Having travelled far and wide, Lord Dufferin writes about his travels in ‘Letters from high altitudes’, a comic travelogue. Despite the critical success of his book, he does not publish more books. Instead, he chooses to be a public servant of the British.
His keen diplomatic skills bring him to India, where he is appointed as the Viceroy and Governor-General of India in 1884. To improve relations with the British Raj, King Chamaraja Wadiyar X invites Lord Dufferin to Mysore in 1886. The event is commemorated with the construction of the Dufferin clock tower.
The Dufferin tower, unlike traditional clock towers, has an open arch on all four sides. At the centre lies a beautiful fountain.
The locals fondly call the tower ‘Chikka Gadiyara’, which means, ‘Small Clock Tower’, as it is much smaller in size when compared to the ‘Dodda Gadiyara’, another famous clock tower in the city. After a long period of neglect, the tower and its surroundings were renovated in 2012.
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