It is the first long weekend of the year and you still haven't got any plans yet? It is also the end of the month and your bank statement doesn't look supportive of the big plans you might want to think of for spending the long weekend holidays? Fret not, we've got some great ideas for you to enjoy the long weekend. And the good news is that these ideas are not just cost-effective but also super fun.
Pick from the following list of 10 offbeat activities in Bangalore to do during the Republic Day weekend without burning a hole in your pocket. Here you go!
1. Go On A Night Trek
Night trekking is not just an adventurous feeling but you will also be rewarded with beautiful views of landscapes under the night sky. Watching the sunrise from atop the hill, is an experience you will cherish. There are numerous options for night treks around Bangalore, that you could choose from, including Kunti Betta, Antargange, Ramanagara, Makalidurga and more. Take your pick!
2. Pedal It Out
With some great roads to pedal on, cycling will be a fun activity to indulge in with your gang. With all the benefits of cycling, this activity will be a refreshing way to start the day. Start at the crack of dawn to enjoy the pleasant morning weather of Bangalore. Shutterbugs could capture some great shots during the golden hour. Nandi Hills, Ramanagara, and Shivgange are some popular spots cyclists ride to.
3. Go Parasailing
Also known as Parakiting, Parasailing is a fun and recreational activity for the ones who are adventurous but not high risk-takers. You will be attached to a parachute that is in turn attached to a vehicle. As the vehicle picks up speed, the wind will lift the parachute up taking you high up in the air. Many adventure sports clubs in Bangalore organise the parasailing activity and it is usually held at the Jakkur Aerodrome.
4. Fly An Aircraft
For the adventurous souls who dream of flying high, Microlight Flying is a wonderful option. You get a chance to fly a lightweight, 2-seater aircraft as a co-pilot! You might even get to manage the controls of the aircraft. The Microlight Flying takes place at Jakkur Aerodrome.
5. Fly In A Balloon
Experience the thrill of watching the city from a bird's-eye view by flying in a hot air balloon. It's a safe recreational activity to go even with the children. It is best to take the first ride, early in the morning for a memorable experience. Watch the changing colours of the sky and the horizon with your near and dear ones as the hot air balloon slowly takes you high up in the air.
6. Learn A New Skill
Explore new possibilities and learn new skills with a variety of workshops around the city. Find workshops to learn baking, photography, painting, sketching, writing, art and craft, organic gardening, dance, theatre, and a whole lot of interesting things that you have always wanted to learn.
7. Go Stargazing
The crisp, clear and long nights of winter are perfect for stargazing. Travel to the outskirts of the city, away from the light pollution for good visibility of the star-studded skies. Keep in mind, the days around new moon as the dark skies will bring good chances of viewing numerous stars with telescopes as well as naked eyes. Hosahalli, which is about 90 km from Bangalore, is supposedly a favoured spot for stargazing amongst the astronomy enthusiasts.
8. Go Lake-hopping
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With beautiful lakes strewn in and around the city, lake-hopping is a fun activity that you can indulge in with your friends. There are more than 10 lakes in and around Bangalore that you can visit. Catch the beautiful views of sunrise and sunset at some, and engage in activities like boating, photography, birdwatching and more at the others. Gather your friends, get behind the wheels and go lake-hopping at Ulsoor, Nagavara, Bellandur, Hebbal, Kommaghatta, Lalbagh, Hesarghatta and many more lakes of Bangalore.
9. Watch A Play
If you are someone who appreciates art, watch the talented artists at work in a play at one of the many theatres in Bangalore. Grab your partner, go with your friends and watch some brilliant live performances. Ranga Shankara, Chowdiah Memorial Hall, and Shoonya are some of the popular art spaces that showcase the theatrical performances round the year.
The city offers a myriad of options for food lovers. Cafes with charming and artistic decors, great ambiance and good food makethe whole experience enjoyable. If you love exploring kitchens, you should definitely go cafe-hopping in Bangalore. There are numerous cafes with unique and appealing themes that you could visit. Echoes in Koramangala is an unusual one in that it is managed by the deaf and the mute. With a lot of art, games and book cafes, try from the many around Indiranagar, Koramangala, Church Street, etc.