Important Notice

We hope you are managing and well in these strange times.

Currently closed due to the exceptional circumstances. We will open later in the year with appropriate measures to ensure health and safety but recognise things are unlikely to change much until sometime in 2021.

We can only be booked directly via Email (preferably) tours@mycycle.co or telephone 0091 9886705179.

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Our most up to date information is posted on www.meandMYCycle.com where you’ll also find our story.

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Recent guests have pointed out that when you search Mysore Bed and Breakfast on google ‘MakeMyTrip’ and Goibibo advertise that you can book through them. This is not true or possible. They even advertise availability at double our normal rate. We don’t understand how or why they do this but needless to say it’s completely unacceptable.

We’re trying to stop this unethical practice but have not succeeded so far. Google accepts no responsibility, as you’d expect. Interestingly for twenty years I’ve been a specialist consultant and trainer on responsible business. 🙂

We’ve been operating for over eight years now, are no 1 on Trip Advisor. Most of our guests come to us as returners or word of mouth. For the record its 2400 Rs per night for two people sharing and 1950Rs per night single occupancy. Breakfast is included and is usually fruit salad, muesli, toast, juice, scrambled egg and mushrooms.

Stephen and Lucie, with Manjula

Mysore

March 2020

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Welcome….

Welcome…. to our site, where you will find general information and details of how we can help you have a great visit to Mysore. This includes:

  • Mysore Bed and Breakfast, come share our home.
  • Mycycle Tours, guided cycle tours in and around Mysore and Srirangapatnam
  • Fare’s Fair, hassle free auto rickshaw rides
  • information and advice about the things to do in and around Mysore (check the menu at the top of the page)

If you want to know more about who we are, our life here in Mysore, please visit our story at  meandmycycle

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We’re proud to be a Trip Advisor Traveller’s Choice Winner for over five years and are now No. 1 in Mysore. Please check Trip Advisor 

Do join us and our other friends, guests and family at our Facebook sites at Manjula  and Stephen

We’re at tours@mycycle.co and 0091 9886705179

To ask any questions about Mysore or what we do, or to make a reservation just send an email or complete the simple form on our contact page.

We hope to see you in Mysore

Our very best wishes,

Manjula and Stephen

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Occasional update March 2021

Travel again?

A recent article about ‘global travel trends’ …. emphasised that people were looking forward to travel again….. we can understand why.

Guess where was top of the list? Yes, India.

They emphasised different ways to travel, all of which we have experience of here. For example:

Travelling sustainably, of course, more people are conscious of how they travel and getting to know a place better, going for depth and less of breadth. In a previous life I advised business on sustainability.

More people are looking to work while travelling, say hello to the digital nomad, Tom and Amy are our very own examples of young people with a new approach and zest for life. We’ve lost count of the times they’ve been to stay.

Want to work and travel? check out India, come and stay.

Safety in terms of one’s health and not being in risky personal situations, when we do reopen we’ll be up to the minute, in terms of best practice. In addition, we have experience of many single women travellers calling in here, some starting their travels in Mysore so we can help you find your feet, put you in touch with others and give helpful advice.

Travel is always an adventure and we often have people, including the Sari Sisters from Vancouver Island, Stephen Fleming the intrepid bee hunter cyclist from England venturing out on their own cycle tours, for example from here into the Nilgiris, Kodagu, or to Cochin or Goa. We’ve put cyclists in touch with other’s who have cycled the same routes to get insightful advice and great suggestions.

So when making plans do search around this site where you’ll find all sorts of advice for travel in India, in the South and especially in and around Mysore.

If you can’t find what you’re looking for, just ask, we might know or our community of friends: previous guests and local contacts will know.

Things to do Locally

We do also of course have our ‘world famous’ MYCycle tours

I was out cycling with our neighbour Verendra and just today we Invited in and given a guided tour of the Pinjrapole society where cows are given a home, yes, imagine an old cows home, with 4000 residents. check it out.

We look forward to meeting you again or for the first time!

Stephen and Lucie, Manjula still with us.

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Pandemic

We hope you and your family are managing OK

It’s a year since our last guests stayed at Mysore Bed and Breakfast. What a year it’s been. We miss you!

Our wonderful new banner in our downstairs entrance created from Manjula’s clothing by Jacqui, a multi-talented previous guest.

It’s been a challenge for us all, with fewer visitors and friends to make Lucie has found it difficult, she’s stuck with me!

Our biggest challenge is missing Manjula, it’s been two years now. We’ve just arranged Pooja and a meal for us and the crows (to reach Manjula’s soul) ? More details here

She’s present with us as we cherish her smiling energy and joy.

Yes we’ve added even more art…. and a library and …

We look forward to re-opening and seeing you later this year please do contact us to find more details, check this or our regular updates on our other site or on Instagram #meandmycycle

From Stephen, Lucie and Manjula who is very much still with us.

Celebrating Mysore Art

Mysore storyteller’s Network were in the sensitive hands of R G Singh who guided us through the history of his wonderful private collection of Mysore Art.

One of the hidden gems of Mysore. He’s from a family who arrived over two hundred years ago who celebrate and perpetuate the mysore style art. The museum has special exhibitions and occasionally provides guided tours to the exhibits that cover exactly those 200 hundred years of Mysore Art.

