The city of royal palaces, sandalwood and incense, Mysore has a pleasant climate, some beautiful parks and wide, shady avenues. The former capital of the princely state, Karnataka’s second largest city has the hustle and bustle characteristic of larger Indian towns yet this is an enchanting place to admire and buy some of India’s richest silks and soak up the atmosphere and old-fashioned charm that has endured over the years. Mysore is dominated by the spectacular Maharaja’s Palace, around which the boulevards of the city radiate, and a visit to the fascinating flower, fruit and vegetable markets of the area is definitely worthwhile.