The Best Places to See in Bangalore
Hometown Series Guest Post by Raksha from Bengaluru Prayana
Officially known as Bengaluru, the metropolitan city of Bangalore is my home city. I was born and raised in this amazing capital city of Karnataka state in India. Known by many names such as the Garden city, City of Lakes, and Information Technology (IT) capital of the world, Bangalore has plenty of things that it can offer to its visitors. It is a city that introduced café and pub culture to the country. And is one of the popular cities for its nightlife.
As Bangalore is one of the major cities in India, the city has an airport that serves as both International and domestic terminals. Most of the airline providers have connectivity between Bangalore and other cities across the country and internationally. The best time to visit the city is all year round as the temperature is ideal ranging between 20 to 30 degrees centigrade. However, the best months are during the winter and spring seasons between the months of October and February. You need at least 3 to 4 days to explore and cover what the city has to offer.
The Best Places to see in Bangalore
Built as a mud fort in 1537, Bangalore Fort was a fortified town before it was captured by the British and expanded beyond the boundaries. Initially built by Kempegowda I, the founder of Bangalore, the Bangalore Fort is a perfect example of an 18th century military fort and one of the best places to see in Bangalore. It is open for public between 8:30 and 5:30 Pm every day and you can visit it for free.
Tipu Sultan Summer Palace
Built by Mysore ruler Tipu Sultan, the Tipu Sultan Summer Palace is situated close to the Bangalore Fort. The palace was built in the Indo-Islamic architecture and was used by the royal family during the summer season.
Bangalore still has a royal residence which is part of the Bangalore Palace. The Bangalore palace has a dedicated wing to the royal family and the other part is open to the public. Completed in 1878, the palace is an example of Tudor Revival style architecture. You can take the self-guided audio tour at the entrance that explains the different architecture and provides the history of the place.
Built in 1870 under the British government, the Cubbon Park is another old and favorite public park in Bangalore. Spreading across 300 acres, this park is right in the middle of the city and is named after Sir Mark Cubbon. As it is right in the middle of the city, the park offers plenty of things to its visitors, making it one of the best places to see in Bangalore. There are museums, aquariums, and local events that are organized and available for the tourists. It is also a very popular place for joggers and walkers as it provides green space and trails.
One of the most beautiful museums in Bangalore is the Government Museum. Situated near Cubbon Park, this museum has artifacts dating to the 1st and 2nd centuries. Some of the sculptures were excavated belonging to the Mohenjodaro and Malnad civilizations. The museum is spread across 18 galleries and two floors and is open to the public Tuesday to Sunday between 10 AM and 5 PM.
Places to eat in Bangalore
Bangalore is home to many eateries, including cafes and restaurants. While most of them are expensive, one of the most authentic and affordable eateries is Taaza Thindi. The restaurant or the fast food is under the Mayura Group and has the best quality of food in terms of taste and hygiene. With two branches across Bangalore, Taaza Thindi is a must visit. Do not forget to try out their Masala Dose and Kesari Bath.
If you are a local Bangalorean, then you must love the sweet Indian bread called Obattu. Hallimane is one of the restaurants that is especially popular during the festivals because of the Obattu meals. Served on a banana leaf, this authentic festival meal has many varieties of local food. With just one branch in Bangalore, this restaurant has a huge demand and is always very crowded.
Where to stay?
Bangalore is a huge city with plenty of accommodation options. They range from budgeted hostels to the luxury 5-star hotels. The best area to stay is in the city center, closer to Mahatma Gandhi (MG) Road. One of the most beautiful 5-star hotels is the Taj Westend Bangalore which is located right opposite the Racecourse. It is a heritage property between large green space and is close to many attractions in Bangalore.
Even though the city is very modern and technology driven, Bangalore is a city that still maintains its local culture and traditions. With plenty of things to offer to all kinds of visitors, Bangalore is one of the most beautiful cities in India, if not the world. And with great weather throughout the year, this city is worth a visit.
About the Author
I am Raksha Nagaraj, the owner and content creator behind BengaluruPrayana.com. I am an avid
traveler who has traveled to 45 countries in 6 continents and is now based out of Bangalore (my home
city), and Sydney. Bengaluru Prayana which means Journey through Bengaluru (or Bangalore) in
Kannada language was started to promote the fascinating things that the city can offer.
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