Mysore provides you with an opportunity to step back in time into a world of regal opulence, and is often described as the City of Palaces. All roads in Mysore lead to the beautiful Mysore Palace built for the Maharajahs of Mysore, the Wodeyar Dynasty, who contributed to much of the city’s cultural development. Before them, Mysore was the stomping ground for rulers Hyder Ali and his son Tippu Sultan. Steeped in Hindu legend, the city’s name comes from a Sanksrit word for a mythical part-human, part-buffalo demon. The city comes alive during September/October when the state Hindu festival of Darasa takes place.
A visit to Srirangapatna reveals Tippu Sultan’s once historic capital, reverberating an ancient and chequered history with tales of valor and the struggle against British rule. Explore this island fortress town with its many temples, palaces, mosques, tombs, cenotaphs and natural landscapes as it sits on the banks of river Cauvery. See its three-layered stone fort wall with bastions and four gates. The palace remains are witness to a glorious bygone era for India’s historic leaders.
Pay a visit to the Somanathapura temples – the greatest examples of Hoysala architecture. Explore the temple, regarded as perfect and in symmetry with exquisite stone carvings. See how it stands in the middle of a walled compound surrounded by an open verandah having 64 cells. Notice the stellar shaped temple with carved pinnacles and a common Navranga, standing on a raised platform. Marvel at beautifully carved figures of gods and goddesses, and its 16 different ceilings.
City Highlights of Mysore
Visit the Mysore Mahrajah’s Palace and the temple located within the complex; the Chamundi Hills and the temple perched on top of it; marvel at the paintings at the Raja Ravi Verma Gallery in Jagmohan Palace. Visit the famous Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, Vrindavan gardens, the silk factory where you can see the masters weavers at work.