Why Is Bangalore the Best Place to Travel Solo?
Bangalore! The name brings up images of vast green cover, serene gardens, cool cafes, high-rise malls and overall an amazing vibe. Situated at 3000 ft above the sea level it enjoys a pleasant climate that draws people to it. The city is one of the fastest-growing cities in India and is also known as the “Silicon Valley of India”. As much as the city offers in terms of beauty, it also has numerous opportunities which serve as an attraction for many.
While some may prefer to travel in groups, not all are in favour of the same. If you plan to travel alone, Bangalore is probably the safest option. Still not convinced? Keep reading for more information.
Bangalore Is Liberal
Fun-loving, liberal and cosmopolitan, Bangalore has always been known as a chilled-out town. It was a hub for the south Indian administration back in the colonial era. It grew under the British rule and that continues to this day. The city is quite tolerant and understanding. People from all parts of the country co-exist and that has created a liberal atmosphere.
Bangalore Is an IT Hub
Karnataka being an important center of education with more than a hundred engineering colleges brings out a large pool of technical experts every year. With more and more software companies establishing their development centers in Bangalore, it remains to be the “Silicon Valley of India”. And this is one of the main reason for the city being liberal and always up and about. You can find that you will not be much disturbed when you are travelling alone in the city.
Bangalore Has the Best Climate
Bangalore easily has the best climate in all of India. The 3000 ft elevation and the location (~300 km either side from any coast) gives it a pleasant climate. The elevation gives it an advantage during the summers and the heat never gets scorching. The city receives its rain both in June-July and September-October; Light showers inundate the city and never the torrential rain. It never gets too hot to need air conditioning or too cold to need heating.
Bangalore Is Well Connected
Bangalore enjoys good connectivity to all parts of the city and other parts of the country as well. It is well connected via roads, state transports and also railways and metro. You can reserve tickets online even for busses. Then, there is also Uber and Ola! The Metro along with Uber and Ola has changed the way Bangalore travels. But the disadvantage the city has is the traffic. You might have to figure traffic jams into your travel plans.
Bangalore Is a Delightful Mix of Modern Culture and Traditions
Even though its growth is fast and swift, you can find that the city did not lose its culture and traditions. The eclectic mix of tradition and modernity makes Bangalore the most happening city in Southern India. While it enjoys being the IT hub of India, the ancient arts and traditions are being revived and given a new life. And that can be seen in its theatre, plays and traditional dances. When you are there, make sure you take out time to enjoy these too.
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Wine Tasting at the Vineyards of Nandi Hills
Bangalore the Garden City of India, has its share of vineyards, most of which are situated in the Nandi Hills. These vineyards produce the best quality of grapes perfect for wine-making. Take a tour of the vineyard enjoying the picturesque farm and then a quick lesson in the process of wine-making. You then get to enjoy the different wines, with cheese and snacks. Few vineyards offer lunch too. A perfect end to a beautiful day!
Relish Traditional Foods with a Local Family
Interested in learning more about Bangalore’s culture and traditions?. Take this tour where a local family welcomes you to their home for a lesson of Mudaliyar customs and cuisine. Your hosts Anuradha and Nrithya would give you a cooking demonstration of a couple of Mudaliyar dishes after which you sit together for a scrumptious meal. Anuradha also answers your questions and gives you the explanation behind every dish and also their ingredients.
Enjoy Bangalore’s Country Roads on a Bicycle
Enjoy the beautiful country roads leading up to Nandi Hills on a bicycle tour. It is designed to give you a glimpse of Bangalore in all its glory; Not only do you get to see the beauty of Bangalore, but you also get to know about its history and culture during this tour. The tour starts with a healthy breakfast with stops at the Bhoga Nandishwara Temple, a 100-year-old railway station, a 4th generation potter and a traditional silk unit. At every stop, you get to learn about the history of the place and also try your hand at pottery making.
Be One with Nature at Bannerghatta National Park
A trip to Bannerghatta National Park is must if you are a nature/animal enthusiast. The park is spread over 25,000 acres with a butterfly park, snake park, crocodile park, aquarium, zoo and museum present in the confines. Take the 6-hour safari to see the animals in their natural habitat; especially lions, tigers, leopards, monitor lizard, gazelle, bears and elephants. You can also hike or trek in the park and learn all about the various indigenous flora including eucalyptus tree, sandalwood tree and more.
An Aerophile’s Heaven - HAL Aerospace Museum
HAL Aerospace Museum is one of the first of its kind and is the most important attractions in Bangalore. The museum showcases India’s journey both in defense and commercial aircraft on an academic basis and also historically. It gives the visitors an all-inclusive experience both in terms of theory and practice. You can also see some rare exhibits like the engines of Garret, Orpheus and Adour. The experience is intriguing not just for academics but also for the novices.
Tour of Bangalore’s Sprawling Palaces
The cosmopolitan nature of Bangalore doesn't hide the fact that the city is rich in culture and tradition. It has sprawling palaces that are remnants of the by-gone era when it was ruled by rulers like Kempegowda and Tipu Sultan. This tour takes you on an expedition of the enthralling palaces and provide a glimpse of the lifestyle they led. The main attractions in this tour are the Bangalore Palace and Tipu Sultan Palace. You will be accompanied by a guide who will delight you with anecdotes about the palaces. On the way, you are bound to make more stops at a few temples and also the botanical gardens.
