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The former capital of the Wodeyar dynasty, Mysore has been home to one of the longest established empires in Indian history and the current Maharaja of Mysore still resides in the opulently-decorated city palace. Rebuilt in 1897 after a fire, it is an imposing centrepiece at the heart of the city, especially on Sundays and public holidays when it is lit by nearly 100,000 lightbulbs.

Visiting Mysore

Nandi Bull, South IndiaA trip to the outskirts of town reaches Chamundi Hill, where you’ll find one of India’s largest Nandi Bulls, the mythical transport for Lord Shiva with spectacular views over Mysore.

The pleasant climate and vibrant yet laid-back atmosphere make it an excellent base for visiting nearby Srirangapatnam and Ranganathittu as part of a tour of south India.

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Suggested itinerary featuring Mysore

This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in Mysore, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

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    We've selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Mysore. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    Ideas for experiencing Mysore

    Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Mysore, and which use the best local guides.

    • Around Mysore
      Mysore Palace; Mysore

      Around Mysore

      Around Mysore

      One of the principal sights of Mysore is the City Palace, which is not only impressively large, but also a fantasy of eclectic styles.

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