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
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…
…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.
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
check the photos, there are many more in our flickr albums here
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.
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.
This photo from August 2019 shows the high level of the Kaveri River at our favourite place Srirangaptnam just outside Mysore
The super city of Mysore and its many fantastic attributes are featured in the Guardian.
Yes, and we do get a couple of mentions, too…
Please check their article here….. for much more info on Mysore
What makes the difference?
At lunch yesterday, after the cycle tour with a mix of cyclists some from our BnB and some from a different Airbnb in Mysore the difference between ours and this other BnB became apparent from their conversation. It was super to get that feedback and how different peoples experience can be….
Both were comfortable clean places. But the difference?
You’re sharing our home.
We start welcoming you with an introductory email about us, the house and how we can help you have a great stay in Mysore. These are packed full of information about things to do to help plan the stay including our own useful web site at http://www.manjulasmysore.in and getting to know us through our blog http://www.meandmycycle.com
Our guests really appreciated our help but equally important was beginning to feel welcomed and making a connection right from the outset.
We provide detailed information about how to find us and if it’s required, a pick up from the airport or helpful details for dealing with autorickshaws.
Once you arrive, and Lucie has said hello, we welcome you with a guided tour, (most guests get confused between the different floors), a welcoming drink, visiting the roof terrace, understanding the necessity of filter water and the availability to top up your own bottles a refreshing tea or coffee and especially important a simple map showing where we are with highlights of places to eat and visit tailored to your interests.
We’re here to help with information and advice, arrange easy going transport from drivers we know and trust.
So, we want you to have a great experience and want to return for more!
Above all it’s “the people that make it” sharing our home with a rich mix of wonderful people from around the world.
Is about tipping
Its quite amazing how many people forget to tip or think its not done to tip (really?!)
Tip, Obviously if you’re happy with the service you’ve received provide a thank you in the form of a tip. Round it up, minimum 10 Rs maybe five to ten percent of the cost. There is no golden rule. but do tip. Try to remember the people behind the scenes: the one who clears the table, the cleaner wherever you stay, they get paid the least and may not see anything of the usual tips. The minimum wage is 200 rs per day and with the growth of the middle classes and effects on tourism prices are seriously going up. It just might not seem it to you.
If you’re not happy then it’s an important statement not too.
I was a bit mad when I first visited india twelve or so years ago. Someone just had to look in my direction to get ten rupees. At one hotel, with a lift, every time I went up or down I gave him a tip. Now that was too much. I was his best mate. 😉
It’s really easy to forget, especially if you’ve had an itinerary arranged by a company so you’re not paying for things as you travel around.
So its important to tip but also to keep in mind what’s an appropriate amount. If we go the other way and tip too much then it feeds foreigner inflation. Maybe we’ll do another top tip covering how to work out the correct price to pay.
I was amazed to hear that some travellers had read advice that you shouldn’t tip in India, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Please do tip.
At our house we have a tin for tips that go directly to the cleaners and the gardener. Manjula only takes for the money she’s given to pay for any meals she makes.
If I ever get any tips from delivering a cycle tour (it does happen once in a blue moon), they go to charity.
So what to tip?
we’ve found a great intro to how much to tip on this site
Created by our wonderful friends at Indiasomeday, (check their main site, they put itineraries together for people) whose guests when visiting Mysore come stay with us at Mysore Bed and Breakfast.
Here’s our inconsisten take on what to tip. (On reading it again, it definitely seems like I’m a bit tight.)
Just today we were at one of our favourite lunch time ‘hotels’ (meaning restaurant) the cost of the meal was 600 Rs, we left a 20 Rs tip (its shared amongst all the staff) tip and another 10 rs to the car park attendants (its maybe not shared!). I’m from Yorkshire and we’re known to be a bit tight but we DO tip.
In Hampi, during our last visit (check the blog for more info) Manjula and I were discussing the young guy working at the Guest house. I can’t believe it but Manjula gave him 200, now she’s acting the Maharani. He said that foreigners never gave tips, just the Indians gave. Astonishing!
Oh and another thing: Drivers. they are of course a mixed bag but we do tend to get a little bit fed up of them trying it on all the time. (We have found a selection of great drivers who promise no hassle!) So I’m really careful how I tip a driver. I want to tip to reinforce good behaviour (the ineffective stick and carrot) so if they use the meter, are helpful, do their job well, I’ll definitely tip. I see it as an encouragement to be nice guys. In particulate our drivers will not be tricksy ( I hope) and if they’ll been hanging around at the airport for your flight, they’ve been helpful with the baggage and generally driven well, please do get them a tip.
On the other hand if you get an auto driver that will not use the meter, don’t use him (if you can be bothered) and if in anyway he’s tricksy make a point of demanding the exact fare. and wo wo wo if he wants you to visit a shop to help him get a voucher for petrol then he’s just lost his tip and any future work!
That’s my approach anyway. It might be pushing a rock up the hill to try change the approach of the drivers but I’m trying and our drivers are pretty good!
and why choose ours?
Its sharing our home……
which is clean, comfortable, with a great atmosphere, home cooking, continental or Indian breakfasts, an outdoor sit out and roof sun terrace with lots of plants, two lounges, small library, fast WIFI, in a quiet residential area with super amenities next door and which is just ten minutes from the action in the city, such as the Palace and Market.
we provide insights into India with information and advice on what to see and do, from the perspective of Manjula (from Mysore) and Stephen (from the UK) to help you make the best of your time here.
we have a lovely dog, Lucie
a series of over ten parks starting opposite our house
a house with wonderful art from around the country
MYCycle tours, scrumptious meals and cookery lessons
oh, and we’ve been no 1 in Mysore on Trip Advisor for five years
according to India today these are the ten top reasons to choose a Homestay here
Manjula’s cooking has become world famous! 😉
We love sharing meals with our guests (it’s the nature of our open house) and often Manjula will provide cookery lessons and demonstrations. After many requests we’ve now started posting recipes and begin here with two simple examples.
Recipe One Ragi Soup
Recipe Two Dhal
Future recipes will include: Roti, Soda Bread, a range of delicious Bhaji, pressure cooker cooking and more…
Do come and join us for dinner.
If you have any questions about any of the recipes or any special requests do write to Manjula and Stephen at firstname.lastname@example.org