Yes we are tourists, no we don't want a tour

Trip Start Oct 31, 2009
Trip End Feb 25, 2010

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Flag of India  , Karnataka,
Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Poor Bangalore got none of our tourist attention or rupees as we were intending to head straight on to the pleasanter sounding city of Mysore (supposedly) 2 and a half hours South.  We were on the verge of descending into the subway which would take us to the intercity bus station when our still sleepy, confused brains jumped upon the idea presented to us by a tuk tuk driver - that for a change we would forsake the cheap local bus option and would instead splash out on a more comfortable AC ride.  I know some of you can see where this is going already, and in our defense I can only say we had had a rough night on the train and our India wits had not yet kicked in... (it was only 6.30am)

So the nice man at the tourist bus station sold us our nice seats on our nice AC bus.  He reckoned it would take about 4 hours to get there - which we did think excessive, but we only had the guidebook to go on and it had certainly been wrong before.

Positive:  bus turned up on time
              bus had individual padded seats

Negative:  bus hung out in Bangalore for another 2 hours picking up passengers
               bus stopped for 45 minutes for no reason
               bus refueled
               about half an hour short of Mysore (already 4 and a half hours into journey) bus pulls into a temple complex and a guide jumps up and starts talking in Hindi.
              *bus is an Indian tour bus on day trip from Bangalore*
               We are in the same clothes we have 'slept' in, have just come from the land of temples and have no wish to see more at the moment...
               bus drives straight through Mysore, up the hill on the other side to another temple - driver decides this is the ideal time for us to get off and arranges taxi for us (not included LOL) into town.  Taxi driver insists he knows a better, cleaner, newer hotel than the one we have booked.  Taxi driver abandoned to irritation of tour bus driver and more pliable tuk tuk driver is found.

Arrival in Mysore:  2:30pm - 4 and a half hours after ETA.  Grrrrrrr.

Mysore itself is refreshingly modern and compact compared to other Indian cities we have visited.  The Palace is grand from the outside and like a pastel wedding cake on the inside.  The British had a lot to do with the design, the highlight of which was a huge round room with an inner circle of pillars topped by a glorious domed stained glass window featuring many peacocks.  The local market (which turned out to be open despite our tuk tuk drivers insistence it would be shut and why not visit a nice emporium instead?) was extremely colourful and fragrant - filled with stalls selling oils, fresh flower garlands, spices and conical piles of bright body paints.

One delicious tandoori dinner later and the tour bus ride was already a fading memory, and another story to tell rather than a depressing irritation.

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bath mate on

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Cheryl on

Haha! At least you weren't taken to the driver's cousin's cafe and forced to watch Walk the Line until the next 'bus' turned up....

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