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So apparently you face a culture shock even when you move from one city to another in India. Who knew? I always thought it'd be the same no matter where I went. Here's a few random snippets to go with a few stories of both these place and my experience - which can only be described as magical - in both these exotic cities of India.
It would be an understatement to call it a blessing. Almost every student (AND plenty of working individuals) travels by the metro. Fast and efficient, you get to your destination in a matter of minutes. Although this takes away a very good excuse for being late to any social or formal gathering - traffic. Nonetheless, Delhi metro, we love you!
The weather Gods seem to be very kind to Bangalore! There's no denying this city has pleasant weather almost all through the year. Neither too cold, nor too hot - just perfect! And somehow, the rain has perfect timing on most occasions! ;)
Delhi has thoroughly spoilt me in terms of street food. As a dilli girl by nature, my craving for street food just will never be satisfied. Be it chaat at just any street or paranthe waali gali, it's just a treat for your taste buds and a memory that will remain with you forever!
Guilty as charged - I'm a foodie. Here's something I absolutely enjoy about travelling to another place - the cuisines. Every place has its own lifestyle and it is all reflected in the food that they serve, and you cannot help but be enchanted by it. The food in Bangalore, ranging from Dosas to Biryani can make you want to give up everything in life and indulge in eating. Experimenting in a new restaurant every other weekend is a great hobby I picked up here!
Delhi is undoubtedly extremely beautiful. You'd find history everywhere - be it Humayun's tomb, India Gate, Qutab Minar, Tughlakabad fort.. the list goes on. You can almost see the entire Mughal Empire all over the city. You could even walk into Lodi Garden - a beautiful habitat for birds and cultural heritage of 15th Century Delhi! Being a very old city, it carries some beautiful structures of historical significance. One can just dream their day away just by looking at them!
Surrealistic beauty, isn't it? With places like Murudeshwar, Hampi, Shivanasamudra and many more, every weekend can be a getaway weekend in Bangalore. Also, for all you party people - Goa is just a night's drive away! ;)
For all of you shopaholics, do remember that Delhi is a shopping paradise. Janpath, Sarojini and Kamla Nagar market can make you look fashionable at a cost that you can afford. Moreover some of the handicrafts at places like Dilli Haat just melt you from within, don't they?
Ever feel like you're tired of your daily schedule and just want to get back to a relaxed atmosphere long enough to feel your nerves thumping with excitement again and to listen to music thriving your heart beat? Bangalore has some of the best pubs with some of the best music you would have ever heard. They have places based on genre of music, if you're very picky. So many great places to hang out, relax, listen to some of the best music and maybe challenge people at foosball. Wanna play?
So I haven't exactly been a part of Delhi University to be able to comment on the kind of life that DU students have. Although I've been to those universities on a couple of internships in school, which intrigued me through and through. This is one campus where you can actually feel your development from a child to an adult - where you take charge of your life, make your decisions and act on them. If you have a hobby, any hobby - no worries! DU probably has a society for that too. Even if you aren't a student of DU per se, going there for competitions or so would also amount to a great experience! Don't miss it.
LalBagh botanical garden deserves a slot in this article purely because of it's beauty. Treat your eyes with Cubbon Park, Lalbagh and Kariappa Memorial Park. This is heaven for photography enthusiasts!
So Delhi's expressive in the form of art as well. There are so many places you can go to for inspiration, or just for pleasure - whether or not you're an art enthusiast - the artwork will get to you! With places like National Art Gallery of modern art you can see the works of Indian and colonial artists that dates back to the 1850s.
No, you're never too old for amusement parks like Wonder la. Yes, it is absolutely worth going on to all of these rides. I personally went on Y scream - one of the best rides(according to me) until I was nauseous. It's fun no matter how many times you've been there, because come on, it's wonder la.
I think this one is a no brainer - everyone knows that Delhi weddings are to die for. Everything seems to be at it's best - location, glamour quotient, food, music ( and also your demeanor ) I've always had my legs go numb by dancing through the night for these weddings. They make some of your best memories and in case you're hogging and the wedding photographer is on CLICK mode, some of your worst as well.
Yes, I'm a metalhead. Yes, that is one of the primary reasons that I decided to move to Bangalore. And to be fair, this city also has its share of EDM artists. It's amazing to be in a city which can provide you a music base and prove to be a career launcher. With so many gigs in different genres happening almost every night, it's quite a wholesome deal, isn't it?
You have to admit you have a soft spot for CP, because well, it is CP. Be it the emporium, the delhi food festival, the first starbucks that opened in India, Paalika Bazar, Dunkin' Donuts or just because it was equidistant for all your friends spread out through the city. Connaught place is significant for each and every Delhiite! Otherwise why would there be swarms and swarms of people getting off at Rajeev Chowk metro station, like a tide sweeping you out of the metro, some of them screaming 'This is Sparta!'?
I have to admit, I never exactly understood this tradition till I went through with it. A drive to the airport from the other end of the city at night is just spectacular and takes you to another dimension. So whether or not you or a member of your family is flying to another city/country, you might want to drive down to the airport - Just for the heck of it. Well. I'd just conclude with this thought - I'm thankful for my stay in both the cities. I look forward to living in as many cities as possible in the world - After all what is life without a bit of adventure?