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Maysore Palace - Banglore Known as the Garden City, the country's most pristine city evolved significantly when the high-tech revolution arrived and Bangalore suddenly found itself at the center of the nation's massive computer hardware and software industries. In 90's it changed suddenly from a small town to that of a cosmopolitan, fueled as much by its lively bar and cafe culture as by the influx of international business people, India's high-tech hub has a high-energy buzz, with far and away the best climate of any Indian city.

The city's real appeal is its zesty contemporary Indian lifestyle and its usefulness as a base for getting to the extraordinary temples and ruins of the Deccan interior and the vibrant cities of Hyderabad and Mysore.

PLACES OF INTEREST
Lal Bagh Tower - Banglore Lalbagh Tower
The Lalbagh Botanical Garden, Bangalore is of royal origin and was started initially as a private garden in an area of 40 acres by Hyder Ali, one of the most famous rulers of old Mysore in 1760. Initially designed in Mughal style, on the model of an extensive garden at Sira in Tumkur near Bangalore, this garden was further developed by Hyder Ali's son Tipu Sultan and subsequently by the British and Indian doyens of horticulture by extension of area and addition of a number of plant species. Of them, Major Waugh, Dr. Wallich, William Munroe, Sir Mark Cubbon, Dr. Cleghorn, William New, A. Blck, John Cameron, Krumbeigal, Rao Bahadur H.C. Javaraya, K. Nanjappa and Dr. M.H. Marigowda, as the Superintendents of the garden, have made noteworthy contributions to the development of Lalbagh.

Lalbagh is currently under the aegis of the Directorate of Horticulture, Government of Karnataka. The Directorate is housed amidst the splendid environs of the botanical garden. Lalbagh was given the status of a Government Botanical Garden in 1856, and since then, it has been an internationally renowned centre for scientific study of plants and botanical artwork and also conservation of plants. Formal and informal styles dominate the garden in perfect harmony, which is a testimony to the beauty of nature. Today, the garden is a lush green paradise with an area of 240 acres in the heart of the city.
Bull Temple - BangloreBull Temple
The "Bull Temple" is situated in Bangalore - the capital of Karnataka. The sculpture of bull is the holy deity in the temple, also known as "Nandi Temple". The gigantic bull measuring 4.57m in height and 6.10 m in length is carved out of a single rock. It is a sculptural magnum opus. This Bull Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva's Vahana (vehicle), Nandi the bull. Large number of devotees visits the enormous monolithic statue of the sitting bull every day.

Nandi the bull of Shiva faces the temple of Lord Shiva haunch at the back with sculptures of God Surya and Goddess Candra on their chariots drawn by horses. There is a small Lingam shrine bedecked with the exquisite Gopuram. The underground "Sri-Gavi Gandadhareshwara Temple" holds its own charm, every year on 14th January known as Makara Sankranti festival, it is believed that a ray of light passes between the horn of a Nandi outside the temple and lights the idol kept inside. The Bull temple is full of liveliness during the Shivratri festival.
Tipu Sultal's Palace - BangloreTipu Sultan's Palace
Tipu Sultan Fort was initially built by Kempe Gowda, the founder of Bangalore. The fort was later extended by Tipu Sultan, the Emperor of Mysore. Situated near the City Market, the fort dates back to the year 1537. It was here that Hyder Ali, the father of Tipu Sultan, imprisoned David Baird, along with a number of other army officers of the British. The Fort stands as a witness to the struggle of the Mysore Emperor against the British domination. Read on to know more about Tipu Sultan Fort and Palace of Bangalore, India.
Vidhan Soudha - BangloreVidhan Soudha
Bangalore Vidhan Soudha was constructed in the year 1954 and is one of the chief centres of attraction in Bangalore. The architecture of the building is inflenced by the neo Dravidian style and it currently houses the Legislative Assembly of Karnataka and a part of the secretariat.
Cubbon Park - BangloreCubbon Park
Situated in the centre of the Bangalore city, the Cubbon Park is worth a visit. The park, laid by Lord Cubbon in 1864, is spread over 300 acres. The layout of the park is absolutely exquisite.
Banglore Palace - BangloreBanglore Palace
Bangalore palace, built in 1887, is a must see in the city. The Palace's architecture is based on the Tudor style. Situated in the centre of the Bangalore city, the palace covers an area of about 800 acres. The palace resembles the Windsor Palace of England.
Venkatappa Art Gallery - BangloreVenkatappa Art Gallery
Venkatappa art gallery, a treat for art lovers, has about 600 paintings displayed all through the year. The art gallery has some elite collections of scenic displays.
Iskcon Temple - BangloreIskcon
The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) Temple Complex of Bangalore is a marvellous structure that blends the Dravidian and modern styles of architecture. The building has modern facilities like multi-vision cinema theatre, vedic library, computer aided presentation theatres and a preaching library. The temple offers accommodation facility for members as well as non-members.
Shiva Statue - BangloreShiva Statue
A 65 feet high statue depicting Lord Shiva in a Padmashan or Lotus position, complete with Mount Kailash, heavenly abode of the god . The river Ganga is also shown flowing from matted locks of Shiva in the background. The entire area beautifully depicts the mythological legend related to it.
Banglore AquariumAquarium
The sight of the Aquarium, the second largest in the country, is very fascinating. Built in a well planned manner, the Aquarium houses a good collection of of aquatic life. The Aquarium is closed on Mondays.
Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium - Banglore Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium
Among the other places, the Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium is a must visit. The shows here are informational depict the celestial bodies well. The planetarium hosts daily shows on astronomy and is especially fascinating for the children.

General Information

By Air : Bangalore (3 km)
By Rail : Bangalore (10 km)
By Road : Chennai (350 kms), Mysore (140 km), Puttaparthi (156 km), Nagarhole (220 km), Belur (220 km), Halebid (220 km)
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