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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What are the top experiences you must not miss in Bangalore?

Aloke Bajpai DEC 10 2012
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Say ‘Bangalore’ and your mind will paint a lush green picture of this Garden City. And the next word that’ll pop up in your head is ‘IT City’. The Lalbagh Botanical Gardens and the Aerospace Museum will substantiate these two nicknames the city has earned. Include these and the following to your list of places to explore here, to experience the best of what Bangalore has to offer:

The thought of a long walk, as you go gallivanting through the tall trees (varieties from across the globe) and the sweet scent of roses (again, varieties from across the world) is tempting. Isn’t it? This garden stretched to fit acres of land was built by Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan (his son) gave it finishing touches. The guided tour will help you know the names of all the flower and tree varieties.  It’ll be fun quizzing kids on these newly learnt names. There is a glasshouse inspired by the London Crystal Palace all in the garden precincts, a deer park and an aquarium full of colourful fish. Visit the place in January or August to witness the lovely flower shows. Pick a few tips from the Karnataka Horticulture Society for your plants at home and also show kids the enormous electronic flower clock.

Timings: 5:30 am to 7:30 pm

Entry: INR 10

Address: Lalbagh





  • The Heritage Centre and Aerospace Museum

Fighter planes, jets, air crafts and still more aircrafts! Sky will be the limit for your little one’s excitement at Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) The Heritage Centre and Aerospace Museum. What’s more? You’ll get to use the flight simulator as well (at INR 10). Pinch yourself, it’s true! This museum has everything you want to know about the aeronautical history of India and a glimpse of some of the most ferocious fighter planes of the Indian Air Force. The life size models are a sight that you must not miss and your kids will love you for this treat.

Timings: 9 am to 5 pm

Entry fee: INR 20 for adults and INR 10 for kids, camera charges: INR 25, video camera charges: INR 45

Address: Varthur Main Road

Airport Road




  • Nightlife

Bangalore without its nightlife is like a night sky without the moon. Blank right? Whether you go to Windsor Pub for the food or the I Bar or Leela for to raise your spirits, be sure to get a flavour of the party life here. Most pubs are stacked along MG Road. There’ll be a spacious dance floor, some nice music (sometimes live), stag entry allowed at most and a range of pubs to fit your budget. Just one thing, everything shuts at 11:30 pm, so start early.

  • Bookstores

From classics to short stories and stationery items, the colossal book stores has something for everyone. Apart from the regular Crosswords, there is Sapna which is a two storeyed spread and has friendly staff assisting you whenever need be. Goobes Bok Republic also functions like a library and has piles of second hand books too. Then there is The Strand Book Stall (Dickenson Road) and Higginbothams (MG Road) in case you want to pick up some postcards or novels. Once you enter these bookstores, you’ll never want to leave.

The gardens, museums, clubs, bookstores and the pubs in Bangalore combine to give it a unique air. Visit each of these for an unforgettable Bangalore experience.

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