What’s that first word that strikes your mind when you hear Bengaluru?? IT city? Software? Weather? People? Garden City? Shopping? Night Life? Beer? Breweries? Dosa? Cafes? Brands? Traffic?…….. All Correct!! There’s no single legitimate word that exist to describe this city.
You won’t find a moment when you aren’t obsessing over the rows of trees alongside the road. And if you have a year to spare into this city, it will justify in the most beautiful sense why people are always talking about the weather. Light winters in January, blooming Cherry Blossoms in March, bunches of Gulmohar in April, extreme heat waves in May, light showers in June and then it would rain the remaining months.
And traffic….??? Don’t worry it’s always moving. You can reach somewhere late but you are never stuck at one place.
Back to my dismay, here I was living in a PG – Paying Guest. Bed, size of berth in trains, a cupboard with just two slots to fit in the clothes, a table that is to be shared and a room that was to be shared too. A complete disappointment. The first question was? What the hell does it feel like to have someone’s presence in your room 24/7? What about my privacy? What about my space? How will we become compatible? But as they say – ‘Loosen up your bone Wilma!!’ and so did I. Just without me even realizing, Harshita(roomie) and I set up our room(SHARED OUR ROOM!!), started living in the room, and I am happy to say we became inseparable. So, the lesson learned was privacy, space and all this shit is just in head, you’ll never know how wonderful the other person is until you abandon these words.
By the way, in Bengaluru I was doing a full time job in an MNC and paying my own rent this time.
Amidst all this chaos I was into, a person made this city home for me. If not for this person this city wouldn’t have been something for me as it is now. From arranging this lad’s home to having lunch in office, the tea near fountain to those long walks till Manyata Gate. Making odd plans, going shopping, trying new cuisines, hearing all weird stories, the philosophies, the thoughts, getting to know the manufacturing process of coffee and pepper, learning about those new kind of fruits (jack fruit and dragon fruit) to sharing all childhood memories. Writing this paragraph is the least way I can tribute our friendship and thank you for making Bengaluru experience such an amazing saga.
So, coming back to what to expect at Bengaluru….
SUPER EXPENSIVE CABS…..Say bye-bye to cabs and greet hands with local buses to travel around Bengaluru. Bengaluru’s amazingly complex roads are very intelligently simplified by Vajra Volvo buses painted in blue. It connects all the major areas of the city. To travel in these buses, you can have a Rs. 150 pass made and travel whole day using theis pass in any of the Vajra.
How to reach Bangalore from Bangalore airport?
Any of the main areas of the city is around 30-35 km from airport, which would cost you around a good 700-1000 bucks. To avoid paying such exorbitant amount, board Vayu Vajra buses available at the airport. This bus will drop you to the nearest bus stop to your destination in less than 300 bucks.
Bengaluru == Beer
To all the dipsomaniacs, boozers, drink enthusiasts and liquor reviewers, this city is a complete heaven for you. Apart from your favourite brands, this city is the hub of handcrafted beer, housing 100s of micro-breweries.
Talking of the Garden City…..
No matter what time of year it is, you will always find Bengaluru lush green. The avenues of the road beautified with old and big trees and while walking on the road, you won’t be able to ignore the random graffiti that shows the gigantic culture of Karnataka. Talking of greenery, here Cubbon Park and Lal Bagh exhibits a large variety of plants. From Bonsai to 200 year old trees.
Night Life and Events
If you are a big fan of night life and events then this city perfectly compliments your persona. Anytime you hit on bookmyshow, you will find half a century events going on in the city. Mostly Saturdays and Sundays, some kind of comedy shows, cultural plays, open mic, poetry, exhibitions, open air theater are going on in the city.
And Thursdays and Fridays are two of the most friendly days for ladies and couples out there as most of the clubs has free entry. And one more good news for ladies – drinks are free.
Shopping..!! Shopping..!! Shopping..!!
Among many cities in India, it is one of the cities having largest number of malls. It’s UB city mall have all the luxurious brands you can think of. Also, some very fine sites of luxury cars can be seen here to awestruck your mind. For some less luxurious and more affordable brands you can hit Phoenix mall and VR mall. MG road or Churchstreet road is also known for some affordable shops and many amazing restaurants can be found here.
Blogger’s tip: Try any pizza and potato wedges at Wolfish at Church Street. You will surely fall in love with the place.
For some local shopping, Commercial Street is the only answer. Here you can find the cheapest of the things. And thousands of saree shops. For some very basic silk sarees you can hit these stores -Awesome and Sukriti.
From some very basic silk sarees to Bridal lehangas and sarees, you can find everything that satisfies your need atm.
Blogger’s tip : While travelling in Bangalore, keep lower denomination currency or get apps like paytm, phonepay, google pay installed in your phone because you will never find change in this city.
Cafe Bar and Food
Bengaluru is also one of the places having largest number of cafes and pubs in Asia. From Daal Baati Churma to Dosa Idli Sambhar….all of India’s delicacies plus not so Indian delicacies can be found here. Apart from diners and cafes, it also offers large variety of street food(taste not as good as your home town’s), which also includes two types of pani puri – one with our regular aloo ka masala and jeera/pudina water and one with chola/matar filling with sambhar/jeera water. For typical south Indian street food like Kodu Belle and Holige, you can hit to V.V Puram Street Food Market(type it in google, you can easily spot it).
Not only limiting to this….visiting Bengaluru is like visiting 10 more places as every other famous place is less than 6 hr drive from Bengaluru with some very amazing views. You’ll find many places to trek, many hill stations and cities with beaches and backwaters, plantations and vineyards and of course Tech Parks(if that interests you in anyway).