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With near perfect weather, very hospitable people and a cosmopolitan environment, Bangalore is one gem of a city. Popularly known as the garden city and the IT hub of India, Bangalore is truly a diverse city with people from all over the country embracing it. A top tourist destination, a visit to this city is always special!
Housing the largest collection of tropical plants in the world, Lal bagh is quite easily one of the foremost attractions of the city. Built by Hyder Ali in the 19th century, this beautiful enclosure is the epitome of Bangalore’s charm which woes a large number of tourists every year. Offering a contrast to the fast paced city-life, this is a perfect place to relax and unwind.
Lal Bagh glass house on a cloudy day (Source: Dinuraj K)
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Spread over 96 acres of landscaped terrain, Lalbagh or the Red Garden was laid out in 1760 by Hyder Ali, and is now one of Bengaluru's most famous greens. Ten-seater ecofriendly buggies (per head Rs100) can take you on a guided tour across the garden, telling you more about the centuries-old trees and collections of plants from around the world. A beautiful glasshouse, modelled on the original Crystal Palace in London, is the venue for flower shows in the weeks preceding Republic Day (26 January) and Independence Day (15 August). Walk in early on Sundays, and you can also hear the police band perform at the Police Bandstand.
(Source: Lonely Planet)
Address: The Directorate of Horticulture, Lalbagh, Mavalli, Bangalore
Tele: 080 26571925
Open Hours: 06:00 - 19:00
Entry: Rs. 10.00 per person.
Often compared to the famous Times square, Brigade Road is a place where you will find swarms of tourists shopping, eating and getting into the Bangalore groove. With its dazzling lights, fine restaurants and best shopping areas brigade road is the epicentre of Bangalore Tourism. Visit it to truly experience Bangalore and be mesmerized by its aura.
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I have to leave Bangalore soon (i hope)for some few years.But I ll always remember the days I have walked this street all these years with my parents and friends.So many memmories that i ll never forget for life.But i wish those beautiful boulevards that once graced the street always stayed that way:(:(.But sad it had to be removed. Just for time pass walk.. just go walk along, have theatres...have nagarjuna Andhra style restaurant on parallel road..Many showrooms and commercial retailers mark this road and create a shopper's paradise. Worth a look!!!
Address: Brigade Road, MG Road, Bangalore
Resting in the heart of Krishna Rajendra City Market is the elegant Palace of Tipu Sultan, notable for its teak pillars and ornamental frescoes. Though not as beautiful as the Mysore palace, this offbeat destination is worth a visit. After a walk in the palace, enjoy the freshness of the lush and natural beauty around.
Tipu Sultan's Palace (Source: Indi Samarajiva)
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Liked the architecture of mughalai times!!!! but being a south indian im used to seeing huge architecture.... the simple yet majestic palace reflects the greatness of Tipu Sultan. A ruler who appeared to have been more close to the earth and his people rather than being trapped by profane materialistic luxuries that most rulers indulged in. It is a big miss for those people especially those from outside of India to expect a lot out of this heritage site...it is pretty small and not much to describe about architectural beautiful facade.
Address: Albert Victor Rd, Chamrajpet, KC Market, Bangalore
Tele: 080 2203234, 2266084
Open Hours: 08:30 - 17:30
Entry: Rs. 5.00 per person.
Visvesvarapuram or VV Puram in short is a small street in Bangalore where you can get a taste of Mumbai. From Fafda to Vada Pav, Pav Bhaji to Akki Roti, Jilebis to Rabdis you get everything here. This is one great place which not many people know off. But it is worth a try.
Apart from the street food another specialty of this area is the 150 year old VB Bakery which is famous for its Dumroot and other bakery products.
VB Bakery (Source: Phillie Casablanca)
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We`re originally from Bombay and when we heard about Khau Galli or Food Street, it immediately transported us back to aamchi MUMBAI! We went the same evening. We should not be too harsh on the experiment but it was honestly a pale replica of a true-blue Bombay khau-galli. Most of the items are the same as would be available at a khau-galli - pav bhaji, pakoras, papads, daabeli, makai bhutta, wada-pao. And it was genuinely fun to sample everything
Address: No.20, Sajjan Rao Circle, Visvesvarapuram, Bangalore
Tele: 91 80 22424615
Open Hours: 18:00 - 22:30
Bugle Rock is a huge rock formation that can be seen at Basavangudi. It is supposed to be about 3000 million years old and also has a watchtower which was built on it by Kempe Gowda II, and gives you a beautiful panorama of the city. There is a small park in the area which has waterfalls and fountains, in addition to two other Temples-Bull Temple and Dodda Ganesh Temple.
