Rather than calling this a travelogue I will prefer to call this as a quick two day tour of central Bangalore. There were a couple of places that we actually planned to go to, but then had to drop out owing to time, rather the lack of it! A few places, like the Bannerghatta National Park pr Wonderla, were dropped out after equating the travel distance with the short duration of our visit.
We landed on the afternoon of New Year’s eve. The kids were really excited by their first Double Decker train ride. We were picked up by a close relative of ours and we got the first glimpse of the infamous Bangalore traffic.
We kept our first day simple by just visiting a nearby temple. During our first ride in the Bangalore auto (tuk-tuk) I realized how prompt the auto-walas (drivers) were in using their fare meter. Little did I realize that this was owing to the presence of our elderly relative who was well accustomed to the place. During our drives alone we ended up doing it the old way – bartering and bickering!
The next day, we booked an eight hour cab to take a tour of main sight seeing spots within Bangalore city. We went to visit Lal Bagh – the famed botanical garden of Bangalore. It turned out to be a dud visit on a soaking Thursday morning. There were no flowers to speak of as the main blossoming season was around a month away. But nonetheless, the morning walk in that wet weather was enticing.
We visited the legendary MTR canteen that was a stone’s throw away from Lal Bagh entrance. Our next place was a temple in Malleshwaram area. We wanted to take a quick look at the ISKCON temple, but god had enough of us already! Being a new year day, people around the city had a revived enthusiasm for discarding their built up atheism. I wouldn’t be over stating it when I say that the crowd spilled onto the streets.
We then took a long drive covering the outside view of Cubbon park, Vidhan Soudha and High Court before heading over to Ulsoor lake for a motor boat ride. We then headed over to the M.G. Road-Brigade Road shopping area. We had a quick lunch and then headed back home.