Two weeks back I was vacationing with family in Coorg. On the way from Bangalore, we stayed for a day in Mysore to see the Grand Mysuru Palace. After that, we stayed for 3 days at the Orange Country Resort in Coorg. The resort was lovely. They organise guided treks inside the nearby forest area to explore nature there.
One of the days we went to Namdroling Monastery, the second largest centre of Tibetan Buddhism in India, next to Dharamsala. There is a divine aura to the temple there and seeing the golden statue of Buddha felt so peaceful.
On our return journey, we went to Chamundi Hills to see the famous Nandi temple there and the Chamundeshwari Temple. We stayed for a day in Mysore and from there visited the historically significant town of Srirangapatna to see Tipu Sultan’s tomb and Daria Daulat Bagh palace (literally ‘Garden of the Wealth’). Our guide in Srirangapatna did an excellent job with the history and introduced Islamic burial traditions and how to identify tombs of Male, Female and the Children.
Orange Country resort, Coorg, Karnataka
Lush greenery around the resort
Huge ant hill
Trekking path inside the resort compound
Naturalist from Orange County resort explaining about the flaura and fauna of the place
Elephant ride in a nature park nearby
Everywhere we saw there were lovely flowers of all hues
The resort is situated inside an estate growing various vegetables and fruits
In our trek, we came across this river
This place is nicknamed as Switzerland of India
Padmasambhaya buddhist vihara
(in centre) Buddha Statue in Namdroling Monastery
Behind me are tales from the life of Lord Buddha – Namdroling Monastery
Nandi in Chamundi Hills near Mysore
Tipu Sultan’s tomb – buried here on 4th May 1799 by Colonel Wellesley
Place where Tipu’s body was found. Colonel Wellesley set a stone tablet to mark the spot.
Daria Daulat Bagh palace (literally ‘Garden of the Wealth’) in Srirangapatna
Gumbaz, Srirangapatna holding the graves of Tippu Sultan, his father Hyder Ali and his mother Fakr-Un-Nisa
Tombs inside Gumbaz, Srirangapatna
The above picture is a related one to Tipu Sultan, it was taken by me in 1998 at the Royal Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh. It shows the swords and weapons which were taken away by the victorious Scottish troops from the place of Tippu Sultan after his fall.