Travel Bengaluru

Travel BengaluruBengaluru, the garden city formerly known as Bangalore is the capital of Karnataka. The city was founded in the 16th century and witnessed great southern dynasties as the Kadambas, the Hoysalas and Vijayanagar emperors. At present it is a fast growing metropolis situated around 1000 meters above sea level.

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Bengaluru city has a salubrious climate with moderate temperatures through out the year. It is well connected by air, rail and road to the major cities of India. It has direct international connections to important world cities. It is a clean and spacious city consists of imposing monumental and modern structures. The city has reputed institutions such as the Indian Institute of Science, Raman Research Institute, National Institute of Mental health and Neuro-Sciences and National Aerospace Laboratories etc. There are high-tech industries such as Aerospace, Electronics and Computer software etc. Apart from these the city has rich cultural heritage and traditions. There are renowned schools of art, classical music and dance.

BENGALURU SIGHTSEEING PLACES

Bangalore Palace & Fort: The Bangalore Fort was built by Kempe Gowda, a Wodeyar king in 1887 on the 400-acre space that was and expanded by Tippu Sultan. There is the well preserved 16th century Ganapathi Temple within the fort. The Bangalore Palace was inspired by the windsor castle and equipped with Gothic windows, foiled windows, battlements and turrets that resembles the Daria Daulat Palace in Srirangapatanam. This summer palace has been constructed mainly by wood and is famous for its carvings on its exteriors depicting Sri Krishna playing his flute and paintings of viceroys, kings and other famous personalities with historical photographs.

Lal Bagh: It is a botanical garden, commissioned by the Hyder Ali in the year 1760. The 240-acre park is home to over 1000 species of flora and a Glass House. The park is known for its annual flower show. The garden surrounds one of the towers erected by the founder of Bangalore, Kempe Gowda I. The Lal Bagh Rock, dates back to 3000 million years, is another attraction. Hyder Ali laid out this famous botanical garden and small fruit orchard. Later his son Tippu Sultan added the glory to it by introducing exotic trees and horticultural wealth by importing trees and plants from several countries. At present the garden has over 1000 species of flora that includes rare collection of tropical plants, trees and herbs. The Glass House, modeled as London’s Crystal Palace, is the center of attraction. There is bi-annual flower show held in the Glass House which attracts participants from all over India.

Vidhana Soudha: It is the seat of the state legislature of Karnataka. It is an imposing granite building, built in the year 1956 in the ‘Neo-Dravidian’ style, incorporates elements of Indo-Saracenic, Rajasthani Jharokha and Dravidian styles. Vidhana Soudha is the brainchild of Kengal Hanumanthaiah and built by chief engineer B.R. Manickam. It took four years of work by 5,000 laborers and 1,500 craftsmen to finish this magnificent structure in 1956. It is a magnificent granite structure with 12 massive pillars, archways and a wide flight of steps leading up to its entrance. The Indian national symbol four lions stand atop the biggest dome. The Vidhana Soudha is bedecked in illuminated glory during special periods and is a sight worth viewing. The building is open for visitors only after 3 PM.

Cubbon Park: It is located in the heart of the city and spreads over 300 acres. This park was created in the year 1884, by Major General Richard Sankey/ Lord Cubbon. It is home to numerous trees and plants that span over 68 general and 96 species. The park is also known for its kids train. This is a perfect place well equipped with green lawns; shady trees and vibrant flowers are ideal for joggers and nature walkers. This beautiful park is situated in the heart of the cantonment. The newer buildings such as fairy fountains, an august bandstand and a wealth of atatury have added beauty to the park. There is the State Central Library with rare treasure of books. The architectural elegance includes style and fluted pillars, the High Court, the Cheshire Dyer Memorial Hall, Ottawa Chatter, Museum, Century Club and the Press Club.

Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace: It was built in 1791 that is a beautiful two-storied ornate wooden structure with exquisitely carved pillars, arches and balconies. It now houses a museum that contains artifacts relating to the Hyder-Tipu regime. It was one of Tipu’s favourite summer retreats.

Bull Temple: It was constructed by Kempe Gowda I that is the reminiscent of the 16th century Dravidian style architecture. It has a huge granite monolith of Nandi. This temple has the magnificent stone statue of the sacred bull, Nandi that stands over 15 feet tall and over 20 feet long. A groundnut fair is held near the temple every year in the month of November/ December to celebrate the harvesting of groundnuts. The first groundnuts are offered to the sacred bull for divine blessings.

Gangadhareshware Temple: This temple was also built by Kempe Gowda. It is known for its monolithic pillars and rare idol of Fire God. A unique phenomenon is witnessed in this temple every year in the month of January, when the rays of the setting sun enter through the window, pass between the horns of the Nandi and illuminate the Shivalingam.

Dharmaraja Temple: This temple is the starting point of the annual Karaga procession. The revered idols of this temple are the Shri Dharmaraja Swamy of the Mahabharata period.

Dargah Hazarath Tawakkal Mastan: This is a Muslim shrine closely associated with the Hindu Karaga festival. The procession visits the Dargah of Sufi saint, Tawakkal Mastan annually. It is revered by Muslim and non-Muslim pilgrims.

Jumma Masjid: The Jumma Masjid is supposed to be the oldest mosque in the city. An imposing structure with ornamented granite pillars adorning the elevated prayer hall. It is located in the busy market area of the city and thronged by devout Muslims on religious occasions.

Ravindra Kalakshetra: It is built to commemorate Rabindranath Tagore’s centenary. It promotes cultural activities in the city and has an impressive theatre. There is Gothic styled Puttannachetty Town Hall next to Ravindra Kalakshetra, consists huge auditorium that can accommodate over 1500 persons.

St. Mary’s Church: A French missionary established it in 1811. It is the only church in the state that is elevated to the status of a minor Basilica. The Virgin Mary’s festival is celebrated with a procession that attracts people of all faiths.

Gandhi Bhavan: The Gandhi Smarak Nidhi, housed in the Gandhi Bhavan, houses a comprehensive picture gallery and other exhibits of Gandhiji, which depict the life, and times of Gandhiji. The Bhavan is open on weekdays (10:30 Am to 5:00 PM).

Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium: It was founded by the Bangalore City Corporation in 1989. It is managed by the Bangalore Association for Science Education (BASE). BASE is devoted to dissemination of science among the public and the student community. On the premises there are the Science Centre and a Science Park. The Planetarium has a 15 meters diameter dome with a seating capacity of 210.

Ulsoor Lake: A picturesque lake with several tree-shaded islands is an ideal picnic spot. You can go boating or go for a swim in the nearby swimming pool that is part of the recreational complex near the lake. You can also go to the nearby Gurdhwar, the largest Sikh shrine in Bangalore.

Bangalore Race Course: It is one of the finest racecourses in India, with racing events almost all year round. Some of the biggest field stakes in the country can be witnessed here.

HAL Aerospace Museum: The Museum showcases the growth of the Indian aviation industry and HAL for six decades. The Museum is maintained by HAL (one of Asia’s largest Aerospace companies). The museum houses displays of various aircraft and helicopters, Aircraft engine models, Flight simulators, a mock Air Traffic Control Tower and exhibit of Indian aviation history.

Bangalore Museum/ Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum: The museum was instituted as part of the centenary celebrations of the engineer-statesman Sir M. Visvesvaraya (1861–1962).