Explore India: Bangalore
where to stay:
The Green Path Eco Hotel: Comfortable and clean rooms at The Green Path are not the only perks, the green setting and exotic plants of the hotel are sure to win you over. The unique mixture of nature and urbanization is unlike other hotels you may find in Bangalore. Fresh, organic food is the standard as well in the hotel’s restaurant. Rooms begin at $54 USD/night. http://www.thegreenpath.in/home.html
The Taj West End: Rich with history, this old boarding house turned luxury hotel located in Bangalore is an urban escape on an expansive property. Take advantage of the excellent staff and accommodations with gardens, pools, and a spa. Take a trip back to exotic, colonial India when you stay at the Taj West End. As for a room with a garden view. Price beginning at $120 USD/night. http://www.tajhotels.com/luxury/city-hotels/the-taj-west-end-bangalore/overview.html
where to eat:
Mavalli Tiffin Room: This iconic restaurant with old-world charm in Bangalore has various locations all over the city, with the original location on Lalbagh Road. Started by the Maiya brothers in the 1920s, the Mavalli Tiffin Room (MTR) has consistently delicious southern Indian cuisine. We recommend going for lunch. Though quite busy during lunch, they do accept reservations. The masala dosa is a must have. Dishes range from $1-5 USD. http://www.mavallitiffinrooms.com/
Brahmin’s Coffee Bar: A small breakfast joint well-known for their tasty food and fast-paced environment, Brahmin’s coffee bar is the place to go for some idli, a savory cake popular for breakfast in southern India. Super fast and super clean. Dishes range from $1-3 USD.
who to tour with:
Ibex Expeditions: Started in the year 1979 by Mandip and Anita Singh Soin, Ibex Expeditions has been offering customized, luxury tours throughout India for decades. Ibex offers every adventure sport under the sun from trekking to rafting to jeep safaris, as well as offering eco tours through national parks in India. Virtually any wild dream you can conjure up in your mind, Ibex can make it happen for you. Not only are tours with Ibex a unique and one of a kind adventure, but also offers intimate, cultural experiences for the worldly traveler. Their pledge to responsible travel and environmental consciousness make them unlike any other tour agency you'll ever encounter. Recipient of National Geographic's Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth in 2009. Check them out at http://www.ibexexpeditions.com/ to plan your next incredible adventure.