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Daytrip to Mysore

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temple entrance mysore palace

Though Bangalore is one of the fastest growing cities in the world, it's apparently not known for its cultural tourist attractions. My hosts at IIAP recommended I use my day off to travel to Mysore, about a three-hour drive away. I went with two US graduate students, Nick and Russell, who are doing a summer research program at the IIAP, but the trip didn't go quite as planned ...

About 2 hours from Bangalore, our car broke down, and we had to wait by the side of the road for a mechanic to come rescue us. This actually turned out to be one of the coolest experiences of the trip, because the local inhabitants of the rural area took quite an interest in us. We were able to communicate through our driver as translator, and I really enjoyed talking with all of the people who came to check out the foreigners. The farmer above was tending his fields nearby and took a particular interest in us. He was very excited about having his picture taken, and he eventually invited us to his home for coffee.

Our replacement car eventually arrived after a couple of hours, and we headed on our way for the rest of the far-more-touristy daytrip. First we visited Srirangapatnam, an island in the river associated with several warriors from the last millenium. The most well-known is Tipu Sultan, who mounted his assault against the invading British colonizers from here in 1799. He cultivated his nickname of "the tiger," keeping a palace full of tiger-related objects, including this organ, formed in the shape of a tiger mauling a man's throat.

Other notable stops included a temple atop Chaimundi hill, the magnificent Maharaja's palace (which unfortunately does not permit photography), and a fountain light show set to pop Indian music. Picture album here.

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