Bangalore, also known as Bengaluru, apart from being the capital city of Karnataka state of India, also been voted as the most liveable city in India. Formerly known as the City of Gardens, the city is a major IT hub often called as Sillicon Valley of India. The vibrant city features Dravidian style architecture, picturesque parks, quirky cafes and sizzling nightlife. Here are the top 10 attractions in the city which one simply can’t miss!
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1. Bangalore Fort
A peaceful getaway from the bustling city? Well, you picked right! Featuring pink stoned walls and structured lawn, Bangalore Fort gives you a tranquil experience. A stronghold of the emperor Tipu Sultan and originally built as a mud fort, the fort now contains ruins showcasing the Delhi Gate and two bastions.
2. Ulsoor Lake
Also known as Halasuru Lake, this lake is one of the most known landmarks of the city. Constructed by the city’s then commissioner Sir Lewin Bentham Bowring, the lake also consists of a few islets. The lake is a perfect pick to fulfil your weekend escape plan. The lake also hosts boating service.
3. Vidhana Soudha
The state legislature of the state of Karnataka, Vidhana Soudha is the most important landmark of the city. Built in neo – Dravidian style architecture, the constuction was completed in 1956. A stroll through the marvellous structure in the evening while the exterior is decorated with lights is a not-to-be-missed!
4. Cubbon Park
Reason behind the city being called as a “City of Gardens” – Cubbon Park! Tourists visiting the city made the park the city’s trendsetter. Located in the heart of the city, this park is closer to Vidhana Soudha. You may come across many a health freaks as well as nature lovers. Experience serenity just in the heart of the bustling city!
5. Lal Bagh Botanical Gardens
So we’re listing down the must visits in the city, in this case, one must not forget Lal Bagh Botanical Gardens or simply, Lal Bagh. Built by the region’s then ruler Hyder Ali in 1760, this park is a perfect melange of heritage and horticulture. Mainly featuring a glasshouse that boasts annual flower shows twice a year (Republic Day – 26th January and Independence Day – 15th August), the park also consists of a lake.
6. Bannerghatta National Park
Wilderness close to the city? This way please! Bannerghatta National Park or Bannerghatta Natural Reserve is located 22 km away from the bustling city. The national park showcases various attractions such as a zoo, butterfly park, snake house and a safari park. Nature lovers and trekking enthusiasts – this place is also a treat for you for it also boasts trekking and hiking trails.
7. Bangalore Palace
History and architecture patrons, come this way! Bangalore Palace is an ideal place for you! Built in early 19th century by Chamaraja Wadiyar of Wadiyar dynasty (one of the most elite dynasties in southern India), the palace is known by being an inspired by Windsor Castle, England. The palace majorly features Gothic style architecture. A number of international music artists have also performed in the premises of the palace.
8. Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace
Another treat for you history lovers! As the name suggests,the palace was the summer residence of the Mysorean ruler Tipu Sultan. Built in the late 18th century, the palace highlights mixture of Indo – Islamic architecture. The palace has been taken in account for its intricate wooden structure and classy frescoes. A peek into the glorious past is not difficult at all!
9. Nandi / Bull Temple
The must – visit temple in the city! Featuring a large monolith Nandi (bull) structure, the temple was built in Dravidian style in the 16th century. The major feature of the temple – the bull – is said to be one of the largest bull structures in the world.
10. Infant Jesus Church
Last but not the least, the Infant Jesus Church or Shrine was built in 1979 in honour of the historic Infant Jesus of Prague. The church has been filmed in a Tamilian film and is a place of growing the number of visiting tourists every year. A Thursday mass is a not-be-missed one at the church.