The city of Bangalore, officially named Bengaluru, is the capital of the state Karnataka. It has a population of approximately 11,5 million. Making it one of the fastest growing metro city’s in India. In 1830 the city used to be the capital of the Mysore kingdom, but in 1956 all the different areas were they spoke Kanada were united into one state, Karnataka. Bangalore remained to be a capital city.
Recently Bangalore is known to be the important IT center of India. It is also called the’ silicon valley’ of India. Before its fame in the It sector the city was known as the garden city, because of abundance in greenery. This however has been decreasing as more and more buildings are being built.
The city of Bangalore is renowned for its fine dining, shopping areas and night scene. It reflects the modern face of India in its best possible way. In this article a summary is given for our experiences in the city, such as dining places, for sightseeing and the best shopping places.
Best food places
During our stay in Bangalore we visited many places to eat. The variety of food has been more than welcome to us. During the nights out, we experienced the genuine kindness of the people living here. Bangalore is filled with places to have a great night out. The night scene last till 1 o’clock. Below a list will follow with the nicest one we have encountered.
This was the first place we had been too. It lies in Indira Nager, just an hour away from Amrita Bengaluru campus with the taxi. It had nice food and great music. The atmosphere was relaxed and laidback.
Vapour Pub and Brewery
This was the next place we went. It lies also in Indira Nagar. It had a nice rooftop terrace from, which a nice breeze and view was present.
Koramangala Social This is one of the nicest one where we have been to. A wide range of western food is served here and it tastes amazing. Next to the awesome food the music was great. At this place a dancefloor was present.
Together with Koramangala Social these two were the nicest. However Big Brewski had a more amazing interior. Tables were set along a big pool filled with colorful fishes. Multiple floors with open terrace could be seen. The prices are above average, but the food is worth it. This place lies on Sarjapur Road, only 5 min. away from the campus.
This cute establishment is for the young and old. On the ground floor it was more quiet and reserved, but on the top floor young people and music could be found. The interior was playful and the food was nice.
This place we found hidden near MG Road. It has a rooftop terrace and a really nice interior with an ocean theme. The ambiance was relaxed and laidback. The price and quality of the food was beyond nice.
Not only great food is abundantly available, but also nice places to shop. Many malls exist in Bangalore and most of them also have a cinema built in. The nicest ones we found were; Fenix market city, VR Bengaluru, UB city and Garuda mall. Before coming to India we thought that we would spend most of our time in the village. This made us bring many clothes, which would be socially acceptable for that situation. This appeared not to be the case, thus we could go happily shopping to enlarge our collection of western clothes. This was also needed, because we did not expected the weather to turn a little bit chilly from December onwards.
Besides the mall, there were a lot of nice streets were all kinds of nice clothing could be bought. The ones we liked were, MG Road (high-end commmercial street), Brigade road (full of nice thriftshops) and commercial street (for nice Sarees).
There were several places in Bangalore we wanted to see for sightseeing. We went to Lal Bagh botanical garden. This beautiful garden was founded by Hyder Ali, one of the most famous rulers in 1760 of old Mysore. Its name means red garden, referring to the collection of red roses, which bloomed throughout the whole year.
Another place, which is recommendable, is the Bangalore Palace. This palace was built by king Chamaraja Wodeyar in 1887. The palace is made in Tudor-style and is a stunning piece of work laying besides a small pretty garden.
The ISKCON Temple, also sri Radha Krishna Temple, is the largest one in Bangalore. It is located on the Hare Krishna Hill and serves to spread Krishna Consciousness throughout the world. The inside of the temple is stunning and worthwhile to see.
KR market ( Krishna Rajendra Market)
K.R. Market is also known as the City Market. It was established in 1928 and located on Mysore Road. From the period of British rule, two buildings have remained, one at the front and one located at the back of the market area. The market is the largest wholesale market in Bangalore and it is considered to be one of the biggest flower markets in India.
Situated roughly 60 km from the city Bangalore, lies Nandi Hills. It is an ancient hill fortress located in the Chikkaballapur district of Karnataka. The view from the top of the hill is stunning. It is a great place to relax and have a great time enjoying nature and its peacefulness.