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Bengaluru, popularly known as Bangalore is the capital city of the state of Karantaka in Southern India. Bangalore is also called the "Silicon Valley of India" thanks to the IT hub in the city. Not just that, Bangalore is home to some of the best colleges in India as well as some leading organisations. However, there's a softer side to this city. Bangalore is also famously known as the "Garden City" due to the vast, well-kept gardens scattered across the city. There are also a multitude of great cafes and restaurants in Bangalore. Apart from all this, Bangalore has some iconic sights such as the Vidhan Soudha and Bangalore Palace. So if you're looking to explore the city, here's a list of the top Bangalore attractions, which can be covered in 1 day.
1. Cubbon Park
Start your day in Bangalore by taking an early-morning stroll in Cubbon Park. Among the hustle and bustle of the city, you’ll find this expansive area to be relaxed and calming. Here you’ll find people running, doing yoga, walking their dogs and even cycling. It’s great to see a whole bunch of people with varied interests coming together with one common intent - to relax and maintain their fitness.
Vidhan Soudha, an iconic landmark of Bangalore is just a short walking distance from Cubbon Park. Not only is it the state legislature of Karnataka, it is also the largest one in India. Vidhan Soudha in Karnataka is the epitome of grandeur. As a matter of fact, it costs 20 million rupees to maintain it’s splendour annually. Just opposite to this marvel lies the High Court of Karnataka, another beautiful building.
3. Breakfast at Little Green Cafe
It’s no doubt that there’s no shortage of awesome cafes in Bangalore. Because I had limited time and I wanted to visit one of the top instagrammble cafes in Bangalore, I walked toward Little Green Cafe, which took 15 mins by foot from Vidhan Soudha. From the minute I walked in, I fell in love with everything from the decor, the lights, the table tops, the cutlery to the extensive breakfast menu. I went for the Namaste Omelette, which was prepared in the Indian style using tomato, chillies and onions. It came with large toasts, a crunchy salad and grilled tomato. Everything on the plate was hearty and delicious. I honestly wish I could’ve come back here for lunch. In any case, there’s always a next time.
4. Bangalore Palace
Next stop is another iconic sight in Bangalore - the Bangalore Palace. Now, I felt the camera fees for the palace were a little steep. I bought a ticket for myself and paid a fee for just my DSLR camera, not my phone camera, which brought my total upto almost 1000 rupees. Coming to the palace itself, the Bangalore Palace grounds were well-kept and gave away a great view of the palace. The tickets purchased can be used to access the grounds, the inside of the palace as well as a Bangalore Palace audio guide. The guides were insightful and gave away details about the palace, it’s residents and guests. Be sure to keep your ticket safe until the end of the visit since the staff does random checks at various points in the palace.
5. Tipu Sultan's Palace
After lunch, head to Tipu Sultan Palace which used to be the summer residence of Tipu Sultan, the ruler of the Kingdom Mysore during the 1700s. The rooms in the ground floor of the palace contain relics and pictures depicting Tipu Sultan and his reign. While the palace isn’t much and can be covered within 10-15 minutes, it’s just one of those Bangalore attractions which can’t be skipped.
6. Lalbagh Botanical Garden
A visit to Bangalore will be incomplete if you haven’t visited one of the many Bangalore gardens. After all, Bangalore is known as Garden City for good reason. Take a leisurely evening stroll in one of the most popular gardens in Bangalore - Lalbagh garden. Make sure you visit the beautiful glass house which hosts flower shows twice a year. Not just that, there’s also a lake which you just can’t miss!
Now that you’ve covered the most important sights in Bangalore, it’s time to let down your hair and experience the Bangalore nightlife. Indiranagar is undoubtedly the most happening place in Bangalore. It’s flooded with all the biggest stores, some of the best cafes in Bangalore and of course, great pubs. So pick your poison and have a gala in this fantastic area.
8. Dinner at Truffles
No trip to Bangalore will be complete without paying a visit to what is one of the best cafes in Bangalore. Truffles, located in Indiranagar, as mentioned earlier, is famous for its burgers and cold coffees. I had the cheese burger and asked for a brownie points cold coffee to go with it. The coffee came with a whole brownie, pulled apart into pieces and a giant scoop of vanilla ice-cream, topped with some chocolate sauce. That one coffee was way too delicious and way too much for one person. The burger had fantastic flavour and the potato chips were yum. Without a doubt, it’s one of the must visit places in Bangalore.
Where to Stay in Bangalore
Being a big city, Bangalore has a range of accommodations. Zostel Bangalore is a budget backpacker hostel in Bangalore. It's located in Indiranagar - the heart of the city. There are other hotels and hostels in Bangalore available as well. You can check them out using the link below.