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Bangalore in One day

If you are a travel junkie or even if you want to break free from the that typical mundane and monotonous city life, there are several excellent destinations in and around Bangalore that are worth paying a visit. For a quick one day tour of the city, you can capture it in full natural beauty while you take a stroll in the gardens and at the same time you will be rendezvousing with the history as you visit the historical monuments here.

Arriving in Bangalore

If you are planning to stay there only for a day, make sure you arrive early as most of the temples, monuments and museums are open between 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Bangalore is very well connected by Road, Rail and Airways to all the major cities in India and the rest of the world.

Getting around in Bangalore

Bangalore is a widespread city, and obviously visiting the whole city on foot won’t be a good idea. For roaming around in the city you can hire taxis of Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation (KSTDC). It is the largest Tour Operator in Karnataka. All the taxis of KSTDC  are fully armed with latest technology like GPS, GPRS & Printing machines. These ensure fast and easy tracking and you can also expect transparent billing at the journey ends. It is  the most hassle-free transport in Karnataka. Alternatively private taxies and roadways buses are also available.

To start off, visit some nearby restaurants, all eateries and food joints are just superb here. Alternatively you can have a brunch at “Ista”. Now just get yourself set for an exciting day that you will cherish in your memory forever.

Where to head in Bangalore

Historical Monuments, here take you to a different era. The Bangalore Palace was built by  the Wodeyar dynasty in the year 1887.It represents the Tudor-style architecture. Its astonishing and spellbinding wood carving will just leave you with a desire to keep on coming to the place if you ever get back to the city.

The Fort of Tipu Sultan was built by Kempe Gowda (the founder of Bangalore) and later extended by Tipu Sultan (the emperor of Mysore) is a true witness of the royal charm and chivalry of that time. Another monument that lets you peep into the corridors of history is the Mayo Hall which is known as the finest piece of British architecture. It was built in the memory of Lord Mayo.

The city is also very well known for its beautiful parks. Cubbon Park whose foundation was laid by Sir Mark Cubbon, the Viceroy of India, in 1864. Located near Gandhi Nagar the park spreads over an area of 250 acres. It is the beauty of this park which is the reason behind the popular name of Banglore i.e. “the Garden City”. The garden houses several famous buildings namely Government Museum which is considered to be one of the oldest museums all over India.

This museum was built in 1876 by Colonel Sanky, take a look also at the Public library and the High court. Bangalore Aquarium is a fascinating building situated at the entrance of Cubbon Park. You can get acquainted very well here wide variety of  aquatic life and it also boasts of being the second largest aquarium in India. Located about 4km from the M.G. Road is Lal Bagh is a botanical garden. The foundation of this garden was laid by Hyder Ali (Emperor of Maysor) in the 18th century. The garden was later completed by his son, Tipu Sultan.

Prime attractions of the Garden are;
  • Collection of more than 1000 species of flora.
  • Glass house based on the London’s crystal palace.
  • Largest collection of rare and exotic plants.
  • Have the first lawn clock of the country.
  • 3000 million years old Lal Bagh rock. This rock is known to be the oldest rock formation on the entire earth.
Visits to the garden for free during 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m
By this time half of the day is over. Want to feel satiated? Try lunch at Goldfinch hotel. It is one of the best place in the city where you will really enjoy to have food. However, Bangalore is teeming with fine dining restaurants and hotels.

Sightseeing in Bangalore

If you are on a day trip to this awesome city, never ever think of giving a miss to museums, or you will end up repenting later. Kempegowda Museum located on the first floor of the Mayo Hall houses the reservoirs and inscriptions of the time of Kempegowda (the founder of the Bangalore city). Gandhi Bhavan located on Kumara Krupa Road, takes you to the pre-independence time of India where the photo gallery of Mahatma Gandhi and photocopies of his letters which were written to him by several famous personalities are on display.

Make sure to visit it between 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on all days except Sundays and government holidays. Are you curious about the working of different types of machines. Never ever miss Visveswaraya Museum, if you ever visit to Bangalore. It is located on Kasturba Road. Electronic  and technology gallery, Engine Hall gallery, Children’s science gallery and Kimbe paper metals gallery are among the main attractions here.

Bangalore proudly boasts of its rich heritage. Some of the buildings here are just extraordinary in architecture.
Vidhan Sondha is located in the Cubbon Park, Vidhan Sondha is one of the most impressive buildings of the city. The building houses the legislative chamber of the state government. Constructed in granite and porphyry, it is a perfect piece of Dravidian architecture. While you finish visiting Vidhan sondha, just opposite to it is located Attara Kacheri houses the High court. Built in the year 1867, it represents the Gothic style of architecture.

