The capital of Karnataka, Bangalore is a pleasant city that can be visited anytime of the year. Also called the Garden city, the city is fraught with gardens and parks and over the recent years has become the country’s major IT hub. The Silicon Valley of India, Bangalore is an agreeable city and much preferred by the working middle class of country.
Enclosing its heritage at the same time inviting startups and business expertise, Bangalore has carved a niche for itself by becoming the ‘most livable city in India’ according to surveys.
WHAT TO SEE
Places to see
Bangalore Palace: Built by Chamarajendra Wadiyar in 1878 the Bangalore Palace is a majestic and luxurious landmark of the city. The Palace is huge and spreads over 45000 sq. ft. The ballroom and Durbar Hall are some of the examples of the lavish yet elegant interiors. The palace is also home to the paintings of the renowned painter Raja Ravi Verma. The Palace grounds are used for concerts and rock shows and in the past have been the venue for hosting many international singers and cultural events.
Cubbon Park: The green belt of the city, Cubbon Park is a large stretch of open green space that is interspersed with many administrative buildings and structures. Besides, the lined flower bed, exotic plants and tree cover, the park is also where the important structures such as, the Central Public Library, Karnataka High Court, Venkatappa Art Gallery, Visvesvaraya Technological and Industrial Museum, Government Museum of Bangalore are found.
Other attractions within the park are the Ringwood Circle, lotus pond and the Dancing Fountain. The Bangalore Aquarium which is the largest aquarium of the country is a delight for children and adults to observe the colorful creatures of water. For children alone, there is Jawahar Bal Bhawan which also has a toy train ride.
Lal Bagh: With nearly 1854 species of plants, the Lal Bagh is a naturalist’s haven. Renowned internationally for its work in the field of botanic, floral and plant artwork, plant conservation and scientific study of plants, Lal Bagh is also a photographer’s muse. The glass house which is home to an aquarium and lake, hosts the flower show every year. Commissioned in 1760 by Haider Ali the park was completed by Tipu Sultan his son, who is said to have important plants from different parts of the world and planted here. Today, the garden boasts of plant species from France, Afghanistan, Persia and more. Another attraction within the park is the Lal Bagh Rock which is estimated to be more than 3000million years old.
Bull Temple: Also called the Nandi Temple, this is the biggest temple that is dedicated to ‘nandi’, the bull. This is a spiritual destination for locals who revere Nandi and Lord Shiva.
Lumbini Park: Located on the banks of the Nagawara Lake the Lumbini Park is a perfect family spot. Dotted with fountains, pathways and children play area, the park lights up at night. Not to forget, it is a joint of street food vendors that cater to a generous dose of customers visiting the park.
Sankey Tank: This man made tank is a quiet attraction for those seeking some peace and calm from the hustle of the city. Built by Colonel Richard Hieram Sankey in 1882, the lake is used for boating.
Tipu Sultan’s summer retreat: The popular ruler and warrior, Tipu Sultan’s retreat is also referred to as the Rash e Jannat or Envy of Heavens. The stunning frescos, beautiful balconies, splendid arches are a perfect symphony between the Islamic and Indian styles of architecture.
Ulsoor Lake: One of the favorite picnic spots of the locals, the Ulsoor Lake is a sprawling water area with adjoining open spaces and a calming atmosphere.
Bannerghatta National Park: At a distance of 22km away from the city is the Bannerghatta National Park which is a treat for wildlife lovers as well as adventure seekers. An aquarium, a zoo, children’s park, museum and crocodile farm are also a part of the national park.
Urban hubs and shopping
M G Road: The Mahatma Gandhi Road or MG Road is a must visit area if you are in Bangalore. Brimming with activity and lined with shops, hotels, cafes and pubs MG Road is the place to be if you want to shop, anything ranging from sarees, traditional handicrafts, cutlery or accessories.
Commercial Street: Another shopping destination that the locals and tourists throng to is the Commercial Street. Loaded with shops selling clothes of all kinds, jewelry, shoes or accessories and ranging from small local shops to branded big outlets, Commercial Street is a shopper’s paradise.
Being a cosmopolitan city, Bangalore has a number of restaurants and hotels that serve cuisines from across the country and the world. However, there are some special dishes that you must try out to soak in the traditional flavors. Specialties include, the Mangalore Buns, Obbattu and of course, south Indian foods, such as, dosas, idlis, vadas.
Places near Bangalore
Mysore: The royal city of Mysore is a city of palaces and gardens and is about 150 km away from Bangalore.
Coorg: Karnataka’s popular hill station, Coorg is the place to be to soak in the fresh hill air and relax in peace.
Mangalore: Around 350km from Bangalore, Mangalore is a great seaside destination. The beautiful beaches and sumptuous sea food will keep you asking for more.
Bangalore is a modern city that has embraced the global connects with open arms. With a lot of domestic as well as international in migration, the city is packed with talent, skill as well as a socially and environmentally conscious population.