How to Spend 1 Day in Bangalore
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.