Bangalore, also known as the Garden City and officially called Bengaluru, is one of India’s most modern, lively cities. Its major sites are close enough together that you can get a good feel for the city even if you have only one day. Here’s how to make the most of your time.
Morning: Bangalore Palace and the ISKCON Temple
Start your morning at one of the city's most beautiful landmarks, Bangalore Palace. Set on over 450 acres (182 hectares), this complex features a mix of Tudor-inspired, Gothic, Victorian, and neoclassical architecture and lavish interiors filled with elegant decor. The hand-operated elevator here is one of the oldest elevators in the country. From here, it's a short jaunt to the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) Temple, a gargantuan modern temple complex set on a hilltop perch. It's a great place to learn more about Hinduism thanks to a regular schedule of philosophical lectures, or simply wander the grounds and its six shrines. Have lunch at the Higher Taste, the temple's well-regarded restaurant featuring an extensive vegetarian buffet.
Afternoon: Tipu Sultan’s Palace and Lalbagh
After lunch, make your way south to Tipu Sultan’s Palace, a beautiful old palace built entirely from teak by the former ruler of Mysore, Tipu Sultan. The 18th-century palace is filled with frescoes and artifacts related to Tipu Sultan's life, including a royal crown and a reproduction of Tipu’s Tiger, a mechanical toy tiger devouring a soldier. From the palace, head to the sprawling Lalbagh Botanical Gardens, a flower-filled green space that's popular for early evening strolls.
Night: Food and Drink
Spend your evening checking out Balgalore’s culinary scene; join a foodie tour of the city, where a local guide will lead you to the best cafés and restaurants, or a street-food tour sampling the wares along Thindi Beedi (Food Street). Afterward, explore Bangalore's nightlife scene; you'll have plenty of bars, live-music venues, clubs, and pubs to choose from, including craft breweries. You may find that the easiest way to navigate the city’s nightlife scene is by joining a pub crawl and exploring with a crew.