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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 Hindu temple situated in Bull Temple Road, Basavanagudi area of South Bengaluru. This is one of the oldest temples in Bangalore, and also one of the must visit places as part of Bangalore Tour Packages.
The Bull Temple is dedicated to the sacred bull Nandi, the vehicle of Lord Shiva.
The temple was built in 1537 by Kempegowda in the Dravidian style. It is one of the popular places to visit in Bangalore. The temple is relatively small in size, but houses one of the largest monolithic Nandi statues in the world which measures 4.5 meters in height and 6 meters 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 a stream called Vrishabhavathi .....
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 5 km from Bangalore City Railway Station, Visweswaraiah Industrial and Technological Museum (VITM) is located on Kasturba Road in the surroundings of Cubbon Park, Bangalore. It is one of the best science museums in India, and one of the top places to visit in Bangalore, especially for children.
Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum (VITM), is a constituent unit of the National Council of Science Museums (NCSM), Ministry of Culture, Government of India. It was established in memory of Bharat Ratna Sir M. Visvesvaraya. It is one of the must include places in Bangalore Tour Packages. Coverng an area of 4000 sq. m, the museum was opened by the first Prime Minister of India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru in 1962 while the first gallery set up at VITM, on the theme of Electricity, was opened to the public on 27th July 1965. The first .....
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.
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 Palace is situated in the heart of Bangalore city, near Sadashiv Nagar. This is one of the best places of heritage in Karnataka, 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. It is one of the most famous places to visit in Bangalore
During a visit to England, Chamaraja Wodeyar was inspired by the Windsor Castle in London and along similar lines, he built this palace in .....
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
At a distance of 6 km from Bangalore City Railway Station, Lalbagh Botanical Garden is a botanical garden situated near the Lalbagh Fort Road in Bangalore. It is one of the largest botanical gardens in India, and among the most attractive places to visit in Bangalore.
Located in South Bengaluru, the Lalbagh Botanical Garden is the first of its kind, with planned routes, glasshouses, and ornamental flowers growing throughout the property. The ruler of Mysore, Hyder Ali commissioned the development of the garden in 1760 and was completed by his son Tipu Sultan, who designed the garden keeping in mind the beautiful gardens of Sira in the Tumkur district of Karnataka. The garden attained the status of a Government Botanical Garden in 1856. It is one of the peaceful places to visit as part of Bangalore Packages.
Sprawling over an area of 240 acres, .....
Historical & Heritage
At a distance of 54 km from Bangalore City Railway Station, 6.5 km from Chikkaballapur, 9.5 km from Nandi Hills, Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple situated in Nandi village is a grand temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. This temple is a great specimen of South Indian temple architecture. It is one of the best temples near Bangalore and also one of the best one day trip near Bangalore.
Originally built in 9th century by Nolamba dynasty, the temple received great contributions from the rulers of Ganga, Chola, Rashtrakuta, Hoysala & Vijayanagara dynasties. The temple boasts wonderful architecture and great sculptures. The large temple complex has a vast open area in front of the wonderful gateway. The main enclosure has three shrines dedicate to Lord Shiva known as Bhoga Nandeeshwara, Arunachaleswara and Ardhanareewara (also known as Uma Maheshwara) along with several other shrines on the rear side of the temple. The large mandapa .....
Adventure / Trekking | Nature & Scenic
At a distance of 60 Kms from Bangalore (situated close to NH207 towards Chik Ballapur), Nandi Hills or Nandidurga is a popular trekkig destination near Bangalore. Located close to Skandagiri, it is one of the must visit places for trekking enthusiasts as part of Bangalore tour packages and among the popular one day trip from Bangalore.
It gets its name from the ancient Nandi or bull which is meant to be the mount of Lord Shiva. These hills are the source of the rivers Palar, Arkavati and Pennar. It was one of the Tipu's summer retreats. There are about 1,200 steps laid from foot of the hill to reach the top. Bhoga Nandishwara Temple situated at the foot of the hills is a must see place which houses a 1000 year old sculpture of Nandi.
Tipu Sultan's Summer Palace and Tipu's Drop, a 600 ft cliff from where Tipu Sultan used to throw his prisoners, offers a spectacular .....
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