After visiting the palace, we checked with some locals about the best way to reach Brindavan Gardens from the palace. We were told to cross the road and go to a bus-stand from where we could either catch Route number 303 or private buses which ply from the city to the gardens. My advice is not to take the private bus as the bus leaves you about 2-3 kms from the Gardens and then you will have to take an auto or wait for bus number 303. Other option is to hire a cab and go or go via the various sight-seeing bus options.
Brindavan Gardens is about 24 kms from Mysore and during weekends, the place is very crowded and there are huge traffic jams as the roads are really narrow. So, be prepared for all that.
As we had gone in the evening on a a holiday, that too Id, the garden was crowded beyond imagination. You could see a sea of humanity everywhere. There was a long queue for tickets and then also for entry. We were made to realize that we are an over-populated country. But, as soon as we entered the Gardens, we forgot about India’s population and were lost in the beauty of the gardens and the fountains. Everywhere, the fountains were in full swing. And, when the lights were switched on at 7:00pm, it was an amazing sight. With the Id-ka-Chaand on the sky, the garden became heavenly. :-) The highest point of the garden is located in the south-most end and offers a that classic view of Brindavan Gardens. The north-most point is where the most sought after ‘Musical Fountain’ is located.
Brindavan Garden lies adjacent to Krishnaraja Sagar Dam which is built on the river Kaveri.
The Gardens was built in year 1932. It has a botanical park, fountains, running and cascading water channels, boating and laser shows during the evenings. It is the best illuminated terrace garden in India. And, it is world famous for it symmetrical design. It is actually modeled on the design of Shalimar Gardens of Srinagar in Kashmir. The slopes in the garden are planted with colourful Bougainvilleas and ornamental plants.
It is a great place to hang around with family and friends. We saw many college groups playing Antaksharis in the garden. Its an ideal place for such picnics. :-)
A piece of advice from me is, if you wish to visit the Gardens in the evening to see the lighting, please be prepared to fight through the crowd for your return journey by the bus. We had a terrible experience reaching back to Mysore city. The roads were very dark and the traffic jams did not allow the bus to come inside. We had to do a 1.5km trek almost to reach the T-point to get into the bus.
The garden is open throughout the day and the illumination is done during the evenings from 7pm till 8pm.
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