5 Tips to explore Mysore

Are you looking for a place with few of India’s largest palaces? Come with me to the ‘Palace City of India’. The most significant city of Karnataka state, a splendid cultural heritage, a place very famous for tourism in south India with beautiful gardens, captivating palaces and spectacular sceneries. Welcome to Mysore. The Mysore Palace in the city is one of the most visited monuments in India, even beating Red Fort and  Qutb Minar. Let’s move forward to our virtual ride and explore the magic of this city. I am gonna feature five most important places to visit, five tips to follow when you visit Mysore.

 

1. The Mysore Palace

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The official residence place of the Wodeyars – the erstwhile royal family of Mysore. The palace was constructed by them in 1897 and then expanded later around 1940. It is among India’s most famous attractions after Taj Mahal.

The palace was built in the Indo-Saracenic style and blends together Hindu, Muslim, Rajput, and Gothic styles of architecture. It is a three-storied stone structure, with marble domes and a 145 ft five-storied tower. The beautiful garden surrounds the palace. It was built by the famous British architect Henry Irwin. The design of the palace and work carved inside it is very artistic and captivating.

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The palace is the venue for the well known Mysore Dasara Festival, where different artists perform on stage set up  in the palace ground. On the 10th day of the festival a huge parade with various elephants originates from the ground. Everyday at particular timings the Palace illuminated with 98,260 bulbs; you need to pay NO fees to watch that magnificent view. One more thing, don’t miss the special Sound and Light show costing just 40 INR, it is worth watching; but the sad thing is it is available only on weekdays. So, overall, The visit to  the great Mysore Palace is like the feeling of becoming King. Be your own King!

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2. Brindavan Gardens

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The Brindavan Gardens is a show garden that having fountains, boat rides and a botanical park. It lies adjoining the Krishnarajasagara dam, built across the river Kaveri. Mysore Diwans decided to build the garden along with the dam in 1927; and since then it has spread its marvelous beauty. The garden was renovated in 2005 with a cost of Rs. 5 crore. The garden contains water fountains, Ficus trees, foliage plants such as Duranta plumaria and Euphorbia and flowering plants like Celosia, Marigold and bougainvillea. The main attraction of the park is the musical fountain in which bursts of water are synchronized to the music of songs. The fountains have an amazing blend of water, colors and music. There lake is also available within the garden with boating facilities available for visitors. This place is visited by lakhs of visitors annually.

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3. The Jaganmohan Palace

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The King Krishnaraja Wodeyar III built this palace in 1861, this was an alternate retreat for the  royal family. Their original home, the Mysore palace was burnt down in a fire and till the construction of a new one the Royal family lived in this palace. The early convocations of the Mysore University were also held in this palace.

The main door of this strikingly Hindu style built Jaganmohan Palace is itself a masterpiece of Art with intricate carvings which is said to have been made in just 70 days. Two wooden displaying Dashavatara, the ten incarnations of the Hindu God, Vishnu is also present in the palace.  The palace was converted into an art gallery in 1915. The heart gallery contains paintings exceeding 2000 in number and these belong to different Indian styles of painting like Mysore, Mughal and Shantiniketan. It has one of the largest collections of artifacts in South India.

If you will ask me what’s the best in Jag palace, I will simply say ‘The painting of a lady with the lamp, painted by the artist Haldenkar. The painting is being placed in the darkest room of the palace to give realistic vibes in that captivating art. It gives an illusion that the glow of the lamp is illuminating the face of the woman. The palace also includes a French clock, Paintings made on a grain of rice which can be viewed only through a magnifier and Innumerable toys and Artifacts of various descriptions (like the French musical calendar and religious bells from Nepal) make a visit to this museum memorable.

4. Chamundi Hills

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Visible from the distance of 8 to 10 kms from the city, Chamundi Hills is home for goddes Chamundi. Chamundeshwari temple is situated on the top of Chamundi hill. The temple is dedicated to Sri Chamundeshwari, the titular deity of the Mysore Royal Family also described as ‘Mahishasura Mardini’ for having killed the demon Mahishasura. After killing the demon, the Goddess resided atop the Chamundi Hills where she is worshiped with reverence and devotion. The goddess is also known as Mahishasura Mardini meaning She who killed Mahishasura. The temple is having a gothic structure with breathtaking views and sceneries from the hill. rulers of Mysore built a 1000 steps huge Nandi , lord shiva’s Bull. It is one of the largest in India, 16 feet tall at the front and 25 feet in length. The pendent bells around its neck is very beautiful.  Moreover there’s also a statue of Mahishasora built in 1659 by Dodda Devaraja Wodeyar. At dusk, the view of the city really feels magnificent one and captivating to the eyes.

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5. Mysore Zoo

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Zoos are nothing new, people are mostly attracted to see great wildlife and few visits for the natural beauty. Mysore Zoo is one of the oldest zoo in India. And has a blend of both natural beauty and wildlife creatures. It is home to a wide range of wild species and takes the credit for alluring vast number of visitors with its rich breed of flora and fauna. Although he Mysore zoo is over a century old it has spacious enclosures, walk through, and a veterinary hospital. The zoo is currently home to ten elephants, and has more elephants than any other zoo in India. The zoo also has five green anacondas, contributed by Colombo Zoo. It also has giraffes, zebras, lions, tigers, white rhinoceroses, and baboons and lots of beautiful birds. The zoo is a peaceful place for every visitor.

 

 

 

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