While traveling to India doesn’t often scream “budget-friendly” to families looking for a vacation destination, the incredible landmass has more than a few destinations you can do affordably. Located in the southwestern Indian state of Karnataka, Mysore is a great location to plan your stay while sticking to a budget.
You can see almost immediately upon booking how far your money can go in Mysore. Whether you’re looking to spend some time on an already planned vacation to the area or seeking an affordable home base for an India vacation, Mysore offers high-end stays for economy prices.
Book the whole family in any of the 5-star hotels available, including Accor Hotel, Grand Mercure Mysuru for $42–45 a night; the Quorum Hotel for $43–48 a night; or the Radisson Blue Plaza Hotel Mysore for a bit more, at $100–180 a night, depending on the time of year and rooms available. In addition to the great service, possibility for hotel points, close proximity to nearby attractions and slew of other perks, guests can enjoy complimentary breakfast and save even more.
After fueling up on free food, or checking out the nearby breakfast options with the help of your in-the-know concierge, begin your day of sightseeing at the Sri Chamundeshwari Temple, a Hindu landmark in Mysore. Climb the hill and get your steps in while taking in the incredible vistas below. The kids will love the experience and you’ll walk away with some pretty unbelievable photos as the temple provides some of the best views in the city.
Once a bastion for kings and queens, the Jaganmohana Palace is now the home of ancient artifacts, royal history and art by the masters. With an entrance fee of Rs.10–20, or 15–30 cents, you can’t go wrong.
For the animal lovers in the family, visit the exotic animals and a variety of rescues at the Mysuru Zoo and wildlife sanctuary, opened in 1892. For 30–77 cents a ticket, see the sloth bear, zebras, wolves, lions and the like.
Step back in history with the fun exhibits at museums like the Mysuru Sand Sculpture Museum and the Folk Lore Museum, offering impressive sand art designs and unique oddities. Your family will get a lesson in Indian culture and tradition — all for incredibly low prices.
With such a well-spent day, you’ll have your pick for family dinner, cocktails with your partner and the older kids and essentially all the shopping you can find. When you’re able to find affordable room rates and activities in a new city, it makes the destination all the more enjoyable. Once you get there, the sky is the limit in Mysore.
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