The travel section of the world’s most respected English newspaper, The New York Times, lists 31 places to go to in 2010. And at No. 4—just after Sri Lanka, Patagonia wine country and Seoul—is Mysore.
The only other city from India on the NYT list is Bombay at No. 13.
Mary Billard writes:
“You’ve completed 200 hours of teacher training, mastered flying crow pose and even spent a week at yoga surf camp. What’s next? Yogis seeking transcontinental bliss head these days to Mysore, the City of Palaces, in southern India.
“The yogi pilgrimage was sparked by Ashtanga yoga, a rigorous sweat-producing, breath-synchronized regimen of poses popularized by the beloved Krishna Pattabhi Jois, who died at 94 in 2009. Jois’s grandson is now director of the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute. First month’s tuition is 27,530 rupees, or $600 at 46 rupees to the dollar. Classes generally require a one-month commitment.
“Too much time or money? Mysore’s yoga boom now has shalas catering to every need. Off the mat, the yoga tribe hobnobs at Anu’s Bamboo Hut or the Regaalis Hotel pool, studies Sanskrit, gets an ayurveda treatment or tours the maharaja’s palace.”
Photograph: An ice-candy seller in front of one of Mysore’s most famous landmarks, the St. Philomena‘s church (courtesy Dibyangshu Sarkar/ Agence France Presse via NYT)
Read the entire list: The 31 places to go in 2010
Link via Nikhil Moro
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Super News !!
Also, Ranji finals are in Mysore..am sure the teams will get one of the best sporting crowds.
Mysore rocks !!!
I like that pic. How about constructing a mini St. Philomena’s church using those ice cream cones?
“Mysore’s yoga boom now has shalas catering to every need.”
Need -the silent Killer.
In this era of customer satisfaction to cater “every need” of New York citizens could turn the tide of city of palaces gheraoed by Nazarbad Tippus into some Jannat monasteries smelling Mysur Malliges of incompetent fathers.
From Bombay to secluded owned phoren bikini Goa beaches to Kovalam beaches and now onto the mainland’s childless King’s court!!! , there is great deal of tourism packages under the soft and safe Yoga in era of globalization.
If Madonna is helped by Pattabhi in maintaining her body to display to world how to have group sex and change partner I think there is something wrong in the Guru not imparting wisdom but just doing a business. I wonder if Patanjali’s Yoga can be business.
Wish you had some article on karnataka reaching Ranji finals after 11 years
Great tht Mysore made it to the NYC list !!
playing the devils advocate.. wonder how long more would it remain as a place tht ppl want to visit ??
wht do u think?
dis is great news for mysore ppls….as v knw mysore is alws best place for living..