If you want to witness the tradition of Karnataka and culture of Mysore, then hold your Mysore Dusherra Jumbo Sawari Procession is the thing which you are looking for.


Dressed in the colors of Mysore

It is just not any other procession, it is a combination of Karnataka culture, tradition, history .   And to watch this you'll find people booking their tickets many days in advance, even if you don't have any ticket you can watch it for free...only issue is that you have to do your sitting arrangement 5 hrs prior to the event to get a decent view of parade. This is done on the last day of navratri and to watch this Lakhs of people arrived. And i was also one of them.   Whole procession starts from Mysore palace around 2.00pm and continues till 5.00pm covering 5 km long path. And on both side of the road, seating arrangement was done, but still it gets overcrowded.  Here are few pics of Mysore Dusherra 2013.

There are thousands of people to witness such a spectacular show

Showing cultural tribal dance of Mysore

Dressed as "Ravana"

It is a spectacular show of tradition , culture and enjoyment
















Procession is ended with Mysore King and Lord Chamundi Sawari on elephants.


Mysore Palace Illumiated @ Night

Come October and whole India is in mood of festivals celebrating "navratri". This time I thought to celebrate navratri in different way, so packed my bag and went on a 3 day tour to Mysore.  

Near Railway Measeum


 The moment I reached Mysore, I knew this tour is going to be one of the most memorable tours. Whole Mysore city was shinning bright, celebrating & singing to the tunes of brotherhood and humanity. There was not a single place which was not decorated.   I had booked hotel in advance, it was nice n decent.   

Front of Palace

St. Philomena's Church, Mysore

Mysore Palace during day time

Mosque near to Mysore Palce

Decorated Mysore


There are lots of beautiful places in Mysore, which can’t be ignored; you will find many places, zoo, beautiful gardens...etc.   First we went to Brindavan garden, as it is best in evening time near the Cauvery dam. It is decorated with lots of colorful flowers, n water fountains which glow during night. The garden was clean n beautiful and in was able to witness musical fountain. It started around 6.30 and continued for 30minutes. So, if you go there you can spend a quality time in the garden, and you will get some good snacks also.

Brindavan Garden Dam View

Brindavan Garden during evening



Travelling anywhere in Mysore is too easy as you will get bus anytime from Mysore palace.   During dusherra lots of events keep on happening in and around the Mysore palace. You need to have a priority which events you want to attend. You can get details from Mysoredusherra website. After returning from brindan garden I went to the Mysore palace to attend evening shows. And to my astonishment I was able to watch Russian artists perform on patriotic Hindi songs. They sang, performed and made everyone dance. So finally after a long tiring day I went back to hotel.  

Chamundi Hill Temple

Hawkers seeling flowers @ Chamundi Hills



Next day after long planning, we went first to Chamundi hills. As it was Dashami  it was crowded, but thank god we got chance to have glimpse of lord Chamundi after standing 3hrs.  The temple is really beautiful, standing on top of chamundi hills. View of Mysore from top of hill is astonishing.   Then it was time for Mysorezoo which was 7km long. It was good as another zoo, with lots of animals, most important thing about zoo is you must know what is the correct timing to visit, cause if you go in wrong time most of animals will be sleeping i.e. during noon.   

Mysore Zoo

Mysore Zoo



Black Sawn @ Mysore Zoo
There are lots of palaces in Mysore, each with different history n culture. If you get time you must visit. But few are popular like Jagmohan palace which is a museum or you can say it’s an art gallery. Containing art n culture of Mysore n its rulers.   Like these there are many other places to visit. But due to lack of time I decided to visit only these and enjoy dushera possession which was going to happen on last day of navratri n watch torch light parade in evening.


Temple Illumitaed during night


Russian Artist performing 

Dance by a Russian artist
Torch light parade is one more thing which is worth watching for, this is happens in a huge Stadium, full with 1000s of people ,which happens in the evening , this time Karnataka Police organized some of the stunt shows on their bike, it was true show of bravery and  patriotism. And when you watch 1000s of police officers marching while holding torch light “mashal”, you will feel proud to be an Indian, the way they march and create structures are really amazing. The show also had a huge group of dancers from all round the India, dancing in synchronization on a single song but in their own dance form. In the end there was demonstration of firecrackers making sky illuminate.
  
