Section in Bangalore
Do & See
Most of Bangalore’s main attractions are located in the city’s centre. Despite its long history, Bangalore’s chief historical sights date back to the 18th-century reign of Hyder Ali and his son Tipu Sultan, "the Lion of Mysore," a national hero who resisted the British occupation of India most strongly. The extraordinary timber-built Tipu Sultan Summer Palace, in the heart of the city, gives a fascinating glimpse into Bangalore’s past and gives the city so focused on the future a sense of perspective. Next door is the still hugely popular 17th-century temple built by the Wodeyar kings. North of the temple are the ruins of Bangalore Fort, largely destroyed during the Anglo-Mysore War. Located north – west of Cubbon Park, the Vidhana Soudha, Karnataka’s State Legislature and Secretariat building, is one of India’s greatest buildings. Despite the rush of modern life, Bangalore has a strong religious tradition. Be sure to head to Bugle Hill and the Bull Temple. Built by Kempe Gowda, this breathtaking 16th-century black-granite statue of Shiva’s sacred bull, Nandi, literally dwarfs his master, and is kept continually gleaming by coconut oil. Bangalore is a city to be experienced and explored. Filled with bars, restaurants, clubs, and incredible shops, it is perfect for wandering. The Garden City is famous for its parks of which date back over 200 years, including the most impressive of all, the botanical gardens of Lal Bagh. Of course, India has some of the tastiest cuisine on the planet and the regional cuisine in Bangalore is excellent. After visiting Lal Bagh, be sure to pop in for a meal at a local institution, the Mavalli Tiffin Rooms.