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Tourist Places in Bangalore India

The city of Bangalore has numerous tourist attractions to keep its visitors busy. Right from beautiful gardens to serene lake to magnificent palaces, the city offers a wide variety to those who are planning to go on Bangalore sightseeing tours. Check out the information given below before going on a tour to India.

Vidhana Soudha

A magnificent building of the Neo-Dravidian style, houses the State Legislature. It was conceived and executed by Kengal Hanumanthaiah, the former Chief Minister of Karnataka in 1956. This imposing building houses the Legislative Chambers of the state government and is Bangalore’s best – known landmark. The building has four domes in its four corners and houses 22 departments and 300 rooms.

Government Museum

One of the oldest museums in the country, established in 1886, it has a unique collection of sculptures, inscriptions, paintings, icons and also some relics from Mohenjodaro. The museum houses an exquisite collection of coins, sculptures, inscriptions, old paintings and excavated items.

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Cubbon Park

This beautiful park, which spreads over 300 acres in the heart of the city, serves as the lung space of the ever growing Bangalore city. Designed by Lt. General Sir Mark Cubbon, in 1864, it is dotted with beautiful statues, flowering trees, fountains and also houses a library within its premises. Named after the erstwhile Commissioner of Bangalore – Sir Mark Cubbon, the Cubbon Park in the heart of the city is a paradise for Bangaloreans, providing a lush green expanse of trees for the city dwellers. Here you can just laze around reading a newspaper or better still doing nothing.

Visveswaraya Industrial and Technological Museum

Visveswaraya Industrial and Technological Museum is situated on the Kasturba Road in Bangalore. Named after M. Visveswaraya, the Dewan of Mysore, it comprises of five galleries, namely Popular Science Gallery, Kimbe Paper Metals Gallery, Children’s Science Gallery, Electronic Technology Gallery and Engine Hall Gallery.

The Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium

Founded in 1989 to commemorate the birth centenary of Jawaharlal Nehru, the First Prime Minister of India , this sky theater with a dome of fifteen meters in diameter attracts all the amateur astronomers and the commoners alike.

The Bull Temple

Built by Kempe Gowda, this temple is famous for a huge monolithic bull that stands 4.5m tall and 6m long. Every year, a groundnut fair is held near the temple where farmers offer their first crop.

Lal Bagh Gardens

This expanse of greenery is one of India’s most beautiful botanical gardens. It was laid out by Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan in the 18th century, Within the Gardens there is a beautiful lake spread over an area of 1.5 Sq.Kms dotted with picturesque tiny islands. It is a good picnic spot. Spread over an expanse of 240 acres; Lal Bagh has a rare collection of tropical and sub-tropical trees, plants and herbs. Though Hyder Ali laid the foundation of the park in the 17th century, it was Tipu Sultan who imported several specimens from Afghanistan, France and Persia ( Iran ). The Park also houses a majestic glass house built on the lines of London’s Crystal Palace.

Nandi Hills

This range of craggy hills ( the highest peak being 2004 m ) holds the shimmering Amrita Sarovar Lake and offers walks of sylvan beauty. A popular health resort today, it was also the place Tipu Sultan and assorted royalty retired when they sought to escape the din of battle and the heat of the plains. A flight of 1,175 steps leads from the base of the hills to the top. On top was Tipu Sultan’s summer retreat and the remains of Tipu’s fort bear this out. Tipu’s Drop, a 600 metre high cliff face, where prisoners were hurled down the precipice, is an awe – inspiring sight.

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Shiva Statue

The Shiva Statue is 65 feet. It is located on the Airport Road just behind Kemp Fort. The statue depicts Lord Shiva who is seated in Padmasan or Lotus position. This is the largest Shiva statue in India. The background has been made to look like Kailash Parvat, an ancient Hindu mountain on which, it is said, Lord Shiva would meditate. The River Ganga flows from the entangled rocks. The statute looks majestic during the night when it is lit.

ISKCON Temple Complex

A perfect and breathtaking blend of modern and traditional south Indian temple architecture, the ISKCON temple houses a multi – vision cinema theatre, computer aided presentation theatres, vedic library and a preaching library. The temple should be a must – see on your itinerary.

Ulsoor Lake

Right in the heart of the city, the lake was earlier known as “Halsur” or “Alasur”. Constructed by Kempe Gowda, it is a major draw for tourists. The lake also has many tiny islands.

The Bangalore Palace

Built way back in 1887 by Chamaraja Wodeyar, the Bangalore Palace is inspired by the Windsor Castle. The Palace has fortified towers, arches and green lawns with elegant woodcarvings in its interiors and Tudor – style architecture. So this is where you can run into the “Windsor Castle” in Bangalore.

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