The garden city of India formerly known as Bangalore is one of the most progressive city in India. Apart from its happening nightlife, IT companies and great café, the city is also known for heavy traffic & expensive transportation. My friends who live there told me that it is nearly impossible to cover the city in a day. However, I found a hack which helped me travel around the city without being affected by the jams.
The hack was to juggle between metro and cabs, which led me cover the city in 500 INR (and yes thanks to UBER for their coupon that helped me achieve this). Therefore, if you find yourself in Bengaluru for a day here is all you could cover :
Destination 1: ISKON Temple
Located at the top of Hare Krishna Hill, the ISKON temple is a beauty indeed. The temple’s architecture has a Southern India influence, which makes it unique from the other ISKON temples. The place has three levels and six shrines. The gold plated flag post welcomes you as you enter the temple complex. Photography is prohibited beyond this point. The main shrine is the Radha-Krishna shrine, which is at level three and is made of gold. The temple’s dome and walls have painting of Lord Krishna. On the way to exit, you will find a series of shops selling books, amazing merchandises and delicious food.
- Nearest Metro station à Mahalaxmi / Soap Factory
- You can walk from the station or take an auto-rickshaw to reach the temple.
- Camera, shoes and bags are not allowed, locker facility is available.
Destination 2: Lalbagh Botanical Garden
This is a vast garden located at the heart of the city and was built by the famous ruler of Mysore, Tipu Sultan. The garden has 4 gates and 12 main spots that include the Lalbagh lake, floral clock, Kempegowda tower, Botanical garden and more. This is a great place for picnic and photography!
- Nearest Metro Station: Lalbagh
- Ticket: 20 INR (Indian citizens)
Destination 3: Mavalli Tiffin Rooms
After an intense walk around the gigantic garden, MTR is just the right place to charge you up. This place is known for its great food and the famous unlimited meal thali that serves authentic South Indian food for just 250 INR. The only drawback is that you cannot share your meals (and it becomes impossible to finish one alone!).
- Walking distance from Lalbagh Garden main gate.
Destination 4: Tipu Sultan Summer Palace
The summer palace of Tipu Sultan is a beautiful Indo-Islamic architecture made of 80% teak wood and 20% sand. The ground floor of the Palace is now been converted into a museum that displays the famous tiger statue of Tipu Sultan whose replica is in London’s famous V&A Museum.
- Nearest Metro Station : Krishna Rajendra Market
- Ticket à 15 INR (Indian Citizen)
Destination 5: Vidhana Soudha
This is the most iconic and striking building in Bengaluru which displays the beauty of Indo-Gothic & Dravidian style of architecture. This legislative building can be seen on the way to Cubbon Park. You can take a small halt for some selfies.
- Nearest Metro Station: Vidhana Soudha
Destination 6: M.G Road
This is one of the prime shopping street of Bengaluru and is understandably, one of the busiest place in town. The shops run down from the Trinity circle to Anil Kumble circle. You will love the lively ambience and the graffiti over the metro station wall. This is also a hub for great eateries and high-end pubs.
- Nearest Metro station: M.G Road
Destination 7: St. Andrews Church
St. Andrew’s is a beautiful Scottish Church on Cubbon road. This red coloured structure falls on the way to the Ulsoor lake. The place is calm and serene and is well maintained. Inside the church is a 25ft stained glass just above the altar which is a marvel to watch.
- Auto/ Walking distance from M.G Road
Destination 8: Ulsoor Lake
Ulsoor Lake is one of the largest lake in the city is home to several islands. Located near the M.G Road, its a great place for walks. Some part of the lake is taken by the defence people to practice rowing.
Gurudwara Singh Sabha, is the largest Sikh shrine in Bengaluru located right by the lake is also a must visit place.
- Taxi/Auto from St. Andrews Church.
Let me know on the comments below about your cool hacks around the city 🙂