Chamundi Hills is a must visit for us whenever we visit Mysuru (earlier known as Mysore). After my birth in 1969, my father got posted to Bangalore from Ambala in 1975. Ever since, we have been visiting Bangalore for work on and off. In 2006, I purchased our first flat in Bangalore. And then, we bought a second flat in Bangalore in 2011. I have been living constantly in Bangalore since 2014.
So, I have had a relationship with Bangalore since 1975. Deepshree was born and brought up here and thus have a relationship with Bangalore since 1966. My father started his relationship with Bangalore since 1960 when he joined Indian Air Force.
During all these years of stay in Bangalore, one of the constants has been that we visit Mysore for breaks. We go just within ourselves. Or we take our guests for a 1-day tour to Mysore. And whenever we visit Mysore, we definitely go to Chamundi Hills.
On 24-Feb-2019, on the occasion of Riya’s Birthday, she expressed desire to tour Mysore. We started early in the morning and after visiting Srirangapatnam, we headed straight to our Hotel – Hotel Paradise. We checked into the Hotel and dropped our bags in our suite. We then booked a car with a driver to take us around Mysore. The idea was that if we tried to go around by ourselves, we would take a lot of time. As it was already around 12:30 PM, we would not be able to see most of Mysore.
We had 2 choices – one was to just hire the driver for Rs. 1000 or hire a car and a driver for Rs. 1800. We hired the car and the driver as we had gone to Mysore in our Ciaz and we were 4 of us. It would be too congested for a whole day tour in that car with 5 people. So, we hired a Toyota Innova and the driver for Rs. 1800 for the whole day.
The driver told us to hurry as Chamundi Hills Temple would close at 2 PM. So, we headed straight for the Chamundi Hills. Chamundi Hills was about 20 KMs from our Hotel. However, it takes a climb up the hill and so driving very fast is not possible. By the time, we reached Chamundi Hills, it was around 1:30 PM. Our driver parked the car in the parking lot right next to the Temple.
The timings of the Temple
We headed for the Temple so that we would not be late. On the way, we bought some offerings for the deity. There are lots of shops around the Temple from one can find offerings for prayer.
There is a ticket counter from where one has to buy tickets to get inside the Temple.
There are 2 types of tickets. One ticket is for Rs. 40 per person and this is for the general line. Another ticket is for Rs. 100 per person and this is for the special line.
We bought 4 tickets for Rs. 100. However, when we entered the temple, we encountered a huge crowd. It took nearly 40 minutes of moving through the crowd to finally get darshan of the goddess. We finished praying and came out of the temple.
While exiting the Temple, we purchased Laddu Prasad. The Laddu Prasad costs Rs. 30 for 2 Laddus.
As it was very hot, we had cold water and Ice Cream at the Nandini Shop at the Car Parking. Then we started on the way out. We stopped at the entrance of the Car Parking. Here there is huge statue of Mahisasura.
Mahisasura was the demon who was killed by Goddess Chamundi (or Goddess Durga).
We climbed down the Hill. About 3 KM down the Hill, there is a Bull Temple. We stopped at the Bull Temple.
Climbing down the hill for another 1 KM, there is a view point. From this View Point, almost the entire Mysore Town can be seen.
Notice that most of the buildings in Mysore are painted in White.
We climbed down Chamundi Hill and headed to Lalit Mahal Palace for Lunch.