Things to do in Bengaluru (Bangalore)
Be enthralled by a Jagriti Theatre show
Founded in 2011, the Jagriti Theatre (tel: +91 80 4124 2879; www.jagrititheatre.com) is a 200-person music and performing arts space dedicated to showcasing productions from around the world. The shows certainly have a Bangalore vibe, even though most of them are performed in English.
Eat ’til you drop at Basavanagudi
If food is your bag, spend a relaxed afternoon perusing the many street food joints of Basavanagudi. Just make sure you don’t skip breakfast that morning. Even if you visit when you’re not that hungry, the sights, sounds and smells exuding from one of Bangalore’s most vibrant bazaars will soon whet your appetite.
Paraglide over the Nandhi Hills
Situated just outside of Bangalore sit the sprawling Nandi Hills, which reach the dizzy heights of 1,478m (4,851ft), high enough to reach the clouds above. Xtacee Paragliding Club (tel: +91 80 2665 2427; www.flynandi.com) offers tandem paragliding for the best view of the hills down below.
Place a wager at the Bangalore Turf Club
Horseracing is a popular pursuit in India. One of few turf tracks in the country, Bangalore’s Turf Club (tel: +91 80 2226 2391; www.bangaloreraces.com) remains among the best venues to see the horses compete. You can flutter your spending money away during its two seasons: summer (May to August) and winter (November to April).
Tackle the Anthargange hills
Tour operators Thrillophilia (www.thrillophilia.com) can take keen hikers to the Anthargange hills, just outside of Bangalore. This world of scattered rocks and all-encompassing vistas rises as high as 1,226m (4,021ft). Cave exploration, rappelling, rock climbing and even night treks await.