Bangalore: A Quick Guide for Business Travelers
Bangalore has morphed from a Pensioner’s Paradise to a hub for business; today, it is India’s very own Silicon Valley and known as a startup capital. There are business parks located strategically around the city with easy access to all essential facilities. There is no dearth of activities for those who visit the city for business on their time off from work. Whether you are on a short trip to Bangalore on business or for leisure, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the city.
If you are the sort who likes getting to know a city’s history and culture, there are a few companies that specialize in heritage walks. They have city walks that are built around themes and confined to specific neighborhoods like the Cantonment, Lal Bagh and Cubbon Park. You can opt for a heritage walk with Bangalore Walks and Unhurried, or cycle around with the Art of Bicycle Trips. Foodies can enjoy the Oota Walks, which will take them to some of Bangalore’s favorite eating joints. Koshy’s near Anil Kumble Circle, Das Prakash at the Metro station on M.G. Road, Veena Stores in Malleswaram, Brahmin’s Bar in Basavanagudi, MTR and any Adiga’s are great places to grab some delicious south Indian dishes. There are plenty of pubs too and microbreweries like Arbor Brewing Company, The Biere Club, Toit and Windmills Craftwork.
There are quite a few museums and art galleries around, and two lovely places are the National Gallery of Modern Art located in a heritage building – they have walks around the museum led by curators, and aPaulology Gallery near Richards Park. Artist Paul Fernandes is known as Bangalore’s very own Mario Miranda; the gallery features art that is descriptive of Bangalore from the 70s. It is a great way to learn about the city’s history.
The city has massive shopping malls housing well-known brands almost everywhere from Forum Mall in Koramangala to Orion Mall in Yeshwanthpur and Phoenix MarketCity in Whitefield. UB City Mall is quite an experience and has some fantastic eateries. The city is also known for its Sunday Soul Sante which is a once-in-a-month affair, and Kitsch Mandi at Pebble.
Those who fancy a short drive out of the city can visit one of the vineyards like Grover’s at the foot of Nandi Hills – the latter is a popular place to catch the sun rise, or stop at Rasta Café or Janapada Loka for a more rustic experience on Mysore Road. Nrityagram, a village dedicated to dance and dancers, is another must-go place, and you will be surprised to know that at Hesaraghatta you can see the city’s grassland!
And this is just the tip of the iceberg…
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