About 600 Steps and The Architectural Wonder of Belur and Halebidu #TheGoldenChariotDiaries | HolidayIQ Blog

About 600 Steps and The Architectural Wonder of Belur and Halebidu #TheGoldenChariotDiaries

About 600 Steps and The Architectural Wonder of Belur and Halebidu #TheGoldenChariotDiaries holidayiq.com

Our third day on The Golden Chariot started with a rather gruelling task of climbing up more than 600 steps to see the huge statue of Bahubali in the Gomateshwara temple. We then proceeded to the temples of Belur and Halebidu to experience the earliest Hoysala craftsmanship.

With temples as old as 1000 CE, this is a dream come true for anyone wanting to explore the heritage of Cholas and sample the Hoysala architecture. History comes alive as you stroll across the temples of Belur and Halebidu and find that the inscriptions on the pillars all have a story to tell. Highly recommended for history buffs. Join us on our journey through the day.


The day started with a tough, early-morning, 600 step climb to the Shravanabelagola temple.


The mighty Bahubali statue at Shravanabelagola welcomed us after the tiring climb and was a sight to behold!


We then moved to The Hoysaleswara Temple at Halebidu, post lunch, and were taken aback by the detailed carvings on the temples.


Another closer look at the sheer brilliance of the stone sculptures at Hoysaleswara Temple of Halebidu.


The entrance of Chennakesava temple of Belur was lit like a lamp, owing to the bright pre-sunset sunshine we were getting. 


We ended our day with some rather interesting sunset shots of the temple premise. 

About 600 Steps and The Architectural Wonder of Belur and Halebidu #TheGoldenChariotDiaries:

  1. Hoysaleswara Temple, Halebid and Belur (Karnataka)

1. Here is what HolidayIQ reviewers have to say about the Hoysaleswara Temple

Here is what HolidayIQ reviewers have to say about the Hoysaleswara Temple
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HolidayIQ reviewer Deepika Ashwant says, "Like the Belur Temple, this place too is a world heritage site built by the same Hoysala Dynasty.The sculptures and stone carvings are more detailed than the Belur temple & they depict stories from great epics like Mahabharata. We will require a knowledgeable guide help to understand the details. Words & pictures cannot summarise the beauty of the place." 
Adds HolidayIQ reviewer Jayashankar, "A great place to visit and a temple which is something ethereal in beauty and form. We will surely come back to this place with our grandchildren and show them the beauty and substance of our rich Heritage."
HolidayIQ reviewer Mohan says, "It was a trip to enjoy the country side as well as the UNESCO Heritage site that has been widely talked about. I have seen many of these monuments and each of one them is unique in its own way. The Hindu/Jain culture is very evident in every columns/pillars and that makes us feel proud of our heritage."


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