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Jatin Makhija Mar 24 2014

How can I best utilize 24 hours in Bangalore ?

Vaishali Singh Mar 24 2014
1 person found this answer useful Useful ?Yes

Zipping through India's very own Silicone Valley? Here is the ultimate guide to what to do and what to skip in addition to relishing a wonderful stay in one of the best hotels in Bangalore, when you're spending only one day in Bangalore!

Start your day with a visit to the Lal Bagh Botanical Gardens. Spread over an area of about 240 acres in the heart of Bangalore, the Lal Bagh Botanical Gardens have over 1,900 species of plants to flaunt. After you've had a fill of your morning stroll and the beautiful scenery, it's time for some pet puja!

Photo of Lal Bagh Botanic Garden's Glasshouse, by GNU Documentation

Up next is a breakfast treat, because taking on and walking through the Lal Bagh is no mean feat, and in all probability, you are going to be ravenous after this one. Hail a quick cab and head to Au Bon Pain, a blessing on Brigade Road, located at a 10 minute drive from Lal Bagh. The bakery is going to serve you freshly prepared Sandwiches, Croissants, Muffins and more - and it opens as early as seven in the morning. Which is why, I call it a blessing!

Photo of a Croissant by Charles Haynes

Now that you've got yumminess and a coffee sloshing around in your tummy, exit the cafe and take a left on the road. Keep walking straight ahead for about half a kilometre. You'll find yourself right across the St Mark's Cathedral, one of India's most gorgeous, and well maintained churches. The two hundred year old church is also known for it's excellent stained glass windows and wood work, well worth a few mbs of storage on your camera or smartphone.

Photo of St Mark's Cathedral by Pee Vee

From St Mark's, take a 10 minute cab ride to the National Gallery of Modern Art. Housed in a 100 year old refurbished building, the gallery is frequented by art lovers for it's extensive collections, soothing surroundings and for a quick bite at the in house cafe. We recommend having a soft drink here after you've seen the exhibits, your body is going to need to fluids!

Photo of National Art Gallery, via Official Facebook Page

Just a short 650 metre walk from the National Gallery, you'll find yourself at the magnificent Bangalore Palace - the Indian take on Gothic architecture. Commissioned by Rev. Garrett, the palace holds resemblance to the medieval castles that were built in Normandy and England. The palace will take a little over couple hours to explore, and it will well be time for a late lunch by the time you leave.

Photo of Bangalore Palace by Smit224

Hail a quick taxi and ask the driver to Residency Road, a 10 minute drive from the Bangalore Palace. Make your way to Meghana Foods, a super busy Biryani joint, serving the best biryani, raita and curry you've ever tasted! Watch out Paradise, Hyderabad!

Photo of Biryani by Sheetal

After you've stuffed yourself rotten with all the yummy-ness, take a long and soothing walk to the Ulsoor Lake, situated slightly over 2 km away from Residency Road. If you're too full, there's always the option to hail a cab, but the former is recommended! With the setting sun in the backdrop, you're absolutely going to love the calm and peace the lake has to offer.

Photo of Ulsoor Lake by Saad Farauque

Once the sun has set and you've had your heart's fill of twinkling lights by the lake side, hitch a wagon to UB City Mall, for some high fashion indulgence, followed by a mighty dinner at Toscano, the Italian food specialist. Opt for a seat in the open area when here, and let the cool evening breeze of Bangalore tickle your senses!

Photo of Toscano, courtesy Toscano, Official Facebook Page

In case you believe the night is young, you can head out to party at Shiro, in the same mall as Toscano, or head to other popular party places in Bangalore like Barleyz or Hard Rock Cafe.

This is a brief guide on how to make the best of one day in Bangalore. If you're willing, you can also visit places like Bull Temple, Reptile Park and Aviary amongst others. If you can find the time, a visit to Forum Mall is also highly recommended. Do try the Flight 4 Fantasy if you make it there!

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