- Holiday Inspirations
- Fixed Departure
Day 01: Arrive Bangalore
Arrive Bangalore by international flight. Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to hotel. Afternoon city sightseeing tour of Bangalore, visiting the Lal Bagh which has a variety of old Trees, Fountains, Lotus Pools, Terraces and an assortment of Tropical Herbs and Sub-Tropical Herbs. Also see the Government Buildings and the Maharaja’s Palace. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02: Bangalore – Shravanbelagola – Srirangapatam – Mysore
Buffet breakfast at hotel. Morning drive to Mysore en route visiting Shravanabelagola, the 1000-year-old colossus 17-metre high monolithic statue of Gomteshwara, the famous Jain saint, attracts pilgrims from all over India especially during festival times. Later drive to Mysore en route visiting Srirangapatnam. Srirangapatam – 16 km from Mysore, this fort was the stronghold of Tipu Sultan, son of Haider Ali. Tipu made a last minute ditch against the British in 1799 before surrendering his kingdom. Among the many fort buildings still intact, are Tipu’s airy Summer Palace and his tomb at the Darya Daulat Bagh (garden). Here, is also the celebrated Sri Ranganatha Temple. Upon arrival, check-in at hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 03: In Mysore
Buffet breakfast at hotel. Morning excursion to Golden Temple (90 km from Mysore), Golden Temple is the main tourist attraction in Bylakuppe. Stepping inside the temple feels like walking into another world, and the noisy streets of South India suddenly seem to be very far away. Three beautiful golden Buddha statues each of 40 Feet namely Padmasambhava, Buddha and Amitayus look down at visitors above the altar. Later city tour visiting the Palace of Maharaja built in 1911-12. The Palace is harmonious syntheses of the Hindu and Saracenic styles of architecture with archways, domes, turrets, colonnades and sculptures which are magnificent. One of the largest Palaces in the country with some art treasures, it is beautifully restored and maintained. This stained glass, wall paintings, ivory inlaid doors and ornate golden throne are all remarkable. Also visit Chamundi Hills if time permits. Overnight at hotel.
Day 04: Mysore – Nagarhole (80 Km / Approx. 3 Hrs Drive)
Buffet breakfast at hotel. Morning drive to Nagarhole. Upon arrival, check-in at hotel. Afternoon jungle safari. Overnight at hotel.
Day 05: Nagarhole – Hassan (145 Km / Approx. 3 Hrs Drive)
Early morning jungle safari. Return to hotel for breakfast. Upon arrival at Hassan, Check-in at hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Day 06: Hassan – Hospet (310 Km / Approx. 6 Hrs Drive)
Buffet breakfast at hotel. Morning city tour of Hassan, visiting Belur famous for it Hoysala architecture. Its Temple of Lord Channakeshava is embellished with carving which has few equals in the world. Halebid – The seat of Hoysala Kingdom, its great Hoyaleswara Temple was built in the typical Hoysala style architecture. A stellar base with the emblem of the lion and elephants seemingly supporting the temple, signify stability. Upon arrival at Hospet, check-in at hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 07: In Hospet
Buffet breakfast at hotel. Morning excursion to Hampi the once beautiful capital city of Vijayanagar Empire and greater than Rome, had palaces, temples and sculptures, spread all over. The city was razed to the ground by the Sultanates of South in 1565. Some of the ineresting ruines remaining are the Virupaksha, Vittala & Hazara Rama temples huge Ganesha and Narasimha images, the elephant stables, the Queen’s Bath, carvings on the Ramachandra temple, Lotus Mahal. Overnight at hotel.
Day 08: Hospet – Badami (160 Km / Approx. 4 Hrs Drive)
Buffet breakfast at hotel. Morning drive to Badami. Upon arrival at Badami, check-in at hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Day 09: In Badam
Buffet breakfast at hotel. Morning tour of Badami also known as Vatapi, rich with Hindu and Jain temples carved out of sand stone hills. The carved temples date back to the 6th century. Of these, three are Hindu and one Jain. Sculptured out of solid rock, they are adorned with carvings. The Fort atop a hill, encloses large granaries, treasury & a watch tower. The famed Malegitti Shivalaya temple set on the summit of a hill is built of stones joined without mortar. Overnight at hotel.
Day 10: Badami – Goa (190 Km / Approx. 4 Hrs Drive)
Buffet breakfast at hotel. Morning drive to Goa. Upon arrival at Goa, check-in at hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Day 11: In Goa
Buffet breakfast at hotel. Morning city sightseeing tour of Goa visiting the slopes of Altinho Hill for a breathtaking view of Panjim & river Mandovi. Then to Donapaula for a view of India’s larges natural harbour Marmgoa. Then to Old Goa visiting Basillica of Bom Jesus wherein is enshrined the body of St. Francis Xavier, in a silver ornate casket. Then to St. Cathedral, the biggest church in the East. St. Cajetan, built like St. Peters (Rome), Church of Lady Rosary & St. Monica. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Day 12: Goa – Mumbai By Air
Buffet breakfast at hotel. Morning free for independent activities. In the evening transfer to airport to connect flight for Mumbai. Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 13: In Mumbai
Buffet breakfast at hotel. Morning excursion across the harbour to the world famous, 1200 years old Elephanta Caves, dedicated to Lord Shiva. The famous TRIMURTI sculpture signifying the trinity of the Creator, the Preserver and the Destroyer is located here. Afternoon city tour of Mumbai visiting to Gateway of India, Prince of Wales Museum, Hanging Gardens on the slopes of Malabar Hills offering nice view of Marine Lines & Chowpatty Beach, Kamla Nehru Park, Mani Bhawan (where Mahatama Gandhi used to stay) then to Dhobi Ghat Also drive past Afgan church, colourful Crawford Market and Marine Drive. Overnight at hotel.
Day 14: Leave Mumbai
Leave Mumbai by international flight.