30 Sep, 2017
Mysore is one of the popular city in Karnataka located in the foothills of Chamundi Hills. Mysore is one of the weekend getaway destinations for Bangalorians situated at just 140 KM. The popular places of attraction are the Mysore Palace, Mysore Dusshera Celebration, Zoo, etc.
Let me share my experience of Mysore Dusshera Celebration with my Wife.We had always wanted to enjoy the Mysore Dusshera celebrations and finally, we did it this year. It was a planned visit with my Wife. We started planning for this a bit late and most of the Hotels were already full. After searching for some time in Yatra, we finalised Hotel Kings Kourt. It’s a 3-Star Hotel. The Hotel was good and we enjoyed our stay there.
|Route To Mysore From Bangalore|
We started our trip at 9 AM from Bangalore ( Babusapalya ) and we regretted it later for leaving late. From Hebbal, we went towards Yeshwantpur took a left turn to Tumkur Road and then into the Nice Ring Road. Nice Ring Road will lead you to Mysore Highway. At 10:30 AM we stopped for refreshment at Hotel Vrindavan on Mysore Highway. The Hotel was good and food and ambience were lovely. After having breakfast we left at 11:30 AM. On the way, we stopped for few minutes at Ramnagara and Channapatna for breaks and we were in Srirangapatna by 1:30 PM.
|Sayyaji Road To Mysore Palace|
From Srirangapatna, it’s only 16 KM to Mysore. We entered the city via Mysore Road itself from Srirangapatna and reached Sayyaji Road. Our Hotel, King’s Court, was on the other side of Sayyaji Road. It was already 2 PM now and Sayyaji Road was started getting closed for the Jamboo Savari/Procession. We were stopped at Sayyaji and asked to take an alternative route. I could see in google map that the Hotel was just 1 KM away. We were going around in circles all leading to Sayyaji Road again which were closed. If we would have taken the Ring Road and KSR Road or left early from Bangalore, we would have reached the hotel by now.
It was 3:30 PM already and we parked our bike on one of the cut roads of Sayyaji. We were already exhausted and decided to watch the procession from there itself. Later, we got worried about our Bike and decided to reach Hotel at any cost. I opened Google Map, came out of the Sayyaji Road, and somehow managed to cross Mirza Road and reached Hotel from the back side by 4 PM.
Checkin was quick at Hotel Kings Court and we got a nice room. We took some rest there and left to watch the Mysore Dusshera procession by 5 PM. If you want to see the actual procession which starts from Mysore Palace you can buy tickets from bookmyshow. You will be seated inside a stadium in Mysore Palace. The per ticket cost is 500 Rs. You can also get the ticket from the Palace Counter. Since we couldn’t book the tickets and we were already late, we decided to watch the procession from Sayyaji Road Itself.
|Bannimantap Tickets At DC Office|
While we were about to leave, I suddenly recollected that I missed taking the Bannimaptap Hard Copy Tickets from D.C. Office. I have booked the Bannimantap ground Tickets from bookmyshow. The cost per person is Rs.250. Since having an online booking is not valid. you need to get the Hard Copy Of The Ticket from D.C Office. BookMyShow has there own counters at D.C. Office. The ticket location for Bannimantap may change. While booking from bookmyshow they will update you of the latest ticket collection centre. However, generally, it is D.C. Office.
From our Hotel, it was just 10 mins walking distance and we grabbed the ticket right away. It was 5:15 PM already and we took an auto from there towards Sayyaji Road. The auto driver informed us that it would be impossible to get near Mysore Palace at this time of the hour. So he dropped us at one of the cut roads near Sayyaji Road. Finally, we were at Sayyaji Road and we could see the procession going on. It was too crowded and we somehow managed to be on the Sayyaji Road boundaries. From there, the procession was clearly visible. It was 5:30 PM already though but it was worth it.
|Dusshera Procession At Sayyaji Road|
|Dusshera Procession At Sayyaji Road|
The processions ( Jamboo Savari ) which start from Mysore Palace to Bannimantap grounds showcases several artistic displays. We saw several Folk groups dancing all the way. Many Artisitics display, music bands, camels and horses were also part of the Procession. The main attraction is the Elephant carrying Goddess Chamundeshwari on the Golden Mantapa, which also proceeds to Bannimantap. We missed to see as it would have been at the very last of the procession and we had to reach Bannimantap grounds by 8 PM to watch the show.
It was 7:30 PM now and we left for Bannimantap grounds. We tried to walk along the edges of Sayyaji road which leads directly to Bannimantap. However, the crowd was so large in numbers that we couldn’t even move. So we stepped back, went into one of the cut roads parallel to Sayyaji Road which also leads to Bannimantap. By 7:45 PM we were at Bannimantap. there are various entrance gates to the Bannimantap ground. Security will help you find the desired gate.
Bannimantap ground was huge and it was fully crowded. There are no seat numbers so we can pick the desired seat our choice. The higher the row seat the better as it gives an overall view. We were seated in the middle rows. The main attraction of Bannimantap is the Torch Light Parade which starts once the procession reaches Bannimantap ground. It was supposed to start by 8 PM but got delayed and the event started around 8:30 PM. Torch Light Parade was the first event and we could see several troops performing Parade. Young boys and girls scout were also part of the event The whole concept of Torch Light Parade is to welcome Maharaja and his Military Officials.
After the Parade, the motorcycle stunts were conducted followed by Dance program. The event ended with Laser show and National Anthem.
Around 10:30 PM we left from Bannimantap and went towards Mysore Palace. Mysore Palace is completely lit during Dusshera Days and we wanted to see it. We took an Auto and reached the Palace by 10:50 PM. The Palace was looking marvellous with each and every corner being Lit up. We were not sure about the lights out time and within 10 minutes the lights went out. Luckily, we clicked some Pics.
After lights out, we came out from the Palace Gate. There were so many Food Stalls just outside the gate and we had our dinner there itself. Later we went straight back to the Hotel.Next day was our checkout by 11 AM. Since we were already in Mysore we decided to explore the Popular Mysore Zoo as well and headed for the Zoo by 9 AM. The zoo is nearby Mysore Palace and we reached there in 15 mins.
Mysore Zoo is one of the oldest Zoo spread across 157 acres. The Zoo was well maintained and is a must visit. There were different kinds of Animals and Birds Species. The Zoo landscape was well maintained and had a very nice scenic beauty as well. It took an hour and a half to explore the entire Zoo and we left from there by 10:45 AM.
You can find more details about the Zoo below. Tickets can be booked online.
After checkout at 11 AM, we headed for our home. It was one of the best visits I had among all my previous Mysore Visits. Visiting Mysore during Dusshera is a must to be added to Bucket List.