Bangalore is a vibrant city which manages to capture the imagination of anybody whose mindset is zestful & reads fun. Nicknamed as the Pub City & the Silicon Valley of India, the city mostly caters to the needs of an ever growing young population, most of who are IT professionals
professionals from different parts of India; here to live their dream. A walk down Brigade Road, Commercial Street & M.G Road should give you a rough idea about the prominent youth culture in the city. Streets are lined with shops selling everything from electronic goods to casual wear, pubs, cafes with live performances & a variety of eateries ranging from Chinese to Indian, multi-cuisine to Mexican. Bangalore is a shoppers' paradise & is the apt place for those who enjoy shopping. Bangalore's busiest and crowded Commercial Street is filled with shopping spots. Among the variety of shops located here, majority of them are for garments, hosiery and textiles. Apart from these, one can also shop for stationery, art supplies, sports goods, jewellery, general good and travel kits. The M.G. Road area has a varied mix of shops from general goods to electronic items, silk saris, antiques, textiles etc. Some of the main shopping centres on M. G. Road are Shrungar Shopping Complex, Barton Court, Public Utility Building, Spencer's Super Market and others. Brigade Road, with lots of entertaining pubs, internet cafes, bowling alley, discotheques, etc. is a popular hangout for young people.
One of the most visited tourist spots in Bangalore is the Cubbon park. The most important aspect of Cubbon Park is its newer buildings that have brought it cultural wealth. It has some of the most beautifully laid out gardens, thanks to the ever pleasant weather of the city.
Hyder Ali laid out these famous botanical garden and his son added more value to it by importing trees and plants from several countries. The garden today has over 1000 species of flora. The Glass House, modeled on Londonís Crystal Palace, is the center of attraction in Lalbagh.
Bangalore - The Silicon Valley
This splendid neo-Dravidian granite building that dominates the northern boundary of the Cubbon Park is the home of the State Legislature and the Secretariat. The massive sandalwood door of the Cabinet room is a spectacular feature of this imposing building, which becomes beautiful of a when it is lit with myriad lights in the evening.
Sri Sri Radha Krishna Chandra Temple is accredited for having the ISKCONís largest temple complex in the world. Being made by the Iskcon cult, the magnificent shrine is commonly known as ISKCON Temple. Located on west of Chord Road in Bangalore, the colossal shrine sprawls on seven-acres of ĎHare Krishna Hillí. The ornamental arches and illuminated water jets escort to the richly decorated Rajagopuram (main shrine). The main shrine comprises the stunningly beautiful idols of Sri Sri Radha-Krishna. A remarkable feature of this place is the ceiling of the main hall which is festooned with wonderful paintings by the Russian painters. The splendid structure of the temple is worth-seeing because the celestial grandeur cannot be bounded in words. Lush green gardens in the campus appear mesmerizing to the onlooker. Iskcon Temple can be reached easily by taking regular buses, local vehicles or by hiring taxis from the city of Bangalore.
The City of Palaces, and an erstwhile capital of the Wodeyar Dynasty, Mysore is the second largest City of Karnataka, and also its cultural capital. The city of palaces museums gardens and temples this place truely is the cultural capital of Karnataka. The Mysore Palace is the most magnificent and looks even more captivating
Mysore - The Cultaral Capital
captivating on festive nights; Dussera, when it is lit up with as many as 97,000 light bulbs. This palace is also called the Main Palace or the Amba Vilasa Palace.
This is one of the most popular places in Mysore visited by people from all over. Located 19kms from Mysore, below Krishnaraja Sagar dam, its known for its dancing fountains that are illuminated in the evenings.
There are several lakes that are great picnic spots, and also a bird watcher's paradise. The lakes to visit are the Karanji Lake at the foothill of Chamundi, the Kukkaranahalli Lake and the Lingabudi Lake
The Chamundeswari Temple, atop the hill of Chamundi, is of great religious significance. It is dedicated to the Goddess Chamundi or Durga, who killed the demon king. This temple earlier was a small one, but later was expanded
expanded under the Wodeyar rule. It displays Dravidian influence in some of its architecture. It is quadrangular in shape, and there is a statue of the Lord Ganesha on the doorway.
The Mahabaleshwar Temple, which is said to be older than the Chamundeswari Temple, which somehow lost its importance with the latter gaining significance. Inside this temple you can see images and statues which have been built in the styles of Hoysala, Ganga and Chola art.
Mysore is famous for its silk sarees and sandalwood. You can shop at places like Cauvery Art and Crafts Emporium, and on roads like Ashoka, Sayyaji Rao and Devaraj Urs.