No, I haven’t pulled an Elizabeth Gilbert. But I have eaten a lot, prayed a little and loved every minute of my time in Bangalore.
I arrived here at the start of the week with a jam-packed schedule. Unfortunately, sight seeing was a very small bullet point on my agenda. I was researching my Masters thesis and reporting for a London-based publication. So, I was rushing from interview to meeting to event.
But, obviously, I found some time to get my tourist on.
Bangalore – or Bengalaru – is the capital of the Indian state of Karnataka. It’s the third largest city in the country and an international IT hub. It has managed to acquire a couple of nicknames: Silicon Valley of India, Pub City of India, and Garden City of India. What it lacks in picturesque tourist sights, it makes up with its happening vibe, (relatively) progressive locals and an overwhelming number of dining, drinking and shopping options.
It also has many impressive Hindu temples. On my way from the airpot, I visited the ESKON Hare Krishna temple and on my self-proclaimed R&R day, I went to the Meenakshi Temple in South Bangalore. I liked the latter better because I thought it was more traditional. And just absolutely beautiful.