- Visit Lal Bagh, and the Vidhansabha
- Excursion to Tipu Sultan’s Palace, Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium and the Bull Temple
- Experiential visits to Aquarium and HAL Heritage Centre and Aerospace Museum
- Visit to Mysore Palace, Brindavan Garden, Chamundeshwari temple, Tombs of Tipu Sultan and Hyder Ali
- Daily blog
- GPS access to whereabouts of the group
- Full time tour escort of the duration of the tour
- Experienced English speaking guides for sightseeing
Day 01 – Delhi / Bangalore
Depart from your school in time for the flight to Bangalore.. On arrival at Bangalore, you will be met and transferred to your hotel for check in.
After lunch, proceed to visit Lal Bagh Gardens, and the Vidhansabha.
The Lal Bagh or Botanical Gardens, were commissioned in the year 1760 by Hyder Ali and was completed by his successor Tipu Sultan. Spread over an area of 240 acres, this botanical garden houses the rarest species of plants and trees from India as well as other countries.
Later visit Bangalore Vidhansabha. The 46-metre tall structure is spread over an area 2,45,000 feet. Built in 1954, Vidana Soudha is a landmark of Bangalore. This enormous building is a massive example of neo-Dravidian architecture, with four domes on its four corners. It houses the Legislative Chamber of Karnataka Government, as well as accommodates many government departments.
Tea will be served in the hotel on your return to the hotel. Later, freshen up for dinner and an evening of music and dance.
Overnight at hotel.
Day 02 – Bangalore Sightseeing
In the morning after breakfast at 0800 hrs, proceed for Bangalore city tour. Visit Tipu Palace, Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium and Bull Temple.
The Tipu Palace, built between 1781 and 1791, is identical to the Daria Daulat which is another palace of Tipu Sultan. Emperor referred to it as the ‘Rash-e-Jannat’, meaning abode of happiness and envy of heaven. It was originally built by Chikkadeva Raya in mud. Later, Hyder Ali started reconstruction in Indo-Islamic architecture. This was completed by his son, Tipu Sultan, in 1791. The Hindu temple seen in the courtyard of the fort is the proof of Tipu Sultan’s religious tolerance. Located near the fort, this beautiful palace has been converted into a museum, which gives visitors insight into the life of the emperor.
Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium presents astronomical facts in an exciting way, which makes it easy for visitors to gather knowledge about stars, planets and astronomical facts.
Founded in the year 1989 by the Bangalore City Corporation, the planetarium aims at disseminating knowledge regarding science and solar system.
The Bull Temple is among the oldest temples in the city, which is dedicated to Nandi, the wagon of Lord Shiva. Associated with mythological and religious significance, the shrine is a renowned worship place. Situated atop a mountain, the temple was built in the 16th century, during the Vijayanagara Rule. The temple is relatively small in size, but houses one of the largest Nandi sculptures in the world. It boasts a monolithic statue of deity Nandi, which is 4.5 metres tall and 6 metres long. Carved from a granite rock, the sculpture reflects Dravidian artwork.
After lunch at the hotel visit the Aquarium and Aero Space museum.
The Aquarium Bangalore is home to varied marine species and is situated at the entrance of Cubbon Park in an octagonal-shaped building. The second largest aquarium in India, it has several species of indigenous and exotic fish and is a major attraction of the city.
Inaugurated in 1983, the aquarium has three floors, where numerous edible and ornamental fish breeds are on display. The first floor of the aquarium houses 14 big tanks, where the larger cultivable fish varieties are displayed. The second floor is divided into two rows for medium sized and small tanks for close observation of multi-coloured fish species.
The HAL Heritage Centre and Aerospace Museum is the India’s second largest public aerospace museum, situated on the Airport Road of Bangalore. It was established in 2001 by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). It is a museum showcasing the history and achievements of HAL where one can get to see the actual models aircrafts, equipment for communication and navigation and other aerospace related items plus numerous photographs since 1940s. It has 10 aircrafts, 2 mock-ups and a dummy ATC (Air Traffic Controller) tower overlooking the airport where one can actually get a feel of its functioning. Models of satellite launch vehicles (GSLV, PSLV) are also there. You can visit the library, aero modeling club and a souvenir shop.
Return to the hotel for tea. Later, dinner will be served at the hotel.
Day 03 – Bangalore / Mysore (By surface 120 kms / 02 – 03 hrs approx)
Drive to Mysore after breakfast this morning. Check into your hotel and have lunch, after which you visit Mysore Palace.
Mysore Palace or Amba Vilas Palace, known also as the Main Palace is situated in the heart of the city, and mirrors the bygone era. The Mysore Palace of today is the fourth palace constructed on the same site. The re-construction of the present day Mysore Palace took place between 1897 – 1912. It was an English architect, Mr. Henry Irwin, who gave an aesthetic combination of Dravidian, Indo-Saracenic, Oriental and Roman styles of architecture to it.
It is a three storey stone-building built with grey granite that has three pink marble domes.
There is a 44.2 meter high five storey tower that dominates the palace. The domes of this tower are gilded in gold.
Return to the hotel for tea. Later, freshen up for dinner and an evening of music and dance.
Day 04 – Mysore Temples / Drive to Bangalore for flight
In the morning after breakfast proceed for half day city tour of Mysore. You visit Brindavan Gardens, Chamundeshwari Temple, and the tombs of Tipu Sultan and Haider Ali.
The Brindavan Garden are situated towards the north west of Mysore, at a distance of about 20 km from the city and is located below the Krishnaraja Sagar Dam, which is popularly known by the name KRS. Krishnaraja Sagar Dam or Kannambadi, which was named after Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV, was constructed during 1924 – 1932 by Sir M. Vishveswariah.
The Chamundeshwari Temple famous as the Dussera of Mysore! Located atop Chamundi Hills, it was built in the honour of Goddess Chamundi. She is the family deity of the Mysore Maharajas who added sections to the temple and made it what it is today.
A 16 foot colourful statue of the demon Mahishasura near the temple is an attractive feature. This is because Mahishasura was slain by Goddess Chamundeshwari to protect the areas from his atrocities. Therfore the name Chamundi also signifies the angry mood of the Goddess.
The Tombs of Tipu Sultan and Hyder Ali his father, is situated in Srirangapatnam, about 15 km from Mysore City. Tipu Sultan built the tombs for his parents in 1784 AD but he was buried there in 1799 AD. The tombs look very similar to the Golconda tombs with an elegant square chamber with a brick dome. The excellent workmanship is evident in the carved stone windows, ebony doorways artistically designed with inlaid ivory. There is an ancient mosque inside the complex.
In the afternoon after lunch, travel to Bangalore airport to board your flight home.
- Departure transfer from school to the airport at the time of departure.
- Accommodation at hotel mentioned above on double/triple/quad sharing basis.
- Air conditioned deluxe coach for transfers, sightseeing as per the itinerary.
- Meals including breakfast, lunch, tea and dinner as mentioned in the itinerary.
- Sightseeing with all entrance tickets as per the itinerary.
- Economy class air tickets to Bangalore and back.
- English speaking local guides, for sightseeing and excursions as per program.
- Services of a tour escort for the duration of the tour.
- Daily blog.
- GPS access to know the whereabouts of the group.
- Travel insuarance.
- All applicable taxes.
- Any expenses of personal nature, such as telephone bills, laundry bills, tips at hotels and restaurants.
- Any camera fee to the places of visits.
- Any other expenses of similar nature.