Mysore, in the southern Indian state of Karnataka, has a few things going for it but few look beyond its fabulous palace, a dynastic seat of power right up until Indian independence from the British in 1947. And for good reason – it’s pretty special, easily one of India’s finest buildings.
The Palace of Mysore, also known as the Amba Vilas Palace, is one of India’s most stunning buildings & I came here off the overnight bus from Fort Kochin (Cochin), Kerala, specifically to see it. And see it I did, taking away from it nothing but cranial memories, not digital ones – cameras weren’t allowed inside, where the palace is at its gaudy best, so I was prohibited from photographing it. That was probably for the best & no doubt made the visit more enjoyable – trying to photograph the palace’s magnificent over-the-top grandeur would have been a challenge, one that would have given me heartburn of vindaloo proportions. But that’s OK; as it turned out there were other things to point my camera at in Mysore, the third largest city in Karnataka.
Devaraja Market || Fragrance Heaven
– Lonely Planet commenting on Mysore’s Devaraja Market
Lonely Planet weren’t wrong as the market was indeed (very) colourful & was indeed (very) lively. I had a lot of fun in here with my camera but at times felt overwhelmed; it was one hell of an assault on the senses.
Other images I captured on the busy streets of Mysore.
I leave Mysore in a few hours on the overnight bus north to Hampi, somewhere firmly on the tourist trail. Tonight’s bus, unlike the overnight bus I took a few nights ago from Fort Kochin (Cochin) in Kerala, is an actual sleeper bus providing actual sleeping berths (or so I was led to believe). Of course I don’t expect to sleep all that much on the 9 hour trip (sleeper berths or no it is still a bus riding Indian roads, after all) but the lower-level berth I’ve paid 500 rupees (€7) for does sound inviting.