Aptly named as the Pride of the South, the sojourn offers to its visitors an 8 day itinerary of fun and frolic. The journey is undertaken by the Golden Chariot , one of the premium luxury trains of India which offers you a perfect blend of modern amnities and ancient royalty. The places you get to visit are Bangalore, Mysore, Hassan, Hospet, Badami and Goa.
We are going to talk about the 6th day of the trip , i.e. the Badami trip. But first of all let’s get to know about the route map.
The Route Map
- Get a traditional grand welcome at the Yeshwantpur station.
- Trip starts with a visit to the Chittakala Parishad and organic farms at the native villages of Banglore.
- Experience thrill and excitement at the Bandipur National Park in a wildlife safari.
- Marvelled at the architecture of the Mysore Place also known as the Amba Vilas Place.
- Next is the visit to Sravanabelagola , Halebid and Belur in Hampi.
- Sightseeing and marketing in Hampi
- Badami and Pattadakkal caves
- Churches and market of Goa
The Badami Day
Badami comes from the word Badam or Almond. And Badami is the colour of the Almond.
The Golden Chariot train arrives at Badami station at 8:30 hrs. Then you leave for the sightseeing to Pattadakkal and Badami caves, declared as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.Post sightseeing you can return to the train after which lunch will be served and the train chugs off to Goa.
The World Heritage Sites
The Badami temples date back to the Chalukyan Empire and is bulit out of red sandstone which stands at the mouth of a ravine hugged by two rocky hills. The temples are known to represent some of the oldest known examples of Hindu temples in the Southern region. These temples along with the temples in Aihole metamorphosed the Malaprabha river valley into a cradle of Stone architecture that later influenced the key components of the upcoming Hindu temple architecture round the country.
After climbing a flight of stairs, you get to see two pairs of rock cut caves, brimming with careved pillars and bracket figurines.
The four caves are dedicated to the lord Shiva, lord Vishnu, Jainism and Buddhism.
In cave 1 you will find a 5 feet tallcarved figure of the Nataraj , with 18 hands expressing the dance positions in a geometric sequence,in the Tandav posture said to represent the time division in the cosmic wheel. The Nataraj holds several objects in his hands and is surrounded by other gods and devotees. Experience the cuture of Badami and book the Golden Chariot train for the luxury trip.
Cave 2 is dedicated to Vishnu in his Trivikarma form. Below is his Vamana Avatar and Varsha Avatar assisted by Bhudevi. The ceilings and walls of the temple have coloured paintings , a suggestion of Fresco. Various depictions from Bhagwad Gita, and puranas adorn the walls.
The third cave is also dedicated to Harihara or half Shiva and half Vishnu.
The fourth cave has depictions of the Tirthankaras, the Jain gurus.
The travellers who are interested in architectural design and ancient sculpture can acquire much knowledge about the profound senses of figures and designs adapted by the ancient India.