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Mysore - the City of Palaces

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Mysore is one of the top tourist destinations in South India. Famous for Amba Vilas Palace, more commonly known as Mysore Palace, it has special Dussehra Celebration.

The very word Mysore paints a picture in your mind of the very famous Kanjeevaram saris and royal palaces. Sandalwood and silk saris are two things synonymous with Mysore and these two lend a sort of old world charm to the city. The Maharajas of ancient India chose to build most of their palaces in Mysore due to its year round pleasant climate making it a popular place to holiday in Karnataka. Arts and crafts were the highlight of the city during the reign of the Wodeyar dynasty. Presently, it is Karnataka state’s second largest city and only 130 kilometers separates Mysore from the cosmopolitan city of Bengaluru or Bangalore as it was formerly known.

Famous for Dussehra
The best time to book Mysore tour packages is during October and November as it is then that the weather is most pleasant and the festival of Dussehra is celebrated in all its glory. The city is beautifully decorated during this ten day festival. In Hindu Mythology, this festival is celebrated as the defeat of evil by truth where the goddess Chamundeshwari killed the evil demon Mahishasura. This is how the city got its name. Initially, Mysore was known as Mahishur for this very reason. Dussehra is especially important in the city and it’s a huge affair here. Tourists from all across India and abroad come to Mysore during this time to witness the magnificent festivities.

Majestic Mysore Palace

Numerous heritage buildings and archeological structures make up the city of Mysore. The most famous of all the palaces here is the Mysore Palace that was built nearly 1000 years ago, 897 AD to be more precise. The palace contains both Hindu and Muslim styles and has Saracen, Dravidian, Roman and Oriental styles to it. A fire broke out in the palace in 1897 which damaged certain parts though the then king, Krishnaraja Wodeyar the fourth repaired and renovated the palace and it has been untouched ever since. Today, the palace has been converted into a museum that houses collectibles and treasures such as paintings, royal ceremonial dresses, costumes, murals, jewelry etc. A unique collectible that is brought out only during the Dussehra festival is a 750 kilogram golden throne. The palace is at its stunning best on Sundays when around 96,000 bulbs light the palace up on its exterior.

Chamundeswari Temple

Another must see in Mysore is the Chamundeswari Temple. The Chamundeswari Temple in Mysore towers majestically on a hill top. Built by Krishnaraja III toward the end of the 18th century, the “gopuram” or temple tower is seven stories high! The temple has great historical, cultural and religious significance and the goddess is revered throughout the state and tourists can explore these thier Karnataka holidays in South India.

Brindavan Gardens

The Brindavan Gardens, located around the Krishnarajasagar dam on the River Kaveri, is one place that is on the map of every tourist that lands up in Mysore. The gardens are spread out over an area of 60 acres, and it was a project initiated in the year 1927 under the guidance of the then Dewan of Mysore. The terraced garden, modeled after the famous Shalimar Gardens in Kashmir, contains dancing water fountains, flowering plants like Bougainvilleas, Celosia, Marigold, and Ficus trees. The garden is also adorned with pergolas, gazebos and a number of topiary works. The cool weather and the lush greenery make Brindavan Gardens one of the most visited tourist destinations in Mysore.

Other Attractions

The other places to see in Mysore are the Karanji Lake, the Philomenas Church and the Jaganmohan Palace. Boat rides are something you must do when you visit the Karanji Lake. Moreover, this place also contains a wonderful butterfly and aviary park that is a must see. Cathedral road houses the Philomenas Church. Stunning glass paintings depicting the birth of Jesus Christ, his last supper, his crucifixion, his resurrection and his ascension adorn the walls of the Philomenas Church. The Jaganmohan Palace was built in the year 1861 and a unique aspect of this palace is that it houses paintings painted in the traditional Mysore Golden leaf style.

You can complete your Mysore trip in a single day. While looking through the Mysore Palace will take you about half a day, you can spend the rest of the day relaxing around and exploring the Karanji Lake. Your trip to Mysore will be complete with a visit to the the Chamundeshwari Temple, the Jaganmohan Palace and Brindavan Gardens. One can easily visit Mysore by taking up holidays tours from Bangalore

Mysore Specialities
Of course, no trip to Mysore is complete without souvenir shopping! You can purchase original sandalwood carved figurines of Hindu Gods for your friend or buy a small block of sandal wood for scenting your house.

All that souvenir shopping would surely get your appetite worked up. And what better way to soak in Mysore than indulge in Mysore’s traditional breakfasts and mid day meals! Whether a steaming hot “dosa” with “sambhar” and a variety of “chutneys”, or that complete rice based South Indian meals with “Mysore Pak” for dessert, there’s no better way to learn Mysore than through your tongue! When in Mysore, you can extend your holiday to Bandipur National Park in Karnataka. 

At times, Mysore does get a bit sunny and you can’t possibly walk around from place to place. There are many cab operators located throughout the city, whether you want to travel inside Mysore, or get on further to Coorg or back to Bangalore by car. The nearest commercial airport is in Bangalore though Mysore has a well connected train station. There are plenty of budget hotels and luxury hotels to suit any kind of budget in Mysore. So you can feel free to drop in and pick one of your choice!

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