If you go to visit a city, and you have a friend or family member living there, there is always one thing you can be sure of (apart from a place to crash) – they will have a list of things that you must do in the city prepared and double-checked.
For those of you who do not have such nice friends and relatives, here are some iconic things and activities of Bengaluru that you should enjoy, be it as a tourist, or as a native of the city.
Of course, parks and lakes come at the top of this list. Though Bengaluru can no longer claim to be the lake city of India what with these water bodies eroding under development and pollution, there are still some pristine lakes where you can enjoy solitude and a good sunset. As for parks, they are havens of peace and greenery nestled in quite corners of the bustling city, and if you go at the right time, you may be blessed by flowers in full bloom. As it happens, they make excellent places for photography too.
Theatre is an art that much of India gives a pass in favour of a cricket match or a movie. But once in the city, do make a point to catch a performance at the Ranga Shankara. Not only will it be money and time very well spent, it may also change you view of this ancient art form.
If you are in South India, you might as well get a taste of real dost and sambhar. So head over to MTR, which has been given a stamp of approval by both the city dwellers and the travellers, and stuff your mouth and stomach to your heart’s content. And since we are on the topic of food, to not go to Corner House to indulge in some dessert will truly be a shame.
But it is not just eating and drinking; you surely want to explore the city. Well, it has you covered. Every twist and turn will give you a new surprise, from the richly painted walls to the bright red BMTC buses to the countless shops of Commercial Street. And if you crave a longer drive, the hills and resorts around Bengaluru are ideal resting spots. Bannerghatta National Park is also a must visit.
Then there is also the fact that Bengaluru is the pub capital of India (and even Asia!) The extension of nightlife from 11 to 1 am also means longer and better parties. And ladies, fret not. Bengaluru remains one of the safest cites for women. In fact, it is not an unusual site to see a female bus driver or conductor.
Then at the end of the day, head over to any small café of restaurant tucked away in a corner, and enjoy the delicious South India filter coffee, always in a steel tumbler with a bowl.