Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Mysore Tourism!

Mysore is located in the southern Indian state of Karnataka, about 140 km from Bangalore. The city extends from latitude 12 ° 18 'north to longitude 76 ° 42' east. Mysore is well connected by road and rail networks with other parts of Karnataka and India.


From the city of Mysore was the capital of the province of the old royal Mysore. The word Mysore is extended to "Mahishasurana Ooru" which means the city Mahishasura. The story of the demon Mahishasura was killed by goddess Chamundeshwari top of the Chamundi hill near Mysore, hence the name. Since then, the royal family of Mysore Chamundeshwari worshiped as a deity of the palace. Hills dedicated to her position at the eastern end of Mysore city, today.

Mysore Wodeyar family said that since the 14th century, except for a short period of 40 years when Hyder Ali and tipu sultan were rulers. Mysore has never failed to captivate tourists with its quaint charm, rich heritage, magnificent palaces, beautiful gardens expanded, imposing buildings, broad avenues and sacred temples shade. Charm of this city leaves no one untouched.

Tourist Attractions :

The Mysore Palace, built over a thousand years ago, the 897th Saracen style, the palace has both Hindu and Muslim influences. After a fire in 1897, Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV rebuilt the palace as we see today, under the supervision of architect Henry Irwin. The main building is a huge gray granite tower, covered by a gilded dome. A temple is situated in the royal courtyard.

St. Philomena's Church is one of the oldest churches in Mysore. Built in Gothic style church is one of the largest in India. Stained glass windows and tall towers give this cathedral an impressive appearance.

Shri Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery was founded in 1875 and has a rare collection of beautiful paintings of the same period. The gallery is located in Jagmohan Palace and exhibits paintings by Raja Ravi Varma, Svetsolav Roerich and traditional paintings from Mysore. The traditional paintings with gold leaf and some exquisitely carved statues in sandalwood, ivory and stone are also exhibited in the gallery. The old paintings in the gallery have been done in mineral and vegetable colors and paint.

The Mysore Zoo was set up by the royal family and houses some rare and exotic birds and animals. Set in the middle lush surroundings, the zoo has acquired fame for breeding some rare animals in captivity.

Chamundeshwari Temple is one of the noted Hindu places of worship and is located atop Chamundi Hill. The road to Chamundi Hills is the Lalitha Mahal, a palace of customers now converted into a heritage hotel.

Best time to visit :

The weather in Mysore is pleasant throughout the year. Summers are warm and cold winters. April is the hottest month with daily temperatures between 21 ° C and 34 ° C, while in December, the coldest months here, the average temperature is 16 ° C to 27 ° C. The average annual rainfall in the district is 761, 9 mm. You can visit the city at any time of year, but it is advisable to avoid the rainy season.

Places in Mysore :

Lies about 19 km northwest of Mysore is the Krishna Raja Sagar Dam and Brindavan Garden. The garden attracts thousands of visitors every year who come to see her dance musical sources.

Fourteen km northeast of Mysore is Srirangpattnam, a stronghold of the island and the capital of Hyder Ali and tipu Sultan. Tipu's summer palace, Daria Daulat, has now become a museum.

Sangam, the confluence of two branches of river Cauvery, about 3 km from Srirangpattnam.

Ranganathittu is a bird sanctuary located about 18 km from Mysore and allows a close view of exotic and common birds.

Somnathpur located 35 km east of Mysore and is famous for the Hoysala temples are still in good condition.

Eighty-two miles away is Cauvery fishing camp, a fisherman's paradise where Maha abound.

Bandipur National Park is 80 km from Mysore, on the way to Ooty and a famous tiger reserve. Spread over an area of 875 km, the park has a number of animals as tigers, barking deer, elephants, and bison.

Festivals :

Dussehra in Mysore is a sight to remember for a long time, even after you leave. It is believed that the president deity of the city has the power to overcome evil forces and this has led people to celebrate the festival with great joy and zeal.

The tradition of celebrating Dussehra with such grandeur started with the 16th century rulers of Vijayanagar. After the disintegration of Vijayanagar Empire, the tradition is kept alive by rulers of Mysore and continues today.

During October and November, ten days Dussehra festival celebrated and the city is at its colorful best with music and dance, sports, literary competitions, fairs and exhibitions throughout. This completes the Dussehra procession and a torch procession on the tenth day.

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