Had day in bed. Cabin de luxe – don’t know how it occurred but some Maharajah vacated it at Bombay and here I am and very nice too – although it is still too warm and sticky. We arrive at Colombo at 8am on the […]
Month: November 2012
Arrived Mysore 10:45am and went to Metropole Hotel. Visited Seringapatam – fort of “Tippu Sultan”, his summer palace and tomb. Also the tomb of Tippu’s father, Hyder Ali Khan, and the memorial to Colonel Baillie; the cemetery of British Soldiers at Gangam village and the […]
A drive round Bangalore. Two very extensive and beautiful parks. A visit to the Indian Institute of Science. Failed to gain admission to the Maharajah’s Palace owing to the day being the Sabbath and one of his relatives being in residence. Mac and Harry Richardson have secured horses for a ride this afternoon. Beriff our courier and I are going with an old Sikh driver for further exploration. Bangalore is the garden city of India and I can now understand why all, or nearly all, civil service and railway employees come to live here in their retirement. Saw the new Town Hall which cost £12,000 and which I think would have cost many times more in England. Met two young Englishmen – (one a late student at Armstrong College) who are out near Mysore taking a film of the Elephant’s natural life. They left today for Mysore and we meet them tomorrow for a run down to their camp. All well but I have got a few nasty mosquito bites. After tea had drive round the various quarters of the city. Visited the Sacred Bull Temple and climbed to the top to have a bird’s eye view of the city.
Motor run to the fort of Golkonda and the Burial Ground of the Kings of Golkonda. They put up wonderful buildings over the tombs of their Kings. The archaeological department have taken these over and are busy restoring them. Mac met a Keighley, Yorks engineer […]
Visited the Ellora Caves which are more wonderful than the Ajanta Caves. These people carved their magnificent temples out of rocky hills. They did not build, they carved and one must see their wonderful work to realise what marvellous craftsmen they must have been. Aurangzebe’s Wife’s Tomb at Aurangabad is a copy of the Taj Mahal at Agra. Owing to the shortage of marble a lot of plaster work has been done on this building. Nobody knows definitely where the marble came from but it is assumed that it was transported from Northern India, as marble quarries are non-existent in S. India. As this will be a distance of 2,000 miles it becomes apparent why Aurangzebe had to finish his Memorial in plaster. It is wonderful how this plaster work has stood the test of time – I understand the secret lies in polishing the plaster with cocoanut. I passed this information onto Mr. Wm. Ferguson but found I could not teach him anything about plaster work. We visited Doalatabad Fort and then back to Aruangabad for lunch. Left for Jalna 3:41pm. We had tea and dinner on the train. Very good arrangements by Cooks. Good food and well served. We arrived at Secunderabad at 6:53 the next morning after being 15 hours in the train and doing 315 miles. We had a bath under primitive conditions at Percy’s Hotel, the best in the district, and then went sightseeing at Secunderabad and Hyderabad. Saw the Nizam’s Palace, the principal shopping centres and had a motor run round the whole district. Dance at the Hotel at night in aid of Poppy Day funds when all the best people in the district were present.