Bengaluru – The Garden City of India

Man by nature is a gregarious animal. He loves to socialize, to entertain and be entertained. In fact, it is rightly said that only working and not playing make Jack a dull boy. Entertainment, be it any form, like playing games, watching movies or going for picnic or sight-seeing work like a tonic to our life. It relaxes the mind and enables one to get back to work with renewed vigor.

Next only to socializing with other human beings, man has deeper longings for socializing with plants trees and flowers. For achieving this end, gardens and parks, also known as baghs are artificially developed nearest to human habitats in different forms. One can experience the charm of gardens at Bengaluru, the state capital of Karnataka.

How delighted one will be to see a gigantic ‘banyan tree’, more than 400 years old, stretching its branches over 3 acres or 12,000 square meters. Yes, its name is ‘Dodda Alada Mara’and is located at Ramohalli, 28 km away from Bengaluru. ‘Butterfly Park’ is a complex comprising of conservatory, museum and an audio-visual room showcasing over 20 species of butterflies. Spread across 7.5 acres or 30, 000 meters square, this unique park has artificial waterfalls, plants and host of shrubs to attract butterflies.

The Lal Bagh Rock
aged more than 3000 million years is the cynosure of attractions of all visitors to the botanical garden named Lal Bagh in Bengaluru. Tourists throng here on the occasion of the annual flower show. Spread over 240 acres, the botanical garden is home to over 1000 species of flora and a Glasshouse. The Cubbon Park, located at the center of the city spreads over 300 acres and houses 68 general and 96species of trees and plants. The second largest aquarium in India is located at its entrance.

There are number of historical monuments in Bengaluru that keep the tourists deeply emerged in the history of the locality and of India. A few of them are Bangalore Fort, located next to the Victoria Hospital, Tipus Sultans’s Summer Palace, Bangalore Palace, a replica of the famous Windsor Castle in England.

The external structure of the Vidhan Sodha should never be missed to be seen because it exhibits the Neo-Dravidian styles and incorporates the elements of other styles too, such as Indo-Saracenic, Rajasthani, Jharokha. The Attara Kacheri or the Karnataka High court is a red-colored brick and stone building exhibiting the Greco-Roman style of architecture.

Museums in Bengaluru are Government Musuem , Kempegowda Museum, Karnatak Folk Mueuem, HAL Aerospace museum. Madras Sappers Museum & Archives, Visvesvaraya Industrial & Technological Museum, NIMHAS Brain Museum, Philathetic Museum, Law Museum, Legends Motorcycle Museum, Gandhi Bhavan, showcasing life of Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium.

The Hebbal Lake is habitat to 350 species of birds. Bannerghatta National Park is a zoological park, located 22 km south of Bengaluru. The Ranganthitu Bird Sanctuary is in the adjoining Mandva district, on the banks of the river Kaveri.

Visitors can offer their prayers at the 800 years old Dharmarava Swamy Temple, the Ranganathaswamy temple, Halasuru Someshwara Temple, the Bull Temple, KOte Jalakantheswara temple KOte Venkataramana temple, ISKCON temple Memorial Church St Mary’s Basilica and Infant Jesus Christ.

The impact of parks, museums, aquarium, temples and historical sites urge upon the tourists to visit Bengaluru again and again.