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Modern city

I liked Bangalore. Its a very modern city and although it is large, if you stay centrally, you can get to most areas pretty easily by either a long walk or a cheap tuk-tuk ride. I flew in from Mumbai and took the air-con shuttle bus into the city, 35km away (INR 140/£2.50/$4), which dropped me near MG Road, the main thoroughfare. As I walked around with my backpack, I was inevitably approached by touts and hotel owners alike - I was a bit sceptical, but took a look at Sri Lakshmi Comforts Hotel. Its set back a little from the main road, and it was actually a really nice place. As I was staying 4 nights, I managed to negotiate a decent rate from the owner and got a single room with TV and ensuite hot-shower bathroom - perfect!

Bangalore can a bit confusing to walk round as they have started changing the names of roads in the last few years (the city itself was only renamed as Bengaluru in 2006).

But I set-off exploring on foot, as is my preference and headed off for Begaluru Palace - after somehow walking straight past the entrance and adding another half hour to my walk, I eventually went in, only to find that there was some car expo on. Not to be deterred, I recharged my batteries at the hotel and the next day set out for the old fort area and City Market. I managed to pick up a birthday present for my niece before heading to Tipu's Palace (entry INR 100 for foreigners). Tipu was a Sultan who resided in the area in the 1700s before the British came to town in 1809. The palace is beautiful and well worth a look if you make it to the fort area. On my last day, I also made it out to the HAL Aerospace museum (entry INR 25), 9km out of town, which charts India's aeronautical history - pretty interesting if you like planes, helicopters and shuttles. Stupidly, I forgot my camera so I have no pictures to show! Although it doesn't have any 'wow' sights, Bangalore is a nice place to kick back - it had some green spaces and generally feels less crowded than some other Indian cities. Its meant to also have some wild nightlife, but I was here on my own and to see cricket, so didn't venture out too much at night!

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Modern city
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