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Arriving at Mysore

Cheap flights to Mysore from international destinations will land at the Bangalore airport, which is around 139 kilometres away from the centre of Mysore. Mysore's own local airport was just reopened in January 2013. It's located about 13 kilometres from the city, and Mysore flights can be boarded in Bangalore. It's also possible to travel between Bangalore and Mysore by rail or bus. The Shatabdi Express high-speed train travels from Bangalore to Mysore every day except Tuesday. If you do end up landing at the Mysore airport, you should be able to get into the city rather quickly. There are taxis available right at the terminal, and several buses will stop at the airport. 

Getting Around Mysore

The easiest way to get around Mysore and see the sights is to hire a car and driver. There are many taxi services available, and visitors often make use of a single car and driver all day long. Auto-rickshaws (small 3-wheeled vehicles) are an inexpensive way to travel, especially for shorter distances. Make certain to negotiate a price with your driver ahead of time, since it's not unusual for drivers to pretend their metre is broken. Be sure not to get taken for a price you don't have to pay! Prepaid auto-rickshaw tickets can be purchased at city bus stands and railway stations. Mysore also has a good city bus system which serves tourist destinations and major residential areas.

Main Attractions in Mysore

Travelling on one of the many cheap flights to Mysore, "The City of Palaces," will land you in a bustling city of about 890,000 people. Mysore is culturally important, having been the capitol of Mysore Kingdom for many years. Tourism is Mysore's main industry, and each year the number of visitors peaks during the 10-day state festival of Dasara. During the festival, which usually occurs in September or October, the ornate Mysore Palace is lit with thousands of lights, and a torchlight procession of decorated elephants takes place. Other attractions include the Museum of Folklore and the Jaganmohan Palace and Art Gallery. An assortment of lakes, national parks, wildlife sanctuaries and bird sanctuaries are also within easy day-trip distance from Mysore. 

Shopping, Dining and Nightlife in Mysore

Shopping focuses on the special products local to the Mysore region, including many perfumes and beautiful carvings made from sandalwood. Other specialties include Mysore silk sarees and incense. Mysore flights give you a chance to stroll through Devaraja Market, one of India's finest open markets. The scenery there is brilliant with colours from spice stalls and row upon row of vegetables, fruit and flowers. Mysore is also famous for Pak, a traditional sweet dipped in sugar and sold throughout the city. Dining options are countless in such a large city, with many superb vegetarian options. Anu's Bamboo Hut is very popular; it's a small rooftop place offering vegetarian buffet lunches. Mysore's liquor policies are relatively relaxed by India's standards, and the city has a number of bars, but these are culturally balanced out by the fact that Mysore is one of India's top yoga and health centres. There are many spa hotels and health-food cafes catering to this sector of tourism.

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