None really, sorry. Tourists, skip this town. The city market was fun, but nothing special (compared to other markets). Quite disappointing really overall (not even good Internet cafes!) as it is too Westernized – see my previous posts about it.
The flight was great, though I was only in Bangalore (in the state of Karnataka) long enough to sleep, eat breakfast and wander the veg/fruit/flower market. The cones of coloured powder are kumkum, used for bindi dots on the foreheads of married women, as well as for religious rituals. Update: By the way, Bangalore looked … Continue reading Now in Mysore after one brief night in Bangalore
On Kingfisher airlines – yes, the same company that owns the popular Indian beer Kingfisher (they are quite the conglomerate; they also have branded bottled drinking water). And I did see actual kingfishers on power lines in the backwaters… The flight is 1hr20min flight, vs a wait-listed overnight train ride. Does anybody work with outsourced … Continue reading Flying to Bangalore tonight
Map of my India trip note that some town names in my “flags” will have slightly different spelling (due to new and old names), but if it sounds close, it’s the same Here is the list of places I visited (with state name for the first time entering a state): Chennai, Tamil Nadu Mamallapuram Pondy … Continue reading Map of India and my stops
On Monday I moved from Benaulim beach to Arambol beach, one of the northern-most beaches in Goa (which is a comparatively small state for India). The move required an auto-rickshaw, 2 express buses and a local bus (3 ¼ hours total), plus some time in one of the towns to hit an ATM and top-off … Continue reading In Arambol beach, Goa since Monday
Note that “Highlights of [town]” blog entries are usually out of sequence wrt other entries, i.e. they tend to happen after I’ve moved on. For example, the recent Highlights of Kochi and Bangalore entries came after my general Hampi and arrived in Goa entries, which does NOT mean that I went to Kochi and Bangalore … Continue reading Note about blog entries being out of chronological order
Pronounced HUMpee, this magical area (a World Heritage site) is full of hundreds of temples and granite boulders. Peaceful, relaxing. I can see why people say this is a can’t-miss-place (#2 after Varanasi) I lost my buff in Mysore 2 days ago, so I have to wear my geeky safari hat – though it does protect … Continue reading Arrived in Hampi this morning
After 17 days in (south) India, here is what I’ve discovered/experienced regarding food: Note that I haven’t gotten sick yet (knock on wood) and the food has been very tasty and cheap. Only 7 of my meals have been non-vegetarian (5 of them were fresh seafood in Mamallapuram and Varkala) and I can’t say that i miss the … Continue reading Tips/thoughts/feelings: Food