Bangalore, the capital city of Karnataka is called the Garden City for its fascinating blossoms and luxuriant greenery that renders an unique beauty to this charming city. Bangalore, the fifth largest city in India, is also known as the Science city of India. The growth of the city has been phenomenal in recent years, largely due to unprecendented industrial progress with the establishment of many large, medium and small scale industries and techincal and professional institutions of national importance.
Bangalore is well connected by road, rail and air to most major cities of the country. One can fly directly to Bangalore from several international airports as well. Visas are required for travel to India.
How to get there?
On the international circuit, Bangalore is well connected to US, Canada, Europe, Middle East and South East Asia and all major international destinations by direct flights or immediate connections through Mumbai, New Delhi, Kolkata, & Chenai. International airlies, Lufthansa, Malaysian Airlines, Air India, Singapore Airlines, North West Airlines and British Airways fly directly to Bangalore.
On the domestic sectors, Air-India, Indian Airlines, Jet Airways and Air Sahara connect the city of Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Madurai, Coimbatore, Pune, Thiruvananthapuram, Hyderabad, Goa (Panjim), Kochi, Ahmedabad and Mangalore through regular flights.
Indian Railways are the second largest railway system in the world under a single management. It has 62,300 kms of track, 6984 stations and carries 12 million passengers everyday. It is also very well connected to all cities of the country.
In and Around Bangalore
- Vidhana Soudha: A magnificent building housing the state legislature and secretariat. It was conceived and executed by Kengal Hanumanthaya, the then Chief Minister, in 1956. It is built entirely of Bangalore granite in the Neo-Dravidian style.
- Cubbon Park: This beautiful park, sprawling across 300 acres, was laid out by Lieutenant General Sir Mark Cubbon in 1864.
- Lalbagh:Lalbagh was started by by Hyder Ali in 1760 and later completed by Tipu Sultan. This 240 acre landscaped park is home to some very rare species of plants. The Glass House inspired by the Crystal Palace in London, is the venue of an annual flower show.
- Bangalore Palace: Inspired by the Windsor Castle, this palace was built in the Tudor style by a Wodeyar king in 1887.
- Bull Temple: One of the oldes temples in the city, built by Kempe Gowda, the founder of Bangalore. The temple is dedicated to Nandi, the sacred bull.
Things to to
- Golf : Golf can be played in India in a variety of surroundings. The Golf Club in Bangalore, established in 1876, is a great golfing venue with the well maintained greens. You can enjoy your favourite sport at - Karnataka Golf Association and - Eagleton Golf resort , the golf resort at the Bangalore-Mysore highway, one of the best options for a full day Golf Tour.
- Eating out : Garden restaurants, drive-in eating joints, restaurants with attached pubs and bars, fast food joints and typical South Indian thali meals in the local style are available all over Bangalore.
- Pubs & Night Life : Pub-crawling is a past time in vogue with the younger set. The beer here is among the best in the world, locally brewed, fresh and bubbly. Most pubs are over crowded, heavy with smoke and drowned with loud music. The food here is snacky, tandoor kind.
- Ayurveda : Ayurveda is a combination of two words; Ayur and Veda. Ayur means Life and Veda means knowledge, so it means Science of Life. It is five thousand years wisdom distilled into a system of practice. Ayurveda is much more than the well being of the body. Ayurveda defines health as “purity” of the body, mind and soul. The city has various Ayurvedic Centres where one can go and simply relax.
- Shopping : Shopping is delightful experience in Bangalore. You will find some of the exquisite silks here. You can also take home handicrafts in Sandalwood and rosewood, available in state-owned emporia & private stores. For gold & jewellery you can visit the quaint Jeweller's street.
- Mysore (139 Kms) :Kush green Mysore, picturesquely located 750 m above sea level. All roads in Mysore lead to the Maharajah's Palace. The palace built in Indo-Saracenic style is profusely decorated and gilded.
- Shravanabelagola (150 Kms) : Wedged between two stark rocky hills, this legendary pilgrim center and shrine of the Janis since early times. The monolithic statue of Lord Gomteshwara, a Jain saint and an object of worship for centuries, standing atop one of the hills, is 18 meters high and is said to be one of the tallest and mist graceful monolithic statues in the world.
- Belur (222 Kms) : Belur is known as the Dakshina Varanasi or Southern Benaras. The serenity of Belur is attributed to the celebrated temple of Channakeshava, built by the Hoysala king Vishnuvardhana in 1117 A.D. to commemorate his conversion from Jainism to Vaishnavism.
- Halebid (239 Kms) : This place was known as Dwara Samudra, the wealthy capital of the Hoysalas. Holebid has several strikingly beautiful Hysala temples and Jain shrines. The Hoysaleshwara temple, standing on platform like a casket, is a sculptural extravaganza, richly endowed with most finely detailed scroll in stone.
- Somnathpur (137 Kms) : The little village of Somnathpur where you can see the famous 13 Century temple well known for its great architectural beauty.
- Bannerghatta (21 Kms) : Numerous wild animals roam freely in this densely forested hilly area-an ideal picnic spot for wildlife lovers.
- Nrityagram Dance Village (30 Kms) : India's only village for classical dances.
- Nandi Hills (60 Kms) : This hill station is a paradise located 4,850 feet above sea level. There is a fairly extensive plateau with gardens, lawns, tourist bungalows and hotels with wind surfing facilities
- Muthyala Paduvu-Pearl Valley (45Kms) : A beautiful picnic spot. A waterfall gushes down 90 meters in a cascade of pearly drops. The Shiva temple located nearby is worth a visit.