Tipu Sultan's Palace, Bangalore'The City of Gardens', 'the Silicon Valley of India', 'the Scientific and Technology capital of India' are just few of the names by which the city of Bangalore, Karnataka's capital, is renowned for world over. A thriving cosmopolitan, it is popular with the youth for its progressive thinking and lifestyle and a happening nightlife. Gardens and historical sites add an old world charm to Bangalore's modern settings - fast food chains, coffee shop cum bookstores, pubs etc. Shops on the MG Road selling silk, sandalwood and rosewood items attract tourists in hordes. Festivals such as Karaga are celebrated with pomp and glory.
Places to visit on your travel to Bangalore :
Vidhana Soudha -
Built in 1954 by convicts, it functions, ironically, as the secretariat and state legislature building. Its gigantic dimensions dominate the Bangalore skyline.
Lalbagh Botanical Gardens -
It is a reminder of the glorious days under the rule of Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan. As the name suggests, the garden is home to blooming red roses spread over 96 hectares of historic land. Rare tropical and subtropical plants, many of which are centuries old with unknown medicinal value, are protected here. A glasshouse built on the lines of London's Crystal Palace is another site to visit. A visit to the rose garden, especially around the Republic and Independence Day, will leave you delighted.
Fort and Tipu Sultan's Palace -
Little remains of the stone fort built in the 18th century Karnataka. Much of its sturdy walls destroyed during the countless wars with the British.
Bull Temple -
Devotees throng the temple built on the Bungle Hill in the 16th century - a period dominated by Dravidian style. Being Bangalore's oldest temple with the monolith of Nandi, the sacred Bull, it is revered by the locals and the visitors alike.
Bangalore Palace -
A striking resemblance to the Windsor Castle, down to the very details of its classical architectural style, has caught many tourists off guard.
Ulsoor Lake -
if you want to cool your heels, what better way than to dive into the welcoming waters of Ulsoor Lake.
Places to visit around Bangalore :
Nandi Hills -
With its commanding view, the Nandi Hills are a popular summer and weekend retreat for the present day Bangaloreans as it was for Tipu Sultan's empire. Tipu drop and Chola temples are worth visiting on your travel to Bangalore.
Established by the Late Odissi dancer Protima Gauri to revive classical dance forms from obscurity, this dance village, 30 km northwest of Banaglore, offers guided tours into the dying art forms of Bangalore.