Bengaluru is not only one of the most important tourist destinations in Karnataka but also entire India. A city that is famous for being an I.T powerhouse is also equally popular for its beautiful tourist places. Some of the most beautiful places including temples, palaces, museums, gardens and shopping malls of India are located in the very heart of Bengaluru city. Tourists and travelers can experience all these famous sightseeing through Bengaluru Darshan.
Bengaluru Darshan is one day city tour wherein tourists get to see all the tourist hotspots of the city. Bengaluru Darshan is organized by almost all the leading travel agencies of Bengaluru round the year.
Given below is the list as well as brief description of all the tourist hotspots that one gets to see in Bengaluru Darshan.
This is unarguably one of the most famous and also amongst most visited temples of Bengaluru. It is also one of the largest Iskcon temples in the entire world. People who don’t know what Iskcon temple is? Iskcon temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna and its main aim is to spread the message of Krishna consciousness all around the world.
Iskcon temple Bengaluru was inaugurated in 1997 by then President of India Shankar Dayal Sharma. The architectural design of this temple is absolutely marvelous and temple is very grand in size. It is surely one of the most beautiful temples in entire india. Besides, today Iskcon Temple is one of the greatest cultural & spiritual icons of Bengaluru city.
Location: Chord Road, North Bengaluru.
Entry fees: free
What’s worth seeing & doing: Gold-plated dwajastambha (flag post) - 17m (56 ft) high – is one of the high points of this temple. Also, don’t miss delicious Sri Krishna prasadam (Prasad), which is distributed freely to all devotees.
Bull Temple in BangaloreWhat makes this temple so special is the fact that it is the largest Nandi temple in the entire world. Nandi or Nandi bull was favorite vehicle of Lord Shiva as per Hindu mythology. At the heart of this temple is huge & gigantic idol of Nandi Bull, which is believed to be World’s largest monolith rock carved statue of Nandi.
Bull temple or the Dodda Ganeshana Gudi is one of the favorite temples among Hindu devotees of Bengaluru and is also most renowned tourist destinations of the city. The temple is especially worth visiting during Karthik month of Hindu calendar (October or November) when annual groundnut fair is organized in the temple premises; devotees from all over India flock to this temple to offer groundnut to Nandi deity.
Location: N.R. Colony, South Bengaluru.
Entry fees: free
What’s worth seeing: World’s largest monolith rock carved statue of Nandi reside inside this temple. Besides, Bugle Rock garden adjacent to this temple is also worth visiting.
Lal Bagh in Bangalore
Lal Bagh is unarguably one of the most beautiful botanical gardens in entire India. Today it is pride of Bengaluru and also one of the most popular tourist destinations. The lush greenery, collection of beautiful trees and flowers will absolutely soothe your mind and senses. An aquarium and a beautiful lake are also part of this garden. However, the main attraction of this place is breathtaking Glass House, which has been modeled and designed on London’s famous Crystal Palace.
The garden also has a proud historical background. The garden was constructed during the reign of legendary king Tipu Sultan, King of Mysore.
Location: Lalbagh Road, South Bengaluru.
Entry fees: Rs 10 per person.
What’s worth seeing: Besides beautiful trees and lush greenery, breathtaking glass house should not be missed. Also, a unique rock that is believed to 3000 million years; it is believed to be the oldest rock on the earth.
Cubbon Park in BangaloreThis is one of the most famous parks of Bengaluru and is located at the very heart of the city. Abundant flora & fauna and vast expanse of greenery are what make this park so popular among locals and tourists. Another very unique thing about Cubbon Park is that it is surrounded by many aesthetically beautiful buildings and also there are many beautiful statues in the vicinity. This park is surely worth visiting in every sense of the word.
Location: Near Karnataka High Court
Entry fees: free
What’s worth seeing: Apart from lush greenery & beautiful trees, don’t miss Band Stand (octagonal structure built in cast iron). During hey days many musical concerts used to be organized here.
Vidhana Soudha in BangaloreThis beautiful government building is the seat of the state legislature of Karnataka. Vidhan Soudha has an imposing and beautiful architectural building is one of the most beautiful government buildings in entire India. So much so that not only domestic tourists but even international tourists are attracted by its splendid architecture.
Location: Dr Ambedkar Road
Entry fees: Tourists or for that matter anyone is not allowed to go inside the building without official permission.
Nehru Planetarium in BangaloreNehru planetarium is one of the five planetariums in India. Others are located in Pune, Mumbai, Delhi and Allahabad. Nehru Planetarium is very popular among locals as well as tourists. It is estimated that approximately 2 lakh people visit the Planetarium every year. The main attraction is dome shaped star theatre where computer animations & video clippings of stars, planets and other astronomical objects are showcased. For sheer delight of watching staggeringly beautiful visuals of astronomical objects, this place is surely worth visiting.
Location: Vasanth Nagar
Entry fees: Rs 25 for adults and Rs 10 for child (children below the age of 5 years are not allowed). Besides, planetarium is officially closed every Monday and second Tuesday of the month.
What’s worth watching: Besides, dome shaped sky theatre, there is also a science park which is equally worth visiting.
M.G.Road in BangaloreM.G Road or Mahatma Gandhi road is the commercial hub of Bengaluru. It is widely regarded as shopping capital or shopping district of Bengaluru city. Whether it is branded retail stores, high-end restaurants, street bazaars or food stalls – this place offers everything to make your day.
Shopaholics and foodies surely shouldn’t miss this place.
One of the biggest museums of Bengaluru, it is completely dedicated to science and technology. This museum is an integral part Bengaluru Darshan as it showcases many modern as well as rare antique science & technological related objects. There are total 7 exhibition halls in this museum. However, the main attraction is the exact replica of the 1903 flyer of Wright brothers (two brothers who were credited for inventing world’s first airplane). In fact this is the only museum, apart from Smithsonian Institutions in the US, to have this replica. This museum surely makes science a fun education.
Location: Kasturba Road.
Entry fees: 20 Rs for adults and 10 Rs for students.
What’s worth seeing: Besides exhibition halls, one can also experience mini-planetarium show; there is also a virtual game area.
Other main attractions of Bengaluru Darshan
- Gandhi Bhavan (museum dedicated to the life of Mahatma Gandhi)
- National Gallery of Modern Art (famous art gallery)
- Bangalore Aquarium (second largest aquarium of India)
- St. Mary's Basilica Church
- Bannerghatta National Park
- Butterfly Park
- Masjid-e-Khadria Mosque
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