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Bangalore: Mysore Tour with Lunch and Guide

1. 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.

Private Full Day Bangalore City Tour

2. Private Full Day Bangalore City Tour

Begin your 8-hour tour with a stop at the ISKCON Temple, a blend of tradition and modernity. Continue to the Tipu Sultan Fort and Palace. The two-story palace was built entirely of teakwood. Head to the Lalbagh Botanical Garden, and admire the glass house built to commemorate the visit of the Prince of Wales. Have lunch at a local restaurant (at your own expense) before visiting Bangalore Palace. Afterwards, visit the Bull Temple, a fine example of Dravidian-style architecture. The temple is dedicated to the Hindu demi-god Nandi, who was an attendant of Shiva. Finally you’ll visit Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple that houses a unique image of Agni, the God of Fire.

Goa: Heritage Trail of Portuguese Mansions & Museum

3. Goa: Heritage Trail of Portuguese Mansions & Museum

Experience the mix of Portuguese and Goan heritage on this private sightseeing tour. Marvel at the historic Figueiredo Mansion, the Menezes Braganza House, and the Palácio do Deão. Benefit from a local guide and transfers in a private air-conditioned car, and choose a delicious optional lunch at either Palácio do Deão or at The Figueiredo Mansion. First, arrive at The Figueiredo Mansion which was built in the 1590s by Jesuit priests for an influential Goan family that had converted faith. A part of the house has been converted into a museum, to showcase the family's priced belongings. Meet the friendly owner, who is passionate about her family roots and can often be seen giving a personalized tour of her home. Next, visit the Menezes Braganza House, with furniture and artifacts dating back to the 17th century. A large library and a collection of family portraits make this home an art-lover's delight.  After that, head over to the Palácio do Deão. Located in the tranquil area close to the Kushavati River, this house has an unusual blend of Hindu and Portuguese architecture. Spread over 11,000 square feet, this palatial home is famous for its well-maintained gardens. Finally, round off this heritage tour by paying a visit to the Goa Chitra Museum. See a curated collection of over 4000 exhibits that bring together the Hindu and Catholic influences on Goan communities. The Museum itself has been built using recycled materials from traditional houses that were demolished in the area. Examine the different implements used by the agrarian communities through the ages and learn about the museum's work in preserving Goan art and culture.  At the end of the trip, you can visit the city of Margao on your way back to the hotel.

From Bangalore: Temple Art and Architecture of Lepakshi

4. From Bangalore: Temple Art and Architecture of Lepakshi

Depart from Bangalore after breakfast and take a 2.5-hour drive to Lepakshi. Let your guide enthrall you, as they share myths surrounding Lepakshi with you.  At your first stop, see India’s largest Nandi Bull statue. Next, head to Veerabhadra Temple to explore this 16th century masterpiece of the Vijaynagara style of architecture. First, visit the section called Mukha Mandapa, which served as the dance venue and other cultural activities. Then, visit the Artha Mandapa, where the king worshipped and where the Garbha Griha houses the deity. Visit a unique wedding hall made of grey sandstone, where Lord Shiva and Lady Parvati were supposed to have been married in antiquity. One of the highlights of Lepakshi is the exquisite collection of paintings on the walls of the temple. Appreciate the rich textile patterns, detailed hairstyles of people, and exquisite jewelry depicted in the paintings. As per legend, giants inhabited these parts and built the old section of the temple. Look for evidence left behind by the giants as you make your way through the temple, before returning to Bangalore.

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What people are saying about Karnataka

Amazing tour and you must book this one! Local guide and he me for a traditional breakfast of rice cake, lentil donut with amazing dipping sauces. Putti and medu vada I think are the traditional names. Next we went to the Mysore Palace and a local guide took over. Saw the delights of the royal palace and the amazing architecture and materials used. Next to the silk worm factory (other destination had Muslim protests so we had to avoid) where we had a tour of how the silk is extracted and spun into glorious fabrics. Very noisy and busy and amazing to see. Next stop a traditional lunch on banana leaf. I copied my guide to eat the local way. Food was incredible and not something I would have tasted without a local person taking me there. My guide chatted throughout the journey about the history of India and the areas, different cultures (additional to the main tour description). Although the tour was more expensive than others in India it is worth every penny! 10/10!

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

They arrived before time. Have pleasing characters. Very good and willing services. Thank you very much

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

An excellent tour with a full agenda that really gave a flavor of Bangalore