Mysore PalaceRoof artwork inside Palace
Collected my shoes, walked around the palace in search of a shaded place to rest up sometime. On the way saw kids taking a camel ride, jumps screaming when the camel starts moving and parents on the side consoling them to stay calm. Lost in my thoughts when I sat under a tree where most of the family and tourists are enjoying their snack time.
After a while, took an auto from palace to St. Philomena's Church which is 2 kms from palace and one of the main landmarks in Mysore. The church is one of the oldest and largest in the country designed by Frenchman Daly in Neo Gothic style build 200 years ago. Great architecture, no photographs are allowed inside the chapel.
Lost in my own thoughts when I sat there with absolute silence, cold breeze rushing through the open windows along with birds chirping around. Spent nearly one-hour gazing in and around the church before I leave to the next spot Chamundi hills.
After some negotiations, one auto man agreed to drop me in Chamundeshwari temple which is in Chamundi hills. The ride is scenic, and you can view the entire Mysore city from the top. He was so friendly and kind enough to stop in some of the view points to explain the history of the place.
By this time am little exhausted, looking around to have a mini snack and this local shop with colourful chairs fascinated me. Hot cup of chai and two medu vada for 30 rupees, had to tell you best chai I had in the last few months.
The temple was decorated with colourful flowers and filled with locals, tourists and people from different cities for divine Dharsana. Followed the trails of crowd to the entrance which leads to long queue, be ready to witness lot of monkeys around the temple hills.
After 1.5 hours of waiting, blessed with dharsana, didn't knew that its auspicious month for the goddess. As it started drizzling in the hills didn't spend much time later so walked to the bus stop and boarded bus back to Mysore which costs 30 rupees (AC bus). I declared this as day 1 and didn't had any further energy when I laid back in my dorm bed.
In all this chaos, I forgot about my lunch and was damn hungry so prepared myself to walk down for light dinner and spent the rest of the time gazing the murals in the hostel walls and a fun conversation with fellow mates.
Woke up to the sound of birds chirping next to the open window and trilled to start the day to one of the most stunning archaeological places in India. Grabbed a cup of coffee and ragi dosa from hostel kitchen before leaving for a long 35 kms bus journey to Somnathpura. Packed my bags and was ready to check out after waving good bye to the pals I met previous day.
After 10 minutes' walk, boarded into KSRTC bus from Mysore to Bannur (platform 9) which costs 30 rupees one way. There is no direct transport from Mysore to Somnathpura unless you hire a cab/bike or a tour package from an agent.
I was skeptical at first and must say it's the best mode if you are on a budget trip. It takes approx. 40 minutes to reach Bannur bus stand, enquire with locals and they will direct to a place where share autos are available from Bannur to Somnathpura costs just 10 rupees.
The ride is a visual treat with mellow green agricultural land and coconut farms on the either side. Takes 10-15 minutes to reach Somnathpura village. Such a clean village and well-maintained temple. Entry ticket is 25 rupees if you pay cash and 20 rupees for cashless transaction, all debit and credit cards are accepted in ticket counter, Digital India I say ????. There I stand in front of a spectacular Keshava temple which is a perfect model of Hoysala style of architecture. I pat myself for not wanting to miss this place in this trip, no words can explain the mesmerizing stone art carving behind each pillar, ceilings and one must experience this with own eyes.
It is primarily an archaeological place build in 13 th century depicts Hindu mythology is a Vaishnava temple of Lord Vishnu. After spending 2 hours of walking around the corridor, gazing the ceiling and pillars of the main mandapa decided to relax in a stone bench under a shady tree for a bit before leaving this calm place.
With this, I was at the end of my two-day trip. Followed the same trails to reach Mysore and a train back to Bangalore. Yeyyy!! Physically exhausted but I feel lot better than past few months in life. Each one equipped with different perspective towards life, do what your mind wanders, it feels heaven !!!Hoping for a next trip soon, see you !
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