It all depends whether you are a tourist or a traveler. If you happen to be a tourist, you are likely to carry a high powered camera, a guidebook (Fodor’s) and wear the same clothing you would wear at home. You would also prefer to stay in your comfort zone and eat continental food. In that case, the best thing for you would be to stay in any of the following 5-star hotels listed below.
- The Taj West End, Gandhi Nagar, Bangalore
- The Oberoi Bangalore, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Bangalore
- Hyatt Bangalore, Swami Vivekananda Road, Ulsoor, Bangalore
- The Leela Palace Bangalore, Old Airport Road, Indiranagar, Bangalore
Since these luxury hotels boast several in-house multi-cuisine restaurants, tourists can have the food of their choice. However, these are all pretty pricey, though of course they offer discounts from time to time. The best thing would be to book in advance, coinciding with seasons when discounts are high in terms of money.
If, on the other hand, you are a true traveler, out seeing the world on a shoe string budget, you would need a different cup of tea. For instance, your local address in Bangalore would be some BB joints where breakfasts are usually free. Here are a few of these Bangalore Bed-n-Breakfast joints that are quite comfortable yet are truly pocket-friendly.
- Orchid Suites, D’Souza Road, Richmond Town, Bangalore
- StayWithUs – 1st Block, 1st Main Road, Koramagala 1st Block, Bangalore
- Ramada Bangalore, Park Road, Near Indian Express Circle, Bangalore
However, you would not survive on breakfast alone. For sustenance you need lunch and dinner too, at the same shoe string budget. But you need not worry about it much since Bangalore’s street food is famed all over the country for its fabulous taste and down-to-earth prices.
Thindi Beedhi or Food Street is a lane that is located in VV Puram, one of Bangalore’s oldest corridors. Previously, hawkers selling various food items used to throng this lane but now there are permanent food stalls offering finest local cuisine at very reasonable rate.
However, the Food Street is best known for its food but not for its facilities (or lack of it). As a traveler you should visit the Food Street for food with no frills. In fact, the food served to you will be great in taste, but you will have to stand in the crowd to relish it. My good traveler friend, I hope you do not mind this little inconvenience; don’t you?