Mysore officially renamed as Mysuru, is the third most populous city in the state of Karnataka and one of the finest in southern India. Small, relaxed and famous for its silks and sandalwood, it is a city of fine gardens, tree-lined boulevards and the intriguing Maharaja’s Palace.

In its center is opulent Mysore Palace, former seat of the ruling Wodeyar dynasty. The palace blends Hindu, Islamic, Gothic and Rajput styles, and is dramatically lit at night. Mysore is also home to the centuries-old Devaraja Market, filled with spices, silk and sandalwood.