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"Garden city of India"

Bangalore Tourism

Having evolved gradually from being the Garden City to the Silicon Valley of India, Bengaluru is the third largest and one of the most livable cities in India.

The unprecedented growth of IT in Bangalore has reshaped the façade of the city  now, one can choose to take a long, leisurely stroll through the greenery of Cubbon Park, or hop into one of the several acclaimed craft breweries in the city for a nice, cool drink. Bangalore had come to be renowned for its eateries and pubs dotting every corner of the city, serving any cuisine one can think of. Brunches, buffets, burgers, rooftop cafes, late-night eats - Bangalore has it all.

Aside from the central business and commercial districts (and the roads leading up to them), the neighborhoods of Bangalore are mostly quiet and serene, especially the older parts of the city. There's still the early-morning cacophony of street vendors ambling down the streets with carts, selling fresh fruits and vegetables. There are a huge number of beautifully decorated parks in the city that are ideal for going on a morning stroll or a jog. One walk through the 300-acre Cubbon Park, or the botanical gardens of Lalbagh, and you'll know exactly why Bangalore is so famously called India's 'Garden City'.

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  • OYO 10022 Hotel Oak Castle

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  • The Ritz - Carlton, Bangalore

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  • Courtyard by Marriott Bengaluru Hebbal

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Apart from being a hub of IT professionals, Bangalore has stupendous nightlife scenarios. It has the best dance floors for you to groove on. There are many pubs and clubs which take the duty of keeping you entertained after the sundown till a little past midnight. Abiding by the early curfew i.e. 1 AM it is recommended for you to immediately turn over to nightclubs and restaurants so that you can enjoy for a bit longer.

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Though Kannada is the regional language of the city, people have a good hold of English language as well. Hence, you won't face any difficulty while speaking to the natives.

1. The streets are busy and chaotic hence; you need to have a good hold of time. The traffic never lets you reach your destination on time. Be wise enough to leave early.
2. Travelling via rickshaws is considered to be an ideal choice. Be a good negotiator as the driver might charge you a higher fare.
3. Do not roam around alone after nine unless you are in a group or with a trusted guide.

The music space in Bangalore is an experience that is hard to forget. There are year-round concerts happening all across the city, and Bangalore has previously played host to bands such as Metallica, Guns N’ Roses, The Rolling Stones, Lamb of God, and a lot more. The city has plenty of local bands of its own, and Bangalore’s music is a distinct mix of healthy rock fused with classical sounds.

If you’re a backpacker who likes to be on the move, Bangalore is the perfect stopover point for you, because this city is the gateway to a plethora of South Indian tourist destinations – you can choose from ancient temples, jungles, historic sites to even scenic countrysides for a quick weekend getaway.

Bangalore is a multi-cultural city, and it transcends religion, class and language. While the advent of liberalization has completely turned the face of the city around, it has still held on to its culture, traditions and moral values. Music and dance have always been an inseparable part of the culture of Karnataka, and they still hold a very important place in the city.

If you’re a shopaholic, Bangalore is the place for you to be. Be it brand shopping or street shopping, Bangalore has plenty of shopping destinations scattered throughout its perimeter, where one can buy everything from clothes to footwear to jewellery, and even priceless antiques. From the simplest of trinkets to the trendiest of outfits, Bangalore has it all.

Compared to a lot of other cities in South India, Bangalore is a comparatively newer city, seeing as its technological boom began quite late in the mid-1990s. It is owing to this very reason that Bangalore’s lifestyle is starkly different from other metropolitan cities. The city lets you be; whether you want to take things slow, or run the rat race, or even find a place in between – the city gives you the freedom to do what you want to, and to be who you want to be.

Like any modern and growing city, Bangalore's cuisine is not identified with a single platter but a blend of cuisines derived from the diversity of cultures and livelihoods that the city sustains.

Hence, the visitors can choose from across cuisines and enjoy a flattering variety of delicacies according to their own wishes and cravings.

