Bengaluru


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Bengaluru, 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. At present it is a fast growing metropolis situated around 1000 meters above sea level. This 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.

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Bengaluru has beautiful parks, gardens and tourist spots. Bangalore has some ancient and beautiful temples of India such as The Venkataramanaswamy Temple, a 300 year old temple and the Gavi Gangadhareswara temple, an unusual cave temple. This city is nicknamed by several names as per the success of particular industry such as  “Silicon Valley of India”, “Fashion Capital of India” and “The Pub City of India” etc. Last but not the least, Bangalore is even gaining the status of the “Floriculture Capital” due to the flower exports from the city. It has rich stone resources, hence known as “Stone City” as well for granite deposits. It is India’s fifth largest city and the fastest growing city in Asia.

Bangaluru sightseeing

The Bangalore Palace & Fort: The Bangalore Fort was built by Kempe Gowda, a Wodeyar king in 1887 on the 400-acres of land that was 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 lord Krishna playing his flute and paintings of viceroys, kings and other famous personalities with historical photographs.

Lal Bagh: 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.

Cubbon Park: This park is well equipped with green lawns; shady trees and vibrant flowers. It is ideal for joggers and nature walkers. It was laid down by Lord Cubbon in 1864 on 300-acres of land. 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.

Vidhana Soudha : An imposing 46 meter high Bangalore granite monument is the State Legislature and the Secretariat building erected in 1956. It is a splendid neo-Dravidian granite building close to Cubbon Park. It is a fusion of four architectural styles as  Dravidian, Rajasthani, Chola and Kannadiga. It is magnificent structure granite with 12 massive pillars, archways and a wide flight of steps leading up to its entrance. The building has 22 departments and 300 rooms, four domes on all its corners and the four-headed lion. The Indian national symbol four lions stand atop the biggest dome. The massive sandalwood door of the Cabinet room is a spectacular feature of this imposing building. The building is open for visitors only after 3 PM.

ISKCON Temple: It is a very clean and well-maintained temple that is erected over a small hill. There is a popular Akshaya Patra program organized by the temple.

The Bull Temple: This temple has the magnificent stone statue of the sacred bull, Nandi that stands over 15 feet tall and over 20 feet long. It was built by Kempe Gowda. 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.

The 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.

The 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. St.Mary’s church 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.

Indian Institute Of Science (IISc): It is known as the Tata Institute also. It is one of the country’s finest research institutions specialized in advanced science and engineering studies.

Gandhi Bhavan: The Gandhi Bhavan houses a comprehensive picture gallery and other exhibits of Gandhiji’s life in Gandhi Smarak Nidhi. The Bhavan is open on weekdays.

Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium: It was founded in 1989. It is managed by the Bangalore Association for Science Education (BASE). It is devoted to the awareness of science among the general public and the students. There is the Science Centre and a Science Park.

Government Museum: Acclaimed as one of the oldest museums in the country, this museum houses an amazing collection of archaeological objects, including stone carvings, pottery, weapons, paintings, coins, textiles, sculptures, inscriptions, stone carvings, and weapons.

Sheshadri Iyer Memorial Hall: This houses the State Central Library and is named after Sir Sheshadri iyer, who was the Dewan of Mysore. This place has a rich collection of reference books.

Mayo Hall: Mayo hall was designed in the memory of Lord Mayo and is as one of the finest designs of British architecture

Ulsoor lake: A beautiful lake with tree-shaded islands is an ideal picnic spot and recreation centre. You can enjoy boating or swimming in the pool.

The Bangalore Race Course: The Bangalore Race Course is one of the finest in India, with racing events almost all year round (May to June and Nov to Mar). Some of the biggest field stakes in the country can be witnessed here.

Tipu’s Palace: Built in 1791, Tipu Sultan’s summer retreat is a two-storied ornate wooden structure with fluted pillars, cusped arches, and balconies. It now houses a museum that contains artefacts relating to the Hyder-Tipu regime.

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