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Know your neighbourhood - 12: Jayanagar & JP Nagar

Overview: After suffering space crunch in the 1940s, Bangalore got its first planned layout of Jayanagar (translates to ‘Victory City’) as the first extension of Bangalore City. Divided into 10 blocks, with Jayanagar 4th block as the most popular with shopping centres and restaurants. Jayanagar 4th Block also has one of Bangalore’s oldest vegetable markets. The South End circle marks the entry into Jayanagar which is also a junction of six roads. Jayanagar is also known for tree lined avenues and probably has maximum trees in any locality in Bangalore. Built by Ranganatha Char, the Ashoka Pillar in Jayanagar was inaugurated by C Rajagopalachari in 1948 and the area was named after Jayachamaraja Wodeyar.



The City Central Library, inaugurated in 1968, is one of the most busiest libraries, and is mostly visited by students preparing for competitive exams.

Ragigudda Anjaneya temple in Jayanagar 9th block is a very important centre of pilgrimage of South Bangalore/ The temple itself stands o…
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Most memorable travel experiences

Overview: It's been more than 5 months since we traveled to any place. Remembering some of the most memorable experiences which I had in my travels in the pre-Covid world, which have been the first of its kind for me:
1. Skydiving: Being scared of heights, it was expected to be a difficult experience for me, but when I wore the Skydiving suit for the first time and attended a quick instructions session, my heart was pumping more than usual. All was fine and I was very excited while boarding the flight and taking off. The moment we reached a height of 15000 feet, my instructor strapped himself with me, and asked me to jump, and that moment was the most scariest of my life. We jumped and immediately after that, it was all fun and I didn't even realize when the I landed and the experience was over. This one near San Francisco, CA has been the only Skydiving experience for me so far.


2. Scuba Diving: I had done snorkeling at Andaman islands before, but Scuba Diving was an experience…

Know your neighbourhood - 11: Vijayanagar, Nagarabhavi & more

Overview: Vijayanagar, once known as Hosahalli village, was formed in the 1960s. Originally had many workers from Binny Mills forming a township, the proximity to the city encouraged more people to move westwards. Attiguppe was an ancient village with the old Lakshmi Narasimha temple near the bus stand. The Chord road cuts through Vijayanagar and connects the entire western arc of the city. Vijayanagar is close to premier institutes like Bangalore University and National Law School. One by two is one of the favourite haunts for the locals for morning and evening snacks. Apart from this there are several eateries in this locality. Vijayanagar has also seen rapid developments in the last decade with the metro rail, modern bus terminus and underpasses being constructed. BHEL Electronics Division, was established in 1964, making Vijayanagar a prime location from the 60s. RPC(Railway Parallel Colony) Layout, recently renamed as Hampinagar, is an extension of Vijayanagar East.The Lakshminar…

Know your neighbourhood - 10: Bangalore's CBD

Overview: After the defeat of Tipu Sultan, the Pete was handed over to the Wodeyars and the British began development of Bangalore Cantonment with its centre at Parade Grounds. Both Pete and Cantonment developed rapidly in terms of gardens, lakes, roads but the Cantonment was a major revenue generator for the Raj. Cantonment area today circles around MG Road which has become the Central Business District of Bangalore. While retaining many old heritage buildings around it, MG Road and the surrounding areas have made way for several modern structures.

St Marks Church, Blighty's Tea Room (Now Hard Rock CafĂ©) are few buildings from the British era, the Bangalore Metro, which has been both appreciated and criticised, has changed the landscape of modern MG Road. MG Road was known as South Parade during British rule. The roads were named after the military names such as Cavalry Road, Brigade Road, Infantry Road. East Parade and Holy Trinity Church were built by the British built in 1865 …