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If you are yearning to explore and discover the true colours of the Garden City, biking tours is your call. From the cultural lanes to the most dazzling streets or from the most offbeat destinations to the places of revelry, these tours will take you to every nook and corner of the city. Some of the popular tours within the city are: Ramnagara, Nandi Hills, Grover Vineyards and several others.
with its moderate weather round the year, is a city better explored on foot. On
such a tour, stroll through the rustic lanes of Bangalore and rediscover the
glories of its glorious past. Originating from the era of the Kings and the
Maharajahs to the Colonial age, the sacred temples and churches to lively
gardens, and food streets to the most glittering corners of the city, these
walking tours will take you everywhere. Some of the most popular walking tour
destinations in Bangalore are: Lal Bagh, MG Road, Malleshwaram, Begur, Cubbon
Park, Trinity Church, Vidhana Soudha and several others. Some of the best
walking tours can be booked with:
http://www.thrillophilia.com/ and http://www.intachblr.org/parichay.php
The Garden City of India is also an epitome of trekking destinations in and around. From rugged and craggy terrains to the paths leading to a bygone empire, peaks capped with evergreen forests to caves taking you underneath the ground surface, the city is bestowed with a plenitude of trekking options.
If walking, trekking and biking aren't your calls, you can check out several heritage monuments around the city. Visit 'Vidhana Soudha' or the State Secretariat, Cubbon Park another large and sprawling green estate of Bangalore and Tipu Sultan's Summer Palace, a wonderful rose-wood structure located in the centre of the city and get acquainted with the city's history and heritage. If you are into temples and ancient religious structures then you can make it to the Gavi Gangadhareswara Temple and Bull Temple in Basavangudi, Fort Venkataramanaswamy Temple contiguous to Tipu's summer palace in the Kalasipalyam area, the Someswara temple in Ulsoor and several others.
For those interested in water sports such as boating, sailing and other, Bangalore has a plenty of options. The Sankey Tank and lakes like Ulsoor, Nagwara (Lumbini Gardens), Hebbal and others make it for amazing destination to chill out across the city. All these lakes offer beautiful walks, gardens and boating facilities. If you are into amusement park you can visit Wonderla Amusement Park and Star City (formerly known as Fun World), both of which has an array of fun-filled and exciting rides. Open to all the age groups, these parks are the best ways to spend the day with family members, friends and colleagues.
Destinations like Kanakapura, Anthargange, Bheemeshwari, Ramanagara and others are also ideal for camping tours. Away from the humdrums of the city-life, these destinations, with their scenic appeal, warm ambience and undulated beauty entices camping enthusiasts from different corners of the country. In addition, most of these camping tours can be combined with several activities like rappelling, jumaring, rock climbing, trekking and others.
The moment you feel crumbled with all the chaos of the city life, head out towards any of the spas or ayurvedic centres in and around the city. One of the fastest growing cities in the world, Bangalore is now a home to some of the wonderful and soothing spas in the country. Some of the most notable amongst them are the Fifth Element Spa, which is renowned for its professional Thai massages and exotic wraps. There is also the Ayurgram, Soukhya, Golden Palms and others that offer fantastic healing therapy packages.
More than being just a cosmopolitan city, Bangalore's multi faceted culture can be enjoyed by its exciting festivals and cultural events that happen all year round. From the art and cultural event of 'Bengaluru Habba ' to the holy 'Karaga' and 'Ulsoor Pallakki', one can get a glimpse of the rich South Indian culture and heritage in these Bangalore festivals. Apart from this, festivals of all major religions in India are celebrated with pomp and grandeur.
The wildlife enthusiasts can also satiate their yearnings of spotting some of the exotic and enthralling species while holidaying in Bangalore. With around five national parks: Bannerghatta National Park, Nagarhole National Park, Bandipur National Park, Kudremukh National Park and Anshi National Park and wildlife sanctuaries like B R Hills Wildlife Sanctuary, Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary, Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary, Dubare Elephant Camp and several others, the city offers a myriad list of options to its wildlife enthusiasts.
Other Adventure Activities:
As adventure sport is the new trend amongst the younger generation, there are several destinations and facilities in and around Bangalore, both private and open to public, where adventurers can find the pleasure and thrills of rappelling, ziplining across dam, kayaking, parasailing, rock climbing, quad biking, paintball, zorbing and others.
Almost all the resorts in and around the city, now organises the above mentioned activities. Be it on a family tour, corporate outing or chilling out with friends, these activities can be arranged and enjoyed to the core!
Wine Tours around Bangalore:
Wine tours are organised regularly in and around Bangalore; however weekends are the best time to indulge into such a tour. While these tours are more inclined towards sampling different varieties of wines, they also educate the participants about the wine culture and processing. Some of the popular destinations for wine tasting in Bangalore are:
Myra Vineyards, Victoria Road, Bangalore,
Nandi Valley Winery, Yelahanka (18km),
Grover Vineyards, Nandi Hills (52kms),
Heritage Vineyards, Channapatna (70km),
SDU Vineyards, ID Halli (120km) and
Alpine Vineyards, Mysore (140km).
Restaurants and clubs that organises these tours are:
Bangalore Wine Club,
Toscano Restaurant, Orion Mall,
Caperberry Restaurant, MG Road and
Olive Beach Restaurant, Castle Street.
Shopping is always fun in Bangalore! In addition to a list of shopping malls, arcades and supermarkets, the city also has some of the local delights for the shoppers. While MG Road or Brigade Road, Forum Mall or the UB City is a hub for the thick wallet holders, Commercial Street, Indira Nagar, Jaya Nagar, Majestic, Lavelle Road and Marathahalli are the popular hubs for some real and reasonable shopping across the city.
Activities for children
For children's activity you can visit Bistro Claytopia, a restaurant attached to a "Paint your own pottery" studio. You can paint on pre-moulded clay here and they fire it and return it to you in a few days as glossy ceramic products. It's a great place for kids and for the adults, as they can enjoy delicious foods and drinks here.
If you are looking to relax for a few hours amidst a busy schedule and want your children to have a gala-fun time, you can visit Snakes & Ladders. They have a centre on the Old Madras Road near Indiranagar. They offer a soft and hygienic play zone for children up to 10 years age. Primarily a physical activity zone with no electronics, they provide a fun filled and energizing experience for children.