BANGALORE SIGHTSEEING PLACES LIST
In a country like India, with it’s extremities of temperature ranging from very hot summers and cold winters, I am grateful to be living in that part of the country and in a city that enjoys a salubrious weather throughout the year – Bangalore in South India.
Initially, when I first moved here , years ago, I was pleasantly surprised by rains lashing the city perpetually every evening, this phenomenon though has waned now with the effects of global warming and urbanization. For tourists coming to India, Bangalore or the `garden city’ is a must visit destination.
So here is Bangalore Sightseeing Places List
BANGALORE’S BOTANICAL GARDEN – LALBAGH
Owing to its mild, tropical climate, Bangalore is endowed with immense greenery. The huge verdant parks like Lalbagh gardens and Cubbon Park are testimonies, and are few of the top places to see! As also the numerous lush gardens, which are oasis of fresh air, dotting every neighbourhood .
Bangalore has changed substantially over the years, constantly evolving, growing into a cosmopolitan centre. Also known as the Silicone valley’ of India, due to it being the software hub of the country. Over the past decade, as I have witnessed, from being a quaint and peaceful paradise, to a glitzy metropolis.…with people from all over the world visiting for work or for leisure!
BANGALORE SIGHTSEEING PLACES LIST – BEST PARKS IN BANGALORE
LALBAGH BOTANICAL GARDENS
One of the top places to see in Bangalore , are the glorious Lalbagh Botanical gardens. Having the most precious legacy – founded in the eighteenth century by the Mughal rulers Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan, they were the gardens of the royalty! The park is quite well maintained , blooming, with an array of colourful, aromatic flora and fauna.
Highly recommended is the guided tour of the sprawling premises, that takes tourists around in an electric buggy car. The high points of this tour is that you get to know about some of the most exotic and unique collection of plants, trees and flowers in the park . This tour halts at vantage points, like the Crystal Palace and the serene lake, allowing people to disembark, click pictures and revel in the verdant atmosphere.
Spread over 120 hectares, the emerald green cover of the immaculate Cubbon Park is where the city breathes literally. Rejuvenate your body, mind and soul by soaking in it’s invigorating aura…..take a stroll or merely lounge for a while on the well manicured lawns; it’s a good idea to have a picnic here ! Surrounding the park are the restored neo-classical, grand structures of the High Court and State Central Library.
BANNERGHATTA NATIONAL PARK (WILDLIFE SANCTUARY)
Experience the fascinating world of wildlife at the zoo. Tucked away in South Bangalore, close to the Bannerghatta forest, this place is worth a visit specially for wildlife enthusiaists and children. Apart from myriad species of animals and birds, the sanctuary has some other splendid attractions .
- Tiger safari – this is an enthralling encounter and a top place to see, as the enclosed jeep takes tourists inside the forest for spotting the majestic and rare white tiger .
- Elephant ride – equally thrilling is the elephant ride within the precints of the sanctuary. Specially kids thoroughly enjoy the experience of perching themselves on these gentle beings, their faces gleaming with joy and awe.
- Butterfly Park – not to be missed and like the cherry on the cake is another surprise at the zoo – a multi hued butterfly park .
TOP PLACES TO SEE
The magificient structure of the State Legislative Assembly (Vidhan Soudha) is an iconic landmark of Bangalore and one of the top places to see! Made of granite, with intricate stone carving work, the exquisite building and the surrounding lawns looks all the more resplendent, glowing like a jewel, on weekend evenings and public holidays when it is floodlit.
MAHATMA GANDHI MARG (M.G. ROAD)
Tap into the vibe of Bangalore by exploring the city in the night. M.G. Road , Brigade Road and the neighbouring Church Street are the upmarket areas in the heart of Bangalore . You can feel the pulse of the vibrant metro here. There are pubs, discotheques , restaurants, shops, gaming areas, galore , for an exciting, unforgettable experience !
BEST PLACES TO SHOP IN BANGALORE
PHOENIX, ORION AND UB MALL
Out of the numerous malls that have mushroomed in the city I would certainly vouch for the posh Phoenix Mall in Whitefield and Orion in Malleswaram. They’ve got everything that you are looking for – be it window shopping or purchasing from the plethora of top brands, having a bite, gaming, movies or merely having a great time, your spirits would surely be uplifted here! If you are searching for an out of the world , luxurious shopping experience , head to the opulent UB mall. Not only is the ambience and décor of the mall stupendous, all international brands, e.g., Prada, Gucci, YSL are available here.
Travellers with a penchant for local, ethnic stuff would be delighted to visit `Cauvery’ – a chain of State government owned Emporiums, having branches on Mahatma Gandhi road and Jayanagar, which are well known localities of Bangalore. Karnataka being famous for sandalwood , there are a whole range of exquisite handicraft products like carved statues, figurines; artefacts made of fragranted , pure sandalwood ; perfumes, jewellery and a lot more. `Cauvery’ showcases the rich culture and heritage of Karnataka.
TASTE OF THE LOCAL CUISINE – MTR
To get a taste of authentic south Indian cuisine, it is ideal to step into the legendary ` Mavalli Tiffin Room’ or MTR on Lalbhagh Road . Though interiors may not be very impressive , it gives the feel of an era gone by, and scores high on cleanliness and hygiene. Relish the steaming idli, dosa, sambhar, chutney or opt for the sumptuous meal ! And not be missed is the piping hot filter coffee, a speciality of this region ! Except for Monday, the restaurant is open on all other days.
NORTH INDIAN FOOD
North Indian food buffs , have plenty of options. Check out the tastefully decorated `Jamavar’ restaurant at the swanky five star hotel, Leela Palace, on Old Airport Road. Gorge on their lip smacking curries, assorted Indian breads, tandoori starters, and end with some delicious dessert. Bangalore has a fine blend of the traditional and modern.
Hope you enjoyed this article on `Bangalore Sightseeing Places List’.
Also check my other article on