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Advice for hotel, activity for one day in Bangalore

Old Jan 3, 20, 1:14 pm
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Advice for hotel, activity for one day in Bangalore

I'm arriving in Bangalore about midnight on a Friday and leave 7am Sunday, so I have all day Saturday to do... some thing. At least the travel to and from the airport wont be full of traffic. The airport Taj is booked one of the nights so I cant just stay there. So looking for advice on the one thing to do in town Saturday - a tour to Mysore? The eco park (?zoo?) just south of the city? - and where to stay. Right now I've got a booking at the courtyard marriott hebbal, which is on the ring north of the city, for ease of airport travel.

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Old Jan 4, 20, 2:04 am
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i would suggest a visit to either the lalbagh botanical garden or the bangalore palace....

i have never been to the national park but have been told its also very nice....
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Old Jan 4, 20, 7:54 am
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Compared to other Indian cities Bangalore has a dearth of cultural / historic sites that would be of huge interest to tourists. There are a couple of good parks, and Lalbagh in particular is quite good for a leisurely stroll looking at the various botanical exhibits they have. I'm honestly not sure a visit to the Bangalore palace is worth it for someone with just one day in town, unless you are really quite interested in the history of the place. It's not a very historic place - it was built in the late 1800s in a Tudor style, so nothing traditional or deeply culturally connected. A visit to the Bangalore Museum may be better if seriously interested in local history, although be warned that it is a very small museum and you'll be done looking at all the exhibits within a couple of hours at most. A trip to Mysore would give you much more of the region's history (Mysore was the seat of the kingdom that ruled the area) but it will take up most of the day.

If you don't feel like a day trip out of town, other options are to walk around some of the lively areas of the city. The area around M G Road, Church Street, Brigade Road is quite busy with lots of places to eat, some funky bookstores, etc., but with a more "modern" feel. You could go further to wander around the K R Market area or Gandhi Bazaar to get a feel for the more traditional parts of the city, with their bustling areas of commerce for groceries and clothes and such.

The zoo or nature preserve (Bannerghatta) can be interesting - they have a fair number of tigers and such there in a somewhat open environment. But it's hit and miss how many of them you will see on the "safari" trip where they take you in a covered bus through the park (need to buy tickets and show up early for this), and some of the other animal exhibits in the park are not very well maintained, which might actually be somewhat upsetting if you are an animal lover.
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Old Jan 4, 20, 8:35 am
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Thanks all. Mysore is attractive, and the zoo/park feedback is in line with what I've heard. I would like to see tigers, but they arent REALLY in the wild there... If I pick a downtown hotel, is the famous Saturday traffic so bad that I should give up on going out to Mysore?

I know only I can decide, but what are thoughts on whether the benefit of staying somewhere really 5 star, like the very affordable Taj's, 4 seasons, Ritz are worth the traffic vs staying up at the Courtyard where it looks like theres nothing to walk to.
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Old Jan 4, 20, 11:09 am
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Originally Posted by ludocdoc View Post
If I pick a downtown hotel, is the famous Saturday traffic so bad that I should give up on going out to Mysore?
It won't be a problem! In fact, it will be better for you since to head out to Mysore you'll be heading southwest out of the city, while the Courtyard Marriott Hebbal is on the northern side of the city.

Also, yes, the traffic can be horrendous, but during the day on a Saturday, I don't think it'll add more than 20 minutes or so to your travel time for your trip out of town. I wouldn't optimize for the travel time versus the comfort of having a good hotel to stay in because of all the reports of dreadful traffic jams. :-) You are right that there is nothing much really around the Courtyard - it's half an hour or so from the central or "downtown" parts of the city. It's primary merit is that it is right next to some of the large software / tech corporate centers in that area and of course very accessible from the airport. It is a perfectly serviceable and comfortable hotel, but not really 5-star if you're looking for that.
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Old Jan 15, 20, 3:55 pm
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Originally Posted by ludocdoc View Post
Thanks all. Mysore is attractive, and the zoo/park feedback is in line with what I've heard. I would like to see tigers, but they arent REALLY in the wild there... If I pick a downtown hotel, is the famous Saturday traffic so bad that I should give up on going out to Mysore?

I know only I can decide, but what are thoughts on whether the benefit of staying somewhere really 5 star, like the very affordable Taj's, 4 seasons, Ritz are worth the traffic vs staying up at the Courtyard where it looks like theres nothing to walk to.
There's no there there in Hebbal

Might be better off staying at the Oberoi or the Ritz, much easier to get to MG Road/Brigade Road (can even walk)
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