Our tour headed south. We flew from Jaipur to Bangalore and then took a long bus ride to the city of Mysore. The roads seemed in better repair here and we thought there was less trash than in the northern cities. More cows though!
This was the view from our room. The mesh screen is there to keep birds off of the window ledge. Lots of green here. It was much hotter and more humid too. Our hotel was great, which was a blessing as Will suffered a sick day from food poisoning. Not sure what he ate but it laid him low and he missed the tour to Somnathpur.
The village of Somnathpur is home to Keshava, an elaborate and intricately sculptured Hindu temple built in 1268.
This porch is the gate into the walled enclosure. It was smaller than I expected. There were no big crowds so it had a more intimate feeling. The temple is built on a star shaped platform and is completely covered in carvings.
Inside, the temple is close, dark and could be claustrophobic.
The countryside surrounding Mysore……..
We stopped to see sugar being produced. The cane is cooked down and the slurry is spread out to dry on cut logs. Not sure what the next step is….
A little cat lives here so I took that as a good sign. (We saw very few cats in India.)
Next we went to the summer palace of the Mysorean ruler, Tipu Sultan.
Unfortunately the outside of the palace was under repair and no photos are allowed inside. Daria Daulat Bagh (Garden of the Wealth), built in 1784, is a 2-story building constructed mostly of teak wood. It’s rich and dark and the walls and ceilings are painted with murals. Many of the rooms open up to the outdoors. Here’s a picture of the inside from Wikipedia .
The grounds are lovely….. Lots of school groups on field trips!
Tipu’s tomb, Gumbaz, was initially built by Tipu for his father.
And all sorts of odds and ends are for sale just outside the gate.
In the late afternoon we walked a few blocks from our hotel to a city market.
A product from home!
And a couple little cats peeking out from a rice stall.