I went up to this hill, on the outskirts of Mysore, to have a look of the whole city, but the truth is that you can barely see anything. But, if you own one of the most picturesque temples in the area, Chamundeshwari Temple, and below, you can visit Nandi the Bull, a sculpture of a bull. To get to the top, people normally take a taxi, but there is public transport as well. THe number of the bus was 204.
Despite being a bit away from the center of the city, its 175 meter towers are visible from many parts of the city. This is one of the largest churches in India. With inspiration from the Cologne Cathedral in Germany, this colossal church was built in 1956 in the Gothic Revival style. At night it is lit, but if you only have enough time to visit one thing, it´s better to see the illuminated Mysore Palace.
The interesting part of this palace is on the inside in the art gallery. It has over 2,000 Indian paintings in different styles. It also has one of the largest collections of objects in the south of India. The Palace was built in 1861 as an alternative accommodation for the royal family but was turned into an art gallery in 1915. The front door is also a masterpiece.
Only the ruins of this palace constructed in the year 1920 are left, in the heyday of the city of Mysore, the Wodeyar IV Marahaja as ruler. It was worst preserved of all that I visited, however it is very close to the palace, on one of the most interesting streets of Mysore.
The Nandi is a sacred bull worshipped by the Hindus so for this reason it present in many of the temples of India. This bull is particularly unique. In 1659 this 5 foot tall statue was carved from a single piece of black granite. It also has its own priest-guardian. You can find this Nandi on the pilgram path to the Temple of Chamundi Hill. The climb is is a bit touch and even moreso in the summer heat so we decided to go by bus up the hill and walk back down. As it was the weekend, and it was full of people and college tours. Much of the path has been cemented with steps. There are baboons crossing the road too so you need to keep your eye out ... I would not want one of these to bit me as they´re a bit aggressive and love to steal things. There were also large cobwebs and big spiders hanging from one side of the road to the other in some sections. The vegetation is thick throughout the area so sometimes they were right over our heads!
This marble statue erected in 1920 is located in the city center, right in front of one of the entrances (Balarama) to the Mysore Palace and near the clock tower. It is dedicated to Maharaja Chamarajendra Wadiyar (1863-1894) who was king from 1881-1894.
After visiting the zoo and finding out that it wasn't too expensive, I decided to also go to the palace, thinking that I would have a new experience. For just over $ 2, you get around 5-10 minutes on the back of this palace. You have to deliver a camera to enter the palace (could have gone to pick it up and have taken the photos with it) but as they were only souvenir photos, I did not care to make them mobile.
Upon arrival to the hotel I got a list of tourist routes of the city. And one of them included a list of the most significant buildings. This building was constructed in the year 1920 by Sultan Wodeyar and has Romanesque styles with Indo-Saracen. It's nothing too extravagent but its near the palace.
Even though the building is quite run down, it still remains a typical meeting place for both locals and tourists. Besides fruits and vegetables, the markets sells Mysore silk, wood carvings, and lots of types of incense. I really noticed the piles of stores selling incense sticks, fragrances and colored powders, though lots of the perfumes were pretty poor quality. Mysore is famous for silk sarees (Mysore Silk), sandalwood carvings and the many varieties of perfumed incense. Places Mysore in the market can be a good place to start, like Ashoka Road, Sayyaji Rao Road and head a mixture of Western and traditional shopping from India to Devaraj Urs Road. Devaraja Market allows you to enjoy one of the best markets in India where tourists and locals alike store fruits and vegetables a day, and the rows and rows of flowers and various spices. Devaraja market is on the way Dhanwanthri. In row east Devaraja Market is a oil shop with two brothers, Azam and Adil, who always pull tourists for good conversation and maybe some chai. They can recommend some good places to you for eating, as well as plenty of other ideas of things to do in the city. His shop has a row of powder watercolor on 1/3rd from the north end. Be warned though.
It is located in the commercial center of the city near City Hall and the Balarama gate of Mysore Palace and opposite the Chamarajendra roundabout. This striking 25 meter high tower clock was built in 1927 to commemorate the 25 year reign of Krishnaraja Wodeyar Nalwadi.
Certainly the most important temple in the town. It is on the top of the Chamundi Hills, about 12 km from the palace city of Mysore. The temple is dedicated to Sri Chamundeshwari, the titular deity of the royal family of Mysore. Possibly the original temple was constructed in the 12th century, while the tower is from the 17th century.
Situated in the foothills of Chamundi Hill, t is the second most important palace of Mysore even though it is now being used as a luxury hotel. Maharaja Krishnaraja Wadiyar IV ordered its Renaissance style construction in 1921 as a residence for the Viceroy of India during his stay in the city.
Although the Mysore Dasara is only a 10 day festival during September or October, this fair is usually open for about 3 months. Mysore is a big city, but this show reminded me more of the Spanish village fairs. However, the best thing was that I was the only westerner in the fair, so I felt like the Maharaja of the city for a few hours. The entrance to the show only cost 10 rupees.
This is one of the few places in India where there is a local price and a tourist price. For 1 euro you can see one of the most popular zoos in India. It's well worth it. Many of the animals are loose, which makes it even more attractive. You can tour the whole zoo in about 2 hours.