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Travel to Bengaluru

Bengaluru

Overview
Bengaluru: The kaleidoscope of colours and forts

Enveloped with innumerable adjectives that pronounce it as a paradise for tourists, the city of Bengaluru is known as the 'Silicon Valley of India', ' the Garden city of India' and even the 'Pub city of India.' Along with a rich blend of British and Indian architectural styles embroidering the city, Bengaluru permeates the similar modern ambience found in several international cities like London, New York and even Paris. This evident change is so dramatic that Bengaluru is synonymous with style, royalty and class.

The dramatic history of Bengaluru is tied inextricably with the previous invasion of Western Gangas, Cholas, Hoysalas and finally Kempe Gowda I, the founder of Vijayayanagara Empire in the 16th century. Later it was the indomitable Tipu Sultan who made Bengaluru as the summer capital of the Mysore state. Sprawling around the military cantonment and western city, Bengaluru has come a long way.

Following are the main attractions of Bengaluru:

Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium: Established in 1989 by the Bengaluru City Corporation, this planetarium inculcates interest in astronomy, star gazing and other endeavours. It also includes the Science Park and the Science Culture. Astro-pictures, paintings, sculptures, supernova remnants and galaxies are the important features of this planetarium. It is a must visit for kids who love to explore the world beyond our eyes.

Ulsoor Lake: Enveloping the central part of Bengaluru, Ulsoor Lake is one of the oldest and biggest lakes in the city. It is also called as Halasuru. It was built by Kempe Gowda II. Tourists love to watch the setting sun, take a casual stroll, or experience the cool embrace of wind at Ulsoor Lake. One of the oldest temples in the city, the Halasuru Someshwara Temple is located near to the lake.

Government MuseumGovernment Museum: Lauded for being one of the oldest museums in India, the Government Museum in Bengaluru was established by the Mysore State in 1865. Several rare geological and archaeological artefacts are preserved here. One of the oldest Kannada inscriptions- the Halmidi inscription is preserved here.

Lal Bagh: A must visit for florists, the Lal Bagh was created by Hyder Ali, the prestigious ruler of Mysore. Tipu Sultan, though, had eventually finished its complete creation. Several tourists come here to explore the lake, aquarium along with the rare collection of tropical flowers. The construction of Lal Bagh was initially supposed to follow the pattern of Mughal Gardens in Delhi. The regular flower shows organised here are a great delight.

Cubbon Park: Fondly called as the 'lung area' of Bengaluru, it was created by Richard Hieram Sankey in 1870. It is surrounded by several important government buildings such as the Vidhana Soudha and the high court. Its a paradise for morning walk lovers, naturalists and florists.

 

Excrusions from Bengaluru: Travellers can also explore the Bannerghatta National Park (21 km), Karnataka Folk Museum (53 km), Devarayanadurga (80 km), Kolar Gold Fields(120 km) and Shivanasamudra Waterfalls (120 km).

 

Shopping in Bengaluru: Posh style, luxury and rich quality brands are the face of Bengaluru. The best shopping destinations in Bengaluru include Brigade Road, Commercial Street, 100 ft road Indiranagar and malls. Sandalwood handicrafts, traditional silk sarees and ivory carvings are the main attractions of shopping in Bengaluru.

MahashivratriWhen to Reach: The pleasant weather of Bengaluru attracts tourists all over the year. Tourists can also explore Bengaluru during the time of festivals like Pongal (January), Mahashivratri (February), Ugadi (March) and Ganesh Chaturthi (September).

 

How to Reach:

Air: Located 40 km away from the main city, the Bengaluru Airport is connected with domestic and international flights.

Rail: The Bengaluru City Railway Station is well connected with the major cities of the India.

Road: The flawless and extensive bus network system in Bengaluru is well connected with other destinations in Karnataka.

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