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Bangalore: Full-Day Historical Guided Tour

1. Bangalore: Full-Day Historical Guided Tour

After hotel pick-up, stop at the ISKCON temple, a religious place known for its beautiful paintings and Vedic exhibitions. Do not forget to check out the artificial waterfall while you are here. Move on to the Tipu Sultan Palace to see the Indo-Islamic architecture, the famous painting of Tipu Sultan, and learn the history of the palace. Visit the Lalbagh Botanical Gardens to see 1000 species of trees, plants, and flowers, and the beautiful glasshouse, inspired by the Crystal Palace of England. Savor lunch at a local restaurant before your visit to Bangalore Palace, a Tudor-style architectural marvel, known for its graceful interior work. Check out the High Court, Cubbon Park, and the Vidha Sabha. See the highly popular Bull Temple dedicated to Nandi, believed to be a vahana (vehicle) of Lord Shiva, carved from a single rock. Visit the Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple, a religious place dedicated to Lord Shiva, before you head back to your hotel.

Bangalore: Sightseeing Day Tour with Lunch

2. Bangalore: Sightseeing Day Tour with Lunch

The first stop of your Bangalore day tour is the 240-acre Lalbagh Botanical Garden. Home to more than 1,800 species of plants, shrubs, and trees, see why the garden serves as the lungs of the city and what makes it such a prominent landmark. Escape the concrete jungle of Bangalore as you take refuge here before heading to your next destination. Continue on to Bull Temple, dedicated to Nandi Bull the vehicle of Lord Shiva. Admire the temple's architecture and presence as one of the oldest temples in Bangalore that draws devotees from all over the country. Enter the temple to see the huge idol of Nandi Bull and learn about its mythical origins.  After the temple, visit Vidhan Soudha, one of the most famous buildings in Bangalore. As it houses the legislative chambers of the state government and is a working office, be impressed by the massiveness of the building while viewing it from outside. Hear about its construction and fine architectural details from your guide.  Head to the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) Bangalore temple cultural complex and learn about this interesting branch of the Hindu religion. Then go to Bangalore Palace which belonged to the Wodeyar Kings of Mysore. Built-in the Tudor style, the palace has fortified towers, battlements, and turrets. Its interior houses elegant wood carvings, floral motifs, relief paintings, and furniture in Edwardian and Victorian themes. Take an audio tour of the palace and hear in rich detail about the lives and times of the kings. During your tour, enjoy a stop for lunch that is included.

Bangalore City Tour

3. 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.

Mysore: 2-Day Palace and Gardens Tour from Bangalore

4. Mysore: 2-Day Palace and Gardens Tour from Bangalore

Your driver and guide will pick you from your Bangalore hotel after breakfast at around 8:00AM. You will venture towards Mysore, stopping to see the sights of the Srirangapatnam City known as an old capital city at the ruling time of Tipu Sultan. Your visit to Mysore will begin with the Dariya Daulat royal residence known as the "Summer Palace of Tipu Sultan", embellished with Mysore paintings, floral wall designs and ceiling art. The next spot you will visit is Gumbaz Srirangapatnam, before moving on to the oldest Ranganathaswamy Temple and the Tipu Sultan Mosque. After this visit, you will have a delicious lunch at a neighborhood restaurant (lunch is at your own expense). Following lunch, you will drive to Mysore, where upon arriving you will check-in to your hotel and enjoy a small refreshment. In the evening you will be taken for a trip to the Vrindavan Gardens, where you can appreciate the music and bright fountain show which will leave you feeling entranced. At the conclusion of your evening, you will dropped back to your hotel where you can enjoy dinner before retiring for the evening. The following morning after breakfast and hotel check-out, your transport and guide will take you on a drive towards the Chamundeshwari sanctuary, situated on Chamundi hill. Here you will be able to witness a seven-story Gopura designed with sculptures and advanced works of art. The sanctuary is committed to the goddess Chamundeshwari, and you can see the whole Mysore city from here, a view found by all to be enormously delightful. Following this, you will head towards the royal palace of Wodeyer Maharaja known as the Mysore Palace or Amba Vilas. This royal residence has been changed into a historical museum, which is filled with illustrious, important things such as paintings, adornments, outfits, souvenirs and other depictive things. After that, you will go to Saint Philomena's Church, where you will be able to appreciate this building's Neo-Gothic design. At the conclusion of your tour, you will be transported back to your Bangalore accommodation.

Day Excursion of Belur, Halebeedu & Shravanabelagola

5. 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. 

