Mysore is known as the City of Palaces. Located in the south Indian state of Karnataka, 146km southwest of Bangalore, it is famous for its plush palaces and fabulous festivals. It is often called the Cultural Capital of Karnataka.
The Wodeyar dynasty ruled Mysore from 1399 until Independence, apart from a brief period in the late 18th century. The Wodeyars were known as enlightened rulers and great patrons of the arts and culture.
The legacy of this patronage lives in the names of various artistic and traditional items, including the Mysore style of painting; the Mysore Pak, which is a sweet; the Mysore Peta, a traditional turban and the Mysore silk sari.
Mysore retains its place as a producer of fine products in traditional industries such as painting, silk, sandalwood and incense production. Its young and dynamic workforce have also attracted large IT firms and it is a centre for business process outsourcing (BPO).
Mysore is internationally renowned as the home of Ashtanga yoga and attracts visitors from around the world to practice in its many yoga centres.
As you would expect from such an artistic town, Mysore holds many wonderful festivals. People travel from all over India and around the world to witness the city’s flamboyant displays during the Dussehra festival.
Mysore is a clean and well-planned city. Visitors find it easy to get around and enjoy wandering through the splendid city at a slower pace than other Indian cities of its size.
When to go:
Mysore can be visited year-round, but the best weather is from September to March.
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