STOP PRESS

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…

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Please check their article here….. for much more info on Mysore

 

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Can you Ride Tandem?

you can in Mysore…….

Tandem Tours to be launched by MYCycle.

Yes, we’ve bought a Tandem and will launch our tours in the new year.

thanks to our lovely models Andrea and Alya

contact Stephen (in advance) for more details: tours@mycycle.co

So why choose a homestay?

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.

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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

 

Minor’s Mysore

things to do for children and the ‘young at heart’

this is just a quick list as its occurred to me, I’ll add links and images, in due course,

Karanji Lake: birds, butterflies, walk, play area, boats (not up to standard), 20 mins walk from the MysoreBnB

Sand Museum, sculptures of sand, located on the road to Chamundi Hill, where there’s a few other attractions for the tourists. 15-20 minutes walk

Lalith Mahal Hotel: outdoor swimming pool to spend the day (ID required and there’s a fee)also a bar and restaurant (can be hit and miss) 15-20 minutes walk from MysoreBnB

Zoo, its a zoo after all but reputedly one of the best in India. Ten minutes away in Auto Rickshaw

Ransoms (its a shop opposite the zoo) where they often have exhibitions in the basement of dolls and board games (of course they are also for sale)

Parks, immediately outside the Mysore BnB is the first of a series of twelve small parks, each with a slightly different focus, that offer places to sit and relax, play on climbing frames, even skating…..

Natural History Museum, need to go check that one out

Wax Museum: bit basic but some have liked it. There’s even a blog entry from previous guests (i’ll find it)ten minutes walk

Festivals, depends, on the time of year but there’s Dasara around october time, Ganesh september/october, Diwali (mainly in people’s homes) and many many more.

and of course there’s all the regular stuff which are also great for we younger ones: Mysore Palace (looks splendid in the photos), Devaraj Market, so atmospheric with its smells and colours of fruit, veg and flowers; Chamundi Hill for Nandi the giant bull and wonderful views of the city, museums and art galleries; Silk Mill, fab foodartisan’s workshops (stone and wood) or just wandering around the streets to stumble across the hidden gems, like the yak man…..

and of course… shopping!

and of course tara tara. our Mycycle tours of Srirangaptnam are all geared up for children with small cycles, tag-a-long and child seat for ‘toddlers.’

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BHS

Belur, Halebid and Shravanabelagola (BHS) …..

Belur and Halebid are small towns where you will find Hindu Temples constructed in the Hoysala period. Belur is that bit larger but maybe Halebid beats it for the intricacies of its carving.

The towns themselves are quite ordinary

Shravanabelagola is a Temple town with the original ‘Prince’ represented in a giant monolithic statue at the top of the hill, there are other temples dotted around the town. It is one of the most important Jain Temples in the world so this is a religious town. There are places to stay and eat frequented by the pilgrims.

Melkote is a Hindu Temple town with atmospheric street, two main Temples, Tank (Temple pond), ruins and Khad cotton, hand spinning and weaving project. Again this is a small religious town.

If you have a taxi it is feasible to do this trip en-route to Coorg or Chigmaglur and in that case it might be possible to take in Bylakuppe.

As always, number one tip: don’t try to do too much!

Most tourists don’t visit these gems because of the limits on their time.

One day or longer? using taxis

Those that do will usually complete the three places in a day trip in a taxi from Mysore. It’s called BHS takes 10-12 hours in total so it’s a long day and costs in the vicinity of 3000 Rs and that’s with a driver who is not a guide. It’s a round trip of about 400 kms. I’ve done it a couple of times. It’s a full day but perfectly manageable.

Occasionally people will extend their trip and stay overnight in one of the places. This can also be done in a taxi, likely cost for two days is 4700Rs or for three days is 5700 Rs Prices will vary depending upon the final route, the type of car and are likely change. These are only intended as a guide, they were good in August 2017.

Other transport

There is a train, reservations are not necessary (or possible.?) and I’m told it’s not too busy or hectic but we don’t really know.

Buses there are both direct and indirect, it takes over three hours to Hasan and maybe another hour or more to Belur. We’ve never done it so not absolutely sure. They do exist and can be sorted once you’re in Mysore.

There is a bus between Belur and Halebid. We’re talking local buses that could be a real adventure with great insights.

