First Bangalore Metro Ride
Bengaluru- the Silicon Valley of India is among the largest and most planned cities of India. The city is often considered to be a place where people only shop or go clubbing, but there are many other wonders that can be seen in the Garden City of India. Bengaluru, being a planned city is also well connected through different modes of communication. Among all the different ways to commute in the city, its Metro is the best medium of travel.
A renowned person had once said that the best way to know a city is through traveling in its public transports. Bangalore Metro has provided new meaning to this phrase and has proclaimed itself to be one of the best transport systems in India. My first ride in the Bangalore Metro helped me get a completely new perspective of the city. Since a major part of the metro is above the ground, one can enjoy the view of the entire city while traveling in it.
All its tall buildings, big hoardings, shopping malls adorning several posh localities of the city are visible from its Metro as it glides through the city. There are certain facts I came across as soon as I set my foot inside the Bangalore Metro Station. Some of the facts about this amazing transport are listed below:
Some Helpful Facts About Bangalore Metro
- The Bangalore Metro is locally known as Namma Metro, meaning ‘Our Metro’
- It is divided into different phases so that almost all parts of the city are connected
- It consists of 4 different lanes-Red, Yellow, Green and Purple and the front of the metros are of the same color as the lines they cover
- The Bangalore Metro also has different extensions apart from the already established phases so that several more areas in the city can be well-connected
My Experience with Namma Metro
Beginning with the Metro ticket counter, the staff was extremely polite and efficient. The queues moved really fast and each one was provided with a punch in card that enables you to enter the station. Once I stepped inside the station, it seemed really well planned, clean and maintained. Even the co-passengers consisted mainly of professionals and students from the numerous colleges of Bangalore.
While I had quite some time in my hand as I had planned to roam about Bengaluru for the day to get to know the Silicon Valley better, I let one metro go by to know about the frequency of each train. After the first one passed by the station following my arrival, I noticed that the next one arrived exactly after 8 minutes. This again brought my attention to the efficiency of the metro rail staff of Bengaluru.
As I stepped inside the train, the cool air of the air-conditioner hit my face and I took the seat opposing the side on which the door opens for people to step out on to the station. This was because the entire city is visible from that side without any obstacles.
As the train began moving I started taking in the site of the numerous sky scrapers tearing through the clouds. These sky liners included massive shopping malls, residential complexes and of course many offices housing some of the most renowned IT companies. For quite some time all I saw was a hoard of high-rises with exceptional architectural designs. By then I thought that I wouldn’t get to see much about the city as it barely has anything else.
I changed the lines from Green to Purple, then Yellow and Red from the necessary junctions and so on. As I was about to lose interest in the city, the metro started to venture into the old and central parts of the city, which had some of the most beautiful gardens, parks and palaces such as Cubbon Park, Bangalore Palace, Wadiyar Palace, Lalbagh Botanical Garden-the largest and most popular garden in the city. Though I saw these places from quite a distance, their grandiose was clearly visible.
Along with these I saw some of the other tourist attractions as well which included the Vidana Soudha –a popular landmark reflecting the Dravidian architecture and the Ulsoor lake which is the largest lake in Bangalore.
By the time I decided to end my journey, it was already dark and the city seemed to showcase a completely new look with its well-lit roads and buildings that created a panoramic site from the large glass windows of the metro.
As I returned to my hotel, I was content with the fact that I was witness to a completely new side of the IT city. My Bengaluru Metro journey introduced to me the cultural and beautiful side of the city which is rarely talked about by those who barely know the city.
I realized that Bengaluru is more than a city of career and academic opportunities, it is has the capability of being a full-fledged tourist attraction. Its well connected public transports, Victorian buildings, exclusive hangout places and forever pleasant weather makes it an ideal place for residents and tourists alike. So rather than judging a city by what people project it to be, one should first learn about the city and then form a conclusion.