In & Around Bangalore

On a recent business trip to India, I spent all week in Bangalore. But I did have a few opportunities to explore the surrounding areas. The camera I brought along was a tiny Rollei 35 S film camera (see my camera museum page). All the photos shown here were shot with it on Kodak Portra 400 or Ektar 100 film.

The main tourist attraction is Mysore Palace in the town of Mysore. Worth a visit, but the traffic on the 160 km drive from Bangalore to there is brutal on weekends.

The following weekend, my colleague Chris and I then went 120 km north to hike up Madhugiri fort. This appears to be a lesser known place. It is the second largest monolith in Asia, a huge single rock rising up about 400 m from the surrounding area. A series of walls and doorways needs to be crossed on the way up. This takes about two hours. At the very top are ruins of a temple. There is absolutely no tourist infrastructure and parts of the railing system are broken. So it is not a good place for anyone with a fear of heights. However, the views all along the trail and from the top are absolutely stunning and well worth the effort.

And finally some random impressions from the streets of Bangalore. The first three photos were taken on a quiet Sunday morning around the hotel. There is a lot more traffic during the week.