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2 Days Stone Marvels and Ancient Hoysala Kingdom Motorcycle Tour in India

Belur, Hassan, India

Ancient Hoysala Kingdom Motorcycle Tours India

This Belur and Halebid tour is a guided experiential tour from Bangalore to the Hoysala wonders of Belur, Halebid, and Shravanabelagola. Key highlights include a guided tour of Chennakesava Temple of Belur, Hoysalesvara and Shantalesvara of Halebid, and climbing the world's largest monolith statue of Gomateswara at Shravanabelagola.

Key information

  • Terrain: 95% asphalt and 5% off-road
  • Bike: rental (Royal Enfield Classic & Thunderbird)
  • Mileage: 500 kilometers / 311 miles
  • Daily rides: 240 - 260 kilometers / 149 - 162 miles
  • Riding gear: helmet included
  • Meals: all meals included

Highlights

  • Starts and ends in Bangalore
  • Royal Enfield motorcycle rental and a helmet
  • Visit the marvelous stone temples of Belur and Halebidu
  • Climb the world's largest monolith statue of Gomateswara at Shravanabelagola
  • English speaking professional tour guide
  • 1 night accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

Styles


2 riding days
Airport transfer available:
Kempegowda International Airport (US$25 per person)
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Accommodation

You have the choice of a private single room or joining the tour as a couple or with a friend and stay in a double occupancy room.

Program

Day 1: Belur and Halebid tour (260 kilometers / 162 miles)

At 7 a.m., you start towards your destination, Belur, the ancient capital of Hoyasala Empire, located 220 kilometers from Bangalore. The ride will take four to four and a half hours and you will reach Belur by noon.

You visit the famed Chennakesava temple of Belur which took over a 100 years to build. The next couple of hours will be spent inside this temple complex. Some of the highlights of this temple are the 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. The main hall has sculptures that are fantastic in terms if the intricacy of the carvings. The bracelets on the arms of one of the dancer statues can be moved up and down. The headdress of another dancer statue has a move-able ring! Another noteworthy characteristic of sculptures in Belur is that they are signed off by the respective sculptors like in a painting, often as a boastful epithet.

You head next towards Halebidu, the old capital of the Hoyasala empire. Located 16 kilometers from Belur, there are three major highlights of Halebidu. You spend a couple of hours in the two magnificent temples inside the complex dedicated to Hoysalesvara 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. Of interest would be to note the veins depicted gracefully on the face. You end the tour of Halebid with a visit to the archaeological museum which showcases a variety of Hoyasala-style sculptures.

Day 2: Shravanabelagola (240 kilometers / 149 miles)

After breakfast, you check out and drive 80 kilometers to a quaint town located between two hills and called Shravanabelagola. The world’s largest monolith statue beckons you here.

The 58 feet tall statue nestled on a 470 feet hill is of Gomateswara; the son of the first Jain Tirtankara Vrishaba Deva. There is a flight of 600 steps to climb. A less fun way to go up would be in a palanquin carried by four people! The climb would take an hour. The view from the top makes the climb worth it. After lunch, you go back towards Bangalore. You would cover 145 kilometers in the last leg of this tour. The tour ends around 4 p.m. after you reach Bangalore.

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • can ride for two to three hours
  • minimal riding experience
  • assistance required
  • comfortable with curves and leans
  • basic experience with unsurfaced roads
  • short distance ascents and descents

Included excursions

  • Guided tour of Chennakesava Temple of Belur
  • Discover Hoysalesvara and Shantalesvara of Halebid
  • Climb the world's largest monolith statue of Gomateswara at Shravanabelagola

Location

The tour will take place in India.

Belur and Halebid

Belur and Halebid are masterpieces of Hoyasala-style architecture and are located 220 kilometers away from Bangalore. Belur temple is dedicated to Lord Chennakesava and took a 100 years to build. This temple built by King Vishnuvardhan features several episodes from the great epics Ramayana and Mahabarata in the form of sculptures.

Halebid was the old capital of Hoysala Empire in the 12th and 13th centuries. The capital shifted to Belur after it was ransacked by forces of Allaudin Khilji led by Malik Kafur. There are two magnificent temples inside the complex dedicated to Hoysalesvara and Shantalesvara. A highlight at Halebid is a magnificent statue of Nandi which took 86 years to complete. The craftsmen have even shown the blood veins on the face of Nandi.

Shravanabelagola

Jainism is a religion, which originated in ancient India. The principle of ahiṃsā (nonviolence) is the most fundamental and well-known aspect of Jainism. Jain texts expound that “killing any living being out of passions is hiṃsā (injury) and abstaining from such act is ahiṃsā (non-injury)”.

Shravanabelagola is a important center for Jainism. The world’s largest monolith statue beckons you here. The 58 feet tall statue nestled on a 470 feet hill is of Gomateswara; the son of the first Jain Tirtankara Vrishaba Deva. Note that Tirthankara were role models for those seeking liberation. They are also called human spiritual guides.

Food

The price of the package includes daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Families can choose to experience this private guided tour in an SUV, while couples can do this in a car. Groups can choose the coach option which again comes with a full time guide. Motorcycle enthusiasts can take the thrilling option of a guided motorcycle tour in a Royal Enfield Classic.

What's included

  • All mentioned activities and experiences
  • Entrance fee at all places mentioned
  • Service of a mechanic for the bike
  • Services of a tour guide
  • Royal Enfield Classic (350 cc) motorcycle, car, SUV, or coach rental
  • Helmet and fuel
  • 1 night accommodation
  • All meals

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Kempegowda International Airport (BLR). Please contact 5 Senses Tours for more information.

Airport: Kempegowda International Airport Airport transfer available: Kempegowda International Airport (US$25 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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