Aero India 2015, Bangalore
There comes a day in your life when waiting anymore feels like a waste of time. Euro Trip was just that for me. There came a time when I decided to take the plunge all by myself. Sounds like m talking about getting married or some bigger decision in my life? It was big to me. Introvert by birth, in this trip, I was like a panda trying to learn kungfu. But just like in the movie, I started to enjoy every minute of it.
Now that I had decided to fly solo, I decided to put myself in self created experiment by not only travelling alone but also making sure that I am surrounded by more and more strangers – instead of cozy hotels, I decided to crash at hostels sharing room with other travelers and I purposely did not carry any internet or phone with me when I was out on roads.
How did it feel? On the first day, it felt like I was a self torture trip but as days passed by, I became more comfortable with choosing my own path, deciding my own routes, and dealing with last minute gate changes at airport, finding my way around the cities while taking directions from strangers, and meeting some great people on the way. All in all, the trip changed my opinion about myself. I, quite literally, surprised myself.
Travelling for me is not only going on a road trip, or taking a flight, bus or train. You can just hop onto your backyard and still learn something new about your home city. One such trip was going for an Aero Show India in 2015. That was the year I was living in Bangalore for a project. I lived in Bangalore for about a year and tried to visit as many places as I could.
Aero India is an air show and aviation exhibition organized every alternate year by Defence Exhibition Organisation, Indian Ministry of Defence. The exhibition has just finished its 10th edition in February of 2017 and is organized at Yelahanka Air Force Station, Bangalore every time.
The Air Force station was quite far from my house in Bangalore, even though I said it’s not only road trip for travelling, earlier in this article, it really was quite a road trip. It took us 2 hours drive to reach the venue, and another 1.5 hour to finally park our car and head towards the exhibition ground. What awaited us was perfectly charming and worth all wait.
There was an exhibition of aircrafts from across the world and flypasts and air formations by amazing pilots. It felt like a celebration of aircrafts all around. But my favourite part is displayed in the pictures I took.
How to reach:
Aero India is organized in the city of Bangalore, easily reachable by domestic and international flights, and trains and roads from most parts of India. A word of caution, when you are going for Aero India, try not to take your own vehicle, take a cab or bus to reach the venue, as it takes a really long time to park it and then take it out afterwards. Just to give you real picture, activity of parking our car and then taking it out took us 4.5 hours. From the parking lot or main entry gate you can take buses designated to take you to exhibition area and back.
What to pack:
A nice cap and sunscreen to save you from the sun, water bottle and lot of enthusiasm – you will witness pure finesse of flying. There are lot of security checkpoints, so make sure to carry your ID proofs.
How to book:
You can easily book your seats online through Aero India website. As the show takes place in an Air Force station, there will we lot of information required from visitors for security purposes, so please cooperate.