Dussehra 2012 – Vijayadashami Festival in Mysore

Dussehra festival is celebrated as a culmination of nine nights known as 'Navratri' and falls usually in September or October every year. According to legends, a Hindu Goddess named Durga, popularly known in Mysore as Chamundeshwari achieved victory over demons on this day. Vijayadashami or Dussehra festival in Mysore is celebrated for invoking Goddess Durga to begin harvest season and revitalize the soil. This is done through various religious rituals and offerings by devotees. Another popular legend tells the story from Mahabharata, when the five sons of Pandu had to hide their weapons inside a hole in Shammi tree. These were recovered by them during the day of Dussehra, and since then, people have been worshipping their weapons and Shammi trees on the occasion of Vijayadashami.

The day of Dussehra has been declared as a state festival of Karnataka and one can witness a festive atmosphere everywhere, particularly in Mysore on this occasion. Everyone in this city is gearing up for Vijayadashami 2012 which will be a grand event as usual. This occasion is also special for family members of Mysore's royal family, and they perform grand rituals every year on this day. Entire Mysore palace is illuminated using numerous electric bulbs and there are processions taken from the palace to Bannimantap. Cultural programmes are hosted by Mysore palace and participants include many famous artists and performers. 
For residents and tourists of Mysore, this day is a wonderful opportunity to witness a host of cultural performances and sports. They can also enjoy the food festival and a film festival which gets large number of visitors. People are eagerly awaiting Dussehra 2012 festivities as they would get a chance to enjoy numerous activities. They can also visit a grand exhibition which has stalls put up by various business establishments and Government departments.

Places near Mysore

Tourists coming to South India have always been fascinated with the rich culture and glorious past of Mysore. Situated close to Bangalore city in Karnataka State, this great city offers loads of entertainment for its visitors during Dasara festivities. There are many places near Mysore that are worth visiting while on trip to this cultural capital of Karnataka. Recent improvements in infrastructure facilities have provided an opportunity for visitors to visit all these important places. It also has some beautiful natural surroundings to offer for its visitors which include several lakes, apart from rivers Kabini and Kaveri.
Due to its closeness to Bangalore airport and excellent connectivity through railways and roadways, travelers can reach Mysore without any hassles. Luxurious accommodations are available in several world-class hotels situated in this region. Visiting various tourist places near Mysore can be made easy through these lodging facilities. Some of the major attractions in this city are Mysore Palace and Mysore Zoo.
Places that are situated nearby include Brindavan Gardens, Chamundi Hills and a historical town called Srirangapatna. On touring places around Mysore using any of the available modes of transport, one can visit Keshava temple in Somnathpur and Talakad which appears much like a desert town.
Almost all travel companies provide packaged tours to Mysore which includes flight bookings and hotel accommodations. All places near Mysore and within the city can be visited as a part of these tours. Tourists traveling on tight budgets can also get customized packages that are best suited for their travel preferences. During low seasons, travelers can benefit from fabulous discounts on hotel bookings and they can also get some respite from crowds. Before planning a trip to Mysore, it would be helpful to obtain detailed list of important tourist places and some general information about various aspects of the city.

Mysore Zoo

Mysore Zoo
Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens is spread across a vast area and situated close to Mysore Palace. It has been named after Chamaraja Wadiyar, the Maharaja of Mysore during pre-independence era. Originally built by a German horticulturist, G.H. Krumbeigal, it is popularly called Mysore Zoo by visitors.

It was opened for public in 1902 and went through a series of expansions which resulted in development of an artificial lake, bandstand and an island. Zoo Authority of Karnataka has done an excellent job of maintaining the entire area and its animals. It has a good collection of animals, reptiles and birds which is a delightful treat for wildlife enthusiasts.

People who have visited zoos in other parts of India can be in for a surprise on their visit to this zoo as wildlife in Mysore has been preserved brilliantly in it. On entering this wonderful haven of animals, visitors can see Giraffes roaming around a large area surrounded by tall trees. For many individuals, they are a great pleasure to watch and can be one of the most important attractions. Along with these friendly animals, there are many more precious gifts from the wild awaiting curious visitors. African elephants and lions can be seen enjoying their time in these peaceful surroundings. This zoo also has a Rhino and Gorilla among its collection of wild animals.

There is a sizable population of reptiles and birds, much to the amazement of people visiting this beautiful sanctuary. They can enjoy watching animals in Mysore Zoo from 10 in the morning till 6 in the evening. It is advisable to get inside as soon as possible in the morning to avoid heavy rush of people. Ample parking space has been provided outside for people arriving in their vehicles and use of plastic bags is prohibited inside the zoo, except bottles.