Sightseeing options in and around Bangalore
Bengaluru is blessed with a multitude of sightseeing options, which include architectural marvels as well as spots of unparalleled natural beauty. Some of the chief attractions are mentioned below.
Lalbagh: Sprawling over 240 acres of land, Lalbagh gets its name due to the sheer number of red roses growing in it. Ever since it was built in 1760 by Hyder Ali, Lalbagh has grown in leaps and bounds. It now boasts one of the most extensive collections of rare tropical plants, topiary, and several other attractions.
Cubbon Park: Cubbon Park is synonymous with Bengaluru. Situated at the very heart of the city in close proximity to several landmarks such as Vidhana Soudha, Cubbon Park offers respite from the hustle and bustle of modern Bengaluru. Boasting a variety of flora in its premises, Cubbon Park is very popular among both fitness enthusiasts and botanical researchers.
Vidhana Soudha: This is an edifice which is steeped in the history of Bangalore, and is symbolic of the melting pot of ethnicities that Bengaluru has become. Its construction was completed in 1956 and was inaugurated by the then Prime Minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. The building contains elements of British, Dravidian and Indo-Islamic architecture, and is truly a marriage of cultures.
Bangalore Palace: Built in 1887 by King Chamaraja Wodeyar, Bangalore Palace is noteworthy for its Tudor style design. The beauty and simplicity of its wooden façade and lush green grounds has fascinated tourists for decades. It has an open courtyard in its ground floor which has been used for several purposes, such as concerts, weddings, exhibitions etc.
Tipu Sultan’s summer palace: Built in 1791 as the summer residence of the then Sultan of Mysore, the palace is still a popular tourist destination due to its exquisite and intricate architecture. There is an Islamic tone to much of the carvings and decorations. The ground floor is now used as a museum and draws a large crowd every year.
Bannerghatta National Park: Started in 1971, Bannerghatta National Park was started with the objectives of conserving endangered species, and promoting ecotourism. With a plethora of wildlife, ranging from panthers, lions, tigers, and black bears, the park draws several thousand visitors every year. It is situated 22 km from Bengaluru and is easily accessible by car.
Nandi Hills: Situated 60 km from Bengaluru, this hill station is one of the most convenient weekend getaways for people living in Bengaluru. It is extremely popular among superbike clubs and vehicle enthusiasts due to the good quality roads. The Nandi sunrise is legendary and draws people from all over the country to this eclectic and remote hill station.
Chickpet: Over its 400 years history, Chickpet has carved its own niche in the textile industry as a saree haven. Several millions worth of every variety of saree known to man are sold every day in Chickpet. Silver and gold ornaments at very reasonable rates also witness booming sales here.
Brigade road: Brigade road is one such place that has commercial establishments at both ends of the price spectrum. It has generic designer outlets and brand showrooms, as well as its own collection of budget stalls and small shops. Anything from handicrafts to cloths and spices are available at reasonable prices. In spite of the mushrooming of expensive outlets in and around it, Brigade Road has stayed true to its origins as a budget shopping destination.
Commercial Street: Ever since its inception, Commercial Street has seen a footfall of a few thousand every day, due to the reasonable prices and the shopkeepers’ receptiveness to bargaining. Sports enthusiasts especially will love Commercial Street for the amazing deals it offers on sports goods and accessories. Traditional and imported footwear, electronic items, biker apparel are all available for half the price at branded outlets.