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Asia » India » Karnataka » Mysore August 17th 2018

Today is our last day in Mysore before heading over to Hampi for the next few days. It has been a leisurely day of admin and getting food for the journey. We decided to go and see the Railway Museum this morning and got a tuk tuk over there. Despite being another bank holiday this time it was open - thank goodness. Once again it was much cheaper for locals than for us but at 80 rupees each it was probably still worth it. Most of the description signs aren’t completed and the little train thats supposed to go around a small track isn’t working. I think it’s aimed at kids but looks like a health and safety nightmare to me if you have little ones. It’s great for big kids though! It has examples of ... read more
Diesel train
Railway museum
Police training ground

Asia » India » Karnataka » Mysore August 15th 2018

As promised our lovely tuk tuk driver from the day before picked us up from our hostel and took us to the bottom of Chamundi Hill (via a tea stop!). The guide book recommends avoiding weekends as they’re so busy - unfortunately we had decided to go on Independence Day instead. It was packed. Walking up over 1000 steps to the top was worth the effort. There was a real mood of celebration with people coming up to us and shaking our hands and wanting selfies. The views were spectacular and we were lucky it didn’t rain on us. 2/3rds of the way up is a statue of Nandi (Shivas bull). The top was full of people and stalls. We saw Sri Chamundeswari temple from the outside but didn’t join the ques to go in. Wondering ... read more
Cigarette manufacturing
Chamundi Hill
Chamundi Hill - Nundi

Asia » India » Karnataka » Mysore August 14th 2018

Top of the list of things to see in Mysore has to be its palace. Built in 1912 by British architect Henry Irvin to replace the previous palace which had burnt down. It’s on the sight of a fort which was first constructed in the 14th century. It’s relatively cheap at 50 ruppees to enter. The outer grounds open from 10am and the residential part from 11am. The crowds definitely got heavier later on so I’d recommend getting there early. We started by wondering around the grounds, going into the Hindu temples flanking either side of the palace, along the walls, and into the palace elephant stables (where you can say hello to them for free). We decided that if we weren’t told off then it was probably ok to go to, in this way we ... read more
Mysore Palace - palace elephants
Mysore Palace
Mysore Palace

Asia » India » Karnataka » Mysore August 13th 2018

Sleeping on a train full of people isn’t that easy and the beds are really very hard. Stephen helpfully pointed out that everyone else was lying on, rather the under, the heavy blanket provided after I woke up. I guess I’ll have to try that next time. Arriving in Banalore we had under estimated how many stations it has and after going through Bangalore east decided to get off at Bangalore Cant. Our ticket code was BGC. We assumed the ‘c’ was for Cant. It wasn’t. It was for city! We hadn’t taken into account how late the train was running... Fortunately we had almost 4 hours before our next train so jumped on a tuk tuk and got to see some of Bangalore from the back (including the racecourse). At the (correct) station we found ... read more
Government House
Modern Indian construction techniques
The spice market

Asia » India » Karnataka » Mysore January 21st 2018

Woolly says – It had seemed like a good idea, in fact a brilliant idea and although tired from our overnight journey to Bangalore having dropped off our belongings, changed and found some breakfast we took our first trip on the Indian Metro. It proved simple and easy to use and after two trains that took us through the city below ground we popped up at the central train station, managed to find a ticket office before realising that the next train wasn’t until 1.30pm, not a problem, to use up the two hours we can join a queue to sort out our next train tickets we thought. Having stood in the foreigner’s queue with our completed paperwork it all seemed to be going well and just as our tickets were about to pop out of ... read more
MySore Palace
Going into the Palace
Temple number one

Asia » India » Karnataka » Mysore December 29th 2017

Dear friends you might have heard many famous places in and around Karnataka ( south india ). There is a long list of places to relax and rejuvenate yourself. There are variety of attractions, hill station like Coorg ,historical places like Mysrore , Srirangapatna . . but today I am going to tell you about Kabini which is famous for a beautiful flowing river and its lash green surrounding. The good news is, the place is not crowded by tourists yet but I am very sure soon this place will become one of the top picks for the travelers. The place is actually named kabani , is just 205 km from Bengaluru. So it can be a very nice weekend trip for the nature lovers from Bengaluru or nearby. Being close to nature is always good ... read more
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Asia » India » Karnataka » Mysore September 27th 2017

Day 9: Hassan—Mysore 26 September 2017 After breakfast, we drove to Mysore (130 km/ 3.5 hrs approx). Mysore was the political capital of the Wodeyar dynasty which ruled the state of Karnataka for some 150 years till the independence of the country from the British. These kings were great patrons of art and culture and Mysore was the cultural capital of the south under the rule of the Wodeyars. Mysore still carries on its placid shoulders the aura and glamour of palaces, the grandeur of festivals of times gone by, but all of it with a quiet, unhurried dignity. It is often called the Jewel of Karnataka - its arts, culture, buildings, festivals, gardens and parks being the quintessence of the state’s heritage. We were dropped off to our hotel (where we were upgraded to a ... read more
Kesava Temple in Somnathpur (8)
Mysore Palace (11)
Mysore Palace (221)

Asia » India » Karnataka » Mysore April 15th 2017

Supermarkets in India are few and far between; for the most part grocery shopping is done at the tiny local shops but also at some wonderfully colourful markets. This morning we have some free time before our long train journey to Chennai (Madras) so go to visit a market in Mysore. This market mostly has fruit and vegetables on offer but we also see spices, and flowers being strung into garlands. The market is set out in rows with produce displayed in circular baskets in perfectly balanced pyramids. Coverings are strung up above the rows to provide some shade. As we walk around the market the people who see us are at first surprised and then delighted and smile and say hello. We notice the rows are laid out supermarket style with produce grouped together so ... read more
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Asia » India » Karnataka » Mysore April 14th 2017

We arrive at what appears to be a market rather than a Hindu temple at the top of Chamundi Hill just outside Mysore, but most of the goods for sale are items that can be used as offerings at the temple. There are garlands of flowers, brightly coloured powders, colourful strings and coconuts. There are also special blessings baskets containing a combination of these things. The name of the temple is Chamundeshwari and the present tower of a building is covered in carved figures mostly dedicated to Shiva, the god of destruction. There are many depictions of Nandi the bull that Shiva rides upon, the biggest of which stand 15 feet high carved from granite. We watch worshippers bring their offerings to a stone trough where, after placing their bananas, ghee candles, coloured powers, flowers and ... read more
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Asia » India » Karnataka » Mysore April 14th 2017

Maharajas of the Wodeyar dynasty have been lording it over the people of Mysore since 1399 when King Yaduraya first claimed the site and built a palace. Being born to such a lineage can be considered a blessing or a curse depending on how you view such things but the various incarnations of palace buildings, culminating in the present day grand opulence are surely recompense for any of the more onerous aspects attached to those fated to rule. We are standing inside one of the five entrances to what is now the most visited building in India after the Taj Mahal. Six million visitors a year become 6 million and 15 as we make our way to the turn stile and shoe depository - bare feet are necessary as it seems verucas haven't sufficiently gotten a ... read more
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