Tipu Sultan’s Palace

This is Tipu Sultan’s Palace, Seringapatam, Mysore.

You are not allowed to take photos inside the palace. The photo below is taken by standing outside looking in through the door (a bit naughty, I know, such a tourist I am). Inside are many intricate murals and stories told via paintings, art, colour, patterns and textures. It was quite mesmerizing! I have never seen so many different patterns and colours in one place.

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Mysore Palace Light Show

Below are some photos from Mysore Palace. Most nights they put on a light show at the palace….it was amazing….you sit down and listen to a story (not in English) that is accompanied with music that corresponds with different lights displaying at different times. At the end of the story the coloured lights go and the whole palace lights up in the white lights for 3 minutes. The weather was perfect and the ambience was wonderful!

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The shots below are taken when walking out of Mysore Palace grounds… MysorePalace5 MysorePalace4 MysorePalace3 MysorePalace2

Shopping in Chickpet, Bangalore

Today we went saree shopping in Chickpet. We were told this is a great place to buy them. We have to wear a saree to work one day sometime in the next couple of weeks. It’s all quite daunting as there are so many places to buy them, so we decided to go to a small shop hoping to get some individual attention in Chickpet. I can safely say that we got lots of individual attention. There were so many to choose from. You could have as much ‘bling’ as you wanted. After buying them we then had to find a tailor to make the blouse to go under the saree. We got a bit lost down some of the small side streets trying to find this elusive tailor until about an hour later we found a whole bunch of tailors… of course in the opposite direction. Natasha can thank me for getting lost and slip sliding away with the cows. We pick up our saree’s on Monday night with the blouse so I’ll do another post later when we have them on.

Below are some photos from Chickpet.

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Royal Enfield Ride in Bangalore!

Today the team took us out for breakfast! I was pretty excited to hitch a ride with Sunil who has a Royal Enfield motorbike. I am told that the Royal Enfield is an Indian icon! It is the oldest motorcyle brand in the world still in production. Soooo much fun! I was secretly hoping that I might get to do this in Bangalore sometime during our visit here.

Thanks Sunil!

Row on the bike with Sunil
Row on the bike with Sunil
Natasha on the bike with Sunil
Natasha on the bike with Sunil