Desi City Guide for Houston

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June 19, 2013 By desi-city

Houston, like several other metropolitan cities in theU.S., has quite a large South Asian population. Around 4% of the 2 million plus people inHoustonare South Asians and much of this 4% consist of immigrants from the South Asian countries. Some of the neighborhoods inHoustonpredominant to South Asians areHillcroft AvenueandFortBendCounty.Houstonalso has a South Asian radio station called Sangeet Radio.

HoustonisTexas’s largest city, and is named after the 1837 President of Texas, Sam Houston. The city’s economy flourishes mainly in aeronautics, energy – natural gas and oil, transportation and manufacturing. In addition, the city is a leader in creation of oilfield equipment and in the health care industry. TheTexasMedicalCenter, largest concentration in world health care and research establishments, is also housed inHouston.

Houston, with more than ninety languages spoken, is a multicultural city, with a mixture of race, age, ethnicity and gender. The city has a humid subtropical climate, not unlike many South Asian cities, with a hot and humid summer season and cool winters.

Desi Attractions in Houston

There is a temple situated in the southwest sector ofHouston, which is a huge attraction for ‘Desi’ tourists. The lotus pond in the center of the temple holds a beautiful statue worth seeing. The temple also consists of aYouthActivityCenterand a Grand Hall.

There are several art galleries onCorporate Drivethat host art exhibitions almost all year round featuring different art styles from Asian countries.Hillcroft Avenuecontains a strip of businesses and malls of South Asian origin, located betweenRichmond Avenueand the U.S. 59.

Here are some other attractions in the city.

  • One of the most popular attractions inHoustonis the downtown Theater District, consisting of nine organizations for the performing arts. Several folk artists, art organizations and art groups form part of the art and culture scene. There is also an entertainment complex here where you can unwind with movies, restaurants, parks and plazas.
  • Houstonis a haven for parks, and if you want to spend some quality time relaxing, this is the place.GeraldD.HinesWaterwallParkin the Uptown District,HermannParkandSamHoustonParkare some of the popular parks to visit. 
  • Apart from these attractions, there’s also the Houston Museum of Natural Science, the Houston Zoo, and the Lee and Joe Jamail Skatepark.

Transportation Modes in Houston

ConsideringHouston’s excellent freeway system, driving is the predominant mode of transportation in the city. Apart from this, there is also public transportation like light rails and buses available. The intercity Amtrak railway system provides regular service to the Houston Station.

The METRORail service is the most often used by tourists as it provides a fast, inexpensive and easy way to commute between the Museum District and Downtown Houston. With several stations such as Main Street Square,Preston, McGowen,HermannPark,SmithLandsas well as Fannin South, it covers nearly all areas of the city. The fares are generally between $.50 and $3.50.

It is advisable not to be a pedestrian in most of the areas in Houston as the city is rated the eighth most dangerous in terms of pedestrian related accidents.

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