Inner Trek – A beautiful travel memoir by Mohan Ranga Rao

Mysurean Mohan Ranga Rao is an accomplished businessman, an avid traveller and a generous philanthropist. He has visited over thirty different countries and is drawn to places of natural beauty and physically challenging trails.
After being threatened by a Bangalore mob boss, Mohan Ranga Rao made a vow: if he somehow got out of the situation, he will thank the Gods by going to Kailash Manasarovar, a holy mountain pilgrimage in Tibet. What started out as merely a challenging high-altitude trek soon became a life-changing adventure. With a blend of humour, honesty and keen insight, Mohan journeys toward a deeper understanding of the world around him.

The book is a heartwarming read of a spiritual adventure and a memoir of a road less travelled. It is a true story of self-discovery at 18,000 feet.

Some interesting facts and stories in the book for the curious you –

  • The tough Dolma pass at 18,525 feet tests you to the core during this pilgrimage. Know how it is to cross the pass.
  • Read about the superhuman Sherpas in the Tibetan region who accompany us as a guide during the pilgrimage.
  • Know what a Patiala Peg is.
  • Discover how Tea made from Yak milk tastes like.

The book is available in multiple formats and also in English & Kannada editions.

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Celebrating 9 years!

9 years, since we started out on this epic journey! 9 years & we are still falling in love ever more deeply with this truly amazing city of ours – #Mysuru! Every post, every comment, every picture has been in appreciation of this great city & we are still not done! Here’s to wishing more years of togetherness, for this journey would not have been the same without you amazing people. Let’s share the love, Mysuru!

Jawa is back

A strand of history coming full circle today as one of the most iconic motorbikes returns back.

For Mysooreans Jawa was/is and never going to be just a bike. It was embedded in the popular culture.

Brandishing a Yezdi with the latest haircut and immaculately trimmed moustache bracketed masculinity for over four decades. It also derived the word “beat” a cool slang even today.

Everyone had a Jawa. My father had. My neighbour had. Their Cousins had. Their neighbour’s had. And some of them still have!

A bit of history trivia-
Hadn’t been for the then Governor of the state HH Jayachamaraja Wadiyar who dutifully insisted the operations factory to set shop in Mysuru, The Jawa was to be manufactured and marketed from Pune-Bombay as it was nearer to port.

Spread over an area of more than 25 acres, the factory was eventually inaugurated by Jayachamaraja Wadiyar in 1961 in Yadavagiri Industrial Area employing around 2200 people.

The original plaque stands to this day

Such was the reverence to its ruler that though Jawa was coined using the first words of Czech founder Janeek Frantisek and Wanderer, the German bike he started producing at his plant in Prague. But for many Mysoreans, even to this dayJawa is also the acronym for JAyachamarajendra WAdiyar.

Gun House to reopen soon.

Here’s some good news to all the Mysoreans out there! The famous GunHouse is all set to open for visitors again soon! Constructed around 1910 during the British era, it housed a gun-shed, guard and office rooms, later converted as a museum to display guns, different types of armoury, etc and finally transformed into a quaint restaurant in the heart of the city. This building goes back to more than a century and is a remnant of the city’s colonial past. Being one of the iconic heritage structures in Mysuru, this popular landmark is all set to attract many people again.

Mysore Road – Around the World

Mysuru is not just in India, we have it’s bits around the world. There are roads named after Mysore in many countries. A quick google map search will get you many results.


Mysore Road in London:

Mysore Road in Newzealand:

Mysore Road in South Africa:



Nagarhole forest guard conquers Mount Everest and reaches the top of the world.

At more than 8,000m above sea level, Mt. Everest remains a compelling challenge to mountaineers who simply cannot resist its pull. Here’s one of the proud moments for all the #Mysoreans out there! Shri.Vikram C, #ForestGuard from #VeeranahosahalliRange, Nagarhole National Park, has successfully completed the arduous journey to the top of the world.

A holy ‘Land’ for cinema lovers in Mysuru

There are certain places in #Mysuru which have stood the test of time, maintaining their charm & still being admired by many. They are ‘iconic celebrities’ in their own worth. And talking of celebrities, this one particular ‘land’ in #nammooru is particularly famous for hosting multiple celebrities from different film industries & eras. That’s right! It’s the Woodlands Theatre Mysuru!

We turn 8!

An idea, ಒಂದ್ ಆಸೆ, a dream, ಒಂದ್ ಊರು, amazing people, ಹುಚ್ಚು ಪ್ರೀತಿ – all this got together to help us reach where we are today. It’s been 8 years, since we started out on this journey of falling in love with #nammooru again and our relationship has consistently grown stronger since then! Today, we feel proud to have evolved into a large family of lakhs of people! And just like a family, there have been times when we have had our differences, moments of pure unconditional support, phases of minimum interaction, celebratory occasions & more! We couldn’t have done any of this without all your love & blessings! Thank you! Let the masthi & ಮಜಾ continue!