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Mysore Dasara | 6 Things to do U haven’t done before!

Mysore dasara
Written by Poorna & Brinda

Mysore Dasara or Dussehra is a spectacle of the season in Karnataka! Wishing you all a very Happy Dasara, Navaratri, Puja ….

Mysore is called The Royal city. The Heritage city. The Cultural city. Many sobriquets for the lovely sleepy town. It still retains its old-world charm.

When we talk about Mysore Dasara, we all look for the illuminated spectacle of the Palace, the Dasara procession, cultural shows, etc. Mysore Dasara means many things to many people. Mysore being a second home to us, having been to the city many times.

What are the unique experiences one can get when you visit Mysore during Dasara? We pondered over the question and came back with these 6 things you should do when you go to see Mysore Dasara.

1 See Illuminated Mysore from Chamundi hills

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Go late in the evening say around 8 PM. Drive up the hill and just look down. If you don’t get that “wow” feeling, tell us! Yes, Mysore from Chamundi hill during Dasara looks like a “Swarga” you would have seen in the movies! Beautiful.

2 Watch Pahlwans fight it out!

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Yes. Mysore has a long tradition of wrestling. Even today there are few akhadas practicing the Mysore style of wrestling. Dasara is the time when the pahlwans flex their muscles in the wrestling competition. It is a Dangal time in Mysore dasara! Check out for tickets in the link at the end of this post.

3 Bombe Mane

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mysore dasara

Bombe Mane or Dolls house. The Kingdom of Mysore had a tradition of display of dolls in homes during Dasara. That still continues. We do it at home even today. But, Bombe Mane is something different. The array of dolls on display is mind-blowing. Don’t miss it!

All details here – Bombe Mane

4 Cycling around the city

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If you love cycling, Mysore is the city. Tree lined, levelled roads in the city makes cycling a pleasure. Hire a bicycle or take yours and pedal along. You will love it.

Check this for more details – Trin Trin – Cycle Sharing in Mysore

5 Tonga tour of Mysore

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Photo Courtesy – www.mysore.ind.in

Tongas are for Mysore what Auto rickshaws are for Bangalore or Taxis for Mumbai. Hire a colourful tonga and go around the city. Being the season, the guys may charge little extra. Don’t mind. This is an experience you should not miss.

6 Morning walks on Kukkarahalli lake

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Kukkarahalli lake is the jewel of Mysore. Rejuvenated and renovated in recent times, good rains has turned the place lovely. A walk on the tank bund at dawn is soothing for the soul. Away from the jostling crowds of Mysore Dasara! If you are a bird watcher, there are many winged friends waiting for you here!

Another experience we would love to add when you are in Mysore for Dussehra festival is the concert in the durbar hall. Earlier, these concerts used to be held in the durbar hall. Unfortunately, this is no more done and is now held in a stage in palace complex. Still worth an experience to enjoy the concerts with palace as the back drop.

If you are an avid reader and has loved the stories by R K Narayan – remember Malgudi Days – then take some time to visit his lovely home turned into a museum. 

Be aware that when you visit Mysore during Dasara festival, there will be long queues to visit the popular spots like the main Palace, Jaganmohan Palace, Zoo and Brindavan gardens, Chamundeshwari temple atop Chamundi hill. Plan your time well.

All details about Mysore Dasara 2017 is available in this link – http://www.mysoredasara.gov.in/home/ You can also buy Mysore Dussehra 2017 tickets through this website.

If you are looking for a walking tour/cycling tour of Mysore and have a real experience of the city, here is an excellent option Royal Mysore Walks

Here is another nice article capturing the Mysore Dasara festival in Outlook Traveller A Royal Affair – Dasara festival in Mysore

What has been your unique experience of Mysore Dasara? We would love to hear from you.

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Poorna & Brinda

We are Brinda and Poorna from Bengaluru, the “Silicon city” or “Garden city” of India.

We travel together. We caught the travel bug 20 years back. On our honey moon, we traveled over the sea, in the train, by bus and in an aircraft! Our adventures probably started in that year. It continues, ever since.

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