The capital of Karnataka, Bangalore is, at present, Asia's fastest growing cosmopolitan city, with a huge demand from technological giants worldwide. With rapid development, “The Garden City of India” now boasts of also being "The Silicon Valley of India".
Founded in 1537, Bangalore is a kaleidoscope of striking colours now. The city epitomises India's excursion from an emergent nation to the hub of information technology. Recently renamed as Bengaluru, it is also the core of some of the major scientific establishments in India. The city bears the mark of a splendid past that, today, mingles with modern conveniences and pleasures. A delightful destination, the city of Bangalore is beautifully decorated with parks, gardens, lakes, and fountains. It also serves as a perfect stopover for some very beautiful places nearby including Mysore and Jog Falls.
PLACES TO SEE IN BANGALORE
Ulsoor Lake: The Ulsoor Lake, also known as Halasuru, is in central Bangalore, close to M.G. Road. The lake was formed for harvesting rainwater and has a surface area of 125 acres. The lake is an interesting location for tourists as it has boating and cruise facilities meant for visiting beautiful islands that contain various kinds of flowers, birds, and insects. The Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurudwara, on the edge of the Ulsoor Lake, enhances its beauty and attraction for the visitors.
ISKCON Temple Complex: ISKCON stands for “International Society of Krishna Consciousness” that bears 400 temples across the world dedicated to Lord Krishna. Amongst these, the ISKCON temple in Bengaluru is the largest. Built atop a hillock, the temple offers visitors an enchanting view of the surroundings. The architecture is a mixture of neo-classical and Dravidian style, and the large prayer hall can accommodate 2,000 devotees. Roof paintings depicting the life of Krishna are unique and informative.
Bull Temple: Bull Temple in Bangalore, also known as ‘Nandi Temple’ or ‘Bhoganandiswara’ temple, is a sculptural masterpiece. It is dedicated to Nandi, the bull, who is considered as Lord Shiva's Vahana or vehicle, according to Hindu mythology. It has a large sculpture of bull, which is about 4.6 metres tall and 6 metre long. One of the distinguishing characteristics of this structure is that it has been carved out from a single rock of granite.
Someshwara Temple: Someshwara Temple in Bangalore is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is one of the oldest and biggest temples of Bangalore, reminding us of the rich heritage of the Chola Kingdom. The marvellous architecture of the temple with glorious Rajagopuram (tower) and Dhwajastambha (massive pillar) in the entrance of the temple, attracts devotees from far off places.