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Top 10 tourist attractions in Bengaluru
Bengaluru is a perfect amalgamation of rich heritage and modernisation. The city is famously known as the 'Garden City' and, more recently, as the 'Silicon Valley of India'. Many are though not aware that the 'Start-up hub' of the country is also home to some of the most renowned historical landmarks in the country.
You can visit famous temples, enjoy the beautiful climate or just the city's warm hospitality, along with some masala dosa and the famed filter coffee.
Akasa Air brings you a list of the most sought-after places to visit in Bengaluru.
1. Bengaluru Palace
The Majestic Bengaluru Palace is an epitome of beauty, retaining the essence of old regal grandeur. The palace, which is the main tourist attraction in Bengaluru, was built in 1878. The palace is the product of a fusion of Tudor and Scottish Gothic architecture, spanning 45,000 square feet.
A tour of the palace will allow you to witness the history of one of the most powerful dynasties of Southern India. Inside the palace, an audio cassette is accessible in both Hindi and English to indulge visitors in the history of the palace.
2. National Gallery of Modern Art
The National Gallery of Modern Art, situated in the refurbished heritage Manikyavelu Mansion on Palace Road Bengaluru, was inaugurated on February 18, 2009. The two-storey museum is housed in a colonial-style residential mansion of the former Raja of Mysore's summer home and spreads across huge halls with well-lit spacious chambers displaying some of the best works of the era. The storehouse exhibits Indian cultural ethos dating back to the 18th century.
The top-tier collection of the gallery houses over 14,000 outstanding works by contemporary and modern artists, including spectacular paintings and sculptures by Raja Ravi Verma, Jamini Roy, Amrita Sher-Gil, and Rabindranath Tagore.
3. Commercial Street
Commercial Street, located in Bengaluru's Central Business District, is home to a multitude of tiny stores and brand outlets that sell the most captivating assortment of things.
Commercial Street is one of the first shopping locations a tourist to the city flocks to. It is a one-stop shop for all your shopping needs and weekend activities.
It is also one of the most popular tourist attractions in Bengaluru. The dynamic atmosphere that is continuously buzzing with activity and the bustle of the local market make Commercial Street every shopaholic's dream come true.
4. Lal Bagh Botanical Garden
This botanical park is one of Bengaluru's most serene places to visit with your family and friends for a picnic or just to spend time in the middle of flora and fauna away from the bustling city. The garden was designed by Haider Ali and later remodelled by Tipu Sultan. The park has a glass house that was inspired by the Crystal Palace in London.
The garden spans across 240 acres and includes a diverse collection of uncommon species of plants from France, Iran, and Afghanistan. The Lal Bagh Rock, which is over 3000 million years old, is a prominent tourist attraction here.
5. ISKCON temple, Bengaluru
ISKCON Temple, a famous temple dedicated to Lord Krishna, is located in the Rajajinagar region of Bengaluru. The ISKCON Temple is well-known for its activities which are held for the devotees of Lord Krishna.
The temple enrols followers for life and hosts events at their community centres in honour of Lord Krishna and his teachings. In public processions, the temple community also performs songs and recitals in praise of and prayer to Krishna. The evening Aarti is a sight to behold, and one might just walk away with a cleansed soul and purified mind.
6. Cubbon Park
Cubbon Park, which spans 300 acres, is a popular tourist destination known for its lush greenery. Lord Cubbon laid the foundation for the park, hence the name. It is located in Bengaluru city's green belt and is great for nature enthusiasts and those seeking a peaceful environment.
7. Bull Temple
The Bull Temple or Nandi Temple is one of Bengaluru's most ancient temples and a must-visit place. Locals refer to the temple as 'Dodda Basavana Gudi,' and it is the world's largest temple dedicated to Nandi. According to Hindu mythology, Nandi, the bull, is Lord Shiva's mount or vahana and the guardian god of Lord Shiva's dwelling, Kailashagiri. Because Nandi is so important to Lord Shiva, this temple is a must-see for every follower of Lord Shiva.
The Bull Temple, built in 1537 by Kempe Gowda, is a beautiful depiction of Dravidian style architecture. The river Vrishabhavati is said to have its source at the foot of Nandi. The bull's whole sculpture is cut from a single granite boulder, measuring 4.5 metres tall and 6.5 metres wide.
8. Halasuru Someshwara Temple
Halasuru Someshwara Temple is dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva and is located in the suburbs of Halasuru in Bengaluru. The temple is the oldest in the city, dating back to the Chola dynasty. The Hoysalas built the temple in the 12th and 13th centuries, and it is presently controlled and maintained by the Karnataka government's Endowment Department.
The magnificent sculptures of Ravana clutching the Kailash Parvat to appease Lord Shiva, Goddess Durga defeating Mahishasura and scenes from Lord Shiva and Parvati's wedding, pictures of the Saptarishis, etc., are some of the most fascinating aspects of the temple.
The shrine, which was built in the Vijayanagar style of architecture, is known for its magnificent carvings on the walls and serene interiors. The temple is one of Bengaluru's most popular tourist destinations, especially during Mahashivrathri, when many visitors travel to the city. Don't miss the Mahashivrathri celebrations this year; book an Akasa Air flight now!
9. Bangalore Aquarium
The Bangalore Aquarium, located in Cubbon Park, is India's second-largest aquarium. This aquarium, which opened in 1983, features a variety of ornamental and exotic fish on display, including Siamese Fighters, Catla and many others. It's also a great spot for some light sightseeing.
The aquarium is a three-storey skyscraper in the shape of a diamond. The first floor comprises of 14 tanks, while the second floor has 69 tanks with different cultivable fish and marine life. Eels, angelfish, hockey stick tetra, red-tail shark, and moon tail are some fish that may be viewed at the aquarium.
10. Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum
In honour of Bharat Ratna holder Sir M Visvesvaraya, the Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum was constructed in Bengaluru.
The museum's exceptional design was influenced by historical, scientific gadgets and machinery such as the Wright Brothers Kitty Hawk, flying Stimulator, and other artefacts. Surreal images and graphics of changing climates, various sea and land movements, and numerous planetary positions serve as the backdrop. The centre features seven permanent gallery displays that include numerous exhibits such as a steam engine, aeroplanes, and motor power, among other things.
The museum also offers a virtual gaming zone, a miniature planetarium, and a 3-dimensional visual projection centre for entertainment. The museum's interactive presentations and activities aim to emphasise the value of science in everyday life.