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Mysore (or Mysuru), a city in India’s southwestern Karnataka state, was the capital of the Kingdom of Mysore from 1399 to 1947. In its center is opulent Mysore Palace, seat of the former ruling Wodeyar dynasty. The palace blends Hindu, Islamic, Gothic and Rajput styles. Mysore is also home to the centuries-old Devaraja Market, filled with spices, silk and sandalwood.

Mysore is located in the foothills of the Chamundi Hills about 145.2 km (90 mi) towards the southwest of Bangalore and spread across an area of 152 km2 (59 sq mi). Mysore City Corporation is responsible for the civic administration of the city, which is also the headquarters of the Mysore district and the Mysore division.

It served as the capital city of the Kingdom of Mysore for nearly six centuries from 1399 until 1956. The Kingdom was ruled by the Wadiyar dynasty, with a brief period of interregnum in the 1760s and 70s when Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan were in power. The Wadiyars were patrons of art and culture. Tipu Sultan and Hyder Ali also contributed significantly to the cultural and economic growth of the city and the state by planting mulberry trees introducing silk in the region and fighting 4 Anglo Mysore wars against the British. The cultural ambience and achievements of Mysore earned it the sobriquet Cultural Capital of Karnataka.

Mysore is noted for its heritage structures and palaces, including the Mysore Palace, and for the festivities that take place during the Dasara festival when the city receives many tourists from around the world. It lends its name to various art forms and culture, such as Mysore DasaraMysore Painting; the sweet dish Mysore Pak, Mysore Masala Dosa; brands such as Mysore Sandal SoapMysore Ink; and styles and cosmetics such as Mysore Peta (a traditional silk turban) and the Mysore silk sarees. Mysore is also known for its special variety of jasmine flower fondly referred to as “Mysore Mallige” and betel leaves. Tourism is the major industry alongside the traditional industries. Mysore’s inter-city public transportation includes rail, bus, and flights.

Top places to visit in Mysore are :

  1. Mysore palace
  2. Brindavan Garden
  3. Somnathpur temple
  4. Mysore Zoo
  5. Chamundeshwari Temple
  6. Shuka Vana
  7. Bonsai garden
  8. Karanji Lake
  9. GRS Fantasy Park
  10. Jaganmohan Palace
  11. Talakadu
  12. Folklore museum

Knowledge Source : Wikipedia

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