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290. Tourism in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore – 3 days each

February 27, 2013

3 days each in the Indian metros – what to do

Mumbai

Day 1  – Take a cab to Ballard Estate using JJ Flyover and have lunch at Britannia Restuarant (try authentic Parsi food – Mutton Berry Pulao) and then walk to VT station for a few pictures of the terminus and head to Gateway of India. Take a ferry to Elephanta and back and in the evening have a beer at Cafe Mondegar after strolling Colaba causeway

Day 2  – Take a cab to Churchgate via Bandra Worli Sea Link and stroll Fashion Street and Crawford Market – stop at Badhshah for Pav Bhaji and Falooda, walk some more , take a cab to Marine Drive, spend some time watching sunset and then head for early dinner to Leopold again at Colaba Causeway
Alternatively, you can visit Bandra, try the Chatt at Elco on Hill Road and take a cab to Band Stand to check out the sun and the sea

Day 3 – Visit High Street Phoenix have lunch either at Gajalee or Punjab Grill and eat seafood. In the evening visit either Aer at Four Seasons or Blue Frog in Lower Parel for a drink

Delhi

Day 1 – Visit Dilli Haat (lot of lunch options) and then by early evening head to Kingdom of Dreams (eat at Khao Gully) in Gurgaon for a 730 pm show of Zangoora

Day 2 – Spend the day at Chandini Chowk with lunch at Karim Hotel. At night visit Olive Bar & Kitchen at Qutb Minar for dinner.

Day 3  – Spend a few quiet moments at the elegant Lotus Temple and then shop at either Defence Colony or Lajpat Nagar markets for local bargains and do dinner at The Lodhi Restaurant
Alternatively, do a day trip to Agra by train to see the Taj Mahal

Bangalore

Day 1 – Head out for lunch at MTR and then spend the morning in Lalbagh breathing clean air in green spaces. In between visit the Vidhan Soudha to get an external view of this seat of government.  In the evening have a sea food dinner at Mangalore Pearl on Coles Road

Day 2 Start the day with light breakfast at any South Indian and then stroll from Brigade Road towards the St Marks Road for a lunch stop at Koshys. After lunch take a joy ride on the Bangalore Metro from MG Road towards Indiranagar and back for the experience. Visit the UB City and then make sure you are at Ebony Restaurant for dinner and the excellent views it offers.

Day 3 Visit the busy Commercial Street for shopping and some good bargains (optional) or take a stroll or a boat ride on the Ulsoor Lake and at lunch time head to either Caperberry or Samarkhand depending on your preference of cuisine. Then head to the airport.

I also added my tiny home town –

Mangalore

Day 1 – Stay either at Gateway Hotel or Summer Sands Beach Resort. If staying at Gateway go to Summer Sands after breakfast at Chutney and spend the day and return after sunset. If staying at summer Sands spend the entire day and night there with an option to drive to downtown for dinner at Madhuvans Village and try fried fish and other sea food delicacies.

Day 2 – Visit St Aloysius Chapel to look at the world-renowned paintings followed by a mid morning snack at Dinoos Fast Food followed by a walk to hampankatta – the centre of the city and the City Mall closeby. Then in the afternoon go for a filling of Ice Cream at the world’s largest ice cream parlour – Ideals. Then visit one of the three temples depending on your level of interest in order of preference – Kadri Temple, Kudroli Gokarnatah Temple, Managaldevi Temple and for dinner head to Anupam at Abhiman Residency, just to try the Chicken Ghee Roast which is a specialty – don’t expect great service though. Alternatively if you did not go to Madhuvan’s Village the previous night head there instead.

Day 3 – If you really want to spend a third day in Mangalore you can make a picnic out of it by either going to Pilikula Nisargadhama (Tiger Lake Nature Park) to explore a variety it has to offer. Have dinner at night at either Royal Durbar or Mughal Durbar and try their Biryani.

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