An Insight :The city of Mysore offers a visitor an insight into the lifestyles, cultures and traditions of its erstwhile rulers. The palaces and temples around the city speak volumes about heritage and architecture of the medieval times and the kind of patronage the city received from its rulers. Mysore is a dream city that never lets down the visitors with its clean, light and easygoing environment. Even with the growth of the city in response to modernization, Mysore has acquired only a mild change of pace. Located in the Indian state of Karnataka, Mysore was the former capital of this region. A city of palaces, people and smells, the princely city of Mysore is worth a visit whatever the month or season.
|Lets Explore Mysore Sightseeing
Srirangapatnam - 15 km from Mysore, Srirangapatnam has many interesting places including the summer palace of Tipu Sultan, which was built in 1784 in the Indo-Saracenic style. It also houses a small museum exhibiting 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.
Mysore Palace - Built in around 897 AD in Saracenic style, the Mysore palace is a fusion of Hindu and Muslim architectural styles. Designed by an English architect, it was built in place of an earlier palace burnt down in 1897 and was completed in 1912. The main palace building is made of massive gray granite with a tower covered by a gilded dome. The huge rooms and the floor tiles are covered with colors like turquoise blue, magenta, golden yellow and leaf green. The tastefully beautified central hall was once used for marriages and other major gatherings. 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 Maharajah's family. The Mysore Palace is lit up on weekends and public holidays, and is certainly worth an evening visit to see the illuminations.
|Chamundi Hills - Chamundi Hills, about 13 Kms
from Mysore. It can be approached by stairs and midway on the climb you
would notice a huge statue of Nandi (bull) carved out of a single stone.
At the top, is the temple to Goddess Chamundeswari, the same one who
annihilated the demon "mahishasura" It is one of the places
that tourists like to visit in Karnataka since it is unique and has a
story of its own.
Brindavan Gardens - 30-minutes drive away from the city, Brindavan Gardens has watercourses bordering the well-manicured steps of these world famous terrace gardens. Musical fountains with soft colored lights are a tourist attraction here and the view of the gardens during the nights is not worth missing.
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. The main shopping area is on Sayaji Rao Road in the main city. During the festival season, one can purchase wares from all over the country from exhibitions. Other traditional handicrafts of Mysore available in Mysore are rosewood, sandalwood, copper ware, stone and brass, wooden furniture, sandalwood powder and perfumes and lacquer ware.
|Where is Mysore?
By Air - The nearest airport is in Bangalore, 140 km from Mysore, which has daily flights to most of the important cities in India.
By Train -Mysore is well connected with regular trains to Bangalore and Chennai.
By Road - Mysore has a good network of roads connecting it to the other important cities of the region.
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