Welcome to the "Silicon Valley of India"
Nicknamed as the “Garden City” and the “Silicon Valley of India”, Bengaluru is the capital city of Karnataka. The city of Bengaluru is situated in the south-eastern part in the middle of the Mysore Plateau at an average altitude of 2953 ft.
Bengaluru is the 3rd most populated city in India, and has turned out to be the Information Technology hub. Being a growing metropolitan city, Bengaluru is rapidly transforming into a leading financial and cultural centre. It is ranked as the best city to live amidst the five metro cities of India.
The city sways away many tourists with its sky-crapping buildings, man-made wonders, lavish gardens, palaces and monuments mark Bengaluru a high-tech and modern place to visit. For history devotees, there is a plethora of places representing the rich culture heritage of the bygone era.
Bengaluru enjoys moderate climate all through the year and one can visit this wondrous city at any point of time. However, the months between September and February witness the maximum tourist arrival to the city during the winter season.
Bengaluru is abode of exemplary man-made palaces of the world. The city is home to an array of remarkable bits of both modern and chronological epoch. Tourists visit Bengaluru to get a glimpse of its gardens, lakes, palaces and prehistoric architecture. The major tourist attractions of Bengaluru are Tipu Sultan Palace, Lal Bagh Botanical Gardens, Banglore Palace, Vidhan Souda, Cubbon Park, The Government Museum, Shivasundaram Falls, Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum. Apart from these alluring places Bangalore Race Course, Chunchi Falls, Cubbon Park, HAL Aerospace Museum, Innovative Film City, Lal Bagh, Lumbini Gardens, Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium, Seshadari Iyer Memorial, Tipu Sultan's Palace, Ulsoor Lake, Venkatappa Art Gallery and Government Museum come in the list of a travel buff.
Tipu Sultan’s Palace
The grand summer palace of Tipu Sultan has now been converted into a museum. The grandeur of the palace makes it as a must-see attraction in Bengaluru. Brilliant artwork, figures, paintings and other artefacts embellish the glory of this palace. One of the features states that this palace was constructed using pure teak wood, something which is rare to find till date. The palace is located at a distance of 4.5 km from the main city.
ADDRESS: Albert Victor Road, Chamrajpet, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560018, India.
Opening -Closing Time: 8:30 am to 5:30 pm (daily)
Entry Fee: Indians -INR 5 & Foreigners- INR 100
Lal Bagh Botanical Garden
The lush green botanical garden is one of the most beautiful botanical gardens in India. Created by Haider Ali, it was later reformed by heroic king Tipu Sultan. The inspiration behind the construction of Lal Bagh Botanical Garden was the London Crystal Palace. The king Tipu Sultan enhanced the beauty of the garden by added affluence of horticulture to it. Lying 240 acres of land, the garden is a treasure trove of various plant species. The lawn clocks in the garden make this garden an astonishing and one of its kinds in India. It also holds the famous twice-yearly flower shows in the months of January and August. It is a 4 km drive from Vidhan Soudha.
ADDRESS: Lalbagh Road, Wilson Garden, Near BMTC Office, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560004, India.
Opening-Closing Time: 6 am to 7pm (Everyday)
Bangalore Place emerges as a scenic tourist hotspot with a regal castle-like structure resembling to England’s Windsor Castle. Amidst lush green surroundings the perfectly designed interiors of the palace filled with splendid portraits and stained glass windows. Situated in the middle of the city, famous for its Tudor style designed construction has woodcarvings, Gothic windows, which give an account of the glorious architecture history of the bygone age. The best place for photography buffs who love capturing greatness in their lens as photography is allowed within the properties. The 430-acre land of palace has beautiful gardens which is now famous for conducting exhibitions and concerts.
ADDRESS: Near Mount Carmel Institute of Management, Palace Rd, Vasanth Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560052, India.
Opening- Closing Time: 10 am to 6 pm (daily), closed on Sundays
Entrance Fee: Indians – INR 200 per person & Foreigners - INR 400 per person
Still Camera: INR 500
Video Camera: INR 1,000
Vidhan Soudha is considered as one of the significant structures in Bengaluru. The 46-metre tall building has 300 rooms; every single room echoes the inspiring Dravidian style of architecture. Vidhan Soudha has tucked as the largest legislative building by covering 22 constituent parts of the Government of Karnataka. It has become a must-see tourist attraction in Bengaluru.
