Welcome to my first Sunday Travel post! I am having too much fun while writing this and I hope that you too feel the same while reading this.
** Please note: All the pictures used here are my own except the airport ones.
So, it was my birthday on 14th of July. My hubby is in Bengaluru currently for few months, because of some office work. Since he was not able to come to Pune that weekend so I decided to travel there instead (you know, never miss a chance to travel a new place 😉 ). Hubby had already made plans to visit Mysore on the weekend, so I was excited as I had heard some great things about it and how it is an important historical place.
I went there for just 2 and a half days, practically (I’m leaving out the journey time from Pune to Bengaluru and vice-versa). I basically reached Bengaluru approx at 1 AM, so my birthday time was already passed, I mean the 12 AM thing 😛 I was still hanging in the air, Lol, because of the delay in the flight. But when I landed in Bengaluru, it was amazing. The Kempegowda International Airport was beautiful. When you leave the airport, the whole drive before you enter the main city is mesmerising.
After we reached where my hubby was staying, we cut the cake and had a little celebration. It was approx 2:30 in the morning so we decided to wrap up the night since my hubby had to go to the office the other day.
So next day I was alone at the home and what did I do? I launched my blog 😀 Yes! The initial response was overwhelming that day and I was happy that I managed to do it on my birthday proud.
In the evening we went for some little street wandering in Bengaluru. Th first thing that I noticed was traffic. Yes, it sucks there. But still, we managed to pass it and did some street shopping and then found a place for dinner. My hubby made this out of the chicken bones after we finished the dinner 😀 (I know its little awkward, but I thought it would be interesting to share).
After the dinner, we noticed that there was a war memorial outside the restaurant. This war memorial is known as “Madras Regiment War Memorial” and is located on Brigade Road, Bangalore. According to Wikipedia, it was raised by British to commemorate the lives lost in different wars by the Madras Sappers Regiment. It details the number of British officers, Indian officers, and soldiers who died fighting during various wars. The inscriptions are both in English and Tamil. And off-course, I had to take some pictures 😛
We left for Mysore at around 8 AM in our car. We had two of our friends with us. The weather was all cloudy and beautiful so we clicked some pics on the way. We reached Mysore after approx 3 and a half hour journey. Mysore is about 145 KMs away from Bengaluru.
The first place that we made our stop was the famous Mysore Palace. It was breathtaking! The architecture was so beautiful that we kept looking at it for few minutes without moving. This place has an ancient history. Its architecture style is a mix of Hindu, Muslim, Rajput, and Gothic. The palace is surrounded by a large garden. Around the entrance gate, the kingdom of Mysore’s motto is written in Sanskrit: “न बिभॆति कदाचन” (never be terrified). This place has three entrances, but the general public is allowed to enter through just one gate on regular days. Rest two of the gates opens on the festival of Dasara. One thing that we regretted was that it was no Sunday otherwise we would have seen the palace with complete lighting too 🙁 They only do the lightings on Sundays and Dasara.
We took a tour of the entire place. It was not allowed to take pictures inside. The art made on the walls was beautiful. There were various gods depicted on the walls and roof. We also saw the room where the king used to sit and his hall where he used to take his meetings. The colors used inside were pastel ones with the combination of green and golden and pink.
Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens (Mysore Zoo)
After the palace, our next step was the Mysore Zoo a.k.a Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens. This was not a small zoo as I expected, rather it was huge. Its total area is over 150 Acres. It’s one of the oldest and most popular zoos in India with more than 160 different species. we saw many species which we had never seen before, especially the white Peacock. The most amazing animal there was a monkey/ape (I don’t remember his species 🙁 ) who looked exactly like a human. It was really a surprising thing to see that how close really we humans were to the apes.
As I said earlier, the Zoo was quite large, so we were too tired when we completed our trip to the zoo, so we decided to take the lunch and rested there for some time. Then we headed to our next destination.
Mysore Sand Sculpture Museum
This sand museum is most recent addition to the list of places to see in Mysore. This unique museum is first of its kind in India. This is not a very large museum but a beautiful one. There are around 150 sculptures of sand in 16 different themes. Though all of the themes were amazing, I specifically liked the fairy tale theme, the sea theme and the statue of Lord Ganesha which was at the entrance.
After the museum, we headed to our final destination which was Chamundi hills. There is a famous temple at the hills known as Chamundeshwari Temple, but the main thing about that hill is you can see the complete Mysore city from the top. It was beautiful scenery from the top.
After this, we headed our journey back to Bengaluru. It was an awesome day.
This was my last day in Bengaluru. I had to catch a flight in the evening so there was not much time left. We watched Spider-Man: Homecoming which was entertaining. Then we did some shopping and I finally left for the airport.
And if you are wondering did I read anything during this whole time, then yes. I took only one book with me as I knew that it’s so tight schedule and I won’t be able to read much. This book was The THC: Under a Gibbous Moon by Manoj V Jain.
I will post its review soon on the blog.
So that’s it folks for my Mysore/Bengaluru trip. It was really an amazing trip which I’ll remember for a long time. Mysore is a beautiful city and is one of the cleanest city in India. During our whole journey, we really didn’t find any garbage anywhere.
If you are planning to go to Karnataka sometime, then definitely visit this city. The main attractions of the city can be completed just in a day and the best part is all these attractions that I mentioned above are within 15Kms to each other. So it saves a lot of travel time once you enter the city.
For more information about this city, you can visit the official page of Karnataka Tourism.
So guys, let me know if you liked this post. ALso, have you ever been to this beautiful city? Which part did you like the most? Do let me know in comments.
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