Guest Post By: Priyanka Tewari … a.k.a .. Teena
Very Few cities in India have the power to attract a visitor to shift there permanently. Bangalore is one of them. Bangalore officially known as Bengaluru is well known as Garden City of India. Bangalore is proud capital of Karnataka in South India. In past few years, Bangalore emerged as a hub for IT Companies thus known as Silicon Valley of India. Bangalore is a city of cool, salubrious climate and young people with life and oomph. All inclusive makes Bangalore a perfect balance of past and present.
Lal Bagh: A must see in Bangalore is Lal Bagh Botanical garden. This enchanting garden named as ‘Lal Bagh’ because of its beautiful, budding red roses that blossom throughout the Years. This park has some rare species of plants brought from Persia, Afghanistan and France. It has an intricate watering system for irrigation. It has many springs, lotus pools and flowerbeds. It also has one of the oldest rock formations called as the Lal Bagh Rock. The Glass House, a later addition to the Garden, now hosts a permanent flower show. The garden gets a festive look every year on Independence Day and Republic Day.
Timing: 9 am – 6 pm
Vidhan Soudha: Vidhan Soudha, a major attraction of Bangalore, is famous for its neo Dravidian style, with hints of Chola, Rajasthani and Kannada architecture. This enormous massive building is built in 1954. There is a part of Karnataka secretariat in the Building. The building project was started in 1952 and took five thousand labourers, 1500 chisellers, masons and wood carvers four years to complete. It is built entirely from Bangalore granite and has floral motifs on stone artefacts. It covers the area of 5,50,505 square feet, and is 700 feet long, 350 feet wide and is 150 feet high.
Cubbon Park: Want to laze around in the lush green paradise. Here is the place for all Bangalorians named as Cubbon Park. It is named after Sir Mark Cubbon, Bangalore’s longest serving Commissioner. The Park has sophisticated classical buildings such as the Government Museum, Visveswaraya Industrial and Technological Museum, Aquarium, Venkatappa Art Gallery and Seshadri Iyer Memorial Hall. It has a paragon of different species of exotic plants and many decorative and blossoming trees, both exotic and original. Bal Bhavan is a great place for the kids to adore. It’s an ideal place for walkers, joggers, and nature lovers.
Timing: 24 hrs (Closed for traffic 5 am – 8 am)
Attara Kacheri: Located at the entrance to Cubbon Park and houses the High Court and many lower courts, this two-storied building is built in 1867 under the reign of Tipu Sultan. This building is painted in red with Corinthian columns in Gothic style architecture. It’s Close to the Court is the State Central Library building having architectural style of stone and fluted pillars. This is adjacent to Venkatappa Art Gallery, displaying famous paintings, artefacts and wooden statues of artist Venkatappa.
Bull Temple: Built by the city’s original architect, Kempe Gowda, the Bull temple of Bangalore is dedicated to the vahana (vehicle) of Lord Shiva, Nandi Bull. There is a gigantic statue of the sitting bull engraved out of a single rock. The statue is 4.5 meters tall and 6 meters long. This temple is situated in Basavanagudi and this temple has been built in the Dravidian style of architecture. Sri Dodda Ganapathi is a nearby Ganesha temple which houses a massive statue of the elephant-headed deity made of butter.
Timing: 7.30 am – 12.30 pm, 5.30 pm – 8.30 pm
Bangalore Palace: Another must see attraction in the city of garden is Bangalore Palace. It was built by Chamaraja Wodeyar, Maharaja of Mysore in 1887. Beautiful Bangalore Palace which is inspired by England’s Windsor Castle has Tudor style architecture, with fortified towers, curvatures, lush green lawns and elegant woodcarvings in its interiors.
Tipu Sultan’s Palace & Fort: Tipu Sultan’s Palace was built in the end of the 18th century. This Palace initially was made by Chikkadeva Raya in mud. Later, Hyder Ali started reconstruction in Indo-Islamic architecture and built it entirely by timber. This palace showcases the ethnic Mughal lifestyle. The fort is noted for its exquisitely carved arches on the gate. There is a Hindu temple in the courtyard which is the proof of Tipu Sultan’s religious tolerance.
Timing: 9 am – 5 pm
Venkatappa Art Gallery: Venkatappa art gallery is a perfect place for the art lovers exhibiting some of the rich art of Bangalore. This gallery compromised of two floors displaying 600 painting with antiquities from Mohenjadaro and terracotta from Mathura. The art gallery also has some of the selected collections of scenic displays.
Timing: Thursday – Tuesday, 10 am – 5 pm
Ulsoor Lake: The beautiful Ulsoor Lake of Bangalore is an artificial lake, spread over an area of 125 acres. It was constructed by Kempegowda II. Boating and swimming pool are the great attractions of the lake. There is a boat club at the lake, where you can hire cruises with stop-offs at some of the islands.
Other Bangalore Attractions: Apart from the above, Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium which creates awareness about astronomy, Gandhi Bhavan showcasing photos of Mahatma Gandhi’s life, Crazy Water park which provides adventure, splash and delight, located in Bannerghatta Main Road , as well as great shopping malls are there to appeal people to this stunning city.