Built to resemble the Windsor Castle in England, this is the seat of the current Maharajah of Mysore, head of the royal Wodeyar dynasty. Here, you can explore the lavish interiors and, also, a surprisingly wide exhibition of nudes which is displayed in some rooms here. The Palace also serves as a stage for live concerts and events, offering a fascinating venue being rich in history, and you do not want to miss that out.
Dating back to 1864, Cubbon Park covers an area of 300 acres, and it is filled with an extraordinary selection of flora and fauna, offering a popular spot for picnics and playing cricket. The Public Library is also located within the premises, as well as the High Court, the Government Museum and the Visveswaraiah Technological & Industrial Museum, entertaining both tourists and locals alike, thanks to its relaxing atmosphere, which is ideal for a leisurely stroll.
This museum focuses on Indian sculptures, numismatic, and music, featuring artworks that date back to the 4th century an onward. Its prestigious exhibition of archaeological artifacts is the museum´s pride and a real magnet for history and art lovers.
The Vidhana Soudha is one of India’s finest pieces of architecture. Located at the north-west part of Cubbon Park, the Neo-Dravidian granite palace is a blend of styles from across India, boasting the country’s most recognizable symbol, the four-headed gold lion of Ashoka. Across the road, you can spot Karnataka’s High Court building, Attara Kacheri, with its impressive red brick and monumental Corinthian column facade.
As botanical artwork and internationally renowned centre of scientific studies, Lal Bagh park contains a diverse variety of flora, a deer park and one of the largest collections of rare tropical plants within whole India. Conceived by Sultan Hyder Ali in 1760, it was further expanded by his son, who planted exotic trees from Persia, Turkey, and Mauritius. An annual flower show is also held here, in the British-built-Glass House.
Constructed by the end of the 18th century, Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace is an elaborately decorated relic of Bangalore’s royal past. Originally used as a summer retreat, the palace now serves as a detailed museum of Tipu Sultan's life and glorious conquests, while the Venkataramanaswamy Temple, a 300 year old temple built by the Wodeyars, is right next door. The ruins of Bangalore Fort are also located a few steps away, bearing the testimony of Tipu's struggle against the British Raj in India.
The Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath art gallery is a perfect destination for an afternoon of culture and interesting facts. Here you will find an eclectic collection of Indian and international contemporary art as well as lavish gold-leaf works, Mysore-style paintings and folk and tribal art from across the subcontinent. Do not miss the galleries devoted to the Russian master Nicholas Roerich and his beautiful paintings of the Himalayas.
On the eastern side of the city, Ulsoor Lake represents an idyllic place par excellence, as it is ideal for both taking a stroll and relaxing in the sun. The artificial lake was constructed by Kempe Gowda II, and its area of more than 1.5 square kilometers is dotted with islands, so boating also became very popular.
Opened by the end of the 80s, the Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city. The domed sky theater has daily shows on the marvels of the universe, the planets and the solar system, delighting both kids and adults alike. The observatory is also an important feature of the building.
Technology lovers should not miss the quirky Visvesvaraya Industrial & Technical Museum. Named after the Dewan of Mysore, its five main galleries include a variety of different displays, from a replica of the Wright brothers’ 1903 flyer to virtual-reality computer games.
Established by the International Society of Krishna Consciousness (Iskcon), the lavish Iskcon Temple is situated eight kilometers north of the city centre. Among the five main shrines, there is an unmissable one devoted to Krishna and Radha in a plethora of elegant architecture and a meditative atmosphere.
Wonderla Amusement Park is an amazing time for children and an opportunity for adults to get a taste of childhood. The rides are fun, exciting and will get your adrenaline pumping. Even in one day you will not find the time to go on all the rides, this is in fact one of the best amusement parks in India.
Bugle Hill is the fascinating site where Nandi Temple (Bull Temple) is located. Built in a Dravidian architectural style, the object of veneration is a magnificent statue of Shiva’s sacred bull Nandi: 15 feet tall, over 20 feet long, and carved out of a single block of granite in a glistening 16th century massive statue. In November and December every year, when the groundnuts are harvested, a groundnut fair is held near the temple.
With Authenticook, you will get the chance to join an Indian family for a traditional meal, to try your hand at cooking Indian recipes and to learn about Indian habits and culture. This visit to the home of an Indian family will make you understand why the adage ‘Athithi Devo Bhava’ (Guests are Gods) indeed holds true.
Ebony is an elevator ride up to the 13th floor where it boasts a lounge bar and a terrace with tables overlooking the city. Indian and western businessmen head to this restaurant for its variety of food, ranging from typical Indian dishes to Thai to French specialties. Try the Manan’s pepper mutton that comes from the temple town of Kumbakonam in Tamil Nadu, while vegetarians should sample the delicious paneer kairi dopiaza, made from paneer, mangoes, onions and fresh coriander.