While you are on a short trip to Bangalore there are some more “must pay a visit” attractions in Bangalore. Ulsoor Lake is one such destination. This beautiful serene lake is spread over an area of 1.5 and is located near M.G. Road. Splendidly dotted with islands, the Ulsoor lake was built by Kempe Gowda II. Boats and cruises available for hire are the prime attractions here. Another is Nehru Planetarium, was established in 1989 and is located on Chowdiah Road in Bangalore. It is one of the most famous tourist destinations in the city. Daily shows of astronomy are organized at the Planetarium.

On a religious note you can also visit churches and temples. On MG Road there are two Churches (East Parade Church and Holy Trinity Church at Trinity Circle). Apart from these two famous ones, there are several other Churches located in the city. There is a Shiva temple that you can visit while on the way to your Airport. It is  around 15 min by road from MG Rd/Trinity Circle. There are several other temples that are quite famous like, Bull temple, ISKCON and Golden temple. Bangalore is also rich in mosques and Gurudwaras.

While you are on your way back to the airport don’t forget to have some time in your hand and get out of your car and take a stroll on M.G. Road, and check out for some lovely shopping items that you can take along with you as souvenirs. M.G. Road is having several shops and is also a hub of fine dining restaurants. Check out one of them if you are really exhausted and feeling the hunger pangs. Also, the airport is at a distance of 75-80 min. drive from here.

Who would not prefer the tranquility of a waterfall over the hustle-bustle of a chaotic city life. If you get to visit Bangalore, there are several such exquisite places around the city that can be visited on a quick trip. These destinations not only cater precisely to individual tastes but also they are just wonderful if you visit them in groups. You will definitely have fun in group activities.

You will surely love to watch a beautiful sunrise or an awe inspiring sun down than to just sit on your couch and watching a random program on you’re your television set. Who would not prefer to catch the birds with their camera than to just blinking and staring endlessly at a book? Here goes a quick summary of the things you can do and places you can visit around Bangalore while on the trip to the city. Make sure you Catchup to these places if you get a chance.

Have a look at the places to visit near Bangalore. Nandi Hills also known as “Nandi Durg”, it is located at a distance of 60km from the city. The Placidity of the place can be clearly be felt in the magnificent sunrises and breathtaking views of the Nandi Hills. Fort of Tipu Sultan is also a major attraction here. Frequent buses ply between Bangalore and Nandi Hills. Summers are the best time to visit.

Alternatively go to visit Big Banyan Tree located in Ramohalli, it is approximately 25km from the city. The big Banyan tree is an ideal spot for picnics and is spread over an area of 5 acres. It is 400 years old. Take any of the easily available BMTC buses from the city market to this place. Or hire a private taxi.Visits during rainy seasons must be avoided.

If you are an avid lover of art and culture, visit Janapada Loka. You will be face to face with the traditional culture and art of Karnataka at this place. The most amusing part of this place is ducks following you while you take a stroll. One can very closely feel here, the rural and tribal life of Karnataka. It is spread over 15 acres of land and houses an open air theater, an art gallery, a pond and a studio. Frequent bus services are available to this place. This place can be visited any time during the year except the monsoons.

Nritya Grama, as the name suggests, the place is related to the art of  dancing. It is around 35km from the city. It was set up by Protima Gauri, her purpose behind the set up was to promote and patronize various styles of classical dancing. Regular BMTC buses ply between the main city and this place. Timings are 10 a.m. to 5p.m. and it remains closed on Mondays.

At Hogenakkal you will be amazed to see a number of pristine waterfalls embedded right between several strangely shaped rocks. One can even hire a boat for going under the waterfall and having a close experience of nature. It is located at 150 km away from Bangalore.

Regular buses are available from Bangalore to Dharmapuri and then to Hogenakkal. Cool early mornings are the best time to visit as this place gets hotter as the Sun rises in the sky. Post monsoons and winters should be preferred over other season.

Bannerghatta National Park was established in 1971 and is a paradise for animal lovers where wild animals like leopard, boar, bison, Zebra, elephants, Panther and Tigers can easily be spotted. It is spread over a sprawling area of 104.27 km. Regular buses commute to this place. Timings are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and remains closed on Tuesdays.

Set on the backdrop of lush green forest is Bheemeshwari , it is a small town near the Cauvery river in Mandaya district. It is known to be a major fishing hub and is famous for fishing “Mahseer” which is regarded as the finest game fish in India. One can enjoy fishing camps here. Other activities which are worth trying are river rafting, joy fishing and of course taking a nature walk. It is located at a distance of 100km from the city.

Buses are easily available for this place. Avoid going during monsoons.

Other famous places around Bangalore are Chennakeshva temple and Channarayana durga which are located at a distance of merely 9km from the main city.

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