ADDRESS: Dr Ambedkar Rd, Sampangi Ramnagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560001, India.
Opening-Closing Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)
Entrance Fee: Free Entry
Constructed by the Chief Engineer of Mysore, Richard Sankey, the Cubbon Park is situated in 300 acres of land. The verdant green parks and the lawns that are perfectly manicured needs to be mentioned here. The garden has beautiful alley to walk on. The aura of the park justifies being entitled as a Paradise. It comprises museums, library, aquarium, and toy train along with tennis academy for sports lovers. Statues of well-known entities are positioned within the premises. The park showcases over and above 6,000 varieties of trees and plants, and well-organized boulevards spreading over an extent of 300 acres.
ADDRESS: Kasturba Road, Sampangi Rama Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560001, India.
Opening-Closing Time: 6 am to 6 pm (daily), closed on Mondays
Entry Fee: Free Entry
The Government Museum
It was established in the year 1886. The museum stocks rare assortments, which symbolize various periods. The 18 galleries in the museum showcase antique jewellery, Neolithic treasure trove of various civilizations and so on. Besides art lovers can find amazing sculptures and old paintings here.
ADDRESS: Ambedkar Veedhi, Sampangi Rama Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560001, India.
Opening-Closing Time: 10 am to 5 pm (Daily), closed on Wednesdays
Shivasamudram Falls are famous for having Asia’s first hydroelectric power station. To reach here, one needs to trek a distance of 2km while enjoying the path through lush greenery. The island town of Shivasamudram where the River Kaveri after twisting its way through the Deccan Plateau drops off to form incredible twin waterfalls. The falls are located about 39 kilometres from Bengaluru.
While hopping around the falls one can visit a number of ancient temples including Shivanasamuram and Somanathpur Temple, nearby to this place. The best time to visit the waterfalls is between during monsoon season i.e. June and September. Though, the weather remains pleasant throughout the year.
ADDRESS: Shivanasamudra, Mandya, Karnataka 571401, India
Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum
Situated amidst the surroundings of the plush Cubbon Park, the massive building occupies 40000 square feet area. The museum is an abode for diverse artefacts and machines related to telecommunication, engines, aviation, and rockets and etc. It offers various activities for visitors including Science Demonstration Show, Sky Observation Programme and Popular Science Lecture. This is a hub for scholars with interest in the discipline of science.
ADDRESS: P. B. No. 5216, Kasturba Road, Beside Karnataka State Government Museum, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560001, India.
Opening-Closing Time: 10 am to 6pm (Daily), Except Diwali and Ganesha Chathurthi.
Entry Fee: Adult- INR 40
This is not all about Bengaluru– a vibrant city of Karnataka. The metropolis is an amalgam of tradition and cosmopolitan culture.
Bengaluru sets out the table with Dosas, Idilis, Bhath and Pongal for every food lover with a variety of vegetarian, non-vegetarian and authentic south Indian treats and desserts lined up. The street eateries seem to organize a little dosa fair with kali, paper, roast, and benne and ragi dosas to cherry-pick the best dosa from. Like most southern states the secret ingredient in most recipes is coconut and rice but each with its own relish. The cone shaped dosas for example are nice and crispy, while the Akki Roti looks like Uthappams distant cousin. One can tingle his/her taste buds with a subtly sweet flavour of sambar with a tinge of difference which makes this unique to southern India. The spicy Bisibele Bhath, Rava Idilis, Uppittu (peppery upma) and Pongal have paved their way to become an integral part of the Bengaluru cuisine.
Bengaluru has multitudes of surprises to give for the meat lovers. Phall is hot chicken/meat gravy a perfect dish for foodies who must a bottle of water, sweets and chocolate along. Being a cosmopolitan, the city has borrowed flavours from Arabian and Hyderabadi cuisines, thus a dash of Mughali inkling is there in the cuisine. Therefore, juicy kebabs, shawarma, falafel and finger-licking biryani can be eaten at every nook and corner of the city. Kerala too has lent some of its dishes to
Bengaluru for example Appams and Stew to name a few. To top everything finish eating with Obattu (sweet pancakes) and Payasam to end the meal on a sweet note.
