Tourist attractions in Mysore

Tourist attractions in Mysore

A beautiful city in India located on the foothills of the beautiful Chamundi Hills in southwest Karnataka, Mysore is also famous as the “city of palaces”. Officially known as Mysuru, it served as the capital city of the Mysore Kingdom from 1399 to 1947.

The name Mysore meaning ‘Abode of Mahisha’ in Kannada is famous for its palaces, silk, spices, and sandalwood. Mysore is well connected by rail, road and flights from all the major cities in India.

Mysore Palace: The royal residence of the Wodiyar Dynasty who ruled the kingdom of Mysore for more than 500 years, the Mysore Palace is also known as the Ambavilas Palace.

The seat of the kingdom of Mysore is the central piece of attraction with an amalgamation of Muslim, Rajput, Gothic, and Hindu style of architecture. The idea of building the palace was initiated by maharaja Krishnarajendra Wodeyar IV who chose the British architect Henry Irving for the purpose, it took around 15 years to complete this wonderful palace.

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One of the most coveted tourist place, the Mysore Palace gets around six million visitors every year. Displaying an excellent combination of Indo-Saracenic architecture, the exotic palace captivates you with its outstanding display of exquisite carvings and works of art from all around the world.

The Golden throne at the palace is a perfect specimen of imperialism, Darbar-e-Khas, Gombe Tohti or the Doll’s Pavilion, Kalyan Mandapam, and armory are some of the exemplary features of the royal abode. The expansive palace complex also holds 12 major Hindu temples which are a must visit.

Golden Throne – The renowned Golden Throne or Chinnada Simhasana or Ratna Simhasana in Kannada, is the royal throne of the ruler of the Mysore Kingdom, attracting tourists visiting the city during the Dussera festival. The ceremonial throne studded with diamonds is assembled at the Durbar Hall of Mysore Palace amidst tight security and direct supervision of the Maharani Pramoda.

Golden Throne Mysore

The richly ornamented throne is a pride possession of the Wodiyar Dynasty and open for public viewing during Dussera festivities and later dissembled for safe keeping.

Diwan-e-Khas – With its unique features, the Diwan-e-Khas is an ornate hall in the Mysore Palace is one of the most captivating room at the site. Larger-than-life, 155 feet by 42 feet sized hall, the ceremonial meeting hall of the royal family is adorned with majestic bottle-shaped columns and sculpted pillars.

Diwan-e-khas

The exquisitely designed hall which was often used for the king’s private audience comprises of awe-striking stained-glass ceilings, impressive chandeliers, decorated steel grills, and embellished mosaic flooring of semi-precious stones is a perfect example of royal opulence.

Chamundeshwari temple: Located 13 km from Mysore, atop the Chamundi Hills is the Chamundeshwari Temple. Dedicated to goddess Chamundeshwari, it is among the most powerful and prominent temples in Mysore. Dedicated to Shakti, goddess Chamundeshwari is the tutelary deity of the Maharajas of Mysore and is said to be built by the Hoysala rulers in the 12th century.

The quadrangular edifice of the Hindu temple constructed in the Dravidian style of architecture with a seven-story tall ‘gopuram’ (tower) decorated with labyrinthine carving. The divine temple can be reached by climbing 1000 steps, cycling, or by car.

Jagmohan Palace: Used by the Wodeyar kings of Mysore as an alternate retreat for the royal family, the Jagmohan Palace is a magnificent palace of architectural brilliance.

A feather in the princely state of Mysore, the Jagmohan Palace is a treasure trove of old paintings, antiques, and sculptures. More than 150 years old the place is among the oldest buildings in Mysore built during the reign of Krishnaraja Wodeyar III in 1861.

Enhancing the glory of the Wodeyar dynasty, the palace is  built in a traditional Hindu style, it is a three storey wonder displaying phenomenal work of Raja Ravi Varma. The royal façade has religious motifs and miniature temples crafted on it while the interior walls have beautiful murals.

The art gallery at the Jagmohan Palace is an enriching ensemble of paintings and artefacts prominent among which are the Lady with the Lamp, by artist Haldenkar. Other eminent artists whose works feature in the palace are Rabindranath Tagore, Nikolai Roerich, Svetoslan Roerich to name a few. The palace also comprises of an auditorium which was used for traditional dance, music festivals, and other cultural activities.

