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Sightseeing in Bengaluru (bangalore)

Begin the sightseeing tour in Bangalore by visiting the Bull Temple which was built in the 16th century by Kempegowda. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva’s vehicle Nandi and is visited by thousands of devotees from all over the nation. Non-Hindus are not allowed to enter the temple premises. Weekends see typical marriage processions, shiny new cars being baptised, and musicians play in and around the temple. As the story goes the gigantic bull statue is growing; it currently stands almost 5 meters in height and more than 6 meters in length.

Another interesting place to see in Bangalore is the 120-hectare Cubbon Park, which was laid in 1864. The ‘lungs of Bengaluru’ has fountains, a bandstand, and is surrounded by government buildings. The neo-classical High Court, the neo-Dravidian Vidhana Soudha (houses the State Legislature), the Venkatappa Art Gallery and Government Museum with its collection of sundry objects d’art, and the interactive Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum all stand here. The Aquarium nearby is also pretty good.

Lalbagh Gardens are Botanical gardens with an excellent variety of plants. Haider Ali originally planted them in 1760 and his son Tipu Sultan added huge numbers of exotic plants from far off countries. The collections and their arrangement are superb. Don’t miss the floral lawn clock and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

The Jama Masjid’s imposing white structure with the bustling market in its shadow is a great colourful bubbling place. The market is a traditional makeshift market with small stalls that have tarpaulin roofs; you’ll find people selling fruits, vegetables, fragrant garlands of jasmine, heaps of spice, and everything snuggling cheek by jowl with the other.

The Kempegowda Fort must not have been too effective considering it was made of mud. Tipu certainly thought so and rebuilt the entire structure in stone in the 18th century. Tipu Sultan Fort and Summer Palace here is less grand than the Daria Daulat Bagh in Srirangapatnam, but similar. The marvellous and extensive teak panelling has lovely carvings and painting on it.

The Bengaluru Palace of the Mysore Wodeyars may give you a Windsor Castle dèja vu but that effect is probably coincidental. Ulsoor Lake is pretty and it’s possible to row in the water. Or you could choose to be faster with a motor-boat.

A gleaming hybrid glass-steel and Dravidian temple architecture structure, the ISKCON Temple makes for an impressive sight! The International Society for Krishna Consciousness has been quite successful in its commercial pursuits and the results show here. Everybody is more than welcome to pay their respects.


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