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Mysore City

Maharaja Palace - MysoreThe erstwhile capital of Karnataka, Mysore is a city of palaces, people and smells. It has a clean, light and easygoing environment and retains its serenity and old worldly charm. Full of ancient and rich aromas, the word Mysore expands to 'Mahishasurana Ooru', which means the town of Mahishasura. According to the legend, goddess Chamundeshwari atop the Chamundi hill near Mysore killed the demon Mahishasura. Ever since, the Mysore royal family has worshipped Chamundeshwari as the palace deity. Hills dedicated to her stand at the eastern end of Mysore town today.

Mysore has always fascinated with its quaint charm, imposing buildings, rich heritage, magnificent palaces, beautifully laid-out gardens, broad shady avenues and sacred temples. The Wodeyar family ruled Mysore since 14th century except for a short period of 40 years in later 18th century when Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan were the rulers. Mysore still retains much of its carefully built character of a Maharaja's capital. The city's meticulous planning, testify to the benevolent rule of the Wodeyar kings. The Wodeyar dynasty molded the city's identity as a 'native' princely state. Beyond Mysore's architectural heritage, the city's long-held tradition of music and dance, art and literature, scholarship and time-honored crafts were nurtured under their patronage.

Location: In Karnataka, India.
Significance: Former Capital of Karnataka.
Climate: Mysore has pleasant weather throughout the year with warm summers and cool winters. In summers, temperatures ranges between 21oC and 34oC, while in winters the temperatures ranges from 16oC to 27oC.

Shopping Attractions:
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, copperware, stone and brass, wooden furniture, sandalwood powder and perfumes and lacquer ware.

Prime Attractions:

Chamundi Hills:

Atop the 1,100-feet-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 huge statue of Mahishasura, the demon that had been killed by the Goddess. Halfway up along the stone steps, is the 300-year old 4.8-metre monolithic statue of Nandi Bull, chosen mount of Lord Shiva. Its chief attraction is its size and the meticulous craftsmanship of its ornaments - from its delicate anklets to the magnificent pendant bell around its neck.

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. Another famous place to visit is Jami Masjid. The slender minarets of this mosque are visible from several kilometers.

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.

Lalitha Mahal Palace:Lalitha Mahal Palace - Mysore
The guesthouse of Wodeyar rulers, the snow-white Lalitha Mahal was built in the 1930s. The highlight 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 velvety green lawns and stately trees.

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 Maharaja's family.

How To Reach

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 most of the metros like Delhi, Mumbai, and Chennai. The railway station is almost 2 km from the city center.
By Road: Mysore has a good network of roads connecting it to the other important cities of the region.

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