- Chamundi Hills
- Brindavan Gardens
- Mysore Palace
in the south Indian state of Karnataka is a city of palaces, gardens, shady
avenues and sacred temples and retains some of the old world charms with its
many institutions that propagate Carnatic Classical music and dance. Mysore
city was the capital of the old royal Mysore province. The word Mysore
expands to "Mahishasurana Ooru" which means the town of
Mahishasura. The story goes that the demon Mahishasura was killed by godess
Chamundeshwari atop the Chamundi hill near Mysore, from which it derived its
name. Ever since, the Mysore royal family have worshipped Chamundeshwari as
the palace deity. Hills dedicated to her stand at the eastern end of Mysore
Sightseeing at Mysore
Chamundi Hills : Situated at the top of 1,100 ft high Chamundi
Hills, is the temple dedicated to the Goddess Chamundeshwari, the royal
family's patron deity. One may reach the temple either through a 13 km drive
or climb the 1,000 stone steps. Near the temple is the gigantic statue of
Mahishasura, the demon that had been killed by the Goddess Durga. Midway up
along the stone steps, is the 300 year old 4.8 m monolithic statue of Nandi
Bull, chosen mount of Lord Shiva. Its main attraction is its size and the
amazing craftsmanship of its ornaments - from its delicate anklets to the
awesome pendant bell around its neck.
Srirangapatnam : 15 km from Mysore, Srirangapatnam has many
captivating sites including the summer palace of Tipu Sultan, which was
built in 1784 in the Indo-Saracenic architecture. It also boasts a small
museum displaying Tipu's trivia such as a gold-embroidered tunic, old
paintings and a coin collection. Then, there is Gumbaz, the mausoleum of
Tipu Sultan and his father, Hyder Ali. Another famous place to visit is Jami
Masjid. The slender minarets of this mosque are visible from several
Brindavan Gardens : Brindavan Gardens has watercourses bordering the
well-manicured steps of these world famous terrace gardens. Musical
fountains with soft coloured lights are sites of attraction here.
Lalitha Mahal Palace : The snow-white Lalitha Mahal, the guesthouse
of Wodeyar rulers was built in the 1930s. The attraction of the palace is a
staircase of Italian marble branching off from a landing to reach the first
floor hall. Now, converted into a prestigious hotel of the India Tourism
Development Corporation, Lalitha Mahal is surrounded by lush green lawns and
Mysore Palace : Built in & around 1897 AD in Saracenic style,
the Mysore Palace is a find composition of Hindu and Muslim architectural
styles. Designed by an English architect, the palace was built in place of
an earlier palace burnt down in 1897 and was completed in 1912. The entire
palace is tastefully shaped with massive gray granite stones, beautiful and
colourful gem stones, paintings etc. There is a temple within the royal
courtyard, from where the Dussehra procession starts in the month of
October. The museum of the palace houses a collection of musical
instruments, children's toys, many paintings, costumes and weapons belonging
to the Maharaja's family.
Best Season to Visit : Through out the year.
Air : The nearest airport is in Bangalore, 140 km from Mysore, which
has daily flights to most of the important cities in India.
Rail : Mysore is well connected with regular trains to most of the
metros like Delhi, Mumbai, and Chennai. The railway station is almost 2 km
from the city center.
Road : Mysore has a good network of roads connecting it to the other
important cities of the region.
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Shopping in Mysore
Mysore is famous for its sandalwood products, oil, and fine silk fabrics,
especially the hand-woven silk sarees and garments, at competitive prices
world over. The main shopping area is on Sayaji Rao Road in the main city.
During the festival season, one can buy wares from all over the country from
exhibitions. Other traditional handicrafts of Mysore available in Mysore are
rosewood, sandalwood, copperware, stone and brass, wooden furniture,
sandalwood powder and perfumes and lacquer ware.