I Heart My City: Arun’s Bangalore

Namaste, city-lovers! Arun Bhat writes to us from Bangalore, India, and tells us why his city is the best.

Want to see your city on IT? Copy and paste our list of fill-in-the-blank questions into an e-mail, fill in your answers, and send your responses to IntelligentTravel@ngs.org. And if you’re still waiting for us to feature yours, fear not! We’re going to keep posting as long as we keep getting them (please include photos and links!).

4050300791_783512b5fb.jpgBangalore is My City
Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for IHMC-NGT-logo-blog.jpg

The first place I take a visitor from out of town is for a walk through Cubbon Park. It is a quiet place in the center of the city and it’s surrounded by beautiful buildings that are more than one hundred years old. Pink and yellow Tabebuia trees loaded with flowers add colour to the park in winter.

When I crave ice cream, I always go to Corner House.

To escape the city, I head to Nandi Hills.

If I want to watch a play I go to Rangashankara. They have plays running six days a week.

For complete quiet, I can hide away Lalbagh. The park is big enough to provide solitude for everyone.

538704258_3beedff509_o.jpgIf you come to my city, get your picture taken at Vidhana Soudha (left). It is the most well-known landmark in the city.

Landmark Book Store is my one-stop shop for great collection of books, music, and videos.

When I’m feeling cash-strapped I go and eat in a Darshini, the quick-eat places you can see everywhere in the city.

For a huge splurge I go to Mynt restaurant in Hotel Taj West End and take a garden side table. Not to miss are the excellent Tortellini and Chocolate pudding.

Photo ops in my city include the Cubbon Park area and the Gandhi Bazaar (below). The best vantage point is Ebony Restaurant.


The most random thing about my city is the rain. Unlike the rest of India where it rains just three months, rain in Bangalore is completely unpredictable and arrives at any time of the year.

My city has the most geeky men.

3979069539_1610f1832d.jpgIn my city, an active day outdoors involves cycling to Nandi Hills (right).

My favorite jogging/walking route is around Lalbagh Lake.

Empire in Church Street is the spot for late-night eats.

To find out what’s going on at night and on the weekends, read TimeOut Bangalore.

You can tell a lot about my city from the way its people take to new technologies.

You can tell if someone is from my city if they use multiple languages in just one sentence.

In the summer you should travel to the hills in Chikmagalur and Coorg.

In the fall you should head to the beaches in Goa.

In the winter you should go bird watching near the city’s lakes around its green areas.

A hidden gem in my city is the green campus of Indian Institute of Science.

110324200_f369f46df9.jpgFor a great breakfast joint try MTR (left).

Don’t miss the Ram Navami music festival in Kote High School.

Just outside my city, you can visit the hills of Skandagiri.

The best way to see my city is by taking a tour with Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporatin Ltd. (KSTDC).

If my city were a pet it would be a kangaroo. The city keeps hopping forward and keeping pace with change.

If I didn’t live in a city, I’d live in the green and beautiful hills of Chikmagalur.

If you have kids, you won’t want to miss Wonder La.

People meeting up for coffee to chat about geeky tech stuff could only happen in my city.

3372572428_bd86ab2e74.jpgMy city should be featured on your cover or website because it showcases the vibrant spirit of the emerging world.

Photos by Zolivier (Cubbon Park), vandan desai (Vidhana Soudha), pcsjith (Gandhi Bazaar), rajeshvj (Nandi Hills), nozomiiqel (MTR), Powru (city scape), peevee@ds (flower seller) via Flickr


  1. Hayden4u
    May 9, 2014, 6:03 am

    Bangalore is incredible hot destination to visit in South India. This city boast number of tourist attractions and other amenities. You can get more information on http://www.theweekendleader.com/Travel/1823/bangalore-15.html.

  2. Gaurav Bhavsar
    October 26, 2012, 3:59 am

    Now Bangalore Can Book Taxi Cab at One Touch. Just Download Ola Apps and Book Airport Transport Bangalore using iphone, android phones .

  3. Jayanth Suravarapu
    October 7, 2011, 8:54 am

    Hi Arun,
    Nice blog. If someone is looking to travel Bangalore city through KSTDC, the following blog is helpful:

  4. Mahesh Kumar
    May 12, 2010, 10:39 pm

    You have truly showcased a vibrant city in an emerging world. Great work!
    Is there anything that we could do to save the heritages and trees of our city. I am pained to see the depleting green cover of “Garden city” and it’s heritages in the name of development.
    Development is not chopping trees and bringing down landmarks, we are ready to bear the traffic jams but not ready to lose the greenary.
    Let me know your thoughts.

  5. 7jades.com
    February 24, 2010, 9:58 am

    Looks like Bangalore is an awesome place to visit. When is the best time to visit Bangalore?

  6. Webceo
    January 8, 2010, 12:41 am

    Visit Goa – The Ultimate Travel Destination. Goa is 365 days on holidays. For your booking and other stay options visit – http://www.goatourismonline.com .

  7. Hotel Booking
    December 22, 2009, 4:04 am

    Thanks a lot Arun for letting us know so much about this great city.
    The Government Museum is another great place in the city. It is housed in a beautiful 1877 stricture with Cornithian columns, is one of the oldest in the country. The museum displays an interesting collection of sculptures, paintings, coins and artifacts, Old Stone Age implements and tools.