Mysore - First weekend getaway with my baby!

Tripoto
5th Apr 2019
Photo of Mysore - First weekend getaway with my baby! by Nikita Mathur

I am done with stereotypes. I am done with people behaving like having a baby can change my life for worse, like I loose my freedom, like I cannot do what I love... Coz what I love is new places!

I am just a 3-months old mother and it took me 3 months to muster the courage to break the stereotypes and tell myself that baby can travel!

We started from Bangalore on a pleasant Friday morning, with apprehensions about the onward journey, prepared to be disappointed! But surprisingly, we under-estimated our child's innocence. It was a way smoother journey than I was expecting it to be!

Photo of Mysore - First weekend getaway with my baby! 1/1 by Nikita Mathur
All geared up!

Our plan was to stop at Kamat Lokaruchi, a very popular joint on Mysore highway, for breakfast. And we most certainly did as planned!

Photo of Kamat Lokaruchi - Ramanagara, Ramanagara, Karnataka, India by Nikita Mathur
Day 1
Photo of Kamat Lokaruchi - Ramanagara, Ramanagara, Karnataka, India by Nikita Mathur

Next stop was supposed to be the Radisson Blu hotel in Mysore. But our child had other plans! He got cranky. We had to stop on the way. I fed him and rocked him to sleep. So, after this minor speed bump of half an hour, we managed an uneventful and comfortable trip to the hotel.

Waiting to check-in

Photo of Mysore - First weekend getaway with my baby! by Nikita Mathur

There was a very reasonably priced lunch buffet, which we hogged on & then had a relaxed afternoon in the hotel. In the evening, we stepped out for a little overview of the city..... saw all the pretty statues around, stopped at the clock tower and had Mysore's local Churmuri (street food).

Photo of Clock Tower Road, Lashkar Mohalla, Mandi Mohalla, Mysore, Karnataka, India by Nikita Mathur

A little slice of this city with statues everywhere

Photo of Clock Tower Road, Lashkar Mohalla, Mandi Mohalla, Mysore, Karnataka, India by Nikita Mathur

After a comfortable night's sleep, we made it a point to be up on time so that we can be ready to leave for the palace as early as humanly possible with a tiny baby who always has to poop at wrong times!

At 10.15, we were at the ticket counter and we were so proud of ourselves. According to the revised prices, the tickets were INR 70 per person. The footwear have to be removed and given at the counters at the entrance. All this was hassle-free, coz remember.. we were the early few visitors!

Day 2
Photo of Mysore Palace, Agrahara, Chamrajpura, Mysuru, Karnataka by Nikita Mathur

God bless internet and the various apps! There is an app called Pinakin tour guide. Download it and thank me later.

The palace is beautiful head to toe. So, do not forget to admire the ceiling of Kalyan Mantapa, the floor of Amba Vilas, the intricate carvings on the doors, the huge darbar hall!

Mysore palace Kalyana Mantapa  hallway

Photo of Mysore - First weekend getaway with my baby! by Nikita Mathur

Casket room - invitations were recived in these beautiful caskets

Photo of Mysore - First weekend getaway with my baby! by Nikita Mathur

The most recent wedding from the Wodeyar family was also held here. Notice the peacock design on the ceiling

Photo of Mysore - First weekend getaway with my baby! by Nikita Mathur

Public darbar hall where all the grievances were addressed

Photo of Mysore - First weekend getaway with my baby! by Nikita Mathur

The chairs are made of silver with the lion heads on the arms and the paws on the legs of the chair. And interestingly, the mirror in the centre has a frame made of entire elephant's tusk

Photo of Mysore - First weekend getaway with my baby! by Nikita Mathur

Public darbar hall

Photo of Mysore - First weekend getaway with my baby! by Nikita Mathur

Private darbar hall/amba vilas, with cast iron pillars and gold on it!

Photo of Mysore - First weekend getaway with my baby! by Nikita Mathur

It took us less than an hour to stroll through the entire palace. And No! we were not listening to the guide. We did not want the baby to wake up and get cranky. Though, Mysore palace has a feeding room just at the gate from where we entered, near the shoe stand.

Once we had seen it all, we went for the outside view, a few pictures for proof and scooted right out to the car and back to the comfort of our hotel.

The mandatory picture!

Photo of Mysore - First weekend getaway with my baby! by Nikita Mathur

We heard the audio guide the next day, on our way back to Bangalore! (smart move, I'd say!)

Our hotel had a very filling South Indian thali for lunch that made us so sleepy that we spent the afternoon in our room and had a good noon nap.

Photo of Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Mysore, MG Road, Indiranagar Extension, JC Nagar, Mysuru, Karnataka, India by Nikita Mathur

In the evening, we decided to visit the St. Philomena's Church. It was on our way, when we entered Mysore and looked like a place worth visiting! It was hardly a half an hour visit and just like that, we had seen Asia's second biggest church!

Photo of St. Philomena's Church, Earangere, Lourdu Nagar, Mandi Mohalla, Mysore, Karnataka, India by Nikita Mathur

Next day, we had our buffet  breakfast, packed our bags and checked out at around 12 noon. We again stopped at Kamat Lokaruchi for their meal but in the hindsight that was a bad decision. A La Carte works better with a baby.

Rest of the trip was spent discussing how we loved Mysore and how we'd be coming back for more!

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