So I had these non refundable flight tickets to Bangalore for an event which got cancelled at the last moment. What do I do, I thought to myself. I was left with two options, either to cancel the tickets or to go solo. And yes, you've guessed it right! I chose the latter.
After a sleepless night full of excitement about the trip and fear of missing the early morning flight, I finally made it to the airport on time. Right outside the Bangalore airport terminal, my 'flybus' to Mysore was waiting at the KSRTC bus stop. Cutting through Bangalore traffic and crossing patches full of rain water, the bus was finally on the Mysore highway. The road to Mysore passes through various towns which makes it necessary for the driver to keep the speed under control. The journey was getting boring after 3 hours but as the bus reached Srirangapatna, the excitement was back.
I was back in this royal city aka the cultural capital of Karnataka once again after 20 long years. The trip was impromptu but the plan was in place. The first leg of the trip was to check in to this cool backpacker's hostel, The Mansion, 1907 which is situated hardly a kilometre away from the bus stand, I quickly prepared a list of places that could be covered in the little time I had. I found an auto-rickshaw with the help of hostel's housekeeper, who would take me around the city.