Showcasing a perfect glimpse of Karnataka’s title as, ‘One State, Many Worlds’, this capital city of Bangalore has become a hub of domestic and international movement. Known as the ‘Silicon Valley’ of India, many might visit the city on business but end up indulging in leisure activities be it a simple dinner at a brewery or struck by royal charm at a palace. Over the years as Bangalore became the hub of advanced tech and startups, the booming city evolved to offer a mix of modern culture and nature getaways. Founded in the 16th century, the city has always held a prominent place in the country’s development. After a struggling reign of Tipu Sultan, from being an administrative centre during British Raj to flourishing as a tech hub in the country, the city has come a long way. Now the third largest city in India, it has also been titled as the Garden City because of its beautiful parks and gardens. Infact, dueto its culture and vibe it has been given many names like Shopper’s Hot Spot, Silicon Valley, Cafe Enthusiasts First Love, Gourmet’s Delight, Air Conditioned City, Pub Hopper’s Paradise simply to list a few. Blessed with moderate climate throughout the year, pleasant evenings make it all the more fun to explore Bangalore. Nature’s bliss at Nandi Hills, food enthusiasts delight in cafes, the city does not let anyone get bored with a never ending list of what to do.
One of the most significant buildings in the city, this Gothic style palace was built in 1878 by the British guardians of Maharaja Chamaraja Wadiyar. Inspired by Windsor Castle, the elegant grandeur of the most endearing dynasties is still shining through the corridors of the palace. The architecture inspired by the Tudor period does not fail to highlight the classic royal charm. Surrounded by lavish gardens, the interiors are mostly wooden based. Roman arches at the entrances, unique facades, wine covering the walls, all beautifully transport you to a small English countryside while exploring the palace. One of the older landmarks in the city, you can fully explore the place in about two to three hours. Open from 10 am to 5: 20 pm, the palace is easily accessible through the city transport. The tickets are currently priced at INR 230 for Indians and INR 460 for foreigners. It is best to check once before visiting.
Spread over 60 acres of land, the majestic white building is home to the State Legislature and the Secretariat of Karnataka. Showcasing the Mysore Neo- Dravidian architecture, there are also elements of Indo- Saracenic and Dravidian styles. The foundation of the building was laid by Late Prime Minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru in 1951. Close to Cubbon Park, while it is not allowed to see the interiors of the building, the outside facade is an architectural marvel that strikes the eye. The four storey facade inspired by some elements from the Hindy Temples make it look nothing less than a palace. If you are a history buff and architecture enthusiast it is best not to miss on capturing this building through your lens.
Attara Kacheri Building
Right opposite the white marvel of Vidhana Soudha stands the red colored Attara Kacheri Building. The neoclassical style building built in the year 1867 now houses the Karnataka High Court. A British civil servant in India, Mr. Lewin Bentham Bowring who served as the commissioner of Mysore (from 1862 to 1870) visualized and planned the construction of the building. Attara means ‘eighteen’ and Kacheri means ‘department’. Initially the building had 18 government offices but now only functions as the state’s High Court. The use of red brick and stone in Gothic style architecture makes it an iconic European style building, best captured from the outside. Many also visit the nearby landmarks like Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum, Public Library, the Venkatappa Art Gallery and the Government Museum.
Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum
The museum is surely an interesting insight on various inventions and technologies that changed the world. Various corners like Wright Brothers Flyer Kitty Hawk, Science on a Sphere, Dinosaur World are an innovative way to teach the young ones about this world. Established in the memory of Bharat Ratna Sir M Visvesvaraya, it was opened by the very first Prime Minister of India, Pandit Jawarlal Nehru. The museum has seven permanent exhibition galleries titled Engine Hall, Fun Science, Electrotechnic, Space – Emerging Technology in the Service of Mankind, Biotechnological Revolution, BEL Hall of Electronics and Children Science which are ideal for learning through simulation. The opening time is from 9:30 in the morning, the museum can be clubbed with your visit to Cubbon Park, or to see the buildings of Vidhana Soudha and Attara Kacheri Building.
Government Museum and Industrial & Technological Museum
Built in the year 1865, it is one of the oldest museums in the country now home to the most precious archeological pieces and geological artefacts. The Government Museum also houses many exotic collections of coins, sculptures, old paintings and inscriptions. It is a simple history lover’s addition to your visit to Cubbon Park and nearby areas while exploring this side of the city.