"Bangalore as a Destination" Bangalore Favorite Tip by doclee

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Favorite thing: Well, we are now back from our holiday and spent just over a day in Bangalore in mid-March but found the experience totally unrestful and stressful.
We flew with Deccan (cheap, efficient and to be recommended) on the only flight, leaving Kochi just after 7am, arriving at Bangalore at 8am. As the only onward flights to Goa (ours with Kingfisher - cheap, efficient, with a tasty curry meal and to be recommended) were around 4pm we decided to spend the night in Bangalore to check the city out. (My grandfather was stationed there in 1898, just before being posted to South Africa and the Boer War.)
From our short time there I personally wouldn't recommend Bangalore as a place to visit unless you had business there that demanded your presence. It was extremely busy with traffic, very smelly from the exhaust fumes and on our perambulations on foot we never found any of the shops marked on our map. We found only one bar (for which we had read the city was noted) and that was closed for a private party!! Everywhere seemed to be being pulled down/rebuilt/developed (slight over-exaggeration).
Seeking rest elsewhere we repaired to the big park in the middle of the city but were besieged by beggarwomen with babies. The park itself was really just an unkempt open space with trees surrounded by busy roads and with a road running through it but it did provide some respite.
We stayed at an excellent hotel, the St Mark's Hotel, the room rate being 6100 rupees per night and I can recommend it.
In retrospect, we may have got more out of our stay with less stress if we had taken a tour of the city by car/taxi/tuc-tuc, but we prefer to walk as much as possible. We did, in fact, have a mini-tour of the city by taxi on the way back to the Airport when the taxi driver provided by the hotel offered us a tour at no extra cost!!! Having ample time in hand we were transported via the Court House and Government Buildings to (?a relative's?) jewellery shop!! We nearly ended up missing our flight, not helped by the arrival by air of a Politician and the consequent closing of the road to the airport!!
Certainly our short stay was a big disappointment but not enough to spoil our overall holiday.

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  • Written Mar 30, 2008
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