Bangalore - A modern city rooted in tradition
By Carlton Leisure -
Bangalore, recently renamed as Bengaluru, is the capital of Indian state of Karnataka. Also referred as ‘Garden City of India’ and ‘Pensioners Paradise,’ the city is now known for its prowess in information technology that earns it the nickname of ‘Silicon Valley of India’. Not a surprise, business and leisure travellers fly to Bangalore to seek business and tourism opportunities. This once traditional city is fast embracing modernity and Bangalore of today looks vibrant with great drinking, dining and shopping options. On your visit, you will see a cosmopolitan culture which is shaped by a large number of immigrants residing here for career or business purposes. Here we list attractions for people visiting Bangalore.
The city of Bangalore is also home to several historic sites, and Bengaluru Palace, the private abode of Wodeyars, erstwhile maharajas of the state, is one among them. The palace gives you a glimpse of Royal splendour. On your visit you will come to know the history of the palace through an audio guide that provides detail knowledge about the building which was designed to resemble Windsor Castle.
Situated in the heart of the city the beautiful Cubbon Park is lush garden named after the then British commissioner Sir Mark Cubbon. Thousands of city dwellers come to this place to get a respite from the hustle bustle of the city amidst its leafy boughs. The travellers can club their trip together with Vidhan Soudha.
Vidhana Soudha in Bangalore is not just famous for being the legislative house of the state but also for its magnificent granite building. The building was built by Sri K. Hanumanthaiya, the then Chief Minister of the then Mysore state and the foundation was laid by none other than the first Prime Minister Sri Pandit Jawaharalal Nehru. Built in 1950s, Vidhana Soudha, a fine specimen of neo-Dravidian architecture was built at an expenditure of Rs 18.4 million. Now a day it is one of the most magnificent buildings built in the recent times.
Situated in Basavanagudi, the Bull temple is a fine example of Dravidian style temple, where a mammoth bull statue carved out from a single boulder is prime attraction. According to a legend, the temple was built to appease a marauding bull that destroyed local crops and after this offering the bull subsequently left the area. Since then local farmers organise a fair as a mark of celebration.
Situated on Old Airport Road, Shiva Temple houses a mammoth monolith of Lord Shiva, located in the middle of an artificial pool. The posteriors of the statue offer a cave-like walk. The place remains extremely crowded during the festivals especially on the festival of Maha Shivaratri.