Royalty and Regalia – A visit to Mysore

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Mysore, once the capital of a kingdom, is now a charming old city which retains much of its regalia and splendour. I had heard anecdotes of the chaos in the city, but fortunately, the Mysore I encountered was at its peaceful and charming best.

So, on a lazy weekend jaunt, here are some of the sights I captured

1) Ditch the expressway and opt for Kanakapura Road – a scenic drive though the colourful countryside with much welcome coconut water pit stops

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2) Do not miss the twinkling lights of the Amba Vilas Palace at night

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3) Wake up early next day and take a stroll down Devaraj Urs market

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4) If you are lucky, you might just catch a local wedding at St. Philomena’s Church

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5) Bollywood meets faith at a souvenir shop right outside the church

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6) Get a whiff of old word royalty at a heritage hotel

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