Sunday, March 6, 2016

Half Day in Mysore: A Photoblog

It is the 6th of March, 2016 and I had the whole afternoon and evening to do what I want in Mysore. It wasn't much but here is a quick photoblog of my journey so far.


The Premise


I'm trying to work my way up to the North West of India (near the Himalayas) and decided to follow the west coast. This means getting to Mangalore, and if I'm heading towards Mangalore, Coorg was a must visit. But since I'd reach either early in the morning or in the evening if I traveled from Bangalore to Madikeri (the city I'd visit in Coorg) directly, I decided to first travel to Mysore, spend half a day (and a night) here and then head to Madikeri early next morning.


KSRTC Superfast


My trip started aboard a Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC; not to be confused with Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation) bus at 12:00 from Mysore Road Satellite Bus Station in Bangalore.

These buses cost a little more to travel versus the Karnataka Sarige (Karnataka KSRTC) buses - 141₹ against 124₹ for the Bangalore to Mysore journey. The difference in the money though is justified by their tagline - Superfast. These buses are driven rashly fast. And I mean it. I was in Mysore by 15:10 - most passenger trains take longer and the expensive Airavat buses from Karnataka's KSRTC take as long. Karnataka Sarige buses stop everywhere while this was mostly non-stop, save a 10 minute pee/tea break.


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The Window Blinds


KSRTC Buses have a unique feature (atleast unique versus all the other buses I have traveled in) in their window blinds. You can shut the windows to outside light keeping the inside cool, or you can raise them completely for a large, exposed window to take in all the air.

I do hope other state transport corporations of India imitate this cheap but very useful feature!

A view of the window blind from the inside


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A closeup of the locking mechanism that holds the blinds when the windows are fully open.


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Zostel Mysore


My chosen venue for stay in Mysore, this is a charming 100 year old mansion converted into a traveler's hostel.

I couldn't get any shots of the inside of the mansion (I didn't want other guests to feel awkward while I took photographs) but I did get a few snaps of their pet cow. Yes, a pet cow. As Indian as it gets.


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Here is another photograph from Zostel Ooty.


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Mysore Palace


Since all I had was half a day here, I decided to laze around and relax in the afternoon before heading out in the evening to attempt photographing the Mysore Palace in all its glory fully lit up. I was woefully underprepared with a Yu Yureka Plus (a cheap phone that runs CyanogenMod 12.1 and has a 13mp camera) next to the person with a Nikon D5200 who joined me on the expedition.

I took a lot of photos indiscriminately all with different camera settings, a combination of automatic and manual. I uploaded them all on flickr for you to see how useless I was in the venture.


Mysore Palace: Attempted Photographs

Food @ Mysore


I had some amazing butter masala dosa for 35₹ and coconut water for 15₹ as an evening slack and followed up with a North Indian Thali for 130₹ as dinner after the photo session. Apologies for the lack of food blog photographs!

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