Places to visit in Bangalore (Part 1)

Hi Blogdosts,It was quite a sometime after marriage I wrote any post related to the place I traveled inside Bangalore, So here is the one

Every time in each weekend, we ended up with the question “Where we’ll go in this weekend?” Same roam around koramangala, visit Forum (movies and food court), or visit commercial street or Brigade road),it quite boring now, so I decided to search some places near by where we can go in a day or in evening and come back to home at same day.

I have taken reference from many travel site and local travels, so here is the list ,some of the places I already visited and some I am planning to visit in near future.

1) Lalbagh :- Well, This place is very common among tourists travel to Bangalore,You can know more information s about timing and places to visit inside Lalbagh from its official site here

“The Lalbagh Botanical Garden, Bangalore is of royal origin and was started initially as a private garden in an area of 40 acres by Hyder Ali, one of the most famous rulers of old Mysore in 1760. Initially designed in Mughal style, on the model of an extensive garden at Sira in Tumkur near Bangalore, this garden was further developed by Hyder Ali’s son Tipu Sultan and subsequently by the British and Indian doyens of horticulture by extension of area and addition of a number of plant species.

2) Tippu Sultan’s Summer Palace :-   The palace’s construction was started by Hyder Ali and completed by Tipu Sultan in 1791. This was one of Tipu Sultan’s summer retreats hence the name. It is a two-storied palace built of teak wood completely and has ornate pillars, arches and balconies. There are floral motifs painted on the walls and ceilings of the palace. There is a huge well-maintained garden leading from the entrance to the palace. Again, parking can be a problem as it is a very busy market area.

Timing :- Monday to Saturday 10 AM to 6PM , Sunday Close.

3)  Government Museum:- This is situated on Kasturba road. The museum, constructed in 1876, is one of the oldest in India and has a beautiful well maintained building with two exhibition floors. The museum has a wonderful collection of coins, weaponry, sculptures, inscriptions, old paintings and excavated items including those from Mohenjodaro!

Timing :- M-Tu 10 AM to 5 PM ,Wednesday close, Th-Sunday 10AM to 5PM.

4) Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium:-  It is situated near Raj,Bhavan Road also known as Kasturba Gandhi road / Cubbon park area as if you are new to Bangalore and going by Auto/Taxi,they know the road.

The planetarium was founded in 1989 and has a dome with 15 m diameter upon which the show is projected. There are exhibition halls which offer more information on astronomy. There is a weighing scale which shows one’s weight on all the planets and gives a print-out. Also there is a Science Park outside the Planetarium.  I have already visited this place, Camera is prohibited in show, but crowd did all photography.

Timings for show :- 12:30, 3:00,4:30,5:15 (For English), Monday close.

5) Indira Gandhi Musical Fountain and Park:-  It’s can be seen directly opposite to the Baal Bhavan Or ( Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium)  It is spread over 17 hectares of land and includes a play area for children. At the entrance to the park, there is a railway engine placed in honor of the then Central Railway Minister, C K Jaffer Sharief, who presented the musical fountain in 1995. The musical show consists of synchronized rhythmic dancing of the fountains based on multimedia technology along with both Hindi and Kannada songs and lights which makes it a visual and audio delight.

Timings:- Show timings 7PM and 8PM, Monday close and second tuesday of the month close.

6) ISKCON Temple :-   The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) temple in Bangalore city is situated near  Harekrishna Hill, West Of Chord Road, Rajaji Nagar on a hillock called “Hare Krishna Hill”. The huge cultural complex is quite wonderful and has all the facilities. But one has to give all belongings (except purses) including camera. But people still take snaps using mobiles!!!!!! there is  the “buffer” system; which is quite tedious to be frank and especially when you fall behind someone who traverses the path actually stepping on stone tiles one at a time while chanting the mantra( Hare Ram Hare Ram, Ram Ram Hare Hare, Hare Krishna Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna Hare Hare). And after all that one gets to see the idols and pray for just two seconds and is forced to move along!! ,there are three temples mainly, one higher than the earlier. The construction of the place, the interiors, the gold-plated Dwajastambha (flag post) at 17m high and the gold plated kalash shikara at 8.5m high are pretty impressive. On the return path, there are all sort of shops selling various mementos, dress materials, stationery items, idols and even tasty food items and sweets. we also purchased some Krishna Idols for gifting and some for home use, and we tried Dhokla and Samosa also..:D , One does get hungry after all that walking! There is free distribution of prasadam too. The place can get very very crowded during evening so beware! you can get more information on it’s official site here

Timings for darshana: 4.15 am to 5 am, 7.15 am to 12.50 pm and 4 pm to 8.20 pm everyday.

Will be continuing this in next blog post. Happy weekend to you all.

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