Trip Highlights :- Mumbai | Bangalore | Mysore | Chennai | Mahabalipuram | Chennai |
Tour duration : 08 Nights / 09 Days
Mumbai : Mumbai (formerly known as Bombay) is one of the most happening cities in India. Mumbai is known as much for its throbbing night life as it is famous for being the busiest and economically prosperous city of India. Mumbai is a busy metropolis, nevertheless, it is a tourist hot-spot because of its energy and vigour. It is a wonderful tourist destination. This erstwhile insignificant port city has now developed to become one of the foremost metropolis of the world. Other than the charms of being in a beautiful metropolis, Mumbai has monuments of historical importance. The Gateway of India is one such magnificent monument and prime tourist attraction in the city. The city also has wonderful beaches and these beaches have become wonderful leisure spots for people. As the capital city of the state of Maharashtra, Mumbai is politically one of the most important cities in western India. It also has its own culture, traditions and festivals. This busy metropolis comes to a screeching halt during the Ganesh Chaturthi. The people in this part of the country speak Maratha but like a true cosmopolitan city, Mumbai is a fine melting pot where you will find people from different parts of India living in harmony in spite of the difference in language, dress codes and food habits. The city also has a multi-million dollar film-making industry. Popularly referred to as Bollywood, Mumbai film industry is not only big but also very charismatic. Every year a number of Hindi pot-boilers are produced here. The actors and actresses enjoy a massive fan following throughout India as well as abroad.
Bangalore : Also known as Bengaluru, is designated as the capital of the state of Karnataka. The name of the city is synonymous with the IT (Information Technology) revolution in the country. The city has turned into a major commercial, industrial, and cultural hub in South India. Bangalore is one of the fastest developing metropolitan areas in India and houses many software companies, aerospace engineering and research institutes, telecommunication companies, and defence organizations. A number of nicknames are used to describe Bangalore including the 'Silicon Valley of India', 'City of Gardens', and 'Pub Capital of India'. The city houses a number of scenic parks, movie theatre complexes, boulevards, and famous memorials and edifices. The city features an exciting nightlife with a host of exotic pubs. The weather of Bangalore is truly enjoyable and as a result, this city attracts thousands of travellers round the year and is a popular traveller's destination.
Mysore : Mysore is a city in the state of Karnataka, and the administrative seat of Mysore District, one of the largest districts. Patrons of art and culture the Wodeyars ruled Mysore kingdom and contributed significantly to the cultural growth of Mysore city. It was the former capital of the Kingdom of Mysore until 1947. Mysore is the name by which Karnataka State was known prior to 1973. It is the cultural capital of the Karnataka, has many educational, commercial, administrative centres and heritage monuments. It was the home for many great Musicians, Music composers, Dancers, Sanskrit scholars, Writers and in general intellectuals. The city with the majestic Mysore Palace, the Royal Mansions, Public buildings, Gardens, Water bodies and planned markets exhibit an indelible impression of the vision of the Maharajas, their Dewans and other talented luminaries on the City Municipality as early as 1862. Mysore Palace, the main palace of Mysore is one of the most visited monuments, the city receives the maximum number of tourists during the Dussera festival which signifies the triumph of good over the evil and the worship of Devi Chamundeswari, is being celebrated with much pomp and glory as a State festival.
Chennai : Chennai, formerly known as Madras, is famous for being the hub of classical National Dance of India, Bharatanatyam. Chennai is the fourth largest metropolitan city of India. It is both the commercial and cultural capital city of the south-eastern state of Tamil Nadu. The city is located on the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal. The British developed the city into a major urban centre along with a strong naval base in the 17th century, by the 20th century; it became an important administrative centre. In 1639, the British took over the place and made it the capital of the British presidency. It used to be the centre of conflict for the supremacy of the British and the French. Today, the city is developing rapidly and has become a fast growing city in India. Currently there are many major industries in the field like Automobile, Hardware manufacture, Technology, Health and Education. It is also known as the automobile capital of India. Beside these major industries, it is also top in sports and includes a number of stadiums in order to promote it. Chennai is blessed with art and literature so it is also famous for its Film Industry.