From Bangalore: Taj Mahal Tour with Round-Trip Flights

6. From Bangalore: Taj Mahal Tour with Round-Trip Flights

The day begins with early morning pickup at 5am from your hotel in Bangalore and heads to the airport for your flight to New Delhi which takes off at 7am. Enjoy a tasty breakfast on the flight and look out the window to admire views of the world below. Arrive in New Delhi where your driver is waiting to pick you up, then travel along the Speed Expressway directly to Agra. Meet your friendly guide in Agra and stop by a local restaurant for a hearty lunch to set you up for a day of exploring. After lunch, drive to India’s most famous and iconic landmark, the beautiful Taj Mahal. Upon arrival, immediately feel immersed in the peaceful atmosphere that emanates from the building. As you follow your guide around the Taj Mahal and learn about this UNESCO World Heritage Listed site, admire the building’s impeccable architecture, of which every corner, wall, and detail is beyond imagination. After an unforgettable tour of the Taj Mahal, hop in the car for the drive back to Delhi Airport. Board your flight to Bangalore at around 10pm and enjoy dinner on the plane. Upon arrival in Bangalore, your driver will be waiting in the arrivals lounge to drop you back to your hotel after a busy but worthwhile day.

Half-Day Cultural Tour of Bangalore

7. Half-Day Cultural Tour of Bangalore

Start you journey with hotel pick-up at around 9:00 in the morning as your guide and chauffeur awaits you. From here head to the neo-classical styled Iskcon temple. You'll stay here for 30 minutes after which you continue to the ornate teak-covered Tipu Sultan’s Palace. This historic two-story royal home was recently converted into museum, offering unique insight into Bangalore history. Stay here for 40 minutes. Visit the lush Lal Bagh Botanical Gardens, a facility that houses more than 1,000 unique floras. Your stay of time over here would be around 45 minutes as later you proceed to enjoy a local south Indian lunch. After lunch, admire the beauty of city’s Bangalore palace from outside. Before the tour ends, visit the Bull temple built in the Dravidian style into the surrounding rocks. After this your tour ends with hotel drop-off you are free to explore the city at your own.

Mysore: Private Excursion with Lunch from Bangalore

8. Mysore: Private 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 and greet with your local guide. Shortly afterwards you will embark on your day trip to Mysore. Mysore known as city of palaces, and upon arrival in Mysore you will visit the Mysore Royal Palace, located in the heart of the city. It is also known as Amba Vilas palace and was once 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, jewellery, royal costumes and other items which were once possessed by the Wodeyars. After this extensive palace visit, you will sit down to enjoy lunch in a local restaurant (fixed menu). After lunch, you will drive to the Chamundeshwari Temple, which is located on top of the Chamundi Hills about 13 kilometers from the palace city of Mysore. The temple has a seven-story tall Gopura decorated with intricate carvings, and the deity of the goddess is said to be made of gold, whereas the temple doors are made of silver. The temple was named after Chamundeshwari or Durga, the fierce form of Shakti, who was a tutelary deity held in reverence for centuries by Mysore Maharajas. After the temple, you will venture back to Mysore to view the city from Chamundi Hill. At the conclusion of the tour, you will venture back to Bangalore, visiting Saint Philomena's Church on the way. Saint Philomena’s Cathedral is located on the Ashoka road to Mysore and is an impressive looking Roman Catholic church. You will be returned to your Bangalore accommodation at the conclusion of your tour.

Bangalore: Basavanagudi Walking Tour with Bull Temple

9. Bangalore: Basavanagudi Walking Tour with Bull Temple

On this private walking tour, explore the rich history and culture of Bangalore’s Basavanagudi neighborhood. After meeting your guide at Vidyarthi Bhavan, one of the best local restaurants in the area, enjoy some coffee, snacks, or breakfast. Afterwards, head into the Gandhi Bazaar to explore a variety of shops, stalls, and local purveyors selling bountiful arrays of produce and fresh flowers. Next, you’ll head to the Bull Temple, a 16th-century Hindu temple featuring a monolithic statue of a bull and an elaborate collection of statues studding the pyramidal temple. Afterwards, you’ll head to the 10th-century Gavi Gangadeshwara Temple, located within a cave, to uncover the mysteries held within.  You’ll end your tour by walking through the oldest section of the neighborhood, glimpsing structures dating back 100 years and meeting locals who define the neighborhood’s culture.

From Bangalore: Temple Art and Architecture of Lepakshi

10. 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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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 13 reviews

I’m so glad that I booked this trip! The drivers were outstanding and so was the tour guide. We had breakfast and lunch together. Both meals were tasty. Be prepared for a long drive. Bangalore traffic is awful. The first temple at Shravanabelagola is quite a climb. It’s something like 1600 steps carved into the rock face. The views are spectacular and so is the 57 ft statue of Gommateshwara. The temples at Belur and Halebeedu are equally impressive. Ladies, bring some travel Kleenex, the bathrooms are rustic.

Excellent tour of Bangalore. We enjoyed the sites we visited very much along with the banana leaf vegetarian lunch. The guide and driver are very knowledgeable and polite. The vehicle was comfortable and safe.

Seeing the Taj Mahal in Agra for just one day from Bangalore is a very, very long journey. 18h travel and 3h on site. Recommend to invest 2 days for it. But it was still worth it!

Enjoyed my day very much. I was comfortable & cared for. Srinivas is knowledge & kind. He customized the day to meet my wishes

Wonderful excursion. Our driver Niyaz transported us perfectly in the flow of traffic. Very friendly guide for tours