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MysoreMysore is the second biggest City in the State of Karnataka. It lies 130 kms from the State Headquarters, Bangalore. It is the erstwhile capital of the Mysore Maharajas, who ruled Mysore State from this royal city. Mysore has still an old world charm which have not given way to modern amenities. In addition to its beautiful silk sarees and sandalwood oil, Mysore is famous for sandalwood and rose wood carved articles.

Mysore silk is well known for its quality and everlasting lustre. Mysore is a city of palaces, gardens, shady avenues and sacred temples and retains some of the charm of the old world with its any institutions that propagate Carnatic Classical music and dance.

Mysore District is an undulating table land, covered in parts by granite outcrops and fringed by verdant forests.

How to Reach Mysore -

By Air - The nearest airport from Mysore is Bangalore, which is also the capital of Karnataka. Bangalore at the same time is an industrial city. Several numbers of airlines operate regular flights to and from Bangalore and nearly all major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata.

By Raill - A convenient network of roads connects Mysore to important cities in Karnataka. A state highway links the city with Bangalore (139kms).

By Road -  Haridwar is well connected to the major cities, it lies on the National Highway no. 45 and road network is good. The distances in km from some cities are Delhi-214, Agra-386, Ambala-168, Badrinath-325, Dehradun-52, Kedarnath-250, Saharanpur-81, Nainital-386. There are regular buses from Delhi in every 30 minutes. You can take the Delhi Transport Corporation(DTC) or private deluxe coaches.
-- 210 -- 55 Kms
-- 250 Kms Ranthambore 250 Kms
Gwalior 130 Kms Orchha 250 Kms

Places to see in Mysore

The Brindavan Gardens - then called the Krishnarajendra Terrace Garden, on the Krishnaraja Sagar Dam site, one of the most beautifully laid out terrace gardens in the world. It is world famous for its symmetric design. The creative beautification of the whole dam complex has been the achievement of Sir Mirza Ismail, the then Dewan of the princely State of Mysore.

Bylakuppe - Bylakuppe is the Tibetitan Refugee resettlement, location of "Lugsum Samdupling" (established in 1961) and "Dickyi Larsoe" (established in 1969), in the west of Mysore district. The nearest town is Kushalnagar in Kodagu in the State of Karnataka.

Chamundi HillsChamundi Hills - Chamundi Hills, the home of Goddess Chamundeshwari is about 335 metres high, can be reached by a 13 km road from Mysore.The temple of Chamudeshwari, the patron goddess of the Mysore Maharajas, has been held high in reverence for centuries, associated with the Hoysala ruler Vishnuvardhana, in 12th century and Vijayanagara rulers, in 17th century. In 1659, Maharaja Dodda Devaraja built a flight of one thousand steps leads up to the summit of the hill which is at a height of about 3000 feet.

The Mysore Palace. Once the royal residence of the royal wodeyars, the palace is one of the largest in India. It is also known as amber villas. Henry Irwin designed the palace in 1897 after the fire burnt down the old wooden palace. The construction was completed in 1912 and is still considered one of the most regal monuments in the indo-saracenic style. Stained glass domes, doors, arches, pillars and shinning marble floors, the palace home to some enviable art treasures. On the day of Dussera ( some time in October) a fabulous collection of weapons, jewellery, paintings and ornate throne are on display.

St. phelpmena`s church. Built in the gothic style is one of the largest churches in the country and has beautiful stained glass windows. Built between 1933 and 191 in neo-gothic style is one of the largest in the country and has some impressive stained glasses.

Brainwave Glasses. These tranquil ornamental gardens, laid out below the immense Krishna Raja Sagar dam are 19 kms North West of Mysore. It is known for its musical foundation and a riot of colorful flora which turns it into fairy land. Also includes on your itinerary the government sandalwood factory and the silk factory. The dam and its attractive gardens arranged around a series of foundation and the highlight is the `dancing musical foundation` 1.2 km from the entrance.

Mysore zoo Mysore has one of India’s better kept zoos. Established in 1892 is in the town centre. It has spacious enclosures where some of the wild animals are bred in captivity.

Sri Mahalingeshwar Temple.  12 km from Mysore built by the hoysala 800 years ago, the image of lord Ganesha and Devi and a Siva lingam are known for its unusual style. Medical herbs and trees are found here.

Art Gallery The jaganmahan palace has been converted in to a museum. The jayachamarajendra art gallery in the jag Mohan palace, just west of Mysore palace, Rare instruments and houses the paintings of famous artist like ravi verma and Roe Rich as well as traditional mysore gold leaf painting. The palace was built in 1861 and served as a royal auditorium.

Kukkarrahalli Tank. It is situated next to Mysore university campus, the manasagangotri has lovely gardens. It is an ideal place for jogging. Boating is another attraction of this picnic spot.

Rail Museum. mysore`s rail museum boats a Maha Rani`s saloon carriage, compel with royal toilet dating from 1899. it is located west of the railway station and is open from 8 am to 1 pm and 2 pm to 6 pm daily.

Folklore museum.  Northeast of the city centre, inside the mysore university campus, is this museum housing the superb collection of carved wooden figured from karnatakan villages, decorative mask a ceremonial head gear and a display of thogalu bomba (leather shadow puppets) used to perform stories from Ramayana and Mahabharata. The performance style is similar to the wayang kulit of java in Indonesia. There are also wooden puppets, including one of the 140-headed demon ravana.

Somnathpur.  The keshvan temple stands at the edge of the tranquil village of somnathpur, 33k.m east of Mysore. Dating back to 1260 Ad and constructed by the Hoyasal king. This star shaped temple is a beautiful peace and architecture. The walls of the temple are covered with superb stones sculptures depicting various scenes from the Ramayana. Mahabharata and Bhagavad-Gita Gita and the life and times of the hoysala kings. It is easily acceble by road and accommodation is available at the hotel mayura keshav outside the temple.   

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