You just have a day @ Bangalore and not sure how to explore, try this itinerary!

Start with the Bangalore Palace. This is roughly a 30 minute cab ride from the Bangalore City Railway station ( officially Krantivira Sangolli Rayanna railway station). Keep in mind the entry fee is a bit stiff (₹230 for Indian/$6 for foreigners) compared to other similar tourism monuments in India. But it's one of well kept monuments in the country to command that ticket price tag.

Next stop, the environs of the Cubbon Park. This is the busy but locale of Bangalore with a number of heritage buildings, Parks and Museums generally scattered around this leafy area. Vidhana Soudha ( state legislative headquarters) , Attara Kacheri ( High Court) are a quick tour.

Based on your time availability select a museum - Visvesvaraya Industrial & Technological Museum (select this if you have young school going kids with you!) or the more elaborate Government Museum ( 18 galleries of exhibits) . All of it you can explore on foot, and generally a kilometer or so apart.

For lunch try the Millers 46 Steakhouse And Bar . This is a greatly rated fine dine restaurant in the vicinity. Great abiant to savour equally great food. Wash everything down with a mug of chilled beer!

Millers would  be about 2 km away, from your location in the Cubbon Park vicinity.

Otherwise if you are looking a traditional place, try MTR (Mavalli Tiffin Room) on the Lal Bagh Main Road. This 1924 founded chain of restaurant in Bangalore serves authentic South Indian vegetarian food. Try the full course meals - served on top a banana leaf placed in a steel thali plate.

Post lunch, walk into the Lal Bagh Garden. You can easily spend a couple of hours - or more - exploring this botanical garden and its natural landscapes.

About 2 km west of the Botanical Garden is Dodda Basavana Gudi ( famously the Bull Temple). Further 1km northwest is Sri Gavi Gangadhareshwara Swamy Temple (Gavi Cave Temple). Both are ancient living temples. Up close you can see how easily this otherwise cosmopolitan city holds to its age old spiritual traditions. Visit one of these. if time permits both.

Now before you call it a day, visit MG Road. That means you traceback to the vicinity of Lalbag. This is the erstwhile (and now still is) 'the high street' of Bangalore.

Cauvery Handicrafts is the place to visit. The artisan traditions of Karnataka is practically jam packed into this showroom. Wants to buy a sandalwood piece? Look nowhere else.

And there are lines of branded showrooms on MG Road & the adjacent Brigade Road.

Hoppipola to Church Street Social to Club 10 to SkyDeck to BlueFrog there's no way you can successfully pick one from the Bangalore's pub scene. It just pours. Anyways, if you make a 2km or so 'loop' around the MG road and it's parallel, Church street, you've brushed past about 20 pubs. Just flow with the crowd - that's, if you were indecisive.

Pub is not your idea of night dine out? No problem, you'll be satisfied either with the India Coffee House or Koshy's Parade Café on the Church Street. Both compete to preserve that old city charm of Bangalore...oops Bengaloooru.

You just skimmed over the Heritage, City Life, Landscapes, Culinary and of course the indulgence of this cosmopolitan city. Now call it a day!

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