Wednesday, 14 May 2014

9 Reasons To Love Bangalore

It took me some time to like Bangalore. Initially, I viewed it as one of the nice-cities-turned-bad sort. All I could see was vehicles, over-crowded spaces and layers of pollution. However, as I spent over a month there I got a chance to explore it bit by bit. I got to know the real Bangalore – a city that personifies comfort and great living. Today, it’s one of my favourite cities in India.
     
Here’s how I was charmed -   

Tree-lined streets

Bangalore is known to be a ‘City of gardens’, so its green spaces are no secret. I particularly liked Indranagar, Cubbon Park, Richmond Town and the Old Airport Road where there are long stretches of trees. It’s amazing to pass through the tree-shaded roads.


Lovely weather

After the greenery, I like its moderate weather. I dread extreme winters, so Bangalore is just what I like. It is a bit hot during the summers, but not unbearably hot. When you feel you can’t take the heat anymore, rain showers come to your rescue. There is nothing like ‘bad’ weather in Bangalore.

Great eateries

How can you resist good food? At least, if you are in Bangalore, it’s hard not to indulge. I can vouch for all the foodies out there that they would find Bangalore absolutely enticing. Some of my favourite eating places are Crème and Crust, Little Italy, California Pizza Kitchen and Golkonda Chimney.

  
Helpful and friendly locals

I got to interact with the locals while travelling on buses. Even though I didn’t understand their language, they were usually warm and approachable. Since I was totally clueless about the roads in Bangalore, people guided me about where to get down and how to go around the city. 
  
Comfy transport system

Minus the autos, Bangalore has great transport system. I have never enjoyed travelling by buses like I did in Bangalore. Even the non-AC buses are so cool. Travelling from one corner of the city to another is so comfy and easy. I admit, the AC buses are a bit costly, but it’s worth it. There is no harm in paying when you get to travel peacefully.   


Old English architecture

I’m fascinated by old English architecture and Bangalore has its share of colonial buildings. The city is filled with beautiful old-era churches and cathedrals. It’s possible to find a church in every neighbourhood of Bangalore, which is quite interesting.

Safe for women

Yes, I found it safe for women. I walked alone at quite a few places and had even lost my way, but I didn’t get any stares or lewd remarks. People are generally nice and respectful towards women.

Easy-going vibe

The general atmosphere of Bangalore is very easy-going. People seem to enjoy life. Nobody is bothered about anything. Although Bangalore is one of the metropolitan cities of India and a city of IT professionals, it’s still modest in some way. I didn’t see any obvious snobbery, which is quite evident in Delhi.


Lots of weekend escapes around

Bangalore has lots of weekend escapes around – Nandi Hills, Mysore, Ramanagar and Makalidurga to name just a few. I visited Dandeli, a small town in North Karnataka, which is around 459 km from Bangalore.


Some disappointments –


Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace

It was such a disappointment. I was taken aback to see it. There is hardly anything to marvel at and I had to buy a ticket to see it!

Bangalore Fort

It was even more disappointing! It is situated in the midst of a bustling market-place and the majority of the fort is converted into a hospital (as reported by a local). It hardly looked like a fort.

I couldn’t find National Gallery of Modern Art

When I was in Delhi, I visited NGMA quite often. It’s a great place for art and photography buffs. I was eager to explore Bangalore’s art and culture scene too, but I guess, I failed. I roamed around MG Road hunting for NGMA, asked people about it, but nobody seemed to know anything.

All in all, Bangalore is definitely my kind of a city.

Is Bangalore your kind of a city too?

27 comments:

  1. Great food you are saying here? I love it already! Nice place, very cozy! :D

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    1. Yup, Bangalore has lots of nice eating places! You will love it, Agness. :)

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  2. Awesome, unfortunately I had to skip Bangalore because I was running out of time. Although there will definitely be a return to the south of India so perhaps I'll make it there one day!

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    1. You must! I'm sure you will like Bangalore. :)

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  3. Don't know which Bangalore you are writing about. I've been in Bangalore since twenty five years, but it seems to me that the Bangalore I live in and the Bangalore you have visited are two entirely different cities. City of Gardens, tree-lined avenues, good eateries, nice people, safe for women, comfy transport system - wow. I really wish I could live in such a lovely city. Too bad I live in a different Bangalore, eh? Cheers ... Srini.

