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Tuesday, 2 Jan 2007: Bits & Bytes from Bangalore January 12, 2007

Posted by Arun Rajagopal in India, Indian Railways, Travel.
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Woke up around 4ish in the morning, as the train pulled up at the outer limits of Bangalore City and commenced a long wait, before entering the crowded station. Found Bangalore to be quite chilly. Got an auto to Hotel Regency Inn in Cottonpet, which is very close to Bangalore City Station. Signed up for a morning city tour of Bangalore, from a travel agent across the road. Slept for a while, and woke up just in time for the guided tour. The bus deftly navigated the crowded streets of Bangalore, as I wondered at the spectacularly high congestion levels in the city. We got to explore Tippu’s Summer Palace, Balaji Bull Temple, Karnataka Arts & Crafts Emporium, Vishwesharaiah Museum of Technology and Lalbagh Botanical Gardens. Felt that the tour was a letdown, as none of these places captured the excitement I felt while being to monuments in other places.

Lalbagh is a nice place to go to if you are interested in taking a long walk, while munching on savoury snacks and watching lovers make out… Got down at MG Road. Checked out MG Road and the adjoining Brigade Road… Had lunch from Hotel Brindavan, loved the amazing south Indian thali served on a plantain leaf. Went to the Garuda Mall, and shopped like crazy. Found Shopper’s Stop to be a good place to pick great outfits. Went to Café Coffee Day next to Forum and indulged in chocolate as we caught up with some friends in Bangalore. Got back to the hotel, but not before the auto rickshaw driver looted us for a fare of 150 Rs, for a ride which would have normally not cost more than 50 Rs. If you are travelling anywhere from MG Road, I would urge you to use the prepaid auto counter, which I discovered only the next day.

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