Mysore is also known as Sandalwood City. It is surrounded by the lingering aromas of sandalwood, jasmine, rose, musk, frangipani and many others. It is one of the major centres of incense manufacture in India. It is also a crafts centre and there are numerous shops selling a large range of sandalwood, rosewood and teak carvings and furniture. Maharaja's Palace : The walled Indo-Saracenic Palace in the centre of the city is a major attraction. Inside it's a kaleidoscope of stained glass, mirrors, gilt and gaudy colours. There are also beautiful carved wooden doors and mosaic floors, as well as a whole series of mediocre paintings. The beautifully carved mahogany ceilings, solid silver doors, white marble floors and superb columned Durbar Hall are noteworthy. The Palace even has its own Hindu temple inside the walls, complete with gopuram (gateway tower). Chamundi Hill : You can spend a very pleasant half-day walking up the 1000-odd steps to the top of this hill, where the temple to Sri Chamundeswari stands 1062 mtrs. above sea level. The views over the city and surrounding countryside are superb. Three quarters of the way up the hill you will come across the famous Nandi carved out of solid rock, which is one of the largest in India. The temple is a huge structure with a 7-storey Gopuram. Devaraja Fruit and Vegetable Market : This market stretches along Sayaji Rao Road from Dhanvantri Road to New Statue Square and is one of the most colourful in India. It provides excellent subject material for photographers.



Jaganmohan Palace : Another place worth a visit is the Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery in Jaganmohan Palace. It displays paintings by Ravi Varma and It has handicrafts, historical objects and rare musical instruments. St Philomena's Cathedral : It is one of the largest churches in India and is built in neo-Gothic style. Railway Museum : This interesting railway museum has the maharani's saloon carriage. Festivals : During the 10 day Dussehra Festival, the palace is illuminated every night and on the last day the maharaja leads one of India's most colourful processions. Richly caparisoned elephants, cavalry, and the gaudy and flower-bedecked images of deities make their way through the streets. This festival is one of India's spectaculars.



Mysore is famous for carved sandalwood and ivory articles, inlay works, silk sarees and incense. The best place to see the whole range is at the Cauvery Arts and Crafts Emporium on Sayyaji Rao Road. There are many other craft shops along Dhanvantri Road. Some of them specialise in ivory chess sets. Here, we can buy best carved sandalwood images of Indian deities.



GETTING THERE AND AWAY AIR Indian Aairlines is in the Hotel Mayura Hoysala on Jhansi Lakshmi Bai Rd. BUS The central bus station is not far from the centre of Mysore, just north of the Ritz Hotel, and it handles all the KSRTC long distance buses. From the central bus stand there are nonstop buses to Bangalore. Buses to Arsikere depart 12 times daily. You can use Arsikere as a base from which to visit Belur, Halebid and Sravanabelagola. There are daily buses to Hospet (for Hampi/Vijaynagar). To Ooty there are daily buses. These buses passes through Bandipur National Park. There are plenty of buses from the City bus stand to Srirangapatnam. There are a number of private bus companies which run to such places as Bangalore, Bombay, Goa, Hyderabad, Madras, Mangalore, Ooty and Pune. TRAIN The most convenient way of getting to Bombay is to take any train as far as Hassan or Arsikere in time to pick up the daily Mahalaxmi Express which comes through those places from Mangalore. There are three passenger trains daily between Mysore, Hassan and Arsikere. Hassan is the nearest place to the Hoysala temple towns of Belur and Halebid. One of the daily passenger trains to Arsikere connects with the daily Vasco Mail train from Bangalore and goes right through to Vasco da Gama. An alternative route to Goa is to take a train from Mysore to Talguppaa via Arsikere and Birur and then a bus from there to Goa.

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