RAJASTHAN TOURISM Places
Mysore is more than palaces, parks and temples - the exotic fragrance
of Mysore Jasmine- the melodious strains of the Veena-
aroma of filter coffee- traditional carvings on fragrant sandalwood,
rosewood and ivory - the rustle of rich silks - delicious Nanjangud
bananas - Hot 'N' Spicy Bisi-bele-hulianna - mouthwatering Mysore
Pak, a traditional sweetmeat - It is a gourmet's delight and a Shopper's
paradise. Shop at Cauvery Handicrafts Emporium or in the little backstreets
and bylanes that offer some exciting bargains. Mysore Come, experience
it for yourself
Steeped in History Mysore, capital city of the Wodeyars. Adobe of untold
grandeur and glory, where the rich heritage of the Wodeyars is carefully
preserved to this day in its magnificent places, beautifully laid-out
gardens, imposing buildings, board shady avenues and sacred temples.
Some of the best places to visit when you are in the city are:
Places to See
Whre the Mharajas lived- You can't miss the Palace at Mysore, for
all roads lead to the Maharaja's Palace. Built in Indo-Saracenic style
with domes, turrets, arches and colonnades, the Palace is a treasure house
of exquisite carvings and works of art from all over the world. Intricately
carved doors open on to luxuriously furnished rooms.
The majestic Durbar Hall has an ornate ceiling and many sculpted pillars.
See the magnificent jewel studded golden throne, the pride of the Wodeyars
and the symbol of their sovereignty, displayed here during the Dasara.
The palace, illuminated on Sundays and Public Holidays, presents a spectacle
of breathtaking beauty.
Presiding deity; of Mysore. A well known 335 metres high landmark, Chamundi
Hill can be reached by a 13 km road or by climbing up the 1,000 steps
laid out by the Mysore Maharaja in the 17th century. Half-way up long
the stone steps is Nandi, Lord Shiva's bull, a majestic 4.8 metre monolith.
At the top is the 12th century temple of Chamundeshwari, the patron
goddess of the Wodeyars. The summit offers a panoramic view of Mysore's
lakes, parks and palaces. MAHISHASURA- From whom Mysore got its
name Close to the temple is the gigantic stature of the demon Mahishasura.
St. Philomena's Church
Gothic art A beautiful Cathedral, reminiscent of medieval architectural
style. Stained glass windows and lofty towers make it an imposing structure.
Home of rare species of fauna The Mysore Zoo was set up under royal
patronage in the nineteenth century. Its fauna includes rare and exotic
species which are housed in lush, green surroundings. The zoo is famous
for breeding some very rare animals in captivity.
Sri Jayachmarajendra Art Gallery
A treasure house of masterpieces The Jaganmohan Palace was converted
into an art gallery in 1875 and exhibits paintings which date back to
that period. The artists of that time used natural vegetable and mineral
dyes. The famous traditional Mysore 'gold leaf' paintings are also exhibited
in the gallery, as are oil paintings of contemporary Svetoslav Roerich.
Mysore is known the world over for its exotic silks. At the Government
Sandalwood Oil Factory, you can buy Sandal Powder, Sandal Oil and scented
incense sticks. At the Government Silk Factory you can see the master
weavers at work. Buy shimmering silks straight off the looms.
The Tiger's Lair Take yourself back to another spot, another, time. 16
kms away from Mysore is the island fortress of Tipu Sultan, the legendary
Tiger of Mysore who put up a valiant fight against British domination.
The high stone walls and moats enclose palaces, temples and a great mosque.
Tipu's summer Palace, with its beautiful frescoes, the tombs of Tipu and
Hyder Ali at Gumbaz, Royal Mosque, Wellesley Bridge and the celebrated
Sri Ranganatha Temple are other monuments from its chequered past.
A haven for winged visitors 5 kms from Srirangapatna, lush green islands
on the river Cauvery, are home for an astonishing variety of migratory
birds from as far away as Siberia - Spoon bills, Open Bill Stork, White
Ibis, Little Egret Darter, Pond Heron, Cattle Egret, Cormorant, Wild
Duck, Peafowl. A little boat takes you close to the islands where the
trees are covered with birds of different species. The only sounds are
the cries of birds, swoosh of wing and the ripple of water. Ideal for
picnicking and bird watching.
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