School of Thoughts

December 27, 2006

Mysore Trip

Filed under: Travel — Sanju Rajan @ 5:46 pm

Mysore Palace St.Philomena’s church Mahishasura Chamundi Hills Brindavan Gardens- Fountain Mayura Hotel

As per my plans for the Xmas shutdown, I had been to Mysore yesterday with mom. This was my second visit to the heritage city a.k.a palace city or silk city of India – Mysore. We tried out the KSTDC’s 1 day tour package and the whole experience was pretty much satisfactory. But the only downside is that they rush between places to cover as many places as possible in a day. So for people who would like to go to places and relax for sometime, the kstdc trip would be a letdown. The places covered were Tipu Sultan’s summer palace, Shrirangapatna, Ranganathaswamy temple,St.Philomena church,Silk emporium (the most boring of all), the royal Mysore Palace,Chamundi Hills, KRS dam and Brindavan Garden. All this covered in a day’s time for Rs.560/head excluding the food and entry passes. Pretty good deal..thats what I felt. We started at sharp 7:30 am from bangalore and were back by 10:30pm same day.

Mysore Palace was a real treat for the eyes. Its blends the Hindu, Muslim, Rajput and Gothic style of architectures. Some history I came to know from the guide – the palace was initially built during the Wodeyar dynasty in the 14th century, but this was partially damaged by a lightning strike which was repaired. But later it was completely damaged in a fire. A british architect, Henry Irwin was commissioned to design a new palace in its place and was the marvelous structure you get to see now was completed by 1912.

Every autumn, the Palace is the venue for the famous Mysore Dasara festival, during which the entire palace is lit up with thousands of bulbs, and leading artistes perform on a stage set up in the palace grounds. On the tenth day of the festival Vijaya Dashami, a parade with caparisoned elephants and other floats originate from the palace grounds.


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