Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Discovered ‘The Tree-lined' Green Bangalore

Indranagar is a dainty neighbourhood in Bangalore. I’d say it’s a much-needed escape from the bustle and chaos of Commercial Street and Brigade Road, which are more popular shopping and hangout hubs in the city.


Bangalore has always been one of the most liveable cities in India. It has appealed to people for its gentle weather and green spaces. However, just like any other city in India, it has also got trapped in the layers of pollution and over-commercialisation. Although I still like it, I get a different picture of it whenever I talk to somebody who has lived here for ages. The city has certainly lost its true charisma with the passage of time. It isn’t as green and inviting as it used to be a couple of decades ago.

Also read Dehradun – Is Green Turning Into Gray?


Nevertheless, I’d still recommend Bangalore any day. After I discovered Indranagar, I feel there is still a space in the city that is cool and easygoing, green and beautiful. It’s a commercial and residential neighbourhood with tree-lined streets and spacious pedestrian lanes. Indranagar is happening and lively with its many cafes and restaurants, shops and designer labels, yet has a laidback and peaceful atmosphere.
   
Things to do in Indranagar –

Shop

Of course, shopping is quite an obvious thing to do when you have so many brands and labels lined up. Although I did not go there with an intent of shopping, I could comprehend the presence of all kinds of shops to appease a shopaholic. So, splash out!


Eat

It’s got tons of options for foodies too. I, along with my family, had breakfast at Creme and Crust restaurant, which is a nice, ambient place. They serve all kinds of cuisines, which are prepared quite authentically. We chose to have Spanish and American platters. I’d say it was completely my kind of a restaurant – elegant and chic. The Grill House, The French Loaf, The Island, Copper Chimney and Smoke House Deli are also some good choices.



Hang out, sip coffee

Indranagar is a perfect place to hang out and have coffee with a friend or two. There are so many cafes, some known and some pretty new, which promise great coffee-sipping and conversational times. Matteo Coffea, Chaipatty, Crisp Resto Café, Gloria Jean's Coffees, Starbucks Coffee and Breadworks are some of the cafes that I noticed while sauntering.



Stroll along

While the city of Bangalore is getting more and more crowded every year leaving little spaces to walk, Indranagar has plenty of neat and tidy lanes to stroll. Thus, if you enjoy strolling along the shops and stores, old residences and settlements, Indranagar is going to beckon you.


Do nothing

Yes, doing nothing and simply savouring the greenery and the urbane ambiance is worth your time. Indranagar is a kind of place where you will end up doing many things on impulse like checking out an art exhibition or stopping by to admire a church building. The idea is to enjoy the open, clean and green spaces that are extant in the city of Bangalore.


Well, I was inspired to write this post because I have been discouraged to visit Commercial Street and Brigade Road as they are no more the places that they used to be. They have lost their charm in the wake of metro construction work and the growing crowd and vehicles. But after I discovered Indranagar, I realised that the ‘real Bangalore’ – the clean, green and spacious city isn’t a thing of the past.

So, what do you say? Can we preserve green and open spaces in our cities?

32 comments:

  1. Nice Post about Indiranagar ! will check out Peacock restaurant :-). liked the arty bus stop pic ! Bhawna

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    1. Thanks Bhawna :) Sorry for the restaurant name goof-up. It's Creme and Crust where we had English and Spanish breakfast.

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  2. Indira Nagar is quite a nice place and so is some parts of Koramangala to hang out. Check out Toit near CMH road and Take 5 above the CCD on 100 feet road.

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    1. Thanks Niranjan :) I'll check out your recommendations.

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  3. Nice pictures, though I loved Bangalore more when Koramangala was a jungle and I could see bird-songs there. Today most of it has become concrete jungle....but still it has its charm....

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    1. Oh wow! I wish I could see that too. Yup, the concrete jungle is taking away the soul of Bangalore.

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  4. Love that area of Bangalore. Smoke house deli is so good. Reminds me of indigo deli in Bombay!

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    1. Yeah, Rachel. Indranagar has great line-up of eating places.

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  5. It must be nice to have some big streets, trees and green spaces, looks very well gentrified and probably where I would also love to hang out....thanks for connecting on my blog today Renuka

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    1. Thanks Noel, for stopping by! Yeah, Indranagar is a posh, urbane locality full of greenery.

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  6. Good to hear you speak so positively of Bangalore. I'll be making my first visit in a few months on a business trip. It looks worthwhile to free up some time to explore.

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    1. Yeah, that will be nice! I'm sure you will like Bangalore, especially Indranagar.

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  7. I'd love to have you link to my weekly link party "Oh, the PLACES I've been!"

    - Alma, The Tablescaper

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    1. Sure! Let me know what do I need to do. Thanks. :)

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  8. Hi, Awesome article and I could connect to what you said. I used to live right on the 12th main of 100ft road Indira Nagar for 6 years! Now when I think about this place all the way from NY, I realize that I miss Indira Nagar so much!! The evenings where lively with the 'kullad chais' of Chaipatty and ' Socie-tea's masala tea, the yummiest waffles of ' Leaping windows', cup cakes of Cupcake factory and Shami rolls of "chakum chukum'. This place has the largest line up of restaurants, cafes, classy clubs, a few pubs, all major brands and lots of designer stores. Even with all of these, its the serenity and peacefulness that makes Indira Nagar stand out from the rest.

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    1. Thanks Suresh, for stopping by and adding a valuable comment. Sounds like you have great memories associated with Indranagar. It's indeed a lovely place in Bangalore. :)

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  9. Indranagar looks very nice - we plan to head to Bangalore later this year, so I will make sure we hit that area.

    Coming from Toronto, green spaces can be a hard thing to hold onto...especially based on who are the heads of politics and whether or not the general public is vocal in their opposition or not. I am hopeful city planning makes sure that we make green spaces a priority!

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    1. Nice to hear that, Emily! I'm sure you will love Bangalore. :) Yes, green spaces should be a priority of every city in every country.

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  10. To me Bangalore is always city of gardens. so much of greenery everywhere. Next time when I am there, we might meet up. :)

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  11. And one more thing, Can you pls enable the Name/URL option for commenting ?

    As bloggers, we must give the reader a choice how they want to put their comment as. :)

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    1. Nisha, I can see your name and get to your url as well. :) I have only disabled anonymous commenting (which is necessary).

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  12. Nice pictures gallery of the city!

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    1. Thanks! There are still picture-perfect spaces in Bangalore!

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  13. It looks so luscious, green and quaint Renuka! I've never been to India and I'll be honest, it's never a country I even thought about visiting. Of course there are a lot of countries that have never been on my radar but I love how you shared with us all the nice places there and it does look like a great place to visit.

    ~Adrienne

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    1. Thanks Adrienne! Glad to have you on my blog. :) It would be nice if you visit India sometime in the future. Do let me know if you want to! :)

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  14. That "Body Shop"... used to pass by it every single day... I lived nearby till last year... kind of nostalgic this is, one of the best areas to live in...

    Once I took some night snaps in the area http://travellingslacker.com/2011/12/bangalore-night-photography/

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    1. Nice to know that you lived there! Indranagar is such a happening place. Yup, I checked out your night shots. They are cool! :)

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  15. I am staying in Bangalore from 2 years and am absolutely charmed by the place. How much ever people say the greenery is lost I just can't believe it :)

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    1. Yeah, true. I still see lots of green spaces in Bangalore. Indranagar is absolutely gorgeous.

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