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The seven wonders of the world, now available in Mysuru

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How about having all the seven wonders of the world in an area spread across one-and-half acres of land in Mysuru?

A small portion of the Dasara Exhibition Grounds in Mysuru has been used to recreate replicas of the seven wonders of the world, albeit in a miniature form.

More than 450 workers worked tirelessly to erect striking models of not only the Taj Mahal, but also the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Eiffel Tower, the Pyramids of Giza, the Colosseum, the Empire State Building and the Great Wall of China.

“We did it in nine days flat as we got the contract very late,” said Neyveli Shekhar of Shekhar Arts, which has set up the wonders on a piece of land, just behind the amusement park on the Dasara Exhibition Grounds.

“We have used a variety of materials including steel, plywood, fibre, bamboos etc. to erect the structures,” said Mr. Shekhar, whose company is engaged in the business of creating sets for movies. “We have created replicas of many buildings including the White House in Seychelles,” he said.

Billed as a major attraction at the Dasara exhibition this year, the replicas have become a major draw for the visitors, who are not only savouring the visual delight, but also taking home “selfies”, by posing in front of the landmark buildings.

For most people, the model of the Taj Mahal is a clear favourite. “Standing 60 feet tall and spread across an area measuring 100 feet by 160 feet that includes the garden and fountain, the Taj replica is being liked by many,” he said. Karnataka Exhibition Authority (KEA) chairman, R. Murthy, said that nearly 15,000 to 20,000 people visited them during the last three to four days. The replicas were inaugurated only last Saturday, he added.

“If the response remains good, the exhibits will not be dismantled. We will retain them throughout the year and showcase them along with the tourist plaza we are planning,” Mr. Murthy added.

Entry into the pavilion costs Rs. 40 per head.

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