Mysore is a bit of a puzzle really! It is interesting without being radical, it is lively without being exhausting, it is traditional without being outdated, it is homely without being boring and above all it is truly welcoming and accepting, no matter which corner of the world you come from!
One of India’s most popular tourist destinations, Mysore has been ranked 4th by The New York Times’,in its list of “31 Places to go to in 2010”. The city features in the list by virtue of its being a premier centre for the learning and pursuit of yoga, but Mysore has a great deal more to offer!
Come September and Mysore steps out in all her pomp and splendour, to celebrate Dasara, a festival that marks a nine day battle between Goddess Parvathi - the consort of Lord Shiva and Mahishasura - the demon king after whom the city has been named.
The Mysore Dasara is a ten day extravaganza of Indian art, culture and cuisine. On the tenth day, the day of Dasara, the golden image of the Goddess is carried in a golden palanquin or howdah, on a richly decorated elephant. The erstwhile king of Mysore from the Wodeyar family, conducts the procession as his expression of gratitude to the Goddess and her munificence - truly a sight for the Gods! On a more temporal plane, the Mysore Dasara Festival is an explosion of music, dance and theatre.
National Parks, Tiger Reserves, serene, unspoilt and breathtakingly beautiful hill stations nestled deep in the Western Ghats of India, history, art, culture - you can find all this and more in and around Mysore.