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Mysore, officially Mysuru, is the second-most populous city of the state of Karnataka, Southern India. It was the capital of the Wodeyar dynasty, and is considered to be the cultural capital of Karnataka. Mysore is among the cleanest and best planned cities in India.


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Mysore's recorded history dates back over a thousand years. Its name has a mythological origin. According to Hindu mythology, the demon Mahishasura was slain by the Goddess Chamundi at the place where present-day Mysore is located. A statue of Mahishasura stands on Chamundi Hill on the outskirts of the city. In later times, the city rose to prominence when it became the capital of a breakaway vassal state of the Vijayanagara Empire, ruled by the Wodeyar family in 1584. In 1610, the king Chamaraja Wodeyar shifted the capital to nearby Srirangapatna. Hyder Ali, who was a commander in the army, usurped power in the late 18th century. Hyder Ali was succeeded by his son Tipu Sultan, who fought and lost a war with the British, dying in battle in 1799. The British restored the Wodeyars as their puppet rulers and shifted the capital back to Mysore. The Wodeyars had substantial internal autonomy and the Kingdom of Mysore (which comprised a large portion of present-day Karnataka) was one of the best administered in India. After independence, the kingdom was merged into the Indian Union and the capital of Mysore state was moved to nearby Bangalore where the British maintained their army. The name of the state too was eventually changed to "Karnataka" in 1973. The dynasty is still well loved and the people of Mysore are still nostalgic for the grandeur of the earlier times. The palaces built by the Wodeyars and the annual celebrations of Dusshera are holdovers of that period. Mysore has evolved from being a sleepy and quiet city to one that has become the most important in the state after Bangalore. The malls, apartment complexes, new and improved roads, supermarkets the advent of IT and BPO firms and a growing young and dynamic workforce reflect the transformation of the city in the 21st century. The regal city is striking a balance between olden times and modernity, resulting in the city being both old and new.


