India - Mysore City Information

by V.A.Ponmelil (All rights reserved by the author)

Mysore City Information

Mysore or Mahishur was the former capital of the Mysore Maharaja. It retains its old charm with its heritage buildings, cultural traditions and scores of temples.

It is famous for its beautiful crepe silk sarees, sandalwood oil, sandalwood and rosewood carved articles, agarbattis and the delicious Mysore 'Pak'. The month long Dussera celebrations in September - October, with its colourful processions, fireworks and the beautifully lighted palace, gives an enchanting look to the city.

Known for its magnificent palaces and majestic buildings, sprawling gardens and treelined boulevards, shimmering silks and sandalwood, the ‘City Royale’ always figures in the tourist’s itinerary.

Places of Interest:

Mysore Zoo - The zoo has a good collection of fauna including rare and exotic species.

St. Philomena’s Church - The Church is a gothic structure with beautiful stained glass windows and lofty towers.

Sri Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery - The art gallery in the Jaganmohan Palace has an excellent collection of ceramics, sandalwood, ivory, stone, antique furniture, and ancient musical instruments apart from the paintings of Ravi Varma and Roerich.

Rail Museum – The Museum has priceless locomotives, coaches, and collection of paintings and photographs narrating the ‘Rail Story.’

Folklore Museum - The Museum in Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion has an impressive repository of folk culture.

Chamundi Hills - It has the temple of of Chamundeshwari, the patron deity of the Wodeyars. The 4.8m tall monolith of Nandi and the gigantic Mahishasura statue are added attractions.

Brindavan Gardens - It is the world famous garden at the Krishna Raja Sagar Dam with musical fountains and coloured lights.

 

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