Accommodation

Check the suggestions for accommodation at the BHS update here

Places to stay are limited. If you do use a taxi and take more than one day it is also possible to include the Temple Town of Melkote. These towns do not have much in the way of facilities for foreign tourists. There are now AirBnB places and government ‘resorts.’ Most pilgrims in places such as Shravanabelagola and Melkote will stay in lodging or guest houses. Some might not be able to take foreign tourists.

Please recognise our knowledge is limited. In any case, in India, expect the unexpected. 😉

Other more local options

For those who don’t have the time or the inclination to do the full thing it’s also possible to:

– combine Shravanabelagola with Melkote as a day trip. Our good friend Tanuja provides a tour of Melkote that includes the Gandhian Khadi cotton project.

– fit in a Hoysala Temple as there is a smaller but perfectly good beautiful alternative, Somnathpur, an hour or so from Mysore Bed and Breakfast which can be part of an auto rickshaw tour, passing through lovely countryside. Most guests at Mysore Bed and Breakfast manage to fit this in if they stay more than two nights and are not overcome by Temples.

For those who don’t do a MYCycle cycle tour of Srirangapatnam (shame) it is possible to combine Somnathpur and Srirangapatnam as a day trip in auto rickshaw.

Manjula’s Meals

 

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 tours@mycycle.co

Postcards

We’ve published high quality postcards of scenes from Mysore and Srirangaptnam, many found on our cycle tours. These are available at Mysore Bed and Breakfast and selected local stores including Dhatu near Kalidasa Road.

 

All our proceeds go to Asha Kirana trust to support their work in their hospital, clinic, through offering ART and outreach work for people who have AIDS or are HIV+

Tours

Tours …..

Our guests at Mysore Bed and Breakfast are staying longer in Mysore as they realise there is so much to see and do.

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To help, we’ve put together different types of tours: cycling, walking, auto rickshaw or taxi, Pillion ride on our motorbike, Jeep, even an Ambassador to suit the range of diverse interests amongst our guests. These are provided  directly by us or our friends who we know will provide a high quality service.

This is to help you have a wonderful and fun visit to Mysore.

If you’re interested in anything listed here contact us at Mysore Bed and Breakfast by emailing tours@mycycle.co or visiting http://www.manjulasmysore.in or follow the links below.

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We’ve introduced a new idea in response to requests from guests…. Taster Tours, a mix of the different things on offer in and around Mysore. The first of these is a focus on Health and Wellbeing and includes a yoga class (Hatha or Ashtanga at our local gym or Mysore Mandala), a visit to the Mysore salt cave (yes we do have one from the Himalayas, details here), Ayurvedic massage and subject to availability singing bowl therapy, chiropody, Jag therapy, Henna designs… these can all be combined in one day or spread throughout your stay. You choose what you’d like to do and when.

or check our comprehensive range of established tours below….

 

MYCycle: guided cycle tours of Mysore or Srirangaptnam or bespoke, introducing the local culture, history, people and places for all skill levels and experience, including children and Elephants.image

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IMG_0036Fare’s Fare: Rickshaw Rides , they’re not Tuk Tuks! ;-)... half or full day tours of Mysore, Chamundi Hill, Srirangaptnam or Somnathpur with our trusted friendly drivers with between them decades of service to Mysore tourists.

Tanu’s Tours intimate and personal tours, tailored to your specific interests whether it’s bird watching, people meeting, the environment, photography, organic farming, silk (sericulture), cotton weaving and more. Contact Stephen at tours@mycycle.co and we’ll put you in touch with Tanu

Ani’s Tours of her monastery in Bylakuppe, more details here. We can arrange a car to take you to the Tibetan Settlement.

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Royal Mysore Walks the original! offering insightful walks and Jeep Tours, in and around, Mysore introducing our heritage, artisans, local food and much much more.

There’s so much to do in and around Mysore and one of the highlights are the wide range of traditional crafts and lifstyles to be seen whether its on a cycle, walking, in a Jeep, Boat or Rickshaw.

Stephen has just started helping our good friend Vinay launch an Academy and website for those who wish to create experiences for, in the first instance, tourists visiting Mysore but in time it will grow to cover other locations. Check current progress at Gulliver

Tell us about your interests and we’ll find something to suit or create it specially for you.

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