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Happy Holidays – Bengaluru

Bengaluru is the capital of Karnataka. It is Asia’s fastest growing cosmopolitan city. It is home to some of the most high tech industries in India. It has many tourist attractions that appeal to all kinds of visitors. There are numerous gardens, lakes, temples, churches, mosques, ancient historical monuments and sites. The Cubbon Park was created by Richard Sankey in 1864 and it’s famous for the bamboo grove or whistling grove as it is called. The park blends with natural and artificial landscaping.

On the periphery of the park is the High Court of Karnataka. A two storied building of stone and brick, painted red, Attara Kacheri literally means “The eighteen offices or departments”. They originally comprise the general and revenue secretariat of the state government. It now houses the High Court of Karnataka. Inside the park, Public Central Library is located and has a rich treasure of books. On the side adjoining junction of Queen’s Road and Mahatma Gandhi Road, is the Children’s Park and Toy Train, Jawarharlal Nehru Planetarium and the Indira Gandhi Musical Fountain. Lalbagh Botanical Garden is 240 acre expanse of greenery which forms one of India’s most beautiful botanical gardens established by erstwhile rulers Hyder Ali and his son Tipu Sultan. At the heart of the garden is the Glass House. Its design was inspired by the Crystal Palace, London.  The garden also houses a Bonsai Park with beautiful display of bonsai trees. Vidhana Soudha is a major landmark in Bangalore and probably the most clicked structure. Tipu’s Summer Palace is one of the summer retreats built by Tipu Sultan in 1791. Next door is an enormously active 17th-century Kote Venkateshwara Temple, built by the Wodeyar kings and just north are the ruins of Bangalore (Bengaluru) Fort, largely destroyed during the Anglo-Mysore War. There are many religious landmarks in Bangalore like ISKCON temple which is a very famous temple devoted to Lord Krishna. Bull Temple is one of the oldest temple in Bangalore and is situated in Basavanagudi. Nearby is a Ganesha Temple (Sri Dodda Ganapathi), which houses an enormous statue of the elephant-headed deity. Gavi Gangaradeshwara Temple is a cave temple located in Gavipuram Guttahalli near Basavanagudi. Sri Sathya Sai Ashram (Prashanthi Nilayam) is located at Whitefield, 16 kms from Bangalore dedicated to Sri Satya Sai Baba. The most famous temple and historical landmark in Ulsoor is the Someshwara Temple (dedicated to Lord Shiva). This temple also hosts the Poo Palakki or Flower Chariot procession. St. Mary’s Basilica Church and St. Andrews Church are also very famous in Bangalore. Bangalore Palace Grounds is used for hosting major events, festivals, exhibitions and rock shows in Bengaluru. Bannerghatta is a popular tourist spot.  Bannerghatta National Park adjoining the Anekal forest area, is a beautiful national park. The major attraction is the lion and tiger safari. Behind the Park is a beautiful hillock. At the foothills is a temple devoted to Lord Srinivasa.  Trekking enthusiasts will enjoy Uddigebande (3.5 kms), a natural rock formation called Hajjamana Kallu (3 kms) and Mirza Hill (1.5 kms). Bengaluru has the famous Vishveshwaraiah Technological Museum, Government Musuem and the HAL heritage museum, as hallmarks of the technical, architectural and arts prowess of this city. Bengaluru has four main Amusement Parks in Wonder La, Innovative Film City, Fun World and Lumbini Gardens. Nrityagram Dance Village is 30 kms, from Bengaluru via Tumkur Road towards Hessarghatta. This dance village is founded by Protima Gauri, one of the finest Odissi dancers of India. Hesarghatta itself is a tourist spot for Bird watching, boating and wind-surfing. It also has an artificial lake, a dairy and a horticulture farm. Ulsoor Lake is a perfect getaway dotted with a picturesque island. You can enjoy a boat ride here or swim in the nearby Kensington Swimming Pool. Bangaluru is the best tourist spot for recharging your senses and the visit to Bengaluru provides an enchantment in your life.

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