This wasn’t part of our plan but as usual, if I see any weird or interesting building I will shriek and Mr. Tuk-tuk driver will stop, this happens in every country I visited. I am beginning to think all the tuk-tuk drivers have notified each other of this lunatic girl (read : me/Lily) arriving in their town. Hahahaa….
What actually sparks my interest was the big statue outside and the signage saying Commandant Mounted Company Mysore. My first thought was ‘mounted’? Then the tuk-tuk driver said ’mounted as in horse but we can’t go in’, my second thought ‘joykiller’! Anyway, he stopped so that I can take a picture, sweet I thought. The mounted police previously served the royal family of Mysore from 1952 and said to be one of the few cities that still mobilizes mounted police. You can also see a special group that takes part in (i) Riding Dress for Mounted parades, (ii) Khaki Tunic Dress for Guard Duties and (iii) Full Dress and Summer Dress for ceremonial Parades and Escorts.
Just my luck, the palace was closed during our trip as the king just passed away.
Mr. Tuk-tuk told us that there would be a food ‘donation’ or something being held the next day, I was so curious and pestered him to explain more but he wasn’t able to tell me much. Told him I want to go and take pictures of this unique ‘scene’, however he advised us against it as the road will be blocked and the place will be packed with sea of human; our safety was his ultimate concern. We obliged. Sweet heh.
Built in 1805, this Government House maybe the pit-stop for this race. #eh. Did I sound like The Amazing Race? Hahhahhaha…
This Government House of Tuscan Doric architecture once used to be the guest house for dignitaries visiting Mysore during the rule of British empire, now it is open as a guest house. This is a great old building that is still standing strong, aged gracefully as time passes by.
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The beauty about all these places I shared is that they are all located on the same street (mostly), and that it wasn't part of our scheduled places, we just ask the tuk-tuk driver to stop for us to look around and take some pictures etc. I guess that is why I always prefer to charter the tuk-tuk for the whole day - time saving and convenient, and you’ll get educated too.