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    1. Well, I envy you Srini. :) I wish I had a chance to live in Bangalore for twenty-five years! I have written what I experienced. If you read the details of the sub-heads, you will know that I mentioned the negatives too - costly AC buses, summers are a bit hot and I also mentioned that initially I was put off by the over-crowded spaces and layers of pollution. I don't intend to convey that Bangalore is a perfect city (for that matter no city is in India), but the factors I mentioned do exist! Sometimes, we fail to see the beauty of our own city!

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  4. I have been there a few times and I too like what I saw. Only the traffic scares me.

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    1. True! Traffic and pollution are the two factors that should be controlled.

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  5. I love Bangalore, i went for NH7 but stayed a while. I tried the brother restaurant of Indigo Deli in Bombay... smokehouse deli? I think.. it was good!

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    1. Great! Yeah, Smokehouse Deli is in Indranagar (Bangalore). I haven't eaten there, but it looked inviting!

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  6. Lovely post.. It is my second home.. Try riding two wheelers in Bangalore in heavy traffic.. That is the real fun :).. I don't know for some reason I love Bangalore's busy traffic and life but hate getting stuck in traffic ;)

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    1. Nothing better than enjoying a busy traffic! :) Bangalore has become my second home too after my sis shifted there.

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  7. I am glad to see the last picture.. it is sad that the govt has not done much ot keep it in good shape, I been to bangalore twice now. It is a good city . the only thing i hated was traffic and taxi service , yeah you call , they book and then they cancel at last moment ..


    Bikram

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    1. I agree, except for the bad traffic and pollution, everything else seems to be good in Bangalore. And yes, as I mentioned Tipu Sultan Summer House is not impressive at all!

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  8. Coming from chennai, I never liked Bangalore, and never thought I will like (read:Love) the city after spending 2 years living there! It's full of beautiful memories. The foggy roads, flowery trees in spring, the smell of food from krishna bhavans and masala vade are some of them that comes to my mind. As you have mentioned, there's plenty of weekend getaways from Bangalore, and I remember going to various places over the weekend with friends - like Sivanasamudram falls, Balmuri, Ranganathittu, Chunchi, Nandhi hills, Sangama...It's indeed a perfect place to enjoy a travel lifestyle!

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    1. Well said, Anu! :) I have never been to Chennai, so I can't relate to your comparison, but yes, Bangalore is a great city for a travel lifestyle. :)

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  9. I have been to Bangalore many time , every thing is fine except traffic :-(

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  10. I'm glad I read this post. To be honest, I don't like Bangalore because of overcrowding, traffic and general chaos. I am from Mysore and I find Mysore a paradise compared to Bangalore. But I will eventually have to settle down in Bangalore so it makes me happy to see that there is hope! haha :)

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    1. You are lucky, Megha! I'm sure you will eventually like Bangalore. :)

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  11. One other big plus that the city has, if you happen to be a bag packer and a travel bug, that it is connected with many cities with rich history through overnight journey. This means that you can cover many more places over the weekends. So far, I have been to Tuticorin, Thiruchendur, Tirunelveli, Kanyakumari, Trivandrum, Madiker, Vellore, Hampi and few more (all on weekends) with many more already planned for. Having said that, I agree with you that the city definitley has many pluses depending on which side of the coin you want to look at.

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    1. True, Ajay! Bangalore has many pluses and weekend getaways are a big bargain for travelers. There are so many places to explore around the city that sometimes it gets overwhelming to choose from!

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  12. This is a nice summary of what Bangalore has to offer. We plan to be in India later this year but have yet to map out where exactly we'll go. If we make it to Bangalore I'll be using this post as a guide!

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    1. That would be wonderful, Emily! :) If you come down to India in the south, Bangalore would be a good city to explore.

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  13. NGMA is a beautiful place, but its not on MG road. its on Cunnigham road around 3 kms from Shivajinagar. Allow me to take you there if you are in Bangalore sometime? :)

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    1. Thanks for the right address and direction. Let's see when I plan my next visit to Bangalore. :)

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  14. I plan to visit India in this year, hope i could visit Bangalore too. Your article is much helpful, thanks for sharing.

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