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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.

Nandi Temple

Bugle Hill is the site of the Nandi Temple (Bull Temple). Built by Kempe Gowda, the object of veneration is a magnificent statue of Shiva’s sacred bull, Nandi, 15 feet tall and over 20 feet long and carved out of a single block of granite. The 16th-century bull is kept glistening by regular applications of coconut oil. In November and December every year, when the groundnuts have been harvested, a groundnut fair is held near the temple. Nearby is the Sri Dodda Ganapathi (Ganesha temple), which houses an enormous statue of the elephant-headed deity made of butter.
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Bangalore Palace

Bangalore Palace was built by Rev. Garrett to look like a smaller replica of Windsor Castle in England. It is the seat of Srikanta Datta Narasimharaja Wadiyar Bahadur, the current Maharaja of Mysore, and head of the royal Wodeyar dynasty that ruled the Kingdom of Mysore between 1399 and 1950. Inside, explore the lavish interiors, some rooms are hung with a surprisingly large collection of nudes. The palace grounds are extensive and often are the site for live concerts – The Rolling Stones have played here.
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Tipu Sultan´s Summer Palace

Built toward the end of the 18th century entirely from teak, Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace is an elaborately decorated relic of Bangalore’s royal past complete with arches and minarets. This palace was originally a summer retreat and it took ten years to plan and complete the construction. There is a museum detailing the life of Tipu Sultan, his military conquests and that of his father Hyder Ali Khan. Next door is the Venkataramanaswamy Temple, a 300 year old temple built by the Wodeyars. To the north are the ruins of Bangalore Fort, largely destroyed during the Anglo-Mysore War and bear the testimony of the struggle by Tipu against the British Raj in India.
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