sleepless journey to Mysore
We hired a taxi and driver and started off at around 0900hr. We stopped at a few sites along the way including a forced road blockade by the people from Tamil Nadu over water sharing dispute. That cost us a 2 hour wait by the roadside. Since you have to wait for the light show it is inevitable that you will return to Bangalore past midnight. While waiting for the light do try their tea, taste like teh tarik if you have been to Malaysia. To those Muslim travellers my advise is to get Muslim driver so that he can bring you to nice Muslim eateries. Our Hindu driver could not find a good one despite him asking around and presumably been there for umpteen times, so we had to settle for lunch in a hotel restaurant.
St Mark's Cathedral
This simple, yellow-coloured Neo-Classical cathedral was built in 1812 and consecrated by the Bishop of Calcutta in 1816. It features some nice balustrades and an imposing portico at the front. On the night of the 17th February 1923, it was seriously damaged by fire. In the following year, whilst being restored, the nave collapsed and the building remained a ruin until October 1926 when the nave was entirely rebuilt. The church was opened again on 7th August 1927.
FORT AROUND BANGALORE
Belgaum Fort, one of the oldest monuments of Karnataka is located in the heart of Belgaum. Jai Raya, an ally of the Ratta Dynasty, built the 13th century original structure built of stone-and-mud.
Yakub Ali Khan of the Bijapur Sultanate who took possession of the fort & built its huge walls, bastions, battlements & the parapets rebuilt this fortress surrounded by a deep moat.
In medieval times Bidar belonged to the Chalukyan branch who established their capital in 977 A.D. at Kalyani, 57 kms away. Falling to the Yadavas of Devagiri (Daulatabad) and to the Kakatiyas of Warangal in 1322 A.D., Bidar fully rose to prominence under the sultanate regime.The imposing fort of Bidar is a magnificent fort, the main gateway of which was originally built by Bahamani Sultan Ahmad Shah Wali in 1429 AD. Further improvements to the citadel were carried out by the Barid Shahi Sultans. Ahmad Shah Wali (1422 - 35) the ninth Bahamani Sultan decided to shift his capital from Gulbarga to Bidar for reasons of health
"FORT OF SEVEN ROUNDS"
Fort of Seven Rounds is located in the city of Chitradurga. The military marvel that it is, has 19 gateways and 38 postern entrances, of which the fourth is indeed the best.Rising 25 feet in height, the ornamented pillars and walls contain fascinating relief figures. The cave temple to the west of the wall is worth visiting. The City of Chitradurga itself is said to have been named after the Fort of Seven Rounds (of Walls) of ramparts, a picturesque sight.