In Dodda Ganesh Temple rests an enormous idol of Lord Ganesha and the Bull Temple is a 16th century Dravidian style temple, containing a huge granite monolith of Nandi.
Nandi at Lepakshi (Source: nagesh_kamath)
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Bugle Rock Park encapsulated inside the M.N. Krishna Rao Park, Bangalore, is one of the grand old parks of the area. The park is visited by large number of joggers every morning. The waterfalls and fountains created using natural rock formations add beauty to the park. The Bull Temple and Ramakrishna Ashram are the nearby attraction. The park is also close to the airport and railway station.
Address: M.N. Krishna Rao Park, Basavanagudi, Bangalore
Tele: 080-2661 3149
Open Hours: 09:00 - 19:00
Although you are all for the vitality and party scene of the city, missing this place would not be advisable. The Karnataka Chitrakala Parishat houses the city's most revered art collection, which, as any art enthusiast would tell you, is a treasure trove.
Open: 10:00-18:00 Mon-Sat
What you will find here:
Indian and international contemporary art, as well as the lavish gold-leaf work of Mysore-style paintings, and folk and tribal art from across the continent. There are also galleries devoted to Russian master Nicholas Roerich, whose vividly colourful paintings of the Himalayas are outstanding, and his son Svetoslav, who settled in India.
Karnataka Chitrakala Parishat (Source: Lonely Planet)
Chitrakala Parishath (Source: Hari Prasad Nadig)
If you are looking forward for some fun other than the pubs and clubs of Bangalore, head to Wonder la for some fun dry and wet rides. A recent and a very popular attraction on Mysore Road, Wonder La has drawn a lots of adults and kids for its thrilling rides. A day does not feel enough to experience it all. Clean and Hygienic, this park is famous for its water slides and rides.
Wonderla (Source: Kalyan Kanuri)
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All the attractions are world class and very thrilling. There are water games and also normal rides.The entry ticket is 600.
Few rides are named as "High Thrill Rides". The food is ok(Neither good, nor bad).
The rides other than water games(dry - rides) are more or less same which takes you to some height and turns you in all possible directions. Couples can enjoy in the "Rain Disco". Lots of attractions for Kids too.
Rates: INR 410-710 ($8.50-15) depending on the day
Timings: 11 am to 7 pm on all days, except Holidays on which the park closes at 8 pm
Address: 28th KM, Mysore Road, Hejjala (PO)
Tips: The park does not allow outside food . There are plenty of food courts within the park where you can eat. Also, remember to pack an extra set of clothes or your swim-wear for some fun on the wet rides.
The Iskcon temple in Bangalore is one of the most spectacular structures in the city.It is treated as a landmark. Hugely visited by the locals as well as travelers for devotion and to witness the excellent architectural work. The artificially illuminated water falls inside the temple add to its brilliance. There are four "Gopurams" which are internally connected and makes into a huge hall called "Hari naam Kirtan". The paintings in the ceiling of the hall is outstanding. The temple is a perfect mix of tradition and modernity.
ISKCON Temple Bangalore (Source: ashwin kumar)
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Great Great Great Lord Krishna Temple at Bangalore is one of the best temple of Lord Krishna in entire India. Wonderful.
Timings: 4:15am to 8:30pm
Address: Hare Krishna Hill, Chord Road
Located around 48 kilometres from Bangalore is Ramanagaram situated in a valley against the backdrop of the rocky Deccan hills.Believe me or not, it is one of the must-see places in Bangalore. Although the city itself is a beautiful place, Ramanagaram gives Bangalore a perfect picturesque scenery. View from the air or from the rail, you will be filled with temptation once you catch a glimpse of it. Here you can get into a lot of adventure activities like rock-climbing, mountaineering and so on.
There are many trains and buses connecting Bangalore to Ramanagaram. Here's a link to it.
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You could try Thrillophilia, an adventure company that has a lot of activities to choose from. Here's a snippet -
Ramanagara is famous for its silk market, one of the biggest in India, giving it the other name of Silk town. In Ramanagaram we will get a chance for Bouldering - This is all about climbing up boulders. It's often used as training for improvement of climbing and strength skills. Then after we will go for Rappelling or Abseiling. This uses the same techniques as mountaineering. Then we will come to our last activity which is Chimney Climbing. In this, climbing is done in the gap between two rocks.
