BANGALORE, the Garden City of INDIA
As a Garden City of India, the city is doted with many gardens and parks adding greenery and floral colours. The most prominent among them all are:
a botanical garden, commissioned in 1760 over 240 acres of land, it features a Glass House modeled after London's Crystal Palace, a tranquil lake, and host of rare plants brought in from Persia, Afganistan, France, etc. The garden fascinates it's visitors with designer flower beds in hue of colours.
The lung of bangalore since 1870, occupies 300 acres in heart of the city. It is rich with aesthetic flora, fauna, and historical statues and buildings boasting of the city's rich empirical heritages.
The city also has fun games like bowling alley at Amoeba, and host of electronic games at the Star City. The Pub City is dense with evening entertainment staying awake till 01 am jiving to the tunes of in-house DJs, an guest performers.
|Bannerghatta National Park
Bannerghatta National Park is one of the very few wildlife park located so close to a large city. Conceived in 1971, the national park comprising of 104.3 sq kilometers within the valleys of Champakadhama hills, has sub units like zoo, safari, butterfly park, and Wildlife Rescue Center. The wide range of animals seen here are mammals, birds, amphibians, and insects.
In 2002 with the view of offering a botanical recreation to the city dwellers the Bannerghatta Botanical Park was created within the national park. The broad classification of vegetation seen in the botanical park are (a) dry deciduous scrub forests, southern tropical dry deciduous scrub forests, and southern tropical moist mixed forests.
Close to Bangalore is the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, Indian'a largest biosphere reserve that combines Bandipur National Park (Project Tiger) covering 872 sq kilometers of western ghat, Madumalai Wildlife Sanctuary of Tamil Nadu, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary of Kerala, and Nagarhole National Park of Karnataka.
As a Shopping City, it is peppered with about 30 shopping malls in various sizes, featuring populor global brands alongside time tested local brands. Most shopping malls have entertainments and food court to add jive and taste to shopping experience.
Of them all, highly recommended are:
The UB City, Phoenix Market City, Forum Mall, Orion Mall, Garuda Mall, The Central, 1 MG Mall, Big Bazaar, Gopalan Mall, Manthri Mall, Lido Mall, etc. Tantalised by the evolution of the changing profile of the city, major global brands are here to stay. Louis Vitton, Zara, Marks & Spensor, Diesel, Tommy Hilfiger, Gucci, Forever 21, Monte Blanc, Cafe' Noir, Pizza Hut, KFC, McDonald's, Costa, Starbucks, and et all.
Bangalore is credited to have the largest number of pubs in Asia, may be due to it being the home town of the United Breweries, producers of the famed Kingfisher brand beer. Bangalore is lined up richly with numerous culinary hubs with specialised cuisines from right across the world. Your visit to the city is highlighted with experiences at a few among the below:
Toit (Mexican & Italian), Hard Rock Cafe' (American), Arbor Brewing Company, Windsor Pub, Purple Haze, Enigma, Legends of Rock, Down Town Pub, Filling Station, NASA, Scottish Pub, Underground, Club 9, 13th Floor, Tavern At The Inn, Over The Top. Skyye Lounge, The Biere Club (Mediterranean). Each of the pubs are designed with interiors that accentuates the theme of the outlet.
As a cosmopolitan city, the city of Bangalore has taken to cosmopolitan culinary traits from authentic local flavours to the riches of regional cuisines, stretching it to cross even international borders. Your stay in the city will therefore allow you to experience the riches of variety in cuisines culminated with it's regional ambiance making the experience very complete. We present below a some of these restaurants for you expedition.
The opulent Jamavar has consistently voted by Forbes as one of the top ten power dining restaurants in the world. Step into a lavish interior of chandeliers, silk, silver cutlery and elegant hand crafted furniture.
Traditionally dressed waiters at Samarkand serve sumptuous Afghan cuisine.
Dum Pukht Jolly Nabobs is a recollection of the bygone era of British East India Company, a fusion of British and north Indian fair served in distinctly British decor.
Every city has a much loved dining institution that has withstood the test of time to remain a local favourite, Koshy's Jewel Box is Bangalore's.
Seafood lovers shold make it a point to visit Karavalli, where the specialty is traditional coastal cuisine served on plantain leaf.
The other hot favourites of the city are: Church Street Social, Barbeque Nation, Chutney Chang, Toit, The Black Pearl, The 13th Floor, Skyye, and a few more.
|Venkateshwaraya Science and Technology Museum
Considering that Bangalore has the largest number of scientists in India, is the city with 57 engineering colleges which is the highest in the world, the city's Venkateshwaraya Science and Technology Museum is one of the oldest museums in India. Close to it is the Venkatappa Art Gallery exhibits work of arts on canvas and sculpture created men of fame. Bangalore is the hub for national aeronautics and they have set up National Heritage & Aerospace Museum exhibiting live models that depicts the evolution of aircrafts manufactured for commercial and defense purposes. Also to be seen in Bangalore is Ripley's Believe It Or Not Museum displaying strange, weird, one of their kind, uncommon items.
Iawaharlal Nehru Planetarium was set up in 1989 to popularise science education among the youths, specially astronomy and space technology. The centre is equiped with high power equipment to observe closely the celestial movements.
|The history of Bangalore stretches back to over two thousand years. The monuments and inscriptions strewn across the city, and the neighbourhood speaks volumes of the rich heritage, culture, and customs augmented from waves of rulers of the city.
The present city owes it's development to King Kempe Gowda beginning with his mud fort in 1537. The towns he built within the fort are now extremely commercial points of Bangalore. He then built four watch towers to mark the four corners of his kingdom, which we still have but the city has grown way beyond these boundary markers. The other dominant kings who have made commendable contributions to the development of Bangalore are, Hyder Ali, his son Tippu Sulthan, the British occupation, and the Wodeyars
Prominent monuments that reflect the rich heritage of the city includes: Tipu Sultan's Bangalore Palace, the Wodeyars built the famed Lal Bagh in 1759. The Wodeyars then built the General Post Office in 1800, and in 1809 Bangalore was made a Cantonment. The British took over the Mysore Kingdom in 1831 and built the Cubbon Park in 1864. By end of the 19th century, the present High Court building (Attara Kacheri) and the Lady Curzon Hospital came up in 1864. Rev Garrett built the Bangalore Palace 1862 and sold it to the Wodeyar family in 1884.