Monday 24 April 2023

Mysore Palace. Stunning Victoriana.

 No trip to Mysore can avoid the splendour that is Mysore Palace. It is pure Victoriana, as the overall impression is one of the Raj in the late nineteenth or early twentieth centuries. The grounds of the palace are impressively large, and the palace still provides a home or the current maharajah and his family, who, although the royal title and annual pension have ceased, now act as governors of Mysore (I think that’s how it works?).

Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar, current Maharaja.

As is the norm, Blogger has totally reordered my photos, but I don’t think that’ll spoil the show, such as it is. There is a large Hindu temple within the main building but we didn’t go in as I don’t do bare foot.

These are all photographs of various largely internal aspects of the palace. It’s all been quite nicely restored in all its glory to what it would have looked like in the late nineteenth or early twentieth centuries.  I think you (whomsoever ‘you’ are) will agree that it’s another awesome place. 

A modelling challenge if ever I saw one - and it is in hand for my return.

External view of the palace.

This door is solid silver.

Detail from the murals - Players Navy Cut!

The silver door again - one of several.

Inner courtyard 

A selection of nineteenth century cannon and limbers. Rifled muzzle loaders I think.

That then dear reader(s) is the end of the holidays snaps. It’s it been a holiday in the true sense of the word, more of total immersion into the culture, helped by my stepson’s extended family in Bangalore and Bombay. We are coming back at the end of June for six weeks for more family stuff and a spot of travelling, not sure where yet but not on the coast as it’ll be monsoon season. I am also bringing some minis and the appropriate paraphernalia to paint while we’re here, and if I get any new books to review from the gentlemen at Helion I will do so while on my travels.

Sunday 23 April 2023

Tipu Sultan’s Palace and Serengapatem Fort.

As well as the fort at Serengapatem, there is also Tipu Sultan’s palace, or one of them. It is stunning. The walls are entirely made of teak, and with the high ceilings and stone/marble floors it is pleasantly cool. Blogger has rearranged and reordered my photos but hopefully the captions will help. The murals are enormous and are amazing. The contemporary paintings by European artists were all completed by people who were at the siege or were serving soldiers in India at the time so I am assuming the detail, especially on the uniforms, is reasonably accurate. (Ample justification for my Highlander battalions to be in bonnets and kilts). 

Part of one of the giant murals depicting Tipu in battle.

Medal awarded for taking part in the storming of Serengapatem.

Large clay model of the fortress and its environs as it once was, ie before we sacked it, 6mm scale? 

Another of the enormous murals made up of dozens of hand painted panels.

The reverse of the medal.

Tipu’s trousers.

Actually NOT Tipu.

The front garden and driveway. Must have been a bit tiresome putting the bins out?


Detail of very large painting of the assault on the breach.

These giant boulder-like hills are just off the Bangalore to Mysore highway . They are seriously impressive.

So there you have it. The palace is stunning, but the ruins of Serangapatem have been subsumed by several police married quarters bungalows and a very busy little town, doing its bit for tourism. The ruins remain awesome if one can imagine them without the distractions of the villagers, tourists, cops, trinket sellers and other persistently irritating people! (But they have a living to make).

Mysore Palace next time.