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Last updated : Nov 2009
Bangalore & Mysore
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Pros:
Interesting and beautiful place, modern, relaxed atmosphere, beautiful temples and parks
Cons: none

Bangalore is a very modern city with many reasonably prosperous residents. And to add to this it's a real centre for the computer industry in India.

It's very different to the North of India... less tourists and therefore less people to hassle tourists into buying things. It's a very different atmosphere, much more relaxed. And to add to this Bangalore is also beautiful because of the many parks around it. Both Cubbon Park and the Lalbagh Botanical Gardens are worth a visit even if only as an antidote to the bustle of the India outside the gates. The atmosphere is cheerful with families and young people strolling and enjoying a rare breath of fresh air.

Mysore is south of Bangalore and a quiet and pleasant city with many trees. The Mysore Palace (Amba Villas Palace) is one of the most beautiful palaces you'll find in India. An earlier palace burnt down in 1897 and the current one was completed in 1912 which accounts for the great state it's in. The current Maharaja even lives in part of the palace today.

Overlooking Mysore on Chamundi hill is the Sri Chamundeswari Temple. On the way up the hill you are greeted by a 5 metre high Nandi carved out of rock. He is always beautifully decorated and has offerings at his hooves.
At the top of the hill near the Temple is a statue of the demon Mahishasura who was eventually killed by the goddess Chamundi. The temple itself is pretty spectacular but it's a good idea to remember that it is not a museum but a temple in constant use so you need to be extra respectful.