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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So, what is there to do in Mysore?

How long to stay?
We are asked so often that we thought we’d show what visitors have experienced and thought after staying here.
Our current guests are an English family living in France with mum and dad and two pre teen children. It goes without saying they are a lovely group, gang, team….. They ARE staying here ūüėČ ¬†ALL our guests are great.

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They have been here three nights and have covered the following:

Walk up Chamundi Hill followed by dinner in one of our favourite roof-top restaurants Hotel Roopa.

Next day after breakfast at our place, Vasanth in his auto rickshaw took them to the Silk Mill, followed by the Maharaja’s Palace and then the idiosyncratic art gallery at Jaganmohan Palace. Royal Mysore Walks provided a walking tour to introduce the city, market and street food. Dinner was veg Indian feast prepared by Manjula.

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On the third day, it was equally packed. Pancakes for breakfast. A MYcycle tour of Srirangapatmam that lasted most of the day followed by late lunch at the riverside restaurant. Vasanth then helped them sort out their bus tickets to travel on to north Kerala on the fourth day.

Their verdict? We’ll let them speak for themselves.

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To us, it has reinforced one key fact. They’ve had a wonderful time and managed to fit a lot in during their stay. As with most of our guests they wish to stay longer. Once people spend time here and realise it’s a lovely easy-going accessible city with year-round great weather and much more to do than they first thought, they all feel that. If it was possible to stay (it isn’t) our family might fit in another trip to the island, see some of the local artisans, art museum, sand sculptures, more of the countryside and even do a bit of shopping.

Please note: you can find more details of the¬†highlights listed above in our page of ‘things to do in and around Mysore.’

fond farewells

We absolutely love having our wonderful and diverse range of guests. There’s no continent which hasn’t visited us many times over, except perhaps the Eskimos and Penguins, and their neighbours.

I’m often heard declaring how it’s one of my best jobs ever (except it’s not really a job) because it’s providing great opportunities to engage and communicate with people and one’s input has perceivable impact which we can feel, real results. so it’s Fab.

As a consequence, we make good friends, our family extends and the BnB community grows, and when¬†we say goodbye, so much, it’s sometimes sad.

Yet, you know, we wouldn’t change it.
So thank you to all our wonderful friends.

here’s a few of the over 1700 of them here

 

more of our guest photos can be found at  our photo albums

Art inside the book!

Our guest book is a lovely read. It helps remind us of the startling range of lovely people who have crossed our threshold and brought Wonderful connections into our Mysore life. Well it’s also a hidden source of even more art! Thank you.

Flowers and Gardens
Mysore is known, in Indian terms, as a tier two city, with around a million residents It feels, however, more like a town than a busy metropolis. One of the reasons it has this human-scale is its gardens, tree lined avenues and lakes. Where we’re based in Siddartha Nagar (or layout), a residential area just ten minutes in auto rickshaw from the Palace, at the centre of the city, we’re fortunate to have a series of gardens with one just opposite our house.

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We’ve also put some effort in to creating our own garden on the roof and ensured you’re welcomed by greenery at the front gate.

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Our potted plant roof garden, at its best over the winter, is a great asset for the guests. For a drink in the evening, place to meet our other guests, watching the fruit bats fly over in the evening, and generally chilling out, its one of our communal sit-out areas

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part of our team is our gardener: Narainappa here assisted by his nephew Venkatesh

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Mysore is also easily accessible to gorgeous rural areas with fields and rivers close by and national parks a little further away. Our most popular cycle tour is on Srirangaptnam where you can get a good feel for rural life.

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STOP PRESS Just last night, at midnight, we were so pleased to have caught our … appears-only-once-and-at-night flower

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its a Brahmakamal and coincidentally is used as part of my logo for the UK business: flourish training and consultancy

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with a wonderful range of guests visiting from India and around the world staying at the BnB, celebrating Christmas, New Year and Stephen’s Birthday and often joining our cycle tours in Srirangaptnam and Mysore. Please check the link below for your photos if you’re one of our guests who joined us in December or one of the months before.. (other photos will be posted later) https://www.flickr.com/photos/manjulasmysore/sets/
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our first young Indian family on a MyCycle Srirangapatnam Tour

Priya kindly reviews our MYCycle Tours to the¬†Club¬†Mahindra community. Her family, from Mumbai, that’s Priya, her husband Hashin and son Tarun, joined us on Srirangaptnam tour. We’ve had many families join our tours but this was the very first ¬†young Indian family and whilst they are trail blazers and cycling is becoming more of a leisure thing in India amongst young people, we hope we will see more Indian families trying out cycling.

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POSTCARDS

We often have requests from guests for postcards to send to family and friends or as a souvenir of their visit. We know its bit retro but eh….we’re therefore planning to publish a small selection for future guests.

Check the photos we’ve posted on flickr (click the link at the word POSTCARDS) and tell us which you’d like to see as a postcard. Select the top three and send the relevant letters (they are labelled A onwards) to tours@mycycle.co The overall preferred images will be published.

In addition if you have favourite photos or would like to see postcards of specific places in and around Mysore tell us and we’ll go out on a photo shoot.

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