I discovered that one of my paintings is similar to one of R G Singh’s in his collection. It’s the cosmic egg.

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We’ve all found this time of virus challenging and search new things to do.

How can we survive without travel?

Two wonderful friends have come up with solid solutions.

In my unbiased view they are amongst most innovative, informative and entertaining guides in India, who have set up quality services in Mysore and Delhi and elsewhere.

Check our their online offerings, you’ll not be disappointed.

Vinay’s Gully Tours with a presence in Mysore, Bangalore and Cochin

Check here

Surekha’s Delhi Metro Tours.

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MYCycle Tours of Srirangapatnam are available on demand and will be relaunched in 2021.

It’s been different

 

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Here’s our entry on Trip Advisor and we’re pleased that we are a Traveller’s Choice 2020 and are still number one in Mysore out of 171.

Life is different as I’ve had nine years of wonderfulness with the Madam, sharing our home and making new friends.

Mysore bum hurts from bouncing on a roller coaster, pot-holed ride since she slipped through my clumsy fingers but now we’ve all had to deal with exceptional pandemic times. I hope you’ve fared well and can begin to feel positively motivated.

We can announce that ……..

We plan to open again in December and promise a friendly dog, the inimitable Lucie, the noisy Yindian and the penetrating presence of the beauty who will always be with us.

Our trademark cleanliness, appropriate distancing and limited rooms will help us all take care of each other.

We look forward to hosting old and new friends,

peas and love,

Stephen, Lucie and

the Manjula

xxx

Yindian: Yorkshire by birth, Indian by marriage.

Sharing Stories

Our stories true, about our life here and fictional can be found on our other site

A popular ‘factly fiction’ story written by Stephen is is about Mysore and cycling, provides another view

Our cycle tours are another opportunity to share stories

our friends

You know what they say?

It’s the people that makes a place, as reflected in many of the guest comments in our books and online reviews.

I don’t think it’s possible to over emphasise. In my view, people connecting well, becoming friends, enjoying life, is what it’s all about.

Yes we’ve set it up and it is our home and you’ll feel us, throughout the place and while she’s not with us anymore and by now has hopefully found another place or is waiting for me, Manjula’s presence, her essence is most definitely here and with me and always will be.

It’s a happy, open, welcoming home.

It’s the many varied, rich mix of guests (see photos below) that add the icing on the cake. That make it all worthwhile. Even over her last few months when she became more ill she wouldn’t close the place, meeting and interacting with guests until the very last, was what she wanted. Manjula recognised that you had become our family and the incredible support both she and I have received when she was ill and for me over the more recent difficult times have been incredible.

I want to introduce you to a few of the members of this constantly evolving extended family.

The lovely couple, Amy and Tom…

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…first came to visit us maybe five or more years ago. After that first holiday trip they got married, resigned from their jobs and became nomads, travelling and working around the world. We sort of adopted them (and they us) and see them regularly here or elsewhere. Amy was our celebrant at our wedding, Check here and here and here Tom took the photographs!  They knew of Manjula’s illness and so were with us on two occasions early this year and once they’d learned that she’d moved on to another life (our previous postings and Manjula’s story can be found here) they came again, especially flew in to support me for two weeks. I hadn’t realised how much I needed it but I really did.

Ina, moved to Australia from Scotland as a young child, so I wonder how does she still have such a strong Scottish accent after a few years!? Ina visits every year and became a great friend to Manjula. Her first visit was to meet up with a Tibetan monk, living a couple of hours away in Bylakuppe. It was the first time she’d met after over ten years of providing financial support.

Meet more of our team and guests, our family here and recent guests Jean-Yves and Nathalie and their great blog entries of their visit.

Manjula and I have visited previous guests in the UK, I’ve visited guests in Canada and the US, two guests have sent paintings of Manjula and Lucie, we’ve celebrated birthdays and Christmas, I’ve met guests at the music festival featured in a fictional story on our  site here, a guest has planted trees in New Zealand in memory of Manjula, I can go on and on (as you will realise)….

We are so lucky.

As a guest of Mysore Bed and Breakfast you’re not expected to do all these things,(although you’re welcome to) just come stay and have a great visit.

We look forward to welcoming you,

Peas and love

Stephen

 

check the photos, there are many more in our flickr albums here 

 

 

Diwali

We’re often asked about Diwali and it’s meaning. Well as with everything else in India there is no one way of perceiving, believing and acting, wouldn’t it be staid, grey and boring if it was.

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a good friend Ajit has provided a great introduction here

Get under the skin…

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Manjula’s Mysore is here to help you get the best out of your visit to this wonderful city.

We’ll get you to the bits of Mysore you might not otherwise see and provide fascinating insights into life in India.

We offer you our home. A clean, friendly and comfortable place that’s lively energetic and when you need it a quiet relaxing respite from the constancy of India.

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To make your visit extra special, we also offer our MYCycle tours, only the second guided cycle tours of its type set up in the whole of India. Combine them with our useful information, advice and hassle fee transport.

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This photo from August 2019 shows the high level of the Kaveri River at our favourite place Srirangaptnam just outside Mysore

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