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BANGALORE
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INTRODUCTION TO BANGALORE

Bangalore is the capital city of the southern Indian state of Karnataka. It is the seventh largest city in India. It is also known as the Garden City because of its many beautiful gardens and parks. The nandi hills in Bangalore is not to be missed by the pious. Though the origin of Bangalore is ancient, the present-day city was founded in the 16th century and has since continued to be an important administrative center. Because of the high concentration of IT industry, it also called the Silicon Valley of India. There are a number of good hotels in Bangalore like the Ashoka Hotel in Bangalore that make your stay in the Garden city comfortable.

LOCATION OF BANGALORE

Bangalore city is located in the southern part of the state of Karnataka, in the southern region of India. It is 3,113 feet (949 m) above sea level, on top of a ridge in the Karnataka plateau. Bangalore is 998 km from Mumbai (Bombay) and 562 km from Hyderabad. The climate of Bangalore is moderate and pleasant. Summers are mild (April-June) and winters are cool (October-February). The city experiences southwestern monsoon rains in June-August.

BEST TIME TO VISIT BANGALORE

Although the weather of Bangalore is pleasant throughout the year, it is best visited in the winters.

HISTORY OF BANGALORE

Legend has it that the city is named after an old woman, who lived in this area and offered a humble meal of boiled beans to a lost Hoysala ruler. The origin of the present-day city of Bangalore can be traced to the early 16th century, when Kempegowda, a local chief, built a small mud fort here. Bangalore gained prominence in the 18th century, when it became an important fort city, under Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan of Mysore. This area witnessed the struggle between Tipu Sultan and the British. The British defeated Tipu Sultan and took over Bangalore city. In 1831, the British made it the regional administrative city and established a big cantonment here.



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How to Reach

By Air

Bangalore international Airport, known as 'HAL Airport' is situated on Airport Road about 6km from the city centre. A busy Airport with over 70 international and domestic flight landings everyday, this airport is divided into three terminals. Terminal I contain the Departure lounge for the Domestic Flights and Terminal II is for Arrival of Domestic Flights.Indian Airlines and private carriers operate regular flights from Delhi, Bombay, Calcutta, Madras, Trivandrum, Hyderabad, Goa, Kochi, Ahmedabad and Mangalore. International Terminal handles Departure and Arrival of International flights to and form Singapore, Dubai, London, Oman, Hong Kong and Saudi Arabia.

By Rail

Bangalore is connected to all major Indian cities by rail. Several super fast trains such as Shatabhi, Bridavan, Lalbagh express connect Bangalore to Chennai. The City Railway Station is the main terminal in Bangalore.

By Road

Major National Highways connects Bangalore to Chennai and Mumbai. Other cities and towns of the state and neighboring states are also connected by road. The Main bus terminal in the city is opposite City Railway Station.

Key places to visit
Lalbagh Botanical Garden, Tipu Sultan, s Palace - Tipu Sultan, Government Museum, Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium, Bannerghatta National Park


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Places to Visit

Lalbagh Botanical Garden

Regarded as one of the most richly diverse Botanical Garden's in South Asia. Lalbagh in the Southern part of the city, was laid out by Haider Ali in 1740. Spread over 97-ha (240 acres) of Parkland, many of its tropical plants were brought here by Haider Ali's son Tipu Sultan. Later, John Cameron, the Garden's Superintendent in the 1870s, imported several more rare species from Kew Gardens in London. Cameron was also responsible for initiating work on Lalbagh's famous Glass House, modelled on London's Crystal Palace and Conceived as a venue for horticultural shows. Surrounded by champaka trees and pencil cedars, the Glass House has played host to several visiting dignitaries. An Annual Flower show will be held here.
Lalbagh Botanical Garden
The Entrance to the Park is marked by an equestrian statue of Chamaraja Wodeyar of Mysore. Another popular attraction is the surreal Floral Clock, surrounded by Snow White and the Seven dwarfs. This was a gift from Hindustan Machine Tools, leading Indian Manufacturers of Watches.

Tipu Sultan,s Palace - Tipu Sultan

Within the original citadel, a mudbrick fort built by Kempe Gowda in 1537, lies Tipu Sultan's Palace, dating from about 1790. Made mostly out of wood with finely embellished balconies, Pillars and arches this two-storeyed structure, a replica of the Daria Daulat Bagh in Srirangapattana served as a summer retreat of Tipu sultan. He endearingly called it Rashk-e-Jannat, or the "Envy of Heaven". Although now dilapidated, it is still a hauntingly atmospheric place. While the palace retains the original elegant teak pillars, most of the painted decorations have been destroyed. The palace housed the public administrative offices from 1831, until they were shifted to the Attara Kacheri in 1868.

Government Museum

Established in 1866, this is one of the oldest museums in the Country. Housed in a red stucco Neo-Classical Building with Corinthian Columns, it has 18 sections with a fine collection of jewellery, miniature paintings sculpture, artifacts from Mohenjodaro and 5,000 years old neolithic relics. The Venkatappa Art Gallery, named after an early 20th century artist patronized by the wodeyar rules of Mysore, forms one wing of this museum. It has watercolours and paintings made in mysore style. These works still retain a greenish coating imparted by a finishing rub with jade. The Gallery also has a collection of leather puppets made of deer and fine sculptures from the satvahana, Hoysala and Vijayanagar periods.

Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium

Among the tourist attractions in Bangalore, the Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium is a must to see during vacation in Bangalore. Visiting any of the shows here gives you a good view as well as factual knowledge on astronomy. Easily accessible from any corner of the city, the planetarium hosts daily shows of astronomy. It is a fascinating experience for the children.
Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium
Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium was founded in the year 1989. The sky theatre inside with a dome of fifteen meters in diameter has a sitting capacity of 225. The Planetarium gives the opportunity to tourists on vacations in Bangalore to unravel the mysteries of outer space. The Planetarium aims to provide an awareness of astronomy amongst students as well as the common public. Daily two shows are held here for everyone interested in knowing the mysteries of outer space. A visit to this planetarium while on vacation in Bangalore is an experience that one cannot forget. Once you have explored the fascinating world of astronomy through the shows, you are sure to be inspired to learn, explore, discover more about the universe.

Bannerghatta National Park

The Bannerghatta National Park is one of the richest natural zoological reserves present in India. Situated at a distance of 22 km south of Bangalore city, this 104.27 sq km park is a major tourist attraction in the state of Karnataka.

Inside the park one can find a zoo which has a small museum, a reptile park and a theatre. Other than these, a Butterfly Park spread across an area of 30,000 sq m of land displays a unique combination of science and technology.

Being the first of its kind in India, this man-made park in Bannerghatta National Park is a great source of knowledge, especially for children since it has a butterfly conservatory, an audio-visual room and a museum. Typical tropical environment has been artificially created inside the butterfly park to carefully preserve over 20 different species of exquisite butterflies.

Another major attraction of the park is the children's corner. Also trekking enthusiasts can enjoy trekking in the Uddigebande, Hajjamana Kallu and Mirza hills.

A separate portion of the Bannerghatta National Park has been used by authorities as a reserve for those wild animals which have been rescued from various circuses.

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