General Culture Tour
The historic city of Mysore is filled with rich culture and heritage in every nook and corner, and our culture ambassadors do justice in showing you what makes the city what it is.
Starting off with a hot cup of coffee to give you the caffeine needed to kickstart the day and a light breakfast, this is a sneak peek into a South Indian’s daily breakfast routine.
A walk in the flower market and bangle bazaar is a colourful experience. One can find different types of flowers being sold here which are usually bought as offerings to God and colourful bangles at dirt cheap prices.
At the silk factory one can see the process of how silk is converted from a single thread to beautiful garments. Mysore is known for its silk sarees, which are known for their quality and texture, which makes Mysore silk stand apart from any other type of silk.
The Mysore palace is one of the biggest tourist attractions of the state. The palace has been home to the royal Wadiyar family and they still reside in the Palace premises. The palace is known for its architecture and intricate detail. The palace tour is followed by lunch with the royal family.
The Jaganmohan palace which is now converted into a museum and art gallery showcases various instruments and paintings of world renowned artists like Raja Ravi Verma, Haldenkar, Nikolai Roerich etc.
The tour ends with a visit to the Chammundi temple at the summit of the Chammundi hill where one can enjoy the beautiful sunset over the city of Mysore.
SAMPLE MYSORE PROGRAM:
- Kickstart your morning the South Indian way OR Kickstart your morning in true Kannadiga style.
- Teleport into a colourful world at the flower market and bangle bazaar.
- Witness silk threads being woven to life at the Silk Factory.
- Behold one of the biggest feats of South Indian architecture, The Amba Villas Palace
- Dine like Royalty with the Royal family of Mysore.
- Travel back in time at the Jaganmohan Art Gallery
- View the sun set over the Royal city of Mysore from the Chammundi Hills.
Royal Mysore Palace Tour
The Mysore Palace, or more fondly known by the locals as The Amba Villas Palace, was originally constructed in the 14th century (then constructed and reconstructed several times). Built by king Yaduraya Wadiyar, this marvel displays a beautiful Indo-Saracenic revival style of architecture. Located at the heart of the city, the Palace faces the magnificent Chamundi Hills, to show the devotion of the Royal family to Goddess Chamundi. It served as the official residence of the Wadiyar family that ruled the Mysore State from 1399 to 1950.
Chamundi Hill Climb Experience
Named after the Goddess Chamundi, the Chamundeshwari temple, sits at the summit of this hill. The 1008 step climb leads to the main quadrangle structure of the temple from which one can see the entire city of Mysore, The Palace, Karanji lake and various other temples.
Legend has it that there was once an evil king named Mahishasura, after whom the city was named ‘Mahisooru’ which means ‘The City of Mahishasura’. The great Goddess Chamundi is said to have overthrown the evil king in a fierce battle and has hence been worshipped by the locals of Mysore.
Once a year, during the festival of dusshera, the deity of the Goddess is taken for a procession around the city, making The Mysore Dusshera one of the most anticipated events of the year with a footfall of over 100,000 every year.
Historical Tour of Srirangapatna
A city that is built around the remains of Tipu Sultan’s fort, Srirangapatna was the capital city of the Mysore Empire.
The Siege of Srirangapatna was the battle between the British East India Company and the Mysore Empire. The British, having won this war in the 1790s, marked the end of the rule of one of the greatest emperors of South India, Tipu Sultan.
The Summer Palace of Tipu Sultan displays an Indo-Islamic style of architecture and is located on the banks of the River Cauvery.
With an expert to guide you through the city, the tour starts off at one of the oldest temples, The Ranganathaswamy Temple, followed by a tour of the palace and a drive around the fort, go back in time and let the rich history and culture of the city blow your mind.
Tour the Toyland of India
Known as the Toyland of Karnataka, Channapatna is home to over 2000 artisans who specialise in the art of making wooden toys. This skill has been passed on from generation to generation and is the main source of family income to a majority of the locals.
This art is said to have been introduced by the emperor Tipu Sultan, who brought Persian artists to train the local artisans, over 200 years ago.
Though the industry is declining rapidly because of various different job opportunities that are emerging, most artisans still choose toy making as their main occupation because it is considered a family business. Over the years, one notices the difference in the craft made by these men. Traditionally, ivory-wood was the main raw material used for making toys, while now rosewood and sandalwood are used. One also notices the various change in the designs and products made. It has shifted from traditional toy making to even household items.
Art and Craft tour
The historic city of Mysore is known for its myriad forms of art. The city boasts of its rich heritage through the different art forms.
The Jaganmohan Palace was constructed in the year 1861 by His Highness Krishnaraja Wadiyar III as an alternate retreat for the Royal Family. In the year 1955 it was converted into an art gallery which showcases paintings of various artists such as Raja Ravi Varma, who was known for demonstrating scenes from various Hindu epics through his oil paintings, Haldenkar, who is known for his famous painting of Lady with the lamp, Nikolai Roerich, Rabindranath Tagore etc.
The Ramnagara Silk Factory (Chamundi Silk Factory) is one of the few places where sericulture is practiced, and one can see the process in which silk is spun from the cocoon and the silk threads are formed.
The KSIC factory at Mysore boasts of being one of the places where one can find the purest silk garments. With sarees priced at an average of INR 25000, the quality of the silk sarees found here is said to be unmatched.