At a distance of 8.5 Kms from Bangalore City Railway Station, Sri Banashankari Temple is situated on Kanakapura Road. Dedicated to Banashankari Amma, an incarnation of Goddess Parvati, this temple is one of the oldest and most famous temples in Bangalore.
The temple was constructed by Subramanya Shetty in 1915. Most noteworthy feature of the temple is that the deity is worshipped in Rahukala, an inauspicious time according to Hindu belief. The temple is open to public everyday but special puja is performed on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday. A popular belief among the devotees is that by worshipping goddess Banashankari Amma in Rahukala, all the hardships and poverty will be removed. The deity is worshipped by lighting multiple oil lamps in half cut lemon peels with the pulp removed.
The temple celebrates three cultural ceremonies in a year - Sep 13th the birthday of Banashankari Amma, Dussehra Festival in October and the temple anniversary in Dec.
Timing: 6 AM - 1:30 PM .....
At a distance of 5 km from Bangalore City Railway Station, Bull Temple also known as Basavanagudi Nandi Temple is situated on top of a hill at Basavanagudi. This Hindu temple is situated inside a park called Bugle Rock. The temple is dedicated to sacred bull Nandi, the vehicle of Lord Shiva. This is one of the oldest temples of Bangalore and also one of the top pilgrimages & tourist attractions in Bangalore city.
The temple was built in 1537 by Kempegowda in Dravidian style. The temple is relatively small in size, but houses one of the largest monolithic Nandi statues in the world which measures 4.5 meter in height and 6 meter in length. The temple also houses the idols of God Surya and Chandra, on their chariots. A 17th century inscription at the base of the structure mentions about a stream called Vrishabhavathi that originated here. The tower over the shrine was constructed in early 20th century and is adorned with figures of gods and motifs.
As per legend, a bull used .....
At a distance of 6 Kms from Bangalore City Railway Station, the Dodda Ganapathi Temple or Basavanagudi Ganesh Temple is located on the Bull Temple Road in Basavanagudi. Built in 1971, the temple has a monolithic statue of Lord Ganesha with 18ft in height and 16ft in width. It is one of the popular pilgrimage & tourist attraction in Bangalore.
The deity in this temple is also known as Shakthi Ganapathi or Satya Ganapathi. The idol is believed to be growing on its right side. The most popular ceremony of the temple is the butter coating which apparently consumes about 100 kg of butter. This butter is broken up and distributed to the devotees once in every four years. This is a spectacular sight at the temple and a visit to the temple to witness this is recommended.
Timings: 7 AM to 12.30 PM and 5.30 to 8.30 PM
Historical & Heritage
At a distance of 3 km from Bangalore City Railway Station, Tipu Sultan's Palace or Tipu's Summer Palace is situated near the Tipu's Fort at Albert Victor Road. This palace stands as one of the notable Islamic buildings and an important landmark in the city of Bangalore. This was used as a summer retreat by the Sultan, who lovingly called it the Rash-e-Jannat meaning Envy of Haven.
Hyder Ali started the construction of the palace within the walls of the Bangalore Fort and it was completed by Tipu Sultan in 1791. Used as a summer retreat, the structure is similar to the Daria Daulat palace of Srirangapatnam. After Tipu Sultan's death in the Fourth Anglo-Mysore War, the British Administration used the palace for its Secretariat before moving to Attara Kacheri in 1868.
The Summer Palace is an example of Indo-Islamic architecture. The entire palace is built of teak wood, mortar, stone and plaster. It is laid on a stone plinth. .....
Museum & Gallery
At a distance of 4 Kms from Bangalore City Railway Station, The Karnataka Government Museum is located at the Kasturba Gandhi Road, quite near to the Cubbon Park. Established in 1886, it is one of the oldest museums in India. It is also known as State Archeological Museum. With great collection of artifacts, it's one of the ideal places to visit in Bangalore for history & art lovers.
There are 18 galleries showcasing a rich collection of coins, art and relics from the Mohenjodaro, Halebid and Vijayanagara. It also houses the relics dating back to 5000 years. The painting gallery includes beautiful and rare paintings in Mysore and Tanjore style and also paintings from Rajasthani and Pahari schools. The museum also preserves antiques that date back to the civilization of Harappa and Mohenjodaro. Among the other artifacts on display, ivory carvings, inlay work, sandal-wood caskets are highly appreciated.
Timings: 10 AM to 5 PM. Closed on Wednesdays and public holidays.
Museum & Gallery
At a distance of 5 km from Bangalore City Railway Station, Visweswaraiah Industrial and Technological Museum (VITM) is located on Kasturba road in the surroundings of Cubbon Park. It was established as a tribute to Sir M Visweswaraiah, a great civil engineer. This is one of the best science museums in India and one of the best places to visit in Bangalore city, especially for children.
The museum occupies an area of 4000 sq. m, housing various industrial products and engines, which were opened by Sri Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru in 1962. The first gallery set up at VITM on the theme Electricity was opened to the public in 1965. An airplane and a steam engine are displayed in its compound.
VITM has 7 permanent exhibition galleries titled Engine Hall, Fun Science, Electro technic, Space - Emerging Technology in the Service of Mankind, Biotechnological Revolution, BEL Hall of Electronics and Children Science. The Engine Hall exhibits engines of various automobiles, machines used in .....
At a distance of 4 Kms from Bangalore City Railway Station, The Cubbon Park, officially known as Sri Chamarajendra Park is a historic park located in the heart of the city. Cubbon Park was named after Sir Mark Cubbon, Bangalore's longest serving commissioner. This beautiful park was planned and laid out in 1864 by Sir. Richard Sankey, the then Chief Engineer of Mysore. Cubbon Park is under the control of the Department of Horticulture. It is one of the popular visiting places in Bangalore with family.
