The Dream City
Bangalore today is no less than a phenomenon. The city which used to be quiet and green, often referred as ‘the pensioner’s paradise’, is now the busiest, fastest and the most happening city in India - the hub of youth, IT and pubbing. The liberal culture and its cityscape dotted with gleaming, towering structures and mushrooming flyovers make the city only one of its kind.
Notwithstanding the traffic congestion and pollution, the ordinary tourist has a lot to do and see in Bangalore. Scattered over the city are magnificent palaces - the remnants of the old Vijayanagar Empire besides temples, parks and gardens. Bangalore is also the shopper’s paradise; with an active night-life and a wide-ranging cuisine to boast. Bangalore, which has gone for its original name- ‘Bengaaluru’, had its origins in the year 1537 when a Magadi Cheftain, Kempe Gowda, laid the foundation of the city here.
The Vidhaan Soudha is quite impressive, with its architecture blending traditional Dravidian and modern styles. Don’t miss the sandalwood door of the cabinet room here. The Cubbon Park, located nearby lies sprawled over an area of 120 hectares. Vast stretches of green, shady flowering trees, colorful beds of flowers and fairy fountains cover the entire area.
The Lal Bagh botanical gardens contain nearly 1000 species of plants, flowers and variety of rare herbs. The glass house inside has been modeled on London’s crystal palace. The garden is best visited during the flower shows held here, when the area transforms into a riot of colors.
The 18th century fort of Tippu Sultan is also a must-see spot for all tourists. There is a Ganapathi temple as well within the walls of the fort. The ISKON temple is also quite a spectacle, its most unique feature being its clean and sparkling interior and surroundings. The temple is situated on Chord Road, on the top of a small hill. The other temples in Bangalore are the Venkataramanaswamy temple, the Gavi Gangadhareswara temple and the Someshwara temple.
The Bannarghatta National park lies 21 km from the city but is well worth a visit. The park houses a snake park, a pet’s corner and a lion’s safari inside. The adventurous looking for some trekking and hiking can visit Devarayandurga and Ramanagaram. Shoppers can head for any of these areas - Brigade Road, Commercial Street, MG Road or Presidency Road.
Bangalore international airport has regular flight services to cities like Calcutta, Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai etc
The Bangalore bus terminus lies close to the railway station and has buses running to all major towns and cities
Bangalore has three railway stations, the most important of which is the Bangalore city station from where trains run to all important cities and towns