Changing Tracks: Do More Than Just Ride A Train With Namma Metro

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BMRCL began the Metro operations back in 2011. While it had caused chaos on the roads, it has now made travel quite convenient for many. And while the super speed, no traffic, pocket-friendly fares and avoiding scamming autos are some of the draws, there’s much more than just a train ride waiting for you on the Metro. Or shall we say the stations? So, get on board with our top reasons to try Namma Metro.

Reason 1: Hop Off, Take A Walk And Grab Some Food

MG Road’s Metro Station has gained a reputation for being the pit stop for the romantics. With its fabulous Hoovina Haadi boulevard, dressed up with bougainvilleas and other greens, the walkway also has a cosy cafe, Dasaprakash, that serves some South Indian delicacies. Millennials head to Cafe Coffee Day!

Reason 2: Gawk At Some Art

If you venture into The Rangoli Art Centre at the MG Road Metro Station, you will discover Bangalore’s talent on display. With three art galleries, indoor and outdoor performance spaces, art installations, exhibitions and workshops, the MG Road Metro Station is bustling with art and culture.

Similarly, the Peenya Metro Station has 19 permanent artworks as a result of Art In Transit, the collaboration with the talented folks at Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology. Besides the aesthetics, they also reflect the history, community, culture, development and urban life of the city. Look out for humanoid pixel structures and the zebrating art on the stairs that work with perspectives.

Reason 3: Step Off The Train And Step Into Mantri Square Mall

The first and only retail mall in India with a Metro stop in it, Mantri Square Mall is the most accessible building through the lines, so far. With a corridor linking the station to the first floor of the mall, you get to avoid the terrible traffic that stretches below. No more road rage and the anxiety that comes with it. Bring on the shopping bags!

Reason 4: The Workbench Project At Ulsoor

With DIY workshops and events that encourage the “maker culture”, The Workbench Project makes the Halasuru Metro Station a interesting stop. It also doubles up as a space for daily, full-time makers. It attracts engineers, designers and artists. And that’s not all – they collaborated with Ants Cafe to bring you The Workbench Cafe, where you can nibble on some continental food and sip on refreshing drinks. They also have board games with a twist, inscribed onto their tabletops. Definitely worth a visit, don’t you think?

Reason 5: Get Off And Ride Off On A Rented Luxury Bike

Of course, the train will not drop you right off at your doorstep {unless it is Mantri Square}. There’s a solution for that as well, with Wicked Ride‘s renting availability for premium bikes {we’re talking Harley-Davidsons, Enfields and Ducatis} as well as mopeds and electric vehicles. Starting at INR 50 per hour {for a Royal Enfield}, you don’t have to be intimidated by the big names. Available at the Trinity and Baiyapanahalli Metro Stations, the rental system will soon show up at others hubs. And we can’t wait.


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