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History, Art And The Masala Dosa: 10 Things To Put On Your Bucket List In Bangalore

Youthful and vibrant yet deeply rooted in history, Bangalore is packed with excitement. You can tour its historical sites, spend time amidst piles of books at the city’s iconic stores, or explores its lively markets. Whether you are visiting Bangalore or an old-timer looking to get to know the city better, this list will help you check out the best experiences India’s IT capital has to offer.

We may have been a small, rather nondescript town, till much after Independence, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have our history! You can acquaint yourself with the city at the 16th century Bangalore fort or at Tipu’s Summer Palace. You can take in the beauty of stately Bangalore Palace or study the many examples of architecture from the British Raj, including, Mayo Hall and the Government buildings on Nrupathunga Road. Of course, no trip to Bangalore can be called complete without a visit to the Vidhana Soudha, the seat of the State Government, and the equally iconic Attara Kacheri.

India’s most-renowned painters and its budding talent of edgy artists – all find a home in Bangalore. The stunning Manikyavelu Mansion, in Vasanth Nagar, houses the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA). Here, you can walk through pristine galleries showcasing the work of the country’s greatest artists from Abanindranath Tagore to MF Hussain and Raza. In the recent past, Bangalore’s flyovers and buildings have served as canvases to upcoming street artists that to the St+Art festival.


The busiest side of town, the pete is a maze of markets that are worth exploring. For the shopaholic, there are wholesale shops selling everything from silk sarees to fresh produce and vintage pens. In the wee hours of the morning, you can also check out a stunning flower market. And once the sun sets, you can chomp your way through a bustling food street.

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