Jamavar at Leela Palace Kempinski Hotel is one of Bangalore’s chicest restaurants, and it is said to serve the best tandoori dishes in the city. While it also offers succulent kebabs and fragrant biryanis from the Northern Indian tradition, the southern cuisines influence with some delectable curries.
Set in a wonderfully evocative location that calls an old and royal Mangalorean home to mind, completed with antique furniture and an open-air courtyard, Karavalli at The Gateway Hotel offers some of the best dishes in the city. Try the Goan baby lobster, the Alleppey fish curry or the Mangalorean black pomfret, which are all known delicacies prepared by Chef Jose Thomas.
A much loved and revered Bangalore institution, the Mavalli Tiffin Rooms, serves some of the best Indian food in town, particularly the masala dosa, a rice pancake with a meat or vegetable filling. Delighting the returning clientele for over nine decades, this location is a must visit when visiting Bangalore.
This alfresco lounge bar is popular within Bangalore’s in-crowd, serving Indian food with real gusto in a exquisite modern interior. When you think that you already reached the ultimate dining experience, then let yourself indulge on their unforgettable desert of Affogato, coffee beans and Kahlua ice cream with bitter almond cookies.
One of the best Italian restaurants in town, i-t.ALIA at The Park Bangalore, is characterized by a deep love for the best ingredients and peculiar flavours. Here you will experience exquisitely prepared dishes from pasta to salads that are rigorously delicious and absolutely authentic.
Blue Ginger's fine interior has lush tropical foliage and a serene lotus pond to match the fine Vietnamese dining at Taj West End Hotel. Here, chefs work in their open kitchen creating mouth-watering dishes including coconut-based Vietnamese caris (curry), braised fish with pepper, and crunchy stir-fried greens with garlic.
The authentic and unique flavours of the Goan cuisine can be truly experienced at the Fisherman´s Wharf. While Vegetarian dishes take a seat back here, this restaurant offers a wide variety of seafood specialties and, quite regularly, live music that creates a vibrant and lively atmosphere.
Barbeque Nation serves a little bit of everything, as the menu varies from Indian to Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine offering plentiful choices to satisfy everybody´s taste buds. The outstanding selection of both meat and vegetarian´s options on the BBQ table is its peculiarity, so do not miss that out.
A international restaurant with an Indian twist, Fava, mixes the exotic flavours of the Mediterranean Sea with the freshest local products. Located at the popular UB city, it is a perfect stop after an afternoon of shopping, while the atmosphere in the evening the atmosphere is heated up by DJ upbeat melodies.
A tiny and intimate coffee shop, Brahamin's Coffee Bar, is a well renowned breakfast spot in Bangalore since 1965. The idli (rice cake) here is an absolute must-try, as well as some incredibly delicious South Indian specialties that depict Bangalore's current coffee culture best.
Located at Bangalore's vibrant heart, a venue of Hard Rock Cafe boasts an exquisite atmosphere, quite perfect for lunch, breakfast or dinner. Along with a friendly service and a good selection of snacks, from burgers to buffalo wings, the played rock music will certainly entertain you.
Bangalore's most adventurous night spot is at the trendy Park Hotel, offering a great place to dance to house and trance music played by emerging DJs. For a more relaxed evening, you can also chill out on beanbags by the poolside while sipping a local Kingfisher beer or a tasty cocktail.
The 13th floor is a chic and romantic rooftop bar that offers a large dose of Bangalore's skyline within an upscale Bollywood-style atmosphere. As great music and cocktails create the perfect combination for an amazing night, this spot and its dance floor get crowded on Fridays and Saturdays.
One of Bangalore's most popular clubs, Purple Haze, is a mecca for the city's legions of rock and metal fans. Grab a beer and sing along with the locals to classical rock music, while the stylish interiors and the great service will perfectly complement your experience during both day and night.
The Blue Bar is a stylish open-air bar set amidst the beautiful landscaped gardens of The Taj West End Hotel, surrounded by water with stylish interiors and solid teak flooring. As the music is a blend of lounge, house and retro, so this is a great place for an early evening cocktail. Follow the motto: dress to impress.
The Oberoi Hotel’s smart Polo Club has all the touches of opulence fit for a Maharajah. This alfresco bar, that overlooks lush gardens, will allow you to relax on deep leather sofas and sample the exemplary service, while offering an extraordinary drink list including classical martinis.
Skyye is a beautiful, chic and luxurious bar in Bangalore and, with its fantastic view and its good music, a perfect spot for a relaxing evening drink and, occasionally, great parties. The bar offers all different kinds of liquors while bartenders create the best combinations to meet your expectations quite perfectly.
Toit Brewpub mixes a great brew experience with lovely food. As the beer is all made with natural ingredients mixed with tasty, local fruits, this tradition makes the brews unique and incredibly delicious. Premium liquors, selected wines and cocktails are also featured, so head here for a great night with drinks.
