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8-Hour Custom Private Tour of Bengaluru
"Bengaluru (Bangalore) is the capital of India's southern Karnataka state. The city is the centre of India's high-tech industry and is also known for its shopping green spaces (as it is also known as the ""The Garden City) and night-life.Start your private tour after meeting your guide and personal chauffeur at your hotel. Enjoy the services of a comfortable air-conditioned car for 8 hours (or 80 reminiscent of the royal culture.Sri Radha Krishna Temple offers a sizable cultural complex and is one of the largest ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness) temples in the world. Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath& such as Mysore paintings leather puppets Russian artists and various sculptures.Venkatappa Art Gallery is a great stop for art lovers. It features sculptors
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Private Half-Day Tour of Bangalore
"For this tour you will get picked up at your local hotel by a driver (choose a preferred departure time in advance) and begin the tour by visiting the famous Tipu Sultan Palace the past residence of the Mysorean ruler Tipu Sultan built with Indo-Islamic architecture. A guide will take you through this famous area and let you know its history and origin.Continue with the car and tour guide to the famou Nandhi Temple (Dodda Basavana Gudi) at Bull Temple Road. This temple is loc and the name Bull originates from the Hindu Demi God Nandi
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Private Tour: 4-Hour Bengaluru Heritage Walk
"Despite being the modern cosmopolitan capital of India a vibrant heritage still rests inside Bangalore. This tour will reveal the ancient glory of the city and help you understand it like a true local dose. Discover the unique stories of the past and see how they continue to inspire the city today.St consecrated by the Bishop of Calcutta in the 1800s and rebuilt in the early 90s. The architecture hints at India’s colonial roots with a huge dome atop a semicircular chancel.Continuing on in your heritage walking tour pass the statues of Mahatma Gandhi and Queen Victoria to reach the Government Museum. With two floors and 18 galleries you’ll get your history fix exploring an amazing collection of ancient coins
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Cafe Coffee Day and surrounding stalls: Airport food

If you find yourself at Bangalore airport, do not worry good coffee and tasty snacks are available. I cannot remember exactly what we ate, but the food was from the food stalls that surround Cafe Coffee Day. I do remember that it was cheaper and that there was more choice than from inside the domestic terminal.

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Feb 03, 2008

Cafe Coffee Day: For that latte you are missing...

Ah, the trappings of western life have a way of migrating East, from malls to KFC. So I guess overpriced coffee had to be part of that trend.

Coffee Day is the local version of Starbucks (almost down to the detail, including the shelf with mugs and teas for sale) - a nice, almost luxurious chain by indian standards (although some infrastructure things still betray the local customs, such as the nice water heater visible on the way into the cafe on Richmond Road at St Mark's). And while you can get your coffee fix, the customs are different and more posh. You can sit down on a couch, order, someone will bring the coffee and whatever you decide to nosh on to your table, where noone will rush you and you can have a nice time chatting with your friends, reading a book or whatever suits you. So the ambience is a bit sanitized. Phew, tell it to the non-believers and bring me another latte...

Seriously though, although Coffee Day is more expensive than the norm here (we are talking 35 or so rupees for a latte, or less than 1 dollar, where regular coffee on any regular street place will be 3-5 rupees or so), there are two things to say for it. One, the place is very comfortable and relaxed, which is very welcome especially after listening to car horns for an hour or so. And two, the food is safe, if somewhat generic (the cakes, I found, were the same ones offered by Sodexho at my office's break room) so you can quickly eat something if you want to get any hunger out of the way, and not have to fear Delhi Belly.

As with Starbucks, not all Coffee Day shops are made equal and some are nicer than others (though in general they are ALL nicer / cleaner than most Starbucks back in the US). I found the one at Vittal Mallya Rd at Lavelle was pretty popular on a Sunday evening around 7-8 PM with the young and trendy in their scooters, so check it out.

Favorite Dish Very good coffee - got my lattes with 2 shots of espresso (which is appropriately named a Red Eye Latte here), the milk was foamy and supple, the coffee not bitter in any way. For a quick dash of spice you can order a samosa, otherwise the cakes are alright (pineapple being the best)

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Nov 05, 2006
 
 
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