Upon arrival, our representative will meet and welcome you at the lounge and provide transfer assistance from airport to hotel. Upon reaching your hotel, you will be handed over the travel documents with a complete briefing of tour by the representative. Check-in and proceed to your room. Overnight stay at hotel.
Breakfast, AM start your day with an excursion to Elephanta Island an hour away from Gateway of India. Hewn out of solid rock, the Elephanta Caves date between the 5th and 8th centuries, these caves were designated as World heritage site by UNESCO in 1987. The temple plan is designed in symmetry with the focal points worked out in a geometric Mandala, representing the cosmic field of energy. This complex is a collection of shrines, courtyards, inner cells, grand halls and porticos arranged in the splendid symmetry of Indian rock-cut architecture, and filled with exquisite stone sculptures of Hindu Gods and Goddesses. At the entrance to the caves is the famous Trimurti, the celebrated trinity of Elephanta: there's Lord Brahma the Creator, Lord Vishnu, the preserver and Lord Shiva the Destroyer.
Return to have photo stop at Gateway of India, It is one of the architectural marvel, located on the southern part of Mumbai on the shores of Arabian Sea. It is a combination of the "Indo-Sarcenic" architecture and was built in Yellow Basalt stone in 1924 to celebrate the arrival of King George V and Queen Mary.
PM Visit Prince of Wales Museum, was set up in the early 20th century to commemorate the visit of the then Prince of Wales (King George V) to India. Designed by an eminent architect, George Wittet, the museum is an impressive heritage building of Mumbai. Built in 1905 to 1915, this museum served as a Children's Welfare Centre and a Military Hospital during the First World War. In 1922 however, it was transformed into Prince of Wales Museum. Artifacts from the Indus Valley Civilization and relics from the Gupta and Maurya periods. The rare Sculptures, Miniature Paintings, Decorative Arts, Arms and Armours, Bronze and Textile. Sections on Nepal / Tibet and Far Eastern Art lend the museum a larger perspective.
Visit Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, earlier known as Victoria Terminus is an UNESCO World Heritage building. An architectural splendor, it was built in year 1888, after nearly 10 years of construction, as the rail terminus based on the model of St Pancras Station in London and is designed by English architect Frederick William Stevens.
Later drive past the Flora Fountain - This marvellous fountain was built in 1869, in honor of Sir Henry Bartle and Edward Frere. It is situated in the heart of the Mumbai city at a junction of five streets. The fountain has a figure of "Flora", the Roman Goddess of Flowers at the top.
Proceed to visit Dhobi Ghat - The traditional open air laundry of Mumbai, where 200 dhobi families work together and continue to maintain their hereditary occupation.
Return to hotel for overnight stay.
Breakfast and check-out. Transfer to airport to board the morning flight for Bangalore, upon arrival transfer assistance and check in at hotel.
Late afternoon proceed for the sightseeing of the city to visit following places:-
Lal Bagh - Sprawling in area of 240 acres of land with colourful flower beds. The garden is a result of attempts made by Hyder Ali and his son Tipu Sultan who imported a great variety of trees and plants from across seas. You can find a great variety of tropical and sub tropical plants, trees and herbs that are abundant in their natural beauty. Lal Bagh is among one of the most beautiful gardens in India. An intricate water system of 17th century is used to irrigate the plants is observed within the garden. It also has a magnificent glass house built in 1840, on the lines of London's Crystal Palace. With marvelous collection of flowers, the Crystal Palace looks very vibrant.
Cubbon Park - The Park has been named after Mark Cubbon who was Bangalore's longest serving commissioner. Beautiful roads, blooming trees and placid plains are spread all around. Cubbon Park is a lush, grassy expanse with flowerbeds adding to the subtle beauty of the park. The park also has several elegant Greco-colonial style building showing British influence. There are a number of monuments within the park including a memorial hall located at the center of the park that is dedicated to Aeshadri Aiyar, Jawahar Bal Bhavan, Children's Park and a Museum. The museum was established in 1866 and is housing the specimens of Vijaynagar and Halebid, Mohenjadaro architecture, ancient coins and stone inscriptions which are as old as 5000 years. This, one of the oldest museum in India, can be visited on all; days except Mondays from 08:00am to 05:00pm. At the entrance you can see a diamond shaped aquarium, the second largest in the country, There is a good collection of exotic fishes in the aquarium. The park remains closed on Mondays.
