Markets and Maharajas in Mysore
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We got off the overnight train in Bangalore and got a long 3 hour bus into mysore. Bit tiring that bit - but we got there - negotiated auto rickshaws at the station - and were off to the hotel. Or for some of us - to a restaurant of the same name whch caused some kerfuffle... But eventually we were there - with the help of a man who would become our stalker - trying to be 'helpful' but trying to get us to see his mum making incense - mysore's trademark - and then trying to sell us weed instead. Our leader got rid of him at some point.
We had a quick breakfast and then a wander round the amazing maharajas palace. It really was stunning - pics of the outside attached - but we couldnt take pictures of the inside unfortunatly.
After that I managed to quite easily wander round and post my parcel - for half the price in kochi and to go by sea mail and get there by Dec 11th - even after the atm opposite didnt work. I'm getting used to the way things wrk here and its all getting much easier. I even did a bit of internet after before heading back to the hotel - as some of us were going to a Bollywood movie.
Got a rickshaw out to the cinema - going through the suburbs a bit. Everyone in India owns either pet cows, goats, dogs or horses and lets them roam the streets all day and night as we would cats.
The cinema was cool - looked like a large old fashioned english one. We saw the film - a Bollywood one called Dahmaal. It was not so busy in the cinema because Bollywood films are from the north and in Hindi - but no one in the south really speaks Hindi. They all have differing languages in the different states we have travelled through down south - and they mainly communicate in Englsh as a trading language between them, so the indiands inthe cinema understood about as much of the spoken words as we did! The story as of 4 silly males who were friends and trying to get to the 10 million rupees a dying man they found at the side of the road told them he had buried.
We had dinner in a cool restaurant with a live jambi drummer and guitar after - lots of people on the tour are getting really ill - some with liquid coming out both ends so to speak! Apart from some tummy trouble at the beginning of the trip - i seem to be sailing through - touch wood! Treated myself to a Kingfisher beer this evening and an early night watchuing the disney channel! Highly entertaining stuff!
The next day I woke up early and explored the town. Had an amazing dosa (indian snack of a type of crispy pancake filled with potato curry you dip in yogurt and masala sauce - yum!) and explored the food market and the streets where the locals lved. Was really interesting - see photos attached.
Managed to spend a few hours tidying up this blog on the net over lunch - which takes ages!- and then went to a water park a few klometers out with some ppl from the group. Weird cuz the girls all go in in trousers and shirts - so conservative here - you can NEVER show knees or shoulder - but I had been told by the hotel and the entrace staff i could wear shorts and a t shirt. Still everyone stared at me! But we had fun - most of the people there were 15 year olds after school hanging with their mates.
After that - it was a ruch back to the hotel to get a bus to Bangalore again - a private one this time - and jesus it was some ride. Car wreckages allalong the road. Bit unnerving. And he reversed down the equivalent of the A12 for some way to get through a gap to go to theother side for a toilet stop. Very Very touch and go. We were alol a bit nervous. Bangalore traffic was a stand still for an hour. Apparently its likethat every day - and it was a rtopical rain shower a lot of the journey. Which made it even better when the cover over our packs came off and all our stuff was soaked! We were not hppy when we eventually got to the overnight train - completely soaked and bedragled! I just set up my bed and went to sleep.