Bangalore offers a lot to discover, particularly in its surroundings. It is not only a modern skyline of stained-glass skyscrapers and a city with a prestigious IT campus, but is also known as a garden city and the most enviable place to live for pensioners. There are certainly reasons for it.
Once in Bangalore, any visitor can only be seduced by the incredible dynamism of the place. Bangalore reflects the new India, just like Shanghai is a true mirror to the new China or Sao Paulo to a contemporary Brazil. Talking about the New India spirit, most official visitors will visit Infosys Campus, the world’s largest corporate university spread over 340 acres. The most iconic building on the campus is a giant glass pyramid, which could act as a twin sister to the Pyramid in the Paris Louvre Museum. In town, a few skyscrapers raise attention for their daring architecture, such as a replica – in small size – of the New York Empire State Building. To plunge in the world of the emerging generation of IT kids and entrepreneurs it is best to visit UB City Shopping Mall, Bangalore’s most prestigious address for shopaholics.
Among other colonial grand structures are half a dozen churches – including the Holy Trinity Church, the largest military church in South India; the Mayo Hall, an estate built in Italian renaissance style. The National Gallery of Modern Art- previously a palatial residence for the Sultan of Mysore – shows a large collection of painters ranging from the Pre-Independence school of fine arts to contemporary movements.
Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace
The other – and one of the most visited by foreign tourists – is Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace. Of Islamic architecture, the palace is an amazing construction made from teak wood inspired by Persian constructions with its vaulted ceilings and Moorish arches. A local tour company, “Bangalore Walks”, organizes tours with some architecture for Bangalore lovers. Each weekend, visitors can then either stroll along the Green Heritage Walk, the Military Heritage Walk or the Victorian Bangalore Walk. Tours change on a regular basis but information can be easily found on the Internet.
Being the residence of the Wodeyar Dynasty, Mysore was conferred the nickname of “City of Palaces” with seven castles to be seen around town. Among them is the Amba Vilas Palace, created in 1912 in Indo-Saracenic style. It is a spectacular structure with a sort of “gingerbread” architecture with carving and sculptures. With weekly lighting, it is now the most visited palace in India with over six million visitors a year, only beaten by the Taj Mahal in attendance numbers! A real must-do for travellers…
Further north to Hampi, Pattadakal is another complex of ancient temples, also listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The spectacular Virupaksha temple dedicated to goddess Shiva will certainly evocate memories Angkor Wat for some travellers.
Breathtaking landscapes can be seen along the 320 km coastline with its pristine beaches surrounded by thick jungles where tigers can still be observed. It is also impossible to be disappointed with Jog Falls. They are one of the most spectacular waterfalls to be seen in Asia. At 291 meters over ground, these dramatic plunging waterfalls are the fifth highest on the Asian continent. They are listed among the Top 50 waterfalls in the world. The majestic mountains of the Western Ghats (a UNESCO natural heritage site) are a paradise for trekkers but also for the ones looking at adventure tourism. Rafting, rock climbing or aero sports take place in spectacular settings.
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