Work actually went more smoothly than I could dream of. It was one of those days everything you planned was falling into place. I did miss one thing which was to test out one of our apps out of the Bangalore office. But like 5 out of 6 things wasn’t so bad. So what did we do with our extra time, that being leaving by 4pm rather than 5pm? We let our driver decide that. Sounded like a good idea, though he did take us to some run of the mill tourist spots which included shops. If you don’t know what this was about, most drivers and tour guides have their own set of local places they’ll take visitors to. Probably some kick backs going on, but that’s how business works for them. So after all that was said and done, the only place worth mentioning was The Shiva Temple.
#97, Old Airport Road,Ramagiri, Murugeshpalya,
Bangalore, Karnataka, 560 017
Verdict: Avoid. Not the type of temple I’m looking for.
Sure it’s set up like a huge tourist trap with it’s second rate amusement park atmosphere and constant asks for donations, but you gotta applaud them for trying. There was sort of a ride, who am I kidding, a tunnel you go through to see the history behind Shiva. It’s dark, narrow, and if you look closely, you’ll see some attempts at animatronics that will give old Disney rides a run for their money. At the end you’re greeted with a large statue, and even a wishing area for you to cast coins into the pond for your wishes. They’ve thought of plenty for you. Once you’re done, you exit the area through a barrage of shops peddling CD’s, souvenirs, and memorabilia. Be prepared if you plan to stop by.
Afterwards it was off to a work engagement and a wonderful night followed by a morning flight of hangover. Mental note: must have dinner before the consumption of alcohol!