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9 Sights to See in Bangalore

July 14th, 2010 by

Heading to Bangalore, also known as Bengalaru, for the first time? The incredible Indian city is packed with a distinct blend of old-world culture and modern tradition. Located in a pleasant climate, the historic city began to attract major industry during the late 1980s and has continued to grow ever since.

talkad temple - thanks to jishnu

Before long, Bangalore became the home of several multinational and homegrown high-tech corporations and a famous call center culture. The metropolis is much more than a giant techno park however and has a lush tapestry of attractions to explore.

9. Lalbagh Botanical Garden

Butterfly.Lalbagh botanical garden.

Situated on more than 240 acres of land, the Lalbagh Botanical Garden is home to more than 1,000 different species of plant life. The garden is also home to a stunning aquarium, a deer park, and one of the four Kempe Gowda Towers located within the city. If you’re a fan of roses, you’ll want to make a special effort to get to the Rose Garden, featuring almost ever rose species in the world.

8. St. Mark’s Cathedral

St Mark Cathedral

St. Mark’s Cathedral was built in 1926 and is a stunning example of modern architecture. The Roman arches and gorgeous dome are just the beginning. Make sure you keep your eyes peeled and take note of the woodwork within as well. Services are held in the cathedral every Sunday.

7. Bannerghatta National Park

Tiger at Bannerghatta National Park, Bangalore, India

The Bannerghatta National Park is an incredibly popular attraction, so make sure you arrive early in the day, especially if you want to visit the zoo. Inside the park you’ll find not only the zoo, but a gorgeous butterfly conservatory and a safari tour. On the safari tour, you’ll see both staged (caged) and unstaged animals. It’s not the most extensive zoo in the world, but will give you the opportunity to see wildlife local to the area.

6. Bull Temple

Temple Bull

Contrary to what the name implies, this temple is not full of wild bulls. Built in 1786, this small house is home to a monolith of the sacred bull that is believed to carry the god Shiva. The carving itself is astounding and you’ll really enjoy wandering the yard around the front of the temple as well, exploring the wares the peddlers are selling for you to leave as offerings when you go inside.

5. Shiva Temple

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The Shiva Temple, located at the back of the Kemp Fort department store, may seem a bit strange. Despite its odd location, the temple attracts more than 10,000 visitors each day, all on a pilgrimage to pay homage to Shiva. Inside you’ll find a 65-foot sculpture with water flowing from its head.

4. Bangalore Palace

Bangalore Palace

Originally built in 1887, the stunning Bangalore Palace was not opened for public viewing until 2007. Your guided tour will lead you through the palace’s painted hallways, through well-used rooms, and around some incredible statues and artifacts. If you’re lucky, you’ll get to see a few of the palace’s secret passageways as well. The tour will not take you through the sections where the current royal family lives today.

3. The Forum Mall

Forum.. a shopping mall in koramangala

The Forum Mall is a great place for those who want to relax, shop, or grab a bite of authentic cuisine.  Inside you’ll find a movie theater, several clothing stores, and both fast food and sit-down restaurants. This is your standard shopping mall – not a place to visit if you’re looking for cultural souvenirs.

2. Cubbon Park

IMG_8632ac Bangalore Central Cubbon Park

Take a deep breath, pack a blanket, and head towards Cubbon Park for a few hours of relaxation amongst the greenery in the center of Bangalore. You’ll find dozens of trees and planets to enjoy and, if you feel like exploring, you can browse some of the older buildings in the park. Most notable is a statue of Queen Victoria holding the world – a very rare attraction considering most places do not display statues of her likeness at all.

1. ISKCON Temple

Another picture of Iskon templ

The ISKCON Temple, or the home of the International Society for Krisna Consciousness, is certainly a site to see. You’ll start your journey by waiting in line, leaving your shoes and camera at separate security checkpoints before passing through your own security check. Once inside the complex of the society, founded in 1966, you’ll have the opportunity to explore several shrines and temples dedicated to Vishnu. Try to visit during the week to avoid long lines.

Are you ready to explore? Ask for directions from your Bangalore hotel to any of these sites. You’ll be glad you visited.

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