A trip to Mysuru will remain incomplete if you dont visit this paradise of art and heritage. The University Folklore Museum at the Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion, Manasagangotri is considered one of the best of its kind in Asia. It has a precious collection of artefacts, handicrafts and indigenously made art forms from different parts of the state of Karnataka. The Folklore Museum of Mysore, Karnataka is a rich reservoir of over 6500 unique folklore items including elements from dance, music, art, literature and drama. With the passage of time the museum has enriched its collection with several other artefacts which lures large masses of tourists. A visit to this museum is a veritable journey through a paradise of diversity.
The art gallery boasts everything which fascinates art and beauty admirers. Housed in the Jaganmohan Palace, it has paintings of the members of the royal family, works of Raja Ravi Verma and other Indian and Western Painters, a display of furniture, glass and chinaware, oriental and western decorative arts, sculptures and musical instruments. The Palace building was built in 1861 and was converted into an Art Gallery during the reigns of Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV. It used to serve as a royal auditorium and is still used as one for the public.
A treat for your kids! Visit the Mysore zoo and walk your children around for a rendezvous session with the rare species of animal and birds. Started in 1892, the Mysore Zoo is spread over an area of 37. 25 hectares. Laid out in beautiful gardens, efforts have been made to create a natural habitat for a variety of birds and beasts. It also contains several rare species of birds and animals, some of which have been successfully bred in captivity.
Take a tour in the Railway Museum of Mysuru and have a glimpse of the vast Railway Network on India in a single day. The museum has numerous galleries which reflect the development and growth of the railway network in India. It exhibitspriceless locomotives, coaches and collection of paintings and photographs narrating the Rail Stories. The first engine ever used can be seen here at the entrance, and the display continues to take you through history. Rail coaches used by the MysuruMaharaja and the Saloon Carriage of the Maharani built in the U. K. are the crucial peeks here. The museum includes mini rides on trains and a small kids play park. Timings: 10 am to 1 pm & 3 to 5. 30 pm.
It is a one-of-its-kind museum where you will come across the heritage of Mysuru crafted or engraved into sand. Situated near Chamundi Hills, this renowned museum is worth your time and energy. These marvellous art monoliths were made using just sand and water which is a unique trait of this museum. The eye-catching gigantic statue of Ganesha will hold your attention for a while but you must move on for more surprises that will take you back to school, such asthe Tom and Jerry sculpture! And then there are other sculpted varieties that will make your jaw-drop with amazement like those of the Chamundeswari Goddess, landscapes and animals. The Sand Sculpture Museum was made with about 115 truckloads of sand and with more than 150 huge sculptures. It displays more than 16 themes describing the Heritage of Mysuru.
Discover nature's handiwork in the form of this tiny island-town, 65km east of Mysuru. Forested hills and lush green valleys cradle a small hamlet and two fine temples. Together, they provide a startlingly calm setting for the Cauvery River as it plummets from a height of 75m into a deep, rocky gorge with a deafening roar to form two picturesque falls, Barachukki and Gaganachukki. When the Cauvery is in spate, watching the river crash into a cloud of foaming spray is an exhilarating experience. During the monsoon (June-September), the falls are at their impressive best. Downstream from the falls is Asia's first hydroelectric project, established in 1902.
The admirers of traditional wear must buy the exclusive silk sarees of Mysuru. It is available in different colours, designs and patterns which are unique to Mysuru. Mysore silk sarees, are light in shade, soft in texture and have a distinctive sheen that remains after multiple washes. The saree is inlaid with golden zari thread in patterns and borders, to give it a grand look for any occasion. Another thing you can buy are the indigenous sandal oil and soaps.
Located a few hours away from Bengaluru, at the base of the Chamundi Hills, Mysore has hosted several skydiving camps. These camps gives you the options of static jumps, tandem jumps and accelerated freefalls to choose from.
Its time to click some poses in the uncommon museums of India. The museum was established in October 2010. The museum fascinates visitors through its display of various musical instruments in interesting settings, replete with life size wax statues of musicians playing the musical instruments. Since the museum is based on music and musical instruments it reflects the diverse kinds of musical instruments that have been in use across various parts of the country and the world since ancient times. The wax museum takes its visitors on a 19 gallery tour comprising of 110 life size wax statues and more than 300 Indian and western musical instruments.
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