From the lush green parks to the global brands in malls, from the intricate artwork on the ancient temple walls to the booming music that bounces off the night club walls, from the multi-national IT parks to the roadside tea stalls that feed the techies, Bengaluru (Bangalore), is a city for everyone.
However, there are some awesome facts that are characteristic to the garden city that makes it the best city in India.
A good nightlife is an integral part of the Gen Y and the techies in the IT capital know how to party as hard as they work. The presence of a pub or brewery at every corner makes Bangalore one of the coolest cities in the country.
Whether you want to hang out with your friends while sipping on some expensive drinks or party hard to the in-house DJ's playlist, Bengaluru has it all. Some of the popular nightclubs include Pecos, The Club Inferno, Monkey Bar, Geoffrey's, Pebbles, Vapour, iBar at Park Hotel, Ice Bar in Vivanta, TGIF and Toit.
Right from the time of the Wodeyar dynasty, theatre culture has been a part and parcel of Bengaluru. Over the years, not only has regional drama flourished as an art form, the advent of globalisation has allowed for theatre to imbibe drama in the western sense of the word. In March, Bangalore was venue to Short+Sweet, the largest 10-minute theatre festival in the world.
With theatres likes Ranga Shankara, Jagruti Theatre, Chowdiah Memorial Hall, and Ravindra Kala Kshetra striving to develop the love for drama among the public, this city will not face a shortage for the same any time soon.
For Bangaloreans food is not just to quench your hunger, it is a way of life. The coolest city in India will offer everything one craves for. While Cafe Coffee Day and McDonald's can be spotted at every nook, you can find specific corners with indigenous and exotic cuisines as well.
Head to Benjarong for Thai food, Hanoi for Vietnamese, Shiro for Japanese, Tangra for Chinese, Portland Stake house for stakes, Indijoe for sizzlers, Plan B for American, Mezzaluna for Italian, Capeberry for Mediteranian, Mezzeh for Lebanese, Mathsya Darshini for seafood, or you may check out Zomato for infinite number of food options.
Bengaluru climate is salubrious almost throughout the year. You do not need to be under the fan throughout the day, nor do you need a blanket, which is not possible in other Indian metropolitan cities with extreme weather conditions.
Thanks to the large number of parks in the city, the wind is always caressing the citizens of the coolest city, which is the perfect way to usher in the next awesome fact about Bangalore:
One of the greener cities in India, Bengaluru endorses romantically landscaped parks with fountains and multi-coloured lights to small lawns of green that offer residents refuge from the concrete jungle outside. The aesthetically designed parks in Garden city with lawns, flower beds, lotus pools, shimmering fountains and winding pathways is a retreat to the eyes.
Some of the most famous parks in Bangalore include Cubbon Park, Kariappa Memorial Park and Lal Bagh Botanical Garden.
In terms of music culture, Bangalore is undeniably the coolest place in India. From Bryan Adams to Elton John to Backstreet Boys to Ludacris, every who's who of the music world has performed in the city.
From international music to traditional Janapadha folk songs, Bangalore's cosmopolitan lifestyle is most visible in its music. Kannada film music is heard playing in auto rickshaws, shops, and the streets, while the nightlife is quoted with popular international numbers varying from Trance, Pop, Indi-pop and Hip-Hop.
Being at the centre of South India, it is very easy to plan weekend getaways from Bengaluru. Be it trekking, mountaineering, lounging at beaches, spending a say at water parks, visiting historical site, all of that is avaiable within a radius of 500km and are all easily accessible.
Most popular weekend getaways include Gokarna, Antara Gange, Nandi Hills, Skandagiri, Wonderla Amusement Park, Madhugiri and Hogenakkal Falls.
Safe for Women Travellers
And finally, it is one of the safest cities in India for women travellers. According to TripAdvisor's annual woman travel survey 2014, Bengaluru is the third safest city in India for women travellers.