“Exploring Bangalore” Series: to walk, cycle or drive?

To walk, cycle or drive? Unfortunately, that is not a difficult question to answer here in India, but it does provide a good starting point for my “Exploring Bangalore” Series, where I will share my discoveries as I slowly come to know the city.

When I reach a new city I love to explore by hitting the streets and wandering past cafes, markets, parks and old buildings.

Unfortunately, to do so in India can sometimes mean taking your life into your own hands. For the most part, the roads are congested, the air polluted and the footpaths are often broken, covered in street stalls and parked motorcycles or even non-existent. And of course the cows are there just as an added challenge! There are a lot of fascinating sites to see, the stressful part is just travelling between them!

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Handmade solar car

An unusual article in The Hindu newspaper caught my eye this morning. This solar vehicle was designed and built by a local Bangalore businessman.

Inspired by the design of auto-rickshaws, it was handmade from local materials, many sourced from scrap metal yards. It cost about AUD$1800 to build and is soon to be driven on a 2000km road trip from Bangalore to New Delhi, as a show of support for anti-corruption activist, Anna Hazare. The vehicle’s maximum daily range is 100km, travelling on battery backup, and the maximum speed is 30km/h.

Who would fancy taking it out for a spin?

Solar car in Bangalore