I apologize for this being weeks and weeks late, but I am trying to catch up on blogging with the time that I have. But the city I went to after a very short stay in Pune after Aurangabad was Bangalore. You could consider it the Silicon Valley of India. It was a two day layover before I went onto Hampi. But I did have time to see Lalbagh Gardens.
I actually didn’t do much sightseeing in Bangalore because of time constraints and I was trying to work on blog posts, pictures, and planning future travels (which takes a lot of time actually). But I did sneak in some Indian clubbing while I was there. All of the techno and karaoke you could want.
I was lucky enough that I made friends with a fellow American who had been in Bangalore many times before in my hostel. She was in India documenting a local tribe in Bangalore and the trans community in India. She was my hostess with the mostest, so my time in Bangalore was quite good compared to other travelers’ stories I had heard. It goes to show that the company can make the city.
One fun thing that we did (not!) in Bangalore was wade through a flash flood in the city street. We had a torrential downpour and when we looked outside our restaurant the street in front had become flooded. The restaurant said it would take at least 3 hours for it to go down and it was still raining. So instead of waiting around, we decided to take action. The owner took us to their side door where the water was less, we hiked up our pants, and followed a restaurant staffer along the edge of the road through the water. I don’t need to remind you what is in that water, you can look at pictures of a normal Indian city street and go from there. Suffice it to say, I washed my legs several times after.
But back to the actual sightseeing I did…
Lalbagh Botanical Gardens
Lalbagh is 240 acres of gardens in southern Bangalore. Construction began in 1760 by Hader Ali, but was completed by his son Tipu Sultan. The design was based on the Mughal gardens that were popular during that time. The gardens house many different types of flowers and trees. It also includes a glass house where they have flower fairs twice a year.
Unfortunately when I went there it had been raining the past two days and was dreary, so the gardens weren’t in full force. But I did take some fun pictures for a little photo essay of my time there.