The 2nd blog ever :DJuly 20, 2017 in India ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C
Start : 2:00 pm
Places visited on Day 1 : The Mysore Palace, the market, the clockwatch, the cathedral.
The day started when we dumped our stuff in the hotel and left to explore the city. The Palace was the 1st place we visited and apart from the trouble caused to us by bad targeting (of marketing) by the salesmen outside offering to sell us pics of the Palace or stuff too unpractical to buy, the experience was amazing!! So place was a huge mahal bordered by gardens and a temple with a wall having decorated gates on all 4 sides. After roaming around for sometime taking pics, we entered the Palace. Technically we were not allowed to take pics inside the Palace but we used the SNEAK PEEK METHOD to successfully record useful memories. It has many paintings along with beautiful roofs and chandeliers to see and marvel at. This place is definitely worth a visit!
Next we went to the market where my friend tried different types of Indian food. Also a place worth visiting on our way to the market would be Arya Chats and Juices. (The Gobi Manchurian there is amazing like no other!!!) The market had all sorts of vegetables, flowers and God knows what all!
The atmosphere there was electric and everyone was shouting on top of their voice in language that I know not of :p. Having tasted the imratis, bought chikoos (which later got squashed in my pants :/) and also kulfis we walked around teaching each other languages. The cathedral was a beautifully faked place which looked very old and ancient from outside but was just very new on the inside with nothing so special about it :(. From there we walked on to the watch clock and then back to the hotel. Now we'll go out for dinner :).
The dinner was not the best ever and the place suggested by our owner was not really great !
So we just got back to the hotel and finished our blogs :)
Start : 11:00 am
Places visited : Chamundi Hills, Sandalwood factory, Silk factory
The next day we got up gingerly after a tiring previous day and left our hotel for the Chamundi fort by 11:00. We took a bus from the city central bus station hoping to reach the foothills of the place but ended up getting down only at the top of it :(
The place was f***ing crowded !!! (Later we got to know that this was a special day for Chamundi and her worshippers) With the atmosphere like in locals of Mumbai, we had to scamper our way through to encircle the temple. We then had an overpriced sugarcane juice as the owner of the place out a DIFFERENT FOREIGNER PRICE :/. Hoping that the way down would be better than the place us we decided to move our asses :P. Besides the usual pushing and pulling, we noticed something very new; some ladies were praying on each of the 1000+ steps and also sprinkling a red powder on each step (kunkoo). After climbing down a while, we decided to halt at a viewpoint and take a few pics. The next expected thing did happen as lots of locals wanted selfies with my blonde companion but unexpectedly i was also asked for a few lol :D.
After having done with the photo session of the others we decided to take a few pics for ourselves. There was a path right below the PHOTO SHOOTING AREA which lead to the bottom of the hill and after having a discussion we decided to choose danger of slipping over dying a death like MUFASA. (simba's dad from lion king) The path was a bit slippery but definitely worth the adventure and we were constantly encouraged by seeing lil kids climb their way down with ease. We then took the road not taken on our way down but soon realised that there was a reason IT WAS NOT TAKEN!! (It was too long lol) Hoping to hitch hike a ride we kept on walking while listening to Spanish music. After a failed attempt to ask a police guy for a ride we reached the bottom of the hill sooner than expected but then it started raining :(. Without any protection we decided to halt at a nearby fruit godown. Luckily for us there was a van ready to deliver fruits to the city and we asked for a ride. The kind gentleman agreed without any hesitation :)). As rain slowed down we thanked him and got off at the city market. We then proceeded to have the customary Gobi Manchurian at out favourite place and then also tried our hand at various sweets. We then took a TOOKTOOK (auto) to the Sandalwood factory. Where we saw the whole procedure of how Sandalwood oil is extracted. The people there were super friendly!! (I won't bore yall with the details of the process) Then we headed to the Sandalwood shop where we had a look at all the goods produced by the factory. A gentleman there suggested that we should also go to the silk factory nearby and so we did. Having arrived there later than the factory time we begged the factory security Incharge to let us in and finally he did. It was also an interesting exercise!
Then we decided to go to the market again and God knows why :P. But we did a lil bit of shopping! (A big mirror a few cuetips and a knife for murder lol) Another round of fruits and we headed back to the hotel. I still remember the sky blue eyes of a girl though :). We then packed our stuff and headed out for the pelican pub. Nothing so special about the food or the ambiance so we decided to play a game of chess. After that we left for the railway station and finally got to our seats and worked on our blogs :)Read more