Namma Bengaluru Every Mans Land

Enjoy a casual morning walk at the serene Cubbon Park, stroll down the youthful Church Street and end your day with a bang at breweries
A side view of Karnataka's Legislative House, Vidhana Soudha
A side view of Karnataka's Legislative House, Vidhana Soudha

Bengaluru, a landlocked city located in the heart of Mysore Plateau has often been addressed as the &lsquoSilicon Valley of India&rsquo. Known as the nation&rsquos leading information technology hub, it witnesses a yearly inflow of travellers. For a long time, it has been fertile ground for startups However, the city is inclusive to all kinds of audiences, be they nature enthusiasts, adventurers or seekers of divinity. With its moderate temperature, perennial winds and mixed culture, Bengaluru is the perfect go-to place for vacations.

For Nature Lovers

The city has a lot to offer in terms of natural beauty. Fluffy cotton-ball like clouds and lush green carpeted lawns won&rsquot easily leave your sight as you move around the city.

Cubbon Park, also called the lung of Bengaluru covers 300 acres of land. It finds itself in the heart of the city and provides a royal, lush background to administrative buildings like Vidhana Soudha and Karnataka High Court- the Attara Kacheri. Historically being called the &lsquoMeade&rsquos Park&rsquo after the name of the Commissioner of Mysuru in 1870, it later got to be known as the &lsquoCubbon Park&rsquo after the name of the longest-serving commissioner, Sir Mark Cubbon. It is home to many indigenous and exotic botanical species. Visitors can see red bright Gulmohar flowers lining the motorable road in the park, and also spot statues of Queen Victoria and King Edward VII.

Those visiting the park can also walk up to the State Archeological Museum which is the oldest in the country and the Bangalore Aquarium which is situated in an octagonal building and has three different zones for different water species. How to reach it One can easily reach the park via cab, KSRTC bus or by getting down at the Cubbon Park Metro Station from where the park is roughly 100m away.

Also, visit the Bannerghatta National Park which is roughly 22 km away from the city. Covering a massive area, this national park was established in the year 1971 and houses the first butterfly park in the country. It offers many engaging activities like boating and a grand safari. The park has well-defined animal zones where the probability of spotting them is much higher than other national parks.

For Shopping Enthusiasts

Church Street, a place that smells of youthfulness, is a famous tourist spot. The 750m street, named after St. Mark&rsquos Cathedral, gives way to a rich diversity of cuisines, cafes, showrooms and antique book shops. One old book store is &lsquoBlossom&rsquo which is home to the most exquisite books. Church Street also gives a platform to live performers and visitors can often hear music coming from Rooster Guitars.

Bengaluru is also home to &lsquoIndia&rsquos First Luxury Mall&rsquo called the UB City Mall, famous for its aesthetic infrastructure, both inside and out.

For shoppers who love budget, Commercial Street is close to the famous MG Road. The street has a lot to offer in clothing, food and jewellery, all at economical rates. A fine comparison of the place would be with the Sarojini Market of Delhi.

With rich cultural heritage sites like the Bangalore Palace which looks like an old English Palace or the grand Vidhana Soudha, Bengaluru has a lot for history lovers. With Kormangala&rsquos cosy cafes like Social to famous clubs and breweries like Arbor, Pebbles, NoLimmits and Happy Brew, excitement is endless in the city.

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