Mysore: City of Palaces

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Mysore is a small city of 800,000 people (well, small for India) in the far south of the state of Karnataka.  It is known as the City of Palaces and is also reported to be the 2nd cleanest city in India.

The highlights here have been:

  1.  the FOOD: Oh my god… southern Indian food is the best! Dosas, Idlis, Coconut chutney… so different than what we find in the U.S. for Indian food, and what a shame because it’s delicious!
  2. The palaces: There are a dozen or so old palaces in the city that have been converted into things like hotels, malls, government buildings, and art galleries.  There seems to be a beautiful building around every corner.
  3. The Mysore Palace: Wow, wow, wow, wow, wow, wow, wow!!!!!!!! Stunningly beautiful inside and out.  And they light it up every Sunday night from 7-7:30pm with 97,000 lights.  It’s simply incredible.
  4. My hostel, Zostel Mysore: Only two months old, this hostel is in a super cool 2-story building with tons of open community space to chill out, meet other travelers, read, blog, etc.  There’s also a café and a fully stocked kitchen if you want to make your own food.  The rooms are well thought out, with locking drawers under the bed, personal lights and outlets on each bed, comfortable pillows and blankets.  It is very clean, there’s hot water, and the owner is a friendly young guy (Hirin) who speaks perfect English and seems to offer at least one excursion every day, taking groups in his car or the car of his employee and charging a minimal fee for gas.  I have been out to a lake and up Chamundi Hill for sunset with him and other guests of the hostel. Everyone I’ve met here is super friendly and I’ve basically only been alone for about 4 hours since I’ve been here, when I chose to split off from two German travelers I was with to see some sights on my own.  I’ll also be traveling down to Cochin tomorrow via overnight train with a German girl I met at the hostel. Come to think of it, almost every traveler at Zostel is a solo traveler, and at least half of them are girls.  Pretty cool.
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South Indian breakfast: Dosas and idli with coconut chutney… so good!

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A savory cookie at the market

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Fresh, ripened jackfruit!

The Mysore Palace is amazing inside and out!

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Various other palaces-turned-“other”

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Palace turned Government building

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Palace turned art gallery and theater

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The Lalitha Mahal Palace: A hotel

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The Lalitha Mahal Palace: A hotel

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The Lalitha Mahal Palace: A hotel

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The Lalitha Mahal Palace: A hotel

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The Lalitha Mahal Palace: A hotel

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The Lalitha Mahal Palace: A hotel

Zostel Mysore: Great hostel with great people.  These are various images of things I did with other travelers from the hostel…

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Went to the stunning Devajara Market

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Went to the stunning Devajara Market

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Went to the stunning Devajara Market

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Various stacks of flowers in the Devajara Market

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Fruit stacked neatly in the Devajara Market

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These flower garlands are used as blessings & offerings

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This yellow cow was roaming the Devajara Market

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Vendor in the Devajara Market

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Went to an essential oil shop

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Saw a lady making incense

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This guy was putting on the hard sell for his essential oils

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Saw the sunset at a lake

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Rode in a coracle

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Boat ride in a coracle boat

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Saw the sunset from the top of Chamundi Hill

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Went to Chamundi Hill

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Saw a children’s dance competition

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Saw a children’s dance competition

Finally, here are the random photos of Mysore that didn’t fall neatly into a category:

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Zostel Mysore’s chilled out community space

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Zostel Mysore community space

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Zostel Mysore street corner where a guy sold shoes

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Lavish engagement party at the Lalitha Palace Hotel

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Door man at the Lalitha Palace Hotel

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Say the name of this art gallery three times fast

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Random building

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Roundabout

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Live chickens in a cage right underneath…

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…these dead chickens. 😦

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Poor camels tied up on the Mysore Palace grounds

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4 thoughts on “Mysore: City of Palaces

  1. Beautiful photos. I really like the paint job on the hotel palace. I want to eat that jackfruit. The stacking seems to be a theme in india, I like how they do that. I miss you so much!

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