Brindavan Gardens: A famous attraction in Mysore, the Brindavan Gardens is a landmark destination for travelers visiting the beautiful Mysore city. A notable abode of nature, the Brindavan Gardens is built across the Kaveri river, adjoining the Krishnarajasagara dam, it is just 21 km away from the city of Mysore.

From it’s inception in year 1932 the garden has witnessed huge footfall and has made a prominent place in the bucket list of the travelers. Besides the scenic beauty of the Brindavan Gardens you can enjoy boating at the beautiful lake within the garden premises. The landmark Brindavan Gardens come alive post sunset when the synchronized musical fountain displays a harmonious water dance and colorful illumination of lights which caress your senses and leave you in a trance.

** The timing of the synchronized musical fountain keeps changing according to the season so plan your trip accordingly.

 

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White Temple Thailand

White Temple Thailand

The picture looks straight out from a fairy tale book !! But don’t be mistaken, its for real. 
WAT RONG KHUN better known among the foreign tourists as the WHITE TEMPLE, in Chiang Rai, Thailand is visually stunning and resembles a princess castle from a distance. One of the most impressive temples in Thailand, the Wat Rong Khun, is better known to the foreign tourists as the White Temple.
Unlike any other Buddhist Temple in the world , the masterpiece is a privately owned art exhibit which lies on the biggest temple complex. The unique temple with its white-washed surfaces and intricate mirror works is a contemporary, unconventional Buddhist Temple.
The outstanding temple was built by Chalermchal Kositpipat one of Thailand’s most renowned artist in the year 1997, for meditation and learning of Buddhist teachings. Painted in white, the temple signifies the purity and wisdom of Lord Buddha.
The passage to the temple is flanked by two ever-imposing colossal giants. 
The bridge leading to the main hall is surrounded by a huge pond with white fishes, which compliment the serene surroundings, the beautiful fountains which enhance the beauty of the picturesque landscape is complimented by sculptures of meditating Buddha sitting on a lotus. 

White Temple Buddha (Source: travelonline.com)

The main hall is an epitome of divinity with a huge contrast in color with several Buddha altars inside the golden flame. The colorful painted walls of the hall portray the teachings of Buddhism. 
The artist of the exquisite White Temple has used murals from the modern culture depicting the Twin Tower hit with Spiderman and an Angry Bird as onlookers.
The Golden Toilet built on the left side of the compound also attracts audience for its un-mistaken and unusual beauty which tempts you to give your own interpretation of the structure.

Golden toilet (Source: touchchiangmai.com)

The work at the Wat Rong Khun (White Temple) is still in progress and will continue in the years to come. The picture-perfect temple is planned to be comprised with nine buildings which includes the chapel, pagoda, monastery hall, preaching hall, museum, crematorium, pavilion, hermitage and a rest room which will be built on 3 acres of land.
The White Temple is an unforgettable blissful experience of a lifetime.
NOTE: 
*  The White Temple is open on all days.
*  Timing is 6.30 am to 6.00 pm.
*  Gallery is open from 8.00 am to 5.30 pm / Sat – Sun : 8.00 am to 6.00 pm.
*  It is Wheelchair accessible

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Gold Coast Australia

Gold Coast Australia

Famed for its long stretch of beautiful sprawling sandy beaches, surfing, well arranged inland canal system and waterways, the tourist attractions of Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia are exemplary for the tourists to explore in its beautiful surroundings.

SEA WORLD: A Theme Park located in the Gold Coast, Australia, which happens to be the largest marine park in Australia. The interesting shows at the Sea World highlighting the most endeared dolphin performances, sea lions and water-ski ballet which draws the maximum applause.

Dolphin Show

The Sea World in Gold Coast also has some interesting sea themed rides. You will also come across some of the favorite animals and sea species like penguins, polar bears, small sharks and tropical fish. Visitors can also hop on to a monorail for a great overview of the park.

WARNER BROS MOVIE WORLD: The only movie related park in Australia, the Warner Bros Movie World is a picturesque park which was opened on 3rd June 1991 on sprawling 415 acres of land.

