The grandios­ity, rich her­itage and nat­u­ral beauty of the city of Mysore will leave you spell­bound

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - LIFESTYLE - Mo­hit Juneja htc­ity@hin­dus­tan­

Known for its rich cul­ture and his­tory, Mysore, the cap­i­tal city of Kar­nataka, is a treat for trav­el­ers who crave to ex­plore, rather than just ad­mire the nat­u­ral beauty of a place. On reach­ing, we chose to hop on to lo­cal mode of trans­porta­tions to ex­pe­ri­ence the city up and close, like a lo­cal. Mysore has a good rail and road con­nec­tiv­ity, too.


The first must-visit place of our trip was the Mysore Palace. Our tour guide told us in­ter­est­ing facts, like how the city was ruled by the Wadi­yar Dy­nasty from 1399 to 1761, and from 1799 to 1947. The rulers pa­tro­n­ised the art and cul­ture of the city. They in­vented gan­jifa (an an­cient card game), brought to­gether the mod­ern In­dian ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem, where they opened new schools and started teach­ing English, and con­trib­uted to the ar­chi­tec­ture of Mysore, which now de­fines the city.

The beauty and grandios­ity of the Mysore Palace is hard to cap­ture with a DSLR cam­era. The en­trance was sur­rounded by lush green gar­dens, which we later fig­ured out was one of the com­mon fac­tors in ev­ery her­itage build­ing of the city. Elab­o­rat­ing more on the ar­chi­tec­ture of the place, our tour guide in­formed us that it is an amal­ga­ma­tion of Hindu, Ra­jput, Is­lamic and Gothic styles of ar­chi­tec­ture known as Indo-Saracenic. The grandiose struc­ture has two dur­bar halls, where cer­e­mo­nial royal court meet­ings were held. The palace has 12 Hindu tem­ples in its premises, and is also home to many ex­quis­ite arte­facts. Another thing that one must not miss here is the light and sound show in the gar­den area. The show, which en­tails a nar­ra­tive of the his­tory of the Wadi­yar Dy­nasty, is held from 7pm to 7.45pm, from Mon­day to Satur­day.


The next must-visit place in our list was the St. Philomena’s Cathe­dral. It’s one of the tallest churches in Asia, whose foun­da­tion was laid by the Ma­haraja of My­suru in 1933. The church serves as an ex­cel­lent ex­am­ple of sec­u­lar­ism. An as­tound­ing sight that one can wit­ness in the church are the stat­ues of women in saris.


Chamundi Hills, 13km east of Mysore, is home to the tem­ple of Sri Chamundeswari, sit­u­ated at the height of 3,489ft. The tem­ple is be­lieved to be some 1,000 years old, and it gives you an aerial view of the Mysore city. The panoramic view of the city from the tem­ple at night is a treat for the eyes.


The last stop was the fa­mous Brindavan Gar­dens. The sym­met­ric de­sign gives it an am­phithe­atre look. Go there, and you wouldn’t want to leave.


Mysore is known for its silk saris; weaved by lo­cal ar­ti­sans for cen­turies. For some good shop­ping, head to the Ashoka Road, near Mysore Palace. You can also visit De­varaja mar­ket, one of the old­est mar­kets of the city and an in­te­gral part of the life of ev­ery Mysorean. Spe­cial items in­clude in­cense sticks, ran­goli colours and san­dal­wood. The mar­ket is open from 6am to 8.30pm.


Chamundesh­wari Tem­ple (left) and Mysore Palace

Flower sell­ers at De­varaja Mar­ket

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