Standing out among Bangalore hotels near the prominent Victoria Park on the affluent Residency Road, The Ritz-Carlton, Bangalore is ideally situated for exploration of India’s third most populous city. Bangalore, known as the Garden City for its magnificent parks and verdant landscapes, has also blossomed under the massive growth of IT and science industries, contributing to its reputation as India’s Silicon Valley. Known for its quality silks, IT parks, diverse dining scene, public parks and temperate weather, Bangalore is a place you will want to explore.
Described by proprietor Paul Fernandes as “a gallery of curious illustration,” aPaulogy celebrates Bangalore’s ever-changing face with vibrant, soulful illustrations capture everyday scenes and landmarks witnessed during the artist’s residence in Bangalore during the 1970s. Open Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Chowdiah Memorial Hall
A performance space playfully architected to resemble a violin, the Chowdiah Memorial Hall commemorates the late violin maestro T. Chowdiah. Offering performance spaces and technical support, this hall regularly hosts prestigious performances and community events.
HAL Aeronautical Museum
Located on the grounds of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, the HAL Aerospace Museum is the first of its kind in India. Since 2001 the museum has chronicled the development of the nation’s aerospace industry and features a collection of multiple aircraft, helicopters and model engines in addition to flight simulators and other interactive exhibits.
Owned and operated by the not-for-profit ART Foundation, Jagriti’s mission is to “professionalize English-language theater in India.” Including a main stage for productions as well as adjoining multipurpose rooms for lectures and gatherings, the Jagriti complex is a thriving community center for the arts.
The Bangalore branch of the National Gallery of Modern Art is located in the historic Manikyavelu Mansion, a residence which once belonged to the Mysore Royal Family. Covering 3.5 acres, the estate features a display space of 1,551 square meters in the residence and an additional 1,260 square meters in a new Gallery Block as well as a research library, cafeteria and other facilities. Open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Natya STEM (Space.Time.Energy.Movement) Dance Kampni works in a contemporary dance vocabulary informed by recognizably-Indian movements and aesthetic traditions. Founded in 1995 by Madhu Natraj, the Kampni today enjoys a reputation as one of India’s leading contemporary dance companies.
Nritragram Dance Village
Nrityagram is the realization of founder Protima Gauri’s dream of “a community of dancers in a forsaken place amidst nature. A place where nothing exists, except dance.” Artists residing at the commune engage in a self-motivated, holistic pursuit of art for art’s sake.
Opened to the public in 2004, the Ranga Shankara was conceived by Arundathi Nag in commemoration of her late husband, actor Shankar Nag. The 320-seat theater features performances six days out of every week and hosts a highly-regarded annual theater festival.
Constructed by the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation to capture the spirit of the “Bougainvillea Promenade” which once stood nearby, the Rangoli Metro Art Center is a public space for arts and recreation featuring a youth-oriented play area called “Chilipili” in addition to local crafts and a restaurant. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum
The old school Visvesvaraya Science museum located on Kasturba road showcases special attractions for children to experience the fun aspects of science.
Dating back to 1862, Bangalore Palace is a Tudor style construction with a floor area of more than 45,000 square feet on 454-acre grounds. Originally purchased from the British by the Maharaja of Mysore, the palace is owned today by the scion of the Mysore Royal Family. In the recent years the palace grounds have witnessed numerous large performances, including several concerts which drew more than 30,000 people.
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An Indian coffee house which evokes the mystery and character of a film noir bar, Koshys is a popular venue to catch up with friends over aromatic brews.Originally a bakery, the space now occupied by Koshys was christened as the Parade Café in 1952 and drew politicians, journalists, professors and lawyers with its snacks, coffee, tea and dinner. It is rumored that many influential decisions in Bangalore’s history were made at the tables of the Parade Café—a tradition that continues today in the venue’s current incarnation.
The Lal Bagh Botanical Garden was commissioned by Hyder Ali, ruler of the historical Kingdom of Mysore, in 1760. Today covering 240 acres, the garden feature more than 1,000 species of flora and surrounds a tower attributed to Kempe Gowda I, the founder of Bangalore. Open daily from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The Palace of Mysore is the official residence of the Wodeyars, the dynasty which ruled the state of Mysore for seven centuries. Although a palace was first constructed on the site the 14th century, the current structure is just over 100 years old and features a mixture of the Hindu, Muslim, Rajput and Gothic architectural traditions. The palace is open to tourists and features an audience chamber, two “durbar” halls where the public would petition the king, a royal wedding hall and an armory stocked with weapons used by the royal family.
Known as the “Tiger of Mysore,” Tipp Sultan ruled the southern kingdom for 17 years at the end of the 18th century. His Summer Palace, constructed entirely with French rosewood, is characterized by its numerous pillars and arches. Today, part of the palace has been converted into a museum featuring personalities and artifacts from the era. Open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The grand “Neo-Dravidian” Vidhana Soudha, seat of the Karnataka state legislature, is located on the northern edge of Cubbon Park. Completed in 1956, it is the largest legislative building in India and features a 200-foot-wide staircase leading to its foyer.
Effortless contemporary elegance, made-in-India. Browse through the latest creations of cutting-edge designers in apparel; bags; jewelry; accessories; home décor; textiles and more, all nestled behind a distinctive stainless steel gate.
Sunshine’s Garden Boutique “offers a bouquet of creative ideas to dress up your garden space, be it small or large.” In addition to an eclectic variety of statues and other decorative elements, Sunshine’s offers Bonsai workshops taught by an award-winning practitioner of the art. Open Tuesday through Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
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An elite shopping attraction and business center, UB City is a lifestyle destination showcasing: Louis Vuitton, Zegna, Burberry, Good Earth and Estee Lauder among other elite brands to enhance your retail experience.
Created in 1870 by the British Chief Engineer of Mysore, Cubbon Park takes its name from Sir Mark Cubbon, the Commissioner of Mysore who moved the state’s capital to Bangalore in 1804. Having been expanded since its inception, the park now more than 300 acres in the heart of the city with lush greenery. It is accessible from M.G. Road, Kasturba Road, Hudson Circle and Ambedkar Veedhi (road). Open 24 hours daily.
Ranging from the foothills of the Western Ghats down through the Brahmagiri Hills and down south toward Kerala State, the Nagarahole National Park is a rich belt of vibrant jungle. Engage in a safari boat for a river cruise or a rugged four-wheel-drive to tour the park’s rocky hills as you spot the region’s diverse fauna.