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Sira is a place that shaped the fortunes of Bengaluru as well as the rest of erstwhile Mysore Kingdom more than once. 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 Jumma Masjid, the over 400-year old Sira Fort attributed to Kasturi Rangappa Nayaka, among others.
As we drive onwards to Sira, we stop and listen to the tales of the tigers that once ruled the today busy national highway 4 as well as the desperate battles that raged here in 18th century between the Marathas and Mysoreans. We also have a brief one hour stop 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.