Rechristened its precolonial name Bengaluru, the Silicon Valley of India is a study in contrasts. Traditional arts such as classical dance and music are experiencing a revival as immigrants bring diversity to this high tech metropolis. Start your day with masala dosa (savoury crepe stuffed with potatoes, onions and spices) and fill up with bisi bele bath (hot lentil rice), and you’re good to go. The city has it all – sightseeing across majestic colonial buildings such as the English-style Bangalore Palace and Vidhana Soudha; leafy parks and lakes such as Lal Bagh Gardens and Cubbon Park; numerous museums; yoga and spiritual retreats like the ISKCON Temple and Bull Temple; shopping streets including Commercial Street and Brigade Street; as well as a robust nightlife and lively music scene. Add to the mix of a pleasant climate all year round, you get an exciting cocktail of nature, culture and technology that only Bangalore can deliver.