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Places of tourist interest

Vidhan Soudha

(Distance from the hotel is 3.5 Kms. / 10 minutes) Vidhan Soudha, built in the year 1954 is one of the major centres of attraction in Bangalore. The architecture of the building is based on the neo Dravidian style and it presently houses the Legislative Assembly of the state of Karnataka. The building also houses a part of the Karnataka secretariat. Illuminated on Sundays and holidays at 1900 hrs.

Cubbon Park

(Distance from the hotel is 2.5 Kms.) Situated in the heart of the Bangalore city, the Cubbon Park is an interesting tourist spot which one should not miss out. The park was laid by Lord Cubbon in the year 1864. It is spread over an area of about 300 acres and the layout is absolutely exquisite. Also inside Cubbon Park is the state library.

Lal Bagh Garden

(Distance from hotel is 6 Kms. / 15 minutes) Lal Bagh is a must see while visiting Bangalore. The garden is spread over 240 acres. The name Lal Bagh has been given to it for the wonderfully bloomed red roses that remain in bloom, all through the year. The garden has also a collection of famous Botanical species. Though the flow of visitors to the park is a regular affair, the garden gets a festive look during the Republic Day and on the days of flower shows that are held here.

Visvesvaraya Industrial Tech Museum

(Distance from the hotel is 3 Kms) Dedicated to Sir M Visvesvaraya the architect of modern Karnataka. The museum portrays the application of science and technology in industry and human welfare. There are eight galleried: engine hall, heart, electrotechnic, fun science, timber, paper & metal. Popular science, and latest addition being the space gallery, which has interactive gadgets like all other galleries and enables the visitor to think, learn and operate all machines by themselves. Located on Kasuturaba Road.

HAL Heritage Centre and Aerospace

(Distance from the hotel is 8 Kms) Indiaís first museum on aviation features aircraft models, photographs and actual fighter planes and helicopter. It is situated on Old Airport Road.

Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium

(Distance from the hotel is 5 Kms) Among the other places to visit, the Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium is a must see. Visiting any of the shows here gives you a good view as well as factual knowledge on astronomy. Easily accessible from any corner of the city, the planetarium hostís daily shows of astronomy. It is a fascinating experience for the children. The sky theatre provides viewers an engrossing cinematic experience.

Iskon Temple

(Distance from the hotel is 15 Kms) International Society for Krishna Consciousness or ISKCON Temple Complex of Bangalore is a marvellous building structure that has blended the Dravidian and modern architecture in its construction. The building has some of the modern facilities like the multi-vision cinema theatre, computer aided presentation theatres along with vedic library and a preaching library.

Bull Temple

(Distance from the hotel is 9 Kms. / 30 minutes) The Bull Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva/ís Vahana (vehicle), Nandi the bull. Here you can find a huge monolithic statue of the sitting bull that draws a large number of people to this place every day. The statue is 4.5 meters tall and 6 meters long and has been at this place long before the present temple was built. The temple is about 500 years old.

Bangalore Palace

(Distance from the hotel is 9 Kms) Built in the year 1887, The palace is situated in the middle of the Bangalore city. Covering an area of about 800 acres, the palace gives a look of the Windsor Palace of England.

City Fort

(Distance from the hotel is 7 Kms) Built in 1537 A.D. in mud by Kempe Gowda and later by Hyder Ali in wood with elaborate arches, carvings and paintings.

Tipuís Palace

(Distance from the hotel is 7 Kms) The palace and the fort of Tipu Sultan are the must see spot in Bangalore. The architecture, the layout and the overall look of the palace gives you the idea of the ethnic Mughal lifestyle. The fort and its remains present the history of the era in which it was built. The construction of the Tipu palace was started by Haider Ali and completed by Tipu Sultan himself.

History

Bangalore was founded in the 16th century by Kempegowda, a chieftain of the Vijayanagar Empire. Two centuries later it became an important fortress under the reign of Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan (although today nothing remains of the old fort, apart from the Lalbagh Gardens).

In the late 19th century Bangalore became a British military base - which it continued to be right up until 1947. In the 1930s it went through an important era of town planning, when many of its beautiful tree-lined roads and parks were laid out. In the 1980s the city became a focal point of Indian business, with many of India's leading corporations setting up their bases here.

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