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Did you know that Sira is a place that shaped the fortunes of Bengaluru as well as the rest of erstwhile Mysore Kingdom more than once? That the Khan Bagh Garden at Sira inspired Haidar Ali and his son Tipu Sultan to establish the renowned Lal Bagh gardens at Bengaluru?
Travel back in time 400 years as we take you on a day's fascinating journey to this former stronghold of the Nayakas, Adil Shahis, Moghuls, Marathas as well as the Mysore-rulers Haidar Ali and Tipu Sultan.
Guests get to see and hear stories of the pre-Moghul and Moghul era architecture and monuments including a Adil Shahi and Moghul necropolis which has the tomb of Moghul Emperor Aurangazeb’s daughter, the 319-year old Moghul-era Jumma Masjid, the over 400-year old Sira Fort attributed to Kasturi Rangappa Nayaka, among others.
From Bengaluru we pass by Nijagal Betta or Nijagal hill listening to the tales of the tigers that once ruled the today busy national highway 4 here as well as the desperate battles that raged on this hill fort in 18th century between the Marathas and Mysoreans. We also stop briefly at the historic Seebi temple, to take in the beauty of the murals there.
Sira is located 50 km north of the Smart City of Tumakuru and about 120 km from Bengaluru, just off the busy Bengaluru – Mumbai National Highway No: 4.
Location: Sira - 120 km from Bengaluru/ about 2.5 hours’ drive.
Cost: 2,299/- includes transportation, veg. breakfast and veg. / non-veg. lunch. For kids (up to 16 years) = 1250/-.