It’s not really hard to fall in love or #relove in Bangalore. There’s a vibe that makes you think everything is okay, and really it is! So while there’s malls and discotheques, nothing quite compares to a walk in the park, or sharing a bag of popcorn in a single-screen theatre. It’s all about that one spot, that makes you go weak in the knees no matter how long it’s been. And the peeps over at Chumbak, with their lovey-dovey #ChumbakRelove quest want you to rediscover those forgotten places. So this year, forget the fancy restaurants and pubs, and fall in love the old-school way. And if you need some inspiration, LBB is taking a walk down memory lane to places that are all about Lima. Oscar. Victory. Echo.

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National Gallery of Modern Art

spend couple time at NGMA for valentines-day

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Admiring the artworks or even trying your hand at decoding some of the more abstract ones at one of the city’s best art galleries can actually be fun (we mean it). And, of course, exploring something new together would also mean making new memories and experiences, bringing you closer to each other. When you have had your dose of art, take a stroll around the quiet garden-space or head to their cafe for a cup of coffee.

Where: Manekyavelu Mansion, 49, Palace Road

When: Daily, 10am-5pm (closed on Mondays and national holidays)

Contact: 080 22342338

Price: INR 20 per person

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Bannerghatta National Park

spend couple time at bannerghatta national park

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While a date in the jungle might sound slightly unusual, this is a great option for nature lovers, we think. Go on the Jungle Safari which might get a close view of a mighty beast or two. With a zoo, a pet corner, a butterfly enclosure, an aquarium and a snake park to check out with your special someone, this place will keep you engrossed for a whole day.

When: Wednesday-Monday, 9am-5pm

Contact: 080 27828300

Price: Entry – INR 30 upwards, Safari – INR 260 upwards

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Check out their website here.

Lakeview Milk Bar

spend time trying lakeview milk bar's icecreams and shakes

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This is as old-school as it gets. Having been around since 1930, Lakeview Milk Bar was the favourite place for many a date night, we’re told. Head here with your partner and spend some quality time while trying out their legendary ice-creams and milkshakes. Oh, and don’t forget to order yourselves one of their Roast Lamb Sandwiches. We love that you even have the option of sitting in your car and getting your favourite ice-cream delivered to you.

Find a Lakeview Milk Bar near you here.

When: 9am-Midnight

Price: INR 450 for two

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Blossom Book House

spend time at blossom book house for valentines day

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A date spent amidst bookshelves spilling over with books? Yes, please! Whether you choose to buy books for each other or just browse through their collection while discussing about your favourites, this beloved second-hand bookstore might well be an ideal date for book-lovers.

Where: 84/6, Church Street

When: 10.45am-9pm

Contact: 080 25320400, 25559733

Check out their website here.

Sankey Tank

spend time chilling at sankey tank on valentines day

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Keep it simple. Sit by the lake, lost in conversation, take a walk in the landscaped park with your partner or go for a boat ride around the tank. As the lake becomes home to many migratory birds during winter, you could even do a bit of bird-watching. If both of you are fitness freaks, make it a morning date and go jogging together on the paved walkways near the lake. Nothing like watching the sunset from here too.

Where: 11th Cross, Gayathri Nagar, Kodandarampura, Malleswaram

When: Saturday-Thursday, 6am-8pm

Rex Theatre

spend time watching films at rex cinemas on valentines day

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Fancy a good old movie date? Look no further than Rex Theatre, one of the top favourite cinema halls in town (built in the time of World War II, apparently). Be it the charm of the age-old place or the presence of your loved one, we bet you will have a wonderful time catching the latest flick here.

Where: 12, Brigade Road

Contact: 080 25587350

Price: INR 100 upwards on weekdays, INR 140 upwards on weekends

Olive Beach

spend couple time at olive beach for valentines day

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While this one may not be unconventional, you have to admit that nothing says romantic like a candlelight dinner. Dine on Mediterranean delicacies, paired up with some fine wine while you enjoy the ambience, and each other’s company, of course.

Where: 16, Wood Street, Ashok Nagar

When: noon-3:30pm and 7pm-11pm (reservation recommended)

Contact: +91 9945565483

Price: INR 1,800 plus tax for two (approx.)

Find them on Facebook here.

Check out their website here.

Embassy International Riding School

spend couple time at the embassy riding school camping tents for valentine's day

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Ideal for a romantic weekend getaway not too far from town, this riding school lets you experience a galloping adventure with your significant other. Apart from trying your hand at horse-riding and feasting on the wholesome Italian food at Ai Cavalli, we suggest you also opt for their fully-furnished tents where you can camp for the night.

Where: 149/223, Next to Stone Hill International School, Tarunhunse Village, Jalahobli

Contact: +91 7353779533

Price: Riding sessions – INR 750 per person (for one hour), Rooms – INR 3, 200 upwards

Find them on Facebook here.

Check out their website here.

Grover Vineyards

spend couple time at grover vineyard tour for valentines day

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Stroll hand in hand at this tranquil vineyard or sign up for their winery tour which lets you explore the process of wine-making, and you’ve got yourself a delightful date, we think. Oh, and did we mention this includes lunch and a session of wine tasting as well?

Where: 63, Raghunathpura Village, Doddaballapur – Devanahalli Road

When: 10.30am-3pm

Contact: 080 27622826, 080 27622827

Price: INR 850 (per person) upwards

Find them on Facebook here.

Check out their website here.

Nandi Hills

spend quality time with your partner at nandi hills for valentines day

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This one may be cliche but it is, without doubt, a foolproof idea for a great day out with your partner. Set out on the long drive early in the morning and get there well in time to catch the breathtaking view of the sunrise. You could even pack up some sandwiches and make it a picnic.

Distance from the city: 61.7 kms

Time: 1 hr 30 minutes (approx.)

This story is in collaboration with Chumbak. Share your #ChumbakRelove moments from around the city on Instagram, and they’ll hit you back with plenty to look forward to this Valentine’s Day.