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Stone Marvels Trail

Trip at a Glance

  • Locations

    Bangalore, India

  • Activities

    Architectural Tour, Sightseeing

  • Price
    $220 USD per person
  • Duration

    2 days

  • Departure Day(s) and Time(s)

    Daily at 6:30 a.m.

  • Starting Location

    Your hotel for car tour or meeting point for motorcycle tour

  • Price Includes

    Transport, accommodation, guide, transfers, breakfast, lunch, entrance fee, helmet for motorcycle riders

  • Notes

    Motorcycle option is available only on Saturdays, while car option is available everyday; guests need valid driving license for motorcycle option

Highlights

  • See Hoysala architecture and sculptures at Belur including Chennakesava Temple which took 100 years to build.
  • Explore the magnificent 12th century temples of Shantaleswara and Hoysaleswara at the old capital of Hoysala Empire.
  • Visit the world’s largest monolith statue of Gomateswara, the son of the first Jain spiritual leader.
  • Taste authentic Jain cuisine lunch in a traditional home.
  • Admire sculptures dating back to 12th century that are signed by the respective sculptors.

Guide

Trip Info

Stone Marvels Trail is a two-day guided experiential tour from Bangalore to the Hoysala wonders of Belur, Halebid and Shravanabelagola. The architectural tour is offered with classic motorcycles as well as private cars.

At Belur, we visit the legendary Chennakesava Temple which took 100 years to build. The temple has intricate carvings of animals and dancers on the walls of the temple. Episodes from epics like Ramayana and Mahabharata have been carved out of stone.

We also visit Halebid, the old capital of Hoysala empire. Halebid has two magnificent temples dedicated to Hoysaleswara and Shantalesvara. The other sculpture of interest is a giant statue of Nandi the holy Bull of Lord Shiva which took 86 years to build.

At Shravanabelagola, the world’s largest monolith statue beckons us. The 58-feet tall statue, nestled on a 470-foot hill, is of Gomateswara the son of the first Jain Tirthankara Vrishaba Deva.

An authentic Jain lunch is served in a traditional home.

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