Bangalore

Located 1000 m above sea level, this bustling capital city of Karnataka has a perpetual holiday atmosphere. Thanks mainly to it's 'picnic weather', which is also one of the factors that has gone in to making Bangalore the fifth largest city of India. A large number of people, many from outside the region have thus made the city their permanent home. So the city has a fairly large number of people who are retired from active life and others who are here for exclusive pleasure seeking. In addition, the city also attracts people from all over the country, and abroad, who come to look for better job opportunities, and higher education. Founded in 1537 by a local chieftain Kempe Gowda, Bangalore has seen much and imbibed even more. Rapid industrial growth has not taken away Bangalore's old-world charm.

A well-planned city, with avenues lined with trees, a number of parks, gardens and lakes, Bangalore is aptly called India's Garden City. It's climate has also drawn towards itself a large number of industries like HAL and the Indian Telephone Industry, and has become a premier manufacturing and commercial center since the 1950s. Bangalore is also known as the Silicon Valley of the country - the center of India's software industry. Its other major industries include electronics, aircraft and machine tools

Amidst all this hectic activity, the city offers itself as an ideal base to explore the fascinating and culturally rich state of Karnataka. Visitors will find the ruins of the once powerful Vijayanagar Empire, the sculpted wonders of Belur and Halebid, the awesome mausoleum of Bijapur and much more within easy reach.

The city by itself offers extensive shopping opportunities, a rich fanfare of cuisine, hotels to suit all pockets and much cultural and other entertainment.

Sightseeing

The Bull Temple (Basanvanagudi): The temple is believed to have been constructed in the 16th century AD. The grey granite sacred bull, Nandi, is the main attraction after which the temple has been named. The sacred bull has been carved out of a single granite block.

The Vidhana Soudha: A four storeyed building built after the independence of the country, the Vidhana Soudha houses the state legislative assembly and part of the secretariat. The salient feature of the building is its architectural style which is a combination of ancient and modern styles blended into harmony. The building is illuminated on Sunday evening.

Tipu Sultan's Palace: The Palace which is built of teakwood, was constructed between 1781-1791. Particularly noteworthy are the floral designs on the walls and ceilings. After Tipu's death the palace was used as a Secretariat by the British until 1867.

Lalbagh: This botanical garden, spread over 240 acres, was laid by Hyder Ali. It was originally called Lalbagh because the garden had a profusion of red roses. It also has a green house with a collection of various kinds of flora. The Glass House built on the lines of the Crystal Palace in London is the main attraction in this huge park.

Cubbon Park: In a city of gardens that Bangalore is, the Cubbon is a premier attraction for all those who seek some respite from busy metropolitan life. This 3000-acre park was laid out in 1864.

Gavipuram Cave Temple: This temple devoted to Lord Shiva is unique - on a particular day in the month of January, a ray of sunlight penetrates and strikes Shiva Linga in the sanctorum.

The Planetarium: It is located on Sankey Road and has shows on all days except Mondays from 6.15 hours. Tel: 2266084.

Aquarium: The Bangalore aquarium is the second largest in the country. It is an ideal place of see a large variety of aqua-fauna at close quarters. Aquarium, Kasturba Road. Tel: 5577440. Open 10.00 hours to 19.30 hours, except on Thursdays.

Government Museum and Venkatappa Art Gallery: The Government Museum displays a collection of archaeological artifacts and the art gallery has a collection of the works of the noted artist of the Court of Mysore - K. Venkatappa. Tel: 5564563. Open 10.00 hours to 17.00 hours, except on Wednesdays.

Visveswariah Industrial and Technological Museum: Kasturba Road. Tel: 5564076. Open 10.00 hours to 17.00 hours, except on Mondays.

EXCURSIONS:

Ramohalli: Ramohalli is a picnic spot located about 28 kms via Mysore Road and Kengeri with a KSTDC restaurant. The attraction is the big Banyan tree, the branches of which spread over an area of almost 3 acres.

Bannerghatta National Park: Located about 22 kms from Bangalore. This Park is set in picturesque surroundings and has a lion and tiger safari and a crocodile and snake farm. KSTDC runs a restaurant for tourists here.

TOURS:

KSTDC runs the following conducted tours for city sightseeing and for short excursions:

1. Bangalore sightseeing: Half day, daily from 07.30 hours to 13.30 hours and 14.00 hours to 19.30 hours. The package includes boating at Ulsoor Lake.

2.Mysore sightseeing: One day, daily from 07.00 hours to 23.00 hours. Package includes meals & evening tea.

3. Belur, Halebid and Shravanabelagola Tour: Daily from 07.30 hours to 22.00 hours

4. Bannerghatta, Muthyalamaduvu: Monday and Wednesday - 09.00 hours to 18.00 hours

5. Shivasamudra and Ranganathittu: Sundays and holidays

For further information contact: KSTDC, 10/4 Mitra Towers, 2nd floor, Queen's Circle Kasturba Road, Bangalore. Tel: (080) 2212901.

Festivals

The Karaga Festival in March-April is a unique local event held at the Dharmaraja temple. The Karaga, an earthen pot that stands for the goddess Shakti, is taken out in a procession at night. The pot is immersed in the Sampangi Tank, which is 20 kms from the city.

Food Specialities

Besides the South Indian favorites of idli, dosai and vada, Bangalore also offers a wide variety of cuisines from Indian, Chinese and Continental to the north-west frontier and Thai.

Tourist Information Offices

Government of India Tourist Office, K.F.C. Building, 48 Church Street. Tel: (080) 5585917.

Government of Karnataka Tourist Information Counter, Bangalore City Railway Station. Tel: (080) 2870068.

Karnataka State Tourist Development Corporation (KSTDC), Airport, Information Counter. Tel: (080) 5268012.

KSTDC Information Counter, Badami House, N.R. Square. Tel: (080) 2275883.

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