Planning a Trip

1 Get in 1.1 By plane 1.2 By train 1.3 By bus 1.4 By car 1.5 By bicycle By plane Mysore has its own airport, located 10 km south of the city centre. Scheduled passenger service has been on-and-off since the airport's refurbishment in 2010; however, as of September 2017, regional airline TruJet links Mysore to Chennai, with connecting service to Hyderabad. The nearest international airport is located in Bangalore, 185 km northeast. By train Mysore Junction is the city's main station, and there are daily trains plying the route to Bangalore. Mysore is well connected to Bangalore, with about 18 pairs of trains between the stations on a daily basis. Express Trains like 12007/08 Chennai Shatabdi, 16231/32 Mayiladuthurai Express (via Trichy), 16215/16 Chamundi Express, 16235/36 Tuticorin Express (via Madurai), 16021/22 Chennai Kaveri Express, 16591/92 Hampi Express, 16219/20 Tirupati Express, 16535/36 GolGumbaz Express (via Hubli, Bagalakot), 16557/58 Rajya Rani Express, 17307/08 Basava Express (via Gulbarga, Solapur), 12613/14 Tippu Express, 16023/24 Malgudi Express, 17325/26 Vishwamanava Express (Hubli) ,16227/28 Talaguppa Express and 3 sets of passenger trains connect Bangalore to Mysore on a daily basis. Apart from the above, 16209/10Ajmer (via Kalyan Ahmedabad, Vadodara Biweekly express, 22817/18 Howrah (via Tirupati, Vijayawada, Bhubaneshwar Weekly Express, 12257/58 Bagmati Express (weekly)(via Chennai, Nagpur), 22681/82 Chennai Express (weekly), 16229/30 Varanasi (Via Guntakal, Daund, Itarsi )Express (bi-weekly), 16217/18 Shirdi Express (weekly), 12975/76 Jaipur Express (via Secunderabad, Nagpur, Bhopal) (bi-weekly), 16517/18/23/24 Karwar Express (tri-weekly) also connect via Bangalore to Mysore. Mysore is connected to Mumbai through 11035/36 Sharavathi Express (weekly), Delhi through 12781/82 swarna jayanthi Express (weekly), Shimoga by 16201/02 Intercity Express (daily) & Dharwad/Hubli by 17301/02 Express (daily) apart from few other passenger trains to Shimoga, 4 pairs of passengers to Chamrajnagara, and one passenger to Bangalore via Shravanabelagola. Though 16021,16232,16236,16591 & 16535 are night-time trains, having Sleeper accommodation, day time AC chair car fare of ₹260 is levied on all these trains between Bangalore and Mysore, to attract more passeengers to travel by train on this section in 3 tier AC class. Shatabdi fare between Bangalore and Mysore has also been fixed at a flat fare of ₹300 for the same reason The fastest and possibly the most comfortable way to travel between Mysore and Chennai is by the Shatabdi Express, which covers the Mysore-Bangalore leg of the journey in 2 hours, and the Mysore-Chennai section in 7 hours. Although more expensive than other trains, all of the Shatabdi's coaches are air-conditioned, and meals, snacks and a bottle of mineral water are included in the cost of the fare. By bus Buses run every 5 minutes from Bangalore. There is a choice of air-conditioned and ordinary vehicles. During the weekends, these buses can fill up, but most do not allow you to purchase your tickets in advance. However, buses to Mysore are available constantly so finding a bus with seats is never a problem. The KSRTC (Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation) buses are very comfortable, especially the Volvo (Luxury) buses. A one-way ticket from Bangalore to Mysore costs ₹250. One can get a bus for Mysore from the satellite bus terminus on Mysore road. Rajahamsa buses are Non-AC and tickets cost about ₹200. KSRTC also runs Flybus (Volvo Air conditioned buses) between Bangalore International Airport and Mysore Bus stand. Buses are run at an average frequency of 90 min from Airport round the clock and timings and reservation for same available in . These buses charge a fare of ₹800 between Bangalore Airport and Mysore per person Mysore has two major bus stands. All KSRTC buses arrive and depart from the Central bus stand (aka suburb bus stand), while local buses use the City bus stand. By car Mysore is approximately 140 km from Bangalore, with a 4-lane highway (2 lanes in each direction) connecting the 2 cities. The traffic is fairly heavy but the drive is comfortable apart from the unmarked speed bumps that show up at random intervals. As of July 2011, there are approximately 25 to 30 speed bumps. The distance and bumps make you reach Mysore from Bangalore in 3½ hours by car. Some speed bumps are not even marked by zebra crossing or no symbols to indicate the speed bumps. You don't really need to hire a car and driver while staying in Mysore, as all the tourist sites are walking distance or a cheap ride by rickshaw. Alternatively, if you feel the need to have a car and driver during your trip, it is very easy to arrange it once you arrive. By bicycle Suitable for fitness freaks only. It is around a 140km bike ride from Bangalore.


