Mysuru: Deputy Commissioner Rohini Sindhuri has revoked the ban on tourists visiting tourist spots in Mysuru, in order to enable tourists to enter the cultural city of palaces in Karnataka during the Dasara fest.

The ban has been revoked after many furious tourist guides, travel firms and hotels urged Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Saturday to allow tourists and others to visit the city and make-up for the huge losses they incurred during the lockdown over the last 7 months.

Owing to the same, the decision to revoke the ban imposed by Rohini Sindhuri from October 15 to November 1 was taken by the district administration.

With Mysuru being the second worst-affected after Bengaluru in the state by the pandemic, the world-famous Dasara fest, including the victory parade on the Vijayadashami day  will be confined to the Amba Vilas royal palace in the city centre to prevent large gatherings in public places.

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However, wearing a mask, thermal screening, hand washing with a sanitiser and maintaining physical distance are mandatory for all at the venues where the fest events take place.

Every year, about a  million people from across the country and the world over visit Mysuru during the Dasara and Diwali festivals every year to witness the caparisoned elephants procession from the royal palace to Bannimantap grounds across the city for the torchlight  parade as the grand finale of the 10-day fete.