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Bangalore is the capital city of Karnataka, known as the City of Gardens. The city is also famous as the Silicon Valley of India. It is located in the south-east part of the Karnataka state. The pleasant climate, the greenery and the cleanliness make Bangalore a really pleasant city. Earlier, Mughals, Tipu Sultan, Bijapur kings, Gowda kings and other Mysore kings ruled the city. The city has experience of British rule also. Hence, flexibility can be seen in the culture of the Bangalore city. Today, the city exudes a metropolitan culture. Recently the city has emerged as the hub of IT sector in India.

The city is full of parks, gardens and floral avenues. The lush green surroundings endows a balmy feel to the fast paced lifestyle of the city. The Lal Bagh is a famous garden of the city, made by Haidar Ali, in a distinctive Mughal style. His son Tipu Sultan added lots of horticulture to make it a well-known botanical garden of the city. The Lal Bagh is spread across 2400 acre land. The Glass House is the replica of the Crystal Palace of London. Cubban Park is a wooded park full of flowers, located in the heart of the city. Fountains, lush green lawns and shady flowering trees make it an ideal place for the people of each age group.

The Bangalore Fort is the main fort of the Karnataka state, built in Mughal architectural style. Kempe Gowda built it and later it was extended by Tipu Sultan. The Bangalore Palace is the inspiration of Windsor Castle, built by the Wodeyar king in 1887. The palace was built in the Tudor style of architecture. The Gothic windows and battlements of the palace resemble with the Daria Daulat palace of Srirangpatanam.

The Government Museum in Bangalore is one of the oldest museums of India. The antiquities from the Mohenjdaro are the real attractions of the museum. This museum is situated near Visveswaraya Industrial and Technological Museum. Visveswaraya industrial trade center is well known for its trade promotional activities. The K.Venkatappa Art Gallery near the museum houses a permanent exhibition of the works of the famous artist K. Venkatappa. Iskcon Temple is the famous temple of Bangalore city. It is situated over a small hill on the Chord Road. This temple dedicated to Lord Krishna, and attracts droves of religious tourists to its holy environs. Kempe Gowda, the founder of Bangalore, is credited with building the Bull temple. It houses a splendid stone staue of a sacred bull, which is 15 feet tall and 20 feet long. The groundnut fair is held in the temple during the month of November-December, in which groundnuts are offered to the sacred bull idol. Thoudsands of devotees and ordinary visitors come to this temple during this event. The Dharmaraja Temple is located at Nazarethpeth area of Bangalore. Shri Dharmaraja Swamy and Lord Krishna are the revered idols of the temple.

Jumma Masjid is the oldest mosque of the city of Bangalore. The massive structure of the mosque is adorned with granite pillars. Dargah Hazarath Tawakkal Mastan is the Muslim shrine in Cottonpet area. This is the tomb of the Sufi saint Tawakkal Mastan, which attracts both Muslim and non Muslim pilgrims. A French missionary Abbe Dubois had established St. Mary Church in 1811. Gandhi Bhavan, Ulsoor Lake, and Vidhan Soudha are some of the other major attractions of the city of Bangalore.

Bannerghatta National Park, Tipu's Palace, Hesaragatta, Muthyalamaduvu and Ramohalli are some nearby tourist attractions to the city Bangalore.

Last Updated On: 2011/07/11