Getting Around

1 Get around 1.1 By hitch-hiking 1.2 By bus 1.3 By car 1.4 By auto-rickshaw 1.5 By horse-drawn carriage 1.6 Orientation 12°18′0″N 76°39′0″EMap of Mysore Getting around in Mysore is cheaper than most Indian cities. By hitch-hiking Hitch-hiking: Taking a lift, most of the locals(mainly 2 wheelers) are very helpful and generally stop to give a lift. Might be difficult on the main arterial roads because of the Traffic Police as helmets are compulsory for pillion riders as well. By bus City buses originate from a separate City Bus Station 2 km from the Railway Station. Frequent bus service is available to all major tourist and residential areas of the city. Volvo air-conditioned buses are available to Chamundi Hills, KRS-Brindavan Garden, Zoo, Infosys, and the European Quarter (Gokula). By car Tourist cabs are your best option if you plan to tour the city all day or go to neighbouring towns like Srirangapatna. Costs about ₹9 or ₹10 per km. A day-long hire to cover the most popular points, ending with Brindavan Garden may cost ₹1200 to ₹1600 for a non-AC Indica type vehicle. App based cab services like Ola cabs and Uber are also available. There are many car rental companies available. BookCab, ☎ +91 80 3000 3000, e-mail:  By auto-rickshaw Auto-rickshaws have meters, but drivers politely refuse to turn down the meters especially at railway stations, bus stations etc. The more the driver suspects that you are a tourist judging based by your attire, looks and luggage, the less the chance that they will agree to use the meter. Price is ₹11 per km, with a minimum fare of ₹25. Try to insist on using the meter; threatening to call the police sometimes works when the rickshaw driver pretends that the meter is broken and wants a flat fee. At the railway station or city bus stand, go straight to the prepaid auto-rickshaw counter and tell them your destination (you have to pay a rupee (₹1) for this service). They will give you a slip with the fare printed, along with the destination and auto rickshaw registration number. When you arrive at the destination you just pay what is printed on the slip. You can always get the help of a traffic police officer to negotiate with the auto driver. They are really helpful. By horse-drawn carriage Horse-drawn carriages (known as a tanga) are a common sight and way of getting around the tourist hotspots in Mysore, especially the landmarks surrounding the palace. Orientation The different areas of Mysore are usually understood by the locals in the following way: Mysore North: Gokulam, Hebbal, Metgully and Bangalore Road. Mysore South: Mananthavady Road, Ooty Road, J.P.Nagar and Kuvempu Nagar. Mysore East: Bannur Road, Siddhartha Nagar, T.Narasipura Road, Teresian College area, Zoo Garden, Karinji Lake and ATI. Mysore West: Hunsur Road, Yelwala, Jayalakshmipuram, Bogadi Road and University area. Mysore Central (downtown area): Yadavagiri, Railway Station Area, K.R.Circle, Palace area, Devaraj Market, Urs Road, Bus Stand area and JSS Hospital area.


Things to do

Temples, ashrams and churches Chamundi Hills (MCTD route No. 100, 201. volvo 201 from City Bus Stand), ☎ +91-821-259-0027. A temple of Goddess Chamundeshwari (or Chamundi Devi). The huge Nandi sta top is available. Atop the hill, Goddess Chamundi's idol is placed in a beautiful temple with marvelous architecture. It is a plastic free zone. Wheelchair access to the temple is available. Air Conditioned Volvo buses are available to Chamundi Hill and back from the city bus stand every twenty minutes. Bus 201 is climbing up (₹20), but if you want to take all steps, prefer bus 204 which take another route passing 800 m from the first step (₹8 only). (updated Mar 2018) 12.283864176.6585731 Datta Peetham. Sri Ganapati Sachchidananda Avadhoota Datta Peetham is an ashram in Mysore. It has beautiful gardens with bonsais among other plants. You can buy some herbal tea for an infusion, grown in the gardens.  Osho Ashram, Uthanahalli Village. The ashram is set in a very scenic and spacious paddy field. Yoga classes and meditation practice. They organize frequent yoga camps lasting one week at the most. (updated May 2015) St. Philomena's Church 12.3210276.658212 St. Philomenas Church. A beautiful cathedral, reminiscent of medieval architectural style, is one of the largest churches in the country. Built in the Gothic style, the Church is an imposing structure with stained glass windows and lofty towers. The renovation, still going on in March 2018, may not please everyone: it gives a kitsch style 'à la Disneyland', especially from the exterior. The interior can now be visited. Renovation is expected to last until late 2018.  Buddha Temple (Ballal Circle). Two golden Buddhas, ten red little Buddhas and one statue of Dr.Ambedkar. Cute and photogenic circular building. Very good place to meditate. (updated Jan 2017) Jwalamukhi Tiruparasundari Temple (Chamundi Sister Temple), Uttanahalli, Off Nanjangud Road (MCTD 203 from City bus stand). One of the old temples of Mysore, Jwalamukhi Tirupparasunadri is also an incarnation of Goddess Parasakthi, the universe creator. As per legend, the demon Mahisasura had a boon that if anyone would kill him and blood spills on the ground, Each drop of blood will create a Mahisasura. Hence, during the process of slaying the demon, Goddess Chamundi consulted the help of Devi Tirupparasundari, who ensured that the blood drops do not touched the ground, by drinking every single drop of the blood falling out. Thus, the demon was completely destroyed The Goddess stayed on the foothills of the hills, ensuring protection to all the devotees around the town. (updated Feb 2018)