Sacred Bull walking tour

Sacred Bull walking tour
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$45
Duration: 5 hours
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On this walking tour, experience the cultural heritage of Bangalore through its gardens, temples, and bazaars in the company of an experienced and well-read guide. The highlights include the story of the sacred bull, visit 240 acre Lalbagh Botanical Garden, traditional cuisine breakfast at a local eatery,  Dodda Ganapathy temple, the mystery of twilight sun light at Gavi Gandheswar temple and walk through the local bazaars.

8am- We will head to Lalbagh the magnificent botanical garden. We will spend the next one hour walking through the 240 acre Lalbagh Botanical Garden with more than 1,800 species of plants, shrubs and trees. Built by the legendary Hyder Ali in 1760, Lalbagh Botanical Garden is a prominent landmark of Bangalore and is host to the world famous flower show making it a key destination among places to visit in Bangalore. Lalbagh Botanical Garden is not only a horticulturist’s paradise, but it also provides a respite to people of Bangalore from the ever-spreading concrete jungle.
Adjacent to Lalbagh is Bangalore’s most famous local cuisine restaurant called MTR. A legendary name in South Indian comfort food, this super-popular eatery has had Bengaluru eating out of its hands since 1924. A traditional South Indian breakfast is planned here.
9am- We take a short drive (car or autorickshaw) to Basavanagudi. The Bull temple of Bangalore is dedicated to Nandi Bull, the vehicle of Lord Shiva. Situated in Basavanagudi, this temple has been built in the Dravidian style of architecture. Kempe Gowda, the founder of Bangalore, got the Bull temple built during his time. This temple counts amongst the oldest temples of the city and draws devotees from all over the country. There is huge idol of Nandi Bull inside the temple, measuring 4.5 m in height and 6.5 m in length. This idol is said to have been carved out of a single rock. The bull also has a small iron plate on its head. As per the tradition, this plate prevents the bull from growing!
We will also visit Dodda Ganapathy temple.  It is a huge monolith of Lord Ganesha 18 feet high and 16 feet wide. Legend says the statue has grown to its present size on its own!
We walk to the legendary Gavi Gandheswar temple which is built in a natural cave. This temple witnesses a unique phenomenon on the festival day of Sankarati (harvest festival) when during the evening sunlight passes through an arc between the horns sacred bull statue and illuminates the idol!
A short walk takes us to a unique temple built inside a cave. Govardhana Temple in Puthige Mutt is a temple dedicated to Lord Krishna. Inside the temple, Krishna is holding the entire Govardhana mountain on his little finger. The cave is full of stories from Lord Krishna’s life and the great epic Mahabharata as carvings.
We will walk past a few charming bazaars of Bangalore, The sights, sounds and smell of these Bazaars are unique and a must experience.
12PM- End of tour

On this walking tour, experience the cultural heritage of Bangalore through its gardens, temples, and bazaars in the company of an experienced and well-read guide. The highlights include the story of the sacred bull, visit 240 acre Lalbagh Botanical Garden, traditional cuisine breakfast at a local eatery,  Dodda Ganapathy temple, the mystery of twilight sun light at Gavi Gandheswar temple and walk through the local bazaars.