Vidhan Soudha - Standing tall over Cubbon Park is the giant edifice, a granite building housing the Secretariat and the State Legislature. This building presents a breath taking picture when floodlit on Sundays. The building was built in 1954 in Dravadian style and occupies a total land area of 5,05,000 sq ft. The door of the cabinet room is made of pure Sandalwood. The four-storey building also houses a tomb that can be seen on all working days between 15:00 and 17:30 hours with permission of under secretary.
Tipu's Palace - A beautiful wooden palace which served as the summer retreat of Tipu Sultan is situated a little south of the fort near 'city market' at Krishna Rajendra Road and Albert Victor Road junctions. Kempe Gowda first raised this fort with mud in 1537. In 1761, Hyder Ali renovated it to standard stone structure. Portions of the fort got destroyed during battle between Britishers and Tipu Sultan. Tipu Sultan, son of Hyder Ali, repaired the damage. The fort has five intricately sculpted arches. The walls and ceilings were once covered with bright paintings that have now faded into pale whisper over the centuries.
A temple dedicated to Hindu deity Ganesha can be found inside the fort. There is also a museum that houses a large number of artifacts that proclaim bravery of Tipu Sultan. Visiting Hours: 0800 to 1800 hrs.
Overnight stay at hotel.
Breakfast. Drive to Mysore, en-route visit Srirangapatnam and visit Daria Daulat Bagh, popularly known as the Summer Palace of Tipu Sultan. During the rise of Hyder Ali, the general of Mysore King, Srirangapatnam came into prominence. Hyder Ali and his son Tipu Sultan converted Srirangapatnam into a fortified city. Tipu Sultan popularly known as the "Tiger of Mysore" ruled Mysore from Srirangapatnam for a short time. Hyder Ali started the construction of this structure, though it was completed by Tipu Sultan in 1784. Daria Daulat Bagh exhibits Indo-Islamic architecture style, it is mostly made of teakwood and is set amidst beautiful gardens. Today it stands as a museum, dedicated to the collections of Tipu's era. The inside rooms of the palace and ceilings are painted with floral pattern designs. The museum inside the palace showcases weapons and paintings depicting Tipu Sultan's battle campaigns against the British, French, etc.
After the visit drive to Mysore, arrive and check-in at hotel. Remaining day at leisure. OPTIONAL: In the evening visit Brindavan Garden. Overnight stay at hotel.
Breakfast at hotel. This morning set out for the sightseeing of Mysore, visit the Mysore Palace, it was the official residence of famed Wodeyar Maharaja's, the erstwhile royal family of Mysore state. This palace built in Indo-Saracenic style and blends together Hindu, Muslim, Rajput, and Gothic styles of architecture and it's construction was completed in year 1912. It is a three-storied stone structure, with deep pink marble domes and a 145 ft five-storied tower. Above the central arch is an impressive sculpture of Goddess Gajalakshmi. The palace is surrounded by a large garden. It was designed by British architect Henry Irwin, the palace is a treasure house of exquisite carvings and works of art from all over the world. The decedent's erstwhile royal family live in a portion of the Palace. The palace is now converted into a museum that treasures souvenirs, paintings, jewellery, royal costumes and other items, which were once possessed by the Wodeyars.
Visit, Saint Philomena's Cathedral - This beautiful Cathedral built in neo-Gothic style with beautiful stain glass windows and lofty towers is among the most majestic churches in India. Its architecture was inspired from Germany's Cologne Cathedral. The twin spires of the Cathedral, 175 feet in height, make it a distinctive city landmark. The main hall of the cathedral can seat up to 800 people and is as exquisitely conceived as the ornately crafted exterior with beautiful stained glass windows. The cathedral has a crypt that houses a beautiful statue, acquired from France, of Saint Philomena, a 3rd century saint from Greece.
