Of all the places to visit in Bengaluru (Bangalore), Bangalore Palace stands out as the highlight.

Although Bengaluru (Bangalore) is not known as a tourist city, there is still a lot of places to visit in Bangalore. There’s more to Bengaluru (Bangalore) than Wipro, Infosys and call centres: Bengaluru rivals Kancheepuram for silk; it’s the site of India’s aeronautical defence industry’s headquarters; it boasts a mammoth monolithic Nandi Bull temple; has boulevards shaded by rain and flame trees and the great green lungs of Lal Bagh Gardens and Cubbon Park; and holds a number of fine administrative buildings left over from the British.

Locally known as Majestic, Gandhi Nagar is a crowded area where Bengaluru’s central bus stand and the City train station are located. A few Bangalore tourist places lie to its south, including Bangalore Botanical Garden and Tipu Sultan’s palace. About 4km east are the high streets bounded by Mahatma Gandhi (MG), Brigade, St Mark’s and Residency (FM Cariappa) Rds. This is Bengaluru’s cosmopolitan hub, with parks, tree-lined streets, churches, grand houses and military establishments. In between are sandwiched the golf club, the racecourse and the cricket stadium.

For all its outward-looking globalism, there are many things to do in Bangalore including walking around the jumbles of rope and silk shops, flower garland-sewers, tailors, temples and mosques in the ramshackle old city and the unruly bazaars of Gandhi Nagar, Sivaji Nagar, Chickpet and City Market.

Below are some popular Bangalore attractions.


1. Bangalore Palace

The private residence of the Wodeyars, erstwhile maharajas of the state, Bangalore Palace preserves a slice of bygone royal splendour for you to see. It is believed to be designed to resemble Windsor Castle, however this is not true. You can marvel at the lavish interiors and galleries featuring hunting trophies, family photos and a collection of Indian and international paintings. The palace grounds are now Bangalore’s hottest concert arena, having hosted rock ‘n’ roll biggies such as Iron Maiden, the Rolling Stones, Aerosmith and Deep Purple.


2. Lal Bagh Botanical Garden

Lal Bagh Botanical Garden, meaning “The Red Garden” in English, is a popular botanical garden in Bangalore. The highlights of this garden are the famous Glass House, the Rock, the Floral Clock, the Statue Garden, the Lake and the Japanese Garden.


3. Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace

Described as the “Envy of Heaven”, Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace used to be the summer retreat of the Mysorean ruler Tipu Sultan. Made almost entirely of teak, the two-storeyed palace is finely embellished with balconies, pillars and arches. Although now dilapidated, it is still a hauntingly atmospheric place retaining the original elegant teak pillars.


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