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Twelve Hours in Bangalore


10 May.
At a shrine to Hanuman (the monkey-god) in the Bull Temple complex a priest and his boy assistant (who was maybe ten) were attending to an idol (maybe three feet tall, on a slanted platform), made of candy and adorned with garlands. They gave me a coconut sweet, but didn’t let me take a picture.


I took an overnight bus from Madurai to Bangalore, made my train reservation for Hampi, and then had a whole day to kill, so I went on a city tour. Above: Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace, built around 1790.

And just a few silly photos from the botanical gardens:

It’s Disney time! (That’s a working clock behind all the Seven Dwarves statues.)


I’m turning Japanees, I think I’m turning Japanees, I really think so!

I know, I know, that was pretty terrible. I couldn’t resist.

2 Comments to Twelve Hours in Bangalore

  1. Kelly B's Gravatar Kelly B
    July 2, 2011 at 1:05 am | Permalink

    Spit bin is classier than spitting on the street! But I don’t know that I’d want to get close enough to it to be able to spit inside…
    How longs was the overnight bus to Bangalore? How many stops? An overnight bus in India sounds like quite the adventure.

  2. Kate's Gravatar Kate
    July 6, 2011 at 8:32 pm | Permalink

    I agree with Kelly on the spit bins. The Chinese government would live it if they could get people to spit in bins rather than just on the street.

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