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Whatever You Need - MG Road
Your visit to Bangalore is not complete without a trip to MG Road. MG Road is the place to be for everything from shopping to entertainment scenes. The road is a hub of activity all through the day into the night. It is complete with shops packed with traditional silk sarees, handicrafts, bone china sets, cutlery and whatnot. Once you are tired of shopping, rest your legs in one of the multitudes of cafes and food joints dotting the place. Night bird? You also have your choice of pubs too.
Learn the Culture Through Exhibitions
Bangalore hosts a fair number of events and exhibitions happening throughout the year. These are great places to meet people and get to know the culture of the state. Make sure to visit the exhibitions and get a rare glimpse of the city’s rich culture and lifestyle. Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath is an art complex with multiple galleries containing paintings, sculptures and art. Another event that might be of interest is the Sunday Soul Santhe where you can see performers from various platforms come together for an interesting performance.
Get Lost in the Books
If you are a bookworm like us, a bookstore is the first place you’d visit. Bangalore is a heaven for a bibliophile. Church Street is the place to be if you are in search of books. The most famous among them all is the “Blossom Book House”, a 3-floor bookstore complete with old and new books. The “Goobes Book Republic” and “The Bookworm” are yet more stores you’d want to spend time at. You might also want to check out the “State Central Library" that houses more than 3 lakh books and is touted to have the largest collection of “Braille” books in the world.
Morning Walk at Cubbon Park
As the rush hour increases day by day, Cubbon Park single-handedly helps Bangalore stay in the limelight as the Garden City. Spread over 10 acres, Cubbon Park serves as the green space for people looking for some peace in the middle of the city. The park is home to nearly 6000 varieties of flora indigenous to the region. It also houses the state central library, aquarium, art gallery and also the high court of Karnataka.
History Comes Alive in Chokkanathaswamy Temple
Bangalore is rich in heritage and at its heart lies the Chokkanathaswamy Temple which is considered to be the oldest temple in the state. The temple was built in the 10th century, and the presiding deity is Lord Vishnu. A most notable feature is the etching of Vishnu’s Dashavatharas on the pillars of the temple. Another striking feature is the pillar and the front mandapa which are built in the Vijayanagar style.
Marvel in the Beauty of St. Mary’s Basilica
St.Mary’s Basilica lies quietly just outside the Assembly building in Fort St. George; An unusual place for a building with a history of nearly 3 centuries. Originally built by the people residing in the fort, it features the gothic architecture with vaulted towers and arches. The church has a beautiful statue of Mother Mary holding the Infant Jesus in her arms.
Heart Dropping Experience at Jakkur Aerodrome
While Bangalore is not a city where you’d imagine adventure sports to be, here it is. A bird’s eye of the city; The adrenaline rush of racing behind a jeep strapped to a parachute; The only place you get all you need is the Jakkur Aerodrome. Parasail, attached to a parachute and take a leap into the clouds. While you can take your friends and family, this is perfect for your solo trip to Bangalore.
Lip-Smacking Street Food at VV Puram
Bangalore’s favorite food experience is at the VV Street aka Eat Street of Bangalore. You can have everything from the South Indian fare to chats and even Rajasthani dishes. You can also find authentic Mumbai street food out here in Bangalore. VV Street comes alive after 7 pm. So, make sure you are early so that you can grab some of the best vegetarian food experience that Bangalore has to offer.
South Indian Food Experience at Sagar/Dharshini Outlets
At every street corner, you turn into, you will find a Sagar or a Dharshini outlet. They are famous for their south Indian fares especially the famous Mysore Masala Dosa. By noon you can have a complete South Indian Experience with a typical meal along with the usual fare of dosa, uthappam, idli and more.
Advantages of Traveling Alone
Traveling is always good for the soul. There is no better way to understand yourself than by traveling. But one of the most important excuses for not traveling is Solo Travel. But solo travel can as rewarding as traveling with company. It is slowly gaining traction among the younger crowd.
We put together a few pointers about why you should travel solo at least once in your life.
Solo travel builds your confidence like no other. You are left to depend on yourselves and have to make decisions on the fly rather than look to someone else for making your decision. You are on your own and act on your will. When traveling alone you have to speak up for yourself and your shyness has to take a back seat. This can do wonders for your confidence.
Freedom to Make Your Choice
When traveling in a group, the decisions made are based on what the majority of the group wants and not on a single member. On the other hand, when you are traveling alone you can be entirely selfish and make your own choices based on your interests. You can go to your favorite restaurant on your own or to the tourist spot of your choice.
Meet People Along the Way
Solo travel can be extremely beneficial for introverts. Introverts usually find it comfortable to stay in their space and within their group of friends. But while traveling alone, they are forced to meet new people along the way and even form friendships. You also tend to interact more with others when traveling solo.
It is More Fun
Traveling solo is more fun than in groups. You don't have to give in to the drama of others. You are away from poisonous people and tend to have fun on your own. Rest when you want; And travel when you feel like. This boosts happiness and also known to reduce depression.
You can Grow Unto Yourselves
Solo travel gives you time to learn more about yourselves,your strengths, weaknesses, passion. You might even find a new passion, a new career path. The time you have to reflect on yourselves and your path in life, gives a new meaning to everything. You might face challenges that you would have to overcome alone. All of this means you are growing unto yourself.
Don't Forget to Visit These Places When You Travel Solo to Bangalore in 2019
Bangalore is known for its perfect mix of modernity and ancient roots. Explore this amazing city by visiting these places. Can't find any company? Don't worry these places are best enjoyed solo!