DAY/MON » BANGALORE – YESHWANTHPUR – MYSORE
at Leela Kempinski. Lunch at the Restaurant of the hotel.
Enjoy a city tour of Bangalore - city with its centuries old
trees, sub tropical herbs and well laid out gardens. Visit the
beautiful botanical gardens of ‘Lal Bagh’, the ‘Nandi Bull
Temple’, the impressive building of the ‘Vidhana Souda’
(Secretariat). Continue onwards to the ‘Palace of Tipu
Sultan’. It was started by Hyder Ali and completed by Tipu
Sultan. One of the three summer palaces built by the two
Mysore rulers, it is made entirely of wood, except for the
internal pillar supports. Within are gloriously painted walls,
ceilings, balconies in red, black and gold. Bangalore has
rapidly become an important industrial center and, has been
nicknamed the 'Silicon Valley' of India. Depart from
Yeshwanthpur railway station. Later in the evening arrive
Mysore. Dinner & overnight on Board.
DAY/TUE » MYSORE – NAGARHOLE – MYSORE
drive to Nagarhole National Park. Kabini, a scenic delight was
once the hunting lodge of the erstwhile Mysore Maharajahs. The
steep valleys with rich forests, spectacular pools and rapids
provide an ideal opportunity to revive your adventurous
spirits. Lunch at Jungle Lodge. Enjoy the game safari in the
National Park. Dinner and overnight on board.
DAY/WED » MYSORE
on board. After lunch on Golden Chariot, depart for sight
seeing to Srirangapatnam by coach. Visit the beautiful city of
Mysore that is known for its fine craftsmen ship in wood,
ivory, sandal-wood and for its silk. Visit the Maharaja's
Palace, which is lavishly decorated in a mixture of styles.
Also visit the Brindaban gardens for Cultural Show followed by
Dinner and Hotel KRS. Overnight on board.
DAY/THU» MYSORE – HASSAN – HOSPET
from Mysore to Hassan. Visit Sravanabelagola and the famous
Jain Temple - famous for its colossal statue of the Jain Saint
Gomateshwara. 614 steps lead to his monolithic statue 18
meters tall and standing atop the hill of Indragiri. Every 12
years Jains from all over India gather here for the
spectacular bathing festival of the statue. After lunch
onboard, drive through lush tropical landscapes to Halebid and
Belur - Built in the 12th and 13th century in the superb
baroque style, these temples are carved of stone and are truly
magnificent. As one architect and critic said "These friezes
carved with a minute elaboration of detail are one of the most
marvellous exhibitions of human labour to be found even in the
patient East". The temple at Belur is famed for its profusely
ornamented exterior, and the one at Halebid for its sculptured
figures and open-air museum. Also visit the colossal
monolithic Jain statue, 57-ft high, which stands on top of a
steep bare hill. Depart for Hospet. Dinner and overnight on
DAY/FRI » TB DAM (HOSPET)
Hospet. After breakfast on board, depart for Hampi - A world
heritage centre, Hampi is the most beautiful and evocative of
all the ruins in Karnataka. The erstwhile capital of
Vijayanagara kingdom, Hampi is full of delightful surprises.
Like the King's balance where kings were weighed against
grain, gold or money which was then distributed to the poor.
The Queen's bath with its arched corridors, projecting
balconies and the lotus-shaped fountains that once sprayed
perfumed water, the two storied Lotus Mahal with recessed
archways, the huge Elephant stables. After lunch on board
visit the splendid Vithala temple with its musical pillars and
the stone chariot, the Virupaksha temple - still used for
worship, Ugra Narasimha the 6.7m tall monolith. The Pushkarini
Tank & the Mahanavami Dibba & many other interesting
sites that are still being excavated. Dinner and overnight on
DAY/SAT » HOSPET – GADAG (BADAMI) – GOA
depart for Badami. After breakfast on board Arrive Gadag.
Visit Badami Caves & Pattadakal. Visit Badami - once the
former second capital of the Chalukya dynasty. Here the cave
temples are hewn out of solid rock, in a magical setting of
hills above a lovely reservoir. Pattadakal has 10 major
temples representing early Chalukyan architecture. It lies on
the banks of the river Malaprabha and used to be the place
where the Chalukyan Kings (7 to 9 century) were crowned. The
oldest temple in this group is the Sanghmeshwara. The
Mallikarjuna temple has pillars depicting the birth and life
of Krishna. The largest of the temples, the Virupaksha has
sculptures and panels depicting scenes from the epics, the
Ramayana and Mahabhararta. The Papanath temple in the northern
style has impressive carvings on pillars and on the ceiling.
Lunch onboard. Depart for Goa. Dinner and overnight
DAY/SUN » GOA – BANGALORE
breakfast, depart for sightseeing tour of churches of Old Goa.
Visit an old Portuguese house: Sola Souto Maior for Tea/Coffee
along with cookies and shopping at the emporium. Reach Majorda
Beach Resort for Lunch. Dinner and overnight on board. Depart
DAY/MON » ARRIVE BANGALORE
Bangalore and disembark the Golden Chariot.