Bengaluru

Bangalore, the IT city is the capital of state of Karnataka in India and is considered the fifth biggest metro town after Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Chennai. Kannada is the local language but Hindi and English works pretty well. Boasting of moderate weather throughout the year, one can visit and see Bannergheta National Park, Nandi Hills, Lal Bagh Park, Vidhan Soudha, HAL Museum as the local attractions. The famous M.G.Road is a great place to unwind in the evening with pubs and a very active night life. Connected with all the major cities of India, Bangalore is on international aviation map as well and has one of the better international airports of the country. The local traffic though can be a deterrent so local excursions needs to be planned well.
Bangalore has an enviable list of weekend-trips, starting with Royal Mysore, Srirangapatna, Kabini, Bandipur National Park, Mudumalai, Tirupati and the list is endless.
Best time to visit: All year round
Languages spoken: Kannada, Hindi, English
Climate: Moderate climate throughout the year
Places to see: Vidhana Soudha, Vikas Soudha, Seshadari Iyer Memorial
Historical sites: Bengaluru Palace, Tipu Sultans Palace
Natures bounty: Bannerghatta National park, Nandi Hills
Holy places: ISKCON Temple, Bull Temple, Maha Bodhi Society Temple, Maruthi Mandir, Gavi Gangadeshwara Cave Temple, VenkataramanaSwamy Temple, Dodda Ganapathi, Sri Raja Rajeshwari Temple, Ragi Gudda, DakshinaMukhy Nandeeshwara Temple, Mukti Naga temple, Meenakshi Sundaram Temple, Sri Ramakrishna Ashram, Holy Trinity Church, St. Marys Basilica
Knowledge centres: Vishweshwaraya Science museum, HAL Museum

Quick Trip To Bangalore And Belur

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On this trip with plenty of time to spare, I decided that I must now “see” Bangalore. Naturally that meant a leisurely morning walk in the Lalbagh Botanical Gardens where I was thrilled to see the very rare Jade Vine [Strongylodon macrobotrys]. I had first seen it almost thirty years ago as a watercolour in my plant book and never imagined I would ever see it for real. Here they are, green-blue clusters of flowers in all their glory.

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I hate this travel bug !

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