Saturday, September 10, 2005

My Mysore

Another exchange student and I were offered a trip to Mysore by one of our university professors. Thanks to the provided car and driver, our journey was exceptionally smooth.

Commonly described as the City of Palaces, Mysore is the second largest city in the state of Karnataka. Mysore is famous for the festivities that take place during the Dasara festival as well as for its paintings and its silk sarees. Tourist attractions include the Mysore Palace, the Mysore Zoo and the Krishnarajasagar Dam.

First built in the 14th century within the old fort, the Mysore Palace is absolutely breathtaking. Walking bare foot while admiring exquisite carvings and works of art from all over the world was an amazing and peaceful experience. I also met our guide from the Jain Temple in Mumbai. Small world!

In addition, we visited the Krishnarajasagar Dam and the adjoining Brindavan Gardens where a musical fountain show is held in the evening. Our driver couldn’t hide his enthusiasm and (strongly!) encouraged me to take as many pictures as possible.

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