A Trip to The Exotic Mysore Dusshera

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Karnataka being home to lots of hearty dance styles that not only imbibe diversity within themselves, but are the re presenters of our nations’s legacy, is the state which organizes an annual State festival christened “Mysore Dasara“.

Being organised through nine festive nights before the fall of “Dusshera”, the festival is similar to what we call in North India “Navratras” which mean nine special nights that are dedicated to our gods.

The carnival marks the anniversary of the biggest event of the Hindu Mythology wherein evil lord Ravana was done to death by the god Rama and his acquaintances. The festival comes up with the feeling of victory of good over evil.

Place to visit in Mysore

Mysore Palace also known as Amba Vilas Palace located at the heart of Mysore city is the most prominent tourist destination of Mysore that attracts millions of visitors round the year. Commissioned by the Krishnarajendra Wadiyar IV, this palatial building comprises of two durbar halls, a number of colossal courtyards, buildings and strikingly beautiful gardens that speak volumes of the splendour of the Wadiyars.

The main attraction of the ten-day Mysore Dusshera festival is the glorious Mysore Palace which is illuminated magnificently and daily with approximately 1 lakh (100,000) light bulbs from 7 pm to 10 pm on all days of the festival.

Mysore Palace view from outside

Photo of Mysore Palace, Sayyaji Rao Road, Mysuru, Karnataka, India by Akshay Abhimanyu

Mysore Palace lightening view during dusshera

Photo of Mysore Palace, Sayyaji Rao Road, Mysuru, Karnataka, India by Akshay Abhimanyu

Another side view

Photo of Mysore Palace, Sayyaji Rao Road, Mysuru, Karnataka, India by Akshay Abhimanyu

Jaganmohan Palace is a palace in Mysore, in the princely city of Mysore, India. Its construction was completed in 1861 and was initially used by the Wodeyars, kings of Mysore as their home (when the present majestic Mysore Palace (Amba Vilas Palace) was under construction after the old palace turned into ashes owing to a fire accident). It is now converted into an art gallery and a function hall.

Photo of Jaganmohan Palace and Art Gallery, Mysuru, Karnataka, India by Akshay Abhimanyu

The Railway Museum at Mysore, India is an outdoor exhibit of vintage locomotives. The Railway Museum was established in 1979 by Indian Railways, the second such museum after the National Railway Museum in Delhi.

Photo of Railway Museum Mysore, KRS Road, Medar Block, Yadavagiri, Mysuru, Karnataka, India by Akshay Abhimanyu
Photo of Railway Museum Mysore, KRS Road, Medar Block, Yadavagiri, Mysuru, Karnataka, India by Akshay Abhimanyu
Photo of Railway Museum Mysore, KRS Road, Medar Block, Yadavagiri, Mysuru, Karnataka, India by Akshay Abhimanyu
Photo of Railway Museum Mysore, KRS Road, Medar Block, Yadavagiri, Mysuru, Karnataka, India by Akshay Abhimanyu
Photo of Railway Museum Mysore, KRS Road, Medar Block, Yadavagiri, Mysuru, Karnataka, India by Akshay Abhimanyu

Mysore Railway Museum Timings

Mysore Railway museum timings are 10.00 AM to 5.30 PM. Visitors can visit this museum is open on all days of the week except on Monday.

The Chamundi Temple on top of the Chamundi hills is the most famous temple in Mysore, since Goddess Chamundi or Chamundeshwari is the presiding deity of Mysore. She is the tutelary deity held in great regard for hundreds of years by the royal family of Mysore.

The holy temple of Goddess Chamundeshwari is perched atop the Chamundi Hill. It is located 13 kilometres from the city of Mysore or Mysuru as it was originally named.

Chamundeswari temple view

Photo of Chamundeshwari Temple, Mysuru, Karnataka, India by Akshay Abhimanyu

Nandi Temple view

Photo of Chamundeshwari Temple, Mysuru, Karnataka, India by Akshay Abhimanyu

Mysore Zoo is a 157-acre zoo located near the palace in Mysore, India. It is one of the oldest and most popular zoos in India, and is home to a wide range of species.

Mysore Zoo Timings

The Zoo remains open on all days except for Tuesdays from 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM.

Photo of Mysore Zoo, Ittige Gudu, Mysuru, Karnataka, India by Akshay Abhimanyu
Photo of Mysore Zoo, Ittige Gudu, Mysuru, Karnataka, India by Akshay Abhimanyu
Photo of Mysore Zoo, Ittige Gudu, Mysuru, Karnataka, India by Akshay Abhimanyu

Tiger sleeping in own habitat

Photo of Mysore Zoo, Ittige Gudu, Mysuru, Karnataka, India by Akshay Abhimanyu
Photo of Mysore Zoo, Ittige Gudu, Mysuru, Karnataka, India by Akshay Abhimanyu
Photo of Mysore Zoo, Ittige Gudu, Mysuru, Karnataka, India by Akshay Abhimanyu
Photo of Mysore Zoo, Ittige Gudu, Mysuru, Karnataka, India by Akshay Abhimanyu
Photo of Mysore Zoo, Ittige Gudu, Mysuru, Karnataka, India by Akshay Abhimanyu

Languars

Photo of Mysore Zoo, Ittige Gudu, Mysuru, Karnataka, India by Akshay Abhimanyu

Other Attractions

Depicting Karnataka dance form in Mysore Dusshera Fair

Photo of A Trip to The Exotic Mysore Dusshera by Akshay Abhimanyu

Mysore Dusshera Fair

Photo of A Trip to The Exotic Mysore Dusshera by Akshay Abhimanyu

Mysore Dusshera Fair

Photo of A Trip to The Exotic Mysore Dusshera by Akshay Abhimanyu

Streets of Mysore during Dusshera Fair

Photo of A Trip to The Exotic Mysore Dusshera by Akshay Abhimanyu

What to Buy

Mysore is famous for its special silk saris known as Mysore silk which is sought after by Indian women especially for special occasions like weddings and festivals. The town is famous for its sandalwood and carved wood artefacts made out of rosewood, sandalwood and teak.

Other things one can buy from Mysore include;

• The unique fragrant Incense sticks

• The exclusive paintings created by the local artists depicting the past of Mysore

• Handicrafts

• Crafts carved out of stone

• Mysore peta which is a stylized turban now available all ready

• Mysore Pak and special sweet

Getting There

The best way to get to Mysore is from Bangalore which is situated just 150 kms and connected to Mysore by Air, Rail and Road. The Mysore airport also known as Mandakalli airport has been functional since 2010, after being unused for few years.

You can take KSRTC Bus from Bangalore Airport or City to Mysore.It will take around 4-6 hr.

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