I worked until 3 a.m. at the office in Bangalore to complete an important project. I was about to take a leave for the next 4 days. As I reached home using taxi by 3:55 a.m., where four half asleep angry friends were waiting anxiously for me because I was late for the much-awaited road trip to the Mysore Palace. I took bath quickly, packed bags and started the road trip to Mysore Palace.
We reached Mysore palace by 7:30 a.m. and the first glimpse of the heavenly palace at the dawn, spreading its magnificent glory around it rejuvenated us.
We forgot all the frustration and anger of the bad day and the night trip. This is the power of the grandeur Mysore palace. It lies as a mammoth in the royal city of Mysore. We attended the Mysore Dasara and returned back to Bangalore.
The Mysore Palace is the residence of the Royal Wodeyar family in the city of Mysore which is located in the southern part of India. The palace is one of the top 10 Royal palaces of the world by the Wonderlist.
Here are the ten tips for traveling:
1.Know the Mysore Palace history and the Royal Family
The rulers of Mysore came to this part of the country years back and decided to settle in Mysore after seeing its natural beauty.
The building of the Mysore Palace was commissioned by Her Majesty Maharani Vani Vilas Sannidhna, and her son, the Maharaja of Mysore His Highness Rajarshi Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV. They have commissioned Lord Henry Irwin as the chief architect to build the new palace in 1897 and the construction completed in 1912.
After the death of the legendary ruler Tipu Sultan, Krishnaraja Wadiyar IV made Mysore his capital in May 1799 and developed the city. Mahatma Gandhi called one of the rulers named Nalwadi Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV as the Saint King due to his generous acts. The present ruler of Mysore is Yaduveer Wadiyar.
Architecture of the Palace
The palace has three-storey stone structures with the marble domes and the towers were of the five-storey with 145 ft height. The whole palace is surrounded by the garden and the entrance gate has the kings’ emblem and the motto of the king in Sanskrit language, whose meaning is Never be Terrified.
It also has the secret tunnels from Mysore palaces to the other palaces.
2.Plan your Trip
Plan your trip around September end or during the beginning of October. The weather India is pleasant at that time and also the grand celebration of Dasara is during this time where you can witness the glory of the palace and the Royal family. September 30 is the Dasara day in 2017 and is the ideal time to visit India.
Your visit to India for the Mysore Palace and Chennakesava temple (temple near Mysore) will take around a week. You can plan your trip using different travel websites such as Trip Hobo or On the go tours but I would recommend you to plan the trip yourself.
Trip Itinerary. A:Kempegowda International Airport, B:Bengaluru Hotel, C:Mysore Palace, D:Belur Temple, E: Kempegowda International Airport
Day 1: Toronto to Bangalore
The Flight takes minimum 24 hrs to reach Bangalore. Once you have reached Bangalore then you can book the prepaid airport taxi from inside the airport which will charge around $30-$40 CAD to reach the hotel. You can also get the airport pickup from a certain type of the Hotels, so confirm the same from the hotel before reaching Bangalore.
You can also get the airport pickup from a certain type of the Hotels, so confirm the same from the hotel before reaching Bangalore.
Day 2: Rest in Hotel
You can take rest in Hotel on the second day. Based on the type of the hotel you have booked, you will get the facilities at the Hotel such as spa, swimming, massage etc. You can relax this day and book Toyota Innova cab for the next 7-day travel from the Hotel. The car is very comfortable for the long distance journeys in India. The cab will
Book Toyota Innova cab for the next 7-day travel from the Hotel. This car is very comfortable for the long distance journeys in India. The cab will charge around $100 CAD per day.
Day 3: Hotel to Mysore Palace
Start at around 9 a.m. from the hotel in the morning. Make sure you check out from the hotel while leaving. You can reach the destination by around 12 p.m. Check in the Hotel at Mysore.
If you are traveling in 2017, then try to reach Mysore on September 30 so that you can experience the Mysore Dasara’s last day.
Day 4: Hotel to Chennakesava temple
Start at around 8 a.m. from the hotel after checking out. You will reach the destination Chennakesava temple at Belur in 2-2.5 hrs of the road trip. The timing at this temple is from 7 to 8:30 a.m. There is no entry fee at the temple.
The temple is proposed to be listed on the UNESCO world heritage sites. It was constructed during 1117 AD and has the finest sculptures of India. Hire the guide at the temple to understand the temple in detail.
Day 5: Belur to Bangalore Hotel
The Belur trip can be completed within 3 hrs and you can start the journey back to Bangalore at 3:30 p.m. You will reach back to the hotel in Bangalore at around 8:30 p.m. and relax and enjoy the evening.
Day 6: Local Travel and back to Toronto
You can travel the entire Bangalore city which is known as the IT hub of the country. You can try local travel such as auto rickshaws, eat local food and do clothes shopping. By the evening go back to the airport to go back to India.
3.Do not miss the Mysore Dasara festival
You can experience the glory and the grandeur of the palace and the Royal family on the day of Dasara. It happens only once in a year. Dasara festival symbolizes the defeat of the evil powers of the world and has the legendary mythological story attached to it where Hindu Goddess Chamundeshwari killed the demon Mahishasura.
The palace is illuminated for the 10 days during this period. The ninth day of Dasara called as Mahanavami is an auspicious day when the royal sword is worshiped and is taken on a procession involving elephants, camels, and horses.
The elephants are decorated and the goddess idol is kept on one of the elephants and the procession goes around the city.
Dasara exhibition happens during these days on the ground in front of the palace.
4.Stay at the Economy Hotels
There are many hotels from the luxury to the economy category across the Bangalore and Mysore. I would not recommend going for the high-end luxury hotels as the main purpose of the trip is to enjoy and go out of your bed.
Also staying in the most luxury hotels will drain more than $200-$350 CAD per day from your pocket.
Spending around $30-$40 CAD per day would fetch you a good economy hotel with the basic requirements.
5.Try Local food
Idli , Sambhar, Masala Dosa and filter coffee are few of the famous South Indian cuisines which you should definitely try.
Mavalli Tiffin Rooms (MTR) is the most famous and the oldest restaurant in Bangalore which serves the authentic food since 1924. Many famous personalities have been to MTR.
6.Buy Sandalwood Items
I am sure you all know about the Sandalwood tree and the fragrance of it. Sandalwood fragrance is one of the best naturally occurring fragrances in the world which originates from the wood of the sandalwood tree.
You can buy the sandalwood powder, perfumes and the sandalwood idols from the government stores in Bangalore.
7.Learn Local Language
Kannada is the local language of Bangalore and Mysore. I will teach you few words that will help you to initiate small talks with the local people.
- Good Morning: Śubhōdaya
- How are you: Nīvu hēgiddīri
- What are you doing: Nīnu ēnu māḍuttiruve
- Ok: Sari
- Thank you: Dhan’yavādagaḷu
- How much is this for: Ī eṣṭu
8.Try Local brewery
You can learn more about the items required for travel to India and do’s and don’ts in my previous blog named 10 tips for the successful Taj Mahal trip.
So plan your travel and pack your bags. Also, make sure you share your travel stories and experiences with me.
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