Visit, Chamundi Hills, one of the prime attractions of Mysore, located at an altitude of 1065 mt. to the south-east of Mysore city. The Chamundeshwari Temple, atop Chamundi Hills, is the temple of the patron Goddess of Wodeyars, Chamundeshwari, an incarnation of Goddess Parvathi. Chamundeshwari Temple, dates back to 12th century, it was built by Hoysalas while the temple tower built by Vijayanagar Kings, it was a small temple then later it was built as a huge temple by Hoysalas. When Mysore Maharajas ruled the state they made expansions to the Temple. The Temple has fine quadrangular structure of Dravidian style of architecture. There is a statue of demon king Mahishasura in front of Chamundeshwari Temple. The history behind the Temple is that Goddess Chamundeshwari killed demon Mahishasura at the top of Chamundi hill, so Goddess Chamundeshwari is referred as the goddess of Mysore. Now this Temple is maintained by the Royal family of Mysore.
There is a huge monolith idol of Nandi - the bull, at the Bull Temple, which is situated half way up the Chamundi Hills. The statue of Nandi, which is about 5 mt high, was carved out of single black-granite in the year 1659. The Nandi at this Bull Temple is one among the largest statues of Nandi in India.
Return to hotel for overnight stay.
Breakfast. Morning and evening visit to Maharaja Palace to witness the traditional Dussera procession in the streets of Mysore. In the evening the palace will be illuminated with decorated lights all over. There are stalls selling all sorts of crafts, clothes and other ornaments. Return to hotel for overnight stay.
After breakfast, proceed for the excursion to Mahabalipuram, tour will include visit to the following places:-
Carved in relief on the face of a huge rock, Arjuna's Penance is the mythical story of the River Ganges issuing from its source high in the Himalaya. the panel depicts animal animals, deities and other semi-divine creatures, fable from the Panchatantra, and Arjuna doing a penance to obtain a boon from Siva.
This beautiful and romantic temple, ravaged by wind and sea, represents the final phase of Pallavas art and was built in the late 7th century during the reign of Rajasimha. It is believed that at one point in time there were seven such temples, six of them were victims to the natural elements of erosion. This temple has three shrines; one dedicated to Lord Vishnu and the other two to Lord Shiva. The frothy waves form a striking backdrop to the temple, protected by rows of rock-carved bulls. The most unique feature of the temple is that it houses shrines to both Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu.
There are eight mandapams (shallow, rock-cut halls) scattered over the main hill, two of which have been left unfinished. They are mainly of interest for their internal figure sculptures. One of the earliest rock-cut temples is the Krishna Mandapam. It features carvings of a pastoral scene showing Krishna lifting up the Govardhana Mountain to protect his kinsfolk from the wrath of Indra. On the hill rests a dangerously balanced boulder named Krishna's Butterball after his legendary affinity for fresh butter.
These are the architectural prototypes of all Dravidian temples, demonstrating the imposing gopurams and Vimanas; multi pillared halls and sculptured walls, which dominate the landscape of Tamil Nadu.
Return to Chennai for overnight stay at hotel.
After breakfast and check-out from hotel. In the morning proceed for the sightseeing and visit following places of interest:-
Visit The Fort St. George Museum The fort houses a St. Mary's Church and Fort museum. St. Mary's Church the oldest Anglican Church in India built in 1680 and the tombstones in its courtyard are the oldest British tombstones in India. The museum opened to public from 31st Jan 1948, it began with a small collection of objects of the British Raj donated by the then Madras Presidency Government, the St. Mary's Church authorities, the disbanded army units and others. Over the years many objects were acquired by various means and there are now 3661 registered antiquities in the collection. The antiquities are displayed in ten galleries spread over three floors. An imposing marble statue of Lord Cornwallis (1738-1805) greets the visitors. Arms like Swords, Daggers, Rifles and Pistols, Mortars, Petard, Cannon shots, Breast plates, Helmets, baton, and fragments of shells fired at and in defence of Madras during the freak attacks during the World Wars, besides native weapons like bow and arrow.
