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$300 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Weekend Heritage tour on Motorcycle from Bangalore

On Saturdays at 7 am our tour guide will meet you in Bangalore and provide an orientation of the tour as well as briefing for the Royal Enfield motorcycles. Breakfast is arranged and then we start towards our destination, Belur, the ancient capital of Hoyasala Empire, located 220 KMs from Bangalore. The ride will take 4-4.5 hrs and we will reach Belur by noon.Our stay is planned at Yogaksheema, a leading Ayurvedic Resort. It is famous for its Ayurvedic massage and Satvic food. Lunch is arranged and then we visit the famed Chennakesava temple of Belur which took over a 100 years to build. The next couple of hours will be spent inside this temple complex. Some of the highlights of this temple are the intricate carvings of animals and dancers on the walls of the temple. Episodes from epics like Ramayana and Mahabharata have been carved out of stone. The main hall has sculptures that are fantastic in terms if the intricacy of the carvings. The bracelets on the arms of one of the dancer statues can be moved up and down. The headdress of another dancer statue has a moveable ring!  Another noteworthy characteristic of sculptures in Belur is that sculptures at Belur is that they are signed off by the respective sculptors like in a painting, often as a boastful epithet.We head next to Halebid, the old capital of the Hoyasala empire. Located 16 Kms from Belur, there are 3 major highlights of Halebid. We spend a couple of hours in the 2 magnificent temples inside the complex dedicated to  Hoysalesvara and Shantalesvara. The other sculpture of interest is a giant statue of Nandi the holy Bull of Lord Shiva which took 86 years to build. Of interest would be to note the veins depicted gracefully on the face. We return to our Resort where dinner is arranged. Sunday – ShravanabelagolaAfter breakfast we checkout and drive 80 KMs to a quaint town located between 2 hills and called Shravanabelagola.  The world’s largest monolith statue beckons us here. The 58 feet tall statue nestled on a 470 feet hill is of Gomateswara the son of the first Jain Tirtankara Vrishaba Deva. There is a flight of 600 steps to climb. A less fun way to go up would be in a palanquin carried by 4 people!  The climb would take an hour. The view from the top makes the climb worth it.We visit a home belonging to the Jain community to which Gomasteswara belongs. Lunch is arranged in this house. The cuisine is authentic Jain. After lunch we go back towards Bangalore. We would cover 145 Kms in the last leg of this tour. The tour ends around 5pm after we reach Bangalore.

$100 Day Trips & Excursions

Bangalore to Belur, Halebid Full-Day Architecture Tour, Lunch

At 630 AM we start towards our destination, Belur, the ancient capital of Hoyasala Empire, located 220 KMs from Bangalore. The journey will take 4 hrs and we will reach Belur by 1130 AM including a breakfast pitstop. We visit the famed Chennakesava temple of Belur which took over a 100 years to build. The next couple of hours will be spent inside this temple complex. Some of the highlights of this temple are the intricate carvings of animals and dancers on the walls of the temple. Episodes from epics like Ramayana and Mahabharata have been carved out of stone. The main hall has sculptures that are fantastic in terms if the intricacy of the carvings. The bracelets on the arms of one of the dancer statues can be moved up and down. The headdress of another dancer statue has a moveable ring!  Another noteworthy characteristic of sculptures in Belur is that sculptures at Belur is that they are signed off by the respective sculptors like in a painting, often as a boastful epithet. After Lunch we head to Halebid, the other capital of the Hoyasala empire. Located 16 Kms from Belur, there are 2 major highlights of Halebid. We spend a couple of hours in the 2 magnificent temples inside the complex dedicated to  Hoysalesvara and Shantalesvara. The other sculpture of interest is a giant statue of Nandi the holy Bull of Lord Shiva which took 86 years to build. Of interest would be to note the veins depicted gracefully on the face. The Belur & Halebid tour ends around 8pm after we reach Bangalore.

$351 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Opulent Mysore And Temples Of South India - A Three Night Excursion From Bangalore With Private Transfers

Day 1: Bangalore / Shravanabelagola / Chikmagalur This morning you’ll be picked up in Bangalore and driven to Chikmagalur, en route visiting Shravanabelagola. This town is one of the important tirthas (pilgrimage destinations) for those of the Jain faith. In Shravanabelagola, you can see the Bahubali Statue which is one of the tallest monolithic stone statue in the world carved out of a single block of granite. You will continue on to Chikmagalur. Upon arrival, check in to your hotel. Overnight stay: Hotel Aadrika (Luxury) Day 2: Chikmagalur / Belur / Halebid / Mysore After breakfast, visit Belur to see the magnificent Chennakesaya Temple with its intricate sculptures. It is one of the largest and most famous Hindu temples of medieval Indian art. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vijayanarayana, one of the twenty four incarnations of Vishnu. You will then go to the town of Halebid. Here, visit the Hoysaleshwara Temple, with its succession of friezes depicting the tableaus of everyday life in ancient times. The temple was built in the 12th century and is dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. Continue to Mysore. Overnight stay: Fortune JP Palace (Deluxe) (B) Day 3: Mysore Sightseeing Explore Mysore, the cultural capital of the state of Karnataka. The people of Mysore are famous for their peaceful attitude and helpful nature. Your guided tour will visit the Mysore City Palace, one of India’s most spectacular royal buildings. The Palace was the seat of the Wodeyar Maharajas, who ruled the kingdom from 1399 to 1950. You will see the extravagant opulence and fine details of the interior. Admire the paintings, elaborate architecture, the intricately carved doors, mosaic floors and stained glassed windows. Then visit the beautiful Brindavan Gardens, known for their symmetric designs and illuminated terrace gardens. The gardens contain an array of illuminated, cascading fountains and flowering plants. Overnight stay Fortune JP Palace (Deluxe) (B)Day 4: Mysore / Bangalore Drive back to Bangalore, enroute visit the island fortress and Summer Palace of Tipu Sultan in Srirangapatnam. It came into prominence during the rise of Hyder Ali and his famed son Tipu Sultan, who converted it into a fortified city. It was the power center of South India for a long time, before Tipu Sultan lost the last of the four battles against the British East India Company. Your tour will show you the numerous historic and religious monuments here. Continue your drive to Bangalore. (B)

$1770 Weddings & Honeymoons

10Night - Kerala & Karnataka Tour - Luxury Honeymoon

Day 1 Arrival Cochin, transfer to hotel. Evening Kathakali Dance Show.Day 2 Cochin Sightseeing. Sightseeing of Cochin in Fort Kochi & Mattancherry area. Day 3 Cochin - Wayanad, train from Cochin to Kozhikode & then private transfer to WayanadDay 4 Wayanad - Day free for leisure. Enjoy activities in the resort/hotel itself. All hotels and resorts offer multiple complimentary & paid activities like plantation visits, trekking in the hills, cooking classes etc.Day 5 Wayanad - Day free for leisure. Enjoy activities in the resort/hotel itself. All hotels and resorts offer multiple complimentary & paid activities like plantation visits, trekking in the hills, cooking classes etc.Day 6 Wayanad - Mysore, Drive to MysoreDay 7 Mysore & Sri Rangapatnam SightseeingDay 8 Mysore to Hassan via Shravanbelagola & ByllakuppeDay 9 Excursion to Belur & Halebid from HassanDay 10 Hassan to Bangalore, evening free fo leisureDay 11 Bangalore Airport transferMeal plan:Cochin - Bed & BreakfastWayanad  - Half BoardMysore - Bed & Breakfast Hassan - Half BoardBangalore - Bed & Breakfast