An ultimate experience of the fine arts of India…
Immerse yourself into the Chola Empire legacy and interact with masters craftsmen during a visit of the Fine arts of Tanjore :
The world Heritage-listed Brigadeswara Temple, build in the 11th century by Raja Raja I (‘king of kings’). Enter through the Nayak gate, followed by two original gopurams with some elaborate stucco sculptures. Inside discover several shrines, including one of India’s largest statues of Nandi (Shiva’s sacred bull). Both west and north walls of the main building are lined with exquisite lime-plaster Chola frescoes.
The Thanjavur's Royal Palace, which preserves memories of other powerful dynasties from later centuries. Here, explore the Saraswati Mahal Library Museum housing over 30000 Indian and European manuscripts and the Art Gallery containing a collection of superb, mainly Chola, bronzes and stone carvings.
Peep into a small family house with your guide to witness the Tanjore veena art making process by artisans, there an entire instrument is carved on a single block of Jackwood. Carnatic music played on these Veenas has won the hearts of millions of music lovers.
Learn about the Tanjavur painting technique, dating from the 17th to 18th century, and enjoy a demonstration of this popular forms of classical South Indian painting from the master in his workshop. Gasp as you take in the splashes of gold and red on wooden frames throughout the length of a cavernous corridor.
Observe the art of making Bronze idols by Stapathis (sculptors) as per the traditional Shilpa Sastras (craft hindu system) prevailed from the Chola period by master craftsmen in their workshop. Return to your hotel or drive to your next direction.
Option: Experience a traditional Sadhya lunch in an Heritage property with a culinary class on vegetarian tanjore traditional cuisine about nutrition and good health principle.
DAY EXCURSION INCLUDES
- English speaking guide for the whole tour
- Lunch in a local restaurant in Tanjore
- Entrance Fees
- All taxes
DAY EXCURSION EXCLUDES
- Transportation by car