WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Grand…

The gorgeous city of Mysore can be found in southern Karnataka, India. When you visit Mysore make sure to include the Maharaja’s Palace on your “must see” list. This grand old building will delight and captivate you. After you finish … Continue reading

Weekly Photo Challenge ~ One shot, two ways…

Mysore

I snapped these two colourful pictures at the Mysore Palace in India last year. Although the photos are “one shot, two ways” they capture quite a different mood. The photo above depicts a traditional family grouping in front of the Mysore Palace just before closing time. The second close up picture really gives a little insight into the personalities of a few members of the group. I love how the beautiful lady in the middle, in the orange sari, is looking directly into my camera. This is one of my favourite shots from my time in Mysore.

Mysore

Hills, thrills and lots of pills…

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Pilgrims climbing Chamundi Hill…

Today was our second wonderful day in Mysore. In the morning we travelled just out of Mysore to one of the eight most sacred sights in India – Chamundi Hill. Here devoted pilgrims climb the 1000 plus stairs to visit the Sri Chamundeswara Temple. The truly holy place a small dot of kum kum powder on each individual step.

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Placing the kum kum powder…

At the top of the hill near the temple is an avenue of flower sellers and trinket merchants. Flowers and coconuts are taken as offerings into the temple.

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On the way up Chamundi Hill is the huge five metre high Nandi bull statue. It is carved out of solid rock and is one of the largest in India.

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While looking at the Nandi statue today we also met a gorgeous little fellow dressed up as the monkey God Hanuman. For ten rupees he gave us his best god-like poses…

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After Chamundi Hill we travelled back to town. We had a quick look in the brand new Mall of Mysore- a huge new shopping centre (MG Road, next to Mysore Golf Course).Not all the shops are filled yet but there are already some well known names there such as Shoppers Stop, Hidesign, Bata shoes and many more. Of course Padma shopped up a storm and we left with a few less rupees in our purses!
We then visited a fantastic Himalaya Ayurvedic shop which sells herbal remedies for nearly every ailment you could possibly have. It also sells beautiful shampoos, face cleansers, lip balms and toothpaste. The address is 108 Devaraj Urs Road, Mysore. We left with a bag full of pills to improve our health.
Next door we bought some more of our favourite Mysore sandalwood soap.

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We had a quick bite at the popular Parklane restaurant. Padma and I giggled at the one-of-a-kind smoking cabins they had there…

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When we returned to the Green Hotel we went with one of the friendly employees on a tour of the upstairs of the hotel. The view from the top was amazing.

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We finished the day off with a delicious dinner at the hotel of navaratna kurma, vegetable rice and butter naan. A perfect end to a lovely day in Mysore.

Clean, green and the place to be seen…The Green Hotel ~ Mysore…

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Well Padma and I are definitely in heaven here at the sensational Green Hotel in Mysore…
The Green Hotel is a charming, old converted palace located five kilometres from the heart of Mysore. From the moment you enter it’s breathtaking grounds you know there is something special about this hotel.

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It is an Eco hotel that has adopted many energy saving and environmentally aware practices which is to be greatly commended. It’s extensive garden is truly glorious and everything is out in flower. This garden won a first prize at the Mysore Flower Show for its outstanding potted plant display.

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We stayed in the tiny but sweet “Writers Room” in the palace. Rooms are lovely and with tariffs
starting at 3,450 rupees it is very reasonably priced too.

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Guests have full use of the whole former palace. We had lunch on the airy verandah. You can visit their lovely library and fabbo tiny gift shop. The huge grounds are filled with terracotta potted plants – a visual feast!

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The most outstanding ingredient in the Green Hotel’s success is their friendly and wonderful staff. Everywhere we went staff said hello and the whole place has an amazing positive vibe. This is due to the hotels fair and equal opportunity employment scheme. It is very evident that staff are valued and happy.

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The Hotel has a fantastic coffee shop with organic cakes. Padma and I dined at their restaurant last night and the malai kofta and butter naan were mouth watering!

All profits that are made here at the Green Hotel are distributed to local charitable and environmental projects. It is lovely to think that your money will help others.
The hotel’s motto is “traditional hospitality rather than modern day uniformity” and they have achieved this in all areas. We will definitely be back…

The following pictures show some of the wonderful people working at the Green Hotel…

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Magical Mysore memories…

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A roadside view on the way to Mysore…

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.

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Wooden toys at a roadside stall…

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.

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The Mysore 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.

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A camel ride for you Madam?

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.

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The very popular elephant…

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.

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A happy group outside the palace…