It's a joy to watch the behaviour of roadside monkeys.
So much more natural than those in rehab centres or controlled enclosures. This family clearly wanted to be left alone. So after this shot, i did leave them alone :)
Fondest memory: Getting a moneky family to naturally pose for you has to be one of my fondest memories of Mysore.
The Indian Rupee (Hindi: रूपया) is the official currency of India. The issuance of the currency is controlled by the Reserve Bank of India. (the Hindi copied from Wikipedia)
In India, Rupees that marked with ink and covered with scotch tapes are of common sights, but you still can transact with them. Of course some very torn pieces might be return to you and still you can pass it on to another hand soon enough.
The Rangacharlu Town Hall building was constructed in 1884 in memory of Late C. Rangacharlu, who served his first Dewan of Mysore State. The Rangacharlu Memorial Hall housed the City Improvemment Trust Board and the City Municipal Offices in the beginning. The elevation is dominated by a projecting frontage of a pediment containing intricately carved motif. The premises is used for Cultural Activities.
Text from MCC's Board
Favorite thing: This ceremonial elephant howdah is elaborately decorated with 84 kg of 24 carat gold. The Maharaj had battery operated lights install to be able to signal to the mahout when he wanted to get off the elephant.
One of my favourite memories from the Green Hotel was coming back to the room the first evening.
The covers had been turned back and the bved strewn with rose petals. On the bed posts were still hanging the flower garlands we had received on arrival.
Fondest memory: I thought this was such a romantic gesture, and the room was filled with a deliace aroma and a sense of anticipation.........
The main Palace is a must see. You need at the most 4 hours to see the pomp and splendor of the way kings lived in the recent past.
There are smaller palaces which you can skip.
There is a railway museum, a spot worth visiting if you are a railway buff.
Fondest memory: The People of Mysore - extremely friendly and very curteous.
Favorite thing: The market is a neat maze of medieval lanes. . .and lanes are often sectioned off according to product. You won't find stalls with more than two or three types of vegetables. One stall will have potatoes and onions, another might have tomatoes and greens. . .
Aside from fruit, vegetables and flowers, you can also find interesting stalls with pigments/dyes, incense and perfumes. There is one perfume stall in the market with a young salesman who appears to have mastered at least five different languages (including Kanada, which would be his mother tongue) ~ he spoke English and French with me, German with one of my traveling companions, Italian to two young women who were at the market. . .
His fluency was impressive. . .and good for business, I'm sure. :-)
Favorite thing: Because the market is so photogenic (my photos really don't do it justice), you will find more tourists here. Actually, Mysore is quite popular on the Southern route, with good reason. It's a nice town to spend a couple of days in. . .with a good mix of activities and a manageable pace of life.
The flowers sellers in Mysore are particularly proud of something they called Mysore mallige ~ a very fragrant jasmine.
The city is also known for its incense, sandalwood and rosewood. . .so, as you can imagine the market smells wonderful (something you aren't always able to say about Indian markets).
Devaraja Market is very photogenic. . .the people in the stalls were usually quite friendly ~ some even offering tastes of their product (the finished jaggery was quite a different taste than I expected).
It's a great place to wander and watch the locals.
Favorite thing: Another interesting visit was to this incense sticks shop. You could see how the ladies prepared the sticks, adding afterwards different essences and colors. At the end you were taken to the shop and the owner showed you all kind of little bottles of essences, of which I “had” to buy a couple (lotus and jasmin).
Favorite thing: In the city Tour I did with my kind taxi driver he took me to the old part of Mysore and showed me the daily work of some artisans, as this cigarettes maker. He worked all day sitting preparing this local cheap cigarettes, rolling tobacco leaf.
Favorite thing: The Maharajah would sit on this throne during his audiences. It is made from 280 kg of pure gold and was presented to the Maharajah by the Moghul emperor Aurangzeb in 1699.
Durbar Hall was the most amazing of the rooms in the palace. The colours where so exquisite and so delighful it was almost too much.
This is where the Maharajah would give audiences.