Are you planning a vacation anytime soon? Then, Mysore is the place to be in! Situated in the foothills of the Chamundi Hills, Mysuru boasts of a rich history. It has served as the capital of the Wudeyar dynasty, which preceded the rule of Tipu Sultan. This is resonated in the heritage of the city and its architecture.
Sitting pretty amidst the hustle and bustle of Mysuru, Hotel Royal Orchid Brindavan Garden continues to be one of the most frequented heritage hotels in Mysore. Nestled besides the glorious Cauvery River, it is a favourite site to unwind for the business and leisure travelers alike. It is strategically located in the vicinity of numerous travel spots such as:
Established by Sir Mirza Ismail, who was the Dewan of Mysore, Brindavan Gardens are inspired by the famous Shalimar Gardens of Kashmir, which emulate the Mughal style of architecture. Interestingly, the main gate of the garden is modeled on the India Gate, New Delhi. The gardens are illuminated by musical fountains. The Krishnaraja Sagar dam is situated in the periphery. It is spread out over 3 terraces. Thus, it resembles the shape of a horse’s shoe. Boulevards lined by colorful ornamental plants adorn the gardens. A pond offering boating also allures thousands of visitors. That’s not all! It also has a Children’s’ Park which is an instant hit amongst children. The park opens its doors to the visitors between 06.30 AM – 09.00 PM between Monday-Friday and 06.00 PM – 09.00 PM on weekends.
The Krishna Raja Sagara Dam (KRS Dam)
Built along the banks of river Cauvery, the reservoir serves as the lifeline of the city. It is the main source of potable water for Mysore. The dam has been christened after the then ruler of Mysore Kingdom, Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV. It was engineered in 1932 during the regime of the Wadeyar dynasty.
Otherwise popular as the Mysore Palace, Ambivilas Palace serves as the royal residence of the Wadiyar dynasty. Overlooking the Chamundi Hills, it stands atop a citadel (puragiri). It is, hence, known also as the Old Fort.
The domes of the palace are built in Indo-Saracenic style, depicting a beautiful mosaic of the Hindu, Mughal, Rajput, and Gothic architectural styles. It also has a five-story tower, which is 145-foot tall. Surrounded by a large garden, it has an impressive entrance depicting the emblem of the Mysore kingdom. Just above the central arch there is a figure of Gajalakshmi, the Goddess of wealth. Additionally, it is well connected to numerous secret tunnels leading to Srirangapatna, and other confidential areas. The palace also houses 2 mesmerizing durbar halls, the beautifully engraved Golden Throne, the Ambavilasa (a private hall), Doll’s Pavilion, the Kalyana Mandapa or octagonal marriage hall and the Shveta Varaha Swami temple.
Jaganmohan Palace Mysore
Another splendid palace, the Jaganmohan Palace is an apt example of architectural brilliance. It was constructed during the reign of Krishnaraja Wodeyar III (1861). It is one of the oldest buildings of Mysore. The three storied palace has been built in classical Hindu architectural style. It’s most striking feature is the intricate carving of Lord Vishnu’s Dashavatar adorning the main gate. The palace also encompasses the Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery, which displays a rich collection of paintings by various renowned artists.
The Ranganthaswamy Temple
Dedicated to the Hindu God Ranganatha, who is believed to be a manifestation of Vishnu, this temple is one of the 5 pilgrimage sites of Vaishnavism. Situated along the banks of Kaveri, it has an imposing tower at the entrance gate (gopura) and 2 large rectangular enclosures (prakara). Multiple columned halls (mantapa) lead to the inner sanctum (garbhagriha). The sanctum contains the image of Vishnu who is seen reclining on the coils of Adisesha (the snake), along with Lakshmi his consort. The temple has other smaller shrines dedicated to Narasimha, Hanuman, Garuda and famous Alwar saints.