Bangalore Travel Guide
However, it is also home to several important temples. We recommend setting aside at least three days to see everything in Bangalore.
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Bangalore is better known for being the Silicon Valley of India than a cultural hub. Nonetheless, it has a few sites that will interest the cultural traveller. Ensure that Dodda Basavana Gudi (or the Bull Temple) is at the top of your list.
As the centrepiece of Bugle Park, this Dravidian temple traces its origins to the 16th century. Built by Kempe Gowda, then-ruler of the Vijayanagara Empire, it is one of the oldest structures in Bangalore. Within, you’ll find one of the largest Nandi murthis, or bull deity statues, in the world.
Are you visiting during the last Hindu month of the year? You may have a chance to check out Kadalekaayi Parishe. This festival, where devotees offer groundnuts to the Nandi murthi, happens on the last Monday & Tuesday.
Have you ever saw Hare Krishnas as you’ve passed through airports, but were too shy to approach them? Learn more about this Hindu sect by visiting ISKCON Temple Bangalore. As one of the largest temples of its kind, Hare Krishnas from all over the world come here.
Compared to other temples in India, though, it is a baby, as officials only inaugurated it in 1997. Local authorities lauded its construction, as constructors built it on a lot zoned as ‘wasteland’. At various times throughout the day, meditations, praying, singing, and dancing takes place.
Opening times are irregular, during the work week (7:30 am – 1 pm, 4:15 pm – 8:15 pm), so visit on the weekend. On Saturday and Sunday, the temple is open from 7 am to 8:30 pm continuously, making it easier to visit.
Do you want to delve further into Indian-style meditation? Pay a visit to The Art of Living International Center. While Art of Living has centres across India and around the world, they’ve built their headquarters here in Bangalore.
1.2 million people visit yearly, mostly to take its programs in yoga and meditation. Even if you are interested in neither, the grounds of this centre are worth a visit for its design. Ambitious in scale, it features a series of ‘lily-pad’ tiers, topped by a stylish dome.
The Art of Living International Center is also home to a kitchen, where they serve daily meals to worshippers. You’ll also find an Ayurveda hospital on site, which treats diabetics and cancer patients.
Bangalore is a centre of science in India. As such, it is a fitting location for the Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum. Here, you’ll learn about scientific topics, many of which relate to India’s history.
Opened in 1962, it preserves Indian scientific history and teaches the subject to local youth. You’ll find many galleries, including ‘Space – Emerging Technology in the Service of Mankind’, which highlights the Indian Space Program.
Open every day (except holidays), it is a great place to spend an afternoon if monsoons spoil your plans.
Do you need a place to relax after a long day of sightseeing in Bangalore? Spend some time in Cubbon Park. Considered to be this city’s lungs, it boasts plenty of greenery, rock outcrops, and statues over its 300 acres.
After taking a relaxing walk, take pictures of colonial-era buildings within the park’s bounds. In particular, The High Court of Karnataka stands out for its reddish sandstone exterior.
Haven’t had your fill of flora yet? Head on over to the Lalbagh Botanical Garden. Created for Hyder Ali (Sultan of Mysore) in the mid-18th century, it passed into British hands in the 19th century. Shortly after, it boasted a glass house, allowing for tropical plants that couldn’t grow in Bangalore’s highland air.
Today, it is home to over 1,000 different species of plants. With specimens as far afield as France, flora lovers will enjoy their visit here.
If you’re travelling as a family, give your kids a break by spending a day at Wonderla Amusement Park. It features a water park with slides, wave pools, and a lazy river, and a park with other rides. With a wide variety of amusements, travellers of all ages will find something they like here.
As mentioned at the start of this guide, Bangalore is known as the Silicon Valley of India. With loads of high-paying jobs, the shopping here is noticeably upscale compared to the rest of the country. At UB City, you’ll find a collection of the world’s leading luxury brands.
From Louis Vuitton to Burberry, you’ll look out of place in your traveller duds. However, UB City is worth visiting for the restaurants. Among many excellent Indian spots, you’ll find French, Italian, Japanese, and even Mexican food here.