Mysore, now known as Mysuru, is an important part of Indian History with an interesting past. It is remembered for its brilliant royal heritage and impressive monuments. The Mysore Palace has been listed as a World Heritage Site, a towering and overwhelming palace, it is grand and humbling at the same time. Mysore is known to be rich in tradition, having beautiful bazaars replete with spices and incense stalls. Ashtanga yoga is taught at several accredited schools, which attracts plenty of serious yogis from all over the world.
This is the most visited sight in India next to the Taj Mahal, being one of the grandest among Indian buildings, was a seat of the Wodeyar Maharajas. The original structure was gutted in the year 1897 and later completed in the year 1912. For the interiors, the lavish Indo-Saracenic methods have been adopted where a kaleidoscope of stained glass, mirrors and gaudy colours have been used, which gives a classic look. It is further beautified with carved wooden doors, mosaic floors and a series of exclusive paintings depicting the life of the Rajas.
Keshava temple is one of the finest pieces of Hoysala architecture, though being small, it is a masterpiece that is admired by all visitors. It is at par with Belur and Halebid temples which are unique It was built in the year 1268, shaped in the form of a star, and located 32 km from Mysore. There are amazing stone structures depicting various scenes from the Ramayana, Mahabharata, Bhagavad Gita and the life and time of the Hoysala kings.
Devaraja market belongs to the era of Tippu Sultan, it is a huge and busy market with local traders selling common items such as flower garlands, incense, spices and kumkum piled in the shape of a cone. The bazaar is so lively that many visitors come here to take good pictures for their special collection. The western side has a section which sells fruits and vegetables.”Gully Tours” offers good guided walks around the market.
Chamundi Hills is at a height of 1062m and hosts the famous Sri Chamundeshwari Temple.
This temple offers a half-day excursion for visitors who come to Mysore. On the way, uphill one will be amazed at the breathtaking views around. Visit the temple is better on weekdays other than weekends to avoid long queues.
Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion Museum Complex
This museum was neglected until the year 2006, when it was restored. It is located on the University campus, having wonderful artefacts, stone tablets, sculptures, rural costumes and a wooden puppet of 10-headed demon king Ravana. This museum was a mansion for Princess
Jayalakshmi Ammani, the eldest daughter of Maharaja Chamaraja Wodeyar. The museum needs to be improved, though a visit is quite good enough.
This grand auditorium was built in 1861, located to the west of Mysuru Palace. This remarkable palace houses the Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery. There is a huge collection of Indian paintings, which include the works of the famous artist Raja Ravi Varma, traditional Japanese art and some rare musical instruments, all spread over three floors. During the time of research, it was closed for renovation.