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Bangalore is a booming city and considered fifth largest and the fastest growing city in Asia. Home to well over 6 million people, and a base for over 10,000 industries, Bangalore combines a quaint old world charm with the hustle and bustle of a modern metropolitan city. It is a delightful place with an amalgamation of various rich cultures, crafts, and heritage centers. This city while enjoying the reputation of being a modern, high-tech city, still offers a lot of places of historical interest for the avid sightseer to explore.

A trip around the city can be very interesting and provides a varied sightseeing experience with Palaces, museums, temples, churches and gardens. It has an enviable posterity and presents much to be discovered. Despite being one of Asia's fastest growing cities, Bangalore remains one of the most elegant metros in India.A well-planned city, with tree-lined avenues,a large number of parks, gardens and lakes,Bangalore is aptly called India's garden city. Bangalore is even gaining the status of the "Floriculture Capital of India" due to the present blossoming of flower exports from the city. The beautiful parks like the Lalbagh and Cubbon Park are indeed a treat to the eyes. Take a tour of the wonderful places you can go sight seeing in Bangalore by clicking at the links to your right.

Sightseeing

1. Bull Temple – It is situated in Basavanagudi ( Basava means bull in Kannada). It is the oldest temple built in the Dravidian style by Kempe Gowda, founder of Bangalore and has a monolithic Nandi, the bull (vahana or vehicle of Lord Shiva). Karnataka Tourism website tells me the imposing sculpture of Nandi measures 4.57 meters in height in height and 6.10 meters in length. There is a legend associated with the temple. You can also see the famous Dodda Ganesh temple next to the Bull temple. Apparently there is a huge monolithic statue of Lord Ganapathi about 18 ft in height and 16 ft in width, coated with kilos of butter. We didn’t have time to visit that temple so no photos. Timings of Bull Temple : 6 am to 8 pm.

Vidhana Soudha
Bangalore's best-known landmark, the Vidhana Soudha houses the Legislative Chambers of the State Government. This 46-metre high edifice was built almost entirely of granite and is a masterpiece of temple architecture.

Government Museum Government Museum
This beautiful 125 year-old structure with its Corinthian columns houses one of the oldest museums in the city. The museum boasts an exquisite collection of coins, sculptures, inscriptions, old paintings and excavated items.

Cubbon Park
This 135 year-old park is a 300 acre oasis of greenery in the heart of modern Bangalore. The park was laid out in 1864 by Lord Cubbon, the then viceroy of India. The red Gothic structures of the State Central Library and the High Court enrich the natural beauty of the park. The park houses a number of significant institutions like the Cheshire Dyer Memorial Hall, Ottawa Chatter, Museum, Century Club and the Press Club.

Visvesvaraya Industrial & Technological Museum
The museum is a tribute to the brilliance of Sir M. Visvesvaraya, one of the architects of modern Karnataka. Highlights of the museum include 5 galleries, namely Engine Hall, Electronic Technology Gallery, Kimbe Paper Metals Gallery, Popular Science Gallery and Children's' Science Gallery. The museum even has an airplane and a steam engine on display in its compound. Some of the exhibits are interactive too!.

Lal Bagh Gardens
The rulers of this region in the 18th century, Hyder Ali and his son Tipu Sultan, laid out a paradise-like garden, which sprawled over 240 acres. The garden was graced with rare trees from Persia, Afghanistan and France. This expanse of greenery is now one of India's most beautiful botanical gardens. At the heart of the gardens is situated the Glass House, whose design was inspired by the Crystal Palace in London. Flower shows are held here every January and August.

Nandi Hills
This is a well-known tourist spot, 60 km from Bangalore on the road to Devanahalli. Tipu's Drop is a spot that affords dramatic views of the valley below. Legend has it that Tipu let captured soldiers plunge to their deaths from this precipice. . The best time to visit Nandi Hills is between July and February.

Shiva Statue
This 65-foot high statue depicts Lord Shiva seated in Lotus position with a the backdrop of Mount Kailash with the river Ganga flowing from his matted locks. The statue is lit at night and looks looks really majestic.

Sri Gavi Gangadhar-Eshwara Temple
This is a cave temple, which can lay claim to being both an architectural and scientific marvel. On Makara Sankranthi day during January every year, a ray of sunlight passes precisely through the horns of the stone bull outside the temple and illuminates the deity, the Shiva Linga, inside the cave.

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