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Vidhana Soudha, Bangalore, Karnataka

Bangalore, Karnataka

Bangalore in Karnataka is an important city of South India and the capital of Karnataka state. Bangalore is also known by the name of the "Garden City" of India because of its gentle climate, broad streets and green public parks. After the Independence of the country, several senior figures, film stars and VIP's flocked to buy or build dream homes here in Bangalore and this place became one of the most famous places of South India. Bangalore was founded in the year 1537 when a petty chieftain under the Vijayanagar Empire named Kempegowda. His son built four watchtowers to mark the boundaries of the city. Since then this beautiful city has turned itself in different shape but these four towers are still standing in their old forms. This beautiful city is also the fifth largest city of India with numerous lakes, parks, gardens and broad avenues which makes this city India's most pleasant city.

Famous Tourist Attractions in Bangalore
Cubbon Park and Museums: Cubbon Park is named after the name of former Viceroy of India, Lord Cubbon. This park is spread in the area of 300 acres. This park extends from the corner of MG Road to the corporation building. This park also contains several beautiful museums. There is a art gallery known as K. Venkatappa Art Gallery which exhibits watercolor landscapes by K. Venkatappa. Second floor of the museum displays rotating exudations of contemporary Karantakan artists. There is a government museum which is one of India's oldest museums and the fine example of monumental neoclassical architecture. Here you will find interesting archaeological artifacts and stone Hoysalan sculptures. Next museum is Visveswaraya Industrial and Technological museum which displays Bangalore's industrial progress from 1905. There is one beautiful aquarium cum fish sales center in the park and a children's park.

Vidhana Soudha: Vidhana Soudha is Bangalore's one of the most recognized landmarks. This place houses the secretariat. A Russian delegation visited this place in 1950 pointed out the abundance of European architecture in Bangalore. Chief Minister of Mysore decided to build this spectacular neo-Dravidian structure. Now this place has become an assertion of Bangalore's new legislative power. Vidhana Soudha was built out of pure granite. There is a statue of Shri Jawaharlal Nehru written below "Government work is God's Work."

Bangalore Fort: Bangalore Fort was built in late 1600 with mud and brick. This fort is and extension of another Kempegowda's forts. Bangalore Fort was again refurbished by Haider Ali and then by Tipu Sultan during the 18th century. This fort originally encompassed the area between the corporation offices and city market. Now there is only remains of this fort but preserved beautifully. During the Anglo-Mysore war, it was destroyed.

Tipu Sultan's Summer Palace: There is a beautiful palace in Bangalore which is known as Tipu Sultan's Summer Palace. Tipu Sultan used to call this summer palace as Jannat Keliya Jalan which means "the Envy of Heaven." Here most of the wall paintings have been obscured by brown paint.

Bull Temple: Bull Temple in Bangalore is one of the famous tourist attractions. This temple is 500 years old and draws thousands of devotees from all around the world. Several stories about this Bull Temple of Bangalore can be heard from the local people.

Lalbagh Gardens: Lalbagh Gardens of Bangalore is a botanical garden made by Haider Ali in 1760. After some time his son Tipu Sultan expanded this 16 hectare garden to 96 hectares. He also added mango grove here. After Tipu Sultan, Britishers took this park under them. These gardens are the home to over 150 different varieties of roses, a gaunt floral clock, a lotus pond, a deer park and countless walkers, joggers and cyclists. You can also see clearly Kempegowda's one watchtower from this place.

Ulsoor Lake: This beautiful lake of Bangalore is spread over 1.5 sq km area. During the annual Ganesh Festival which lies in the month of Aug-Sept, devotees dunk the elephantine statue, decked put in ceremonial regalia, into the lake.

The Gangadhareshware Temple: Gangadhareshware temple in Bangalore is another famous temple which was built by Kempe Gowda. This temple is known for its four monolithic pillars and rare idol of Agni. This temple is visited by thousands of devotees on Jan 13-14 because these days rays of the setting sun enter through the window; pass between the horns of the Nandi Bull and shine on the Shivalingam.

The Dharmaraja Temple: Dharamaraja Temple in Bangalore is located at Nazarethpet and is the starting point of the annual Karaga procession. This temple is dedicated to Shri Dharamaraja Swamy and Lord Krishna.

Dargah Hazarath Tawakkal Mastan: This place is a famous Muslim shrine which is located in Cottonpet, Bangalore. The procession annually visits the Dargah of this Sufi Saint. This dargah is not only visited by Muslims but also by other communities.

Jumma Masjid: Jumma Masjid in Bangalore is the oldest mosque of the city. Pillars of this beautiful mosque are built with granite. There is a big and huge prayer hall inside the mosque. This oldest mosque of Bangalore is located in K. R. Market. Every day several devotees come here for prayers.

Ravindra Kalakshetra: This place is built in the memory of Rabindranath Tagore. This place promotes cultural activities in the city and has a superb theatre and houses several Cultural Akademi Offices. There is a Gothic styled Puttannachetty Town Hall near to Ravindra Kalakshetra which has a huge auditorium with the capacity of 1500 persons at one time.

St. Mary's Church: St. Mary's Church in Bangalore was established by a French missionary Abbe Dubois in 1811. This church is the only church of Karnataka which elevates to the status of a minor Basilica. This church is situated near Shivaji Nagar Bus Terminal and attracts thousands of people during the Virgin Mary's festival which is celebrated every year in the month of September.

Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium: Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium was built in memory of Mr. Nehru at his 100th birthday. There are several things which are worth watching in the Planetarium like Indira Gandhi Fountain dancing show which starts 7 and 8 pm everyday. On the second floor of the planetarium, there is Gandhi Picture gallery which presents a well-organized joinery through the Mahatma's life. There are several unique and old photographs, wise old quotations and artifacts. You will also find there Gandhi's wooden Chappals, dirking bow, letters to Franklin Roosevelt, Tolstoy, Gokhale and Nehru.

Shopping in Bangalore
Bangalore is a famous tourist place of Karnataka and visited by thousands of visitors every year. There you will find every type of tourist attraction like forts, monuments, museums, palaces, lakes, gardens and many more. As this place is visited by thousands of tourists and visitors, you will find a delightful experience while shopping in Bangalore. There are several famous markets, shopping complex and malls in Bangalore which have everything which you desire to buy. Bangalore is famous for its exquisite silk, handicrafts and rose wood. You will find unique things made of sandalwood and rosewood. These unique items are available in state-owned emporia and private stores. You will also find some of the fine gold jewelry in Jeweler's street. Some of the famous and well known places for shopping in Bangalore are M.G. Road, Brigade Road, Residency Road and Commercial Street.

How to Reach Bangalore
By Air : There is Bangalore International Airport also known as HAL Airport in Bangalore which is situated on Airport Road about 6 km away from the city centre. This airport is very busy as around 70 international and domestic flights land here everyday. Domestic Airport of Bangalore is well connected with daily flights to some of the famous cities and states of India like Delhi, Bombay, Calcutta, Chennai, Trivandrum, Hyderabad, Goa, Kochi, Ahmadabad and Mangalore. International Terminal handles Departure and Arrival of International flights to and from Singapore, Dubai, London, Oman, Hong Kong and Saudi Arabia.

By Rail : Bangalore is well connected to all the major Indian cities by rail route. Several super fast trains run from and to Bangalore like Shatabhi, Bridavan, Lalbagh express. The City Railway Station is the main terminal in Bangalore.

By Road : Bangalore national highway is well connected with all the major cities of the country. You will find government buses running to reach all of these destinations. If you are interested to hire private bus or taxis then you can also easily get these from the bus terminals.