Today Padma and I travelled with our wonderful driver and friend Rusi from Bangalore to Mysore. Something handy to remember when travelling in India is that although distances between towns may not seem far on the map it will take longer than you expect. This is due to the large mass of cars, buses, trucks, cows, goats etc…on the roads that slow you down. I never mind how long it takes as there are amazing sights whichever way you look out of the car and the time seems to fly.
We arrived in Mysore early in the afternoon at our gorgeous hotel ~ The Green Hotel. After a short rest we headed to the massive Mysore Palace. Being a Saturday it was very crowded with bus loads of Indians travelling to Mysore for the day to visit the famous palace.
Padma and I love the crowds. It’s great people watching and actually despite the huge numbers moving through the palace everyone was very orderly and friendly. The palace houses a large collection of old antiques belonging to the Maharaja’s family. There are huge carved doors, ornate chandeliers and beautiful mosaic floors. The room containing the carved sandalwood boxes definitely captured the crowds attention.
After walking through the vast palace you exit through the back onto a large courtyard. Here you can have an elephant ride or a brisk trot on a camel.
This my second trip to Mysore and it is a great place to visit. It has huge, old trees which shade the roadways. There is lots of original old architecture to marvel at and long, winding, narrow streets offer lots of interesting finds. More on Mysore tomorrow.