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A short two days stay at Mysore

I had seen the beautiful Brundavan Gardens of Mysore in many of the old Tollywood (Telugu) movies , particularly the night time illuminated gardens with colorful fountains always attracted me.

I visited the beautiful traditional city of Mysore along with my husband. It was a short 2-days trip, so we visited only the important places. We started with a visit to Chamundeswari Temple - the local deity in the morning and then visited the most attracted / crowded place i.e Maharaja's Palace in the evening to see the illuminated beauty of the palace. And the next day, we went to Brundavan Gardens.

Mysore is beautiful, peaceful and traditional city. It is the cultural capital of Karnataka and is known as the 'City of Palaces'. Mysore was the erstwhile capital of the Karnataka and was developed into a beautiful city with a pleasant weather round the year.

We stayed at a budget hotel which was quite comfortable for a two-day stay in the city.

Chamundeswari Temple on Chamundi Hills

The temple is located on Chamundi Hills and is at a distance of 13 Km from Mysore city. Chamundeswari, which is one of the forms / names of Durga Devi, is the main deity of the temple. You can either book a cab or you can opt for city bus which ply frequently from Mysore city. We took the city bus to reach the temple. There is no much crowd in the bus, so enjoyed the panoramic view of Mysore city from a height while travelling. You can even have a beautiful view of Maharaja Palace while travelling in the bus. The temple opens for devotees at 7.30 in the morning. The pooja timings are 7.30 a.m - 2.00 p.m, 3.30 p.m - 6.00 p.m and 7.30 p.m - 9.00 pm.

Devotees can have free meals in the temple between 12.30 p.m to 2.30 p.m.

As ours is a short stay, we just had the darshan of Chamundeswari and then visited the small temple of Shiva withing the temple premises. As always, made few purchases and took the bus to Maharaja Palace. We rested for a while under the shade, then went round the palace and had a peep into the architectural grandeur.

Mysore Maharaja Palace

Maharaja Palace Mysore is the most popular tourist attractions of the city and is one of the most visited monuments of India. It is easily reachable it is located at Mirza Road in the heart of the city. This magnificent palace is also known as Amba Vilas Palace. It was designed by British architect and was constructed in 1912 C.E for the 24th King of the Wodeyar's dynasty of Mysore state. It is one of the largest palaces in the country. It takes almost 2 hours to walk around in the palace. The palace remains open for visitors from 6 a.m to 9 a.m in the morning and from 3.30 p.m to 6.30 p.m in the evenings. There is an entry fee of Rs.40/- for adults and is free for children up to 10 years. Photography is not allowed inside the palace, however you can take clicks outside.
After resting for a while we waited to see the illuminated Palace. By the time it was dark and many visitors were strolling around to watch the palace in lights.
And there, we could enjoy the beautiful illuminated palace, took few clicks and returned to our hotel.

The next day morning visited Brindavan Gardens. I was a bit disappointed with the visit as I couldn't see much flowers in the garden, no fountains, everything looked barren for me. May it was the off season, not the right time to visit the garden.
This is one of the top attractions of Mysore. It lies at a level below the Krishnarajasagara dam across river Kaveri. The botanical garden opens at 6 a.m in the morning and closes at 8 p.m. There is much to enjoy here like the musical fountain show, boat ride beneath the dam and other such entertainments. The garden closes at 9.00 p.m during weekends.

For a real enjoyment of the gardens, visit in the evening and stay till it's dark.


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