Mysore

Flower show, photography expo to greet year-end palace visitors

 

As 2016 nearing its end, people visiting Mysuru Palace anytime during the last week of December will witness a plethora of colourful flowers welcoming them as the palace is all set to host a flower show from tomorrow.

With year-end and Christmas holidays, Mysuru is expecting a surge in travellers and the flower show comprising more than 1 lakh flowers, specially raised on the palace premises for the show would certainly be a treat to the visitors.

More than 15,000 flowering and ornamental plants will be on display. About one lakh flowers such as African Marigold, Anthurium, Dutch Roses, Gerbera, Blue Daisy, Bird of Paradise and other flower varieties had been procured from markets in Bengaluru, Ooty and Hosur for sculpting replicas of elephant carrying the ‘Ambari’; two elephants; two camels and two horses with two soldiers on their back, Deputy Commissioner D Randeep who is also the Executive Officer of the Mysuru Palace Board told the media persons.

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah will inaugurate the show on December 23 at 5 pm. District In-charge Minister, Dr HC Mahadevappa will inaugurate a photography exhibition and free Wi-Fi hotspot, child care centre and health kiosk.

The entry ticket to the flower show for adults is Rs 20 and Rs 10 for children. The show will conclude on January 1. Visitors can enter the palace to watch the flower show from Varaha Gate from 10 am to 5.30 pm and from the three gates – Varaha, Jayamarthanda and Balarama – from 6 pm to 9 p.m.

The children’s gallery at the show will have popular cartoon characters created in flowers. Spiderman, Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck are among those besides flowery butterflies.

A replica of Nalwadi Krishnaraja Wadiyar will come alive in flowers besides two lions and other models. During the visit to the flower show, visitors can get to listen to the classical instrumental music on the works of Sri Jayachamarajendra Wadiyar, the last Maharaja of Mysore.

Visitors can also glimpse rare photographs of Mysuru Dasara – Then and Now; the Wadiyars; the grandeur of Mysuru Dasara and the video of an age-old Dasara procession at the photography exhibition.

During the flower show, the palace will be illuminated for 45 minutes in the evening. The palace will remain aglow between 7.15 pm and 8 pm from December 23 to January 1.

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