Indus Valley Ayurvedic Center (Ivac)
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INDUS VALLEY AYURVEDIC CENTRE
Tanya and I thought we would round off our placement by treating ourselves to a touch of pampering and so we checked in to an Ayurvedic Centre in Mysore called the Indus Valley Ayurvedic Centre (IVAC) for a 6 night treatment package.
Firstly we met with the ayurvedic doctor whom was extremely …
... like tired kids. At the restaurant we both had the staple meal of masala dosai, which was delicious as usual, but I'm honestly craving something else at the moment. We then walked back to the palace to watch the lights come on.
Lauren missed the reveal as she had to go to the toilet. Which turned out to be so nightmarish as she entered to find a local girl ******* in the middle of the room to avoid going near the actual stalls.
I, on the other hand, was there ...
... our shoes! Followed by another X-ray bag check and metal detector - which again all seems for show without anyone really taking much notice.
The old Maharaja's Palace you can see was pretty stunning in its day. The iron was brought over from Scotland and the tiles that paved the floors from England. The beautiful paintings on the wall depicted a very British landscape - of bagpipes and soldiers - mixed with elephants and bison. It was a great mix of British and ...
... and all. The scene looks equally magnificent up close or from afar.
Venturing out into the countryside and it's proper farming country round here. Small fields are the order of the day, bringing forth an abundance of sugar cane (like giant spikey blades of grass - the juice is delicious, freshly pressed with a touch of lime), maize, tomatoes, cabbages, and some local specialities such as "ladies' fingers" and "drumsticks" ...
We've had a really nice, well-paced two days in Mysore. We arrived in the evening of the 10th, having taken a 7 hour bus ride through lovely plantations -- coffee, bananas, coconut and a few others that we were unable to identify. Lots of spices are grown here, as well as cashews. The roads were being rebuilt and so the going was slow, and the twists and turns meant that I certainly was not going to read, and so I gazed out the window the entire time. ...