Running in Bengaluru was a truly unique experience as it’s the norm for running in Indian cities. It’s not like it would be impossible to go running in India, but the circumstances including the horrible traffic situation and the generally high temperatures make running way tougher.
Before running in Bengaluru, I already went running in Mumbai and running in the Himalayas, so already had some experience in India.
Nevertheless, running in Bengaluru was a whole different experience.
That’s easily explained by the fact that I decided to really go running in the streets and not, as in Mumbai, on a promenade. This meant I was to face the Indian traffic!
The whole experience started the minute I left The Oberoi Bengaluru with pathways, which were in such a bad condition that potholes could be observed every few meters.
Luckily, it was still in the morning, which meant that the traffic was not that bad.
Nevertheless, it was loud and the air was relatively polluted. On my way to Ulsoor Lake, one of the few recreation areas in the city center of Bengaluru, I also stumbled upon tons of rubbish on the street and the pathways.
Definitely not the nicest part of running in Bengaluru.
Yet, things got better the moment I finally reached something like a park.
This one was relatively small and boring, but at least something.
Upon leaving, I tried to enter another park, but the only way was to climb the wall.
Sick of the traffic, I decided to go this way, so I could run right next to the lake.
The pathway was also in quite a good condition and after some time, I even found something like a real park with trees and benches.
To my surprise, I even met one or two other runners who were doing the same crazy thing as I!
Following the pathway along the water, I was hoping to reach the South side of the lake again.
Sadly, running in Bengaluru shouldn’t work out the way I liked it to.
Instead, the pathway was another dead end, which meant I had to run back for another two kilometers till I found an exit (the only one) of the park.
Being at a different spot than expected, I also decided to take another route back and took some side streets, which gave me some interesting views about life in Bengaluru.
Interestingly, people are even burning their rubbish below the pathways.
Anyway, I was really happy to be back at The Oberoi Bengaluru after running in Bengaluru.
It’s definitely been an experience, but running in India is still something absolutely crazy!