Something different, every time

There are those places one goes multiple times. Typical situation is when you live near a popular tourist destination. The first time you go to see the most popular spots as part of a school trip. Then, you visit with one of your relatives who came visiting. A year or two later you happen to go to the same place again. Another relative, one more visit as you tag along. How do you ensure that you don’t suffer boredom. The first timers enjoy, while you feel tired and your legs won’t budge.

Well, there is a trick that could make every visit equally enjoyable. Its quite simple. Look for something different or do something different. The difference often presents itself and one should take it up as an opportunity.

I have visited Mysuru (Mysore) several times. But each visit has been thoroughly enjoyable. The Mysore Maharaja’s Palace is always on the agenda. Yet, on almost every visit, there has been something different to view. This time, I went there just to look at the illuminated Palace. Its a sight for the eyes. Since the Palace is huge, the vision is filled with a glorious sight. From the grounds in the Palace, its worth viewing the illuminated structure from various angles.

As I visited the Palace during the day as well, I took a tonga (horse cart ride) around the Palace; something I had never done earlier.

This time around, the visit to the Chamundi hills and the Sri Chamundeshwari temple was also a new experience. Probably die to the heavy rush of people thronging the place, vehicles were not allowed all the way to the top. Hence, we were forced to alight and park the vehicles. Then, I had to take the steps to the temple. That was a different route which I had not used earlier.

Well,  a slight change in agenda or timing is all that’s needed to make each visit different. Once, I had taken a different route to Mysuru. I took a detour to visit Shravan belagola to view the giant statue of Bahubali.

I am sure, there would be many more opportunities to visit Mysuru and each visit will be unique.

 

 

Mysore


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Mysore was actually called Mahishuru. According to Hindu mythology, the area was ruled by a demon called Mahishasura. He was killed by the Goddess Chamundeshwari, whose temple is situated atop the Chamundi Hill. Mahishuru later became Mahisuru and finally came to be called as Mysore. Mysore is the second largest city in the state of Karnataka and is located at the base of the Chamundi Hills.
             

Nandi on Chamundi Hills,Mysore
Nandi on Chamundi Hill

 Mysore is noted for its palaces, including the Mysore Palace

Mysore Maharaja’s Palace

and for the festivities that take place during the Dusshera, the state festival of Karnataka. Mysore is known for its rosewood inlay work, Mysore paintings, Mysore Peta (a traditional silk turban), Mysore silk saree and a sweet dish named Mysore Pak.   Until India’s Independence, Mysore served as the capital city of the Kingdom of Mysore/Princely State (the Kingdom comprise the states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu including the union territories of Lakshadweep and Pondicherry). The Kingdom of Mysore was ruled by the Wodeyar dynasty till the late 18th century when Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan assumed power.

  One can access Mysore by the following means: –      By Air: Nearest Airport is Bangalore International Airport which is approx. 145 Kms (one way) –      By Rail: Mysore railway station –      By Road: It is very well connected with buses and taxis from Bangalore and major cities.