Best places to see in and around Bangalore
The city of Bangalore was founded by Kempe Gowda in the 16th century. But its prosperity and proliferation are of the recent past.
Bangalore always hums with cultural activities. There are a number of organizations promoting dance, music and other arts. Hardly a night passes without some cultural performance taking place.
The city's tourist attractions can be visited in the following order:
Lalbagh (Botanical Gardens), Bull Temple, Ulsoor Lake, Vidhana Saudha, Museum and Art Gallery, Cubban Park, and Tipu Sultan's Fort.
Lalbagh: This botanical garden had been originally laid out over 40 acres of land by Hyder Ali and developed by his son, Tipu Sultan. At the centre of this sprawling stretch of garden, now 240 acres, is a glass house where flower shows are organized in February and August.
Lalbagh is among the best gardens in the country. Apart from the many varieties of plants, secured from many parts of the world, Lalbagh has an artificial lake, a lotus pond, and a deer park.
Bull Temple: Basavangudi or the Bull Temple was built by Kempe Gowda. It serves as an excellent example of the Dravidian style of architecture. The majestic monolithic bull is 6.1 meters long and 4.6 meters high.
Ulsoor Lake: Ulsoor Lake is a charming picnic spot with boating facility and a swimming pool.
Cubban Park or Jayachamarajendra Park: Spread over 300 acres this beautifully laid out park contains the Public Library and the Museum. A "Fairy Fountain" is fascinatingly illuminated in the evening.
Vidhana Saudha: Built in solid granite, this magnificent structure housing the state legislature is an impressive modern building that incorporates the traditional style of architecture. This is a five storey structure amidst a colorful meadow and a rose-garden nearby.
Tipu Sultan's Palace and Fort: Originally a clay palace built by Kempe Gowda in 1537, this was rebuilt in its present form two centuries later, by Hyder Ali and later, by Tipu Sultan, his son. It provides an interesting study of the military architecture of the 18th century. Tipu Sultan used to spend his summer here.
Tourist attractions around Bangalore
Lakes and Reservoirs: Chamarajasagar Reservoir at a distance of 35 km. with a dam across the river Arkavathi, Hesaraghatta Lake, 29 km. away, Kanva Reservoir, 69 km. away, are excellent picnic spots and each provides fishing facilities. Bungalows are available at each of these places.
Nandi Hills: This popular hill resort, 68 km. away, has an altitude of 1,475 meters (4,850 feet). There are two old Shiva temples, one on the top and the other at the foot of the hill.
Savana Durga: 1,400 meters above sea-level, here is the cave temple of Gangadhareswara and Honnadevi. A spring called "Patalaganga" (the Ganga from the Netherworld) gives the place a cool elegance.
Among other attractive places nearby are the Pearl Valley or Muthyala Maduvu (40 km.) a picnic spot with a waterfall, and Rama Halli (28 km.) with a remarkably large banyan tree.
Bangalore is well connected by rail and road to all major cities in India and many airline companies provide air services to and from Bangalore regularly.
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