Watch living history as the Wodeyar royal family of Mysuru celebrates Dasara with the same pomp and circumstance that they have been for over four centuries.
The Wodeyars took devotion to a whole new level with an unthinkable offering of a 750 kg solid gold carriage for the Goddess Chamundeshwari.
A completely captivating sight, Mysuru Palace lit up at night with 1 lakh LED bulbs is an unmissable event that should be on every bucket list.
Be it music or theatre, you're never short of rich cultural programmes to feast your senses on during Dasara.
Exotic food to the best of tried-and-tested South Indian cuisine, the food trails in and around Mysuru make it a delicious destination for foodies.
The Mysuru Dasara procession is a captivating jaunt through the city as tableau after tableau showcases the immense talents of Mysuru’s many creative artists.
Puja ceremonies to kushti competitions, to a celebration of colours, tastes and sounds, Mysuru Dasara has something to delight the senses of everyone.
Dancing drummers to trumpeting elephants, you cannot help but surrender to the medley of frenzied celebratory sounds of Mysuru during Dasara, an experience unlike any other.
Mysuru Palace is one of the most magnificent architectural marvels of royal India. Decorated tastefully with gorgeous paintings, ornate woodwork and intricately woven tapestries on the inside, it is equally grand on the outside lit up with 1 lakh lights.
A fitting tribute to the shining legacy of the Kings
of South India.
Dubare elephant camp is the training ground of the legendary tuskers Goddess Chamundeshwari rides to Mysuru Palace during the grand Dasara procession. The camp provide its visitors with the ultimate intimate experience of the gentle giants where they can learn more about them by interacting with them in their natural setting.
A heavenly haven for bird-watchers, Karanji Lake is home to the largest walk-through aviary in India and has become a favourite nesting ground for several species of nesting and migratory birds. Bird-watchers will be especially pleased with the tall watch tower that provides panoramic views ensuring visitors get to see the birds wherever they may be.
Deep inside the heart of a forest where the Western Ghats and the Nilgiris meet sits Bandipur Tiger Reserve, a fitting home where the famously reclusive tiger roams freely about his kingdom. Open throughout the year, Bandipur also plays host to leopards, elephants, deer, crocodiles, pythons and many, many more.
Revel in the graceful flight of brightly-coloured butterflies as swarms of them take to the air on their delicate gossamer wings at Mysuru Butterfly Park.
One of the more recent additions to the city, it has fast become a firm favourite among both its locals and visitors.
Winding its way through the mountains and ravines
of the Deccan plateau, in Mandya district near Mysuru
the Kaveri River drops off to form the thunderous spectacle of multiple side-by-side waterfalls that is the Shivanasamudra Falls.
Step into the Golden Temple at Bylakuppe to be transported to another dimension where you experience life as Buddhists from the roof
of the world live it. Home to the second largest Tibetan
community in India, it is the centre of Tibetan Buddhism
in South India.
Walk through the Keshava Temple at Somnathpura to experience the pinnacle of achievement of the Hoysala Empire. The enduring symbol of the sophistication of ancient Indian architecture, the temples erected during the reign of the Hoysala Empire are an unmissable stop on a Mysuru Dasara trip.
Uplifiting Uppittu (Upma)! Best enjoyed right after a stimulating early morning shower at Shivanasamudra falls.
Mouth-Watering Mylari Dosa! Served piping hot before a session of leisurely sightseeing.
Piquant Pongal! Puts some pep in your step before you go running after, or from a tiger at Bandipur Tiger reserve.
Ravishing Rava Idli! Enjoyed best after a morning spent with fantastic feathered friends at India’s largest aviary.
Heavenly Huli-Rice! Best when you have an appetite as big as Nandi Hills.
Tantalising Thondekai Gojju! Give in to temptation after drinking in the beauty of the Western Ghats.
Scrumptious Squid Sukka! Treat yourself to an exotic dish after a wild ride on Bheemeshwari rapids.
Binge on Bhatkal Biryani! Set your taste buds alight after watching the Mysuru Palace at night.
Melt-In-Your-Mouth Mysuru Pak! Celebrate the victory of good over evil with Mysuru Pak so sweet it’s almost sinful.
Paradisiac Payasam! Feed your sweet tooth after feasting your eyes on the paradise that is Nagarhole National Park.
Nourishing Nipattu! Recover from your journey back in time with a cracking good rice crispy snack.
Gluttonous Goli Bajji Discover your snacking limits after conquering your fears at Tippu Drop.
Appetising Anjal (King fish) Fry! Enjoy a meal fit for a king after watching the royal Dasara procession.
Bite into Bimbale Curry! Relish this healthy bamboo delight after visiting Brindavan gardens.
Tasty Tovve Curry! Tuck in to a delicious dinner after bathing an elephant at Dubare.
Phenomenal Pineapple Gojju! Rarer than tigers, this delicacy is only available in Karnataka.
Let your spirits soar with the thunderous song of waterfalls.
Tune in to the transcendent peals of temple bells.
Watch the king of the jungle and then hear him roar.
Feel your mind quieten with healing Buddhist chanting.
Treat yourself to the pomp and pageantry of the Dasara Festival in Mysuru. This festival commemorates the victory of the Goddess Chamundi by slaying the demon Mahishasura. Pageants, parades, and music create a kaleidoscope of colour and gaiety.
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