Telephone: +91-968-602-0000, +91-968-612-0000
Address: Thrillophilia Adventure Tours Pvt. Ltd., 4th Floor, 2628, 27th main, 1st sector, HSR layout, Bangalore
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Ramanagaram shot into fame with the film Sholay in the 70s. But this small town just outside Bangalore has been the hub of silk-industry, rock climbers' haven and home to several temples.
(Source: Citizen Matters)
There are many temples around. To know more on Things to do and see in Ramanagaram, click here.
Showcasing the royalty of this amazing city is the majestic Bangalore Palace. Built on the likes of the famous Windsor Castle, a visit to this palace is a must on a trip to Bangalore. Apart from its magnificent exteriors which stand out in the city panorama, the palace also has intricately carved interiors bearing witness to the royal lives of the kings of old.
(Source: Poorna Kedar)
Wikipedia provides an apt description:
The ground floor consists of an open courtyard containing granite seats covered with fluorescent blue ceramic tiles. It also contains a ballroom for holding private parties. The first floor containing an elaborate hall called as the Durbar Hall can be reached by climbing a decorated staircase. This is the hall where the king used to address the assembly. The walls along the staircase are adorned with paintings and the Durbar Hall has a massive elephant head mounted in it. One side of the hall contains stained glass windows in Gothic style. The yellow colour is used profusely and the walls and the sofa set in the hall are in yellow. A screen on one end separates the area where the ladies used to sit and watch the assembly proceedings in relative privacy. Some paintings of Raja Ravi Verma are also present here.
Address-Palace Rd N of City Centre
Tel- 080 2331 5789
Entry: Indians- Rs100/$2, Foreigners Rs200/$4, camera Rs500/$9
Lioness (Source: wildxplorer)
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Really good place. worth the time and money you spend.The safari is awesome to observe the beauty of nature and its precious living animals. It is a pleasent feeling to see the animal in such a close, beautiful and safe (for animal & human being) environment.
(Source: Bannerghatta National Park)
Address: 22 kms. south of Bangalore, Bangalore, India
Rates: Rs.165 ($3.3) for a safari
Hours: 9am to 5pm, Closed on Tuesday.
Getting there: There are a number of buses which goes to this side of the city
Innovative Film City is located around 35 km from Bangalore, on the Mysore highway. With mountains and a lake as a backdrop, this attraction is one of the best in the city and built on the premise that films have always been a great crowd-puller in India. The complex has many attractions - Innovative studios, a Ripley's Believe It or Not museum, mock sets, 4D theater, an 18-hole mini golf course, a toddler's den, old-world talkies, a retail park, an entertainment district, food court and wonderful themed restaurants.
Innovative_film_city 002 (Source: Rishabh Mathur)
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The ticket of 499 per person is well worth the price. There are also enough restaurants to eat and take a break. There is something for kids/adults of every age, even a 1year old can have lot of fun here. Overall great place and they are still adding more stuff there...
Address: #24 & 26, Bidadi Industrial Estate, Bidadi, Bengaluru - 562 109
Tel: +91 (080) 22099999, Mobile: 9632280255
Rates: Rs.499 ($10) per person
Hours: Park Timings – Monday to Friday – 10am - 6pm | Weekends & Public holidays - 10am - 7.30pm | Aqua City – Park open from 11am - 5.30pm | Beach - 11am - 6pm
Getting there: You can hire a cab or hop on to the buses bound for Mysore.
Vidhana Soudha, the Legislative house of Karnataka with its magnificent granite edifice is built in a neo-dravidian style of architecture. The tomb inside the premises is open to the tourists on weekdays between 15:00hrs to 17:30 hrs with official permissions. You must visit the place on Sunday evening to have a spectacular view of floodlit Soudha. The structure towering over Cubbon Park gives an enchanting view of the lush greenery and fresh air to breath. Once you finish visiting Vidhana Soudha you can take stroll inside the park.
Vidhana Soudha (Source: soham_pablo)
Contact number for getting entry permission: 080-2200112
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The granite building towering over Cubbon park houses the Secretariat and the Legislative Assembly. This is one of India's most magnificent public buildings. On Sunday evenings when floodlit, it presents a breathtaking picture. The building has a total plinth area of over 500,000 sq. ft spread through four stories.
(Source: Vidhana Soudha - VirtualTourist)
Beautiful Cubbon Park (Source: soham_pablo)
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