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Photo-Essay: Bangalore Is The New Boom Town

Photographs of the city of Bangalore, India

Bangalore has been a very different city for me versus any other I have stopped off in since I have been in India.  I had no expectations for it, other then I knew it would be big and it’s known for its tech industry.  Odds are you have spoken to someone from Bangalore already if you have ever called a customer service phone number.  This is the mecca for telecommunications and technologies in India.

I try to show the cultural side of a place and what makes them stand out from others when posting.  I had thought I would visit a market or something, which got down to the raw and dirty, but I realized that Bangalore isn’t raw and dirty like most cities in India.  In fact it’s really beautiful, especially in the downtown area, for Indian standards.  They have sidewalks that you can actually use.  There aren’t cows walking around everywhere.  There is graffiti but it’s controlled and done by local artiest.   They’re building a new sky metro (like the one in Bangkok) throughout the city.  They have a ton of parks with lush manicured lawns and trees.  You can find any kind of food you like here, whither it be fast food to sushi.  The only down side to the city is that it’s expensive and I mean expensive for India.  A nice hotel room will set you back $50 USD and can be as high as $300+ per-night.  This is comparable to USA prices and it has left my monthly budget in shambles.

I didn’t actually do much in Bangalore and only spent one day walking about seeing things.  Below is what I focused on as I found the new architecture a nice surprise.  I truly think after traveling around all of India that construction design stopped in the 50’s when India broke away from England.  It’s almost like Cuba in a way, as most of the buildings look like they haven’t been painted since then and nothing looks modern in any way.  Bangalore on the other hand is BOOMING!

Photographs of the city of Bangalore, India

Bangalore the silicon valley of India.  Also referred to as the garden city because of all its parks.

Photographs of the city of Bangalore, India

UB City Mall is a new building in the heart of Bangalore.  The land it sits on used to belong to the guy who owns Kingfisher beer.

Photographs of the city of Bangalore, India

On top of the UB City mall is a hotel with a roof-top pool over looking the city.  We lied and told the people we were looking at rooms for a large group of Americans who wanted to visit, so that they would give us access to the top for photos of the city.  Hey you got to do what you need to get the shot!

Photographs of the city of Bangalore, India

Construction is everywhere in Bangalore.  Not on the scale of Dubai but for India I would say it’s the most active for it.

Photographs of the city of Bangalore, India

I sometimes felt like I was in Bangkok with it’s modern buildings surrounded by heavy traffic, then an Indian city.  No other city looks like Bangalore in India and it’s been dubbed “The Garden City” because it has some many parks and trees within it.  Something rare for India.

Photographs of the city of Bangalore, India

Photographs of the city of Bangalore, India

Photographs of the city of Bangalore, India

Photographs of the city of Bangalore, India

Photographs of the city of Bangalore, India

You’ll still see some crazy things in Bangalore, after all it’s still India!

Photographs of the city of Bangalore, India

Kingfisher “The King of Good Times” but Budweiser is “The King of Beers” if you ask me!  St. Louis all the way!

Photographs of the city of Bangalore, India

I came out of the mall and seen this valet parking worker.  Yeah I had to get his photo and so want some chops like that to.  I bet he gets all the ladies!

Photographs of the city of Bangalore, India

Barefooted and carrying 1/2 his weight on this head!

Photographs of the city of Bangalore, India

And even as squared away as Bangalore is, you still got your random street dogs always present.  Not so many cows walking around though thank God.

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  • http://www.onmywayrtw.com Megan

    Definitely doesn’t look much like the India I know, and you’re right – does look quite a bit like Bangkok! Great photos. Was $50 for a room pretty standard, or were there more budget digs to be had?

  • http://www.shenventure.com Adrienne @Shenventure

    Love the photos! Great job on capturing different aspects of the city. Never been there, but feel like I’ve just taken a brief tour of it ;).

  • http://twitter.com/Ayngelina Ayngelina

    Wow the newer architecture is so modern, nice captures.

  • http://www.foggodyssey.com/ Anonymous

    Yeah I was surprised myself on it, as I had been all over India and after 3 months there you just get used to the old dirty look of most buildings. Plus they had sushi there!!! Yeah!!! lol

  • http://www.foggodyssey.com/ Anonymous

    Well I’m sure you can find something cheaper but you’d have to look around and as before i arrived I couldn’t find many options on hostelbookers.com. I just took that room because it was close to a friends apt that i knew. But even after that, things are just more expensive in Bangalore in all around. Not a place you stay for two weeks just hanging out! lol

  • http://www.foggodyssey.com/ Anonymous

    Thanks and glad you liked it! I need to do another post just for the parks are they were kind of a big deal. Cubbon Park reminded me of something like Central Park in NYC, was a nice break from the city.

  • http://www.hecktictravels.com Peter Heck

    Great shots. That one of the parking valet is awesome and those chops are sick!

  • http://www.vagabondjourney.com/travelogue/ Wade | Vagabondjourney.com

    Haha, man, I think I am still choking on the air from a 3 month stay I did in Bangalore in 2006. The extremes of this city are awesome. The traffic really does go as fast as it looks in these photos!

  • http://www.foggodyssey.com/ Anonymous

    lol yeah I wish I had some to! :)
     

  • http://www.foggodyssey.com/ Anonymous

    What were you living in Bangalore for then?  Unless one was working I can’t imagine living there and just hanging out, as the city is expensive! :)

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