Ileke Travels: Bangaluru/Mysuru
Bangaluru was the first stop on our trip. Bangaluru is the capital of the Indian state of Karnataka. It the third most populous city in India and is known as the "Silicon Valley of India" because of its role as the nation's leading information technology exporter. Bangalore is the anglicised version of the Kannada language name, "Bengalūru" which the city was known as until it was renamed "Bengaluru" on November 1, 2014.
Bengaluru was a good place to ease ourselves into the hustle and bustle of India. Even though it is more populated than other cities we visited, the way the city is laid out made it feel less crowded and somewhat calmer. We stayed with my mom's friend Pallavi and her wonderful family. Pallavi, her husband and two sons were also visiting at the time from the U.S., but they were there for an entire month (with the time change/jet lag this makes total sense!). We all stayed at her father's home, where her sister and niece also live. They were incredible hosts, making sure we had enough time to see both cultural and historical parts of the city, but also making time for lots of shopping.
Our last night in Bengaluru was my birthday (December 30th) so our hosts invited the rest of the family over and threw a small dinner party for us! I am very fortunate to have spent my birthday in such a beautiful place and with such warm and welcoming people.
Unfortunately on the layover we had in Paris I dropped and broke the lens of my new camera and my iPhone didn't have enough space, so I wasn't able to take as many pictures until we got to Kolkata and I got a new lens. Most of these pictures were taken on my mom's phone.
Mysuru is also located in the state of Karnataka and is known as the "City of Palaces" because several palaces are located there. Like Bengaluru the city was known by its anglicized name "Mysore" until it was renamed in 2014.
We took a day trip there since it is a only a few hours drive from Bangaluru. The picture above is The Chamundeshwari Temple. We also visited the burial site of Tipu Sultan who was ruler of the kingdom of Mysore in the late 18th century. I wasn't able to get pictures of Mysore Palace which was home to the royal family of Mysore, who ruled the princely state from 1399 to 1950. It's one of India's most popular tourist attractions after the Taj Mahal and is a spectacular site. The palace's architectural style blends Hindu, Muslim, Rajput, and Gothic styles. We weren't allowed to take pictures inside but I would urge you to look at some here.
As promised I will continue to post pictures from the rest of my trip this next week. I hope you enjoyed Part I of the trip, my India overview!
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