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Mysore, the second biggest city (pop. 887,000) and cultural capital of Karnataka state in southern India, has been transforming itself into a cutting-edge city while preserving its breaktaking legacy of magnificent palaces and extravagant maharajahs. Attracting 3.15 million tourists a year, it's home to brilliant temples, gardens, and particularly palaces along with delicious dining, with highlights including Mysore Palace, Brindavan Gardens, Jaganmohan Palace, Chamundi Hills, and the nearby temple town Srirangapatna.
The number of visitors spikes especially at this time of year for the city's biggest annual event, the Mysuru Dasara, Karanataka's naada habba (state celebration), in 2019 starting this Saturday and lasting ten days