SlowRover Snapshots #24

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Title: The Appus of Mysuru
Location: Dasera Parade, Mysore Palace, Karnataka

I cannot think of any other place in India that celebrates the Hindu festival of Vijayadashmi (Dussehra/Dasera) with such zeal and grandeur.
The celebrations last for the entire duration of the holy Nine-Nights (Navratri) and is marked by the famous ‘Jumboo Savari’ or the Dasera procession at the iconic Mysore Palace.
YES, I attended this festivals for catching a glimpse of these Majestic Elephants (lovingly called as Appus!) and NO, I was not disappointed! Appus have a knack of cheering you up!

SR Travel Tip: Mysuru is famous for its grand palace that is lit up by TEN THOUSAND light bulbs during the Navratri celebrations! You cannot afford to miss the sight of this palace if you’re in Mysuru during Navratis!

Additional Readings: There is much more to the Mysuru Dasera Parade than what the article captures. Read this and this if you are interested to know more about this 400 years old tradition.

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SlowRover Snapshots #23

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Title: The Colours Remain
Location: Jamali Kamali, Mehrauli Archaeological Park, Delhi

Beyond the bustling lanes of Mehrauli, in the domineering shadows of the Qutab Minar, lies a oft forgotten gem known as Mehrauli Archaeological Park. Despite being widly covered by the plethora of the Indian travel bloggers, it still remains way from the eyes of the usual tourist.

The tomb of Jamali Kamali is arguably the most famous (and supposedly haunted) structure of this 20o acre park. Some say that the two tombs at the Jamali Kamali Mosque are of a gay couple called Jamali and Kamali, while other sources rubbishes the claims and address them as husband and wife. While the scholars are busy trying to refute such scandalous rumours, I couldn’t help but get enchanted by the intricate colourful engravings on the inner walls of this Tomb. Whatever the truth, Jamali Kamali did leave behind a colourful legacy.

SR Travel Tip: The Mehrauli archaeological park also hosts other historical marvels such as  Balban’s Tomb, Rajon Ki Baoli,  and Metcalfe’s follies. A weekend sojourn to this hidden gem of Delhi is highly recommended.

Further Reading: Djinns of Jamali Kamali  || Saga of Jamali Kamali


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