If you are looking for Indian clothes, from women's saris over salwar kameez to sherwanis, then head to Deepam Silk International. This huge shop, spread over four levels, offers a great variety of silks and a very attentive service that will gladly guide you through the wonderfully diverse range of local clothing.
While Brigade Road used to be the spot where British soldiers bought their essentials, it now is one of the most crowded streets of Bangalore. Besides its variety of stores, including Planet M, Louis Phillipe, Pepe Jeans, Levis, Lee and Nike, this hot spot also offers lovely street stalls.
The Leela Collonade at the Leela Palace Hotel is an excellent stop for those who are looking for top designer brands from both India and beyond. Choose from Ritu Kumar, Aki Narula and Sanchita Ajampur and their exceptional lines as well as from Baccarose’s Parcos' perfumes, while experiencing a great atmosphere.
The city's largest market is right in the heart of the city, and while it is over a century old, this venue still is the busiest and most colorful market in the whole of the city. Be sure to head to the Flower Market section at dusk, a spellbinding area filled with the most beautiful flowers stretching as far as the eye can see.
A luxury retail market in the heart of Bangalore, the UB City, boasts unique brands such as Burberry, Corneliani, Davidoff, Armani and lots more. As the three opulent floors also offer a great variety of restaurants, spas and bars, this location – with its great design – is a plethora of lavishness that only Bangalore can offer.
All foreign nationals entering India are required to possess a valid international travel document with a valid visa. A visa is required for most nationalities, with the exception of Bhutan, Nepal and the Maldives (if not arriving from mainland China). The visa has to be requested through an online application, and the instruction for filling in the application and for scheduling appointments can be seen at the visa department's website. Be aware that a visa can only be acquired via this online application, and without any intermediary – do not follow agents who claim speedy/express grant of e-Visa.
As Bangalore enjoys a moderate climate, this city can be visited at any time throughout the year. The season between June and September is characterised by monsoons, ranging from mild to heavy rainfall, whereas the winter months between October and February attract most tourists thanks to their mild temperatures, which are best to enjoy the vibrant street life and beautiful nature.
Bangalore International Airport is located 44 kilometres north of Bangalore and it is well connected to the city centre. Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation has in fact twelve bus routes with buses running every 15 minutes to and from the airport as the most convenient way to come and go here. Air Conditioned Taxi services to the airport are also available, and share taxis operated by Airlift are located just outside the terminal building next to the bus stand.
Bangalore has an extensive public transport system with frequent services: Ordinary city buses are white and blue in color. Buses with black display boards run within the city. Red board buses cover long distance routes to adjoining suburbs. Red Volvo buses, Vajra, operate on certain routes within the city, and as they are air-conditioned, these ones are the best option for tourists. Ordinary buses only display the route number in English while destination and route information are given in Kannada. Bus maps and route information can be found at the service company's website as well as the main bus terminals: Kempegowda bus stand (also known as the Majestic Bus Stand) and Shivajinagar in the north. While bus services are less frequent after 10:30pm, do also try to avoid rush-hour between 5pm and 7pm on weekdays as the buses then tend to be packed. In the front of the vehicles, many buses have seats reserved for women. With a daily bus pass you can travel in any bus (other than the Vajra) for the entire day. Try to avoid going by car, as lane discipline is less valued and the use of horns at all times mandatory.
Bangalore's taxis are convenient and comfortable, and always featured with the logo of the fleet operator or taxi company on the sides of the car. Most of the vehicles are Maruti Omni Vans or Tata Indica cars and much safer than auto rickshaws.City Safari is quite known but there are also other services: Gopinath Radio Call Taxi Service +91 80 236 055 55 Spocity Taxi +91 80 466 258 00
Post offices are located across the whole town, offering all services from buying stamps to sending letters. Small red postal kiosks, usually attached to poles, can easily be found among the intricate knot of streets. A main office can be found at Museum Road but there are many more: India Post Mahatma Gandhi Road, Bangalore +91 80 255 872 70 Opening hours: Mon-Sat 10am-4pm Domlur Post Office 1 Service Road, Bangalore +91 80 253 569 66 Opening hours: Mon-Sat 8:30am-4:30pm
Plenty of pharmacies can be found along Mahatma Gandhi Road as well as at other main streets. You do not need any prescription for over the counter drugs and ayurvedic medicine that are available for common ailments like headaches and fever. Most pharmacies will deliver 24 hours a day while usually charging a small surcharge. A main pharmacy is Apollo Pharmacy but there are other ones close by as well: Bangalore Homoeo Pharmacy 84/1 2nd Cross, Bangalore +91 80 231 230 20 Roop Medical & General Stores 1 2nd Main Road, Bangalore +91 98 866 511 94