SIGHTSEEING (About Bangalore)

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VIDHANA SOUDHA

VIDHANA SOUDHA - is the seat of the state legislature of Karnataka. It is an imposing building, constructed in a style sometimes described as Mysore Neo-Dravidian, and incorporates elements of Indo-Saracenic and Dravidian styles. The construction was completed in 1956. The Vidhana Soudha has four floors above and one floor below ground level and sprawls across an area of 2,300 by 1,150 feet (700 m × 350 m). It is the largest Legislative building in India. Its eastern face has a porch with 12 granite columns, 40 feet (12 m) feet tall. Leading to the foyer is a flight of stairs with 45 steps, more than 200 feet (61 m) wide. The central dome, 60 feet (18 m) in diameter, is crowned by a likeness of the Indian national emblem.

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CUBBON PARK

CUBBON PARK – The Cubbon Park, officially known as Sri. Chamarajendra Park, is an historic park, located in the heart of city in the Central Administrative Area. The park provides sylvan surroundings to the State Legislature building.

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LAL BAGH

LAL BAGH - Lalbagh or Lalbagh Botanical Gardens, meaning The Red Garden in English, is a well-known botanical garden in southern Bengaluru, India. The garden was originally commissioned by Hyder Ali, the ruler of Mysore, and later finished by his son Tipu Sultan. It has a famous glass house which hosts two annual flower shows (26 January and 15 August). Lalbagh houses India's largest collection of tropical plants, has a lake, and is one of the main tourist attractions in Bangalore. Lal Bagh is also home to a few species of birds. The commonly sighted birds include Myna, parakeets, crows, Brahmini Kite, Pond Heron, Common Egret, Purple Moor Hen etc.

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BANNERGHATTA NATIONAL PARK

BANNERGHATTA NATIONAL PARK - Bannerghatta National Park, near Bangalore, Karnataka, was founded in 1970 and declared as a national park in 1974. In 2002 a portion of the park, became a biological reserve, the Bannerghatta Biological Park. It is a popular tourist destination with a zoo, a pet corner, an animal rescue centre, a butterfly enclosure, an aquarium, a snake house and a park. There are ancient temples in the park for worship and it is a destination for trekking and hiking.

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ISKCON TEMPLE

ISKCON TEMPLE - It is one of the largest ISKCON temples in the world. The temple is a huge cultural complex that was inaugurated in 1997 by Shankar Dayal Sharma. Hare Krishna Hill is the hillock on which this temple is situated. ISKCON Bangalore is a charitable society with the objective of propagating Krishna Consciousness all over the world, as explained by Srila Prabhupada, whose teachings are based on Bhagavad-gita and Srimad Bhagavatam.

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Places to Eat

Microbeweries - Bangalore is nick named the 'pub' city and with good reason, as it is filled with microbreweries.Taking inspiration from Germany, Belgium and the USA - the masters take special care to craft that glass of liquid gold. Here are the top 5 that you cannot miss.
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Bangalore on A Plate - A suggested 2 day itinerary, that will have you exploring the traditional neighbourhoods of the city as well as savouring the local delicacies.
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To see a wider array of options, you could use the Zomato app or website. Browse through the various options by cuisine, location or ratings, read reviews and make your reservations directly.

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Shopping

Heritage boutiques - Far from touristy souvenirs, Bangalore is known for converting heritage bungalows into bespoke boutiques retaining traditional architecture. Here you are sure to find niche brands, with lovely tokens to take back home.View More


Saree Shops - If you would like to pick a traditional Indian Saree, here is your go to guide. The most popular is Mysore Silk Udyog, on Commercial Street. Remember to purchase a ready made blouse, to go with your attire. View More

100 feet road, Indiranagar - A cosmopolitan address, that is filled with local, national and international labels, with a variety of restaurants and bars.

For more curated guides visit:

Lonely Planet
Little Black Book Bangalore
Food and Dining, Zomato
Check out collections on Zomato, for a list of handpicked restaurants in the city - https://www.zomato.com/bangalore/collections
This column has been curated by resident Nirja Raju, who writes for lifestyle publications and is the founder of
her website - The Stylish Dish.

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