Also known as Bangalore, Bengaluru has recently become known as the Silicon Valley of India, but its many parks, gardens, and tree-lined streets have long inspired the nickname of the Garden City. Providing easy access into town, Aloft Bengaluru International Airport is conveniently located on National Highway 7, just six kilometres from Bengaluru International Airport (BLR).
Explore Cubbon Park, one of Bengaluru’s most famous landmarks. Dating back to 1864, its abundant plants, buildings, and statues offer a serene respite from this energetic metropolis. Nearby is Vidhana Soudha, the seat of Karnataka’s Legislative Assembly. The renowned ISKCON temple, located in northern Bengaluru, is one of the world’s largest temples. Also noteworthy is the 16th-century Bangalore Fort, which was originally made of mud and built by Kempe Gowda, the city’s founder.
Visit Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace, which was built in 1791. This two-storied ornate wooden structure has exquisitely carved pillars, arches, and balconies. It also houses a small museum containing artefacts relating to the Hyder-Tipu regime. Learn about Gandhi in the comprehensive Gandhi Bhavan gallery. Stroll through Lalbagh Gardens, which houses more than 1,000 species of flora and a glass house. The park is also known for its annual flower show. See the marvellous marine life at the Government Aquarium, India’s second-largest.
For bargains on silk, spices, fabrics, and figurines, walk along the famous Brigade Road, Commercial Street, and MG Road, and soak in the spirit of the city. In addition to its film industry, Bengaluru has a very active theatre and music scene, so it is sometimes called the rock/metal capital of India. With its recent boom in trendy clubs, bars, and cafés, Bengaluru has also been dubbed the Pub Capital of India.
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