A group of 19 foreign tourists who arrived in city in the Golden Chariot train last night, were accorded a traditional welcome this morning at Mysore Railway Station by the Dasara Tourism Sub-Committee.

The tourists were presented with garlands made of Mysooru Mallige (Jasmine) accompanied with the playing of Nadaswara.

They were given brochures (in English) relating to tourist spots in and around the city and also the list of Dasara events (which was printed in Kannada).

During the day, the foreign tourists were taken on a tour to Kabini backwaters in a KSTDC bus. Tomorrow, they will be taken for a sightseeing tour of Mysore and venues of Dasara events.

Padma, an American citizen, speaking to SOM, said that she was very happy to be in Mysore, that too during Dasara.

Garmet Cregonling from New Zealand said that he had heard of Dasara being celebrated in Mysore in a very grand way and that he wanted to see Mysore Dasara, Mysore Palace and the amazing lightings at night.

Hugh Rozel, who is from Scotland, expressing his happiness, said that it was his second visit to Mysore as he wanted to see the Mysore Palace again. He said that the Mysore Palace was more beautiful than the Taj Mahal in Delhi.

Y.N. Shankaregowda, President, Mysore Dasara Tourism Sub-Committee, N. Sunil, Vice-President, Shivalingappa, Deputy Director, Tourism Department and others were present. The Golden Chariot will leave Mysore tomorrow night to Hassan from where they will be taken to Belur, Halebeedu and Shravanabelogala before leaving for Hampi and then to Goa.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore