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Bangalore India-worth the trip?

My son's company has an office in Bangalore and I'm thinking of joining him for a visit this summer.

BUT-everything I've learned so far seems quite dreadful. Tons of uncollected garbage everywhere, with poor water and sewer systems. If anyone has been there and can help me find the silver lining in what looks like a cloudy trip, please respond.

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My wife and I did a cruise from Singapore to the UAE a few years ago. We visited four ports in SW India, including, Cochin, New Bangalore, Goa and Mumbai.

Love the Indian people and the wonderful Indian food.

Traveling on the highways is a bit of a challenge. We did a tour that required us to travel on a small bus for about 1 1/2 hours each way. It seemed like we were going to crash head on into another vehicle about every couple of minutes. Many motorcycles or people cycling as well as trucks, busses and cars. The Indian infrastructure is not that great.

The huge city of Mumbai has slums that you can see while visiting that about half of its people live in. Check out the movie Slumdog Millionaire.

Yes, garbage is uncollected and you don't drink the tap water.

Still, India has a rich history and it intriguing. If you go, do some research on where you will stay and nearby restaurants (you want to eat at nice restaurants, not eat street food). Flights will be long and expensive. If you go, I suggest that you include a few days in New Delhi and perhaps see the Taj Mahal, which would require some traveling.

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I haven’t been, but I’ve reported to the Webmaster the private Tour Company that posted a self-advertisement response. The Webmaster should be removing it soon.

So your son is going, regardless? What’s his take on things, and whether it would suit you? Does his company offer any cautions, or does it wholeheartedly promote Bangalore as the epitome of travel destinations?

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Hi from Bangalore! Top places to visit would be - Bangalore palace, Nandi hills, Cubbon Park, Bannerghatta national park, Lalbagh garden. I would surely suggest to check out places to visit in the state of Kerala (Wayanad, Munnar, Allepey, etc.), which is not too far from Bangalore. You could also visit Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Udaipur by taking a direct flight from Bangalore to Jaipur. From Jaipur, you could also add a trip tp Agra for the Taj Mahal. It also depends on what you like - mountains, beaches, architecture, history & culture - there's something for everyone. We don't drink tap water in India, but you can find mineral water everywhere. You will have to brace yourself for the crowds, bad traffic and small lanes though. :)

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All that you've been told of India is true, bur there's also the palaces, nature, culture and amazing people. If you have the chance to go, just go! I have been to Bangalore and while it's not my favourite Indian city, its worth going, particularly if you make it part of a bigger trip - Shipra has posted some good suggestions. Depending on time of year you could add Mumbai and Goa, or I'd you don't mind flying further, then Delhi-Agra-Jaipur. Time of year is important - I would avoid Mumbai during monsoon, and Delhi can be very polluted in winter.