Bengaluru has always been a young and spirited city. Even in the 1800s it was recognised by the British as more of recreational city rather than a serious one. This attitude is something that defines the way the city has grown to become one of the most preferred destinations for the young and the restless. Be it start-ups, IT professionals, entrepreneurs with a twist, new age professionals or culture-vultures, the city has a space for everyone. So if you are the new kid in the city, what do you do first?
For a start check out the local arts and culture scene, as it will give you a large variety of options to choose from. If you enjoy theatre then try and see if you can catch a play in Rangashankara or even Alliance Francaise. You can also check for listings in the local newspaper for Stand-up comedy nights, which are becoming more frequent around the city. There are various centers for music concerts you can choose from. If you prefer rock then you should check out the new bands at The Hard Rock Café and Blue Frog. For the more Indian classical audience you can check for programme listings at the Chowdiah Hall. Western classical music enthusiasts can check with the Bangalore School of Music for their concerts that take place on a regular basis.
Taking in the art scene is also a wonderful idea with its multitude of galleries. Venkatappa offers a showing of historic pieces, the newer artists can be found at popular galleries like Time and Space, Kynkyny Gallery and Chitrakala Parishath to name a few. For the recreational enthusiasts there are camping clubs, cycling clubs and runners groups. Try and see which one is most active close to your home. There are many quaint cafes and food places around the city that serve up a variety of cuisines for every palate. There are also experimental options available if you want to try your skills as a chef with pre-prepped cooking packaged created by start-ups like ChefKraft.
If you would like to explore the city by foot then you can sign up for a trail walk with Pettah Walks that will take you around the old city built by Kempa Gowda. This will give you a look into the history of the city and might also earn you bragging rights against most locals who aren’t as aware of their cities history. If you are a foodie then you can discover the culinary side of the city with a food trail. Oota Walks (translates to Food Walks) has offers on the most popular food walks during the Iftar season through the lanes of Russel Market, Mosque Road and Johnson market.
If you just want to get away from the city for a weekend then you can head out towards Channapatna and Ramanagaram. Both these towns have their own cultural and cinematic significance and make for a great day long adventure on the weekends. They are only about 60 kms away from the city and offer a new experience for the avid traveller. In Ramanagaram you can visit the hills on which the popular Hindi movie Sholay was shot.
Getting to know the city you are in will make you miss home a little less and fall in love a lot faster with your new life. So mark your calendars and plan your weekends and a few week nights too.
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