I stay in Bangalore and can recommend so many things that you can do to experience the city from a local’s perspective. But, if you are a first-timer to the city or if you wish to explore the garden city as a good-‘ol tourist, then you should definitely experience it like a tourist. Sometimes, it is fun to explore the tourist icons in a bustling city. It gives you that heady feeling of experiencing a different world in the middle of all kinds of growth, traffic and chaos.
Bangalore has something for everyone. If you are on a path of self-discovery, you can visit the Art of Living Foundation, located in South Bangalore. The city is home to some of the best parks, historical monuments, art galleries, shopping centers and wildlife sanctuaries. In order to explore the city in the best possible manner make use of the Cauvery- an open roof double decker bus that will take you to some of the best hotspots in the city. You can also set out as an independent traveler in the city, although do make sure that you have the following places and tourist destinations in your Bangalore itinerary.
# Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace/Bangalore Fort
Located within the Bangalore Fort complex, the Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace is an interesting monument to visit. Known for its elegant pillar design, motifs and embellishments, the edifice is a testimony to the city’s rich past and history. The palace houses some of the notable paintings of James Hunter (lieutenant in the Royal artillery), depicting military and day to day lives of those times. If you want to go back in history and unveil Bangalore’s rich past. I highly recommend that you to visit Bangalore Fort and Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace.
# HAL Aerospace Museum
The first of its kind in India, HAL Aerospace Museum is dedicated to the growth and development of the Indian aviation industry. The museum exhibits various aircrafts, helicopters, aircraft engines and flight simulators. You can also get to experience mock air traffic control and learn about the Indian aviation history. A highly recommended place for kids and aviation enthusiasts.
# Bugle Rock
Located in the south of Bangalore, Bugle rock is a massive rock garden that is intriguing to both the scientific community and the general public of the city. The park has waterfalls, fountains and natural rock formations and is visited by several people including kids and the elderly. A great many famous restaurants of South Bangalore are located in the vicinity. If you are a foodie, you might not want to miss this.
# Bannerghatta National Park
While there are abundant places to visit within the city of Bangalore, destinations such as the Bannerghatta National Park cannot be missed. Situated just 22 kms away from the city, the National park is home to various species of fauna and flora. You can spot indigenous animals of the region such as the leopards, elephants, sloth bears, tigers, etc. This park, which is great for kids and for family outings, is open all through the year.
# Wonderla Amusement Park
Away from the grind of the city, awaits Wonderla Amusement park that offers a fun and memorable time to people of all ages. The park boasts of 59 thrilling rides that are suitable for people of all age groups. Located on the Mysore road, some 28 kms off the city, where affordable land for sale in Bangalore are also available, this park is an excellent place to visit with your entire family and friends.
# Lal Bagh Botanical Garden
Spread across 240 acres, the legendary Lal Bagh Botanical Garden echoes history, beautiful landscape and greenery. It is a must go tourist place in a city that is famous for its gardens. The garden is open from 6 am in the morning to 7 pm in the evening. Every year the garden opens its gates for the annual flower show, which is a big attraction for the people in the city.
# Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium
The Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium, Bangalore is estimated to be visited by at least 2 lakh visitors each year. Equipped with the planetarium projector “Space Master”, this planetarium has a 15 m diameter dome that can accommodate 210 people at one time. You can also visit the science park and buy photos, astronomical books, telescope and science experiments. A must go for kids and those interested in astronomy and space.
# ISKON Temple
The ISKON temple in Bangalore is one of the largest temples in the world. The temple complex has a flourishing market and a must visit place for devotees of Lord Krishna. Besides religious activities, the temple complex also hosts a number of cultural activities.
#National Gallery of Modern Art
Modern and contemporary art lovers are truly going to enjoy the National Gallery of Modern Art, Bangalore. The gallery has a collection of paintings from some of the well-known painters of India such as Rabindranath Tagore, Raja Ravi Verma and Jamini Roy.
All in all, Bangalore is a fabulous place that offers a fantastic diversity to the first-timer or to the regular tourist. The city is one of India’s greatest urban centers with sprawling real estate projects and lands for sale in Bangalore that has made it a haven for real estate investments. At the same time it is an excellent place to visit if you want to experience a new culture and see something interesting while enjoying its salubrious weather.
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