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The city of Bengaluru is an abode of numerous festivals, which are exclusive to this place. If one wants to witness and cherish the social, ethnic and cultural life of Bengaluru then, visiting these festivals become must. These festivals dominant to this place bring out the traditional picture of the modern citizens of Bengaluru. Let’s know something more about these carnivals and fiestas of Bengaluru city.
The Karaga festival is celebrated between the months of March-April. Karaga is the name given to an earthen pot, which signifies Shakti. During this devotees place a karaga on their heads and take part in the parade taken out at night-time. The procession moves towards an end by immersing all the pots in water at the Sampangi tank. It is said that balancing the pot on the head tests the strength of a person's personality.
Kadalekaye Parishe (Peanut Festival)
Kadalekaye Parishe, famous as Peanut festival, falls in the month of November. It is said to celebrate the first groundnut harvest of the year. According to the ritual, the farmers visit the Bull temple for blessings.
Pongal is celebrated on a large scale and is considered as one of the main festivals of Southern India. The festival marks the commencement of spring season and the onset of the harvest season.
Celebrated as a commemoration of the birth anniversary of Lord Ganesh, Ganesha Chaturthi is one of the significant festivals for the whole state. It occurs in the month of September and is celebrated in the other parts of the country as well.
Mahashivratri is the festival devoted significantly to Lord Shiva. It occurs in the Hindu month of Magha. On this day, believers visit the nearby Lord Shiva temple and offer Panchamrit (assortment of five holy elements), revered fruits and flowers to the Shiva Lingam.
The arrival of spring season and the beginning of the Kannad New Year is marked by prosperous Ugadi festival. It takes place in the second half of March or first half of April and is chiefly devoted to Lord Brahma. The day commences with a ceremonial bath, early in the morning, and comes to an end with late night prayers and chanting. The significance of this festival is that it is believed that Lord Brahma made the world on this very day. While according to another popular belief on this day, Lord Vishnu took an avatar in the form of Matsya.
Varamahalakshmi or the Lakshmi Puja is celebrated within the month of August, all through the state of Karnataka. The Puja mostly performed by the married women. By offering garlands of valuables to the Deity and pray for the wealth and happiness of their husband and family, women perform this ritual. After the Puja, women offer vermilion to at least five other wedded women.
For shopping freaks, Bengaluru is a home for a number of markets. Handicrafts, junk jewelry, funky apparels, traditional clothes, Gold and Silver jewelry and artefacts, and much more will leave any visitor astonished. The city is laced with many malls apt for buying branded stuff, impressive markets, and superstores to fulfil several shopping preferences.
Unleash your shopping streaks while visiting some famous places to shop in Bengaluru:
100 Ft Road Indiranagar
Famous amongst fashion freaks this place is a perfect destination to lay hands on big brands. Top-notch fashion brands like Forever, Chemistry, UCB, and Tommy Hilfiger are present under the same roof. Apart from being a cool place for the shopaholics, the 100 feet road comprises variety of food options for foodies. This road is a perfect blend of shopping and appetizing fiesta for every shopper, traveller or passer-by.
ADDRESS: 100 ft. Road Indiranagar Bangalore
SHOP FOR: Big Fashion Brands
Jayanagar 4th Block
Jayanagar 4th Block Complex has survived the changing phase of time happened within the geographies of Bengaluru. This market is an abode for various shopping stores, shops and supermarkets. The shopping complex is situated in the middle of Jayanagar 4th Block. Sprawling on 15,000 sqmts, the complex has several entrances. In addition to book stores, baggage stores, apparels and shoe shops, and a superstore, the shopping complex is home to an indoor market with a web of shops vending everything from grocery and stationery to all daily need items.
