Have you this list from Lonely Planet of top10 cities to visit in 2012? Now this publication is one I had held in good esteem ~~ but this list did disappoint me!
C'mon, you must be kidding when u say B'lore figures in top 3 "Best In Travel" cities of the world. I hv been living in this city for nearly 5 years no n thou that doesnt classify me yet as a "Banglorean", I literally fiddle ma fingers trying to figure where do I take my random guests around in B'lore? Lalbagh, Banergatta National Park, ISKCON Temple? None of this is close to impressive esp for a veteran traveller(even my mom who hasn't stepped out of India refused to be impressed with any of this!).
But again for lonely planet to pick this place, there should be something abt it rt ~~ so am I missing out on something v obvious! So I read and re-read the reason quoted for choosing B'lore.. here is a decko of the same....
"The undisputed Elvis of South Asian megacities, Bengaluru is in a class of its own when it comes to redefining flamboyance. Perpetually drunk on the good life, this South Indian metropolis packs in the best brews, the scrummiest cuisines, and the liveliest arts and music scene, not to mention the hippest population you could hang out with. This year, evenings in the ‘capital of cool’ are poised to get even more intoxicating. And if the maddening traffic has always been your concern, take heart: Bengaluru’s new high-speed Metro network now ensures that your favourite watering hole is easier to reach than ever. There’s only one thing you could say to that: ‘Chill maadi!’"
:-/. Yea all this makes it a nice place to live in or a great place for a transit. But if am a globe trotter will I want to travel half way thru the world to experience jus ‘capital of cool’! Na am jus not impressed!!
PS: This is a post thats been on draft for ages n dono why it dint see the light. Anyways today is as good day as any to publish this esp as it comes with a double bonanza of tagging it to ABC Wednesday(http://abcwednesday-mrsnesbitt.blogspot.in/) - L is for Lalbagh\lonely plannet