Bangalore, the Garden City and the IT Capital of India is full of wonderful tourist attractions and places to visit. It seems to have everything from lakes and gardens to palaces, temples and even a biological park. Visiting all these places by public transport will take up a lot of your time and taking cabs or autos will surely leave you broke. The most convenient and affordable option to go sightseeing would be to rent a bike from Wheelstreet. This way you won’t be too bothered with traffic or lack of parking that Bangalore is so famous for.
1. Cubbon Park
Cubbon Park is a lush green paradise located on a 300 acre area in the heart of the city. It is a great place to relax and escape the crowd and noise of Bangalore. Cubbon Park is a treasure trove of different and exotic species of trees and plants. It’s a popular place for walkers, joggers, and nature lovers. Bal Bhavan in the park is a great place for the kids to enjoy. An aquarium is also located in Cubbon Park, with many varieties of exotic and ornamental fish.
2. Vidhana Soudha
A landmark that has become synonymous with the city it resides in, Vidhana Soudha is the seat of the state legislature of Karnataka and is also the largest legislative building in India. It was constructed in 1951 by Hanumanthaiah in a Neo-Dravidan style which was designed by the architect B.R Manickam. The bright-red High Court of Karnataka is located in Cubbon Park right across the Vidhana Soudha.
3. LalBagh Botanical Garden
This 240 acre garden which was named after the collection of red roses that grow here throughout the year, is one of the most popular places to visit in Bangalore. LalBagh was made in the 18th century, initially by Hyder Ali and was completed by his son Tipu Sultan. LalBagh has preserved some of the rarest species of trees and plants and it also houses a lake and a glasshouse. A mesmerising display of over 200 varieties of flowers is put up in the garden during Republic Day and Independence Day.
4. Bangalore Palace
Bangalore Palace is one among the best places to visit in Bangalore, it was built in 1887 by Chamaraja Wodeyar in an architectural style inspired by the Windsor Castle in England. This Tudor-style palace with fortified towers, arches, green lawns, and elegant woodcarvings in its interiors is one of the most beautiful landmarks of Bangalore set amidst a lush green environment. The huge palace grounds are used for organizing various types of events and musical shows.
5. ISKCON Temple
The Radha Krishnachandra Temple in Bangalore which houses idols of Radha and Krishna is one of the largest ISKCON temples in the world. It was inaugurated in 1997 and has since become one of Bangalore’s most prominent landmarks. The beautiful architecture featured throughout the temple’s complex along with the delicious prasadam that is offered during the darshana hours make it a must visit for everyone in Bangalore.
6. Bannerghatta National Park
Bannerghatta National park is a rich natural zoological reserve that is situated in the middle of forests located in the valley of the Champakadhama hills. This popular tourist destination, located just 22 kms south of Bangalore, consists of a zoo, a pet corner, an animal rescue centre, a butterfly enclosure, an aquarium, a snake house and a safari park. It is also one of the few natural parks in the world that preserves wildlife in such close proximity to a city.
7. Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace
The summer palace of Tipu Sultan, which has been converted into a museum, lies within the walls of the dilapidated Bangalore Fort. The structure was made entirely out of Teak wood and is adorned with magnificent pillars, arches, balconies, paintings and other artwork. The site also holds a painting of grand throne visualized by Tipu Sultan himself. Coated with gold sheets and stuck with precious emerald stones, Tipu had vowed never to use it until he completely defeated the English Army.
8. Ulsoor Lake
The ‘Garden City’ of Bangalore which is home to approximately 180 lakes was once aptly called ‘Lake City’ as well. The most iconic places to visit in Bangalore of these is the Ulsoor Lake which is located right in the heart of the city. It is one of the few lakes in Bangalore that has been maintained well. One can go on boat rides with family and friends, take a walk around its periphery and soak in the grandeur of nature here.
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Which one of these stunning places to visit in Bangalore do you want to see first? Rent a bike in Bangalore from Wheelstreet to travel around Bangalore in the most convenient and affordable manner possible, while making sure that you spend less time stuck in traffic and more time exploring these popular tourist destinations.
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