Explore the enchanting city of Mysore, famed for its grand palaces and as the erstwhile ruling city of the Wodeyar maharajas, on this Day Tour from Bangalore.
Bengaluru (Bangalore), has something for everyone on its platter. It has slowly and gradually evolved from being a “Garden City” to the “Silicon Valley of India” and the transformation has been amazing in every aspect.
Mysore is a city of palaces, but the most magnificent of them all is the Mysore Palace sometimes known as the Main Palace as well. One of the most unforgettable images of the city is the image of the illuminated Mysore Palace against the dark black sky. It takes ninety seven thousand light bulbs to produce this enchanting image of the Palace. The Palace is situated in the middle of the city and is a reminder of the grandeur of a bygone era and is today an invaluable national treasure.
The Chamundi Temple on top of the Chamundi hills is the most famous temple in Mysore, since Goddess Chamundi or Chamundeshwari is the presiding deity of Msyore. Initially the temple was a small one, but over the past few centuries, as a result of the patronage and expansions made by the Mysore Maharajas it has become a big temple. In the olden days, human and animal sacrifices were regularly made at this temple, but were stopped in the 18th century.
Departing early in the morning we begin our drive down to Mysore, and stop off en route at the town of Srirangapatna where we visit the lavish Daria Daulat. The former summer palace of Tipu Sultan with embellished ceilings and mural-covered walls. We also stop-in at Gumbaz, the sultan’s burial chamber, the historic fort of Srirangapatna and Swamy Temple.
Upon arrival in Mysore we head to the structure dominating the sky line, the majestic Mysore Palace. Although the original structure dates back to the 14th century, the modern-day construction was the result of English Architect Henry Irwin after he was commissioned to fix up the palace in the late 1800s. Wander through the grand Durbar Hall, gazing upwards at the ornate ceiling and beautifully sculpted pillars; stroll through the Marriage Pavilion with its glazed floor tiles, stained glass windows and domed ceiling; and keep your eye out for other design highlights including intricately carved doors, wonderful paintings, and an elusive bejeweled golden throne. Later we climb up Chamundi Hill to see the colossal statue of Nandi, Lord Shiva’s Bull, and the revered Chamundi Temple. From here you can also enjoy wonderful panoramic views of the city below before we begin our drive back to Bangalore.