One of the most beautiful cosmopolitan cities of India, Bangalore is the capital city of Karnataka. The third largest city of the country, Bangalore is famous as the Garden city. The city has attracted the Information Technology business and has thus become the Silicon Valley of India. Bangalore city is famous for its ever-changing climate which remains breezy throughout the year; hence another of its names is Air Conditioned City. Bangalore showcases many monuments and buildings which have embedded culture and tradition within them. One can see the amalgamation of urban and traditional cultures in this city which give ethnicity to the persona of Bangalore among Indians.
One can reach Bangalore via air at Bangalore International Airport which is located at a distance of 40 km from the city. From here you can take prepaid taxi services and bus services to reach the city. Many national and international flights lands on this airport making approachability of the city easy. The Bangalore International Airport connects you to all other major international cities and all the major cities in India. Domestic flights to Bangalore frequently ply between Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, New Delhi, Kolkata, Chandigarh, Jaipur, Ahmedabad and Goa. The Bangalore Railway Station and the Yeshvantpur Railway Station are the two major railway stations that connect Bangalore to rest of India. From Yeshvantpur Railway Station one need to hire or book a cab to Bangalore, this will take approximately 30-40 minutes. Bangalore railway station is located in the heart of the city. Various trains from all over India come to Bangalore offering great connectivity.
The best time to visit Bangalore is during winters between October to February. The temperature during this period is extremely pleasant. Summers are less warm and dry as compared to Northern India and the temperatures hovers around 35-38 degrees. The monsoon makes the city look lush green and beautiful. Heavy winds and sprinkling water makes the temperature cool.
Bangalore has enough and more to offer to a visitor in terms of places to see. The ethnic and modern combination of this city makes it ideal for exploring to all kinds of visitors. Some of the key attractions of Bangalore are:
Lal Bagh is full of rare species of trees, plants and other fauna from countries around the world, including Persia, France as well as Afghanistan.
Tipu Sultan Palace is identical to Tipu Sultan''s another palace, Daria Daulat. The museum takes visitors through the life of the emperor.
Aquarium of Bangalore is home to multitude of marine species. This octagonal shaped building is the second biggest aquarium of the country. The three floors of Aquarium have plentiful ornamental fish breeds on the display.
Brigade Road is full of shops, both local and global brands. Brigade Road is renowned for St. Patrick''s Church, the Catholic Club, etc.
Among the most frequented destinations are Eva Mall and the Patrick''s Shopping Complex. Cubbon Park is one of the most important places to see in Bangalore and is renowned for historical testaments, cultural institutions and government buildings.
Bannerghatta National Park is home to different species of animals including crocodiles, tigers, lions, etc. Tourists prefer safari trips for exploring the huge park. The snake farm in the park is very popular among the visitors.
Vidhana Soudha is a wonderful blend of Neo-Dravidian and Indo-Saracenic artwork. Bangalore Palace is a must-see place. Spread over an area of 147,466 square foot, the palace depicts the Tudor style architecture.
Other attractions are Gothic windows, turrets, and battlements. Innovative Film City is one of the must visit sightseeing destinations of the city. Replete with contemporary entertainment options and leisure spots, Innovative Film City is situated on the outskirts of the city.
Ulsoor Lake is built on the lines of Dravidian style of Architecture. Tourists indulge in boating and many other activities here.
Jumma Masjid is the oldest mosque of Bangalore. Prayer Hall of the mosque is constructed on the elevated ground, standing on ornate pillars of granite.
Bangalore Turf Club hosts interesting horse races almost throughout the year.
Bugle Rock is recognized as Peninsular Gneiss; the massive rock form is believed to be around 3000 million years ancient.
Wonder La is a famous amusement park and comprises dry rides as well as wet rides.
St. Mary''s Basilica is a Gothic church; the arches in the Church are adorned in the Gothic Style. Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium is replete with interesting astronomical facts.
Venkatappa Art Gallery is a delight among the art lovers.
The High Court of Karnataka, has been renamed Attara Kacheri , which stands for eighteen departments. This two storied structure is built using red bricks in the neo-classical style of architecture, Greco Roman. Lumbini Gardens are among the most popular places to visit in Bangalore.
Bull Temple is devoted to Nandi, Lord Shiva''s wagon. The place has religious significance and thus, has become a revered place of worship.
Bangalore Fort is safeguarded by thick walls. National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) displays the period from the late eighteenth century to present.
Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple is one of the oldest religious places to visit in Bangalore; the temple is believed to be cut out of rock in the ninth century.
ISKCON Temple is dedicated to Hindu Deities, Sri Radha Krishna. The temple features the gold plated Dwaja-stambha, a 17 metres tall flag-post along with 8.5 metres Kalash Shikhara (gold plated).
HAL Heritage Centre and Aerospace Museum is the second largest public Aerospace Museum of India. Visitors can get a glimpse of model aircrafts, communication as well as navigation equipments and numerous other related items.
In the markets of Bangalore one can buy items like silk saris, antiques, cotton fabric, sandalwood objects, paintings with gold leaf work and stone and wood carvings. Several Government Emporiums are there which offer wonderful handicrafts at reasonable price. Bangalore is the best tourist spot for recharging your senses and a visit to Bangalore provides enchantment in your life.