Nature Walk in Bangalore - The Gardens of Malleswaram 

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12th Dec 2018
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Day 1

City Exploration in Bangalore

Travel is not about exotic locations, going abroad, or on treks. Traveling is a way of looking at things. You can travel in your own city, when you walk in a neighborhood and explore its layers.

In December, Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology had organized a walk festival in Bangalore. Their Gardens of Malleswaram walk ( 4 hours) organized by Kush Sethi a Delhi based ecological gardener and forager.

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Malleshwaram, located in the North-West Bangalore, has an interesting history. It was built when people moved out of the city center during the great plague of 1898.

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Things to do in Bangalore

On a warm Wednesday afternoon, six of us set out to Malleswaram to walk in the neighbourhoods, notice how houses incorporate gardens, and learn how to see a city from a gardner's perspective.

Window with a planter

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In Malleswaram, you can see the old and new coexist. You have fragrant South Indian shops selling Thatte Idlis as well as malls.

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In the old neighborhoods, you can see how people make space for trees, even build around it. There are water wells for cows. Very reminiscent of small towns.

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There are planters built into boundary walls and windows.

The unglamorous Giloi plant which is so good for health. Old houses of Bangalore.

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Old houses of Bangalore being engulfed by concrete monsters. How long will this yellow house survive?

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Falling apart, like the city.

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Roads are still canopied with beautiful trees.

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We saw a Sinduria tree and huddled around it to see if the seeds really have red pigment. We opened a seed pod and smashed the seeds. And yes our fingers turned a lovely earth brown. And, the gardeners of the group scavenged plants and dried flowers for their homes.

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We even saw a lovely Brahma Kamal flower.

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Our walk took us through the railway station.

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Kush pointed out how in Malleswaram there are a lot of fruit trees, which is a very Indian approach to city gardens. In contrast, in the cantonment areas one sees a lot of ornamental flowering trees which are popular in England, Europe, and America. This is because they perceive fruit trees will make urban spaces messy.

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We learnt a lot about wild plants, avenue trees, used apps to identify trees, swapped stories, and ended our walk with a hot cup of coffee.

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When did you last take a walk in your city? Any stories to share? Do comment here.

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