Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Jaganmohana Palace

Third largest city of the Indian state of Karnataka, Mysore is placed at a distance
of about 147 km from the state capital of Karnataka (Bangalore) in the district of Mysore. This city of palaces plays a host to a whooping 7 million of average tourists annually owing to its much hyped tourist places of interest along with its unanimous scenic and architectural beauty.

Major Attractions:

Mysore Palace: Named as one of the 31 most see palaces by New York Times for two consecutive years, Mysore Palace attracts an average of 2.7 million tourists annually. The palace was initially constructed in 1399 AD an Indo-Saracenic style of architecture on the outside with Hoysala style of architecture on the inside. The construction of the current palace was completed in 1912. 

Positioned at the heart of the city, the Armoury Hall, Public Durbar and the audience Chamber are the main attractions of the palace. One can have a captivating view of this ornate palace when illuminated at evenings (7:00 am to 7:45 pm on Sundays, Public holidays and ten days Dussehra celebrations). The charge for entrance is Rs. 200 for oversea tourists and Rs. 40 for Indians. It remains open every day from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm.
Jaganmohana Palace & Art Gallery: Dwellings of the royal family of Mysore before the construction of the main Mysore Palace, the Jaganmohana Palace constructed in 1861, now houses wooden doors with carvings of the ten forms of Lord Vishnu (Dasavatharam), paintings and artifacts of the Kings of Mysore.

Brindavan Gardens: Famed of its colourful illuminated dancing fountains that come alive once the sun sets, Brindavan Gardens is one of its kinds in India owing to its location across the Cauvery River and below the Krishnarajasagar Dam. The garden I further enhanced with huge lawns and large number of flowers which ornate it beautifully. It was constructed by Krishnaraja Wodeyar.

St. Philomena Church: Constructed to honor St. Philomena with the foundation stone laid by the Maharaja of Mysore in 1933, this church was designed by a Frenchmen Daly in a Neo Gothic style of architecture. The church has two steeples which stand a height of 53 meters along with a window that symbolizes the birth and life of Jesus Christ. The church is popular for its 175 feet high spires.
Mysore Zoo: Founded by Maharaja Chamaraja Wodeyar in 1892, Mysore zoo is the oldest zoo of India. It houses a vast collection of faunas, a stage, contrived lake and a beautiful setting with the backdrop of Chamundi Hills. The 245 acres zoo is home to elephants, giraffes, lions, tigers, baboons, gaur, white rhinoceros and many other animals. The 5 green anacondas contributed by Colombo Zoo is the added attraction.

Cultural Features

Mysore, the cultural capital of Kerala speaks the cultural and historical saga of this mighty palace when this city was the home to the brave kings. Both of the Wodeyar and the Vijayanagara kings are known to have spread the message of brotherhood, equality, multiple religion tolerance and peace. Whether Muslims or Hindus all people of this place lives religious harmony.

Dussehra is the main festival of this city celebrated by the people of this place. During the festival, the idol of goddess Chamundeswari is placed on a caparisoned elephant with huge procession. All the people exchange sweet during the festival.
The people are fond music, architecture and painting which is indicated by the huge presence of palaces and other architectural masterpieces. The culture of this city stands as a distinct identity of the past history when the kings used to rule it without partiality.

Things to DO:

A walking tour of Mysore city is the best way to explore and discover the rich ancient history and heritage.
Another thing that you can relish while in this city is the amusing games that can be played at Planet X complex where games like go karting, bowling, mini golf and many other entertaining games.

Devaraja Market inside the city is another point of interest where you can purchase various goods including souvenirs and gift items to take back home as a memento or you can treat yourself with the Ayurvedic treatment in the Indus Valley Ayurvedic center for rejuvenation. Visitors can also drink varied flavours of spirits in the Neptune Bar and Lounge where spirits are blended to create the best mock tails and cocktails for utter satisfaction of a customer.
While in Mysore, make sure to satiate your taste buds with the lip smacking royal culinary delights.

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