Mysore, also known as the City of Palaces, has preserved its quaint charm which entices you to visit it time and again. The city exudes an aura of royal extravaganza which is reflected in its palaces and temples and is a unique blend of old world charm, with its well-laid out gardens, fine architecture and a salubrious climate. Famous for its produce of silk saris, rosewood, teakwood and sandalwood products, it is also home to some exquisite handicrafts and incense sticks.
Here is how you will spend your time
Day 1: Arrival At Bangalore
Welcome at Bangalore airport/railway station & transfer to the Hotel. The center of India's high-tech industry, the city is also known for its green spaces and nightlife.
Later proceed for sightseeing by covering The Lalbagh Botanical Garden initially as a private garden in an area of 40 acres by Hyder Ali. Lalbagh, for its unique achievement in nurturing the concept of horticulture and aiding the development of horticulture, has earned a pride of place among the gardens of the world and it has come to be regarded as one of the best gardens in the East for its layout, maintenance, scientific treasure and scenic beauty.
Vidhana Soudha counts amongst the most impressive as well as the most magnificent buildings in Bangalore. Built in 1956, Vidhana Soudha boasts of exquisite Dravidian architecture constructed purely out of granite and porphyry.
Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 2: Bangalore To Mysore (150 Kms/approx 3.5 Hrs)
After Breakfast check out from hotel & proceed to Mysore.
En-route visit Srirangapatnam an island in the river Kaveri. The attractions in Srirangapatnam includes Dariya Daulat Palace (Summer Palace) that is set amidst beautiful gardens called Daria Daulat Bagh. The palace is built in the Indo-Sarcenic style in mostly made of teakwood.
Gumbaz is surrounded by the beautiful garden the Lalbagh. Inside the tomb Hyader Ali has been laid to rest in the middle and on either side are the tombs of his wife and son. Tippu's tiger stripes cover the walls of the Gumbaz.
Tippu Fort: It is is from the Fort that Tippu launched his attack against the British. There is an obelisk in the fort in the place where he died, after being betrayed by his own men. Inside the fort there is a mosque and the RanganathaswamyTemple.
The Ranganathaswamy temple in Srirangapatna enshrines Lord Vishnu as Ranganatha. This enormous temple has fort like walls and an intricately carved gopuram. The architecture is a mixture of the Hoysala and Vijayanagar styles.
The Brindavan Gardens are located just a level below the KRS dam, often described as the best example of illuminated terrace gardens in the country. The overall design here displays an orientation of Mughal patterns-with garden paths and a shimmering necklace of fountains. Adding a touch of sanctity to the place is a beautiful sculpture of Goddess Cauvery at the foot of the dam.
Overnight Stay at Mysore.
Travel from Bangalore to Mysore
Day 3: Mysore Sightseeing
After breakfast, proceed for sightseeing by covering the Mysore Palace, an excellent combination of Dravidian, Indo-Saracenic, Oriental and Roman styles of architecture. The Maharaja's Palace is a beautiful three storied stone building of fine gray granite and rich pink marble domes, overlooking this structure is a five-storied 145 foot tower whose domes are gilded in gold. There are twelve temples inside the Palace complex dating from the fourteenth to the twentieth centuries and have varying architectural styles. The Palace is set in a carefully laid out gardens.
Secondly visit Chamundi Hills, 3,489ft. above the sea levels visible almost from anywhere in the city center. The oldest temple in Mysore, The Chamundeshwari Temple is located on the top of Chamundi Hills.
Big Bull - About 16 feet in height and 24 feet long, this Nandi atop the Chamundi Hills is the third largest in India, carved in granite, black because of regular anointing with oil and other sacred waters.
St. Philomena's Church in Mysore is one of the oldest churches in India. It is over 200 years old. The twin towers of the church stand majestically at 175 feet, the design is gothic and it is said to resemble the St. Patrick’s cathedral at New York and a church at Cologne.
Jaganmohan Palace is a art gallery. Built during rule of Krishnaraja Wodeyar III in 1861 to celebrate the marriage of his daughter.
Mysuru Zoo was started by chamaraja Wodeyar X initially as a private Zoo. The Zoo has about 1500 animals, ranging from the opossum to orangutan. This Zoo houses a wide range of animals. Mysuru Zoo was the first in the country to obtain gorilla and penguin’s.
Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 4: Depature From Mysore
After breakfast checkout and proceed to Bangalore.