I was born in Bombay and grew up there. Bangalore, or Bengaluru as it is now known as, was the first city I lived in after I moved out of Mumbai.
This city known as The Garden City has a certain vibe to it, and pleasant weather almost all year around (though that is changing and Bengaluru-ians are beginning to feel the heat)
The locals are helpful and you can get by if you know Hindi and/or English, thanks to the burgeoning immigrant population.
It is difficult to encapsulate the city that was my home for 4.5 years in a single post, so here are a few of the things I will always remember Bangalore by.
The Lungs of Bangalore
Though the Garden City is soon turning into a concrete jungle, Cubbon Park and Lalbagh Botanical Garden are the two massive parks that are known as the ‘Lungs of the city’.
They are so vast, that the first time we went to Cubbbon Park we got lost there! It took us more than an hour to retrace our way back to our car. You could spend an entire day in these gardens and be back to discover something new the next day.
Lalbagh holds a Mango Festival and a Flower Show, both of which are very popular. You will also see aspiring models and couples having photo sessions here as the parks are so scenic.
Shopping is a pure delight in Bangalore! Have fun as you haggle away, picking up great bargains shopping on Commercial Street. Complete your quota of cardio as you walk down MG Road and Brigade Street, either window shopping or actual shopping. Shop for high end brands as you soak in the sights of the beautiful UB City. There is something to suit every budget.
No other city I know hosts Marathons as frequently as Bangalore does. You could find a Marathon happening somewhere practically all year around. They even have midnight Marathons!
Apart from the frequency, the organisation is amazing. I have participated in Marathons in other cities too, but none of them match upto Bangalore. I started with a 5 k and graduated to a 10 k. I hope to attempt a 21 k Marathon sometime in the future, and when and if that happens, it will surely be in Bangalore.
You are sure to be spoilt for choice. The list of cuisines available here is exhaustive, as are the number of restaurants. I loved the ambience and the service of all the restaurants I visited here. The various ‘Sagar’s dotting the city are life savers, more so when you are on the road and need a quick bite or a refuelling drink of their amazing Filter Coffee. If you are a Beer lover, this Beer Capital of India is a must visit.
From a strip of Crocin to getting Organic Milk delivered to my doorstep every morning, I loved how smooth technology made my life in Bangalore. I used to run the house on the apps I had downloaded, saving me so much time and energy.
My 2 biggest and constant complaints were;
The Airport , which is so far away from the city that it feels like it is in another country! The thought of travelling used to cause me anxiety as I never knew if I would reach the airport in time to catch my flight.
Bangalore DaysThe Bangalore Traffic taught me patience. Click To Tweet
To say the traffic is insane would be a polite way to put it. If you don’t calculate right, you could be stuck in traffic for a good 2 hours. I know as I have been, for 2:45 mins. Then instead of fretting over it I started using the time stuck in traffic to my advantage. I would use it to answer my mails, do my banking, call up people for a chat on the phone and catch up on my reading. Of course, I still grumbled about it!
The Tabibuea Rosea, the pink flowering trees in Summer. The Orange African Tulip trees blooming all year around. The breath-taking Sunsets I witnessed from my balcony every day. Ice creams from Lakeview and Corner House.
Ah ! So many memories of Bangalore, and I am so happy I could share a few of them with you.
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