Bengaluru is one city in India that is as cosmopolitan as it can get. By virtue of being among the progressive and developed cities, coupled with great climate all through the year and a happening eating and drinking scene – is stands a favourite amongst today’s youth. True, it’s not exactly a place you go to for leisure; there’s no world-class sights or rich heritage and culture awaiting you.
But if you happen to be crossing the city and have some time in hand, you could check out the lovely parks and striking Victorian-era architecture along with indulging in the craft beer joints or quirky independent cafes. Here’s what you must check out when in Bengaluru:
Located in the heart of Bengaluru’s business district, Cubbon Park is a well-maintained 120-hectare garden where Bengaluru’s residents stop by to steal a moment from the rat race of everyday life. The gardens houses a red-painted Gothic-style State Central Library. Unfortunately, Cubbon Park is not completely closed to traffic, except on Sundays when there are concerts, fun runs, yoga and even a small farmers market for people of all age groups.
Mysore Saree Udyog
If there’s time for a little bit of shopping, head straight here. You’ll find everything from top-quality silk saris, blouses, fabrics and men’s shirts and that too to suit all kinds of budget. The store has been in business for over 70 years and the reason it stands apart is because most garments here are made with Mysuru silk. They also stock 100% wool aka pashmina shawls.
National Gallery of Modern Art
This world-class art museum is housed in a century-year-old mansion which was also the former vacation home of the Raja of Mysuru. It showcases an impressive permanent collection as well as changing, temporary exhibitions. The Old Wing and the New Wing are interconnected by a walk bridge. The former exhibits works from pre-Independence, including paintings by Raja Ravi Varma while the latter focuses on contemporary post-Independence works by artists like Sudhir Patwardhan and Vivan Sundaram.
Mavalli Tiffin Rooms
A legendary name in South Indian comfort food, this super-popular eatery has had Bengaluru eating out of its hands since 1924. Head to the dining room upstairs, queue for a table, and then admire the images of southern beauties etched on smoky glass as waiters bring you delicious idlis (fermented rice cakes) and dosas (savoury crêpes), capped by frothing filter coffee served in silverware.
Kynkyny Art Gallery
This one’s a sophisticated commercial gallery inside a stunning colonial-era building. You’re sure to be enamoured with the works by contemporary Indian artists if you’re a sucker for art. And it’s not out-of-bounds by any means; the pieces are priced suitably for all budgets. They also sell outstanding designer furniture; keep an eye out for those.