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Bangalore

Bestowed with several names like Silicon Valley of India, Pub Capital of India, Air Conditioned City, and City of Gardens, Bangalore now called Bengaluru is the capital city of Karnataka. Way before the IT industry made its way to the city, it was known as the ‘Pensioners’ Paradise’. Now, it's a beautiful amalgamation of past and present. The city might not have any major attraction as other major cities of India, but the fact that the it is a mixture of history, architecture, culture, spirituality and nature, makes it one of the top tourist destinations of India. We have fished out some of the best places to visit in Bangalore for you.

The Tipu Sultan Palace here is the grand summer palace which has now been converted into a museum. A must see attraction in Bangalore, this palace boasts of magnificent figures, paintings and other artworks. A unique feature of the palace is that it had been constructed using pure teak wood, something that is hard to find in today’s world.

While on the subject of palaces, the Bangalore Palace built by Chamaraja Wodeyar is another must visit place in Bangalore. The architecture of the palace is inspired by England’s Windsor Castle. The palace boasts of Tudor-style architecture, with fortified towers, arches, green lawns, and elegant woodcarvings in its interiors. The huge palace grounds are used for organizing various types of events and musical shows, most of which include rock concerts. Do not miss the perfectly designed interiors of the palace filled with magnificent paintings and stained glass windows.

For all the art lovers, the National Gallery of Modern Art on Palace Road is housed in a Colonial Mansion with a garden setting. The art gallery also has a café in its premises. With all its greenery, the Gallery is nothing less than an oasis. You can enjoy the massive collection on display or an ongoing exhibition.

Rekindle your religious beliefs by visiting the popular Iskcon Temple (International Society for Krishna Consciousness) of Bangalore. Bangalore has two Iskcon temples, one of which is Sri Radha Krishna Temple, located at Hare Krishna Hill, Rajaji Nagar. Built in a magnificent architectural style, the temple is a perfect union of spirituality and modernity. The temple attracts devotees or tourists from all over the world as it provides a great spiritual experience. The delicious Sri Krishna prasadam is distributed freely to all the visitors during the darshan hours.

You can also visit this beautiful Lalbagh Botanical Garden that started out as a private Mughal-style garden for the city’s royal rulers. The garden is said to have the most diverse species of plants in the world. It was designed along the lines of the Crystal Palace in London. The garden takes on a festive look during India's Independence Day and Republic Day celebrations, with a captivating show of over 200 varieties of flowers. The show also features an exhibition of hybrid vegetables.

This IT Hub of India can be visited anytime of the year, as the city enjoys a moderate temperature throughout the year. The summers are pleasant in Bangalore. When the country is exhausted by heat, the temperature of the city never crosses 35 degree Celsius. Rains are also blissful but it’s better to avoid the monsoon season. The weather becomes the most pleasant during the winter season. The winter season is the best time to plan a visit as the city also hosts numerous music festivals.



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