Capital of the southern state of Karnataka, Bengaluru is often referred to India’s very own Silicon Valley. Hub of information technology and industries in the country, Bengaluru with its population of over ten million, is a megacity in all its right. Owing to a young population, Bengaluru is not only an extremely vibrant city but also one of the fastest developing and growing ones in the entire country.
Amongst one of the most popular tourist attractions in Bengaluru are its several lakes. Though the last few years have seen these water bodies falling prey to excessive development, many such as the Madiwala Lake, the Hebbal Lake, the Ulsoor Lake and the Sankey Tank continue to be popular places to visit in Bengaluru. Nature lovers can also visit the city’s famous parks while sightseeing in Bengaluru. Cubbon Park and JP Park are the city’s most famous ones that attract visitors of all age groups and offer a peaceful disconnect from the city life. Adventure enthusiasts can plan a day trip to Turahalli Forest, a hotspot for cyclists, trekkers, hikers and rock climbers looking to get lost in the wilderness.
Bengaluru is also one of the very few metro cities which has a national park right in the heart of the city. The Bannerghatta National Park is home to several animal species rescued from places where they were being treated badly. One can take a toy train through the national or simply explore it on foot, like a true nature lover. The Bannerghatta National Park also has a butterfly park, a snake park, jungle safaris and a souvenir shop, making it the perfect tourist attraction in Bengaluru.
As much as Bengaluru is a wildlife lover’s haven, it also offers a whole lot for lovers of history, science and culture. One can explore the past, present and future of this urban city by visiting its several museums spread across the city. Established in 2011, the Kempegowda Museum is dedicated to the founder of Bengaluru, Kempegowda and offers a great insight into all about the city. The museum has a stellar collection of paintings and posters depicting the city’s architecture, lifestyle, temples and forts from 16th century onwards. Built in a neo-classical style, the Government Museum is the oldest one in the city, established way back in 1865. The expansive museum is broadly divided into eight galleries dedicated to archaeological and geological artifacts, including inscriptions, coins, sculptures, pottery, paintings and several other artifacts that date back 5000 years. Finally, the famed National Gallery of Modern Art is a must stop for every art lover while sightseeing in Bengaluru. The art gallery houses modern art paintings from mavericks such as Rabindranath Tagore, Raja Ravi Verma and Amrita Sher-Gil amongst others.
Since Bengaluru has been at the seat of power of several kingdoms, the city is lined with monuments that promise a trip back in time. The Bangalore Fort, built in in 1887 by Chamaraja Wodeyar is one of the most popular places to visit in Bengaluru. The massive fort complex is inspired by England's Windsor Castle and is a must visit for every traveler that appreciates world class architecture. The center of legislature in Karnataka, the Vidhana Soudha building is also a landmark place to visit in Bengaluru. Even though the building is not open to public, the enormous structure is a prime example of neo-Dravidian architecture and is well lit in the night, making for a picture perfect spot. To add to the the impressive list of architectural marvels in Bengaluru, the Attara Kacheri or High Court is a two-storied building, built in 1867 under the reign of Tipu Sultan and boasts of marvelous neoclassical architecture.
Finally, no sightseeing in Bengaluru is complete till the time you’ve partied in the city. Bengaluru has a very strong party culture, thanks to its young populace and is a haven for beer lovers with its several breweries. Koramangala and Indiranagar are the city’s prime hotspots when it comes to enjoying the nightlife, which makes for one of the most electric experiences one can have while sightseeing in Bengaluru.