4 Must Visit Places In Mysore Recommended by Dr Kausthub Desikachar
Mysore, traditionally also known as Mysuru by the locals, is a city in the southern part of the state Karnataka, India. Mysore is located on the foothills of Chamundi hills and is situated at an altitude of 740 metres (2,427 ft) above sea level and is the third most populated city of Karnataka. Mysore attracts most tourists for its glorious heritage, breath-taking monuments, gorgeous palaces, gardens and carved temples, and perhaps that is why Mysore is one place that tourists would not want to miss. There is always something special and famous that every city has to offer. Mysore is renowned for its supreme quality of silks, sandalwood, incense sticks, Mysore paintings, rosewood artisans, the delicious, ghee soaked Mysore Pak (Indian sweet) and not to forget Yoga.
Though there are several attractions around the city, Dr Kausthub Desikachar recommends 4 must-visit places in Mysore to help you plan a perfect trip, which is undoubtedly an ideal treat for photographers and travel-enthusiasts.
1. The Mysore Palace
Mysore palace, also known as the Amba Vila’s palace, is located in Mysore city centre’s heart and is the most striking traveller’s point and attracts millions of visitors all-year-round. It is the most magnificent and largest palaces in India, one of the prime attractions after Taj Mahal. Mysore Palace is known for it’s spectacular and sumptuous architecture. It has beautiful deep pink coloured domes, and an impressive statue of Gajalakshmi. All the castle rooms are stunningly luxurious, and the palace is built with a touch of Hindu, Mughal, Rajput, and Gothic architectural styles.
2. Mysore Sand Sculpture Museum
The Mysore sand sculpture museum is first of its kind in India, making it a unique holiday spot and is located on the way to Chamundi hills. The museum showcases diverse themes of sand carvings made just with sand and water, portraying creative excellence, covering up an area of 13500 sq. feet.
Chamundeshwari Temple is located on the Chamundi Hills and named after Goddess Durga and is said to be more than one thousand years old. The Goddess is considered to be an incarnation of Parvati, the wife of Lord Shiva. It is believed that the Goddess fulfils our desires and aspirations. Countless devotees come to this temple from around the world during the Navratri festival, also known as Mysore Dasara.
Brindavan Gardens of Mysore is undoubtedly one of the best and pleasantest terrace gardens in the world. Brindavan Garden mesmerizes everyone with its lush green garden, illuminated and musical fountains, botanical parks, entrancing rose garden, bougainvilleas, flowerbeds and boating in the serene waters of Cauvery. Brindavan Gardens was designed by seeking inspiration from Shalimar Gardens of Kashmir.
Apart from being a travel destination, Mysore is connected closely to Dr Kausthub Desikachar who pens down his nostalgic remembrances of his Grandfather, Tirumalai Sri Krishnamacharya’s yogic journey that originated from Chitradurga district, Mysore. He was an Indian Yoga teacher, Ayurvedic healer and a scholar who was addressed and recognized as “the father of modern yoga.” Kausthub says, his grandfather, T Krishnamacharya believed in an individualized approach in teaching Yoga, which came to be known as Viniyoga.
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