During Mysore Dusherra Procession


Karnataka Police


Last summer when I visited my village in Odisha, i realized there is no electricity during night time and the reason is so obvious. India is a vast country with majority of its population living in rural areas. About 80,000 villages do not have electricity connection. Approx 300,000 villages do not have electricity more than 5-6 hours daily. The due to this Students were not able to study post sunset, most of their time goes on working and helping in household works.


And this is not end of story, these people face many problem sometime from thieves  from wild animals, they don't even get time to share last meal of day together, and the issues are count less.

To help them Light for Life has stared initiate to distribute solar lanters which will enlighten their lives. And you can see the result :
There achievements in Numbers

In just 3 months
Households Impacted 550
2200+ Villagers Impacted
Villages Lit Up 10
3 States [Maharashtra, Gujarat, Uttarakhand]
1000s of Rupees saved from not using Kerosene
Offset 55,000 kgs of Greenhouse Gas Emissions
                5x-10x  brighter than kerosene


So lets put forward your step and make some one smile. By joining a distribution campaign on 26th October 6-8pm at Ravindra Natya Mandir, Dadar, Mumbai.

PS - You can also like them on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/lightforlife and on twitter here : https://twitter.com/light4lifeIndia 



In the morning when I woke up it was like a normal weekend for me, waking late, enjoying tea in morning sunshine, but in few seconds there was a whole new twist when my friends decided to have a road trip to Mumbai.

“Common r u crazy.”  -  first thing which came to my mind.

Tiger Valley on our way to Mumbai

Badri nath temple


But when we changed grears for Mumbai in our bike it was a whole new experience. Enjoying cool weather after rain, beautiful green mountains, with colorful flowers shining bright in the morning sunlight. It was approximately 160km distance to reach Mumbai. When we started we had no idea where we will be going, where to stay, what to eat, only one thing we knew – it is going to be a blast.  Travelling in highway, stopping at frequent intervals to shoot photographs, have food, enjoy beautiful sceneries, and fuel refilling.  While travelling we went through the Tiger Valley, one of the most amazing places to visit if you are staying in Pune. On the way we came across lots of beautiful villages, temples, and people each expressing a new story.

“Yeh dil hai muskil jeena yahan,Hey hai Mumbai,
yeh hai Mumbai, yeh hai Mumbai meri jaaaaan……”



Night View of Gateway of India

Night view of Marine Drive


 Singing, shouting, boozing we reached Mumbai, and we headed towards marine drive. Asking for direction in every traffic and turn. Finally we reached the marine drive sheww….  We have seen marine drive in lots of movies but experiencing it live is totally different, you can feel the energy, happiness, excitement in the air itself. There are thousands of people and most of them were youngsters, trying to relax in the weekend sitting sea side enjoying the colors of dawn. When we realized we are lagging behind the time we started for Gateway of India, and when I reached there I realized why it is called as Taj Mahal of Mumbai, the city's top tourist attraction.  For a photographer, it is one of the best places to capture the real emotions of the city. Many different faces, many different culture, many different emotions at one place. In front was the Taj Hotel, facing to the endless Arabian Sea. In the night, City shine much more bright, as Mumbai is famous for its Night life. After refreshing we visited few of clubs and tasted this flavor of Mumbai too. And according to my experience it was amazing, lots of sweet girls, lots of dance, and lots of music. It was 3am in night when we went for the sleep. 

Pizza @Juhu Chowpati

@Juhu Chowpati

Lord Ganesh @ Juhu Beach

Juhu Beach




Next morning it was difficult for us to get up, but we started our journey again and went to Juhu Chowpati,  what a tasty  food,  spiecy, hot paw bhazi, biryani and ended with chilled golla. Wandered on the streets of Mumbai, experiencing, talking, chatting with Mumbaiya in there taporri language, it was really too funny, and in the evening we headed back to Pune crossing 160km again. 
Overall I can say, it was an awesome journey to Mumbai. Some said to understand Mumbai you need to stay there, and live life of a Mumbaiya. One or two day tour can never describe what Mumbai is and what it means for the people who spent there whole life in this vast city.