Lawns with vibrant flower beds, shady bowers and flowering trees, make this an ideal place for fitness freaks and the elderly to take their morning jogs or evening walks. The Park has elegant classical buildings like Attara Kacheri, the Visweswaraiah Industrial and Technological Museum, Government Museum, Aquarium, Venkatappa Art Gallery and Seshadri Iyer Memorial Hall, all of which are well known. It also houses Bal Bhavan - an amusement park for children.
Cubbon Park is open .....
Historical & Heritage
At a distance of 3.5 km from Bangalore City Railway Station, Vidhan Soudha is the state legislature building located on Dr. Ambedkar road at the northern end of Cubbon Park. It houses the Legislative Chambers of Karnataka State. This is one of the top tourist places to visit in Bangalore and also the largest Legislative building of India. This is one of the prime attractions of Bangalore city and also most commonly used to represent Bangalore.
Kengal Hanumanthaiah, the Chief Minister of Mysore, is credited with the conception and construction of the Vidhana Soudha. The foundation stone was laid by the then Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru, on 13 July 1951. It was completed in the year 1956 at a total cost of around Rs. 1.75 crore.
Vidhana Soudha was built in the Neo-Dravidian architectural style and has the elements of Indo-Saracenic, Rajasthani .....
At a distance of 6 km from Bangalore City Railway Station, ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness) Temple Complex is located on the Hare Krishna Hill in Jayanagar. Dedicated to Lord Krishna, it is one of the largest ISKCON temples in the world. This is also one of the top pilgrimage sites & tourist places to visit in Bangalore.
ISKCON Sri Radha Krishna temple was inaugurated in the year 1997 by Shankar Dayal Sharma, then President of India. The temple was built to honor the birth centenary of Sri Prabhupada, the founder of the ISKCON. The project was conceived and executed by Madhu Pandit Dasa following the wishes of Prabhupada to promote Vedic culture and spiritual learning. The temple is a huge cultural complex housing the temples dedicated to Sri Radha Krishna, Sri Krishna Balarama, Sri Nitai Gauranga, Sri Srinivasa Govinda and Sri Prahlada Narasimha.
The temple covers an area of 7 acres and is built in Dravidian style. The temple is an exclusive combination .....
Historical & Heritage
At a distance of 4 km from Bangalore City Railway Station, Bangalore Place is situated in the heart of Bangalore city, near Sadashiv Nagar. This is one of the best places to visit in Bangalore city and among the top attractions you must include in Bangalore tour packages.
The Palace was first built by Rev. J. Garrett, who was the first Principal of the Central High School in Bangalore, now known as Central College. Spread over an area of 454 acres, the construction of the palace was started in 1862 and completed in 1944. In 1887, it was bought by the then Maharaja of Mysore Chamarajendra Wodeyar X.
During a visit to England, Chamaraja Wodeyar was inspired by the Windsor Castle in London and along similar lines he built this palace in Tudor style. The Palace is famous for its elegantly carved woodwork. The interiors have awesome floral motifs, cornices, mouldings and relief paintings on its ceilings. Gothic windows, fortified .....
At a distance of 3 Kms from Bangalore City Railway Station, the Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium is situated at T. Chowdiah Road in Bangalore near Vidhana Soudha. Established in 1989, the Planetarium has an observatory equipped with a six inch code refractor telescope. It is one of the ideal places to visit for children in Bangalore.
The sky theatre inside with a dome of 15 m in diameter has a sitting capacity of 225. The Planetarium aims to provide an awareness of astronomy amongst students as well as the common public. Daily two shows are held here for everyone interested in knowing the mysteries of outer space. A Science Park is being developed around the Planetarium. Some of the models on display include Resonant Swings, Whispering Dishes, Sun Dial, Giant Kaleidoscope, Model of a Polar Satellite Launching Vehicle (PSLV).
Show timings: 3 PM and 4:30 PM. Closed on Mondays.
Entry Fee: Rs 35 for Adults & Rs. 20 for Children
Lake & Backwaters
At a distance of 7.5 Kms from Bangalore City Railway Station, Ulsoor Lake is a man-made lake located in Ulsoor. Spread across an area of 125 acres, it is one of the best places to visit in Bangalore city to spend a wonderful evening.
Though the initial lake built during Kempe Gowda's time, it was enhanced by Sir Lewin Bentham Bowring, the then Commissioner of Bangalore. The lake has a recreational complex that has a swimming pool. There is also a garden at one end of the lake known as Kensington Park. This lake is a center of attraction during Ganesh Chathurdi.
Boating facilities are available in Ulsoor Lake. There are many small islands spread across the lake and they can be reached by boat. The Boat Club maintained by KSTDC offers wonderful boating facilities. The boating fee is Rs 120 per hour.
Timings: 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM on all days.
At a distance of 6 km from Bangalore City Railway Station, Lalbagh Botanical Garden is situated near the Lalbagh fort road. It is one of the best gardens in India and one of the best places to visit in Bangalore City.
The ruler of Mysore, Hyder Ali commissioned the development of the garden in 1760. Initially designed in Mughal style, this garden was further developed by Hyder Ali's son Tipu Sultan. Sprawling over an area of 240 acres, there are more than 1,800 species of flora, including plants, shrubs and trees, most of them from outside India. The garden attained status of a Government Botanical Garden in 1856. The garden surrounds one of the towers erected by Kempe Gowda. The park has some rare species of plants brought from Persia, Afghanistan and France. With an intricate watering system for irrigation, this garden is aesthetically designed with lawns, flowerbeds, lotus pools and fountains. The .....
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