A stint in Mysore
Trip Start Jul 03, 2008
19Trip End Dec 07, 2008
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Happy Indian Independence Day!
After a harrowing journey to Mysore in which we saw 3 separate auto accidents, we were all a bit shell shocked, and took some time to recoup before seeing the city. We headed to the Mysore palace, a HUGE building that housed the Maharaja of Karnataka. While a little weak on historical muscle (The building is only 100 yrs old) it was still gorgeous. For my California readers, envision an Indian Hearst Castle. I wasn't able to take my camera inside, but some of the outside pictures do it reasonable justice.
From there we proceeded to Chumundi hill, one of the most sacred sites in South India
We then proceeded to check out some of the other historical buildings in the area, including a building that was once a guesthouse for friends of the Maharaja. It is now a swanky hotel, notably only because it bears an uncanny resemblance to our White House.
That night the palace was lit up beautifully, and then, being masochists, we woke up to see the sunrise, which was glorious.
In an effort to experience the famed Mysore markets, we dived headfirst into the bazaar. It was authentic India at it's finest: multi-colored tikka powder, burlap sacks full of chilies and potatoes, and hordes of men selling trinkets. It was awesome. Afterwards we spent some time silk shopping and enjoying the local zoo before heading "home."
Side note: After getting back to Pondi, I found out I'm going to be able to intern with the M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation, I'm really stoked!