There is a subtle dominance of South-Indian and Udupi cuisine, other than which the city's menu has countless options. One can relish local cuisines like a variety of dosas, Idli, Bisi Bele Bath, Pongal, Uppittu and lots more. Other than this, one can also indulge in the rich Mughlai cuisine with mouth-watering dishes like Tandoori chicken, Sheek Kebabs, Bangalorean Biryani, Chicken Kebabs and more. Also find here, North-Indian, Muslim, Arabian, Chinese, Thai, Japanese cuisines to enjoy.
One can indulge in the lip-smacking local street food as well as flatter themselves with fine dining experiences with cuisines from around the world.

Rich in a variety of cuisines, Bangalore also offers pocket-friendly restaurants which are of great help to the backpackers. Here is a list of few restaurants which without emptying your pockets offer delicious food at minimal prices possible.
Famous budget restaurants in Bangalore:

South Indian: Darshini (serves delicious vegetarian food within INR 100), TaazaThindi (INR 200 for 2), Shri Sagar(INR 100 for 2) and Indian Coffee House (INR 200 for 2)

Continental: Papi Chulo (INR 200 for 2), My Cinnamon Box (INR 250 for 2), Chaiywaala (INR 150 for 2), Fork and Food (INR 200 for 2), and The Breakfast (INR 200 for 2)

Do try these low budget restaurants while keeping in mind your health and hygiene. Guide the person in services about the spices and things you are allergic to so that you can have a happy meal.

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Bangalore Reviews

1 month ago by Manya Kapoor

Bangalore, the garden city of India is a must visit for those who want a peaceful atmosphere and a beautiful weather. It is a must visit in the winter months. Its exciting night life adds to the city?s charm. The Banerghatta National Park is not to be missed whenever one is in Bangalore. I would also recommend The Ulsoor Lake and the Cubbon Park if one is looking for scenic beauty and some tranquility.

3 months ago by Kirti Dass

Known as the IT hub of the country, Bangalore is a perfect holiday destination. I visited the ISKCON temple, Vidhana Soudha, Lal Bagh, ABC, Phoenix mall, UB City, Orion mall, Nandi hills, Cubbon Park and various Tech Parks. The cool, moderate climate made my experience even better. I also visited the Bangalore Palace , which has a host of beautiful gardens and wooden carved structures. We travelled across the city by BMTC buses and cabs which are quite viable. One must definitely visit the Aero Show which is held in Bangalore in every two years and is quite splendid.

3 months ago by Rutvi Saxena

The airport is on the outskirts of the city, so be prepared to shell out anything from Rs 500 to Rs 1500 getting to Bangalore. The weather is quite pleasant, but the unexpected rain and thunder do warrant a light jacket or sweater. I’ve heard the traffic is the worst, but haven’t travelled long distances to corroborate this- short trips during non-peak hours are fine. It definitely has a bit of urban and traditional, and is largely a youthful city-the startup culture draws youngsters who can be seen in every office, cafeteria and mall. You’ll struggle for knowing Kannada (read: taxi drivers) but it’s not impossible. All in all, a vibrant city with much to offer for the visitor, student and entrepreneur alike!



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Holidify's Opinion

  What's Great?

Good weather throughout the year. Good eating joints, cafes, breweries and pubs. A green city with a lot of lakes. Very well connected with rest of the country and international destinations. Good mix of historical attractions and modern city.

  What's not so Great?

Always crowded with lots of traffic in most part of the city. Language could be an issue for North Indians as Hindi and English are not so fluently spoken here. Slightly expensive. Airport is around 30 km from the main city.

For Whom

Good for people looking to travel in South India and using Bangalore as the base destination. A lot of people come here for business or because of their jobs or for studies. Bangalore also attracts people from nearby areas for shopping and the general city life.

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Answer: The best mall in Bangalore in ORION MALL. It is worth a visit and you should definitely pay a visit.


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