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How to Spend 1 Day in Bangalore

How to Spend 1 Day in Bangalore

Bangalore, also known as the Garden City and officially called Bengaluru, is one of India’s most modern, lively cities. Its major sites are close enough together that you can get a good feel for the city even if you have only one day. Here’s how to make the most of your time.

Morning: Bangalore Palace and the ISKCON Temple

Start your morning at one of the city's most beautiful landmarks, Bangalore Palace. Set on over 450 acres (182 hectares), this complex features a mix of Tudor-inspired, Gothic, Victorian, and neoclassical architecture and lavish interiors filled with elegant decor. The hand-operated elevator here is one of the oldest elevators in the country. From here, it's a short jaunt to the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) Temple, a gargantuan modern temple complex set on a hilltop perch. It's a great place to learn more about Hinduism thanks to a regular schedule of philosophical lectures, or simply wander the grounds and its six shrines. Have lunch at the Higher Taste, the temple's well-regarded restaurant featuring an extensive vegetarian buffet. 

Afternoon: Tipu Sultan’s Palace and Lalbagh

After lunch, make your way south to Tipu Sultan’s Palace, a beautiful old palace built entirely from teak by the former ruler of Mysore, Tipu Sultan. The 18th-century palace is filled with frescoes and artifacts related to Tipu Sultan's life, including a royal crown and a reproduction of Tipu’s Tiger, a mechanical toy tiger devouring a soldier. From the palace, head to the sprawling Lalbagh Botanical Gardens, a flower-filled green space that's popular for early evening strolls.

Night: Food and Drink

Spend your evening checking out Balgalore’s culinary scene; join a foodie tour of the city, where a local guide will lead you to the best cafés and restaurants, or a street-food tour sampling the wares along Thindi Beedi (Food Street). Afterward, explore Bangalore's nightlife scene; you'll have plenty of bars, live-music venues, clubs, and pubs to choose from, including craft breweries. You may find that the easiest way to navigate the city’s nightlife scene is by joining a pub crawl and exploring with a crew. 

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8-Hour Custom Private Tour of Bengaluru

8-Hour Custom Private Tour of Bengaluru

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Go on a whirlwind visit of Bangalore's top sights or slow things down and spend time at just a few favorites with this eight-hour customizable tour. You'll have access to an air-conditioned car with a driver for eight hours along with a private guide who can help you figure out your perfect itinerary.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$70.77
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$70.77
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 Private Full-Day Bangalore City Tour

Private Full-Day Bangalore City Tour

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Explore the highlights of Bangalore with your own private guide on a full-day tour of top attractions including ISKCON Temple. You'll also take in the Tudor-style architecture of Bangalore Palace, see the tucked away remnants of Tipu Sultan Fort and Palace, stroll the lush grounds of Lalbagh Botanical Garden, and visit the rock-cut caves of Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple. Learn about the history of Bangalore from your guide as you travel in your own private vehicle on a tour that includes hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$74.88
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$74.88
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Experiential Culture Tour of Bangalore

Experiential Culture Tour of Bangalore

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Uncover the true essence of Bangalore on an immersive, experiential tour. Ditch the guidebook and discover the Bangalore known to the locals; exploring hidden alleyways and experiencing markets, secret temples, slum projects, scrapyards, craft workshops, and more. Your itinerary is fluid, evolving on route around your group’s wishes. Choose a 4-hour tour with breakfast (own expense) or an 8-hour tour with lunch (own expense).
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$104.47
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Private Tour: Palaces of Bangalore

Private Tour: Palaces of Bangalore

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Experience the grandeur of regal Bangalore as you visit its magnificent palaces and forts on this 5-hour tour. Enjoy the undivided attention of your private guide as you walk the ramparts of Bangalore Fort and learn its fascinating history. Next, tour the 18th-century Tipu Sultan's Palace, once the sultan’s lavish summer residence, then marvel over the Tudor-style architecture of Bangalore Palace. This private tour includes hotel pick-up and drop-off.
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  • 4 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$96.00
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$96.00
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Bangalore Foodie Tour

Bangalore Foodie Tour

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One of the best ways to experience a new city is to try its food. On this Bangalore foodie tour, you’ll tour central streets and hidden alleyways to find the best food spots. By traveling with a local insider, you won’t have to worry about getting lost, and you’ll also discover local eateries that you wouldn’t find alone. Along the way, you’ll hear fascinating stories about the city, and enjoy multiple tastings.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$61.54
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Full Day Private Tour of Temples of Bengaluru

Full Day Private Tour of Temples of Bengaluru

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Visit temples in and around Bengaluru (Bangalore) on a full-day private tour led by your own private guide. See different types of South Indian temple architecture including Nandi Temple, Dodda Ganesha Temple and the rock-cut Gavi Gangadareshwara, and stop at the sprawling modern complexes that make up the ISKCON temple and Art of Living International Centre.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$83.08
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4-Hour Private Photowalk Tour in Bengaluru

4-Hour Private Photowalk Tour in Bengaluru

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See beautiful Bangalore with a photographer’s eye on this private photowalk. You’ll begin early morning in the lively Grand Flower Market, where trucks arrive laden with fresh blooms and petals. Next you’ll visit the centuries-old Bangalore Fort, Hindu Temple Kote Venkataramana, and Tipu Sultan's Summer Palace. Your guide will lead you from site to site with careful attention to safety.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Private Bengaluru Food Walking Tour with Dinner

Private Bengaluru Food Walking Tour with Dinner

Joining locals over street food is a great way to get to know a city. This 3-hour private evening food tour puts it on a plate for you, with a guided walk along Bengaluru’s famous Food Street, known as Thindi Beedi. Sample local street favorites like 'dosas' (rice pancakes), 'holige' (sweet flatbreads) and more, enjoying tastings equivalent to a delicious, filling dinner. Upgrade to include hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$40.00
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Bengaluru Pub Crawler - Nightlife Walking Tour

Bengaluru Pub Crawler - Nightlife Walking Tour

Bengaluru, AKA Bangalore, has some of the best nightlife in India, and with this pub crawl experience you'll get to drink your way through some of the finest watering holes. You'll visit the first American craft brewery in India, a good place to eat or play darts before heading to the Church Street Social, a popular local hangout. You'll then go to two more bars, including the city's first craft brewery!
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$62.57
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$62.57
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