matunga Hill to watch the sunrise. Then visit Virupaksha Temple, the most famous and oldest temple housing the deity of Shiva. You will also see the Vittala Temple complex, Malyavanta Raghunathaswamy, and more. After lunch, begin the journey back to Goa.

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We had a fantastic time, and everything ran smoothly from the very start to the end. Our guide Shiva is a total gem! So much knowledge to share, and such a warm and kind personality. He goes out of his way to make you feel right at home in beautiful Mysore. Highly recommend as a day trip from Bangalore.

Excellent tour of Bangalore. We enjoyed the sites we visited very much along with the banana leaf vegetarian lunch. The guide and driver are very knowledgeable and polite. The vehicle was comfortable and safe.

Thomas is very knowledgeable and patient in his explanations. They were flexible enough to acomodare changes I made at the last minute.

Enjoyed my day very much. I was comfortable & cared for. Srinivas is knowledge & kind. He customized the day to meet my wishes

Wonderful excursion. Our driver Niyaz transported us perfectly in the flow of traffic. Very friendly guide for tours