Bengaluru, a landlocked city located in the heart of the Mysore Plateau has often been called the âSilicon Valley of Indiaâ. Known as the country’s main information technology hub, it witnesses an annual influx of travelers. For a long time, it has been fertile ground for startups. However, the city is aimed at all audiences, whether they are nature enthusiasts, adventurers or seekers of divinity. With its moderate temperature, perennial winds and mixed culture, Bengaluru is the perfect place to vacation.
For nature lovers
The city has a lot to offer in terms of natural beauty. Fluffy cotton balls like clouds and lush green carpeted lawns will not be easily out of your sight as you move around the city.
Cubbon Park, also known as the Lung of Bengaluru, covers 300 acres of land. It sits in the heart of the city and provides a royal and lush setting for administrative buildings such as Vidhana Soudha and the High Court of Karnataka – Attara Kacheri. Historically called “Meade Park” after the name of the Mysuru Commissioner in 1870, it later became known as “Cubbon Park” after the name of the oldest commissioner, Sir Mark Cubbon. It is home to many native and exotic botanical species. Visitors can see bright red flowers of Gulmohar lining the carriage road in the park, as well as statues of Queen Victoria and King Edward VII.
Those visiting the park can also head to the State Archaeological Museum, the oldest in the country, and the Bangalore Aquarium, located in an octagonal building with three different areas for different aquatic species. How to get there: The park can be easily reached by taxi, KSRTC bus or by getting off at Cubbon Park metro station from where the park is about 100 meters away.
Also visit the Bannerghatta National Park, located about 22 km from the city. Covering a vast area, this national park was established in 1971 and is home to the country’s first butterfly park. It offers many interesting activities like boating and a big safari. The park has well-defined animal areas where the probability of spotting them is much higher than other national parks.
For shopping enthusiasts
Church Street, a place that smells of youth, is a popular tourist spot. The 750m street, named after St. Mark’s Cathedral, gives way to a rich diversity of kitchens, cafes, exhibition halls and old bookstores. An old bookstore is ‘Blossom’ which houses the most exquisite books. Church Street also provides a platform for live artists, and visitors can often hear music from Rooster Guitars.
Bengaluru is also home to “India’s first luxury shopping mall” called UB City Mall, famous for its aesthetic infrastructure, both inside and out.
For the budget-loving shoppers, Commercial Street is close to the famous MG Road. The streets have a lot to offer in clothing, food and jewelry, all at affordable prices. A nice comparison of the place would be with the Sarojini market in Delhi.
With rich cultural heritage sites like the Bangalore Palace which looks like an old English palace or the great Vidhana Soudha, Bengaluru has a lot for history buffs. With Kormangala’s cozy cafes like Social to famous clubs and breweries like Arbor, Pebbles, NoLimmits, and Happy Brew, the excitement is endless in the city.