Mysore to Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta

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7 DAYS - 6 NIGHTS

Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta is the highest peak in Bandipur National Park. It attracts a large number of trekkers, pilgrims and nature lovers throughout the year. The hill is about 75 Km from Mysore and is located in Chamarajnagar district.

Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta is a small hill in the core zone and can be accessed by a small road through the village of Hangala, north of the national park. Gopalaswamy Betta (Betta is hill in Kannada) located inside the forest is a popular trekking spot. Atop the hill is a temple of Lord Venugopala Swamy built seven centuries ago and a travellers’ bungalow which remains locked now and belonged to the Ruler of Mysore.

The temple was built in Chola regime and there are 25 tirthas called the chakra tirtha. The area is also frequented by herds of wild elephants. The sobriquet Himavad (fog in Kannada) is because most of the year, there is a veil of mist covering the whole area and winds blowing through the trees are like a song in praise of the lord. Staying beyond 5:30 PM is not allowed. These hills are covered with grass and classified as shola forests. The forest is also a treasure trove of a variety of birds, animals and plant species. One may visit this place en-route Mysore.

History

The temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna (Venugopalswamy) and was built by King Chola Ballala of Terakanambi during 1315 AD. It is located at about 1,454 mts above sea level. This is one of the higest peaks in the Bandipur National Park region. This peak is covered with mist almost all around the year. Thus the name Himada Gopalaswamy Betta, meaning a “Hill dedicated to Gopalaswamy which is covered with mist” in Kannada.

The view around the hill is simply beautiful. There are about 77 lakes, big and small around the hill. The radius of the hill is about 6kms. About 1km from behind the temple is a holy rock and it is believed that any childless couple who come here walking and pray, will be blessed with a child.

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Day 1: Departure

DELHI / CHANDIGARH – SHIMLA Drive from Delhi to Shimla (343 kms, 8 hrs) arrive Shimla. Transfer to hotel. Overnight at Shimla.

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Day 2

SHIMLA CITY TOUR One of the most popular hill Resorts of the North. The town is situated at an altitude of 6810 ft, initially chosen as a sanatorium for invalid European officers, but soon developed into a big hill town and became the summer capital of the country. There are ample opportunities in Shimla for sports. This day departure for full day sightseeing to Chail ( Chail Palace, World’s highest Cricket ground, Sidh Temple and Kali Ka Tibba) and Kufri ( Deshu Peak and Meshu Peak). Dinner at resort in Shimla. Overnight at resort in Shimla.

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Day 3

SHIMLA – MANALI Drive from Shimla to Manali (280 kms. 8 hrs) Arrive Manali Transfer to hotel. Dinner and Overnight at hotel.

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Day 4

MANALI – LOCAL SIGHT SEEING Walk through town visiting newly constructed Buddhist Monastery. Hadimba Devi temple-It is small temple situated in the dense forest is very interesting. Hadimba is said to be the wife of Bhima from the epic of Mahabharata. Vashisht, it is an extremely picturesque little place clinging to the steep hill side. On the way up to the village you come upon the Vashisht hot baths where a natural sulphur spring is piped into a modern bath -house. Dinner and Overnight at Manali.

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Day 5

MANALI – ROHTANG PASS Full day tour of Rohtang Pass – The majesty of the mountains and the glaciers can be seen at their best; you have next two hours to enjoy this snowy haven. Take a sledge ride down the slopes, try your luck climbing the little snow hills. On your descents to Manali, halt at the Rahalla falls and Solang Valley. The Magnificent views and natural beauty are a never-ending source of delight. Also halt at Marhi, Ralha falls, Nehru Kund. Return to the hotel for Overnight stay at Manali.

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Day 6

MANALI TO CHANDIGARH (320kms, approx. 09 hrs drives) Morning drive to Chandigarh. Arrive Chandigarh check in the hotel and now proceed to sightseeing tour of Chandigarh including Rock Garden, constructed almost entirely out of city garbage; Rose Garden 30 landscaped acres containing a variety of 1600 roses; Museum & Art Gallery housing a good collection of sculptures and paintings. Overnight at Chandigarh.

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Day 7: Return

AIRPORT / RAILWAY STATION DROP After breakfast checkout from the hotel and proceed for Airport / Railway Station. TOUR END

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