A couple of weeks back, bored on a Sunday morning, I set off on small exploration trip. From JP Nagar 6th phase Nandini Hotel stop, I took a 215C to Jambusavari Dinne (JP Nagar 8th phase) -the ride took about 15 minutes for the 5 km stretch.
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As the bus stopped at Jambusavari Dinne, a bus on route No. 378 passed by with the LED board showing "Electronic City" with reasonable crowd. I enquired with someone standing nearby and learnt that bus had a good frequency. In about two minutes, I noticed another 378 came on opposite side, bound for Kengeri and was full. Within the next 2-3 minutes another bus came towards Electronic city and I boarded it.
The bus after Jambusavari Dinne reached Bannerghatta Road (Gottigere) and took a right turn, crossed NICE road to Koli farm stop and took a left turn-from there it was a village kind of road having space only for a single bus to move-the road was well tarred and the vehicles moving on the road included a few 2 wheelers and some rare cars. The only bus service frequenting the route was 378 which were crossing us regularly.
Kengeri-JSS institutions-Chennasandra-Uttarahalli-Vasanthapura-Konanakunte cross-Jambu Savari dinne- Gottigere- Koli farm- CK palya cross- Vaddarpalya- Bettadasapura- Neeladri-Wipro-E.City
After about 20 minutes of drive on the road passing plots with cement compound walls, barren farm lands and a small number of buildings, crossing through Vaddarapalya, Bettadasapura, Thiglur etc. I spotted some high rise buildings. The bus had reached Neeladri Nagar of Electronic city
Slowly the bus crossed the WIPRO office (G-2 last stop), SBI and terminated at Electronic City gate.
I liked the route mainly because on weekdays the regular routes via BTM and Silk board chokes up with traffic and its a hurdle crossing every signal. This route is a completely signal free route and even on weekdays I feel the distance can be commuted in about 30-35 minutes (Crossing Jayadeva-Silk board stretch itself takes 40 minutes at peak hour)
A fantastic exploration by BMTC and a well patronised route too. At present Volvo cannot be expected as roads are too narrow for commuting-but is a relaxing experience travelling without traffic on a 10-15 kilometre stretch of Bangalore. ⊕