Bangalore: what to see in the capital of Karnataka
What to see in Bangalore, itinerary of places to visit including the main attractions and historical monuments of interest not to be missed.
Bangalore has reinvented itself in a cosmopolitan city, with hotels, restaurants, bars and shops, to rival the other major Indian cities. Despite this rapid evolution, Bangalore has kept unchanged its old charm visible in the temples decorated, old buildings, peaceful gardens and street markets very vivid.
Capital of the state of Karnataka, Bangalore is considered the technology hub of India and, despite this, they remain alive the most ancient traditions of Indian culture. The main attractions and places of historical interest are located south of the city market, in contrast with the modern buildings of the remainder of the city, but the contrast between old and new values the first and enriches the second, giving a whole ‘ together with a deep cultural identity.
Things to do in Bangalore
Bangalore Palace: located in the north of the city, was built in 1880 during the period of the British Raj as a reproduction of Windsor Castle, complete with granite towers, turrets, battlements and gothic windows. Mainly made of wood, has beautiful carvings and paintings. It was purchased by the descendants of the royal dynasty, Wodeyars of Mysore, and a part of the family still lives here.
Bull Temple: dating from the 16th century, the Temple Bull contains a giant granite monolith, depicting a sacred bull called Nandi. A large number of faithful visit the huge monolithic statue of the bull sitting every day. There are often prayer meetings, musicians and wedding processions to see.
Iskon Temple: This temple is located about 8 km north-west of the city, looking shiny, modern and richly decorated. Iskon is the acronym of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, also known as the Hare Krishna. Inside it has a cinema multimedia Proiette movies about the Hare Krishna movement.
Lalbagh garden means red, a feature of this botanical garden, located 4 km south from the city center, is a huge band of red roses. The gardens were created in the 18th century by Hyder Ali and his son Tipu Sultan and many of the trees date back to that era. They contain one of the largest collections of Indian rare tropical plants and a greenhouse on the model of the Crystal Palace in London.
Tippu Sultan’s Fort is the stone fortress was built by Tipu Sultan on the site of a building made of bricks and mud earlier. Much of it was destroyed during the wars with the English, and has never been restored.
Summer Palace of Tipu Sultan is a wooden construction comprising substantial teak pillars, but most of his pictorial decoration has disappeared.
Vishana Soudha: this building, the most impressive of Bangalore, was built in 1954 in the ancient Dravidian style and completed with onion-shaped domes. Hosts the Secretariat and the State Legislature and this can not be visited.