Tourist Information

We will try and organize two guided tours as follows:

Tour 1: Bengaluru City Tour 1000h to 1700h or (10 AM to 5 PM)

Tuesday July 25th 2017, only if there is sufficient interest.

Air Conditioned Bus with an English Speaking Guide

$30/person or INR 1500 ; Packed lunch from Sheraton hotel at extra cost.

Tour 2: Bengaluru to Mysore 0600h to 2300h or (6AM to 11 PM)

Friday July 28th 2017, only if there is sufficient interest.

Air Conditioned Bus with an English Speaking Guide

$ 35/person or INR 2000 ; Packed lunch from Sheraton hotel at extra cost.

It is possible to arrange small group (5 to 7 persons) tours to boutique shops and specialized shopping trips.

Please contact Mrs. Vasanta V. Giri ( vasantag@yahoo.com) if you are interested. She will be able to organize such specialized tours for small groups.

Description of Tour 1

Sightseeing tour of the city

Visiting the Botanical Garden - commissioned by the Hyder Ali in the year 1760. The 240-acre (0.97 km2) park is home to over 1000 species of flora and a Glass House.

The park is known for its annual flower show. The garden surrounds one of the towers erected by the founder of Bangalore, Kempe Gowda I.

Tipu Sultan's Summer Palace (Bangalore) was built in 1791. It is located near K.R Market, is a two-storied ornate wooden structure with exquisitely carved pillars, arches and balconies.

It houses a museum that contains artifacts relating to the Hyder-Tipu regime.

Vidhana Soudha is the seat of the state legislature of Karnataka. It is an imposing granite building, built in the year 1956 in the 'Neo-Dravidian' style, incorporates elements of Indo-Saracenic

The Bull temple of Bangalore is dedicated to Nandi Bull, the vahana (vehicle) of Lord Shiva. Situated in Basavanagudi, this temple has been built in the Dravidian style of architecture. Kempe Gowda, the founder of Bangalore, got the Bull temple built during his time.

There is huge idol of Nandi Bull inside the temple, measuring 4.5 m in height and 6.5 m in length. This idol is said to have been carved out of a single rock. The bull also has a small iron plate on its head. As per the tradition, this plate prevents the bull from growing. Providing a great backdrop to the statue are the idols of God Surya and Goddess Chandra, on their chariots.

Cubbon Park is dating back to the year 1864, the park was laid by Sir Mark Cubbon, the then viceroy of India. The fairy fountains and an august bandstand were added later on. The Cubbon Park of Bangalore spreads over an area of approximately 250 acres and is quite frequented by both walkers as well as joggers.

The engineer of Cubbon Park was by Sir Richard Sankey, the then Chief Engineer of Mysore. A number of neo-classical styled government buildings are situated inside the park. The Public Library, the Government Museum and the High Court are also located inside the park.

The other buildings in the park include the Cheshire Dyer Memorial Hall, Ottawa Chatter, Children's amusement park, Doll museum, etc. The Vijayranga Theater complex screens children's films and stage plays. Cubbon Park also has a toy train, which is very popular amongst children. The beauty of the park is such that after visiting it, people have started calling Bangalore, the 'Garden City' of India. Lying in the heart of Bangalore, Cubbon Park stands adorned with trees, flowerbeds and rolling lawns. For those who are looking for some moments of peace and solitude in Bangalore, Cubbon Park is just the place to be. In the evening, when fairy fountains are lit, the park attains a magnificence that is beyond description. Numerous courses are offered at the Cubbon Park, ranging from pottery to aero-modeling.

Description of Tour 2:

Depart from Bangalore & drive to Mysore enroute visit Srirangapatna (155 Kms / 3 – 4 hrs)

Srirangapatna.

For a short while the city of Srirangapatna was the capital of the Mysore state, while Tippu Sultan was ruling Mysore. After the death of Tippu Sultan in 1799 the British shifted the capital back to Mysore and placed the child King Krishnaraja Wodeyar III on the throne of Mysore. Hence there are a number of places of historical importance associated with the reign of Tippu Sultan.

Mysore, the capital city of the Wodeyars has always enchanted its admirers with its quaint charm, rich heritage, magnificent palaces, beautifully laid-out gardens, imposing buildings, broad shady avenues and sacred temples. There's an old world charm about the city that reaches out and leaves no one untouched.

Mysore or Mahishur as it was called then, traces its history back to the

mythical past, when Goddess Chamundeshwari of Chamundi Hills killed the wicked buffalo-headed demon, Mahishasura.

Later proceed for a sightseeing tour of the city visiting the Mysore Palace The Maharaja's Palace is one of the important sights in Mysore. Built in Indo-Saracenic style with domes, turrets, arches and colonnades, the Palace is a treasure house of exquisite carvings and works of art from all over the world. Intricately carved doors open on to luxuriously furnished rooms. The majestic Durbar Hall has an ornate ceiling and many sculpted pillars.

A well known 335 meters high landmark, Chamundi Hill can be reached by a 13 km road.

Half-way up along the stone steps is Nandi, Lord Shiva's Bull, a majestic 4.8 metre monolith. At the top is the 12th century temple of Chamundeshwari, the patron goddess of the Wodeyars. Close to the temple is the gigantic statue of the demon Mahishasura. The summit offers a panoramic view of Mysore's lakes, parks and palaces.

MYSORE MARKET

Devaraja Market.

Mysore's landmark, the over a century-old Devaraja Market building housing the wholesale market attracts big crowds every day, particularly in the morning and evening shopping hours.

In front of the main entrance is located unique clock tower, constructed in honour of the visit of Lord Dufferin, the British Viceroy, to Mysore, during the reign of Maharaja Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV.

Devraja is a riotous, old enclosed fruit, vegetable, and flower market where you can immerse yourself in the vibrant colors and smells of Karnataka's bounteous produce. Piles of fresh flowers – jasmine, marigold, rose petals; local vegetables, fruits, and stacks of glittering glass bangles and mounds of brightly colored powders used for Hindu worship make this a must-see in Mysore city.

This is a unique & fascinating photo-opportunity to see the vibrant life of local people going about their daily purchases of flowers and powders for decoration and worship, fruits and vegetables for their homes or for other local markets.

The Brindavana Gardens is a garden located in the state of Karnataka in India. It lies adjoining the Krishnarajasagara dam which is built across the river Kaveri. The work on laying out this garden was started in the year 1927 and completed in 1932. Visited by close to 2 million tourists per year, the garden is one of the major attractions of Srirangapatna.

We return to Sheraton hotel after seeing the Dancing fountains at the Brindavan Gardens on the way back.

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