Destination Guide India > Bangalore
GUIDE INDIA - BANGALORE
'GARDEN CITY OF INDIA' and capital of the State (1000 m above
sea level) was founded in) 537 AD by a Vijaynagar chief tan
Kempe Gowda. The legend goes that the King Veera Ballala of
Vijaynagara once lost his way while hunting in a forest.
Hungry arid tired, he came upon a lone hut in the thick of
forest where he met an old woman. When he asked for food she
gave him some baked beans (Benda Kalu in Kannada). To the King
this humble meal tasted better than those served in his
palace. To commemorate the incident, he called the place 'BENDA
KALU OORU' (place of baked beans) and this in time transformed
into Bangalore. In the 18th century it was the stronghold of
Haider Ali and Tipu Sultan. Today it is the fifth largest city
of India and country's main industrial city which includes
industries like aircraft, telephones, electronics etc.
ATTRACTIONS AND PLACES- BANGALORE CITY
Lalbagh is a botanical garden, which is spread over
240 acres of land. This beautiful garden was laid by Hyder Ali
in 1760 and later developed by Tipu Sultan. This garden was
originally known as Lalbagh because the garden had a profusion
of red roses. This garden houses over 1,800 species of rare
herbs, plants and centuries-old trees. The garden is known for
its exotic trees, lakes, lotus ponds, lawns and rare plants
brought from abroad. A green house is also placed in the
middle of the garden which has a collection of various kinds
of flora. The Glass House is built on the lines of the Crystal
Palace in London and is the main attraction of this huge park
and also the venue of the colorful Flower Show.
The Vidhan Saudha
The Vidhan Saudha is a four storied building which
was built after the India's independence. This magnificent
building was conceived and executed by Chief Minister Kengal
Hanumanthaiya in 1956. The Vidhan Saudha houses the State
Legislative Assembly and part of the secretariat. This
building is the combination of ancient and modern style of
architecture and built in the neo-Dravidian style out of the
Bangalore granite. The building is illuminated on Sunday
evenings, weekends and public holidays.
Tipu Sultan Fort was initially
built by Kempe Gowda, the founder of Bangalore. The fort was
later extended by Tipu Sultan, the Emperor of Mysore. Situated
near the City Market, the fort dates back to the year 1537. It
was here that Hyder Ali, the father of Tipu Sultan, imprisoned
David Baird, along
a number of other army officers of the British. The Fort
stands as a witness to the struggle of the Mysore Emperor
against the British domination. Read on to know more about
Tipu Sultan Fort and Palace of Bangalore, India.
On either side of the Palace are beautiful gardens, which lead
to its main entrance. There are beautiful floral motifs
embellishing the walls as well as the ceilings of the Tipu
Sultan Palace in Bangalore.
Nandi Hills serves as the perfect
weekend getaway for the Bangaloreans. Situated at a distance
of approximately 65 km from the Bangalore city, this hill
station was once the summer retreat of Tipu Sultan, the
Emperor of Mysore, and later, the British. In fact, it was
under the British rule only that Nandi Hills was developed as
a popular hill station. After climbing somewhere around 1,175
steps, you reach this beautiful hill station. Given below is
more information about the Nandi Hills near Bangalore, India.
Bannerghatta National park
Bannerghatta National Park is
situated at a distance of approximately 21 km from the
Bangalore city of India. Situated amidst picturesque environs,
the national park is well renowned for its lion and tiger
safari. The other attractions of Bannerghatta National Park
include its crocodile and snake farm. Bannerghatta National
Park was established in the year 1971 and spreads over an area
of 104 sq. km. Ten reserve forests of Anekal Range of the
Bangalore Forest Division come under this national park.
Whitefield is a suburb of
Bangalore, situated at a distance of approximately 24 km from
the heart of the city. The place is mainly known for housing
the Brindavan Ashram of Sri Sathya Sai Baba. Inaugurated by
Sai Baba on 25th June 1960, the ashram lies near the
Whitefield Railway Station. Every year, in summers, Sri Sathya
Sai Baba stays at the Whitefield Ashram near Bangalore for
nearly three months. Given below is more information about the
Brindavan Ashram in Whitefield, Bangalore.
HOW TO REACH
» Air : There are
number of daily flights to important cities like Kolkata,
Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai , and Ahmedabad.
» By Train: Bangalore has a large bus
terminus, which is near the railway station. Major National
Highways connects Bangalore to Chennai and Mumbai Other cities
and towns of the state connected by road.
» By Road:
Bangalore City Railway Station is
the main terminal in Bangalore. It is well connected to all
major Indian cities. There are number of daily express trains
from Bangalore to other cities of India. Bangalore is
connected to all major Indian cities by rail.