DCU Business School MSDM (Masters in Digital Marketing) students recently went on the programme’s annual trip to India. Read their first blog – a day by day account of what to expect on the India trip.
Our first involved a lot if travel. We met at Dublin Airport and our first stop was Dubai. Here we grabbed a quick McDonalds and then it was onto Bangalore. We were staying at IIM Bangalore and we once we arrived we just did a quick change and then headed straight to brunch at Leela Palace. Traveling to Leela Palace was our first rickshaw experience and an experience it was! We arrived a Leela Palace for brunch which was fabulous. We headed back to IIM after brunch and had a tour of the campus. Then it was off to bed before a busy second day.
Day 2: Tour of Bangalore
Our second day involved a tour of Bangalore. Here we got to visit lots of tourist attractions like the Bull Temple, Lalbagh Botanical Gardens, the silk emporium and also the Bangalore Palace. The highlight of the day was seeing the monkeys in the botanical gardens and also Bangalore Palace. Later on that evening we got to attend a traditional Indian Concert on the campus and then headed off to dinner at Barbeque Nation.
Day 3: Republic Day/ Free Day
Our third day in Bangalore was Republic Day. This is a national Indian holiday and we were invited to a ceremony on campus in IIM to celebrate. This was a great experience. After this we headed into the city. As it was Republic there was lots of parades and festivities on. We headed to UB City Mall for something to eat and then went to Cubbn Park. This park had some amusements such as the tea cups and rollercoaster. We then headed off to the markets and bought endless scarfs and touristy bits. Dinner tonight was at Punjabi by Nature which was lovely and the cocktails were lovely.
Day 4: Trip to Mysore
Our fourth day we took a day trip to Mysore. This involved getting up very early – 6.30am. Our first stop was Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace. This was a lovely palace on the way to Mysore. We then headed to Mysore Palace and this literally took our breathe away. It was stunning. We took a tour of the palace here and took lots of photos along the way. We also got to take an elephant ride. Next stop was some markets for some shopping. Here we all got to try on saree’s (which some of us ended up buying). We them got henna tattoos and headed for our last stop which was Chamundi Hill before we headed home.
Day 5: Industry Day
Day five in India was our Industry Day. Here we got to visit IBM Bangaore and also Christ University. In IBM we got to visit the data centre and also got a presentation on cloud computing. This was a great opportunity for us. We then headed for Christ University to attend the ‘Unlearn Digital Marketing’ conference. This was organised by the web marketing academy and was a great opportunity to network and meet some of the Indian students. We then headed out for dinner to Loft 38 with some of the lecturers and students from the web marketing academy.
Our last day in Bangalore we had a workshop on doing business in India in IIM. This was very interesting and we got the opportunity to learn the differences between doing business in Ireland and in India. We then headed to commercial street to the markets for some last minute shopping. Up next was an industry visit to Wipro. This was a great experience and we all really enjoyed getting to visit the innovation centre. Here we got to see all the latest technologies. We then headed for dinner in Toscano in UB City Mall. After this we went to the Skybar at UB City Mall for a few drinks.