Bowring joined the Bengal Civil Service in 1843. He became Assistant Resident at Lahore in 1847, and later joined the Punjab commission. From 1858 to 1862, he was private secretary to the Viceroy of India, Lord Canning.
Bowring served as Chief Commissioner of Mysore from 1862 to 1870. This was during the period between 1831 and 1881 when the Maharaja of Mysore had been dispossessed of his state by the British Raj and Mysore was being administered by the Mysore Commission. The Bowring Institute in Bangalore, which was founded by Lewis Rice in 1868, is named after him.
During the last year of his incumbency, Bowring also served as the first Chief Commissioner of Coorg. He was created Companion of the Order of the Star of India (CSI) in 1867. He retired from the Indian Civil Service in 1870 and returned to England the same year.
After retiring from service, Bowring turned his efforts to writing. He authored the book Haidar Ali and Tipu Sultan and the struggle with the Mussulman powers of the south, which was published in 1893 for the Rulers of India series. Bowring also edited his father's notes and published Autobiographical Recollections of Sir John Bowring in 1877.
- Bowring, John (1877), Bowring, L. B. (ed.), Autobiographical Recollections of Sir John Bowring, H.S. King & co.
- Bowring, Lewin B. (1893), Haidar Ali and Tipu Sultan, And The Struggle With The Musalman Powers Of The South, Rulers of India series (1974 ed.), Idarah-I Adabiyat-I Delli, archived from the original on 2011-08-17, retrieved 2011-05-14
- Rice, Lewis (1897), Mysore: A Gazetteer Compiled for the Government, Volume I, Mysore In General, Westminster: Archibald Constable and Company
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