A vast city of temples, striking Victorian architecture, green spaces, and good food. Head to the city of Bangalore to mix with the locals in quirky cafés, shop in comfort at boutiques and independent stalls, and sample new dishes.
Known as the Green City, locals and visitors alike flock to the Lalbagh Botanical Gardens and Cubbon Park. Spread over 98 hectares of landscaped terrain, the botanical gardens were laid out in 1760, meaning you can see centuries-old trees as well as diverse species of plants and bonsai. In the early mornings, you can hear a beautiful bird chorus. Cubbon Park is home to the State Central Library, a gorgeous, red gothic building.
Traditional urban India is best presented by Krishnarajendra Market and the exciting commercial streets that surround it. Weave in and out of the stalls to see local, fresh produce, piles of colorful dyes, spices, and copper ware. Don’t miss the vibrant flower market in the center.
After a day at the market, Bangalore’s Opera House is a magnificent space to visit. It has been transformed, yet sensitively renovated, with an elegant curved balcony and a stage framed by classical columns. Sit back and relax in its café and book the home-theatre zone to watch a film or see a show.
Due to its elevation, Bangalore has an enjoyable climate year-round. Daytime temperatures rare usually between 26–29 degrees Celsius (79–84 degrees Fahrenheit), for most of the year. The temperature usually only exceeds 30 degrees Celsius during the hotter summer months. Winters in Bangalore are warm and sunny.
The new Bangalore Metro train, Uber, and Ola Cabs have made getting around the city incredibly easy. Taxis are only available by prior booking and auto rickshaws are authentic, but be careful to agree on a price before you begin your journey.
Bangalore's Sri Radha Krishna ISKCON temple is one of the largest ISKCON temples in the world, dedicated to Lord Krishna and sitting atop an impressive seven-acre hill. The famous 16th-century Bull Temple (Dodda Basavana Gudi) in southwest Bangalore gets its name from the huge monolithic statue of Nandi, Lord Shiva's bull. Visit the Shivoham Shiva Temple, built in 1995, to see its imposing 65-foot-tall statue of Lord Shiva sitting on a tiger skin.
The Janapada Loka Folk Arts Museum has a collection of folk-art objects, including 500-year-old shadow puppets, festival costumes, and musical instruments. India’s aeronautical history can be discovered at HAL Aerospace Museum & Heritage Centre, where exhibits include a vintage Canberra bomber. The National Gallery of Modern Art holds paintings by Raja Ravi Varma and Abanindranath Tagore. Guided walks can be taken at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays or 3 p.m. on Saturdays.