Bangalore – one of India's most progressive and developed cities is devoted to the digital development of the nation. Where the city is sucked in by urbanisation at one end, it is beautified by stunning scenery at the other. This vibrant cosmopolitan setup of Bangalore adds magical velocity to the city and attracts travellers from far off places. Apart from this the benevolent climate of Bangalore and a burgeoning night life is an added advantage to the city's tourism.
Getting There: Bangalore is one of the most developed cities in India, well-connected to all the other major towns by air, bus and train. Regular flights from Delhi, ISBT Kashmiri Gate, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Pune, Goa, Chennai and many other cities make it convenient to reach Bangalore. A range of air-conditioned, volvo and sleeper buses ply to and from Bangalore, thus making the city more accessible. Bangalore is also connected to the rest of the cities by a railway network. Bengaluru City Railway Station and Yeswantpur Junction are two important railway stations here.
Where To Stay: Amidst the mesmerising landscapes, places of interest and trendy techie bricks, Bangalore is grounded with numerous homestays. Bangalore homestays are infused with a unique charm and an ethnic hue that reflects the typical South Indian culture. Be it the elegant apartments, luxurious farm houses, minimalistic houses or extravagant villas, Bangalore has it all to offer the best accommodation to the travellers. Take your pick from some of the most sought-after homestays in Bangalore, savour the local cuisine and bask in the unique culture of the region.
Of the many homestay options in Bangalore, Jade Diamond Pent House, Sunny Villa and Farm Stays, Jade 735, Coconest and White 8 are some of the sophisticated and luxurious properties. Donned with beautiful contemporary architecture along with neatly maintained lawns, swimming pool and indoor, outdoor areas for recreational activities, these homestays in Bangalore are a perfect fix for your getaway. A true western homestay experience can be fulfilled at Lotus 418 Villa, Lantern House and Bluz 82. With elegantly designed rooms and homely decor, these are some exceptional homestays that are perfect to relax and unwind without compromising on the services and luxuries of a hotel. If you are looking for budget homestays, you can browse through Vistaa Service Apartment, HSR Homestay, Whitefield Nest, Capital Hill Homestay, Vinayak Service Apartment and Meadows Homestay. All these properties are well-maintained and will give you a warm experience of Bangalorean hospitality. If you have a thing for cozy, un-glittery places, Bangalore homestays including El-Shaddai Homes and Vistaa Homestay are the ideal choices. These are characteristically quaint properties, with rooms offering the warmth and coziness. So just laze around the property you've booked, or simply unwind with a book from the house library, or go for short hikes on the countryside, but make the most of your time in the city.
What To See: While the city of Bangalore offers many scenic getaway options, some of the major tourist attractions here are Tipu Sultan Fort, Lal Bagh Botanical Garden, Bangalore Palace, Nandi Hills, Cubbon Park and Shivasamudram Falls. If you want to get an insight into the history of Bangalore, you can visit National Museum, National Gallery of Modern Art and Vidhana Soudha. There's also Chola Temples, ISKCON Temple and Kaivara for pilgrims.
What To Eat: Bangalore is an inspiring potpourri of old and new, be it culture, lifetsyle or food. The local and international cuisines served here are going to leave you in awe. Some of the popular dishes that you must try in Bangalore are Benne Masala Dosa at CTR, Apple Pie at The Only Place, Beer and Nachos at Windmills Craftswork, Coin Paratha with Chicken Ghee Roast at The Permit Room, and Masala Dosa and Coffee at Vidhyarthi Bhavan. And not to mention, Mysore Pak.
Where To Shop: From street stalls to local markets, Bangalore is a haven for shopaholics. The one-of-a-kind shopping places in the city are Commercial Street for clothing, fashion accessories, junk jewellery and knick knacks; Chickpet for sarees, Avenue Road for stationary, jewellery, textile and sale/purchase of second hand books; City Market and Malleswaram for fruits, vegetables, handicrafts and flowers and Gandhi Bazaar for silk sarees, traditional religious items, textiles and other trinkets.
Insider's Tip: Get in touch with a local and plan a visit to the Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace. This beautiful piece of Indo-Islamic architecture is going to woo your mind. Also, look out for an Iyengar’s Bakery and ask for biscuits, pastries or honey cake.