A royal legacy, heritage status, impeccable service and an enviable location of overlooking a famed garden are exactly what you experience at Royal Orchid Brindavan Garden, Mysore. As the car drove into the driveway of the hotel I gasped with amazement. For the beauty of the scenic Brindavan Garden was right in front of me. Not even a wall or barricade separates the garden and the hotel. The 24 spacious AC rooms with state of the art facilities are divided into queen single and double rooms and king single and double rooms. Apart from 24 hours room service, there is an in room bar, wireless connectivity, electronic safe, doctor on call, travel assistance, money exchange and a business center.
The hotel has a spa, swimming pool, badminton, cycles, gym, pool table, hammocks in the lawn where you can relax as you hear the Krishnaraja Sagar Dam water gush down much like being near a sea and listening to the waves, garden chess with the huge wooden set reminding me of the way the game was played by royalty and PS4-Box for in house entertainment. Suman Nanaiah, Area General Manager adds, “Each room has its own private balcony which gives a panoramic view of Brindavan Garden. In the evening, it is a blissful experience to sit on the balcony with the cool breeze blowing and the well manicured garden and Krishnaraja Sagar dam in front. Nirvana terrace is an open air enclosure also facing the garden which is a popular venue for get to gethers. The banquet and meeting venues are ideal for classy weddings, parties and conferences.”
At the Maya spa, I enjoyed an aroma oil massage followed by steam in the traditional wooden steam box. What added to the fantastic therapy was the gushing water of the dam as a backdrop and the birds chirping. You are entitled to feel like royalty at Royal Orchid Brindavan Garden since it is the former summer palace of the Maharaja of Mysore who visited for hunting. Even today the royal family has impromptu visits. The hotel has a treasure-trove of photos dating back to 1915 in the reception enclosure. These give black and white glimpses of how the Krishnaraja Sagar Dam was built of limestone and powdered brick. The Brindavan Garden and the dam are phenomenal specially between 7-8 pm on weekdays and 7-9 pm on weekends when the garden is illuminated and the musical fountain dances and spurts myriad designs.
The heritage aspect of the hotel is elegantly visible in the wooden furniture and wooden stairs with antique artefacts and knick knacks. This year marks 100 years of Royal Orchid Brindavan Garden. The food is sumptuous whether it is at The Garden Café which is the hotel’s all day cafe or C.K.’s which is their multi-cuisine restaurant. Don’t miss the finger licking matka biryani which comes traditionally sealed with atta. The filter coffee is a must have at the hotel. Elephant Bar is a delightful open air bar where you can get spirited not just on alcohol but also the ambience. Even the base of the tables are elephants and you get a feel of Mysore grandeur.
Apart from walks in the garden there are so many wonderful sightseeing options. Heritage lovers, history buffs, families and honeymooners- there is something for everyone at Mysore. Start with Chamundi Hills where the huge statue of Mahishasura greets you. After darshan at the Chamundeshwari Temple and the adjoining Shri Mahabaleshwara Temple and Shri Narayana Temple, proceed to the monolith of Nandi. The Nandi here is humongous and intricately carved. On your way back, on the main road to Chamundi Hills visit India’s first sand museum where 115 truckloads of sand have been utilized to make 150 sculptures. If Mysore Palace will have you in awe of the regal lifestyle, St. Philomena’s Church with its 175 feet tall spires will literally have you look up to it.
The Mysore Railway Museum is a lovely infotainment venue with locomotives and a toy train. The Maharani’s Saloon is quaint and built in 1899 at a cost of Rs 29,508. St. Bartholomew’s Church of 1830, Jaganmohan Palace with its impressive art gallery and Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion inside the Mysore University are other attractions of Mysore. Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion has the Kalyana Mantapa, archaeology museum and folklore museum and has the distinction of being India’s first university museum complex. Do try the melt in the mouth Mysore Pak, the sweetmeat made with ghee. For souvenirs there are Mysore Silk Sarees and sandal products ranging from soaps to incense sticks.
Royal Orchid Brindavan Garden,
Krishnaraja Sagar, Mysore.
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