Did you know what Rolls Royce executives meant by “doing a Mysore"? Or the connection between Mysore and the Battle of Waterloo? Sure, the answers are a google away, but how about getting all the trivia as you stroll around the splendid Mysore Palace?

Resplendent: The Mysore Palace during Dussehra. Dinodia

Five months after launching Royal Mysore Walks, Vinay Parameswarappa is gearing up to escort trivia and history enthusiasts on a 2km stroll through the evenings leading up to Dussehra (till 28 September), when the palace is lit up with 97,000 electric bulbs and and grand celebrations get under way.

“During the walk, I will tell the story of how Dussehra came to be the naadu habba, or the festival of the state. It began during the days of the Vijayanagar dynasty and has been carried on by the royal Wodeyar family of Mysore. Some changes have taken place, but the splendour remains," says Parameswarappa, 26, who quit his IT job to pursue his passion for history through Royal Mysore Walks.

The Dussehra night walks will begin after sunset, and will concentrate on the how, when and where of the celebrations. Also in the pipeline is a tonga tour along the route of the city’s famed Dussehra procession. On regular weekends, Parameswarappa conducts his morning walks around Mysore’s heritage sites and introduces tourists to the city’s famed silk saris, Mysore pak and masala dosa. Walking tours are priced at Rs495 per person.

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