It was very long since we had gone for a trip, so thought of going to Mysore and co-incidentally it was Dasara and no other place could be better than Mysore to visit during Dasara. Going just with family can be fun, if there are more people, but we were just 3 so thought of going with friends and two more people joined us. But couldn’t find any tickets on bus or train to Mysore from Bangalore as it was peak travel time, so thought of driving.
Now its time to make sure, we get a accomodation at Mysore, which is very difficult during Dasara as so many people flock to Mysore and the tariffs would be sky high. Thanks to one of my colleague who had few contacts in Mysore and we could get a dorm in Mysore for a night!
So all set and we started from Bangalore on 11th morning by car, had two options, either by Bangalore-Mysore expressway or by Kanakapura state highway and we chose the latter one as the traffic would be relatively less. We took Kanakapura highway from the Nice ring road, I must say the Nice road toll is one of the highest I have seen. In between took a break at Kanakapura for breakfast, otherwise it was a continuous drive. In 3 hours we reached Mysore, thanks to my friend who was previously a F1 race driver 😛
In Mysore , we reached the lodge Suvarna Residency, got fresh, had lunch at a restaurant that belonged to the same lodge, it was good and cheap too 🙂 Then we started making plans of where we will go and how we will spend next two days in Mysore. We shorlisted Jaganmohan Art gallery, Mysore palace, Tanga ride, Mysore zoo, Brindavan gardens and back home!
Jaganmohan Art Gallery
This place is very famous for one thing, paintings from Raja Ravi Varma, who was a prominent artist in the Mysore kings court then. Few of his paintings are worth millions and are very well preserved here in the Art gallery. The place also lodges precious collectibles from the Vijayanagara dynasty who ruled Mysore then. The place is a multi-story-ed palace and things are arranged in different parts of the Palace. Its strictly not allowed to take your cameras or mobile phones inside the palace and you will have to surrender them at a counter outside, for which you need to buy a seperate ticket apart from the ticket to enter the palace. Ouside there are few small shops where you can purchase locally manufactures keychains, bags, clothes etc
This was the main intent of our entire trip, to see the Mysore palace especially the palace will be lit with thousands of lights during Dasara and its a feast for eyes to see the palace during night. The day we went to Mysore palace was the last but one day of Dasara and it was Vijaya Dashami the next day, which is end of Dasara, so there were lots of people coming in to view the palace. I has seen the Palace long back, when I was a kid and I did not remember much. This was my first time, seeing the palace during Dasara and I was amazed to see the beauty and grandness of the palace, at that moment I really felt proud to be a Indian, where festivals are celebrated so grandly. The only problem here is parking, if you are driving by car, although there is very good arrangement done, its not enough since so many people visit.
I have been hearing of the Dasara exhibition since the time I was a small kid, there were chapters in our curriculum about Mysore Dasara. Just outside the Mysore palace, the Dasara exhibition is set up, which is a good place for shopping, joy rides, street foods etc. We purchased few toys for my baby daughter, had sugar candy, Mirchi Bajjis and a glass of sugar cane juice. One thing I confess is that no other food can match street food and that too when you are too hungry! We could not buy many things as we had parked our car too far and we were too tired to carry things 🙂
My wife wanted to experience the Tanga ride, so we took a Tanga from the exhibition ground to the parking lot, which was roughly a kilometer, but there was heavy traffic, so the Tanga wala took us from a longer but faster way to the parking lot. It was a pleasure to sit on the Tanga, but at the same time felt bad for the horse, which looked quite weak. Aadhya, my daugther enjoyed the ride too and she called the horse a doggy, as that was the only name she knew among animals. The Tanga wala also allowed us to click few snaps but charged a hefty 200 rupees for a mere 1.5 kilometer much more than Bangalore Auto rickshaws isn’t it? But it was worth it!
By then it was late 9PM and we were too exhausted, thought of ending day with dinner and a good nights sleep!
Jayachamarajendra Zoo, Mysore
In Mysore and not visiting the zoo? No chance! But I must say it was totally a wrong time to visit the zoo as it was over crowded and we could barely see any animals other than Homo Sapiens!!!! It was just people, people & people! Wanted to show different animals to Aadhya but seeing the rush, we returned halfway! The zoo is stretched for about 3 kilometers and all the distance you have to walk or if you are patient enough, you can also wait for the electric vehicle, which will take you through the zoo. One thing we saw the most was the Giraffe, was a splendor! Mysore zoo is one of the richest zoo, in terms of collection of animal species.
It was lunch time by then and we visited a shopping mall near by and had lunch at a theme restaurant over there, The Village, which was a village themed restaurant, where they had set up the restaurant similar to a village by having a small police station, tailor shop, cloth shop, a jail, gol gappa vendor, pan shop, puppet show, dance shows, baniyan tree etc.
Brindavan Gardens – KRS Dam
Last one in our list, was about 15 kilometers away from Mysore city, on way back to Bangalore. The Brindavan garden is located just next to the Krishnaraja Sagara Dam, built across Kaveri river. The Brindavan garden is very famous for the musical fountains and the garden itself. They have also set up a aquarium outside the garden, mostly with local aquarium fishes! We walked all the distance within the garden and rested on the green lawn for about half hour and then reached the musical fountain. We had to wait for about an hour at the musical fountains, as it would start only after the daylight goes off completely. Had a amazing show at the musical fountain and then it was time to start back home.
While returning, we came by Mysore -Bangalore expressway and reached back home again in some 3-4 hours. It was a small but enjoyable trip!
|| Pradeep Prabhu ||