Youth Hostel Mysore is a budget hostel located two kilometers from the sights, perfect for travelers watching their rupees -- but that unfortunately is the only reason for staying here.
It's a relatively easy find if you're coming from the train station, as signs are located along the route. If you're arriving via private bus, you will be taken to the private bus station -- walk out to the main road, take a left and then follow this road until the first major junction, turn left here and head all the way up one kilometer to the train station. The train station has a large arch on the entrance -- walk away from this, and you'll soon pass a McDonald's. Carry on up this road for two kilometers and turn right just before the tennis courts that you'll eventually see on your right. Head down this road and cross the railway tracks, once you pass the tracks take the second left which is a large double road. After two hundred meters, you'll reach a cross road, turn right here and walk for a further two hundred meters -- take the first right, walk past the temple and you see a large Hostel International sign on your right with a small road leading up from it. The hostel is located down here on your right.
If coming from central bus station, head west away from the palace until you get to the busy Jhansi Lakshimi Bai Road. This is the road that runs down from the station mentioned above. From here just ask to be pointed towards Mysore University Road, which will lead you down to the railway tracks crossing also mentioned above.
Rooms and Bathrooms
Picture an old boarding school that you've seen in a film and you won't be too far off as to how this place feels. Dorms and private rooms are extremely basic, some with bunks and some with simple, single beds (these don't come with sheets, so you might want to put a mat or sleeping bag down to avoid any potential bedbugs). Bathrooms are fitted with Western and squat toilets and there are cold showers also. Hot water is available in the bathrooms but this is from a tap supplied by a heater outside the cubicles.
There's a dining area, which can be used to socialize if you're already in a group, but you won't find anyone there hanging out. There's also some seating outside in a very well-kept garden. That really is about it. There's no Wi-Fi, book exchange, or anything else that you would expect in a good hostel, but it is relatively clean. There's also free drinking water.
This hostel is an extremely cheap option that doesn't sacrifice cleanliness and safety too much, however, there's no atmosphere here and you'll find it hard to meet other travelers, as it's mainly used by Indian students from the university across the road. The palace is a thirty-minute walk away or a short bus journey from the stop outside. The staff seem friendly enough and are willing to give advice on any future plans.
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