With beautiful landscapes, various movie themed rides and friendly employees to help you. the Warner Bros Movie World takes you to a whole new level of fun and excitement. A perfect place to meet your favorite movie stars and super-heroes up front.

Warner Bros Movie World is an excellent place to enjoy exciting thrill rides, fun filled roller coaster rides and live stunt shows.

GOLD COAST SEAWAY: Built in the mid 1980’s, the Gold Coast Seaway is an engineered ocean channel and the main navigation entrance from the Pacific Ocean. Gold Coast Seaway is extremely popular for being one of the best fishing, diving and some of the most exciting water sports activities like water cycling, snorkeling, bush walking, 4 WD safari with an outstanding sea plane adventure. People also head for the spot for its captivating scenic beauty.

SKYPOINT OBSERVATION DECK: Located 230 meters (750 ft) off the ground at the top of the Q1 apartment on the 77 and 78 levels, the SkyPoint Observation Deck gives a 360 degree view of the stunning Gold Coast and the surrounding areas. Opened on 26th October 2005, the Q1 building is one of the world’s tallest residential towers.

View from Q1 Tower

The SkyPoint Climb is Australia’s highest external building climb which lasts 90 minutes from start to the end. SkyPoint has one of the fastest elevators in Australia which takes 42.7 seconds from ground to the 77 level

One of the most significant feature of the landmark structure is you get a splendid view of the Gold Coast region regardless of the weather.

SURFERS PARADISE BEACH: One of Australia’s most iconic beach, the Surfers Paradise Beach with its 3 kilometer stretch of golden sand with high rise apartments buildings at the back. Lying in the heart of Queensland’s Gold Coast, the Surfers Paradise Beach is a perfect destination for a splashing beach holiday with loads of fun and entertainment.

Surfers Paradise Beach

The picturesque beach is the busiest beach in Gold Coast and welcomes joggers, swimmers, surfers and strollers to splurge in its fun filled activities and captivating surroundings.

A very clean and safe beach it is patrolled by Lifeguards throughout the year at any given time. The soul rejuvenating beach looks stunning at night when it is illuminated with beautiful lights to enjoy a evening stroll.

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LIVE IT UP WITH AMSTERDAM’S TOP TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

LIVE IT UP WITH AMSTERDAM’S TOP TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

Known for its intricate artistic heritage, carefully arranged canal system, and narrow houses with its tilted gabled facades, Amsterdam is the capital of Netherlands. Enjoy reading this article and LIVE IT UP WITH AMSTERDAM’S TOP TOURIST ATTRACTIONS. Amsterdam can also be called The City of Museums with around 75 interesting big and small museums occupying a special place in the city. 
ANNE FRANK HOUSE: Located on canal called the Prinsengracht, close to the Westerkerk, in the central Amsterdam area. The Anne Frank House is a writer’s house and a biographical museum dedicated to the Jewish wartime diarist Anne Frank.

Anne Frank Museum (Source: Wikimedia)

