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Full-Day Private tour of Mysore from Bangalore

1. Full-Day Private tour of Mysore from Bangalore

The tour starts with a pick up and drive to Tipu Sultan's Summer Palace. Back in the 1700s, this palace used to be the summer residence of the Mysorean ruler, Tipu Sultan. Hear about Tipu Sultan and his rebellion against the British regime from your guide. Notice the Indo-Islamic architecture from up close before moving on to your next destination i.e. Mysore Palace. The Mysore Palace is the official residence of the Wadiyar dynasty in present times. This palace is a mix of Indian and Saracenic design. From the royal wedding hall to the museum, your guide will show you everywhere around the publicly open palace. Next up, you will stop by Chamundeshwari Temple. It is believed that Goddess Durga, a fierce form of Shakti, slayed demon king Mahishasura on this temple's spot. After seeking blessings at the temple, you will be served lunch on a traditional banana leaf. Then for the last part, you will see St. Philomena's Cathedral which is a remarkable gothic-style Catholic church built by the old Wadiyar king. You will be sent back to your hotel as the tour ends.

Day Excursion of Belur, Halebeedu & Shravanabelagola

2. 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. 

Private Full Day Bangalore City Tour

3. 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.

Private Full day Nandi Hill Excursion with Lunch

4. Private Full day Nandi Hill Excursion with Lunch

Early morning around 6.00 am in summer & 7.00 am in winter, you'll be  picked up from Bangalore Hotel and drive to Nandihill, around 60 -65 km from Bangalore city. The Nandi hill stands at 4,851 feet above sea leval.  On arrival,  enjoy the foggy view of Nandi hill, and later have breakfast in a local restaurant. After breakfast visit the Tipu’s Drop : a 600 meter high cliff face. It is believed that condemned prisoners were pushed to their death here. There are also several beautiful temples including the Gavi Veerbhadra Swamy temple. After a visit to the museum, it's time for Lunch at a local restaurant. After Lunch, visit Amruth Sarovar : a beautiful water lake that brims with lucid water all the year round. Then there's Arkavathi River Origi : Arkavathi River takes its birth on the south-west of the hill.  You will also see a view of beautiful bungalows (built by the British) and impressive laid out gardens. The forests surrounding the hills are bountiful with flora & fauna. During your drive you'll see sunflower gardens and wine yards.   Evening between 4.00 pm - 5.00 pm.  Driver will drop you back at Bangalore Hotel.    

Private Bannerghatta National Park Day Excursion

5. Private Bannerghatta National Park Day Excursion

Around 7.30 am after having breakfast, you will board an AC car and drive to Bannerghatta Park . The park is around 24 km from Bangalore, and you'll arrive around 8.45 am. The ticket counter is open between 9.00am - 9.30 am. The representative will arrange the Grand Safari and entry ticket.  The safari will start between 10.00 am - 10.30 am, and during this time you may visit the zoo.   The mini zoo was created in 1972 for the increasing number of tourists for recreation/ education of younger generations; and also to create awareness of the importance of conservation of flora and fauna, in addition to the conservation of the gene pool of endangered species of wild animals of the region/country.   After boarding the safari truck, the first stop will be “Herbivore Safari”.  This area is dedicated for non flesh eating animals, and you'll see bison and large numbers of deer. For more extra cuteness, it's off to the “Bear Safari”, where you'll see many bears inside the forest.   Brace yourself for the exciting "Tiger Safari".  Here you can spot tigers and white tigers if you're lucky, and then you'll see some tigers on the road as well. Inside the Tiger Safari area, there's a special zone dedicated to white tigers including artificial space for recreation.   Now it's time to see the kings of the jungle in the "Lion Safari", where you can see some lions which are taking rest in bamboo parks and there may be some lions taking a bath also!   Towards the end, you will drop by "Butterfly Park Gate", where there are monkeys and thousands of butterflies swarming around. After Butterfly Park, you can go to the zoo or have lunch in a local restaurant or in the Dosa Camp Area (own expense).  Your driver will drop you back at your Bangalore Hotel around 4.00 pm.   BNP is a completely plastic free zone.  Camera fee INR 25 for digital & INR 200 for video camera.

Mysore: Day Excursion with Lunch from Bangalore

6. Mysore: Day Excursion with Lunch from Bangalore

In the early morning at around 6:15AM, your chauffeur will pick you up from your Bangalore hotel and drive you to meet with your local guide. Mysore palace is situated in the heart of the city based on the Indo-Saracenic architectural style and concoction of Hindu, Muslim, Rajput and Gothic styles. The palace is well-heeled with artwork, carved ceilings, and the walls of the palace are simply mind blowing. The palace is now converted into a museum that exhibits antiques made of marble, gold, silver and alabaster from around the globe. You will witness remarkable souvenirs, alluring paintings, precious jewelry, royal costumes and other items which were once possessed by the Wodeyars. After your palace visit, you can enjoy lunch in a local restaurant (fixed menu). Following lunch, you will drive to the Chamundeshwari Temple situated on the hilltop of the Chamundi Hills, named after the goddess Chamundeshwari or Durga. The Chamundi Hills are surrounded by natural beauty, enriched with various birds, animals, and trees. While going back to Bangalore, you will take a visit to Philomena's church. St. Philomena’s Church is one of the oldest churches in India, and was built in a neo-gothic style. This Church is a religious place as well as the most imposing and attractive monument in the area. After this church visit, you will be driven back to Bangalore where you will be dropped off back at your accommodation.

Private Full Day Mysore Excursion from Bangalore

7. Private Full Day Mysore Excursion from Bangalore

Early morning around 6:15 am, your chauffeur will pick you up from your Bangalore hotel. Upon arrival in Mysore meet and greet with your local guide. Mysore is known as the city of palaces. Visit the Mysore Royal palace, located in the heart of the city. It is also known as Amba vilas palace and was the residence of Wodeyer Maharaja of Mysore. A fine example of Indo-Saracenic style of architecture, the palace has been converted into a museum that  exhibits souvenirs, paintings, royal costumes and other items, which were once possessed by the Wodeyars. After the visit enjoy lunch in a local restaurant with a fixed menu.  After lunch drive to Chamundeshwari Temple. It is located on the top of Chamundi Hills about 13 km from the palace city of Mysore. The temple has a seven storey tall Gopura decorated with intricate carvings. The deity of the goddess is said to be made of gold and the temple doors of silver. The temple was named after Chamundeshwari or Durga, the fierce form of Shakti, a tutelary deity held in reverence for centuries by Mysore Maharajas. After this visit, go back to Mysore and do not forget to see the Mysore city view from Chamundi Hill. While going back to Bangalore en route Visit Philomena's church. The St. Philomena’s Cathedral is located on the Ashoka road Mysore Is an Roman Catholic church and is the most imposing and attractive structure. After this visit you will be driven back to Bangalore. 

From Bangalore: Temple Art and Architecture of Lepakshi

8. 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 Bangalore

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.

I appreciate the promptness & individual attention. I learned so much as well as flexibility to have experiences I wanted. Srinivas is an excellent guide that makes most of our time together. Louis was a skillful & kind driver

I travelled alone and had an amazing day with Hari. He is very friendly and flexibly, the car is comfortable and clean. The temples are just incredible, lifetime experience.

Despite heavy traffic out and in to Bangalore, it was definitely worth it! Authentic Indian experience also thanks to my guide and my driver, for which I am grateful.

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