We arrived at Mysore in the evening, tired but happy after our interesting day of travelling. The next morning we went to the Devaraja flower market, which has been in existence for over a century. With its splashes of colour and variety of flowers, this is easily a photographer’s paradise. After having our fill of this photographer’s haven, we headed off to the Mysore Palace, the seat of the erstwhile Kingdom of Mysore. This iconic structure of Indo-Saracenic architecture was a treat to our eyes. Built with materials from over the world, this ornate palace is home to several unique rooms, known for/standing apart for their intricate detailing and splendour.
We also went to the oldest street of Mysore, (called) Mandi Mohalla. A curious amalgam of shops, we came across a butcher, an electronics shop, a pet shop, and a sandalwood shop all next to one another! This extraordinary market tethered us to it for a good part of the day, without us even realizing that we’d spent so much time here, interacting with the locals, uncovering secrets, and generally absorbing the place.
The next day we drove to the Chamundi Hills in the morning for a photography shoot as it offered spectacular views of the surrounding areas. Legend has it that it is here where the epic battle between the Goddess Chamundeshwari and the demon Mahishasura took place. After a hearty breakfast at a local spot, we set off for the Somnathpur temple, one of the finest examples of Hoysala architecture.
The last stop on our journey took us to the famed Brindavan Gardens. With its range of flowers and trees, varieties of orchards, fountains, terraces, cascading waterbodies, and beautiful walkways, roaming through its environs feels almost like an ethereal experience. Before long, our wonderful trip came to a close, and we were soon driving back on the lush roads to Bangalore.