Bangalore, also known as Bengaluru, is the capital of the Indian state of Karnataka. It is India's third-largest city with an estimated population of 8,474,970 (2011).
In a recent survey, conducted by the global HR consultancy Mercer, Bangalore was voted the most liveable city in India, beating Mumbai , Chennai , New Delhi and Kolkata.In terms of cleanliness, Bangalore ranks 12th in India.

10 Things To Do In Bangalore

1.If you've always wanted to fly your own plane, now's your chance. Bangalore Aerosports gives microlight enthusiasts their wings, and to help you decide is flying is for you, they offer an hour-long trail flight, along with two-hour and 10-hour training sessions and the full course. Clear, early mornings are the best time to be there!  (Captian Mariappa at Jupiter Hangar, Jakkur Aerodrome; Rs 7,500 an hour)


2.Round up a group and go to the Paintball Arena to bust some stress. They provide everything you'll need; just remember to wear long sleeves and shoes. You're charged per paint-pellet, so the expense depends on how trigger-happy you are. Book beforehand; Rs 505 per 60 pettels at least six people)

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3.The Bangalore Palace, built to resemble England's Windsor Castle, is worth a visit, if only for the Raja Ravi Verma paintings that line the walls. Owned by the Mysore royal family, the palace grounds play host to a variety of exhibitions, and concerts - The Stones, Iron Maiden and Sting have performed here (Jayamahal Extensions, Armane Nagar; Rs 100 adult, Rs 50 child)

4.The Nandi Bull Temple is one of the oldest in Bangalore, and attracts a steady stream of visitors wanting to see the imposing Nandi statue, carved out of a single piece of granite (Basavanagudi, 6am - 8pm daily)

5.The Lalbagh Botanical Gardens aren't like a lot of the gardens you find in the country's metros. You can actually spend a quiet afternoon here, recovering from the city's chaos and pollution as you look at the numerous plant species found here

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6.If you want to pick up traditional silks, make a stop at the Mysore Saree Udyog. Apart from an array of saris, they also tell sell ready to go pillow covers, bed spreads and the like

7.Spread over three storeys, the Blossom bookstore is a favourite with the locals. It has a great collection of rare and second-hand books, and is a delight to browse through.

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8.MTR may be famous for this Karnataka thalis, but Nagarjuna, which serves up authentic Andhra food, is where all the Bangaloreans are eating. Be warned though, their food is H-O-T

9.Kyra theatre calls itself a performing arts restaurant; here, your meal is only part of the experience. It hosts daily shows, ranging from the musical to the theatrical. Check the website for schedules & reservations.

10.Sunny's is a cute little Italian joint right by the over-the-top UB city complex where you can be guaranteed a good, hearty meal. Save some space for the desserts!


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