Kim and Leticia, my friend/fellow professors at Penn State joined me here in Bangalore for a business/sightseeing trip. They planned their trip in India to last only SIX days due to commitments back home. Quite a whirlwind tour. They arrived at 2:30 in the morning. They met the kids when they awoke for school and then bravely joined me in my yoga class by 9 a.m. Then we headed off to see some B’Lore sights. First stop: Nandi the Bull
Kim and Leti got blessings from the Hindu priest at the Nandi statue
We also visited the Ganesh that is supposedly made out of Ghee (butter). But I swear it looked like stone to us.
Then I showed them the bats in the nearby park! Flying foxes!
Kim and Leti had the misfortune of being here on the day that my driver situation self destructed. After Nandi the Bull we were to visit Tipu’s Fort and Tipu’s Palace. But instead, the driver started heading to the other side of town. We gave up on the sightseeing and decided to head to the Taj West End for a delicious buffet lunch at Mynt. Below are two photos from the Taj Grounds.
We then set out to do a bit of shopping. But the driver got lost again heading to Commercial Street–one of the biggest landmarks of Bangalore. We just had time to stop in at our favorite bedspread store.
Back home we spent some quality time with the two new additions to our neighborhood–a one month old Golden Retriever puppy named Angel
And a three month old Golden puppy named Flash! We love them both. But quite the different personalities–a newborn and a mischievous toddler!
The first afternoon that Todd arrived, I took us on an adventure to visit Nandi the Bull–a famous Hindu temple south of the city. The entrance to the temple had these bull horns. Todd got stuck behind a group of women; Carson found another route!
Nandi is a bull who is the source of transportation/mount for Shiva in Hindu Mythology. (Shiva is the destroyer God in the trinity of Hindu Gods). Often temples honoring Shiva will have Nandi present as well. But Nandi has his own temples as well like this one. Holy men in the temple offered red smudges and holy smoke. Kaden got a smudge without asking! I got some jasmine flowers after giving an offering on the plate. Kaden was not happy with her holy smudge and rubbed it off as soon as we were out of site of the temple.
Next to the Bull Temple was a beautiful park (Bugle Rock) with gardens, climbing rocks, and GIANT bats hanging in all of the trees! The park even had a high lookout for a closer look at these giant bats!!
All those black dots? Yep! Bats!!!
the best surprise was discovering a rock slide! From the lookout tower, we observed squealing kids and college students sliding down the rocks on smashed plastic bottles.
Carson insisted on joining in. Carson’s best ride of the day: http://youtu.be/yh212yBWIOA Kaden was a bit more bashful but these two college kids offered to take her down with them. They were very sweet and she made it!
Kaden did it!
After the park, we visited a Ganesh temple on the same grounds that contained a Ganesh statue made out of Ghee–clarified butter. We couldn’t take photos inside, and especially because holy men were conducting a ceremony with lots of people present. The Ganesh didn’t look like it was made out of butter, primarily because it was covered in so many flower garlands that you coulodn’t see what was beneath. I couldn’t take photos inside the temple, but here is a website showing what the Ganesh looked like. Butter ganesh.
After our temple and park adventures, we met my parents for a buffet lunch at Mynt in the Taj West End. We had lovely outdoor seating by the garden.
Taj West End Lobby!