With a population of nearly 1 million, Mysore is a charming town in the Southern state of Karnataka, a few hours drive from Bangalore.
The Mysore Palace which was built in 1912 is the largest Palace in India. Deservedly so as Mysore was once the capital of the Mysore state which was one of the 5 most important and wealthiest states in India at Independence.
With a wonderful & colourul market, Mysore is also famous for Sandalwood & Silk.
70% of India’s incense exports are from Mysore, and 70% of India’s domestic silk comes from the area also. Head out to the villages near Mysore and there’s a chance to see silk worm farms.
Each Sunday night, the Palace is illuminated for an hour with 80,000 light bulbs, quite a sight to behold. The Mysore royal family still live in part of the Palace, but the main part is open to the public and is worth spending several hours. It’s an amazing testimony to wealth, royalty and kitsch.