ADDRESS: Jayanagar 4th block Bangalore
SHOP FOR: Grocery, Stationery and other House-hold Items
Situated at Northwest area of Bengaluru, Malleswaram has something to offer to every traveller. Amidst small retail shops, the local street vendors enhance the popularity of this market. The vendors sell everything, just have to name it and they have it. The only thing is required is good shopping bargains skills. Located near Ganesha Temple, this shopping destination is one of the oldest markets in Bengaluru.
ADDRESS: Malleswaram Bangalore
SHOP FOR: Handicrafts, Utensils and Grocery.
Chickpet, one of the oldest shopping places in Bengaluru, satisfies various shopping instincts. This market is an ultimate destination to buy saris and wholesale dress materials. Along with saris, Chickpet is also famous for silver and gold jewelry. Regardless to its narrow and crowded lanes, people of Bengaluru still love to shop here at affordable prices.
ADDRESS: Chickpete, Bangalore, Karnataka
SHOP FOR: Saris and wholesale dress materials
Commercial Street in Bangalore is one of the bustling and most popular shopping destinations. Here, people get the best deals at the lowest price. While walking down the grid of streets, one can find the series of shops selling garments, jewelry, and sports merchandises etc. People of Bengaluru consider this shopping area best in entire city. However, one should have good bargain streaks to avoid paying ten times the real price. Commercial Street grabs maximum number of attention than any other market place in Bengaluru.
ADDRESS: Commercial Street, Bangalore
SHOP FOR: Accessories, Shoes and Junk Jewellery.
For shopaholics with a penchant for branded stuff, there is no better place than Brigade Road. The bustling streets of this market are jam-packed with branded outlets like Levis, Raymonds, Adidas, Nike, etc.. In addition to that, with street stalls vending trendy cloths and junk jewellery, Brigade Road without a doubt has become one stop place for every shopaholic. Shopping in Brigade is not just limited to funky jeans and stylish wears. On your visit to this place, you are likely to find a series of handicraft emporiums selling traditional printed fabrics, antique jewellery, wooden furniture etc. Apart from boutiques and shops, Brigade road houses malls like Fifth Avenue and Mota Royal Arcade, which are worth exploring.
ADDRESS: Brigade Road, Bangalore
SHOP FOR: Funky Clothes and Junky Jewelry.
Being the main cosmopolitan in Karnataka, Bengaluru has plenty of good accommodation options. The city has fine accommodating places laced with all the essential amenities and services. Famous, as Chief IT hub of India, Bengaluru has an array of hotel and lodging choices. From budget-friendly to lavish and plush stays, this city has all categories of hotels. Some of the three stars hotels comprise Aurick Boutique Hotel, Mapple Express, Chancery and Keys Hotel. There are many options for budget friendly accommodation options like The Signature Inn, Airport Gateway Hotel, Swagath Hotel, etc. This metropolis has a wide range of accommodation preferences to cherry pick the best one.
Reaching by Air
Being a metropolitan city Bengaluru is connected to the rest of the country by air, rail and road transport. The Bengaluru International Airport is located 35 km north of Bengaluru’s city centre, which is down-town MG Road.
Reaching by Rail
The Bengaluru City Railway Station is the main station inter link Bengaluru with other major Indian cities. From the railway station one can simply book a taxi or local transportation to travel around. The railway station is situated adjoining the city centre. All the major express trains such as Shatabadi, Rajdhani Express, etc. connect Bengaluru to other major parts of India.
Reaching by Road
Bengaluru has a well-built road network connecting the city with other cities all place the state. The main KSRTC (Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation) bus depot is the Kempegowda Bus Station. However, KSRTC buses to other adjoining states such as Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh operate from Shanti Nagar Bus Station. The KSRTC also offer bus services for sightseeing in Bengaluru on daily-basis.
The Bengaluru Metro, entitled as Namma Metro (Our Metro) is the latest speedy transportation project of the city. The metro service runs regularly between 6 am to 10 pm.
Traveling within the geographies of Bengaluru is also stress-free. Prepaid taxis and auto-rickshaws make the travel convenient and easy. Local Bus services running within the city is also an effective option. The Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) operates air-conditioned buses on major roads and runs shuttle facilities to the Bengaluru International Airport from different areas of the city.