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The first of our tips focus on how to deal with some of the challenges you might face, particularly if you’re a first time visitor to India.

So if you’re aware, take your time, and follow the simplest traveller rules you’ll find India the richest of experiences where you’ll wish to return for more.

Number One: Everything, always takes longer than you expect.

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Number Three: one night stands aren’t all they’re cracked up to be

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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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So who does stay at Mysore BnB?

The numbers are in for the last year. We’ve counted how many guests have visited the BnB from the various countries. Fact is….. What matters, above all, of course it’s been a rich mix of wonderful people who have helped create great conversations and happy times. We are so lucky! Thank you for making it happen. image The countries that the largest numbers of our guests come from are the UK, India, Australia, France and Germany. In that order. This year both the numbers of people from India and France and how long they’ve stayed has significantly increased. These are closely followed by the numbers of guests from US and Italy. The mix is absolutely amazing with guests also from Belgium, Taiwan, China, (and Hong Kong), Ireland, Holland, Spain, Canada, S Africa, Switzerland, Israel, Russia, Sweden, New Zealand and Austria. And we have a special mention ….. (You know who you are) ….. for our trailblazing guests from …. Moldova, Estonia, Russia, Greece (my fave island of Crete), Japan, Turkey, South Korea, Finland, Argentina, Nigeria and Nepal. The ages of our guests are from young babies through to elders that are even older than Stephen.

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What an amazing spread. The total number of guests is 400 and we like that. Not too busy and not too quiet. It’s good to get balance in life. As many of you will know I often describe it as sitting on the beach with waves varying from gentle tickling of the toes to sudden surges. As at the BnB it goes from gently quiet to hectic. But thankfully we’re never quite overcome. Just as I like it. Manj on the other hand prefers constant busy busy busy 😉 forget it 🙂 for me the concept of ‘slow business’ is where it’s at. For me that means we can provide a better quality experience and service. Our busiest period is late December, January and February, our quietest is April, May, June and for some reason September.
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Most guests now come through recommendations from friends and people they meet whilst travelling or Trip Advisor. A fair number return more than once. Our record is held by two people (separately) who have been here for over four return trips! We’re thinking of a loyalty scheme….;-) P1010716People are staying longer generally 3 or more nights. It’s now relatively rare for people to stay one night and they are usually Indian guests enroute to somewhere else. Others will use the BnB as a base and maybe stay 7-10 days. We now have some cyclists basing themselves here for half of their holiday and doing daily circular tours.

So, to those of our previous guests reading this…

we thank you for visiting and spending your precious holiday time with us. We know from your feedback you have a great time and want to come back and that’s all that we ask.

for those who have yet to visit and become friends we hope to see you soon and look forward to our future adventures together.

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