Departure - Left Bangalore around 9 a.m on saturday morning. It was raining and that made it difficult to load our stuff to the Scorpio and get going. My wife has been talking about Hosa road and how it connects Sarjapur to Hosur road and that it is a short cut and all that. So finally took that road to get to Hosur road...not bad...but too many spead breakers on Hosa road. Given a choice, would not go that way again.
Once we hit Hosur road, we missed taking the service lane and had to take a U turn and then get on to Nice Road. Nice Road is what it is...very NICE road. There were some awkward turns here and there because of construction but overall it was pretty good. Toll of (Rs.45 and Rs.25 is a little high) for that small stretch. From Nice road, we got on to Mysore Highway and it was smooth sailing.
I crossed the first 1000kms on my Scorpio last week and so did not hesitate to press the pedal on this drive. It got sunny after the first 75 kms and drive was very very smooth. We had to slow down when we went through towns and encountered lot of speed breakers. Other than that, it was a smooth ride and I could really feel the power of my Scorpio. WE took a break at the Mcdonalds for breakfast for my son.
Our first sightseeing stop was Srirangapatna. We went to Sri Ranganathaswamy temple first. Not much crowd and got good darshan. After a quick tiffin at a local hotel (there are no decent hotels in this town), we visited Daria Daulat and Gumbaz. After this, we hit the road to Mysore.
Read in the newspaper this morning about the 6 hour jam on Bangalore -Mysore Hwy due to agitation by farmers on sunday. Thank god...we went on saturday and returned late night on sunday. That was very lucky...we would have got frustrated...this being our first road trip in India.
Reached mysore around 2.30 p.m and checked in to the hotel. We took a room at Park Lane Mysore on Harsha road very next to the Palace. It was a very good hotel and food was also good with decent prices. After a hours rest and a good coffee, we left for Brindavan gardens.
The roads leading to Brindavan gardens were pathetic to say the least. Why in the world would the government not spend some money and make the road to one of the best known tourist attractions in the country, much smoother and a great ride for tourists? It is a pity. It was around 5.30p.m when we got in and was getting dark. After a small walk along the water falls, we headed straight to the fountain show. Boy..oh boy...what a crowd...frankly..being out of the country for almost 15 years...I was not ready for this crowd. Also on the walkway from the main gardens to the place where the fountain show happens...did any of you notice all the trash and bottles on the water....it was an ugly sight. Why would people come to such a place and throw trash in the gardens.....we Indians have no respect for the environment. I apologize if this hurts anyone...but that is the truth. I was appalled at the number of bottles floating on the water....for heavens sake..this is Brindavan Gardens!!! Worst part is all the board near the entrace that read "NO PLASTIC ZONE"!!! What the hell are those boards for...I guess lot of people who visit cannot read English....