It is difficult to say if Mysore is a modern city that is trying hard to uphold traditions, or an old world city that tries even harder to wear a modern outlook. What ever is the truth, the word Mysore evokes a lot of anticipation. You can still anticipate a lot more, and Mysore has the character to match all those anticipations.
There are quite a few aspects that add to the aura of Mysore. For over 500 years this has been a capital city of the region of the Wodeyar kings, later popularly called the Maharajas of Mysore. They built a large country called the Mysore Kingdom. The city of Mysore was its imperial yet human scale capital.
The recorded history of founding of Mysore dates back to 1000AD.
And what gap history had left behind is easily filled by the numerous myths and folklores associated with Mysore. The very name Mysore is mythical in origin.
Centuries old traditions go on as regular part of Mysore’s life.
Approach Mysore in a casual, slow and relaxed fashion – true to very spirit of the city.
Be it wildlife, heritage, art or history , Mysore city sits in the middle of a tourism hotspot, like no other cities in this part of the country. Mysore is sophisticated enough to receive 2.5 million visitors (more than 3 times its population) every year. And it is trying harder to attract even more. The climate is as pleasing as its population. Mysore is easily to access from the of India by road, rail and air connections.
And lastly Mysore won’t burn a big hole in your wallet. It is more likely the time that you will get hard pressed for, rather than the budget in exploring Mysore. This city is not a typical tourist trap, albeit the fact that it is a major destination that attracts millions visit Mysore every year. As a tourist, it is very unlikely that you would go back unsatisfied.