Thursday, 23 February 2017

Mysore - The benchmark of royalty

Think Mysore and you cannot miss the palace. The Mysore palace was built in the princely state of Mysore and was completed in the year 1912 costing a total of INR 42 lakhs at the time it was built. Built in the Indo-sarcenic style, the palace draws inspiration from Islam and European architecture. A man-made marvel, there is royalty in every inch of the palace.

View from the entrance of the Mysore palace 
Dussera, a Hindu festival - also known as Navratri - is celebrated with great enthusiasm in Mysore. The palace is decorated and procession of elephants decked up is a sight that has never failed to catch the attention of tourists and connoisseurs of art & culture alike.

But here's a lesser known fact. The Mysore Palace is lit up, with 70,000 light bulbs every Sunday between 7pm and 7.30pm!

Side view of the Mysore palace when lit

So if you don't have the time during Dussera or patience to wait until Dussera, remember to slot Mysore for your next long-weekend trip and be there at the palace by 7pm local time.

How to get to Mysore Palace the budget way
Book a bus from Bangalore on the KSRTC website. At INR 270 per person in about 4 hours the bus will take you to Mysore. Mysore Palace is walkable from the city bus stand at Mysore.

Other recommended activities at Mysore - 
1. Take a ride in the horse-chariots - Recommended price for a distance under 1 km is INR 50. During Sunday nights these carts are also decorated to match the royalty that Mysore radiates.

The carriage of a horse-cart outside the Mysore Palace

2. Dinner or Lunch - RRR Restaurant - Biriyanis and meals in Andhra cuisine - RRR park-lane branch is less than 500 meters from the palace.
3. Breakfast or evening-snack (tiffin) - Hotel Mylari - Masala Dosa with sagu and filter coffee.
4. Mysore Zoo. 
5. Chamundi Hills & Nandi Hills.