The magnanimous Bangalore is just not an IT city. It’s an experience and opportunity where many dreams have turned into reality. A unique city where tech parks have mushroomed yet one can stroll around the scenic gardens and breathe in fresh air. Perhaps the only city having a perfect blend of historical roots and cosmopolitan outlook. A lot can be done in Bangalore over the weekend.
As we were exploring the seven Sunday destinations, serendipitously we discovered the eighth one!
1) Alliance Francaise
The cosmopolitan outlook of Bengaluru has enticed many. The IT city has embraced diversity and welcomed people from pan -India. A melting pot of cultures can boast of promoting cultural relations between France and India through Alliance Francaise. A hot shot destination if you have a penchant for the French language. The curriculum is well designed and integrated with latest teaching tools. Attend a Ciné Forum Méliès for discussions and dialogues with French & Francophone documentaries. Just stroll around the campus and enjoy the French riviera in Bangalore.
A timeline depicting the evolution of Modern Indian Art through 500 exhibits. National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) in is just not a regular art gallery. Housed in the heritage Manikyavelu Mansion on a sprawling 3.5 acres of land, nestled in lush greenery, the ambiance is serene and captivating. You don’t go here just to gawk at art as there are regular gallery walks, film screenings, dance programs, talks, and workshops going on regularly. Discuss your experience over a cup of coffee in the café and cherish your outing with a souvenir from the Museum shop. Both the café and museum shop are housed inside the NGMA premises.
3) Rain tree
Shop, munch and explore history in the contemporary set up. This glorious colonial bungalow now hosts a lifestyle boutique and a quaint garden-view cafe. It’s a heritage space which curates the Indian brands without any commercial hype. Raintree gets high footfalls from renowned designers round the year. Give a delicious finale to your raintree experience at the in house café. Enjoy simplicity of the bygone era with a coffee and sandwich. Ample scope for a date with your favorite book as laptops are strict no no here.
4) Airlines for breakfast
A super cool ambience where you can savour your favorite delicacies under the shade of the banyan tree. Highly recommended for the South Indian -Idli, rava idli, masala dosa and so on. Recline in Spartan furniture and enjoy the wonderful Bangalore climate with lip smacking snacks. One of the favorite destinations for food lovers known for amazing food and ambience. No frills so enjoy at pocket friendly rates.
Trip to Mysore and hooka on the Rasta is indispensable. To get a seat soon reach the Rasta restaurant by 10 am. However waiting in the picturesque lawn when in queue is fun too. Enjoy the hukka in the open air as smoking strictly prohibited inside the restaurant. The delicious lamb chops, chicken fries, wedges dipped in cheese are as delicious as your imagination. Alcohol is not served promoting no drinking when driving philosophy especially around highway. But you can give a sweet shock to your palate with raspberry mojitos and kiwi apple shake.
6) Underground Metro
The maiden underground corridor of Namma Metro was inaugurated amid much fanfare and excitement recently. The commuters have been mesmerized by its elite services. Rest assured you will not get the clogged and claustrophobic feeling of a tunnel rather you will wait eagerly for your next metro ride. The five underground stations lined up promise to be grander. A must try on your next visit to Bangalore.
7) Atta Galatta
Head to Atta Galatta if you have an insatiable appetite for books and bread. It started as a humble bookstore. When book lovers come under one roof exciting conversation and discussion are bound to happen. Soon it became the temple of literature, workshops, book launches, group readings. People started spending hours and hours here. Hence coffee and baked delicacies were induced to keep the stamina going. The demand for freshly baked flavorful bread shot up and it in a way became the second venture after books. Surprisingly the title Atta Galatta perfectly complemented these two endeavors with Atta meaning dough in Hindi and Galatta referring to a racket (over books here).
When penning down my thoughts I pondered over Sunday. Everyone waits eagerly for a Sunday. After all, it’s a day to laze around for relaxation. Life is a Sunday morning so let’s create one of our own any day and anytime. Just soak, breathe, unwind and enjoy the moment called life.
Welcome to Sunday the spa – a newfound wellness destination in the chic Koramangala. Experience the calmness and serenity of a quaint Sunday, right in heart of the bustling city. Experience the signature services for pure indulgence. Enhance your natural beauty as the organic philosophy soaks you in pure bliss. Unmask in solitude and get connected with your real self.
Dedicate a day for yourself as you are special. Feel beautiful, stay healthy and create your own spirited Sunday (in Bangalore)!