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Bengaluru, India Photos Like You've Never Seen Her Before

All of those fairy tales and hype you hear about India are just that… hype.

The mystical, spiritual place that is supposed to be India, is the most contrasted place to all other nations I have ever been in. A full 180 degrees in the opposite direction of sanity and order. But at the same time, there is beauty in the Chaos as the saying goes.

Where is Bengaluru, India?

A Serious Trash Problem

Aside from the hectic trip getting to Bengaluru (formerly Bangalore), the one thing that is really shocking about this city, was the insane amount of garbage, absolutely everywhere!

Garbage problem in India

I've been to many developing nations, and I've seen a fair bit of dirty streets, or pits of filth… but Bengaluru, and ultimately every place I visited in India… was just choked in piles, and piles of garbage… EVERYWHERE!

Garbage and Cows in India

Also add the occasional rivers that are actually an open-air sewage system where locals dump all of their unwanted… everything.

Furthermore, the incessant, never ending honking of horns, for almost limitless reasons causes massive headaches, along with the unfiltered gasoline that pollutes the air as you walk the streets.

No pollution filter, and every one is honking at least 100-500 times per day.

Spicy, Milky and Indigestion

The food itself was delicious, although days later, I found out that I could not tolerate both spicy food, nor really anything… because it all has some form of dairy product (I'm lactose intolerant).

Food in India is Delicious. But this dish is very spicy, and has dairy product.

Local restaurants in India

Thus causing bloating, indigestion, upset stomach, and diarrhea – not only in myself, but in my travel buddy as well, whom was not lactose intolerant.

The city itself is chaotic: traffic rules are not meant to be followed literally.

Homeless people littered around everywhere.

Local women picking through trash in India

A elderly woman sits by the side of the road

A homeless man wanders the streets in Bengaluru

A little boy playing with his own poop, a man with leprosy begging for money.

Boy playing with his own poop in India

Man with Leprosy in India

And of course… the cows.

Cows roam the streets freely, quite frequently blocking traffic.

Cows everywhere in India

A labour cow in India

A ceremonial cow in India

I was filming a calf crossing the street towards its mother… only to have the mother charge me with her head… for whatever reason – which I thought was hilarious.

This mother cow charged at me when I was filming her calf crossing the road.

The calf that was crossing the road. People and animals co-exist peacefully in the many parts of India

Tip 1: Get a Sim Card at the International Airports in India

I also spent a full day looking for a way to get a sim card, but unfortunately, foreigners are not allowed to get sim cards once they leave the airport – unless they have a permanent address, or they know a local Indian who can help verify the sim card at a local mobile vendor.

This was more frustrating than it should have been, because the mobile plan vendors kept giving me the wrong advice – go here, go there, just show your passport… all of which was useless information.

Tip 2: Just get a sim card with data at the international airports, and shop around multiple vendors, because some will try to rip you off (double the price, for the same features).

The Beauty of Bengaluru, India

Other than all of the hassles of arriving and being in Bengaluru, I enjoyed a few aspects.

The Hindu temples were beautiful, intricate and very colorful. I have not yet seen anything of this design on my travels to 60 countries.

Hindu Temples in India are intricate, colourful and beautiful

A closeup at the detail of a local Hindu temple in India

Many gods and saints in Hindu traditions

A faded local Hindu temple in India

A modern Hindu temple in Bengaluru, India

Hinduism has it's own religious history that is as deep and complex as any other religion out there.

And the faithful are QUITE faithful to their beliefs of millions of gods, and saints and spirits, and whatever else.

Hindu woman worshiping in a temple

Ganesha, one of the most well-known gods in Hinduism.

Kamadhenu, the cattle god of Hinduism

Naga (snake) gods in Hinduism

You will also see the occasional christian churches that were brought by the Portuguese, Dutch and British through colonialism.

Christian church in India

The irony isn't lost on me, with dark-skinned local Indians worshiping a jewish guy, who died thousands of kilometers away… and is portrayed as a white guy.

Local Indians worshiping Jesus – a religion brought by the Portuguese, Dutch, and British colonialism

You also have Muslims co-existing peacefully with the other two religions here, and they have their own areas of the city, with Arabic writing, and clothing as well.

Islamic mosques in India

Islamic mosque minarets in India

The clothing of Hindu women is very vibrant and colourful, and the togas of the Hindu men is interesting as well.

A local indian woman selling things by the side of the street

Local indian women sitting at the market in Bengaluru

An Indian man leaving a Hindu temple with his family after worship

Indian women leaving a Hindu temple after worship

Also the open-air markets are fun to experience. All of the products are home-grown, home-made, or probably imported from China. Haggling is highly recommended.

Indian man selling imported toys from China

Indian woman selling fruits

Indian men selling spices at the local market

Indian women selling flower wreathes or vegetables

Indian woman selling delicious bananas at the local market

Indian man selling keys while smoking a cigar

Walking around the narrow streets of certain parts of the city is an eye-opening experience.

Local indian men in the streets of bengaluru

A view of the narrow streets in Bengaluru market

Taxi's driving and honking non-stop in Bengaluru, India

The streets of Bengaluru, India

But being on these streets for more than a few days, will definite take it's mental toll on you, especially if you are a westerner (at least in my opinion).

Bengaluru, India is crowded, dirty, and the air is heavy with pollution.

My Thoughts About The Trash Problem in India

Many Indians believe it is the culture that allows Indians to turn their own country into a giant pit of trash. But I think it has more to do with the infrastructure, and lack of garbage disposal by private industry and government.

In Toronto, several years back, there was a strike by the unionized government-owned garbage collection agency. As a result, no one was picking up garbage. Within just a few days, Toronto started to become a giant cesspool of trash.

Dumping occurred everywhere, and many people went great distances to throw away their unwanted refuse. Some just dumped it onto the streets in front of their houses, and called it a day.

I think, regardless if it's a developing nation like India, or a top-tier country like Canada, human nature resorts to the ‘tragedy of the commons' – once one person doesn't care, then quickly everyone else will not care as well.

Cheers

Leonidas

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