By and large, Bangalore is of little interest to tourists. I remember how surprised a Hindu neighbor aboard Aeroflot with whom we talked, to my decision to visit Bangalore. Now after a while I probably agree with him. And that's why. The city is certainly modern, innovative in India, clean, beautiful and all that jazz. But is it beyond these criteria that we aspire to India?
01. After wandering around the city for half a day, I frankly bored. Everywhere advertising global, fashion trends ...
02. Only architecture and passers-by still attract. This is the church of St. Patrick, one of the oldest churches in Bangalore (1844). In the courtyard of the church there are many different educational facilities, a school, several colleges, an orphanage, and in general a whole mission.
03. And outside, endless rows of various transport, noise, din.
04. Unexpectedly, a monument dedicated to the victims of the First World War. For fun, looked into Wikipedia, about the participation of India in those events. So imagine, more than 1 million Indian soldiers took part in World War I, naturally outside India. Mostly in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. 64,449 servicemen killed.
05One of the popular shopping streets of Bangalore. In the morning around 10 o'clock in the morning all the shops are closed for some reason. And almost every second passer-by tried to tell me about it ... As if I was looking for these same stores. ) Meanwhile, Bangalore is India’s fastest growing consumer market. And in 2010, Forbes magazine, considered this city one of the fastest growing cities in the world of the next decade. As if it's time, on the threshold already 2018 ...
06. Maybe that's why there is nothing surprising in the dominance of advertising brochures. Well, except for the aesthetic aspect. However, let's see what will happen in ten years ...
How much does gasoline cost in India? If in rubles, then somewhere around 66 rubles / liter.
07. Tired of the monotony, and the "unobtrusive" help of various solvers, I caught the nearest rickshaw and went to look for natural aesthetics.
08. There is a real botanical park Lal Bagh in Bangalore, founded in the XVIII century!
09. Here, my person aroused some interest among local passers-by, I got into a series of individual “photo sessions with a white man,” which was no stranger.
10. But the ancient pavilions turned out to be practically empty, or not the season, or after the departure of the English, the hands did not reach ...
eleven.The infrastructure of the park resembles the end of the 80s in the city parks of the regional centers of the USSR, and does not make any particular impression. What can not be said about the local flora and fauna.
12. The age of many trees exceeds at least two centuries!
13. Quite “sociable” local squirrels admit to a safe distance, and react funny to the sounds of the camera shutter.
15. There is also a small lake of the same name.
16. And something natural, resembling a rock, with a staircase leading to Heaven. This is a geological monument of the Peninsular Gneiss, a natural mountain range.
17. It is curious by its natural elevation, from which a view of the city will probably open,
18. and the small Hindu structure Kempe Gowda, which in the past designated the boundaries of the city (there were 4 such columns).
19. On the walls of the pillar is the god Ganesh. It symbolizes the god of wisdom and well-being in Hinduism.
20. As for the views, the height of the hill does not allow seeing the city “in full view”, and yet something can be considered.
21. For example people climbing a hill
22. with gifts to the gods
23. and with a pure heart.
24. Yes, and the city can be considered a little closer, with a good lens.
25The foot of the hill and the botanical garden of Lal Bagh. Everything is near.
26. The main gate of the park and the business center area (UB City) of Bangalore on the horizon.
27. Considering that this is India, and not Singapore, in my opinion it is very good. )
28. Returning to the central part of the city,
29. to the pretty colonial museum building of the Government of Karnataka,
30. I decide to give just a few words to the modern city. This is the so-called UB City district, which arose around the building of the headquarters of the United Company of the United Breweries in India, which are mainly engaged in alcoholic beverages (the most famous of them is "Kingfisher").
31. Here are commercial offices, banks, luxury apartments, shops, and naturally expensive hotels like JW Marriott.
32. In general, this is such a small Singapore in Bangalore (there is still a big one - Electronic City), where people come to see and show themselves.
33. Looks pretty good.
34. If all India looked the same! Who knows, maybe the day and the hour will come ...
In the meantime, you should enjoy what you have.