Bangalore or sometimes known as Bengaluru, is one of the fastest-growing cities in India. Due to its significant contribution to the Indian IT sector, it is also known as ‘the Silicon Valley of India’.
But, wait, that’s not all! Apart from the technical and corporate side, Bangalore also has many other things to offer, from gorgeous gardens to historical places. Moreover, you can also expect some finger-licking good food in this advanced city.
So, read on to find out the 6 best things you shouldn’t miss out on for your Bangalore trip.
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When you think of Indian monuments, you might only think about the Indo-Islamic style which is pretty common here. But, Bangalore Palace offers its visitors something completely different.
Bangalore Palace can allow you to experience the old England feels as its architecture and design is quite similar to the Windsor Castle in England.
However, it is not just the exterior that radiates royalty. The interior of the castle is equally mesmerizing with all the vintage furniture and lush-green gardens sprawled across 430 acres!
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A trip to any garden can help in rejuvenating your mind and soul. And well, the good news is that Bangalore has a lot of them to offer!
There are mainly two gardens that you can consider visiting - Lalbagh Botanical Garden and Cubbon Park.
Spanning across a huge area of 300 acres, Cubban park is one of the most amazing parks in Bangalore. Throughout the park, you can experience quite a lot - from statues of great personalities like Queen Victoria, Chamarajendra Wodeyar, and many more.
Apart from the statues, you can also spot some Neo-classical buildings here that include the Government museum and Doll Museum.
You can also visit the Lalbagh Botanical garden, one of the largest and the oldest botanical gardens, in India. You can find exotic species of flowers here from all over the world, spread across 240 acres!
Moreover, if you wish to see one of the oldest rocks in the world, you can check out Lalbagh rock which is about 3000 years old!
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If you’re done exploring the city, you can consider taking a short trip to Nandi Hills, which is only about 60 km away from Bangalore!
Nandi Hills is a lovely getaway for travelers seeking some serenity and tranquility from their hectic lives. This hill station is covered with lush trees and offers breath-taking views, especially during sunrise or sunset.
If you wish, you can also get a bicycle and ride along the fresh trails of this magnificent hill station.
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Bangalore isn’t as popular as Hyderabad or Lucknow for its delicious food but it does have some dishes that you really need to try!
For instance, you can taste the classic South Indian cuisine, a complete contrast to the North Indian or Mughlai cuisine.
Some of the must-try dishes include dosa, idli, and vada. You can try them in Central Tiffin Room, one of the most popular restaurants in Bangalore.
If you wish to go for something sweet, try out Mangalore Buns, a sweet dish made with bananas!
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Well, Bangalore certainly has it all when it comes to the shopping culture. From big malls to street shopping for all the shopping lovers.
Some of the best malls include V R Mall, Phoenix Marketcity, and UB City. Here, you can certainly find all shops from budget-friendly ones to expensive ones.
If malls aren’t for you, you can also street shop in Bangalore. For instance, Commercial Street is a safe haven for those who have bargaining skills. You can certainly get quite a lot of things here for cheap!
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If you’re interested in Mosque architecture, there are some great ones where you can offer Prayer while enjoying their splendor too.
One of the best Mosques having authentic Persian architecture is the Jama Masjid. It covers an area of 38,000 sq. ft and has enough space to accommodate about 10,000 worshippers!
Some other excellent Mosques include Masjid-E-Khadria and Khurshid Alam Nadwi with their stunning Islamic architecture.
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Bangalore is certainly one of those Indian cities that have a lot to offer but is often underrated. So, if you wish to truly experience the real Bangalore, consider following our guide and make the most of your Bangalore trip.
For more such guides, you can also check out the HalalTrip blog to get more insight on other Indian cities!