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Mysore

Mysore (India)

Practical information on Mysore

  • Encounters with locals
  • Place or Religious Monument
  • Festivals
  • Museums
  • Castle and fortress
  • Handicraft
  • Place or Historical Monument
3 / 5 - 3 reviews
How to get there
Four hours by bus from Bangalore
When to go
From November to May
Minimum stay
One day

Reviews of Mysore

Antoine d'Audigier Seasoned Traveller
48 written opinions

Spices and perfumes, palaces, hills and temples – Mysore is a disconcertingly beautiful microcosm of India.

My suggestion:
In mid-January, you may be surprised to discover that all the cows have been painted yellow. This is a tradition associated with the Pongal, the harvest festival.
My review

One of Mysore's main attractions is its bazaar, where you can haggle for hours on end to obtain spices, incense and even perfumes at ridiculously low prices. In fact, the major perfume makers stock up on basic ingredients and essential oils here.

Mysore also has a remarkable palace, and on a tour of its huge rooms I learned the history of those who reigned there in former times and viewed paintings and sculptures from various epochs. Every Sunday, once it gets dark, the palace is illuminated by thousands of lights, offering a spectacle as delightful to travelers as it is to the locals.

One final thing I enjoyed was the climb up the hill to look out over the city and explore the temple that dominates the area. It is possible to get there by bus or taxi, but the steps, which few people take, offer the perfect opportunity for a quiet, peaceful walk.

Nina Montagné Seasoned Traveller
153 written opinions

A city in Karnataka in southern India, Mysore is known for its famous palace.

My suggestion:
Visit the Mysore Palace on a Sunday evening: it sparkles with so many lights!
My review

I don't have any extraordinary memories of Mysore. In my opinion, the city isn't very pretty, and I especially remember the car horns, pollution, and horrific traffic in the city center.

The major tourist attraction is of course the famous Mysore Maharajah Palace, one of the most beautiful in all of India. I went there for a visit on a Sunday evening, when all the lights shine in an absolutely magical setting. A good memory from my stay in India.

The city has a world-famous Yoga school, Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, where it's very interesting to take a class.

David Debrincat Seasoned Traveller
459 written opinions

At 140km from Bangalore, Mysore is home to one of the most lavish Maharajah's palaces in India.

My suggestion:
Every September and October the Dussehra festival is held; a succession of incredible processions, led by extravagantly decorated elephants It's awesome!
My review

Even if Mysore isn't on everyone's agenda during a tourist trip to India, coming here will still be an enjoyable experience.

Bags of spices, piles of fresh vegetables, flower garlands, mounds of powdered tikka...The Devaraja Market is a sensory paradise. Go straight to Mysore Palace. Guards and cops everywhere. And photos forbidden inside. The accessible part of Mysore Palace is huge and grandiose. Each room is more luxurious than the one before. A treasure trove of silver, precious stones and rare wood...the property tax must be crippling!

But a word about downtown Mysore. I was just as surprised by what I witnessed here. Everyone seemed tense. The drifters and the rickshaw wallahs were unrelenting. I had dealers try to repeatedly push drugs on me. I saw a young junkie, passed out on the sidewalk. No one went to help him. He may have already been dead. No one gave a damn. After having seen such beauty and opulence in the palace opposite, going in to the town was a shocking return to reality.

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