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Mysore Travel guide
 

Mysore - The Destination


Welcome to the abode of untold splendor and glory. Mysore, the capital city of the Wodeyars has always enchanted its admirers with its quaint charm, rich heritage, magnificent palaces, beautifully laid-out gardens, imposing buildings, broad shady avenues and sacred temples. There's an old world charm about the city that reaches out and leaves no one untouched.  

Brindavan gardens in Mysore

The city's star attraction is the magnificent Mysore Palace - a kaleidoscope of colors, stained glass and gilt, mosaic floors, marble and heavy wooden doors. Built in 1907, it replaced the previous palace. The figures of 6-8 leopards growl in life-like resemblance at any who might defy the maharajas. Keep a look out for the Royal State emblem - the double-headed Eagle on the Elephant Gate. And most importantly, don't miss an evening sighting of the Palace if you are in Mysore on a Sunday…the whole edifice is beautifully illuminated by tiny bulbs for an hour.


The lush Brindavan gardens are scrupulously planned, filled with dancing fountains and hordes of people. Towards the south end of the city, the road leads to the Chamundi Hill which houses a temple for the goddess Chamundi, the family deity of the Maharajas of Mysore, who's solid gold figure can be seen in the inner sanctum. You can either walk up the thousand steps or take a vehicle.

On the way up, you will find a 5 mts tall monolithic Nandi (the bull that is Shiva’s vehicle and also a symbol of fertility); one of the largest in India. The views along the way are spectacular, though only on a clear day.

Mysore is a vibrant city teeming with tourists and visitors. It is known the world over for its exotic sandalwood and rich silks. Its grand and imposing palaces, majestic temples, gardens leave an ever-lasting impression on the visitor.


Mysore - Facts at a Glance


State : Karnataka
Area : 38 sq kms
Temperature : 38 °C - 26°C (Summers)
18°C - 10°C (Winters)
Rainfall : 86 cms per year
Altitude : 770 mts
Language : Kannada , English, Urdu, Kodava, Tulu, Konkani, Sankethi
Best Season : October/November
Attractions in Mysore

Mysore Palace - The Mysore Palace was built over one thousand years ago, in 897 AD. Saracenic in style, the palace has both Hindu as well as Muslim influences. After a fire in 1897, Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV rebuilt the palace as we see it today, under the supervision of architect Henry Irwin. The main building is of massive gray granite with a tower covered by a gilded dome. A temple is situated within the royal courtyard.

City Palace - Mysore
Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery - Shri Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery was established in 1875 and has a rare collection of some beautiful paintings from the same era. The gallery is located in Jagmohan Palace and exhibits paintings by Raja Ravi Varma, Svetsolav Roerich and traditional paintings from Mysore. The traditional gold leaf paintings and some exquisitely carved statues in sandalwood, ivory and stone are also exhibited in the gallery. The old paintings in the gallery have been done in mineral and vegetable dyes and paints.

Chamundi Hill - The temple on the hill, which is 2000 years old, is dedicated to Durga Devi or goddess Chamundi (avatar of Parvathi, Shiva's consort) for celebrating her victory over the demon Mahishasura. From the top of hill you can have a panoramic view of Mysore. There is a giant statue of Mahishasura, the demon who was killed by the goddess Chamundi (Durga Devi) near the temple. Halfway up the hill an ornamented monolithic statue of the Nandi Bull can be found.

Government Silk Weaving Factory - The Maharaja of Mysore created this factory in 1932 to obtain the finest hand-loomed silks for himself and his royal family. Today the Karnataka Silk Industries Corporation runs it. Here you can see craftsmen at work and also buy silk, fresh from the looms.

Brindavan Garden - This garden is situated 19 km northwest of Mysore. The garden is open daily, but the fountain show is held only in spring. The main attraction is the 'dancing musical fountains'. The garden is fully illuminated during the night.

The Zoo - The Mysore Zoo was set up by the royal family and houses some rare and exotic birds & animals. Situated amidst lush green surroundings, the zoo is famous for breeding some rare animals in captivity.
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