The uniforms of various ranks of the British Army, ceremonial dress of Madras Governor's Bodyguards are displayed in the Uniform and Medals Gallery. Various porcelains used as official tableware by the East India Company and similar ware of the Arcot Nawabs are displayed in the Porcelain Gallery. The Indo-French Gallery contains exhibits like fine, decorated Porcelain, Clocks, Stamps and Coins issued by the French in India.
Kapleshwara Temple, one of the sacred shrines in Tamil Nadu is Kapaleeswarar Temple in Mylapore, it is a Siva Temple, and the name of the Lord is Arulmigu Kapaleeswarar. The name of the Goddess is Arulmigu Karpagambal. The notable feature of this structure is the 37-mt tall gopuram, A masterpiece of Dravidian style and displays the architectural elements - gopurams, mandapams and a tank. The view of the temple and the tank is picturesque. As per Hindu mythology, Parvati the consort of Siva performance penance and worshipped Kapaleeswarar in the form of Peacock [Mayil in Tamil] and hence the name of the place Mylapore.
St. Thomas Church, holy ground one which contains the tomb of St. Thomas, one of the twelve Apostles (that is, closest associates) of Jesus Christ. He came to India in the year 52 AD, preached on the West Coast and Chennai (formerly Madras), died in this city in 72 AD, and was buried in Santhome, This Shrine, stands over his tomb. In fact, the Basilica is so constructed that the smaller of its two towers stands exactly over the tomb of St. Thomas. This is also the shrine where the next most famous missionary to India, St. Francis Xavier (whose body is venerated in Goa), spent four months in the year 1545, and used to pray before the statue of "Our Lady of Mylapore". The structure is what is known as "Gothic," like the most famous Cathedrals of Europe (Cologne, in Germany, for instance, or the great Cathedrals of France).
The Thousand Lights Mosque, is one of the largest mosques in the country and a revered place of worship for Muslims. It was built by Nawab Umdat-ul-Umrah in 1810. There is an interesting story behind the name of the mosque. It is said that 1000 lamps needed to be lit in order to illuminate the assembly hall.
Drive past The Ripon Building, seat of the Chennai Corporation (Madras Corporation). It is a fine example of the Indo-Saracenic style of architecture, a combination of Gothic, Ionic and Corinthian. The Ripon Building is an all-white structure commissioned in 1913, One of the main attractions of the building is the Westminster Quarter chiming clock.
Kalakshetra Foundation In Thiruvanmiyur, beyond Elliots Beach is the Kalakshetra Foundation or the Temple of Art. It was established in 1936 after the extraordinary success of Rukmini Devi's first performance of Bharata Natyam at the Theosophical Society, in Adyar, a suburb of Madras, in the South of India. The founding members, Rukmini Devi, her husband George Arundale, and their associates at the Theosophical Society, were deeply committed to Theosophy and an arts academy was an extension
of this commitment. The purpose of this center was to train, encourage and revive interest in Bharatanatyam, the classical dance form of Tamil Nadu.
Also visit the Marina Beach popular place for the locales and tourist to spend evening time.
In the evening you will be transferred to international airport to board flight for return journey.
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1. Accommodation in Double room in 05 Star or 04 Star category hotels on CP Basis (Room + Breakfast Basis) inclusive of all presently applicable taxes.
2. Welcome Garlanding upon arrival in India at Mumbai airport.
3. All Arrival / Departure transfers from hotel to airport and vice-versa.
4. Monument entrance fees to places of visit as per the itinerary.
5. Accompanying English speaking Guide.
6. All Transfers, City sightseeing/excursions and long drives as per itinerary using chauffeur driven air-conditioned Car / Mini Van / Coach.
7. Boat cruise from Gateway of India to Elephanta caves and vice-versa in Mumbai
8. Air tickets for sector MUMBAI / BANGALORE in economy class.
9. Train tickets for sector MYSORE / CHENNAI in AC express train.
10. 01 bottle packaged drinking water per person per day.
11. All presently applicable interstate & toll taxes.
1. Return international air tickets from the city of origin.
2. Travel Insurance and Indian Visa.
3. Personal expenses such as: Any Meals other than specified above / Drinks / Laundry bill & Telephone calls at hotel. Tips for Guides & Driver / Camera Fees at the monuments or any other expenses not included in the clause "inclusions".