Bengaluru sounds like the Kannada version of Bengal, which makes no sense, so sorry, I’m comfortable using Bangalore for my post. No offence, millennials!
Okay, so a little back story. I recently passed 12th from CBSE Board, like you all probably know. And, I’ve got plenty of time before I leave for my college. So, in these long months, I wanted to do a lot of things, apart from just watching movies & TV Shows. Not all of it happened, but one of them did. I visited the IT Hub of India, Bangalore! Oh, and I wanted to do it alone.
No, not the whole trip, but the travelling part. My mausi (mom’s sister) lives there, and it’s been due for many years to visit her place. Luckily, these days, my nani & nanu (mom’s parents) were also over there, so it was just an added bonus. Hence, came the decision, my first flight alone!
On Tuesday, about 9:15 AM, I stepped outside the Bangalore airport. I was expecting the crowd of taxi-walas just like I on arrival in Delhi, along with a sudden outburst of extreme warm air, again, just like on arrival in Delhi. But, surprisingly, what I get was an air more fresh than what I’ve taken in for some years, along with silence.
That’s something you never have in Delhi, where-ever you are at whatever time. But, there, people were waiting patiently for their family/ guests to arrive and there was no crowd of taxi drivers looking for a passenger. More to my surprise, there were lots of restaurants there to grab a bite! Yes, just outside the airport. It was really well maintained, reminded me a lot of Cyber City in Gurgaon, but open air.
My Mausi was there to pick me up, and before we left for home, we grabbed a quick bite at Café Azzure, which was among that little cyber city in front of the airport. Attracted to the twister pizza, we instead went with some pasta to save ourselves an insane amount of time.
After that started the journey. The car ride to the city, which was just as long as the plane ride. 2+hours? Seriously?
A long stretch of at least 20 km connected us to the main city, which welcomed us with traffic – a lot of it. But, with a really beautiful weather after the hot sun in Delhi, I didn’t mind it much.
The buses in Bangalore were quite colorful, but from what I understand, the roads they have to drive on really aren’t that kind. Bangalore has quite thin roads, even the major ones. And, there are very few cuts to enter or exit the service roads, not really helping the situation, especially if you take a wrong turn. At least, that’s the impression I got in a week I spent there.
Though chaotic, I fell in love with the office buildings in Bangalore. I thought the buildings in Gurgaon (I’m too old to call it Gurugram) can’t be topped anywhere in India, but I really, really loved how the buildings were designed there. The first building I spotted when I stepped out of the airport was of the Taj Hotel, and WOW!
Just as beautiful were the office buildings there, of big companies like Microsoft, Adobe and more! Even inside a mall, you could feel the difference in habits of people when it came to food courts. In all honesty, I didn’t go to many parts of the city, but I went to a lot of malls for shopping and killing time. It was a rejuvenating trip, not really for travelling.
Something else that I learnt about the city was that though it had a lot more traffic than in Delhi, it is much less chaotic. The drivers here are quite patient when they drive, and a lot more sensible. There are less horns on red light, and less overtaking on the roads.
Along with a lot of shopping, I also watched Far From Home in a PVR 4DX theatre, because how do you not watch a Marvel movie on the opening weekend? I met a lot of my relatives whom I hadn’t met in quite many years. I had plans to meet my friends in Bangalore too, but they got cancelled as usual.
A night before returning, luckily, I got a call from Indigo who offered me to change my flight in return of a voucher worth the ticket price. I couldn’t say no to such a deal! So, I woke up more comfortably next morning, having rested enough for a long journey till the airport and beyond that in air.
The departure section of the Bangalore airport was very, very well built. It was crowded, but I liked how well maintained it was. Had a burger at KFC, followed by spending quite some time in the airport bookstore, before I returned to Delhi. (P.S. Try the Chicken Tikka sandwich in an Indigo flight.)
Overall, I had fun. It was nice to travel alone, and get out of Delhi for a while. Looking forward to return to Bangalore someday in future!
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