First Days in Bangalore

We are in Bangalore. Arrived at 1:30am after being in transit almost 24hrs. Got picked up at the airport by our driver, Garish. It was so quiet at that time, no people on the streets, no traffic. Got to the hotel and to bed by 3:30.

Woke at 7:00am and had an excellent breakfast buffet. Craig went straight for the samosas and Alanna went for the curried chicken. I tried a dosa which is curried potato in something like a crepe with four different sauces – mint, coconut, tomato and masala. Excellent!

Spent much of the day at the pool and then later in the day went out for a walk. Quickly found out that it’s a really busy street with no sidewalks so hopped in an auto rickshaw. The kids thought that was pretty fun at first but after a while the heat and pollution changed their minds. I loved it though, weaving in and out of traffic, the horns, the sites and sounds.

We weren’t really sure where we were going as we don’t have a good map. Wanted to go to MG Road where there are supposed to be a lot of little shops. Got out and didn’t look like much. Craig was hot and exhausted so we went into one air conditioned shop. Had to go through a security scanner and when we came out Alanna beeped. They took everything out of her pockets and couldn’t figure out why she beeped so they wanted her to go somewhere with this lady. We didn’t like that so suggested they scan her shoes. She took them off and handed them to the woman who then looked disgusted and waved us off. Alanna was a bit upset with that. So we just hopped into another rickshaw and back to the hotel.

Yesterday, got picked up at 9:00a.m. by Garish to go to visit a school that the kids might go to. Had a good talk and a tour of the school. Nice facilities. Then went to one of the expat housing areas to check out a house of someone who works at Michael’s company. It was nice, big rooms and a nice little garden area. It has a lovely clubhouse with a pool, workout room etc.

Today went to two other schools, both quite acceptable but further away from Michael’s work and the areas that we were planning to live. So may have to rethink location of housing and check out different areas to live.

Lots of interesting sights as we are driving around – cows with colored horns, people carrying enormous loads on their heads, palm trees, lovely blooming trees – purples and reds, and so much more!

Advertisements

One thought on “First Days in Bangalore

  1. The real estate is one sector that features as one of the most badly hit sectors following the global economic meltdown. Especially in developing countries like India, where real estate was going great guns, so to say, faced a steep downfall following the recession and inflation. Especially in the metros and the developing cities like Bangalore, real estate suffered dearly as the demand for the residential units, though increasing became a pent up demand. The badly hit economy particularly the IT sector that has a strong foothold in Bangalore, and the high rates of interest in home loans made the demand for residential units go down or at best become a pent up demand. It is believed that once the situation stabilizes the demands would start surfacing. Another very problematic issue that the real estate dealers are facing is that patrons of the currently booked flats are not willing to pay the original price that they had agreed on but the current price that is less than the original amount owing to the current economic condition. Not only the residential units but the commercial properties like the < HREF="http://www.fortunehotels.in/HotelResort/main.aspx?ID=DHHb3ItTkhKdkJErdmRt7Q==&PType=6FrpaFUg4tzWXwacpHoKmg==" REL="nofollow">hotels in Bangalore<> have also naturally seen a drop in their occupancy. The < HREF="http://www.fortunehotels.in/HotelResort/main.aspx?ContentId=7a/M3GXJs+m4th9DGperCw==&HotelID=DHHb3ItTkhKdkJErdmRt7Q==" REL="nofollow">ITC hotels in Bangalore<> that registered the highest occupancy, as high as 83%, have been forced to cut down on their tariffs by almost 20% as the occupancy has also gone down by 20%. On the contrary, the < HREF="http://www.fortunehotels.in/HotelResort/main.aspx?ContentId=UqMaYf3ZSEKpjwYY9i/aLA==&HotelID=DHHb3ItTkhKdkJErdmRt7Q==" REL="nofollow">business hotels in Bangalore<> are surviving the tough times as the number of business travelers has not been affected as hard as the umber of leisure hotels. The < HREF="http://www.fortunehotels.in/HotelResort/main.aspx?ID=DHHb3ItTkhKdkJErdmRt7Q==&PType=6FrpaFUg4tzWXwacpHoKmg==" REL="nofollow">budget hotels in Bangalore<> have seen a hike owing to the obvious reasons.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s