One of the major attraction to visit in Amsterdam. The Ann Frank Museum was opened on 3rd May 1960 that preserves the hiding place of Anne Frank during World War II. When she hid from the Nazi persecution with her family. The museum also has a permanent exhibition on the life and times of Anne Frank and also has an exhibit on all forms of persecution and discrimination.
VAN GOGH MUSEUM: One of the world’s most well known artist Vincent Van Gogh, who needs no introduction, for his work over the years have spoken for itself. 
The Van Gogh Museum features the work of the legendary artist with over 200 paintings, 500 drawings, along with works of other famous artists.
Van Gogh’s work has been organized in a chronological order into the five periods with each representing a different period of his life and work.
DAM SQUARE: A popular square in Amsterdam, jostling with activity throughout the day with visits by locals as well as the foreign tourists. Dam Square is a favorite gathering place with frequent events being organized making it an extremely popular square. 
Home to scores of pigeons and the street artists the Dam Square is a leisure destination for shoppers and foodies with lots of restaurants and food stalls to indulge. Many famous attractions around the square are an Icing on the cake for the visitors.
RIJKS MUSEUM: Dedicated to the Dutch art and history from the Middle Ages, the Rijks museum is located at the Museum Square in Amsterdam South. Showcasing a gamut of famous art and a huge variety of artifacts which throw a light on more than 800 years old Dutch and global history.
Being one of Amsterdam’s grandest and most iconic museum, the Rijksmuseum has on display some world famous paintings by renowned artists like Van Gogh, Rembrandt and Johannes Vermeer’s to name a few. With 80 galleries and 8000 objects on display the Rijksmuseum is a treasure house with never enough time to go through all the collections.
The scenic magnificence of the sculpture – filled sprawling gardens designed by Pierre Cuypers in 1901, with intricate topiaries, water features and a vast spectrum of colorful flowerbeds are simply breathtaking.
EFTELING: Let’s take a break from all the museums and head for the Efteling Themed Amusement Park which takes you into a fantasy world. Opened on 31st May 1952, the amusement park is located in Kaatsheuvel in the Netherlands and takes around one hour to reach from Amsterdam.
The fairy tale forest is a major attraction with kids as well as the grown-ups which takes you back to Cindrella and Hansel and  Gratel stories which we read as kids. With a bounty of attractions to explore from the Efteling Themed Park has its own steam train which circles the parks magic kingdom.
Spoilt for choice there are plenty of thrill rides, haunted houses, dark rides, flying Dutchman roller coaster, an alluring water show, boat ride through the beautiful lake and so much more.
Efteling Theme Park also has  themed hotels on its premises, along with two holiday parks, a golf park and a theater too.

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VALLEY OF THE KINGS, EGYPT

VALLEY OF THE KINGS, EGYPT

Extremely famous for its pyramids, Egypt captivates the imagination with its intoxicating legends and myths which attracts  travelers from all over the world to explore its beauty. One of the richest source of the ancient Egyptian history, the Valley of the Kings situated on the west banks of River Nile, opposite Thebes (modern Luxor), in the Upper Egypt, is the burial ground of many an Egyptian pharaohs (kings) from the 18th, 19th and 20th dynasties.
The intimidating rock cut tombs are an archaeological wonder and have their own stories and legends to share about the pharaohs of the New Kingdom period between 1550 – 1069 BC, who chose this isolated valley dominated by the pyramid shaped mountain peaks.
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Visiting the rock cut tombs with its ornate decorations is the highlight of the trip as you witness the painstaking effort that went into creating and preserving these wonders. Many thought that the 62 tombs discovered at the valley before 1922 were the only representation to be found n the valley, until a new tomb of a boy king named Tutankhamun was discovered in 2005.
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PAINTING INSIDE KING RAMESSES III TOMB  ( image courtesy  pinterest.com )
Some of the best tombs to be visited are tombs of Ramesses vi, Ramesses iii and that of Horemheb.
TEMPLE OF HATSHEPSUT: One of the most extraordinary architectural achievement in Egypt, the Temple of Hatshepsut is a royal three tier mortuary temple built to honor Queen Hatshepsut.
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TEMPLE OF HATSHEPSUT  (image courtesy  Memphis Tours)
A classic example of Egyptian architecture the temple took 15 years to complete. The temple is supported by a series of columns with the walls painted in colorful pictures of the queen in different stages of life. Dedicated to god Hathor, whose head with a cows ears is portrayed on some of the columns.
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EYE OF HORUS: The Eye of Horus is an ancient Egyptian sky god which is a symbol of protection, good health and power. The Eye of Horus is in the form of a falcon with teardrop markings found below the eye. The eye represents goddess Wadjet who was intended to protect the pharaohs ( kings ) in their afterlife and ward off all the evils. Faith and belief in the Eye of Horus compelled the Ancient Egyptian and the Middle Eastern sailors to paint the symbol on the bow of ships to ensure that their sea journey was safe.
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EYE OF HORUS (image courtesy Astral Light)
COLOSSI OF MEMNON: A mortuary temple located in Thebes in Egypt near the Valley of the Kings, from the New Kingdom  during the 18th Dynasty is the Colossi of Memnon. The Colossi of Memnon is guarded by two majestic stone statues of about 20 meters in height, which are the only remains left of the ancient temple of King Amenhotep iii, which was destroyed in the massive earthquake that struck in 27 BC. The faceless rock giants have stood on the plain between the Thebes and the Valley of the Kings for the past 3,400 years.

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