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About Mysore

Mysore city is at 770m above sea level and 140 kms from Bangalore. Also known as the City of Palaces, Mysore retains a quaint charm, that never fails to enchant.

Mysore was the capital of the Wodeyar dynasty, feudatories of the Vijayanagar Empire, who declared their independence in the 16th century and ruled in Mysore until independence, barring three decades when Haider Ali and his son Tipu Sultan wrested power from them. Mysore today, is a pleasant city with an old world charm, contributed by its broad shady avenues, well laid out gardens, fine buildings and a salubrious climate.

In keeping with tradition Mysore celebrates the grandeur and colorful pageantry the festival of Dasara.This festival is held in October every year in Mysore city and is celebrated with pomp and pageantry, echoing the grandeur of its royal past. Dasara celebrates the victory of good over evil, marking the slaying of the demon Mahishasura by the goddess Chamundeshwari.

The palace and city are lit up for ten days and the entire city wears a festive look. Festivals of music, dance and theatre are held. The Dasara exhibition, craft fairs, film festivals and vajramushti (traditional wrestling matches) entertain visitors. The highlight of the festivities is the Dasara procession held on Vijayadashami, the tenth, penultimate day. It is led by caparisoned elephants carrying an idol of goddess Chamundeswari seated in a Golden Howdah (elephant seat). Following, are decorated horses, folk dancers and colourful floats. The procession wends its way from the Maharaja's palace to the torch light parade ground. the procession then returns to the palace. The closing ceremonies include cultural performances from different states, gymnastic and equestrian events, followed by a torch light tattoo and fireworks.