Mysore is an impressive Ancient city and the former capital of the Wodeyar Rajas who ruled over the surrounding state for more than 600 years. The city’s Maharaja’s palace is a spectacular site, having been totally re-built by renowned English architect Henry Irwin after being gutted by a fire in 1897. The Palace is particularly magnificent at the weekends and on public holidays when it is illuminated by thousands of tiny light bulbs.
Despite being Karnataka’s second largest city, Mysore has a relaxed friendly atmosphere and is a captivating place to spend a few days exploring the city’s splendid royal heritage, fascinating museums and vibrant markets. Famed for its silk, incense and carved sandalwood, Mysore is a wonderful place for shopping, particularly around the lively Devaraja Market where you will find everything from spices to handicrafts.
It is also well worth heading the hills on the outskirts of Mysore especially to pay a visit to the 12th-century Sri Chamundeswari Temple which was constructed by the Hoysala rulers and boasts spectacular views over the city – a deserved reward for climbing the 1000 plus steps to get there!