The South Indian city Bangalore is blessed with rich culture and topography. It is also one of the most developed cities when it comes to economy. According to archaeological records the history of Bangalore dates back to paleolithic culture. It witnessed the rule of several rulers. They made their individual contributions to the heritage of Bangalore. Amongst all, the Chalukyas were expert in building magnificent temples. Bangalore is the capital of Karnataka and is called the 'garden city' of India. It is dotted with several beautiful and peaceful gardens and brilliant monuments.
Bangalore entices a lot of tourists from across the globe with its massive monuments, beautiful temples, sun-kissed beaches, peaceful gardens and stunning palaces. In Bangalore you can see Tipu Sultan Palace and Museum, Lalbagh Garden, ISKCON temple and Vidhan Sauda. If you are inclined towards ancient temples and their ageless beauty,then you must head for Hampi in Karnataka. Some of the famous temples in Hampi are Virupaksha temple, Monolithic Bull, Matanga Tank and Shrines, Varaha temple, Ranganatha temple and Veerabhadra temple. Cave temples in Badami are also worth a visit. Mysore, Hassan and Srirangapatna are the other important destinations of Karnataka.
The spiritual aura of the ISKCON temple in Bangalore will surely make you feel at peace. It is an extremely beautiful temple which is held in high esteem by Hindus. ISKCON stands for International Society for Krishna Consciousness. Every day around 12,000 devotees come to the temple for darshan.
Your tour to Karnataka is incomplete without getting acquainted with one of its architectural marvel, Vidhan Saudha. It houses the State Legislative Assembly of Karnataka and part of the Secretariat. Built in the year 1952, it is the largest Secretariat in India.
Tipu Sultan Palace and Museum
Tipu Sultan Palace reflects the rich architectural heritage left behind by a great ruler Tipu Sultan. Although Haider Ali(father of Tipu Sulatn) laid the foundation of the palace but it was Tipu Sultan who completed its construction in the year 1791. Wood had been used liberally in building the palace.
Virupaksha Temple is an ancient temple of Hampi steeped in beauty. It is located on the bank of the river Tungabadra. It is dedicated to lord Shiva who is also known as Virupaksha or Pampapati. Pampa is the name of the goddess Parvati, the consort of lord Shiva.
One of the finest architectural marvel of the Vijaynagara Dynasty, Varaha Temple is located in the northern end of the Courtesan's street. There is a beautiful river near the temple. The temple is famous for its wall carvings. The bas-relief's of boars are the wall carvings attracting tourist's attention.
In Bangalore you will get to relish both vegetarian and non vegetarian dishes. Each region offers its own special culinary delight. A wide variety of meat, fish and sea food are available here.
In the markets of Bangalore you 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 in Bangalore which offer wonderful handicrafts at reasonable price.
Bangalore is famous for its rich culture. Dollu Kunitha is the most celebrated dance of the state. The festivals are celebrated with great enthusiasm and joy. Important ones are Ugadi, Kar Hunnive, Dussehra, and Nagarpanchami.
Bangalore is dotted with hotels falling into several categories catering to the different budgets of tourists. The Oberoi, Taj Residency, Le Meridien and The Viceroy are most famous accommodation options.
How to Reach Bangalore:
Air: The airport at Bangalore connects it with all the major cities in India.
Rail:The railway station at Bangalore is the most important one. It connects Bangalore with major destinations of South India.
Road: A well maintained network of roads connect Bangalore with major cities and important destinations of South India. Karnataka is also connected to rest of the important cities of India by road.