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India: Mysore

Brief exploration of the vibrant friendly metropolis

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Mysore

Journey

Took the 10 hour, overnight bus ride from Hampi (Hospet) to Mysore.
It was a hot and dusty old ride. There was no air con on the bus, so windows had to remain open.
India is a developing nation, and we passed through a lot of night time development - active roadworks and large building sites.
So, getting any real REM wasn't much of an option.
I sat next to Rajim, a physics student from Hospet who is studying in Mysore. We talked about education, culture, etc from the perspectives of our countries - interestingly he explained that all higher education curriculum across India is taught in English.

Mysore

I treated myself to a nice hotel here, after some sleepless air-con-less nights, and anticipating a tiring uncomfortable journey.
Pai Vista was just what the Dr ordered: gym, pool, awesome room service, sound insulated, air con, comfy bed, clean bathroom - for the princely sum of AUD$60 per night.

Mysore is a big, spacious, friendly, well educated, cosmopolitan town with plenty to see and do.
It is famous for being a yoga centre. You can do teacher training here - though options for novices like myself were limited.

I visited:

Maharaja's Palace
This place is really impressive! Not much else to say, aside from the fact that it is opulent, enormous and worth a visit.

Devaraja Market
This place is amazing. A huuuuge bustling, colourful hive of activity - with all kinds of aromas - flowers, sandalwood, incence, fish, spices, etc... and sounds - music, bargaining, shouting, socialising, etc.

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I found a new phone and came to a very satisfactory agreement after about 5 minutes of bargaining, and some pure sandalwood oil, of which Mysore is famous.

This was indeed a very nice, brief stop on the way to Ooty!

Posted by SkinnyFists 07:48 Archived in India Tagged india mysore devaraja_market markets_india

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