Mysore 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 town today.
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 kilometers.
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 stately trees.
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
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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If dialing from abroad ------+91-821 (number)
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.