DAILY PHOTO: Madikeri Fort

Taken March 30, 2014 in Madikeri.

Taken March 30, 2014 in Madikeri.

This 17th century fort was built by the Mudduraja, and subsequently controlled by Tipu Sultan, Doddavira Rajendra, the British, and the Wodeyars.

DAILY PHOTO: Helping Hand or Monkey Bite?: You Decide

Taken on March 24, 2014 at Nandi Hills.

Taken on March 24, 2014 at Nandi Hills.

One monkey was hanging off the fascia of Tipu Sultan’s old hunting lodge. The other was either being a helpful monkey–trying to help his brother up–or being a mischievous monkey–trying to make him fall.

You figure out which.

Here’s a photo from moments later.

IMG_1348Still can’t tell?

IMG_1350If you said they were in the middle of a mixed martial arts knock-down-drag-out, you were correct.  Here you can see the monkey who had been hanging getting a single-leg take-down on his tormentor.

FYI- For those who think one needs to get all “roided up” for strength building: Note this apparently puny monkey had the upper body strength to pull himself onto a roof while successfully fighting off an attack.

DAILY PHOTO: Bangalore Fort: The Tiny Attraction You Probably Missed



20140312_171018The inscription reads: “Through this breach the British assault was delivered March 21, 1791.” I guess that means that the 223rd anniversary of the British attack on Bangalore is right around the corner.

Bangalore Fort is a tiny piece of the 16th century Vijayanagar fortification that remains intact–it’s all that remains. It’s located between city market and Tipu Sultan’s Bangalore Palace. As it takes only about 10 minutes to walk through, a lot of people don’t even realize it’s there.


DAILY PHOTO: Cannon Greetings

Taken November 29, 2013 at Daria Dalaut in Mysore.

Taken November 29, 2013 at Daria Dalaut in Mysore.

This cannon points right at the main entry to Daria Dalaut, Tipu Sultan’s palace in Mysore.  It seems a tad inhospitable, but one can’t be too careful.

Taken November 29, 2013

Taken November 29, 2013.

The gun doesn’t look so imposing from the end of the first cement pond, and is just a speck from the gate.

DAILY PHOTO: Dariya Daulat Gate

Taken November 29, 2013 in Mysore

Taken November 29, 2013 in Mysore

[I missed my Daily Photo post yesterday due to being on the road to Mysore, so I’m doubling up today.]

Dariya Daulat is Tipu Sultan’s palace at Mysore. There’s a similar structure in Bangalore, where the Sultan conducted meetings while in town. The Mysore palace is much more impressive from the inside. The murals have been restored and there are exhibits of furniture, arms, and artworks from the era.

However, the outside the structure is much less impressive because of ugly green blinders that are used for the twin purposes of keeping the light and tourists photos out. (There is no photography allowed inside.)

This is the gate which stands inline but opposite Dariya Daulat.

DAILY PHOTO: Orange as Cammoflague

IMG_0292The background in this photo is the Hindu temple that is on the site of Tipu Sultan’s Palace, but which predates the Sultan’s Indo-Islamic teak structure. There is a simple but beautiful garden in between the palace and the temple that displays various flowering plants.