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In the autumn of 1988 I made a five weeks tour of mainly southern India.

I have already - recently and years ago - posted several photos from that journey, but I keep steadily digging up more, every time I look through my old files of scanned photos.

Today's three pictures were taken on Chamundi Hills, just outside the city of Mysore in Karnataka state. The peak of the forested hill at 1000 meters above sea level contains a large temple area. It is possible to go there by any kind of vehicle, but I preferred to take an auto-rickshaw only to the foot of the hill and climb the 1000 steps through jungle to the top. I wanted to see a huge statue of a bull at the 700 meters level. I finally made it to the top soaking with sweat.

(My photos of the bull were useless. It was surrounded by some kind of scaffolding and a "viewing platform".)

Today's main photo shows the 17th century gopalam, gate tower, of the Chamundeshwari temple. There was a long queue of people waiting to get in, and I rejected an offer to pay a "guide" to get in through a side entrance, so I didn't see the inside of the temple, which didn't bother me the least. I had seen several interesting temples in Tamil Nadu state before I arrived here, and there was so much else that interested me in the outside area.

This photo is a bit tight at the top. I apologize for that. In a WS you can see a nice woman, while another WS shows a saleswoman (also perfectly nice).

All photos were scanned from Kodachrome slides. Here is a larger version of the main one.

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