Though i was here in bangalore for more than 2 years, i never had a chance, or may be i should say, i never tried to go see places around. Last week when two german girls came to India, they stayed at my flat and since all 3 of us got along well, we planned to visit different places in bangalore and had lots and loads of fun. I should say, that was one of the best time ever I spent in my life. I really enjoyed their company and here are some of the snaps and details on those.
This is one of the oldest temples in Bangalore situated in basavanagudi dedicated to Nandi, the mount of Lord Shiva. Kempe Gowda built this temple in the 16th century. The magnificent Nandi, 15 feet tall and over 20 feet long has been carved out of single granite rock. Farmers offer the first groundnuts to the sacred bull.
It is a two-storeyed ornate wooden structure with pillars, arches and balconies flanked by gardens on either sides leading to the palace. The entire structure is built in Teak wood. An inscription on the wooden screen describes the palace as the “Abode of Happiness”. What ever remains of the fort, reminds of the struggle by Tipu against the British. The eastern and western projecting balconies of the upper floor contained the seat of state from where Tipu conducted affairs of the state. The summer palace of Tipu Sultan was built in Bangalore. This palace is beautifully decorated with floral motifs on the walls and ceilings. After the death of Tipu, the British used this building as their secretariat till 1867. In the busy market place of the city are the remnants of this fort built by Tipu.
It is a five minute walk south-west of the Bangalore city market. Few snaps of Tipu’s palace are as follows:
Tipu palace is beautiful, but there is one thing that annoys foreigners and thats this one below:
We then went to have some food at the Pizza hut in Brigades and these are couple of pics that we took from there:
This is one of the best park I have ever been to. Laid out by Lieutenant General Sir Mark Cubbon this park is located near the Vidhan Soudha and has a number of neo-classical styled government buildings. Over 250 acres of this green park is a joggers and walkers delight. This wooded and be flowered park was laid out by Lord Cubbon, the then viceroy of India in the heart of the cantonment in 1864. Since then fairy fountains and an august bandstand have been added. But the most important aspect of Cubbon Park is its newer buildings that have brought it cultural wealth. No one would be surprised if one refers Bangalore as the garden city of India after have a walk at the Cubbon Park. On a grassy expanse in the centre of Bangalore is this park, planned and laid out by Sir Richard Sankey, the then Chief Engineer of Mysore. It is named after Sir Mark Cubbon, Bangalore’s longest serving Commissioner. These are acres of land dedicated to trees, flowerbeds and rolling lawns: which means Cubbon Park has got its fair share of monuments: red-faced government buildings that house the Public Library, the Government Museum and the High Court.
So, finally we returned back to our flat in a rickshaw.
It was a great day and three of us enjoyed the places we visited. Tomorrow we are planning to go Bangalore Palace and Iskon Temple.