5 Nov

10 Spectacular places to visit near Bengaluru

Even though the city is now known as Bengaluru, it will always be known as the “Garden City of India”. As for the ones who are allured by technology, Bengaluru has also been dubbed as the “Silicon Valley of India”. With its share of history and religion, this city is a place for all kinds of people! Here’s a list of places that you should definitely checkout on your trip to Bengaluru:

Bangalore Palace:

Bangalore Palace

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Covering a total of 450-acres in the north of the city, surrounded with lush greenery, this palace is a bewitching wonder of Bangalore’s history. This majestic castle is a striking epitome of class and prominence with over 30000 paintings collected by the Royal family of Bangalore.

Vidhana Soudha:

Vidhana Soudha

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Vidhana Soudha, the seat of the state legislature of Karnataka is known for its remarkable architecture. Plan you visit on a Sunday evening to experience the charm of Mysore’s Neo-Dravidian style of construction. Further, it also incorporates some elements of Indo-Saracenic styles.

Lalbagh:

Lalbaugh

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Lalbagh Botanical Garden is one of the most beautiful gardens in India which was initiated by Hyder Ali, Mysore’s eminent ruler and later finished by his son Tipu Sultan. Home to a glass house, it also shelters India’s largest collection of tropical plants!

Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace:

Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace

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This breath-taking palace was built entirely of teak and adorned with pillars, arches and balconies, an example of Indo-Islamic architecture. As the name suggests, it was the summer residence of Mysore’s ruler, Tipu Sultan.

Cubbon Park:

Cubbon Park

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Originally named as “Meade’s Park” after Sir John Meade, the acting Commissioner of Mysore in 1870, it accommodates a rich lineage of abundant flora and fauna. You can also checkout several other aesthetic decorations and the State Central Library.

Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum:

Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum

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A constituent unit of the National Council of Science Museums under the Ministry of Culture, VITM, was inaugurated by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, first Prime Minister of Free India. You can explore some of the most astonishing technological exhibits of the country.

Bannerghatta National Park:

 Bannerghatta National Park

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Bannerghatta is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Bangalore, with a pet corner, a zoo, an aquarium, an animal rescue centre, a butterfly enclosure, a snake house and a safari park. What more does one want?

Halasuru Someshwara Temple:

Halasuru Someshwara Temple

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Located in Ulsoor, it is the oldest temples in the city and was constructed way back in the Chola period. You shouldn’t miss out on this temple especially if you are a Shiva disciple.

Bangalore Fort:

Bangalore Fort

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This fort was built in 1537 by Kempe Gowda I, who is also the founder of Bengaluru. Although it was initially a mud fort, Haider Ali replaced it with a stone fort in 1761. What’s interesting is that this fort inspired the set-up of the treasure hunt in the book, “Riddle of the Seventh Stone”.

Bull Temple:

Nandi Bull Temple

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Built to conciliate a wild bull that destroyed the fields hundreds of years ago, Bull Temple now attracts tourists from around the world. Don’t forget to stop by the giant bull revered as Basavanna. The legend says enraged farmers tried to stop the bull by hitting it with a club. That’s when the bull sat down and transformed into a stone. This story didn’t end here, the stone bull began to grow in size. The farmers put a trident near the bull’s feet and forehead to prevent it from growing further.

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