Tuesday 1st September
Today was a bit of a quiet day after the excitement of yesterday , it was spent around the City Centre of Bengaluru , After Breakfast at the hotel we were picked up by Pramod and Prakash for a look around and a bit shopping . The City has quite a diverse range of buildings , from old Colonial built by the British through to Modern Malls . After a bit of a drive around we ended up at Barbeque Nation for lunch . It’s a popular place with the IT crowd , the Starters consist of a selection of meat, seafood or vegetarian delicacies on skewers on an actual live grill in the middle of your table , They were absolutely delicious ! Not content with that you get to raid a buffet of lots of Indian delicacies .
On the way out i spotted this little Beaut…..
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Only a 350 but later on in the holidays a 500 went passed us and it sounded great !
First up shopping wise was a clothes shop where Melanie picked up a few items at very reasonable prices , then it was off to a craft shop where we went a little bit wild and picked up a few Indian momentos . After the retail therapy we returned to the hotel for a quiet night , a meal and a few drinks………
Wednesday 2nd September
Today we headed out of Bengaluru ! Our destination was Mysore , Pramods hometown , heading down the main Bangalore-Mysore Road we once again passed the Amrut Distillery , We also passed a lorry full of items for the up and coming Ganesh Chaturthi Festival (this year happening on the 17th September ).
We stopped at a Services for a cup of coffee and found this Turkey wandering about the place !
Arriving at the outskirts of Srirangapatna we crossed the Kaveri River which Pramod informed us was a very sacred river to the Hindus .
We turned off the road to visit the Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple , it is one of the five sacred sites of worship of the god Ranganatha .
Pramod took us inside and i have to say it is a truely impressive temple , we had to remove our shoes a little bit away from the entrance and boy was the ground hot ! Warmest my feet have been for a long time !! The Craftmanship on the temple was mind blowing , we respected their wishes and didn’t photograph inside the temple .
We continued on our journey to Mysore which wasn’t too far away , as we were approaching , Pramod pointed out a building above the City and said that’s where we were staying , we thought he was joking….. he wasn’t……..
They’d booked us in to the Lalitha Mahal Palace Hotel , it was built originally built by the Maharaja of Mysore to host his most important guest, the Viceroy of India. To say we were Gobsmacked is a bit of an understatement ! After dropping us off Pramod headed off to his parents with Prakash . We Settled in , had a bite to eat and went for an exploration…..
Later on the Guys returned to take us to visit the Historic Palace of Mysore , It is the official residence and seat of the Wodeyars , The Maharajas of Mysore . It was late afternoon when we visited and managed to get a look around the outside .
The Elephants were there to take part in the upcoming Ganesh Chaturthi Festival , it was a beautiful Palace , just wish we’d been there on a Sunday night to see it all lit up ! We returned to the Hotel after a drive around the city to have a few drinks in the bar .
I had a couple of the local whiskies by McDowells
To be Continued……